A REALLY good field of 130 people arrived for the 146th running of the Inverloch Parkrun and despite it being the first event of the winter, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a breath of wind.
A feature of the day was a special thank you to the people who responded to the call for volunteers by filling the next nine weeks of positions; including timers, token recorders and tail runners; at the all-volunteer—run event.
Race director Tony O’Connell welcomed 22 first timers and also visitors from Perth, Newfarm, Cohuna, Bairnsdale and several other places.
“This week we welcomed Lynden Costin back to Inverloch with her daughter Elowen to run her 50th parkrun,” said Tony this week.
“Lynden was a member of the original Run Director team and has done an incredible 26 volunteers and has finished at eight different events.
“We also welcomed Rubi-Jean Hallam into the Junior 10 club. Rubi-Jean has run nine times at Inverloch and once at Maribyrnong.
“Did you know Parkrun is not just for runners? We welcome walkers, people with prams and even people with a dog on a short leash. Come out to Inverloch and see what it’s all about – just register online at parkrun.com.au first and bring your barcode, it’s all free.”
Amongst this week’s field of 18 PBs were the Kings with the family recording five PBs between them, including Thomas, who smashed 1min 13 seconds of his best, and Rebecca who shaved a mere two seconds off her time. Donna Lancaster trimmed 37 seconds off in a quick run, and Steve Forrest ran a PB for the second week in-a-row.
Well done to all parkrunners who ran PBs, year bests or bettered their personal expectations.
Volunteering: This week’s parkrun was only possible due to the following volunteer super heroes. Huge thanks to Glenn Sullivan, Tony O’Connell, Ebony Knox, Cathy McKnight, Anna Wilson, Heidi Peterson, Lani Cropley and Seth Cropley.
The results: Male placings: Bill Barry (vm35-39) of Wonthaggi Road Runners was first over the line in 19:01; the 22nd time he has won in 87 appearances. Scott Morrison (sm25-29) was second (third overall) over the line in 19:44, Cameron Nagle (sm25-29) was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:33. Female placings: Kaila Hutchinson (sw30-34) was first (second overall) over the line in 19:41, her first win in two registered appearances. Georgia Burns (jw11-14) of Little Athletics, was second (6th overall) over the line in 21:16 and has been first to finish on 43 previous occasions.
Rachel H Tattersall (vw40-44) of Wonthaggi Road Runners, was third (11th overall) over the line in 23:12 and has been first to finish on four previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by: Kaila Hutchinson (sw30-34) 75.28% for the time 19:41 (second overall). Georgia Burns (jw11-14) 75.08% for the time 21:16 (6th overall) and Lily Whitehouse (vw55-59) 72.58% for a time of 25:17 (23rd overall).