By Rosemary Knox
Rain, reign and reins at Koonwarra parkrun
All parkruns....and parkrun reports start with a discussion about the weather and luckily at Koonwarra on Saturday morning there was no rain. It was cold though, very cold! Nearly a frost on the flats and foggy over the swamps but 99 parkrunners turned out of warm beds for the 7.45am briefing.
All breathing steam, rubbing hands together and shivering while Run Director Lynnette McCarthy welcomed tourists (from Inverloch parkrun) and first timers to the Queen's Birthday long weekend 86th event. Happy birthday Queen Lizzie and as the Royalists would say or sing...."long may she reign over us!"
A brisk morning for a brisk run, jog, walk or wander over the 5kms, out and back course along the rail trail towards Meeniyan.
First over the line was Scott Morrison with a time of 19.53 and close behind was Mathieu Dube with his time of 20.05. (a PB)
With the thought of coffee and warmth back at the Koonwarra Store there were 16 PB's on Saturday so congratulations go to Mathieu, Fraser, Lisa, Glenn, Ebony, Alana, Keiron, Lauren, Chris, Jason, Harley, Thomas, Shelle, Michelle, Jenny and Daphne.
The arrival of the all important post-run email and the checking of times is an important part of parkrun. The elusive PB is the holy grail so to get PB's consecutively is exciting!
Coffee conversation was about the 2019 Longest Run-Gippsland the next day. Starting at 6.30am parkrunners could complete on all or some of the local courses. Warragul, Newborough, Traralgon, Churchill, Grand Ridge, Koonwarra and finishing at 4pm at Inverloch.
Chatting with newcomers Giulia and Barbara from Leongatha at their first ever parkrun and it is interesting to see parkrun with fresh eyes. How it works, who does what, how fast some of the runners are, how keen are the kids, how many prams and dogs there are, the bridges, the ducks and scenery, the tokens and barcodes and how friendly everyone is.... the whole new sights on the picturesque rail trail.
Too cold and too many layers of clothing meant the new apricot tee sported by Judy didn't get much air- time. Personalised with "Koonwarra" the apricot tee helps spread the parkrun message.
For more information about Koonwarra parkrun Google it! And for photos have a look at the Koonwarra parkrun Facebook page.
Many thanks to the volunteers who made this event happen.... Lyn McCarthy, Steve Fuery, Helen Lughetto, Julian Walker, Rosemary Knox, Neil Langstaff and Brooke Jones
The pack-up after parkrun is always smooth and easy with volunteers pulling down signs, packing away vests and tokens and handing the equipment on to the next RD.
Felicity Castellen takes the reins for Koonwarra parkrun next Saturday, at the picnic table, at the start of the Great Southern Rail Trail in Koonwarra with run briefing at 7.45am and the hooter at 8.