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Course records remain but PBs aplenty

Run Report - 21 April 2018

A belated run report for last week - the sixth event for Coombs, and again, beautiful Autumn weather for one of Canberra’s most picturesque parkrun courses.

This week, we welcomed 137 participants, and while course records remained unbroken - for the first time for several weeks! - 54 people recorded new personal bests. On a course which is as challenging as Coombs, this is a terrific achievement.

Brent Rebecca was the first male across the line in 18:41, followed by Jason Chalker in 19:22 and Mark Gregson in 19:55. Tina Tanfara was the fastest female, crossing the line in 21:33 - a fantastic result given Saturday was her second ever parkrun! - followed by Keira Doherty in 22:59 and Ann Staunton-Jugovic in 23 minutes.

Unfortunately, we can only provide you with a time and position if you’re registered with parkrun. If not, you’ll appear as an ‘Unknown’ in our weekly list of results - if you’re one of those, jump over to our registration page - registering is quick, easy and free.

Don’t forget the launch of Mount Ainslie parkrun this Saturday. While we’d still like to see a few of you at Coombs, we won’t hold it against you if you’re at Mount Ainslie just this once.

A huge thanks as always to this week’s volunteers: Craig ROBINSON, Bruce WIGHT, Tim GRAINGER, Mel SYKES-BRIDGE, Janette YEUNG, Kelly FINN, Deana CUMING, Lachlan FINN (Under 10), Robyn FINN (Under 10), Alistair BUCHANAN and Lorinda BUCHANAN

As with all parkruns, Coombs relies entirely on volunteers - so please consider joining us in the weeks to come. It’s fun, easy and doesn’t take more than a couple of hours. You can find details on our future roster, by leaving a comment on Facebook, or by sending us an email.

See you next Saturday!

 

 

Clouds clear for Coombs fifth event

Strong winds and overnight rain didn’t dampen the spirits of runners, joggers, walkers, children and dogs (on short leads) at Coombs parkrun’s fifth event on Saturday.

While numbers were down as a result of the Australian Running Festival, we still welcomed 88 participants, with almost half of these first timers to Coombs.

In addition to 16 new PBs - congratulations, everyone! - we also saw former Olympian, Martin Dent, set a new course record in a blistering 15:53. Keegan Ross was the second male across the line in 18:36, and Jason Chalker in 19:48.

Melissa Clarke was our first female in 23:15, followed Laura Hatt 25:29 and Anne Guan in 26:27. For an off-road course that has more than a few ‘gentle' undulations - and several new water features - these are impressive times!

If you’re enjoying off-road parkrunning, don’t forget Canberra’s newest parkrun, Mt Ainslie, launches on 28 April. Visit the Facebook page for all the details - https://www.facebook.com/Mount-Ainslie-parkrun-167482217301877/

A special shout-out to this week’s high-vis heroes: Andrew Chapman, Brenda Murphy, Brian Black, Julia Agostino, Kate Vandenberg, Laila Chapman, Lauren Stone, Richard Haines, Rose Young and Trevor Jacobs.

As with all parkruns, Coombs relies entirely on volunteers - so please consider joining us in the weeks to come. It’s fun, easy and doesn’t take more than a few hours. You can find details on our future roster, by leaving a comment on Facebook, or by sending us an email.

See you next Saturday!

 

 

Autumn weather and awesome trails

157 parkrunners one week, 157 the next - could it be that Coombs has found the magic number of participants in just four events, or is it the mix of Autumn weather and awesome trails?

Whatever it may be, there’s no doubt that word about our unique course is getting out, with 89 of our 157 parkrunners on the weekend first timers to Coombs, and 21 of those 89 first timers to parkrun. Welcome, and we hope you had fun!

This week, we welcomed tourists from Shellharbour, and Matthew Lewis, our first international visitor, all the way from Cleethorpes in the United Kingdom. Matt’s wife Bev wasn’t running, so we organised a mob of kangaroos to visit her, and got his son Ben helping our timekeepers!

In addition to lots of PBs, we also saw Elizabeth Humphries set a new women’s course record, crossing the line at 18:34. Congratulations to Aimee Davenport, the second woman to cross the line at 20:08, and Kate Vandenberg at 21:17. The blokes were a little slower than previous weeks, with Tom Styman at 18:22, Anthony Kennedy at 18:29 and David Osmond at 18:54.

Again, we’re seeing lots of parkrunners (and joggers and walkers) at Coombs who haven’t registered with parkrun, didn’t have a barcode, and couldn’t be given a time. If this is you, jump over to our registration page - registering is quick, easy and free.

Thanks to this week’s  volunteers - April Barlow, Jenny West, Kristie Barlow (and April, at age 6!), Lauren Stone, Melanie Sykes-Bridge, Peter Prince, Sandy King, Shona Prince, Stacey King, Tim Grainger and Will B. Legends, the lot of them!

As with all parkruns, Coombs relies entirely on volunteers - so please consider joining us in the weeks to come. It’s fun, easy and doesn’t take more than a couple of hours. You can find details on our future roster, by leaving a comment on Facebook, or by sending us an email.

See you next Saturday!

 

 

Coombs to Cairns – 2800km in just three events

Canberra to Cairns - congratulations, Coombs parkrunners. That’s the total distance we’ve collectively run, jogged, walked and shuffled in just three parkruns!

This week, we welcomed 157 people to its third event, with 92 of those first timers to Coombs, and 15 first timers to parkrun! From the comments at the finish line, there’s still lots of love for the course, although it’s worth remembering that ‘undulating’ is a relative term...

While parkrun is never a race, Saturday delivered some impressive results, with course records continuing to be set. Erwin McCrae was first across the line in 16:17, setting a new course record for the men, with JW11-14 runner, Astrid Smyth, doing the same for the women’s course record in just 19:41. Congratulations to both Astrid and Erwin - and to everyone else who crossed the finish line, regardless of time!

Unfortunately, we’re still seeing a number of parkrunners who haven’t registered with parkrun, didn’t have a barcode, and couldn’t be given a time. If this is you, jump over to our registration page - registering is free, easy and best of all, you’ll get your parkrun barcode right away.

Aside from remembering your printed barcode (or registering to get one), don't forget Canberra's next newest parkrun, at Mt Ainslie, launches Saturday 28 April. Make sure to like the Facebook page to keep up-to-date with details of trial events and other news.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers - timekeeper Andrew,  token giver Gaby and helper Ryan, turnaround pointers Isaac and his mum Jen, photographer extraordinaire Mel, scanner Micah and his grandfather, Peter, marshall Pam, tailwalker Brian, and funnel management from Thach.

As with all parkruns, Coombs relies entirely on volunteers - so please consider joining us in the weeks to come. It’s fun, easy and doesn’t take more than a couple of hours. You can find details on our future roster, by leaving a comment on Facebook, or by sending us an email.

See you next Saturday!

 

 

Perfect conditions greet 161 at second event

Perfect conditions greeted 161 runners, joggers, walkers, shufflers, pram pushers and puppy dogs for Coombs parkrun’s second event.

Thomas Banks was first across the line in 19 minutes even, followed by Charles Nicoll (19:29) and Ian Shaw (19:42). Jen Bright was the first female in 21:17 - for the second week in a row - followed by Keira Doherty (23:53) and Sophie Nicoll (24:15). A special shout-out to Ryan Huynh, who was our fastest youngest at 21:21, and Catherine Montalto, our fastest veteran, at 27:42.

One quick reminder - please don’t forget to leave our friends at the RSPCA some parking spaces (especially out front of the RSPCA itself). There’s lots of carparks at the top of Kirkpatrick Street near the Joint Defence College, and the walk to the starting line makes a great warm up.

This week, we had nine people who hadn’t registered with parkrun, didn’t have a barcode, and couldn’t be given a time. If this is you, jump over to our registration page - registering is free, easy and best of all, you’ll get your parkrun barcode right away!

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers - Alison, Anthony, Amy, Carolyne, Sara, Stirling, Terry and Zoe. It wouldn’t happen without you all.

As with all parkruns, Coombs relies entirely on volunteers - so please consider joining us in the weeks to come. It’s fun, easy and doesn’t take more than a couple of hours. You can find details on our future roster, by leaving a comment on Facebook, or by sending us an email.

See you next Saturday!

Tim Grainger and the Coombs Event Team

 

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