Koonwarra parkrun - Event number 65 - 12th January 2019
The tunnel is a marker....along with the 3 bridges on the 5km Koonwarra parkrun course along the rail trail heading towards Meeniyan.
From the 8am starter's hooter near the picnic table it is a short distance to the tunnel under the South Gippsland Highway.
Over 3 bridges, turn around at 2.5km and return. It is a wide, picturesque well maintained track marked with parkrun motivational distance sign and the odd rock cairn along the way. At this time of year plums are ripe for the picking to stave off hunger pains before a well earned breakfast at the Koonwarra Store. On the return journey the tunnel is the last little bit before "Heartbreak Hill" the finish line, stopwatch and your parkrun token.
Greg Anthony powered home to collect the first token on Saturday on his 24th parkrun with a time of 22.44 minutes. Seth Cropley and Andrew Hamilton were on his tail. And in overall 4th place teenager Ada Hill was the first female over the line on only her 2nd parkrun.
118 runners, joggers, walkers and pram pushers participated in the 65th Koonwarra parkrun event. Seven were first timers ever to parkrun and shows the ever increasing interest and participation locally. Statistics show that over 30.000km have just been clocked up by Koonwarra parkrunners!
Pleasant weather conditions helped 17 participants with the all important "new PB " on their results email.
Visitors or parkrun tourists were from Echuca/Moama, Highlands, Churchill, Toolern Creek, Traralgon and neighbouring Inverloch parkrun .
Well done to brothers, Harper and Jaspar Anthony who shared the Junior 10 cape. Juniors can register from the age of 4 and until they reach the age of 11 must be with an adult on the course.
Volunteers made the day happen and Lani Cropley as run director led the team. Peter Rose, Amy White, Cassie Van Hoorn, Patricia Miller, Sarah Peachey, Vincent Brennan all donned the orange singlet to help out.
Last week it was a volunteer love story and this week it was a survival story. Turns out barcode scanner Peter Rose was the 74 year old Berry's Creek farmer airlifted to a Melbourne hospital last week after being trapped under a tractor. Peter attributes his survival and recovery to his running history. In hospital for 4 days he asked everyday when he could go home.
He had to be home... he had a job to do.....barcode scanning at Koonwarra!
To see more photos and to volunteer or register.... Google Koonwarra parkrun or LIKE the Koonwarra parkrun Facebook page.
Every Saturday morning, briefing at 7.45am......hooter at 8.
This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 7 volunteers:
Amy WHITE • Lani CROPLEY • Patricia MILLER • Vincent BRENNAN • Cassie VAN HOORN • Peter ROSE • Sarah PEACHEY
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 John GRAHAM who recorded 83.88% (20:22) on 11th November 2017 (event number 2).
Koonwarra parkrun started on 4th November 2017. Since then 1,182 participants have completed 6,125 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,625 km, including 1,188 new Personal Bests. A total of 162 individuals have volunteered 548 times.