Koonwarra parkrun # 91 – Brief Break in the Storms for a Windy Run.
By Simone Walliker
Driving to Koonwarra parkrun this stormy morning was a wet affair but, amazingly, the rain ceased while parking. Very quick announcements were conducted by Run Director, Lynette McCarthy: first timers? … no?; tourists? … yes, one: Michael Walker from Newborough; rules for dogs, looking, looking, no dogs? … rules for under 11s … none of those either! Okay then, let’s line up at the start line.
The small crowd all fitted nicely into a group photo prior to the sound of the horn and we were off. The worst of the weather held off nicely for us with only a few sprinkle in the first half hour so we were free to ENJOY the invigorating icy wind, getting half way and turning at the bollard, only to remember, that’s right, you get the head wind in the homeward direction! Hold on to your hats! For those who were quick to finish, a marquee tent was much needed shelter for the showers that passed and to keep the gear dry.
Track conditions were great despite several days of rain and with a cosy 27 runners there was no need to take to the flooded gutters for any overtaking manoeuvres. Photographer, Bob Hickman, didn’t need to dodge too many raindrops.
Well done to all runners who braved the mid-winter weather for a bit of warming exercise amongst the rolling hills. First finisher was Tim Stephens, first female Katharina Harper-Schmid. Congratulations also to Linda Brown who achieved her 50th run milestone and also Judy Langstaff and Neil Langstaff clocking PBs despite the headwind. We found an official first timer, in Max Fowles who ran an impressive time and a special mention goes to his super mum Kim for driving him to parkrun this morning. A dog appeared on the course too, probably staying warm in the car during the pre-run briefing!
Our Newborough visitor must have enjoyed the course, as after completing his run, hunted down young Max drying off in his car to shake hands and congratulate him on his unwavering effort. He also went back to walk with Tail Walker, Jenny Kerville, helping bring in the signs and stayed back for coffee at the Koonwarra Store. Thanks for visiting Micheal.
Kellie and Kieron’s motivation for coming to parkrun was to see who the hard core parkrunners are!!
Best wishes to Bob, recovering from broken ribs. We can’t wait to celebrate your 50th when you return in a few weeks - but please take it easy in the meantime.
Huge thanks to the volunteers who made the day possible, especially in conditions like today when they’ve committed in advance and followed through. In addition to those already mentioned were Jolyon Dutton, Sarah Lewis, Linda Brown and Sue Ritchie.