Sale park run Event number 96 11th February 2017
WOW - What a day. We had a record 175 parkrunners, on balmy warm morning. What a way to start the day! Thank you volunteers who did a magnificent job, keeping tabs of all 175 - we didn't loose a runner or even a token!
A colourful theme of rainbow colours was chosen by Cat Gangur, who was partaking for the 50th time. Hula skirts, Lei's, braces and clown hats were in abundance.
Lily Gangur was celebrating her 10th parkrun along with Nash Monaghan who both received their Certificates. It is great to see so many Junior park runners bringing their parents with them.
les Williams gave a run down of his recent success at races Victorian and other Championships. I only mention it because it is parkrun that has inspired Les to go further than he thought he ever could.
I am glad to inform you that our RD Anthony Ingram, did indeed complete his Ultramarathon in New Zealand. It must have been a hard struggle as Antho's time was somewhat longer than he expected at over 12 hours, but Antho did not give up, did not get discouraged because things were not quite going to plan. He just kept going, and going and going and now he can call himself an Ultrarunner. Again Antho's return to fitness started with parkrun. Now I am not saying that our motive for parkrun should be so we can achieve mighty goals like Les and Antho. No these are just the extraordinary stories, but we can all set ourselves small goals, like "Turning up - come rain or shine " - as I've been told there is no bad weather, just bad choice of clothing. Or perhaps if you are walk/running, as I am now when you get to that next goal/lampost/tree, just take 5 running steps more, before the next walk. Health at fitness are our responsibility, we all have limitations, injuries, illnesses and other life challenges, but parkrun can be a weekly challenge all within our own capabilities.
And we don't have to challenge ourselves each week, we can say, this week I'm going to just laugh, do silly jumps for the photographer, say hello to the ducks and Hi 5 as many people as possible. Fun, friendship, fellowship whatever you like these are our prime objectives at parkrun.
So see you next week, when Glenn will be taking over as RD. He will put up a post nearer the time about the start location, which may have to move to the Montgomery Car Park.
Sparky GRIEBENOW (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:25 - 21st time in 26 appearances.
James JOHNSON (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:26.
Brendan MASON (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:32.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Sean WOLFE (Sale and District Runners) 3862 pts.
Matt LAWLESS (Unattached) 3191 pts.
Les WILLIAMS (Victorian Masters Athletics) 3046 pts.
Meagan BROWN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (16th overall) over the line in 23:43 - 21st time in 59 appearances.
Jordan ROWAND (JW15-17) (Unattached) was second (18th overall) over the line in 24:20.
Hayley BARTLETT (VW35-39) of Sale and District Runners, was third (21st overall) over the line in 24:34 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Meagan BROWN (Unattached) 3944 pts.
Bree BURTON (Sale and District Runners) 3672 pts.
Jo MCCUBBIN (Unattached) 3336 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Les WILLIAMS (VM60-64) was graded 82.50% for the time 19:37 (4th overall).
Gerard CALLINAN (VM50-54) was graded 73.98% for the time 20:26 (6th overall).
Josh BARTON (VM50-54) was graded 73.42% for the time 20:15 (5th overall).
This week there were 175 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.
Sale parkrun started on 18th April 2015, and since then 1,291 different runners, including participants from 43 athletics clubs, have completed 8,524 runs covering a total distance of 42,620 km, and there have been 1,726 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Mia ROSS who ran in a time of 00:18:52 on 6th August 2016 (event number 68).
The male record is held by Lee MORSINK who ran in a time of 00:17:02 on 6th June 2015 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Nursultan PAUL - TULYAGBI who recorded a 88.68% run (23:42) on 20th August 2016 (event number 70).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sale parkrun Results Page.