Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Westerfolds Wednesday: Summer is most definitely here!

It was a gorgeous day for a parkrun on Saturday! While I had two alarms set for 6.45am (overly early perhaps, but I wear contact lenses and it's far more comfortable to insert them onto eyes that have been awake for a little while, rather than eyes that have just worken up), I only got out of bed at 7:15am. I usually leave at 7:15am at the latest - it takes me about 20 minutes to get to Westerfolds parkrun, and getting there after 7:30am means that I get a bit of pre-parkrun chat in. Unless I'm going for a pre-run, in which case I'd already be running at 7:15am!

I had had a late night (early evening) reading and writing, so I wanted as much sleep as possible. I did open the curtains when my first alarm went off in an attempt to encourage me to get out of bed as I get direct sunlight on my pillow in the morning, but I just ignored it. Eye mask FTW. Needless to say, by the time I arrived at parkrun (thankfully the pre-run briefing had just started so I didn't need to rush to the start), I wasn't in the mood for a hard run. So I just had a chilled out run with Wendy. :)

Hanging out with Wendy during parkrun. A few of us wore our Blerch shirts because there was another Beat the Blerch event happening in the US that weekend.
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.
Westerfolds parkrun HQ (aka the Run Directors, Volunteer Coordinator and Event Director) awarded the November parkrunner of the month award to Michael this week - he's normally in the city on the first Saturday of each month for the Victorian Road Runners Tan Time Trial, and can't make it to Westerfolds Park in time (he heads to Albert Park instead).

Like all our parkrunners of the month, Michael is a Westerfolds parkrun regular who not only volunteers frequently, but also enjoys chatting with the whole parkrun community - and will always say hello or wave if you can often catch him running around Westerfolds Park before or after parkrun. And what I mean is that he'll usually do both those things AND parkrun! Whether you catch him is the unknown. :)
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.

With the formalities out of the way, it was time for some parkrun fun! I'm going to stick to this photo essay style, I think it's nice and easy to write read.

We've got sunshine, and hopefully satellites have been found!
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.
Peter hasn't been to Westerfolds since Christmas, but he managed to wipe off 30s from his PB and pick up the Men's 55-59 Age Category Record! He was the second overall finisher behind Ian (not pictured).
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.
First Timer Meaghan was not only the first female to finish the course on the weekend, but also the first junior! She also picked up an Age Category Record - Junior Women's 15-17.
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.
After scoring four PBs in his first five visits to Westerfolds Park, Martin has been in a bit of a PB drought since August. He knocked his best time down to 21:30 on the weekend - we will have to wait and see if all his PBs come in one-plus-threes!
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.
Gary is a First Timer to all of parkrun, and will hopefully be back judging by that smile!
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.
Did you know that this image was two seconds away from being a PB Trifecta? Irene (in purple, at the front) and Wendy (in pink, at the back) equalled their PB times, while Callum (in the middle) ran a PB!
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.

Two of our regular parkrunners completed their 50th parkruns on Saturday! We've got a few in the 40s now, so this is definitely becoming a more regular event. Of course, that doesn't mean we'll cease to celebrate it!

Tim's 50th parkrun! He normally pushes a pram around, but has been spotted pushing a pram AND a bike!
Image from the Westerfolds parkrun Facebook page, taken by Jeremy Watson.

Scott wasn't photographed on Saturday, so here's an artist's impression of the King of Westerfolds (he is our Event Director, after all) completing his 50th parkrun. He says he's honoured, but he didn't Favourite the post on Twitter... so... 

Full results of the day are available on the Westerfolds parkrun webpage, but here's a quick summary of the top performances of the day. Additional congratulations to those who also picked up a PB, and not in the table below or in a photo above: Trevor Watson (24:33 - two weeks in a row!), Joanna Kelly (26:38), Narelle Lakey (26:42), Rheanna Mainzer (27:13), Michelle Thomson (27:58), Andrew Hartmeier (27:59), Oliver David (28:21), Kristy Taylor (29:47), Tara Sandie (37:38) and Kasia Trickett (44:32).

Men
Women
Age Grading
1Ian Wong (18:53)Meaghan Gaunt (20:13)Peter Gaunt (79.28%, M55-59)
2Peter Gaunt (19:23, PB)Heather Gaunt (21:36)Meaghan Gaunt (76.67%, W15-17)
3Simon Tu (19:35)Heather Marasco (23:23)Heather Gaunt (74.23%, W45-49)
4David Oram (19:59)Kylie McCarthy (23:53, PB)Max Thompson (71.27%, M11-14)
5Luke Crozier (20:22)Kylie Haysom (24:36, PB)Martin Strandgard (69.69%, M50-54)

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    1. Thanks! Am trying to find the simplest way to to them, in the (possibly vain) hope that the Run Directors will start doing them again!

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