Juniors dominate Bowral parkrun: PHOTOS

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Juniors dominate Bowral parkrun: PHOTOS Jim Brokenshire leads out Andrew Barnes just after the start of the Bowral Parkrun event on Saturday. Photos supplied
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Volunteers set up for the Bowral Parkrun event on Saturday.

Participants listen to the pre-run safety briefing.

Dave Watson and Astrid lead the way on Saturday.

Sophie in full flight.

Bronte Smith and Michael Reid run together on Saturday.

Matt Croker leads a group of runners.

Michael and Judy Reid run together on Saturday.

Tracie Inman leads Bethany into the finish.

A sprint finish between mother and daughter Caroline and Gabrielle Marsden.

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The 30th Bowral Parkrun event attracted 49 runners and walkers on Saturday.

The last Saturday of the school holidays provided a humid and sunny run.

The start of junior soccer and the potential of a wet and misty weekend didn’t deter the group’s loyal band of parkrunners from their weekly 5km run.

The morning started off quite misty and wet, but cleared just in time for a beautiful parkrun morning.

The group had some tourists from Canberra and the UK, along with a handful of first-time parkrunners.

Dave Watson once again set the pace in a touch under 19 minutes, with Angus Lang and Jim Brokenshire the second and third male back.

But it was the junior female runners that provided the highlight of the day.

The group had two visiting juniors from Canberra, Astrid and Imogen Smyth, who were not only the first and second female runners to finish, but were also placed second and third overall.

Astrid and Imogen finished in times of 20 minutes, 43 seconds and 21 minutes, 20 seconds.

Astrid Smyth was not only the first female to finish, but also set an amazing age group record in the 10 and under female age group.

Her time of 20 minutes and 43 seconds was nearly four minutes ahead of the previous record in this age group.

In fact, the first four females to finish were all aged 13 and under.

Jade Gillis finished in 24 minutes, 12 seconds (fifth overall) and Imogen Day was 25 minutes, 54 seconds (seventh overall).

There was one other age group record set, with Gwenda Brokenshire setting a new age mark in the 65-69 female age group with her very quick 27 minutes, 38 seconds.

There were 10 personal best times set this week, with perhaps the most impressive being set by Mary O’Neill.

Since her first parkrun event on December 20, O’Neill has set a personal best at 10 out of her 11 parkruns.

O’Neill has taken her time from an initial 48 minutes down to a new personal best of 29 minutes, six seconds.

Not only is she setting a new mark each week, but O’Neill is taking 30 to 60 seconds off at a time.

Parkrun is run by volunteers and it would not exist without everyone offering a helping hand.

The group again thanks volunteers Jan, Gloria, Kate, Sue and David for their help.

Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5km community run/walk.

For further information, search for Bowral Parkrun on Facebook, visit 梧桐夜网parkrun苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛/bowral or contact Barry Smith on 0411 484321.

– By Barry Smith

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