IN THE 152 event history of the Inverloch Parkrun, there have only been 22 smaller fields so it was a great effort by all concerned, especially the volunteers who ran the event, to be out in the depths of winter making a statement for their health.
If that even makes sense!
Runners and walkers had many puddles to go round, with most just going straight through them, especially those eight runners who beat the odds to record personal bests.
The Parkrun welcomed 11 first timers to Inverloch, with 10 of these choosing a pretty miserable day to do their first Parkrun ever.
There were a number of milestones on the day including Leah Baud joining the Parkrun 100 club. Leah has run at 92 times at Inverloch as well as at Cobram, Bairnsdale, Noosa, Claisebrook Cove and Kirra and has volunteered a massive 15 times.
Amy White joined the Parkrun 50 club with runs at Inverloch, Albert Park, Karkarook, Pakenham, Warragul and Warnambool. Amy has volunteered five times.
Also joining the 50 club was run director Steve Fuery with 45 runs at Inverloch and participation at Merimbula, Bega, Phillip Island and Ballarat, as well as a handy six volunteers.
They also welcomed Mackenzie White into the Junior 10 club.
Did you know Parkrun is not just for runners? The local event welcomes 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 along for the 8am start on Saturday morning rain, hail or shine! It’s free.
Amongst Saturday’s field of 61 finishers eight managed PBs. Of note Marisa Gibbins smashed an amazing 8 minutes 25 seconds off her previous best time. Matthew Briggs knocked 58 seconds off his 12 month old PB and first finisher Michael Eury ran his third PB in four runs.
Well done to all Parkrunners who ran PBs, year bests or bettered their personal expectations.
This week’s Parkrun was only possible due to the following volunteer super heroes! Huge thanks to Tony O’Connell, Lyndal Peterson, Addie Pykett, Greg Dell, Heidi Peterson, Macy Peterson, Billie Peterson and Felicity Castellan. In the next six weeks, we have a vacancy for a timer on August 26. Let us know if you are keen to help.
The Parkrun organisers always encourage participants to consider meeting for a coffee and a snack at Paul the Pieman’s Bakery in A’Beckett Street, one of the event’s major sponsors.
Saturday’s results were as follows: Male placings: Michael Eury (VM50-54) of Box Hill AC, was first over the line in 18:57, his first win in four appearances. Glenn Sullivan (VM50-54) of Wonthaggi Road Runners, was second over the line in 19:22 and has been first to finish on 52 previous occasions. Jason O’Reilly (VM40-44) of Wonthaggi Road Runners, was third over the line in 20:15 and has been first to finish once before.
Female placings: Rikki Cole (SW25-29) of Wonthaggi Road Runners, was first (9th overall) over the line in 23:07, her first win in 83 appearances. Fiona Richardson (VW45-49) was second (12th overall) over the line in 24:18 and has been first to finish on two previous occasions. Janine Wynen (VW45-49) was third (15th overall) over the line in 25:07.
The three highest age grades were recorded by: Michael Eury 78.45% for the time 18:57, Glenn Sullivan 76.16% for the time 19:22 and Jason O’Reilly 68.97% for the time 20:15.