#193 Mullum Mullum parkrun report (26/6/21)

This week's report courtesy of Stephen D.

We're back! After a month's break it was time to pick up where we left off and get back to parkrun! The rain stayed away and the sun even shone through at times as 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 16 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests.

The drainage works that were being performed before the break were able to be completed which meant it was back to our regular course route, well apart from a minor change at the start with our normal path being fenced off as it's being concreted! Hopefully this will be better for us once completed.

Special thanks to those who volunteered when we got the go ahead from the VIC government to be able to operate again at short notice!  We have plenty of vacancies for volunteers in the weeks ahead so if you are interested in a role please send us an email or have a chat with the Run Director the next time you're at parkrun!

Participants doing their first parkrun ever included:

  • David Lith Lewis
  • Zoe Maccabi
  • Ming Gao

Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

This week junior, Angus Alder achieved the highest age grade with 67.69% age grade and also cruised past me too easily on the last hill! ;-) Dani Macfarlane (VW45-49) was the first female across the finish line and also achieved the second highest age grade with 66.13% (as well as a 32 second PB on her second run at Mullum Mullum). Trent Gauci (VM40-44) reaped the benefits of all his training for the Gold Coast Marathon and achieved a 65.78% age grade for his milestone run (See below).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mullum Mullum parkrun Results Page.

Milestones

Congratulations to the following people on reaching their special parkrun milestones (and getting a free parkrun t-shirt, red for 50, black for 100!):

  • 50 parkrun milestone
    • Daniel King (8 at Mullum Mullum)
    • Kevin Rother (48 at Mullum Mullum)
    • Jeremy Maxwell (48 at Mullum Mullum)

  • 100 parkrun milestone
    • Trent Gauci (56 at Mullum Mullum) who also got a new 31 second PB and was first across the line! More proof that our milestone capes can bestow special powers to those that wear them! ;-) Well run Trent!

There was an unofficial milestone reached of 75 for Neil Price and
Michelle De La Pierre.

Congratulations to all on their terrific achievements!

Please let us know about any milestones you're celebrating/have celebrated at Mullum Mullum via email (mullummullum@parkrun.com) and send us a photo (or link to one) if you are happy for us to publish it.

Path works around Schwerkolt Cottage

Whitehorse Council is replacing some of the paths around Schwerkolt Cottage with colored concrete. This includes the path we use for our start but with a bit of luck that one may be finished by the next event. Please pay attention to the Run Director's briefing for the latest information of any course change needed.

Schwerkolt Cottage path works IMG_2211

Participant spotlight

Today we have the Mullum Mullum parkrun participant spotlight focused on one of at least two beekeepers who regular participate at Mullum Mullum! Steven O'Connell has run 52 of his 91 parkruns here at Mullum Mullum. Let's get to know a bit more about Steven!

When/How did you find out about parkrun Steven?
Steven: I have been involved in street orienteering for many years and heard about  parkrun from friends there. I did my first parkrun in 2015 (Westerfolds), second a week later (Lillydale Lake) had a break from it and then became a regular at Mullum Mullum from February 2017, soon after it started, as it was close to home.

Do you have a favourite parkrun course (apart from MM of course!)?
Steven: I don't have a favourite but I do have a least favourite so far [Ed: You'll have to ask Steven which one and why when you see him!] :-) My favourites are those that have a lot of nature, lovely views and variety, like Mullum Mullum! I also like those with views of the water/sea and a friendly atmoshphere.

Any running goals you're working towards at parkrun?
Steven:  COVID lockdown has made things a challenge but I'm interested in working towards covering the parkrun alphabet (doing a parkrun at a variety of courses such that their starting letters cover the full alphabet, except X as there isn't one yet!). I have 15 of the 25 so far. I would also like to do the Boston Marathon and do a parkrun there while at it! [Ed: There are two parkruns currently in Boston]

That sounds great! Any upcoming events you're looking forward to participating in?
Steven:  I’m hoping to do the Wonderland 60km+ trail course in August at Halls Gap (Grampians/Gariwerd). Fingers crossed it is able to go ahead without any problems.

Anything else you'd like to tell our MM Run Report readers?
Steven:  I really enjoy Mullum Mullum parkrun as well as volunteering. It's a great way to feel connected to the community! [Ed: Steven has volunteered 42 times so far across 7 different roles including 16 times as timer!!]

We totally agree Steven! Thank you for your time and we wish you all the best with your preparation for Wonderland!  Readers if you like honey from a local source get in touch with Steven the next time you see him!

[Ed: Bonus fact about Steven which I'm sure he wont mind me sharing. In January this year he ran the 56 km Two Bays Trail Run. At the 25 km mark he fell and cut open his knee. He decided he could continue running, completed the entire event in 5 hour 45 minutes and then got five stitches by the course doctor afterwards! Wow! PS. Please don't do this at Mullum Mullum parkrun. Most of our Run Directors are not good at sewing!]

Volunteers

Thanks again to those parkrunners that volunteers this week. We need more due the changes as a result of the impact of COVID-!9. All our scanners and the timer are required to use the updated parkrun Virtual Volunteer app on their own phones and it continues to be working much more efficiently than the old equipment that was used.

Without the 16 people below helping out we wouldn't have been able to run parkrun this week. Thanks all!

Adrian Mascetta • Scott Wilson-smith • Shane Bogemann • Scott Hawkins • Andy Hawkins • Stephen Day • Melinda Alder • Justin Hasell • Francis Kaszmarek • David Mock • Andrew Gosbell • Stephanie Payne • Craig Payne • Monica Payne • Ian Richardson • Mercedes Maaraoui

We have plenty of vacancies that we need to fill for the weeks ahead for volunteers and we'd love to have your help! It's easy, fun and everything is explained. Could you please have a look at the roster online and email us (mullummullum@parkrun.com) if you are interested in one of the best aspects of parkrun!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning at Mullum Mullum parkrun!

 

#181 Mullum Mullum parkrun report (6/3/21)

This week's report courtesy of Stephen D.

Another perfect day for parkrun with a mild morning and overcast sky for the first Saturday in autumn. Great weather for a brisk walk/run and it looks like the heat and humidity is behind us now!

This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests.

Participants doing their first parkrun ever included:

  • Alex Le
  • Robert Sloane
  • Liz Hodder
  • Helder Paulini
  • Glenn Hollingsworth
  • Sophie Mitchell
  • Reuben Bolto

Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

This week, regular participant, junior Tariku Natschev was not only the first across the line but also achieved the highest age grade run of 74.09%! Next up was a first timer to Mullum Mullum, Marcel Sahyoune (usually participating at Highlands parkrun in Craigieburn) who recorded 68.79%. the third highest age grade was Ritsuko Higa with 68.32% and a new PB in just her fouth parkrun (all at MM).

What is an age grading you might ask? It's a common way to allow participants of different ages to compare results.

Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance.

Age Grades are calculated to allow rough comparisons between all our participants, but should not be taken too seriously. For example, age grading makes no allowance for different weather conditions or the varying terrains of our courses.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mullum Mullum parkrun Results Page.

Milestones

There was no one reaching an official parkrun milestone this week but Sue Dodds completed 75 parkruns for an unofficlal milestone! Congratulations Sue!

Please let us know about any milestones you're celebrating/have celebrated at Mullum Mullum via email (mullummullum@parkrun.com) and send us a photo (or link to one) if you are happy for us to publish it!

Clean Up Australia Day

Thanks to those who helped us clean up part of our course and some surrounding areas as part of Clean up Australia Day! While not a parkrun event there were quite a large percentage of parkrun participants helping out in the group! Lots of bags were filled (good and bad depending on how you see it) along with some 'interesting" finds.

Participant spotlight

Today we have the Mullum Mullum parkrun participant spotlight focused on a recent milestone achiever, Ros Lording! Ros ran her 100th parkrun last week with us and has run 45 of those at MM! Let's have a quick Q&A with Ros!

RL 100 IMG_0716

When/How did you find out about parkrun Ros?
Ros: I am pretty sure I read about Mullum Mullum parkrun in the local paper not long after its launch and gave it a go not long afterwards.

Do you have a favourite parkrun course (apart from MM of course!)?
Ros: Can I nominate two favourite courses? :-) Cairns because it’s surrounded by ocean, mountains and palm trees. Porirua (NZ) because it’s in a lush forest, and an out and back course which ascends for the first half, meaning you get to run downhill for the second half!

That sounds like a great one to try! Any running goals you're working towards at parkrun?
Ros:  My running has not flourished under COVID so I’m working to get back to my pre-COVID fitness levels.

Many of us can certainly relate to that! Any upcoming events you're looking forward to participating in?
Ros:  I’m looking forward to doing some of the Trail Series events over autumn and winter.

Anything else you'd like to tell our MM Run Report readers?
Ros:  I love the MM parkrun community - it was here that my parkrun journey began so I was thrilled I was able to do my 100 here as well!

Thank you Ros for your time and we wish you all the best with your running fitness goals at MM parkrun!

Volunteers

Thanks again to those parkrunners that volunteered this week. We need more due the changes as a result of the impact of COVID-!9. All our scanners and the timer are required to use the updated parkrun Virtual Volunteer app on their own phones. It's easy to use and works a lot more smoothly than the older system!

Without the 18 people below helping out we wouldn't have been able to run parkrun this week. Thanks all!

Graham Abrey • Roman Young • Stephen Day • Aaron Paravicini • Kim Irvine • David Naunton • Francis Kaszmarek • Seth Naunton • Megan Bushby • Claire Phillips • Lizzie Abrey • Cameron Abrey • Michelle Abrey • Scott Hawkins • Lucas Hawkins • Stephanie Payne • Craig Payne • Monica Payne

We have plenty of vacancies that we need to fill for the weeks ahead for volunteers and we'd love to have your help! It's easy, fun and everything is explained. Could you please have a look at the roster online and email us (mullummullum@parkrun.com) if you are interested in one of the best aspects of parkrun!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning at Mullum Mullum parkrun!

 

#179 Mullum Mullum parkrun report (20/2/21)

This week's report courtesy of Stephen D.

If we needed a reminder why most of us locals prefer living in a milder climate so we can be active, we got it today! After several hot days/nights in a row we got a warm morning (low 20s) for parkrun. Fortunately it was a bit overcast for the first half but once we got moving the sweating began with us feeling that humidity! Of course it doesn't really matter what you look like when getting your exercise especially when everyone is in the same boat and looking pretty fatigued from the conditions! For most it was quite a relief to cross the finish line (more than usual) and a job well done to walk/run 5km on a day when most others would prefer to be by an air conditioner!

Some did perform well in the conditions though and we had three participants visiting Mullum Mullum for the first time who finished in the top 11! First across the line Simon Hasell has made it two weeks in a row with a margin of over a minute from the next participant! An impressive personal effort with also the highest age grade for the day with 71.99%

There were lots of mini celebrations around the event today for a large number of milestones and some special occasions (See below for some of them)!

This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers incliuding John Wickstead, Tarynn Barrie, Braeden White, Chrissie Stratos, Elaina Schmid, Brad Jennings, Andrea Storey, Bruce Rosel and Jack Bellette. Welcome to the parkrun family! 21 participants recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mullum Mullum parkrun Results Page.

Milestones

Lots of big smiles and congratulations around this morning for these people reaching their special milestones:

  •  50 parkrun milestone
    • Nick Turner
    • David Mock
    • Steven Park
    • Tracey Irvine
    • Mike Parry
    • Nicole Smith
    • Rachael Collins
  • 100 parkrun milestone (Even more impressive as juniors!)
    • Harry Alder (94 at MM)
    • Naomi De La Pierre (80 at MM)

Well done to all on their terrific achievements!

Please let us know about any milestones you're celebrating/have celebrated at Mullum Mullum via email (mullummullum@parkrun.com) and send us a photo (or link to one) if you are happy for us to publish it!

Participant spotlight

This week we cast the spotlight on not one but several participants here at Mullum Mullum parkrun today!

Sarah M and friends

Sarah Mikolas has run most of her parkruns here at our course, 30 in fact, and was a regular at our parkrun until she made the move closer to the city. She has now become  a Run Director at Albert Melboune parkrun!

This weekend she visited us again not only because who wouldn't want the chance to run on our beautiful course :-) but also for the opportunity to meet up with her friends Mary-Ann and Andrew to help kick off the birthday celebrations of daughters, Karina and Georgia! As well she was able to catch up with her sister Bec (another Mullum Mullum parkrun regular and 2nd female across the finish line today!) and they were all able to participate together in today's parkrun!

What a great opportunity to get together and start the weekend off in a lovely setting for some exercise and some laughs! A very happy birthday to Karina and Georgia!

Volunteers

Thanks again to those parkrunners that volunteered this week. We need more due the changes as a result of the impact of COVID-!9. All our scanners and the timer are required to use the updated parkrun Virtual Volunteer app on their own phones. It's easy to use and works a lot more smoothly than the older system!

Without the 18 people below helping out we wouldn't have been able to run parkrun this week. Thanks all!

Scott Hawkins • Prasanna Sritharan • Andy Hawkins • Stephen Day • Melinda Alder • Finuala Bourke • Kim Irvine • Michael Craythorn • Brendan Wallis • Allison Whitbread • Francis Kaszmarek • Kira Bourke • Leanne Reynolds • Crosby Whitbread • Nicole Smith • Yvette Collins • Stephanie Payne • Craig Payne

Volunteers 2020-02-20

We have plenty of vacancies that we need to fill for the weeks ahead for volunteers and we'd love to have your help! It's easy, fun and everything is explained. Could you please have a look at the roster online and email us (mullummullum@parkrun.com) if you are interested in one of the best aspects of parkrun!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning at Mullum Mullum parkrun!

 

#178 Mullum Mullum parkrun report (6/2/21)

This week's report courtesy of Stephen D.

Another day where we had to wait and see just what conditions the morning would bring for parkrun. Fortunately it turned out to be a perfect one for this time of year, not too warm and with the recent humidity reduced. The sun was shining down come parkrun briefing time before 220 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 31 were visiting Mullum Mullum for the first time. 18 participants recorded new Personal Bests! Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

Nathan Pennell, Ritsuko Higa, Danielle Callanan, William Van Der Nagel, Elena Johnson, Alexandra Kajewski, Martin Hewer, Brendan Wilson, Dean Stanley, Amy McKernan, Soon Teck Chee, Ez Gridley, Karen Simm, Wendy Mi, Lincoln Baxter all completed their very first parkrun! Congratulations and we hope you enjoyed our course!

The two people with the highest age gradings today were Simon Hasell (73.56% age grade, VM35-39) and Irene James (69.03%, VW55-59)! Congratulations to both on their personal achievements!

Thanks again to Anne McManus who offered to volunteer on Friday otherwise we wouldn't have had any photographs (and videos!) to capture the event! Much appreciated Anne! A reminder that all you need is a smart phone as these days the built-in cameras can take great shots!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mullum Mullum parkrun Results Page.

Milestones

With the recent changes due to COVID-19 causing us to keep our run briefing as short as possible (in line with the parkrun COVID-19 Framework) we aren't able to celebrate milestones or take photos with the Run Director as we've become accustomed to. So, with your help, we hope to be able to commemorate them online. Please let us know about any milestones you're celebrating/have celebrated at Mullum Mullum via email (mullummullum@parkrun.com) and send us a photo (or link to one) if you are happy for us to publish it!

  •  Lachlan Turnley and Theresa Wu reached their 50th parkrun milestone! This is actually Lachlan's first parkrun at Mullum Mullum but Theresa has run 48 of her 50 here!
  • Justin Hasell (70 MM parkruns), Andrea Tammita (47 MM parkruns) and Rowan De La PIerre reached their 100th parkrun milestone! Rowan has done 84 at Mullum Mullum. An even more impressive effort as a junior!

Congratulations to all on their terrific milestone achievements!

Participant spotlight

Every now and then we'll cast the spotlight on to a participant (or participants) here at Mullum Mullum and today I bring you Helen and Will Van Der Nagel!  Helen is a local and has done 27 of her 45 parkruns here at Mullum Mullum. She has also participated in Master Athletics.  This week her son Will visited for his first parkrun ever!

Helen and Will Van Der Nagel

When I asked Helen later what Will thought of it she said "He loved it!" He now looks forward to running more regularly and has set a goal of working towards a half marathon!

It's so lovely to hear personal stories like these! Congratulations on your first parkrun Will and we are glad you were able to do it here at Mullum Mullum. We wish you every success as you work towards your running goal!

It's also a reminder of how parkrun can be a wonderful opportunity for families to exercise together and stay connected regardless of age!

parkrun pooch

We've got a back-to-back episode of Mullum Mullum parkrun Pooch coming off last week with Kaia!  This week we bring you a familiar face for Mullum Mullum regulars!

It's Maisie, a kelpie-cross who likes to run and loves parkrun! Her owners are Mullum Mullum regulars, Andrew (34 of 55 parkruns at MM) and Kerryn Gosbell (49 of 49 parkruns at MM).

Andrew and Kerryn Gosbell

Andrew says Maisie can be a bit crazy (in the nicest pooch way) and she says "Sorry that I bark so much at the briefing but i just want that bell to ring so we can go running!" [Ed: We humans can relate to that too! ;-)] Maisie continues "Sorry to anyone I have cut off of nearly tripped up but I like to run fast! Thanks for the 50 parkruns and for all the friendly pats, especially from Francis K!"

Congratulations on that terrific milestone Maisie and all is forgiven as the excitement that builds for the start of parkrun is quite understandable for all of us! parkrun doesn't have any pooch attire to commemorate that milestone but we hope you got a special serve of your favourite treat, bacon!

Feel free to say hi to Maisie (and her owners too!) next time you're at Mullum Mullum parkrun!

Volunteers

Thanks again to those parkrunners that volunteered this week. We need more due the changes as a result of the impact of COVID-!9. All our scanners and the timer are required to use the updated parkrun Virtual Volunteer app on their own phones. It's easy to use and works a lot more smoothly than the older system!

Without the people below we wouldn't have been able to run parkrun this week. Thanks all!

  • Run Director - Stephen Day
  • Timekeeper - Ross Pentland
  • Finish Tokens - Nicole Brown
  • Marshals - Michelle De La Pierre, Francis Kaszmarek, Emily Centonze-Williams, Jeremy Maxwell
  • Funnel Manager - Andrew McKeown
  • Barcode Scanning - Tara Mitchell, Emily Abra, Leigh O'Gorman • Brendan O'Gorman
  • Tailwalker - Angelique McAuley
  • Photographer - Anne McManus
  • Sign  Language Support - Megan Bushby
  • Run Report - Stephen Day
  • Volunteer Roster - Mel Alder

We have plenty of vacancies that we need to fill for the weeks ahead for volunteers and we'd love to have your help! It's easy, fun and everything is explained. Could you please have a look at the roster online and email us (mullummullum@parkrun.com) if you are interested in one of the best aspects of parkrun!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning at Mullum Mullum parkrun!

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