Fog is your friend, parkrunners.
It might not make for a bright and sunny morning, but a layer of fog is a big blanket that keeps things relatively mild. A number of people remarked that Saturday wasn’t quite as bitterly cold as the previous mornings.
Sure, it’s winter, but fog also usually means that there’s no wind around, which helps with the chill-factor.
And, come on, fog makes everything look a just little bit magical.
Far from clearing up, the fog got thicker during Saturday’s event.
On the whole, it was a pretty darn good morning to be in the park.
This week 177 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 25 recorded new personal best times. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
We had 16 splendid volunteers in the park:
- Ed CHAN
- Robert RUSSO
- Simone ALBISTON
- Trevor GOSBELL
- Laura GOSBELL
- Ken GRANT
- Jen MARTIN
- Phyllis GOSBELL
- Chris ROCHE
- Christine BROWNFIELD
- Marcus JOHNSON
- Claire LEONARD
- Alexander IDNURM
- Merryn SMITH
- Kirri MARTIN RITCHIE
- Beata FUGEDI
Thank you all. It wouldn’t happen without you. ♥
Volunteering is part of the parkrun experience. If you’re not going on the roster occasionally, you really are missing out.
There are plenty of vacant roles in coming weeks, so please let us know when you can next help out.
Never volunteered before? Not sure what to do? No worries!
We have plenty of experienced volunteers around who will happily show you the ropes. You can learn any of the volunteer tasks in a few seconds—they are all easy and fun.
Stay in the loop: Update your parkrun profile to opt-in for reminder emails from Gardiners Creek parkrun. We only ask for help when we need it and we definitely don’t spam.
Welcome new parkrunners
The following people finished their first ever parkrun:
- Michael MATTISKE
- Joshua SIM
- Leah FINCH
- Naomi MACKENZIE
- Kerri WALSH
- Paulina HENDERSON
- Ava RULTON
- Elizabeth DAVEY
We hope you had a great time, and that you’ll keep coming back to share your Saturday mornings with us.
Don’t worry, it’s a healthy obsession.
Congratulations to the following parkrunners who logged milestones at
Gardiners Creek this week:
|Volunteer 25 ♥|
|50 parkruns ♥|
|100 parkruns ♥|
parkrun just one part of Huan’s workout
Huan Quach has joined us at Gardiners Creek recently, running in the VM70-74 age group. Faced with COVID-19 lockdowns over the last year, he has found ways to keep up his fitness at home.
We could tell you about his workout but…maybe just watch his YouTube video—and get inspired! Be sure to drop him a positive comment if you like what you see.
Oh yeah, and did we mention that he had a severe stroke back in 2015? Looks like he’s made a full recovery.
Cafe Quest 2021
Sadly, we’ve recently lost a couple of nearby cafes that were popular with parkrunners, so the search is on for new options for post-parkrun coffee and chat.
This week, the suggestion is to try Sis N Me Café, just around the corner at 1069 Riversdale Road (that’s opposite Wattle Park).
Please join us there after you’ve finished on Saturday. Let’s find out if it’s a parkrun-worthy venue.
Suggestions for other cafes to try are also welcome.
parkrunning the numbers
We spotted these numbers in the results sheet:
|Placing = Number of parkruns|
|4th in 4th parkrun||Nick CANTERBURY|
|Minutes match seconds|
Wanted: 3D printing nous
We’d like to improve the finish line experience (for both participants and volunteers) by adding a couple of these wonderful finish token dispensers to our event kit.
But how does it work? The designer’s video includes a quick demonstration. Talk about smooth!
If you’ve ever struggled with a pile of loose tokens (or waited in a queue while a volunteer struggled with a pile of loose tokens) you’ll see how this improves things.
Having gone through a few revisions, it’s a design that’s well tested and the plans are available online—all we need is someone with the 3D-printing know-how to do the job. Drop us a line at email@example.com if you can help out.