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.