Christmas and New Year parkruns

The only two days other than Saturday's that parkrun can be held each year are Christmas Day and New Years Day. These events are optional, and whether they are held each year is up to the individual event.
Bowral parkrun will NOT be holding a 2015 Christmas Day parkrun. More important things to do that day!
However Boxing Day 2015 this year is a Saturday, so parkrun will be on at the normal time of 8am. What better than a Boxing Day run to get over the excesses of Christmas Lunch!
We WILL, however, be holding a special NEW YEARS DAY parkrun, at the special time of 9am to allow everyone a sleep in.
New Years Day 2016 is on a Friday, which means we will be back the next day on January 2nd for our normal parkrun.
What better way to start a new year than two parkruns in a row!


parkrun 51 – 19th Sep 2015

Bowral parkrun #51 - the last parkrun of the parkrun year. And the weather showed who the true parkrunners were. On a day more suited to staying tucked up in bed, we had 37 hardy souls come out for the last parkrun, and the first one back on our original course.
Despite the inclement weather, the course had dried up fairly well, allowing us to return to our original finishing line under the arch.
We had 12 first timers ( a third of the field!) and tourists from Curl Curl and Penrith (including Kathy Rae, who has been to every parkrun in NSW and is approaching her 100 club milestone). As well as our 'locals' from the Goulburn Triathlon and Running club who have increased the standard at the pointy end.
Fitting for our last parkrun, it was the Dave and Scott show again, although they were streeted by Andrew Oberg from Goulburn down the first hill. It was a close finish but Scott Connolly managed to hold out for his eighth first finish in 18:50, just 3 seconds ahead of Dave Watson, with Andrew just 7 seconds back in third place.
The first female was also hotly contested, with Zara Steffensen just holding out Jacqueline Oberg to cross in 23:16, just 9 seconds ahead of second place. Jade Gillis crossed in third place in 24:46.
There were 5 PBs, which is an impressive effort on a slow and sluggish day. The most impressive one was Zara Steffensen who ran her 26th parkrun for the year and still managed to do another PB, which was actually her third week in a row of doing a PB. Other PBs were Andrew Oberg, Richard Gillis, Helen Phillips, and Pauline Casson.

Thanks to our volunteers - Ian Muller for taking the role of tailrunner, and for Col Wooderson for his timekeeping and finish token role - who said men are unable to multi-task!

Don't forget our special birthday celebrations next weekend. It WILL be a sunny day and perfect for a casual breakfast and coffee after parkrun. There is a birthday cake that has kindly been donated by Christine Beasley and we will hand out a couple of awards and wrap up our first parkrun year! Everyone is invited, even if you have never done a parkrun before!
Bring your friends and family for a great celebration of all things parkrun!


Bowral parkrun #47 22nd August 2015

Winter seems to be coming to an end, with a barmy 14 degrees for this mornings parkrun. This brought out 59 parkrunners, with tourists from Newcastle, Sydney and the Central Coast, and it was great to see 11 locals attempting their first parkrun.

While we were in awe of the performance of our most senior parkrunner two weeks ago, today was all about our Juniors, with 9 parkrunners under the age of 14 tearing up the course.
There were several noteworthy performances, such as ;
1) Darcey Wooderson (under 10) who finished 6th overall in 22:49, which was a 1:31 minute PB and a new age group record;
2) Jade Gillis (11-14), who was the first female overall in 23:45;
3) Bronte Smith (11-14), who started 3-4 minutes late and still finished with a PB in her 12th parkrun;
4) Lachlan Talman (under 10) who set a new PB in 27:48.

Up the front, the Scott and Dave show continued, with Scott Connolly edging out Dave Watson to cross in 18:01. In third place was one of our Newcastle tourists, Neil Alston, in 19:40.

Kirsty Nielsen was the second female to finish, with her 24:11 just behind Jade Gillis who crossed in first place in 23:45. Natasha Huntrods was the third female home in 25:43.

There were 14 Personal Bests set by the following;
Richard Edwards, Chris Backhouse, Darcey Wooderson, Mark Reynolds, Brett Morgan, Margot Reynolds, Lachlan Talman, John Webb, Bronte Smith, Ellie Varga, Andrea Londono, Fiona Day, Col Wooderson and Gustavo Sanchez. Congratulations!

There were two new age group category records, with Darcey Wooderson in the Under 10 male, and Margot Reynolds improving her previous age record in the 60 to 64 age group.

We were also joined at the finish line by Gary Wilmot, who is the Run Director at Canning River parkrun and who left Perth on foot in May, running/walking across the country, He is now on the final stretch, heading to Brisbane where he expects to arrive in 4 weeks time. Unfortunately he hadn't realised he had parked overnight 500m from the start of Bowral parkrun, and only realised when he spotted a group of runners on the path. It was great to meet him - it would have been even better if he could have joined in our parkrun! You can follow the rest of his journey at

Thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers - Christine#1, Susan, Christine#2, and John. Our tail runner position seems to be working well, and we are not missing having a marshall on the course. The tail runner spot can be done by anyone, at any pace. If you are fast and still want to have a run, it is possible to still run fast and bring up the tail position - just ask us how!

We are getting closer to our parkrun 1st birthday celebration on 26th September. Make sure you plan enough time to hang around afterwards for coffee and breakfast at Briars, and join us as we celebrate a year of parkrunning!


Bowral parkrun #11

The parkrun weather fairies smiled on us at Bowral again. Setting up we were greeted with an overcast day and fog, with no sign of rain.
A small yet committed group of parkrunners turned up for run #11, with 31 braving the conditions. The real commendation, though, should go to our band of hardy volunteers who braved the chance of a rainy morning to commit to helping their fellow parkrunners out.
Despite the conditions there were still 4 first-timers, although two of these were parkrunners from Scotland and probably thought the conditions were too summery.
Martin Cooper was first across the line, streeting ahead of Rory Smith and Mark Wood, who took second and third.
First female was Zara Steffensen, with Sharon Grice and Sonia Dunn taking second and third.
With a smaller field parkrunners found it easier to get off to a good start, as the start area was not as crowded. This resulted in 7 PBs. The most impressive PB was for our living legend Norma Wallett who destroyed her previously PB by almost a minute in recording a time of 35:27 and setting a new record in the Womens 85-89 age category and reinforcing her dominate role as our fastest age-adjusted runner.
In the point score tally, David Watson ( Mr Consistent) has set up an enormous lead and appears untouchable, while the mother and daughter battle between Bethany and Sharon Grice continues in the Womens Point Score.

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