Parkrun­ners brave rain for weekly fun

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

PARKRUN: Brav­ing the gloom and rain, 23 in­trepid parkrun­ners ar­rived at the Abell Point Ma­rina to get their weekly dose of fun, fit­ness and fam­ily.

Be­fore set­ting off on their 5km run Mathew Curr stood up and col­lected the Fe­bru­ary Air­lie Beach parkrun­ner of the month award.

The sharp end of the run was hotly con­tested this week – the first five run­ners home all fin­ished within al­most a minute of each other.

First across the line in a time of 19:48 was new lo­cal parkrun­ner Jamie Jochheim.

Aus­tralian parkrun gen­eral man­ager Tim Oberg threw it all at the new­comer but had to set­tle for se­cond this week, his trusty side­kick Humphrey the park­dog didn’t seem to no­tice.

Dawn-Michelle Ro­manella re­turned af­ter a few weeks’ cy­cling to be third home and first woman over the line in a time of 20:47.

Hugh Bur­ton, a vis­i­tor from Eng­land, put in a great ef­fort to pip our event di­rec­tor Justin Knight Gray at the post for fourth and fifth.

Air­lie Beach parkrun­ner stal­wart Bob Bar­ford would like to of­fer a spe­cial men­tion to the Burg­ers.

“Tanya pushed a soggy stroller home in style with daugh­ter tucked up in­side, safe and dry, while Dan brought the wa­ter­logged turn­around flags home. Great job guys,” he said.

“A big thank you to the vol­un­teers es­pe­cially first-timer, Lach­lan Bar­ford.”

WET RUN: Tim Oberg with Humphrey the parkrun dog, Jamie Jochheim and Hugh Bur­ton af­ter Satur­day’s run.

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