New Year’s Day

Let's ring in the new year in style at Koonwarra parkrun, start those New Year healthy resolutions with a friendly 5K parkrun, or try a different volunteer role. Everyone is welcome at Koonwarra.



Koonwarra parkrun is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our parkrun family, start the day with a 5K walk, skip or run, or volunteer before tucking in to feasting and festivities....usual parkrun time this year. Christmas finery optional, but encouraged.


Event # 149….parkrun returns!!

The long awaited return to parkrun across the state finally happened this week and 65 locals at Koonwarra were excited to be back!

A surprise to some that there was only 65. Some were off touristing, some didn’t have enough time to get organised, some quite enjoying their sleep ins still and some perhaps still uncertain about big crowds!!

Since the 11th September, parkrun across Victoria has been temporarily closed with covid restrictions! The usual weekly Saturday event has been on and off this year with the weekend marking only the 24th event for the year.

Whilst on hold the encouragement and motivation with “not” parkrun grew rapidly and in one week we had 82 not parkruns logged!! With some people having completed more “not” parkruns than actual parkruns!

Helen Lughetto had been parkrun recruiting during the down time and it was great to see her gym friends Natasha Kneale & Chris Trotman experience their first ever parkrun! We also welcomed Haydn Chapman, tourist adventurer to the Koonwarra course!

Well done to Colleen Clark, with a brilliant PB, cracking the 28 minute mark!!

Congratulations to Fiona Dalgleish celebrating an unofficial milestone, her 200th parkrun.

Thanks to this weeks volunteers, who at short notice put their hand up, Felicity Castellen, Leo Argento, Sarah Knox, Indie Hulls, Sarah Peachy, Helen Lughetto, Amy White, Trish Miller & Emma Miller!

It was certainly nice to be back! Good to see the steady progress of the road works, a change of scenery on the course with a new tunnel! Memories talked about of parkrunners who have sadly left us, kids getting bigger and new baby bumps! It felt like a big family catch up!!

More exciting times ahead with a Christmas Day & New Year’s Day parkrun planned.

But for now let’s hope for a consistent Saturday parkrun, nice weather and let’s encourage those to get back out there!

Koonwarra parkrun happens every Saturday at 7.45am on the rail trail at Koonwarra. To register simply visit parkrun is a free, weekly event for the whole community to enjoy! Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.


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.


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!



Event #130

If this pandemic has taught us anything it is to take one day at a time, you never
know what is around the corner. Will parkrun be on this week or this month even?
But when we come back, how great was it to see all the old familiar faces. The
course is a surprise and a bit different each week - you never know what to


There are still the same familiar / usual things though – the morning catch
ups and pre race chats, the challenge of placing yourself where to start in the line-
up, will I run a PB today or just enjoy the walk and friendship along the way. Heart
break hill is still a challenge at the end, the wobbly bridge makes our legs feel
unsteady, Lisa’s great signs and her artwork on the trail.

Well done to the 73 people who enjoyed these great conditions this morning,
perfect weather for a run, walk, jog or a mixture of all three. We welcomed
people from Birdsland reserve and Traralgon today – thank you for joining us. Big
thanks to our RD Kelly and the group of volunteers – Steve, Helen P, Neil, Laurie,
Lisa, Helen L, and Etsuko. Without the volunteers there would be no parkrun. So if
you haven’t put your name down in a while it’s not hard and if everyone takes a
turn we can all participate and share the love of Parkrun.

See you all next week fingers crossed.


Event #129

Koonwarra parkrunners were met with a picture-perfect morning for their free, weekly, timed event on Saturday. It was mild and sunny, with no wind. Ideal for setting a personal-best time, which 9 of the 118 walkers, joggers, pram-pushers and dog-walkers did.

Thumbs Up Bub

Congratulations to Rebecca King, who ran through the 100 parkrun banner at the finish line to the cheering of family and supporters.

Rebecca King

There were twelve first-timers and visitors welcomed, including a few who were celebrating a mate’s 33rd birthday. While a sleep-in was tantalising, they made the hard call to do parkrun instead and had the reward of a fantastic start to their weekend!

We also welcomed 10 parkdogs who enthusiastically dragged their owners along the rail trail. None more so than ‘Patches’. Laurie generously volunteered to take him along so Scott and Ebony could run. When Patch saw them pass him as they headed for the finish, Laurie had to employ many diversional strategies to keep him on track until Phillip passed by and took the reins to head towards the finish line. They started off at a cracking pace however then Patch suspected his owners were behind him after all and hit the brakes. Sorry Phillip - no PB this week!


It was lovely to chat with Geoff from Traralgon, who made a point of coming over to thank the volunteers say how much he loved the Koonwarra track and the friendly and welcoming vibe of the event. He’s looking forward to returning soon with some friends in tow.


First female across the line was regular run-buddy for many, Kate Lew Ton, and the first male to finish was Todd Dorling. Fantastic running!
Kate Lew Ton
A huge thanks to our Volunteers: Sue, Sarah L, Helen, George, Penny, Lisa, Sarah K, Bob, Cindy, Indie Kelly and Steve.

Vollys for Event 129

We hope to see you all again next Saturday for the best way to start your weekend!


Event # 128

By Etsuko Yasunaga

After the deluge of yesterday, a few showers were forecasted for this morning, but that didn’t deter many Koonwarra parkrun enthusiasts. First, orange vest volunteers then participants started to gather at the picnic table under the grey sky. Normal chit chat and park-dogs’ friendly greetings filled our weekly meeting place.

Our youngest assistant RDHarriet in her chest carrier Ebony briefed us in record two minutes, mainly for safety.

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the scenic course, and representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

We welcomed five first timers to Koonwarra parkrun this morning. Congratulations to 16
people who recorded new Personal Bests. Lachlan O’Connor, Belinda Kirkham, Lisa Riley, Courtney Clark, Chris Scholz, Jason Browne, Etsuko Yasunaga, Christine Clark, Joy Morrison, Karen Hardacre, Lacey White, Blake Horkings, Jade Storr, Geoffrey Nelson, Deborah Nelson, Kye Whiteside. Well done on your great efforts.

After the event, it became known that our tailwalker, Helen Lughetto completed her 50th time volunteering. 49 of these have been at Koonwarra parkrun and 1 at Grand Ridge Rail Trail parkrun. Helen is always the first to put her hand up for last minute volunteering and is happy to help out with any role. Tailwalking seems to be a favourite, having completed it 16 times. We thank you for all your efforts and look forward to 50 more Saturday mornings with you!

In unofficial milestones, Glenn Sullivan from Wonthaggi Road Runners recorded his 100th first placing. To come in the first place in any parkrun event is special, but to do that for 100 times out of his 283 parkrun participations is truly remarkable. Congratulations to Glenn on achieving this incredible feat.

Continuing on the theme of celebration, it’s Wendy & Neil Green’s son Tim Green’s wedding day at Mornington today. As you guessed it, Neil Green as well as Neil & Judith Langstaff ran Rosebud parkrun. Some people are really dedicated and nothing stops them attending parkrun event wherever they go. Congratulations to Tim and Nat and the Greens.

We’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the token number 27 Katherine Jackson. Hope your special day is filled with laughers, happiness and good company.

Koonwarra parkrun would like to give special thanks to Lisa Riley, our course check
extraordinaire. Lisa went out not only yesterday afternoon but this morning to make sure we all could participate safely. As I ran today, the brightly coloured stones reminded me not to trip over or stumble on them. One particular stone had a pink heart painted over. I couldn’t help but smile because I felt so safe and secure protected by Lisa’s generosity. The “be aware of the crack” sign melted my heart, as well as all other motivational signs along the course. We are so lucky to have Lisa. Your devotion is phenomenal. Thank you so much for providing us safe environment every week.

Many thanks to our volunteers this week – Ebony Knox as Run Director, Harriet - assistant RD, Cassie van Hoorn and Karen Argento - timekeepers, Fay Sinclair and Lesley Turton - barcode scanning, Denise Basile - finish tokens, Helen Lughetto - tail walker, Jessica van den Burg - photographer, Sue Ritchie - first timers briefing and Etsuko Yasunaga - run report writer.

Have a great week everyone. See you all at the picnic table. Lovely Sue Ritchie will be your RD, Bob Hickman photographer and Steve Fuery as Run Report Writer next week.

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