Mitchelton parkrun #247

Mitchelton parkrun event 247, 14 April 2018, run report

Saturday 14 April saw near perfect running conditions for Mitchelton parkrun event number 247, with a comfortable twenty degrees or so and a bit of cloud cover. Perhaps because of school holidays there were some notable absences, with some of our regulars attending other parkruns, running on beaches, running in cities, running up and down hills, and never surrendering to the prospect of a Saturday sans parkrun.

The good conditions lured 438 parkrunners to the start line, plus sundry children in prams, strollers and backpacks, and a number of canines on leads. 438 would once have been considered an enormous turnout at Mitchie, but numbers over 400 are now unremarkable. More and more people continue to discover the joy of parkrun’s weekly promise of blood, sweat, toil and tears (mainly just sweat, thankfully), and despite the commencement of Kedron, Ashgrove, Kelvin Grove, Chermside and other parkruns in our vicinity over the last couple of years we seem to keep getting bigger. This week was our third biggest attendance on record, and was the eighth time this year that we have exceeded 400 runners. Only twice prior to 2018 had we hit the 400 mark.

This week saw twelve first timers – and a special welcome to them.

Congratulations to Matthew Martin who completed his 100th parkrun, thus joining the “blackshirts”. Tim Williams and Tim Cole both completed their 50th runs, becoming members of the “redshirts” club in the process. And Arabella Jones, Daisy Thapthimthong and Archie Peyton all joined the ranks of the “whiteshirts” – juniors who have completed ten.

First runner home was Camron Dixon in a scorching 18:24, while special mention should be made of the second placegetter, Craig Fitzsimon, who was just 8 seconds behind despite pushing a pram all the way. First female home was Krystal Futter in a time of 23:00. Yvonne Boyle completed the course in a time of 44:23 and maintained her perfect record of winning her age category (85-89) every time she has run. 68 runs and 68 age category wins – can anyone match that?

47 runners, including first-timers, recorded PBs. Well done to all of you – you will look back on this and think of it as, perhaps, your finest hour (or however many minutes).

Thanks, as always, to the volunteers, without whom parkrun would not happen. Every week so much is owed by so many to so few.

Written by Martin Crotty