A new course record at parkrun
At parkruns across the world, the emphasis is always upon participation, health, friendships and community. Walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and abilities are welcomed, and the free weekly 5km event is certainly not a ‘race’. We embrace and celebrate those that achieve personal goals. We can also marvel at those who run like the wind. On Saturday 6 April, we lucky enough to witness such an occasion, with young Elmore-based runner Yazmin Hayes setting a new all-comers female record for the course with a time of 18 minutes 59 seconds.
Yazmin is a highly awarded runner and race-walker at the South Bendigo Athletics Club, and comes from a family of accomplished athletes. Her older sister Teleah holds the female course record at Bendigo parkrun. Yazmin’s time betters the previous female course record at Castlemaine by 4 seconds, which had stood for well over two years. It also sets a new record in the 15-17 female age-category. And her age-graded result of 80.60% is 12th on the all time ladder for Castlemaine (from a total of 1870 people that have completed this course). Congratulations Yazmin, and we hope that you visit again soon.
Earlier on the morning, run director Jane Harding welcomed 82 participants, including two people undertaking their first parkrun ever and visitors from events in Bendigo, Cobram, Chelsea Bicentennial, Balyang Sanctuary, Coburg, Cairns, Ballarat and Victoria’s newest parkrun – Mildura Weir. Jane was ably assisted by volunteers Alison and Tony Radford, Shane and Nicki Renfrey and Ronder Clayton.
Jane presented certificates to two local parkrunners that had reached their 50-milestone; Tony di Lorenzo and Bessie Faircloth. Quiet achiever Tony has had 6 personal bests (PBs) along the way and has also volunteered twice. Junior runner Bessie is a athlete on the rise, achieving 18 PBs along the way to reduce her times by more than 20 minutes since the first effort. She has also contributed as a volunteer.
Thirteen PBs were achieved this week, with congratulations to Claire Nightingale (by 9 seconds), Peter Hill and Kaitlyn Hough (both by 16s), Daniel Oberbillig (by 17s), Malcolm Donnelly (by 21s), Ross Jarvis (by 22s), Henry Faircloth (by 26s), Donna Faircloth (by 29s), Emily Maddern (by 35s), Clementine Nelms (by 46s), Denis Sinnott (by 51s), Raphael Nelms (by 109s) and Marilla Faircloth (by 314s). Peter Hill’s PB (23:47) also set a new course record by 8 seconds in the male 70-74 age category.
After Yazmin, Karina Taylor (23:33) and Kate Cawley (24:24) were the next two female finishers.
The first two male finishers were brothers Adronis Ndihokubwayo (17:38) and Clovis Mpundu (18:21). They were followed by Kyle Lierich (18:34), with Henry Faircloth (22:06) as the first junior male finisher. Visitor Gary Smith had the highest male age-graded result (75.70%).