Event #81 Blackbutt: Pure Love

The air was heavy with clouds, not of the meteorological but entomological kind. We are reliably informed that there are over 55 mosquito species recorded in the greater Lower Hunter and Mid-North Coast region. At Blackbutt, chances are we have every single one of those species, each one in their thousands!

Despite this, and the substantial challenges of hills AND humidity, 156 enthusiastic runners fronted up at the Pure Performance Sports start line for Event #81, ably supported by a swarm of dedicated volunteers.

156 runners trying to outrun the Blackbutt mozzies

This week we were pleased to award our January parkrunner of the month to Robert Hoare. Fittingly, Robert was volunteering this week as photographer. He has run 54 parkruns in total, all but two of them right here at Blackbutt. Robert has improved his time at Blackbutt by 50 seconds, and is a great promoter of #dfyb. Most pictures of Robert taken at Blackbutt show him proudly holding up his laminated barcode. Congratulations Robert!

parkrunner of the month Robert Hoare with a couple of fans

Wooter club runner and parkrun diehard Maddy Herbert today became a Region of Runners 'Regionnaire', meaning she has completed every one of the ten RoR (Region of Runners) parkruns at least once. Congratulations Maddy!

Maddy Herbert celebrating becoming a Regionnaire

Another milestone was Corey Newman shaving an astounding 21 seconds off her PB, set last week. Apparently, on parkrun eve this week, Corey gave herself a good talking to! It seems to have worked. Well done Corey.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Ken CLOSE • Ebrahim FATHI • Christoph GREMM • Richard HENWOOD • Robert HOARE • Theo NICOLAOU • Silvana PETERS • Nicole STEPHENS • Michelle TAYLOR • Marc UNTHANK • Art VANDELAY • Matt RASCHKE

Blackbutt parkrun needs you!

Our event is entirely organised by Volunteers - email blackbutthelpers@parkrun.com to help. See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Blackbutt parkrun happen. You may be surprised to find out just how much fun volunteering really is!


Blackbutt parkrun would like to thank our local sponsors,

Pure Performance Sports

as well as our National Sponsors,

Stockland Suncorp

Men's placings:

Ian PEARSON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 20:15 - 5th time in 27 appearances.
Oliver SCHWARZER (SM20-24) of Macca's Mob, was second over the line in 20:58.
Neil ALSTON (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 21:15.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Nick FLETCHER (Newcastle Veterans AC) 2114 pts.
Geoff BRENT (Unattached) 1911 pts.
Oliver SCHWARZER (Macca's Mob) 1821 pts.

Women's placings:
Cory NEWMAN (VW35-39) of Night Striders, was first (4th overall) over the line in 21:19 - 38th time in 50 appearances.
Maddy HERBERT (SW25-29) of Wooters Runners, was second (13th overall) over the line in 24:07.
Kylie BURNLEY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (26th overall) over the line in 24:53 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Cory NEWMAN (Night Striders) 2595 pts.
Suzanne MACQUEEN (Unattached) 2032 pts.
Azadeh GOLSHAN (Unattached) 1981 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Cory NEWMAN (VW35-39) was graded 70.13% for the time 21:19 (4th overall).
Janice DAVIS (VW60-64) was graded 67.86% for the time 29:52 (68th overall).
Neil ALSTON (VM45-49) was graded 67.22% for the time 21:15 (third overall).

This week there were 156 runners, of whom 23 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Blackbutt parkrun started on 3rd August 2013, and since then 2,552 different runners, including participants from 55 athletics clubs, have completed 11,521 runs covering a total distance of 57,605 km, and there have been 2,751 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Steph AUSTON who ran in a time of 00:19:20 on 2014-09-06 (event number 58).
The men's record is held by Lorcan REDMOND who ran in a time of 00:17:30 on 2014-08-02 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lorcan REDMOND who recorded a 81.05% run (17:30) on 2nd August 2014 (event number 53).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blackbutt parkrun Results Page.