With so many people away enjoying time with family and friends, it was lovely to see a turn out of sixty-three parkrunners to our special event for Chinese New Year; Event #9 of West Coast Park parkrun. We had twenty-six first timers to parkrun which is really pleasing. Please spread the word and remember parkrun is for everyone and as parkrun likes to say "Whether you’re young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able-bodied or not, you’re always welcome. It’s not about racing, it’s about running."
We had visitors from Canada whose family and friends from Singapore ran with them and also a big new contingent of staff from the Australian International School with the person persuading them to come being gently teased that he wasn't running with them, but volunteering is always a noble excuse. Thanks to the volunteer team of Anand Thiagarajan, Anna Koh (who stepped in at the last moment to help), Bertrand Czarny (who got switched between so many roles as we filled shortages, it must have made his head spin), Bradley Cronje, John Cheal, Rich Neish, Yolande van der Schyff and Zoe Hancock (who rescued some parkrunners that got lost).
Another three records toppled this week. Well done to
- Creighton Connolly who broke the male course record in 17:22 (SM25-29)
- Lorena Ferreira age category VW50-54 in 27:01
- Miles Paris age category SM18-19 in 22:03.
You can see the full list of age-category records at http://www.parkrun.sg/westcoastpark/results/agecategoryrecords/ .
Congratulations to the twenty one runners who achieved new West Coast Park parkrun Personal Bests and it looks like a number of families had reason to celebrate with more than one personal best in the family:
- Isaac DAUGHERTY 25:04 / Neil DAUGHERTY 25:14 / Miriam DAUGHERTY 28:57
- Conor DELAHUNTY 19:00
- Xavier HAMONIC 27:13
- Gordon HIRONS 23:12
- Saskia KAARSGAREN 26:21
- Jan Steven KELDER 24:34
- Anna KOH 40:17
- Alister LAIRD 21:52 / Elizabeth LAIRD 26:49
- Atsutsohi MAEDA 32:09 / Yugo MAEDA 32:09 / Hana MAEDA 38:22 / Natsuki MAEDA 38:22
- Deirdre NUGENT 27:00
- Mark RITCHIE 22:56 / Natalie RITCHIE 26:41
- Simon WATKINSON 21:07 / Julie WATKINSON 26:55
- David WHITE 21:54
Five IMPORTANT things to tell potential first timers among your friends:
1. Register and print off a barcode a day or two before your first event. No barcode unfortunately means no time will be recorded.
2. Stick to the left of the path during the event and be mindful of other path users.
3. All parkrunners volunteer. Parkrun relies on volunteers to stage each event.
4. Have fun. You are only competing against yourself. Everyone's a winner at parkrun.
5. ... and don't forget to bring your PRINTED barcode !!
Creighton CONNOLLY (SM25-29) of Singapore Shufflers, was first over the line in 17:22 - first appearance.
Conor DELAHUNTY (VM45-49) of Adelaide Harriers AC, was second over the line in 19:00.
Claudio CHUA (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:11.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
John CHEAL (Mount Sinai Striders) 789 pts.
Pablo DIAGO (Unattached) 696 pts.
Geoff LAMBROU (Unattached) 636 pts.
Eve SINGER (JW15-17) (Unattached) was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:53 - first time in 3 appearances.
Enola DE SMET (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (12th overall) over the line in 21:54.
Kaori TAMADA (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (28th overall) over the line in 26:15.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sharon COLFER (Unattached) 781 pts.
Julie WATKINSON (Singapore Shufflers) 587 pts.
Caroline CHENARD (Unattached) 543 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Conor DELAHUNTY (VM45-49) was graded 76.40% for the time 19:00 (second overall).
Creighton CONNOLLY (SM25-29) was graded 74.28% for the time 17:22 (first overall).
Enola DE SMET (JW11-14) was graded 72.91% for the time 21:54 (12th overall).
West Coast Park parkrun started on 3rd December 2016, and since then 237 different runners, including participants from 19 athletics clubs, have completed 446 runs covering a total distance of 2,230 km, and there have been 91 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Indira PATEL who ran in a time of 00:18:15 on 10th December 2016 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Creighton CONNOLLY who ran in a time of 00:17:22 on 28th January 2017 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Indira PATEL who recorded a 86.12% run (18:15) on 10th December 2016 (event number 2).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the West Coast Park parkrun Results Page.