Grand Ridge Rail Trail parkrun, Mirboo North
Event number 36
11th January 2020

It was lovely to wake to a cool damp morning for our delayed start to parkrun in 2020 and a chance to see if our festive cheer had added a bit more load to carry as we made our way back up our infamous ‘gentle incline'.

After a warm welcome and introductions from Kat Smith on her Run Directing debut, thirty-two people ran, jogged and walked along our beautiful trail through the rainforest.

After completing a few parkruns at other venues over the festive season for special events and cancellations due to smoke it was lovely to be back on our delightfully damp trail that is nice and soft underfoot. Steve Quirk was heard to say that this made him a bit slow - although I noticed that didn’t stop him running a PB on his first outing of the year. Five others ran PBs this week including Aston Arthur; Mackenzie, Lacy and Amy White and Mary He who took an extraordinary minute and a half off her previous best! Well done all!

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While the horrors of the fires unfolding to the north and east of us resulted in last week’s event being cancelled due to the smoky conditions here, it was a very small inconvenience compared to that being suffered by our parkrun family in other parts of the state and beyond. As part of the recovery process, once it is safe to do so, we are being encouraged to head out to the fire affected communities that rely so heavily on people spending their summers there. They need our support to help keep their communities and businesses vibrant that have been so sadly impacted this year. If you are able to take a trip to one of these communities, see if you can drop in on their parkrun too and show them your support – I have a few more Gippsland parkruns to tick off so this gives me a great excuse to get them done.

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Grand Ridge Rail Trail parkrun was brought to you by 10 volunteers this week: Bill Barry, Amy White, Lynette McCarthy, Lisa Riley, Darcy Linforth, Liz Radcliffe, Jessie Holland, Stacey Harriage, Kat Smith, and Paula Calafiore - with special thanks to our visitors from Inverloch and Koonwarra who made the trip up the hill to help fill our roster this week.

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parkrun only happens each week because of the special people who show up to volunteer and we couldn’t do it without them. As of this week a total of 100 different individuals have donned the orange vest at GRRT parkrun and for this we thank you all! If you would like to join them, reach out to us on our facebook page or send us an email at grandridgerailtrail@parkrun.com - we promise to make you feel welcome.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Grand Ridge Rail Trail parkrun, Mirboo North Results Page.