Parkrunners to boost running fest numbers
PARKRUN: The numbers were down on last week’s parkrun but a solid field of 33 competitors took to the foreshore course on Saturday.
Founding member and parkrun competitor Wendy Downes could offer no explanation for this.
“Numbers will always fluc- tuate, no one knows why,” she said.
Peter Moore, for the third week in a row, crossed the line first in a time of 20:27 more than a full minute behind his was Oliver Purcell who posted a 21:34 and the third runner home was Nic Castle.
Aimee Sulzberger and Heidi Moore engaged in a great tussle for first woman over the line. Sulzberger in the end did prevail, crossing ahead of Moore - just 38 seconds divided the two.
First time runners continue to join the parkrun fold at Airlie Beach. Last week’s run welcomed Oliver Purcell, Dan Morgan and Flynn Purcell.
Downs said she believed the Airlie Beach Festival of Running, held on July 16 and 17, will draw regular parkrunners to the greater distances.
“I think they will compete in the festival because of the excitement and you can enter a team,” she said.
There will be a 5km, 10km and a half marathon event that will leave from the Broadwater car park next to the lagoon in Airlie Beach.
The kids races will be held on Saturday after parkrun on and the adult distances will be contested on the Sunday.