This week there were 133 runners, of whom 23 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.
Thank-you to this week's helpers Edmund , Nicole, Rebecca, Tom and Run Director Megan.
Volunteers make parkrun happen. Anyone can volunteer. It is easy to volunteer:
• First, check out the gaps in the volunteer roster for coming weeks at Future Roster.
• Second, e-mail the date you can help and any preference for volunteer role to email@example.com.
• Alternatively, place your name on the clipboard when you check in after your parkrun on a Saturday morning.
We ask that each parkrunner fulfills a volunteer role at least 3 times a year. Volunteering is central to the parkrun experience. You will have a great time, meet many great people and look forward to your next parkrun with great anticipation.
Safety Safety Safety
The safety of you and other park users is our main priority.
As many of you may have seen, I stopped running for a bit on Saturday as it was clear that there were many runners that were not staying left and I was concerned for your safety.
Please always allow some room for people walking or running in the opposite direction to parkrun and do not force others off the track.
Please recognise that most people run at a fairly consistent pace and that the field tends to spread out evenly by the time we hit Rose Valley Drive near the shops. This means that the further people are around the course, the less likely they are to expect to be overtaken. If, for whatever reason, you have been delayed or had to stop, don't expect to surge back through the field in the latter part of the run.
Here are some practical suggestions:
- if running solo always stay to the left of the path;
- if running with friends, split into couples. Don't hog the path, 3 abreast;
- if you overtake a single runner try to run the middle of the track BUT when you overtake make sure no-one is coming from the other direction – if so, you must give way to oncoming traffic first;
- if you are running with a single baby pusher or dog on a lead, it may be wise to let all runners and walkers know in advance when you are about to overtake to avoid legs tangling with wheels or leads;
- if you are participating with a double pusher or exuberant dog, you may like to consider enjoying your parkrun with a gentle stroll for additional safety and comfort of everyone;
- Even if the path is crowded we ask that people DO NOT run own the road; and
- Can I also ask that parents with junior runners appropriately seed themselves at the start line. It’s great to get to the bridge first, however if you can’t keep up the pace, and have to stop suddenly, this is a huge safety risk especially when people are running closely behind you.
Above all, remember that parkrun is a run not a race. As our numbers have grown, our runners have come to expect that they will be running in a crowd. Unless you plan on being very quick you will probably be held up at least a little by the crowd. Enjoy yourself and get to know your fellow runners.
New to the club
Congratulations to Madison Cacciola who ran her 10th run this week.
Kudos to the following runners that scored a PB this week:
Matthew MILLER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:21 - 28th time in 74 appearances.
Michael CACCIOLA (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:32 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Nathan JONES (JM15-17) of Gold Coast Runners, was third over the line in 19:42.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Michael CACCIOLA (Unattached) 2780 pts.
Jackson CACCIOLA (Unattached) 2652 pts.
Zachery CACCIOLA (Unattached) 2442 pts.
Kacey ELSDON-BELL (JW11-14) of Townsville Road Runners, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 23:39 - second time in 2 appearances.
Jessica BEMROSE (SW25-29) of Multisport Gold, was second (35th overall) over the line in 23:46 - has been first to finish on 64 previous occasions.
Jo HOUSEMAN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (46th overall) over the line in 24:50.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Liz MANSON (Unattached) 2627 pts.
Angela LACEY (Unattached) 2492 pts.
Jessica BEMROSE (Multisport Gold) 2479 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Matthew MILLER (VM35-39) was graded 78.10% for the time 17:21 (first overall).
Jackson CACCIOLA (JM10) was graded 75.52% for the time 20:54 (7th overall).
Llewellyn COETZEE (JM10) was graded 74.92% for the time 21:04 (8th overall).
Coomera parkrun started on 28th July 2012, and since then 2,199 different runners, including participants from 78 athletics clubs, have completed 16,917 runs covering a total distance of 84,585 km, and there have been 3,267 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Alli COOKE who ran in a time of 00:18:22 on 2013-08-03 (event number 53).
The male record is held by Jason GERAGHTY who ran in a time of 00:15:48 on 2012-12-15 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by Annette O'SHEA who recorded a 90.31% run (19:47) on 30th November 2013 (event number 70).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coomera parkrun Results Page.