Koonwarra parkrun - Event #26 - 21st April 2018
Sunshine and smiles surrounded 106 parkrunners and walkers at Koonwarra’s event number 26. We welcomed 23 first timers including tourists from all over the country, congratulated 30 who achieved PB’s and were thankful for the 7 volunteers who made the morning run so smoothly.
Only 6 unknowns in the results tally mean barcodes are being remembered, registering is in full force and participants are jumping on board the parkrun way.
Safety is paramount at parkrun and our focus this week was the children Under 11 rule where they must be accompanied and within arms reach of a responsible adult. A raise of hands and a point to the adult showing arms reach distance was well received and some perfect examples on display showing how it’s done...not just for today or last weeks junior takeover but for every Saturday at every parkrun. Well done team.
Late nights and half a week of babysitting didn’t stop Scott Morrison from being first over the line in a time of 18:57, just shy of his personal best.
Kingsley Baldwin touristing from the north coast of New South Wales added Koonwarra to his long list of parkrun tourism.
Fellow Koonwarra RD, Kate LewTon with the help of friends Michelle Harris and Bill Barry managed to shave 20 seconds off her PB to record a new time of 23:28.
Chris Parker travelled from the big smoke to tick Koonwarra off the parkrun list. A regular at Albert parkrun Melbourne, he has now done 227 parkruns at 44 different locations.
Local journo Nathan Johnston will now be able to compare notes with his fellow parkrunning work colleague as he crossed the finish line for the first time in a respectable time of 25:33.
Husband and wife duo Linda & Brian Jefferis may have been spurred on by their cheer squad at the finish line helping them with a PB. We look forward to to seeing the rest of the family joining in on future parkruns.
Although the rail trail would not be unfamiliar territory, Olympian and local girl Eleanor Patterson experienced her first ever parkrun. Star struck at the finish line we were too late for a selfie...
Bob & Ruth Duljas, parkrun stalwarts ventured over from Churchill for the second time and both were rewarded with a PB! We’ll see you soon on your home turf.
Often frequenting Inverloch and touristing to Merimbula most recently, young gun Chloe Harris was most excited to run her junior 10 at Koonwarra. And the white cape certainly made her run faster with a PB of 32:53 to go with her achievement.
Ebony Knox & Emma Grabham backing up last weeks half marathon performance in Canberra were happy to keep the legs ticking over at a consistent pace.
Local Narelle McNaughton who has been itching to get to park run joined us for the first time. We hope the injury that’s held you back pulls up ok and we see you more often.
The awesome foursome of Helen Patterson, Jodie Higgins, Kylie Buckland & Virginia Bolge continue their Saturday morning walks with PB’s all round. Proving the more you talk the faster you get! Well done ladies.
The full list of PB achievers are Eros Gallo, Kate Lew Ton, Brian Jefferis, Dale McCahon, Jolyon Dutton, Ruyu Yao, Allyson Opray, Bob Duljas, Ruth Duljas, Bree-Anna Roy, Linda Jefferis, Sharni Campbell, Bob Hickman, Marianna Lolas, Chloe Harris, Penny Johnson, Leigh Shelley-McCahon, Helen Patterson, Jodie Higgins, Kylie Buckland, Virginia Bolge, Teeny Talsma, Shem Walliker, Josiah Walliker, Jethro Walliker, Laura McIlwaine, Fiona Greuter, Colleen Slater, Trudi Roy and Angela Toomey.
Thank you to the wonderful team of volunteers Amy White, Lynette McCarthy, Lisa Riley, Leo Argento, Greg Anthony, Katharina HARPER-Schmid and Leanne Stuchberry. Great chats and friendly banter made for a fun morning in the fluro vests.
The Mother’s Day Classic in Wonthaggi is being held on Mother’s Day, Sunday 13th May. So if you’re still looking for that perfect present for Mum, sign her up for a walk or run and enjoy another nice family day out whilst raising money for the national breast cancer foundation. The link and more details are on our Facebook page Koonwarra parkrun.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Koonwarra parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Sarah LEWIS who recorded a time of 18:49 on 30th December 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Sam QUIRK who recorded a time of 15:54 on 7th April 2018 (event number 24).
The Age Grade course record is held by John GRAHAM who recorded 83.88% (20:22) on 11th November 2017 (event number 2).
Koonwarra parkrun started on 4th November 2017. Since then 767 participants have completed 2,651 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,255 km, including 583 new Personal Bests.