After several months of deliberating and waiting, we finally got to the big day ... Bibra Lake parkrun. This was my first actual Run Director (RD) gig as well - nothing like jumping in the deep end, I suppose.
I dragged my family down to Bibra Lake around 6:40am on Saturday morning (well, that was the plan). At 6:50am I belatedly starting a quick lap to get the marking cones down. I was running a bit late by the end, but there were already a few familiar #parkrun faces appearing. Rachel turned up a bit early (thankfully, made up for me being a bit late!) and set the flags up, I had a very quick briefing with my volunteers - handily I had a lot of other support from other experienced parkrunners at this point - and then it was on to the pre-race briefing.
Everything then seemed to happen pretty smoothly - we had no incidents; Kim Thomas lead the pack around for an initial men's record of 17:17; and Cait Jameson dropped out a casual 19:58 for the ladies.
There were some very minor data issues (a few unreadable barcodes, and one athlete with a missed token scan) - a little bit of detective work required, but for the most part, it just went to plan. Again, experienced runners (too many to name, you know who you are!) stepped in and assisted without any prompting or fuss. I didn't really have to do much after that. I'm sure that won't always be the case! Very much appreciated. I like to single out Tegan Towie, who stepped in to assist with finishing tokens, and good luck with the upcoming Dawesville parkrun.
We ended up with a fantastic turn out - 292 runners (we only have 300 tokens to start with, so things could have gotten very interesting after that!).
Thanks again to our sponsors - the City of Cockburn, Stocklands and Suncorp bank - for allowing us to make this happen.
Bibra Lake parkrun
Event number 1
24th January 2015
Kim THOMAS (VM40-44) of Squash+RunningWorks, was first over the line in 17:17 - first appearance.
Aaron DAVY (SM30-34) of Rockingham Triathlon Club, was second over the line in 17:24.
Luke PIDCOCK (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:37.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Dean CROUCH (Unattached) 100 pts.
Chris HOY POY (Unattached) 100 pts.
Paul VAN DER MEY (Unattached) 100 pts.
Caitlin JAMESON (SW20-24) of Squash+RunningWorks, was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:58 - first appearance.
Katherine AUDSLEY (SW18-19) of Melville Roar, was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:28.
Chantal KILLEN (SW25-29) of Frontrunner TRC, was third (21st overall) over the line in 20:51.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Marisa WATSON (Unattached) 100 pts.
Cheryl SIMATOS (Unattached) 100 pts.
Shoshana DYSON (Unattached) 100 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Luke PIDCOCK (JM11-14) was graded 80.51% for the time 17:37 (third overall).
John OLDFIELD (VM70-74) was graded 80.28% for the time 22:14 (41st overall).
Kim THOMAS (VM40-44) was graded 79.56% for the time 17:17 (first overall).
This week there were 292 runners, of whom 273 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.
Bibra Lake parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 274 different runners, including participants from 18 athletics clubs, have completed 292 runs covering a total distance of 1,460 km, and there have been 0 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Caitlin JAMESON who ran in a time of 00:19:58 on 2015-01-24 (event number 1).
The men's record is held by Kim THOMAS who ran in a time of 00:17:17 on 2015-01-24 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Luke PIDCOCK who recorded a 80.51% run (17:37) on 24th January 2015 (event number 1).