Today we said goodbye to Sebastian Lambert, one of our run directors that helped establish West Coast Park parkrun. As we all know without volunteers parkrun would not be possible so a big thank you to Seb for his time and support, we wish him well on his next adventure in Switzerland. You never know next time you are in Switzerland and run a parkrun there, he may have helped established it as there are currently no parkruns in Switzerland. Seb will be having one last run at East Coast Park parkrun for old times sake before he leaves Singapore.
This week we almost broke the 100 mark with 99 parkrunners, so please continue to spread the word to friends and work colleagues so WCP parkrun can continue to grow. We had 35 first timers to West Coast Park parkrun with 25 running their first ever parkrun. We had quite a few visitors from UK and Australia so it was a warm and humid welcome to all of them. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part with a nice strong contingent from the MacRitchie 25 club.
Thank you to all the volunteers today that gave up their time and their run to make today's parkrun possible; Agnieszka Banas, Jin-Kai Chng, Bradley Cronje, Elizabeth Laird, Matthew Laird, Indira Patel, Alison Patel, Muhamad Rizal, Anand Thiagarajan, and Jiamin Xu.
Congratulations to the 29 people who recorded new Personal Bests at WCP (link to all the results with the PBs) and the 4 people who set new age category records:
SW30-34 Sabrina KEK 23:11
SW25-29 Marta SAWICKA 19:43
SM20-24 Seah CHUAN HENG 17:43
SM18-19 Ernest TUNG 21:22
Creighton CONNOLLY (SM25-29) of Singapore Shufflers, was first over the line in 17:41 - third time in 3 appearances.
Seah CHUAN HENG (SM20-24) of MacRitchie 25, was second over the line in 17:43.
Dan WOODBURN (SM20-24) of King's College London Cross Country RC, was third over the line in 19:01.
Marta SAWICKA (SW25-29) of Imperial College Cross Country & AC, was first (5th overall) over the line in 19:43 - first appearance.
Eve SINGER (JW15-17) (Unattached) was second (26th overall) over the line in 23:09 - was first to finish once before.
Jayce CHUA (VW40-44) of MacRitchie 25, was third (28th overall) over the line in 23:11.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Marta SAWICKA (SW25-29) – 75.06% for the time 19:43 (5th overall).
Creighton CONNOLLY (SM25-29) – 72.95% for the time 17:41 (first overall).
Seah CHUAN HENG (SM20-24) – 72.81% for the time 17:43 (second overall).
The female record is held by Indira PATEL who recorded a time of 00:18:02 on 1st April 2017 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Creighton CONNOLLY who recorded 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 86.12% (18:15) on 10th December 2016 (event number 2).
West Coast Park parkrun started on 3rd December 2016. Since then 495 participants have completed 1,320 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,600 km, including 359 new Personal Bests.
Volunteering is part of parkrun. We would love to see new faces helping out. We still need more volunteers to step forward for our next events so please consider helping us out in order to make West Coast Park parkrun a success. Everyone who volunteers gets a terrific buzz from being part of an instant team working like clockwork to bring a parkrun to life. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow parkrunners. There are two ways to indicate your intention to volunteer in coming weeks. First, you can approach any of our volunteers with orange bibs at the start/finish area and we will write down your details in our register. Alternatively, you can check out the http://www.parkrun.sg/westcoastpark/futureroster/ on the West Coast Park parkrun website and then send an email to email@example.com with the dates you can help out and any preference you have for a volunteering role.
Sharing West Coast Park with Friends
Runners, walkers, dogs, and cyclists all share the marvellous paths at West Coast Park and surrounds. Ensure you stay to the left and be courteous to other users of this beautiful park.
A reminder that there are no water fountains at West Coast Park in close vicinity to the start. Please bring your own water bottle to store at the meeting point which can be refilled at the toilet block or bring some change to use the vending machine there.
Pre run, incorporate some dynamic stretches such as legs swings and walking lunges to loosen your muscles and warm the body. Adding 5-6 100m running strides along the paths at the start will also have you in tip top shape for your 5km parkrun.
PLEASE Bring Your PRINTED Barcode: NO barcode = NO result = NO EXCEPTIONS.
Please bring PRINTED barcodes only as unfortunately barcodes on mobile phones cannot be scanned so will not be accepted. Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result.
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 !!
You can view a selection of photos from this event on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/westcoastparkrun.