Event #60 – Flood water receded – 31st January 2015

The flood waters had receded – there were plenty of smiles at Minnippi parkrun. It felt like a long time since I was standing on the “Block” welcoming everyone. It was great to see everyone back enjoying a run in our park. I always feel like am amongst family when I am at Minnippi. It had been only two week since I had been at Minnippi but I missed everyone.

I have set myself a goal this year to parkrun tourist at least once a month and I encourage you to tourist too. We have some other great runs within our district and even further afield. I know of many of our local Minnippians plan their travels around being able to parkrun too.

On Saturday I had a number of people come up and say THANK YOU – and I want to pass all of those wishes on to each and everyone on of you, we wouldn’t be what we are each and every week without all of your support, encouragement, enthusiasm – THANK YOU!

We had a number of celebrations of 50th parkruns on Saturday.   “Warm Up” Steve Barraclough and Lori Marshall. Congratulations to the both of you!

Happy Running

Carmel ED/RD



Heroes of the week


Carmel ROGERS  •  Herman JANSE VAN RENSBURG  •  Jean-Paul CHURCHWARD  •  Michelle HOWSE  •  Nicole LUTZE  •  Serena MARTIN  •  Sharon REDDEL  •  Stephen DALZIEL

Thank you volunteers. Without you we would not be able to keep running every single week. If you are yet to volunteer, today is the perfect time to get in touch and support a great community event. Check out our roster here to see where you can help and then Email us at with the date and volunteer role you would like to fill. 

Pacer Saturday

There is another Thompson Estate Athletics Super Pacer Saturday returning to Minnippi on the 14th February. Bring along your Valentine to this one! Wear something read and join in the #LoveRun


We dont want to be getting into trouble with the council. We encourage everyone to use the other parking area available to us.

 Run Report 


Men's placings:
Bryce CHONG (JM15-17) of Carina Leagues Triathlon Club, was first over the line in 18:20 - first appearance.
Andrew BARNES (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:31 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Steve BARRACLOUGH (VM45-49) of Thompson Estate AC, was third over the line in 18:33 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jean-Paul CHURCHWARD (Thompson Estate AC) 879 pts.
Steve BARRACLOUGH (Thompson Estate AC) 753 pts.
Andrew BARNES (Unattached) 694 pts.

Women's placings:
Bec PHILIPP (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 18:39 - third time in 8 appearances.
Ursula TOWNSEND (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (5th overall) over the line in 18:54 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Lily CLAPHAM (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (9th overall) over the line in 20:14.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Serena MARTIN (Thompson Estate AC) 873 pts.
Kerrie SCHMIDT (Thompson Estate AC) 760 pts.
Sarah BLOXSOM (Thompson Estate AC) 747 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ursula TOWNSEND (VW35-39) was graded 79.63% for the time 18:54 (5th overall).
Bec PHILIPP (SW30-34) was graded 79.45% for the time 18:39 (4th overall).
Barry BROE (VM55-59) was graded 78.61% for the time 19:43 (8th overall).

This week there were 168 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.

Minnippi parkrun started on 30th November 2013, and since then 1,795 different runners, including participants from 63 athletics clubs, have completed 8,360 runs covering a total distance of 41,800 km, and there have been 2,039 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Clare GERAGHTY who ran in a time of 00:17:24 on 2014-10-04 (event number 44).
The men's record is held by Ron DARMON who ran in a time of 00:15:16 on 2014-02-01 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by David SWEENEY who recorded a 91.08% run (16:27) on 3rd May 2014 (event number 22).