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.


COVID-19 Special Update

Two parkrun volunteers wearing facemasks

In the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking all parkrunners to check their local conditions before leaving for parkrun this weekend.

If you have visited the Greater Brisbane area recently, please have a COVID test as soon as possible.


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!