Koonwarra parkrun is cancelled on 2021-10-23 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

Event # 142

Event # 142 - What rain!! 

How many of us laid in bed during the wee hours of Saturday morning and thought parkrun isn’t looking good!? The rain and hail pelted on the roof and the wind sounded like it was coming in sideways! 

Some stayed in bed, huddled under the warmth of the doona but 42 enthusiastic park runners ventured out to brave the weather! The thermals, the driza bones, the gloves, the umbrellas, the alpaca wool beanies and the merry people gum boots all made an appearance to get us over the line! 

But what rain...

We welcomed Peter from Berwick Springs who was down visiting his sister, Wendy from Warragul who came away with first female and a PB and the ladies from Hastings who even had time to stop for selfies with our bovine friends along the way! 

The course held up well. The rain had compacted the gravel. There was no hill diversion to climb and only a couple of puddles to jump! 

Congratulations to Kelly & Garry Dorling Garry & Cheryl Lamb and Wendy Lines on snagging PB’s! 

This weeks volunteers deserve a huge pat on the back! Thanks to Lesley, Brooke, Leanne, Helen, Heather, Keren, Trish, Mackenzie and Amy for standing out in the cold and working like clockwork! The finish line conversations a chance to get to know our parkrunners that bit more each week! 

We still need 2 timekeepers and a barcode scanner for next Saturday. If you haven’t volunteered for a while, need a rest day or simply just want to help out please get in touch with us. 

And as we put the lid on the parkrun gear, down she came...hail bouncing off us like tiny little golf balls. We scampered quickly to cars, wiped the hail off our brow and thought how lucky that the rain had stayed away! 


Event # 139

After 3 consecutive weeks touristing (Sale, Burley Griffin ACT and Castlemaine), it was nice to be home along with 87 other parkrunners who gathered together for Koonwarra parkrun event # 139! 

A mild morning, some boggy patches in the midst of the roadworks, a noteable clearing of pittosporum, a new fairy door and a rather large fluro stone set the scene for Koonwarra parkruns impressive rail trail course!

Congratulations to Trish Miller on celebrating her 100 parkrun milestone! Having completed the majority of them at Koonwarra she has also touristed to Inverloch, Studley, Dalby and Sale. Great to see her support crew out in full force!

Riley Hulls finally completed his Junior 10 after getting his barcode for his 4th birthday last year (a week before parkrun closed for nearly 12 months), his consistent weekly attendance has seen him quickly shoot to 10! A great effort for little legs! Well done! 

Great running conditions meant 15 PB’s! Congratulations to Lacey White, Indie Hulls, Leo Enter, Phil Munro, Jason Browne, Katherine Jackson, Linda Jefferis, Travis Strybosch, Rebecca Browne, Jinyan Jin, Suzanne Tucker, Joy Morrison, Natasha Berry, Dianne Fisher & Jill Wellard! 

Thanks to this weeks volunteers, Sue Ritchie, Heather Smith, Cassie VanHoorn, Teeny Talsma, Peter Kruse, Fay Sinclair, Mary Trease, Katharina Harper-Schmid, Lisa Riley and Amy White for making the event possible! 

Sifting through the results it looks like some big milestones in the next couple of months, so keep up the consistent park running and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Don’t forget to check the roster for any vacancies in the upcoming weeks and message the team if you can fill a spot. 

See you all next week! 



Easter Saturday fun

Koonwarra parkrun Event number 136 3rd April 2021

A beautiful cool but sunny morning greeted parkrunners at Koonwarra on Easter Saturday morning. The regular crowd shuffled in, along with some parkrun tourists from the metro area, including Berwick Springs, and Studley.

A reported sighting of the Easter Bunny made people jump for joy........

And wave their hands in the air......

Perhaps someone knows where the eggs are stashed.... what we know for sure is, parkrun makes everyone happy. Congratulations to those who achieved a PB for Easter, Bryanna Mifsud, Mark Fava, Geoff Pike, Linda Jefferis, Joy Morrison, Kay Frost, Peter Cook, Lynne Jones, Kelly Dorling, Simon Brady, Joe Licciardo, Quinn Brady, Rebecca Dutton, Troy Wilson, Phil Munro, and Gary Dorling.

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This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Felicity CASTELLAN • Lisa RILEY • Caitlin CASTELLAN • Sue DUTTON • Jolyon DUTTON • Teeny TALSMA • Phillip MORRISON • Sarah PEACHEY • Joy MILES • Lesley TURTON • Sharon WRIGHT

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

The male record is held by Sam QUIRK who recorded a time of 15:54 on 7th April 2018 (event number 24).
The female record is held by Sarah LEWIS who recorded a time of 18:44 on 25th August 2018 (event number 44).
The Age Grade course record is held by Craig BENSON who recorded 85.14% (17:03) on 20th April 2019 (event number 79).

Koonwarra parkrun started on 4th November 2017. Since then 1,911 participants have completed 13,355 parkruns covering a total distance of 66,775 km, including 2,170 new Personal Bests. A total of 220 individuals have volunteered 1,166 times.


COVID-19 Special Update

Two parkrun volunteers wearing facemasks

In the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking all parkrunners to check their local conditions before leaving for parkrun this weekend.

If you have visited the Greater Brisbane area recently, please have a COVID test as soon as possible.


Event # 135

No milestones. No visitors. No first timers. And no dogs. End of story.

Not quite. There is a story in everything.

Today’s Koonwarra parkrun report starts with the story of Glenn Sullivan. He’s a high school teacher, a new grandad and out on the course, he’s blur of yellow as he thunders past. With previous experience at Inverloch parkrun, today he made his run director debut at the picnic table at Koonwarra.

The next part of this story is about the 41 finishers. The words brave and determined could be used to describe the characteristics that these people have. They were undeterred by the wet autumnal rain that kept the usual crowd snug in bed.

The equally (or if not more) courageous people in this story include Lisa, Sue, Daryl, Peter, Heather, Amanda, Helen, William and Jess. Something that these people have is zest. Their excitement and energy that they bought to Koonwarra parkrun would have been as bright as my running top I wore! It means ‘approaching a situation, or life in general, with excitement and energy, not approaching tasks or activities halfway or half-heartedly. People who are high in zest are excited to get up in the morning, and they live their lives like an adventure.’

There is drama and mystery in this story. A suspicious token was not returned to the container alongside its fellow token friends. Desperate for its own adventure, it followed a parkunner home. It was discovered in the getaway vehicle sometime after the event and has pledged to hitch a return ride with its accomplices. Its punishment will see it properly sanitised and quarantined. Then it will undergo confinement to a wire ring until next Saturday when it may be released.

This story ends with gratitude. Thanks Jason, for thoughtfully parking your vehicle and erecting a shelter to keep the volunteers dry. Thanks to the roadwork crew who stood in the rain and kept us safe from the passing construction trucks. Lastly, thanks to each and everyone of you for turning an ordinary event into an extraordinary story!


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