On a predominantly purple morning the 17th running of Canning River parkrun saw a record breaking 123 people take part. It was Support the Dockers day at Canning River but there was the odd non-purple jersey out there (Yes, Kai Metzner, your full Hawthorn kit, minus footy boots was noted.)
The route of last week’s course was decided in record time last Saturday morning by Run Director Adrian Kenny because the Greenfield Street Bridge was undergoing urgent repairs and maintenance. Because the bridge looks like it will be out of action until at least October 11th, during the week a slightly revised version of this course was measured out by this weekend’s Run Director Jeremy Savage. The revised B course runs almost entirely the other side of the river, and the start line is at the very end of the boardwalk area of the weir bridge. The finish line has been moved from the left of the trees at the end of the weir bridge to the other side of the gazebo area and includes a quick dash along the path to the Castledare railway ticket booth and back along the grass.
Out of the 31 personal bests this weekend we had Carolyn Stephens crack the sub 27 minute mark with a 26:50, assisted by a brilliant pacing job by her son Joseph who came in one second ahead of her. Carolyn also managed to take the VW55-59 age category record with this run. Kem Hassan (Masters Athletics WA) managed a new PB by one second coming in at 26:26, Christine Erbe managed her fifth PB on the trot with a time of 30:00, taking 8 seconds off her previous best, Felicia Singkang cracked sub 39 minutes with a 38:42 run while Melissa Sammut matched her current PB with a same time finish of 34:54. Richard Story cracked sub 20 minutes with a 19:53 run and Siony Kemp managed a great PB, knocking almost 5 minutes of her previous PB and finishing in 48:23.
First finished this week was Kai Metzner in 17:55, Oli Stenning came in second finisher in 18:45 and Nic Taylor chased them in in 19:13. In the women’s placings, Tracey Horton (WA Marathon Club) managed her 7th first female finisher position in 22:35, Kelly Robinson was second female finisher in 23:53 and Katie Hartrick was two seconds behind Kelly in 23:55 taking third female finisher.
Kai’s run this week gave him the JM15-19 age category record for Canning River. It’s interesting to note that Kai’s final JM14 run in Event 14 gave him both the JM14 age category record as well as the course overall age category record scored at 83.93%. It also makes him the only person on the age category record board at Canning River to hold two age category records at the same time.
Special mention this week should go to Aiden Hassan who came in fourth overall and first JM14 in his first ever parkrun. We had a sterling effort by Jen MacTaggart (WA Marathon Club) pushing a pram for a 24:42 finish time. Emma Dear reinforced her sub 40 minute-ness with a 39:29, her second week running with a sub 40 minute time.
No barcode = no time
Because it looks like we’ll be regularly getting over 100 parkrunners each week we’ll be enforcing the “no barcode, no time” rule from Event 18 onwards. This means that as long as you turn up with your athlete barcode (it doesn’t matter how torn, sweaty or ill-printed it is) you will receive an official time. If your barcode does not scan then we will enter your finish position into the results system manually, but if you leave your barcode at home your time will appear in the results attributed to Unknown Athlete. Please note that barcodes cannot be scanned from smartphones by the parkrun barcode scanner, so it is imperative that you have a printed version of your barcode.
When you print your barcode you are taken to a page that has six copies of it. If you print this page you could keep a copy of your barcode in your wallet, another in your car glove box, perhaps a third in your mobile phone protective case and some industrious people slide a spare barcode underneath the inner sole of their running shoes. Alternatively you can buy a plastic token from Bentlogic that has your athlete number on it and you can put it on your key ring or attach it to your running shoes. The plastic token also goes through the wash more successfully than your average paper barcode does!
International parkrun day!
Next week we will be celebrating International parkrun day! The first weekend in October always celebrates the anniversary of the first ever parkrun held at Bushy park in London on October 2nd 2004. There were 13 runners at the first ever parkrun, and now we regularly get over 40,000 parkrunners every Saturday worldwide, and we have over 670,000 runners registered. As a part of the celebrations we’d like people to embrace the concept of “Last parkrunner Standing” where all the parkrunners stay at the finish area until the last parkrunner has crossed the line, with more and more people cheering them home. To help encourage people to stay we have some intrepid bakers who will be plying us with tasty treats. If you’d like to add to the carbohydrate mix feel free to bake some goodies or bring down something to barbeque on the hotplates at the finish line.
On a slightly sad note we were trying to get some footage of the start for the international parkrun day videos but the camera we were using disappeared from its perch. If anyone saw a yellow and black small sports video camera and thought it was a lost and found item can they please return it to Jeremy.
Canning River parkrun is a free, timed 5km run held every Saturday morning at 8am in the Canning River Regional Park. The start finish area is accessible from Kent Street in Wilson, near the Canning River Cafe. parkrun Australia is sponsored by Suncorp Bank, Stockland and adidas. Canning River parkrun is also sponsored by the City of Canning.