Saturday morning was inspiring as well as tinged with sadness as we remembered Ron Clarke. I grew up knowing exactly who Ron Clarke was and what he had done and always dreamed of being able to run like Ron! Sadly I have never run like Ron, but I know I am still running today at the age of 50 partly due to Ron Clarke and all he represented. I'd like to think Ron helped you run your best on #parkRon day.
We had a cool start to the run which didn't seem good at the time, but 35 PB's and lots of smiles at the finish line tell me the cooler weather is appreciated. Luckily it doesn't take long to warm up!
We welcomed 15 First Timers, 5 of who were parkrun tourists! And we had a visitor from Richmond Park parkrun, Richmond, Surrey(ie U.K.). Welcome to Elio Zentilin who ran his 222nd parkrun at Minnippi! Truly among parkrun royalty here. It was lovely to meet you Elio and hope to see you in Richmond one parkrun day. It's worth noting too, that Elio has also volunteered many times during his epic journey. Thanks Elio!
Remember...volunteer often and volunteer soon!
Enjoy the rest of the week and see you all Saturday,
Heroes of the Week
Chris STURGEON • Greg WEBSTER • Jenny REEDMAN • Kate MYATT • Lorraine SHIMIZU • Nathan PENNINGS • Samir BOUCHGHL • Tom STURGEON
Pacer Saturday will be held on Saturday 27th June. There will be pacers from 20min- 36.30min. Each week leading up to and including pacer Saturday we will be "shaking the can for donations" so that we can purchase a new marquee for us to be able to use each week and to be able to share with TEES, so please bring along a gold coin.
Up and coming Events
Gold Coast Marathon with 5.7k and 10k on Saturday 4th July and 1/2 marathon and full marathon on Sunday 5th July. Good luck to all parkrunners who have entered. There are fun runs on most Sundays and are a great addition to your your Saturday parkrun.
Jean-Paul CHURCHWARD (SM25-29) of Thompson Estate AC, was first over the line in 17:27 - 12th time in 68 appearances.
Steve BARRACLOUGH (VM45-49) of Thompson Estate AC, was second over the line in 17:52 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Phil DAVIES (VM55-59) of Ashgrove Rangers AC, was third over the line in 18:09 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jean-Paul CHURCHWARD (Thompson Estate AC) 2456 pts.
Andrew BARNES (Unattached) 2152 pts.
Steve BARRACLOUGH (Thompson Estate AC) 2011 pts.
Ellen CHRISTISON (SW20-24) of Thompson Estate AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:06 - 5th time in 18 appearances.
Kerrie SCHMIDT (VW50-54) of Thompson Estate AC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 21:26 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Rachel TOOZE (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 22:01.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Serena MARTIN (Thompson Estate AC) 2323 pts.
Sarah BLOXSOM (Thompson Estate AC) 2176 pts.
Kerrie SCHMIDT (Thompson Estate AC) 2152 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Phil DAVIES (VM55-59) was graded 86.87% for the time 18:09 (third overall).
Steve BARRACLOUGH (VM45-49) was graded 80.60% for the time 17:52 (second overall).
Kerrie SCHMIDT (VW50-54) was graded 80.17% for the time 21:26 (18th overall).
This week there were 138 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different athletics clubs took part.
Minnippi parkrun started on 30th November 2013, and since then 2,161 different runners, including participants from 66 athletics clubs, have completed 10,961 runs covering a total distance of 54,805 km, and there have been 2,591 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Clare GERAGHTY who ran in a time of 00:17:20 on 2015-03-21 (event number 66).
The male record is held by Ron DARMON who ran in a time of 00:15:16 on 2014-02-01 (event number 10), and by Ron DARMON who also ran 00:15:16 on 2015-02-14 (event number 62).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anne RYAN who recorded a 95.05% run (19:51) on 16th May 2015 (event number 72).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Minnippi parkrun Results Page.