The celebration of international women’s day on Sunday closely coincided with this weekend’s parkrun event. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of women in all areas of life, including female participation in running. Run directors Rissie Theiler and Anne McFarlane gave a few words about women’s empowerment across everything from economic, political, social, to cultural scenes throughout history. A historical moment for women in the sport of running that was mentioned at this Saturdays parkrun happened in 1967 when Katherine Switzer became the first ever women to run the Boston Marathon. Despite race officials physically trying to hold her back, she completed the race and paved the way for millions of other female runners to go on and accomplish their goals.
We had a large number of participants and first timers this weekend. There were just under 30 new parkrunners, and 140 people in attendance overall. We enjoyed having a big group of women from the South Lake Hospital and the Wellness center come out for the first time as well. 15 people got new personal bests.
Congratulations to young runner Michaela Appleton on finishing as the first female this weekend. At only 10 years old, she ran a new PB of 23:47. Another shout-out goes to David Harmon. David reached their 25th volunteer milestone together this weekend. He has volunteered with parkrun Clermont since all the way back in 2016 along with his wife, Carolyn. Thanks David, and thanks to all the other volunteers for this week!
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Rissie THIELER • Kendyl CARDWELL • Anne MCFARLANE • Butch HOLT • Carolyn HARMON • David HARMON • Kay MELVIN-BARNES • Amanda FURROW • John HIRSCH • Thomas O'DONNELL • Sandra FLORA • Ed FLORA • Craig PETRICK • Scott BLAIR • Joan DUGGAR
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clermont Waterfront parkrun Results Page.