The day Event #95 went down the drain
By Allyson Opray
Our race director Joel, accompanied by Cindy and Nathan set off on a 7am course check and was returning full of enthusiasm. He was ready to tell the 30+ brave souls who adhered to the instructions earlier in the week that parkrun would go ahead, rain, hail or shine (and boy did we get all those things). The course was spongy but not sticky, the roar of the raging flood water, akin to Niagara Falls was inspiring, the wet gum trees illuminated against the broody black sky was empowering – perfect conditions for our run today. That was until he descended the last hill, taking the left turn into the tunnel - there was the road block – water ….. ankle deep water! The tunnel had become a fast running drain. He reported back to the gathering group that it seemed the water was running into the tunnel faster than it was running out. Would it clear in the next 10 minutes? Could we run the other way? Could we drive to the Koonwarra Rec Reserve and start there, running a little further to a turnaround point then run back? Or maybe we could just go to the Koonwarra Store for coffee? With the safety of our parkrun competitors the number one concern, the decision was made to cancel the official parkrun today. A big thank you to the volunteers who arrived early to take up their positions and to the rest of our parkrun family who decided to come along regardless of what Mother Nature had in store – you’re all Champions!!