Koonwarra parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event #125

By Judy Langstaff 

It must be Saturday if we are at the picnic table and it’s 7.30am. l always think this will be the day when everyone decides to have a lie in and just give parkrun a miss. It gets to 0740 and still no crowd only around 15-20 and then it’s 0745 and the cars start to arrive. No sleep in this Saturday as the numbers swell. We like to try and guess how many this week and are always surprised when it’s a bigger number than you think.  Over 90 this week. The visitors this week come from Birdsland Reserve parkland in Belgrade Heights.....hope you enjoyed our very scenic parkrun. As usual we had a great canine turnout who can’t wait for the go siren and our contingent of parents with kids and pram seems to get bigger and bigger every week.  The volunteers have done us proud again this week lead by our run director Lynette and her trust worthy crew of Philip, Amy, Robert, Ebony Greg, and Indie. We need to mention all 17 who got  a PB this week as we all know how hard they are to come by! Grear job.......but even if you just enjoyed the trail, walking and chatting with friends.. how good do you feel at the 5km mark with another parkrun under your belt? We need to mention the very special fairy doors that are now part of our parkrun, the delight from the kids when they found a new one and as they got closer and knelt down to take a closer look was something special. Hope every one has a great week ahead and we will see you all next week at the picnic table.


Event #124

By Jol Dutton 

On this busy weekend in Gippsland with lots of events happening for the long weekend, it was impressive to see a great turn out for the “International Women’s Day” run at Koonwarra.

130 parkrunners turned up at the picnic table for the run briefing from run director Sue Ritchie.

As Sue started the briefing with an acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land on which we run, I thought of the women of the Boon wurrung (Bunurong) people who would have held the communities together, just as todays women do. Sue also asked as to acknowledge the significant women in our lives, that took my thoughts to the wonderful ladies who had the foresight and drive to establish the the Koonwarra Parkrun, 124 runs ago. Also looking at the rest of the volunteers for the day, yet again, mostly women.

Lisa Riley had been out first thing this morning in the dark to do the safety check (as she does most weeks). So we’re ready to head over to the start line, including the 1 first time participant, visitors from Chelsea and Lakes Entrance, at least half a dozen noisey and excited dogs, lots of young parkrunners and a few not so young. Lots of folks had dressed in purple tops, purple garlands, purple tutus and a few purple fairy dresses, all to honour the Women’s day theme – that made for a very colourful run.

Running conditions were perfect this morning. Dry, but fresh after the weeks rainfall that has made the surrounding paddocks and bush land so lush and pleasant to run through. In these great conditions, 23 PBs were achieved today. Greg Anthony ran his 50th parkrun – all have been at Koonwarra – he was obviously inspired to run a new PB himself. By the look of all the happy faces along the course, all of the rest of the participants who didn’t achieve PBs today, certainly enjoyed being out on the Great Southern Rail Trail.

At the end of the run, I thought back to the International Women’s Day theme, looked around a saw loads of inspiring parkrun women right here in Koonwarra. The motto for this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. If we spread the spirit and community of parkrun around the world we will go a long way to making this motto a world reality.

Thanks to all the volunteers that made this weeks Parkrun possible – Sue Ritchie, Helen Lughetto, Scott Morrison, Helen Patterson, Bree-Anna Roy, Trudi Roy, Cassandra Barker and Jolyon Dutton.


Event #123 – February 29…Leap Year!

written by Judy Langstaff

Welcome to the very first leap year parkrun and congratulations to the 133 people who took advantage of the perfect weather to participate in our 123rd event. We welcomed one visitor all the way from Inverloch and celebrated one milestone, a 12-year wedding anniversary for Trudi and her husband!

Leaprun start

Lots of leaping out on the course today for leap year! Old traditions say that ladies who would like to propose – February 29 is the day and if your man says no, they have to buy you 12 pairs of gloves to hide your ringless fingers, but with winter approaching you may need these for the cold mornings at parkrun. Our next leap park run will be in 2048, save the date!


Jumping TrioA great number of our parkrunners sported their Run Down Under shirts for parkrun Down Under day with $1 for every runner photographed in their shirt being donated by Run Down Under to parkrun.

Sixteen people wearing their Run Down Under tops

Lots of dogs today who were all keen to get going with one wriggly rascal deciding to slip their harness and bolt back to his owner who was volunteering at the start. Thanks go to his walker who unfortunately clocked up a few more steps than they usually do in pursuit of the homebound hound.

Kids and pups

Four first timers today and a massive 22 PBs! Great to see Shane getting a PB for the second time in two weeks and Wendy, one of our parkrun tragics, also getting a well deserved PB. Also a PB for Liam, in only his second parkrun after a long break, who took two minutes off last week’s time, leaving him needing a bit of ‘time to himself’ at the end to recover. A great effort by all Koonwarra parkrunners every week, especially all of the families and supermums juggling kids and prams.

Pram Crew

Its is also great to have our parkrun families staying for our PPP…the post parkrun picnic - a cuppa and sharing of goodies on picnic blankets at the end of parkrun, having a chat and catching up. Everyone is welcome.


Next week is International Womens Day so make sure you wear purple and bring along a friend or two.

Happy parkrun and see you all next week.

100 Mum



Event #122 (coincidentally on the 22/2) PICTURES TELL A THOUSAND WORDS!!

By Amy White

Event # 122 which coincidentally fell on the 22/2!!

This mornings parkrun briefing might have left me “ferreting” for a good story!! Julian’s jovial welcome beamed, but the gathering crowd gave no reply!

No milestones, no first timers, no birthdays, no anniversaries, no news some would say...but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to write about!! 

Saturday mornings are more than a walk in the park, and for a lot of us the social outing, networking and enjoyment of a chat is where the real stories come from! 

A crisp morning, blue skies and the sun peeking through any gap in the tree lined rail trail, which will later be a welcomed shaded relief for anyone using the course, reminded us that Summer isn’t over just yet...or did it even start?

We were lucky enough to welcome parkrun ambassador Geoff Wiffen and his wife Narelle visiting from Balyang Sanctuary near Geelong! Clearly visible in their apricot touristing t-shirts, they added Koonwarra to their extensive parkrun resume including 72 different locations! We wish Geoff all the best next week for an unbelievable “unofficial” 300 milestone!!

We welcomed back the South Gippsland Umpires Association crew now becoming regular faces. Great to see organisations like this using parkrun as a pre-season training get together! Darcy Linforth finished second overall and managed a well deserved PB! 

Ryan McKnight took the sensible option of walking in the last half of the course with a niggling calf injury! We hope it is not too serious and hope to see you back out leading the pack soon!

Faye Sinclair and Mary Trease set a cracking pace and continued on their weekly PB tradition! A chat about last weeks successful fundraiser they catered for might have kept them quietly distracted!

I joined Lisa & Cindy for a cool down walk with an excited 3 year old on my shoulders ready and bound for the Foster Show! 2km or half an hour of life’s weekly catch ups! 

This week 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course and the perfect conditions provided 16 with new personal bests!

At the conclusion of parkrun and amongst packing up the gear, much to the delight of our RD Julian, I offered to take the camera home to upload the photos! An array of genuinely happy faces, leaping athletes, strong men, women and families and big wide smiles greeted me on the computer screen! Everyone has a story and a picture can tell a thousand words!!

The event was made possible by 8 wonderful volunteers - Julian Walker, Felicity Castellan, Trish Miller, Caitlin Castellan, Sue Dutton, Jan Leslie, Phillip Morrison & Amy White!

A reminder next week - Saturday 29th Feb is the first ever leap year parkrun! If you don’t get to this one, you’re next chance wont be until 2048!!

The following week on the 7th of March, Koonwarra parkrun and the rest of the world is celebrating International Women’s Day. Do your best to bring along a female friend, family member or a work colleague, especially one who has never been to parkrun before! Wear purple.. head to toe purple, a splash of purple or anything in between!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Koonwarra parkrun Results Page.


Event #121

Event Number 121

Heavy fog and misty drizzle along with humid conditions greeted 112 Koonwarra parkrun participants.

13 people ran at Koonwarra for the first time.
One participant ran their first ever parkrun.


Visitors ventured from Inverloch, Grand Ridge Rail Trail, Warragul (crew from Baw Baw Runners) Newborough, Traralgon, Diamond Creek, Westerfolds, Karkarook, Golden Beach and Singapore.

Congratulations to Rylan Bell, Nathan Castle, Dylan Hanily, Tim Piggott, Greg Anthony, Ben Falzon, Belinda Kirkham, Derek Beggs, Claire Wyllie, Jon Missen, Christine McDonald, Max Carter, Josh Chenoweth, Kayla Missen, Katie Hamilton, Colleen Clark, Christine Clark, Ethan Nicholas, Laura Nicholas, Marnie Whiteside, Christine Fleming and Joseph McDonald all recorded personal bests.


Thanks to volunteers Chris Baille, Nathan Castle, Brad Hall, Penny Johnson, Joel Longstaff, Jan Leslie, Scott Morrison and Yvette Tew for making this event possible.


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