Perrigo parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report: Virtual parkrun #18 – 22nd August 2020

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

My gosh, can you believe it's now been 25 weeks since we had our last "real" parkrun? At the time, I remember we thought we'd be on pause for a couple of weeks...and now look at us, with no end in sight?

I know it's hard to stay motivated, particularly as the weather cools down and many of us find ourselves busy again with work, homeschooling and a return to reality after the long summer. But remember - we are still here for you, every Saturday morning at 9am. If you're struggling to get out there and put in the miles, I recommend finding a running buddy. Not a big group, but one person that maybe you've been seeing a fair amount of over the last few months anyway. I don't know about you, but I do find that the fear of letting someone else down far outweighs my desire to sit on the couch eating chips. Just. :)


Kudos to the 29 of you who ran/walked/jogged your 5k on Saturday - not only did we welcome a new first timer, we also celebrated another 7 impressive PBs!

First Timers

We'd like to extend a very warm welcome to first timer, Craig Ashley. Dad and Husband to our regulars, Ryan and Aimee, it's great to see the Ashley contingent of #notaparkrun growing! Craig finished in a very impressive 25:45, so he has already set the bar high for those future PRs. We'll look forward to seeing more of you (and your selfies!) in the coming weeks, Craig!

Personal Bests

Congratulations to the following seven #notparkrunners who achieved impressive PBs this week:

Danielle Ruiz - no stranger to parkrun, Danielle gets faster each week. She beat last week's best by 8 seconds, to finish in 24:56 this week, her 10th #notaparkrun. Nice work!


Jordan Elder - another #notaparkrun regular, Jordan knocked a whopping 1:21 off his previous PB, at his 14th virtual event, to finish in 25:12. Excellent job, Jordan!


Abby Ruelas - hailing from Renton parkrun, Abby has dedicated her entire summer to running, and it shows! Yet another PB at her 16th #notaparkrun, Abby knocked an impressive 1:09 off her previous time, finishing in 26:27. Congratulations, Abby - your new go-faster shoes are clearly working!


Wendy Grinols-Sweeney - another Rentonite (is that a word? It is now!) and Abby's faithful running buddy (see? Everybody needs one!), Wendy took 13 seconds off her PB, finishing in 26:58 at her 10th #notaparkrun. Great job!


Belinda Blackburn - a Tasmania native, Belinda has set a new PB at every #notaparkrun she has completed! This week, she knocked a very respectable 40 seconds off, finishing in 29:15. Great result - all we need now is a matching selfie.

Elliott Gaskins - another Perrigo parkrun regular, but only his second #notaparkrun, Elliott took an amazing 7:12 off his previous time. If only we had a photo, we'd know your secret - instead, we'll just have to assume that Rocky had something to do with it (yes, friends - running buddies can be 4-legged, too!).

Bill Schwabenland - last, but most definitely not least, Bill achieved a PB for the 2nd week in a row (at his 15th #notaparkrun), finishing 54 seconds faster than last week, in 32:00. I'm not one to make wild assertions, but I'm going to go ahead and suggest that maybe a certain wild beast on the trail had something to do with putting a spring in Bill's step!
Bill bear

Nerd Alert!

It's OK, he called himself the nerd, so it's fine for me to say the same about our speed demon, Dan Metteer. He tells us that he has been working on a 5k predictor formula. I won't pretend to understand it, but wouldn't it be cool to use to figure out your future race or parkrun times? Maybe once he's ironed out any kinks, Dan might be kind enough to share his genius with the rest of us!

"I was about 50 seconds off of my PB. In the two weeks leading up to that PB I ran about 50 more miles than I did in the past two weeks. Other factors certainly apply, but it is interesting how close this formula holds up!"

Dan nerd

Photo Roundup

In the absence of any other news to share, I thought I'd finish with our weekly photo roundup. Thanks so much to everyone who shared either selfies or beautiful photos of your local running spot. Joanna Davis's English countryside has me checking BA flight prices, and Simon Faber's amazing background is just giving me one more reason to want to move to Canada!

Zoe Tikiboos


Melani connector trail




Joanna hay


Amy Edison


And Finally...

Thank you again to everyone who took part this week. Next week marks exactly half a year since we celebrated our last parkrun, on Leap Day no less! We are so grateful for this community, and the support you all offer us and each other. There is no more important thing right now than our relationships with friends and family, and I'm so very proud of our dedicated parkrun family for keeping all our spirits high.

Don't forget to let me know if you fancy a spot as Run Director one week!

Until the 29th.... toodle-oo!!



Results are here:!As6KUHoY-sr5xxh5dVsIwiHKCARd?e=gXSosV

And here:

Position Name Time
1 Dan METTEER 19:27
2 Daniel SWART 22:08
3 Joanna DAVIS 23:15
4 Zach FUNG 23:28
5 Danielle RUIZ 24:48
6 Jordan ELDER 25:12
7 Craig ASHLEY 25:45
8 Abby RUELAS 26:27
10 Steve DANCY 27:07
11 Michael SHIACH 28:02
12 Zena HOEGGER 29:04
13 Belinda BLACKBURN 29:15
14 Simon FABER 30:00
15 Aimee ASHLEY 30:12
16 Elliott GASKINS 30:33
17 Gayle KEENAN 30:54
18 Tadek DUL 31:37
19 Bill SCHWABENLAND 32:00
20 Lynn PERSSE 32:53
21 Dean FABER 34:32
22 Bushra BAJWA 34:39
23 Mike WILLIAMS 35:09
25 Amanda NATHAN 36:58
26 Kelly LYON-KING 59:36
27 Allison PRATHER 62:14
29 Amy CRANDALL 63:05
29 Melani MCGRATH 70:29


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #17 – 15th August 2020

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director


We had a smaller than usual number of participants for #notaparkrun number SEVENTEEN, with 25 of you heading out into the beautiful sunny August morning for your 5k run / jog / walk / crawl.

It was lovely for me to be able to do my run brief from the red barn again, and thanks to the sunny weather, to be joined by so many of you lovely regulars.





Thanks for showing up (distantly, of course!!), Zena, John, Dean and Melani. It's always wonderful to see you all! Special thanks to Zena, who generously gifted me this fabulous mask!


First Timers

For the first time, we had NO first timers this week!! You know that that means....? That's right, it's time to spread the word again. I believe that the whole Covid quarantine situation has created quite a few couch potatoes (myself included), particularly with all the gyms being closed or severely restricted, and home gym equipment being about as impossible to find as toilet paper and bleach was 5 months ago. So please do tell your friends, family, neighbors etc that are here for them. Why pay $35 for a virtual run, when you can join our friendly little Perrigo parkrun family for FREE each week?

Personal Bests

Congratulations to the EIGHT #notparkrunners who achieved a PB this week. That's an amazing 32% of you who have seen improvement, week after week. Kudos to you guys - well done!

    Kevin Sorensen - probably one of the most consistent runners I know, Kevin's slowest and fastest #notaparkrun times differ by only 15 seconds. This week, he knocked 3 seconds off his previous PB, finishing in 21:49, and second place.
    Kurt Wilson - our friendly Melton Mowbray visitor, and no stranger to the Groundhog award, Kurt knocked 7 seconds off his fastest, finishing his 5k in a super speedy 22:56. Nice work, Kurt!
    Mike Williams - another Melton Mowbray regular, Mike gets faster and faster every week (the competition is strong between him and parkrun buddy Kurt!). This week he knocked an amazing 01:17 off his previous fastest #notaparkrun, his 12th time joining us at Perrigo.
    Wendy Grinols-Sweeney - Wendy and running buddy Abby Ruelas have been running up a storm lately, accumulating some pretty impressive mileage! All that hard work and dedication is clearly paying off, with Wendy taking 42 seconds off her previous best, at her 9th virtual parkrun.
    Gayle Keenan - I think we narrowly missed witnessing Gayle achieve a PB of 29:30 (16 seconds faster than her previous record) at the red barn this week, for her 15th #notaparkrun. Hopefully next time we can (distantly) cheer her on in person!
    Bill Schwabenland - Bill took a very impressive 01:32 off his previous best, at his 14th #notaparkrun. Impressive stuff after all these weeks!
    Evie Pepper - congrats to Evie for taking a whopping 05:11 off your previous time, at your second #notaparkrun. Hope we can persuade you to take part more often, my dear.
    Melani McGrath - apparently without buddy Murphy tagging along to sniff every blade of grass along the way, Melani gets her 5k finished a lot faster! Congrats on taking 03:03 off your previous PB, Melani.

Mike W



A Few Reminders

    - Don't forget that we are still in Phase 2 in King County. So for all you non-UK folk, I do have to encourage you to run distantly, mask up if you see anyone else on the trail, and use common sense (i.e. if you arrive at a park to find it full of picnickers / sunbathers, maybe choose an alternative running location). I want you all to stay safe and healthy, and for our little corner of the world to regain some normalcy so we all get to hang out on a Saturday morning together again!

    - Bored on a Saturday morning and wondering how you can find some purpose? :) Consider volunteering as Run Director for our #notaparkrun. I'm sure you're all bored of seeing my face every week - let me know via Facebook or if you fancy taking on the mantle, and I'll let you know what (very little) is involved!

    - Don't forget that Cypress Coffee is now open at Redmond Ridge, and they're doing an amazing job of ensuring customers are well distanced, both indoors and out. If you can, please consider supporting them with your custom - they have been super encouraging and supportive of parkrun over the last year, and we'd hate to see Ryan and his team struggle.

    - And finally, even though we publish our own Perrigo results each week, you are also able to upload your results to the official parkrun website. It won't count towards your milestones, unfortunately, but it does mean you can keep all your results in one place on your own profile. This is entirely optional, but if you would like to do so, go to Enter your barcode number and password, and on your profile page, click on "(not)parkrun" to log your virtual parkrun results.

Photo Roundup

Here are a selection of the amazing photos you guys have taken and shared this week (or ones I snapped of you myself, at Perrigo). Please keep them coming - I need to see these smiling faces!







See you all here again next week. You are all awesome, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to support our little Perrigo parkrun community!

Toodle-oo for now,

Kerstin <3

Results are here:!As6KUHoY-sr5xxaBCCUmaWD0rZMz?e=x639lK

And here:

Position Name Time
1 Dan METTEER 19:55
2 Kevin SORENSEN 21:49
3 Kurt WILSON 22:56
4 John HOEGGER 23:04
5 Mike WILLIAMS 23:22
6 Joanna DAVIS 23:32
7 Daniel SWART 24:16
8 Christopher CULLEN 24:33
9 Steve DANCY 26:40
10 Jordan ELDER 26:44
11 Wendy GRINOLS-SWEENEY 27:11
12 Ryan ASHLEY 27:28
13 Zena HOEGGER 28:21
14 Michael SHIACH 28:29
15 Aimee ASHLEY 28:53
16 Gayle KEENAN 29:30
17 Lynn PERSSE 32:09
18 Tadek DUL 32:39
19 Bill SCHWABENLAND 32:54
20 Amanda NATHAN 35:42
21 Dean FABER 42:07
22 Kerstin PEPPER 43:38
23 Evie PEPPER 43:39
24 Melani MCGRATH 59:10


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #16 – 8th August 2020


by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

Well, it was certainly not the most appealing running weather last Saturday. Cold, wet and grey - a typical Seattle summer's day, and only Dean Faber, myself and my Loki dog braved the elements at the red barn at 9am! Despite that, we saw 26 parkrunners completing their 5k for our 16th #notaparkrun, including:

First Timers

Only one first timer this week. No stranger to "actual" parkrun, but a newbie to our virtual events. We hope to see a lot more of you, Elliot Gaskins - we've missed you and Rocky!


Personal Bests

Many congrats to our three #notparkrunners celebrating PBs this week. I am beyond inspired by those of you who are managing to not only keep up with your physical fitness during these strange times, but actually improve it!! I'll be calling you for tips on how to budge the Covid-15 soon enough...

    Zach Fung managed to steal the coveted top spot from our stalwart, Dan Metteer. Not only did Zach finish in an incredible 17:41, he took a huge 19 seconds off his previous #notaparkrun PB! Nice work, Zach (please send more selfies!). :)

    Danielle Ruiz took a magnificent second off her previous PB, at her 9th #notaparkrun, finishing in 24:56. The crazy thing is, Danielle is always telling me she's "not fast". Yeah. Right. Pull the other one, speed demon! Many congrats - we miss your always smiling face!!

    Drum roll pleeeease, for the fabulous Zena Hoegger, who achieved an amazing PB of 27:59 at her 16th #notaparkrun. That's right folks - not only is Zena enviably fast, she's also one of the few who has shown up every single week since we started this crazy online dalliance. Nice job, Zena - we miss you and your whacky wardrobe!



The Groundhog!

We had yet another Groundhog this week. I don't know what is going on - I honestly don't remember having one at all previously, but #notaparkrun seems to have a few of you staying unbelievably consistent!

This week, Abby Ruelas matched her previous PB of 27:36. Although not strictly a groundhog, as there were 6 weeks between them, I'm choosing to celebrate Abby's dedication regardless, mainly because she shares such awesome selfies every week. Nice work, Abby - Punxsutawney Phil ain't got nothing on you!


Photo Roundup

As ever, I love seeing all your smiling, sweating faces every week. Thank you so much to all of you who indulge me, and our Perrigo community, with your beautiful selfies or scenic shots. Please do keep them coming!!










Can't wait to see you all again next time! It looks to be a beautiful, sunny day, so get out there and get it done nice and early.

Mask up, parkrunners, and stay safe - we miss you!



Results are here:!As6KUHoY-sr5xxSY2GFhFNGGEi98?e=md0PuF

And here:

Position Name Time
1 Zach FUNG 17:41
2 Dan METTEER 19:21
3 Joanna DAVIS 23:27
4 Danielle RUIZ 24:56
5 Mike WILLIAMS 25:16
6 Kurt WILSON 25:38
7 Jordan ELDER 26:41
8 Christopher CULLEN 27:23
9 Steve DANCY 27:28
10 Abby RUELAS 27:36
11 Zena HOEGGER 27:59
12 Michael SHIACH 28:19
13 Aimee ASHLEY 29:53
14 Katie METTEER 30:01
15 Gayle KEENAN 30:45
16 Bill SCHWABENLAND 36:53
17 Elliott GASKINS 37:45
18 Amanda NATHAN 38:32
19 Mary BLAKE BAUCHER 56:32
20 Dean FABER 57:34
21 Kerstin PEPPER 57:39
22 Lynn PERSSE 60:00
24 Melani MCGRATH 66:45
25 Tadek DUL 86:42
26 Kelly LYON-KING 94:42


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #12 – 11th July 2020

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

Well, I think a lot of us were beaten by the heat this week, as we saw a relatively small crowd of 32 diehard not-parkrunners out pounding the pavement. Many congrats to our 4 speedy PB achievers, a warm welcome to our first timer, Amy Crandall (no stranger to parkrun, but a newcomer to #notaparkrun), and yet another “wow” for our Groundhog, Melton Mowbray’s own Kurt Wilson.


Personal Bests

    Big shout out to Dan Metteer’s daughter, Katie Metteer, who took a huge 1 minute 25 seconds off her previous time, for a 2nd PB at her 3rd #notaparkrun. The apple clearly doesn’t fall far from the tree – great work, Katie!

    Melton Mowbray’s Joanna Davis marked yet another PB this week, taking 9 seconds off her already very impressive previous best. Joanna is one of our “old faithfuls”, who has shown up every single week since we start our virtual parkruns, and celebrated 7 PBs out of 12 runs. Inspiring stuff – we’re so glad to see you every week, Joanna!

    Well done to Bushra Bajwa, who took 5 seconds off her previous time, at only her 2nd #notaparkrun.

    Congratulations to Amanda Nathan, who took a huge two and a half minutes off her previous PB! Nice job, Amanda.



Thank you so much to everyone who indulged my request for milestone numbers.

Only two parkrunners would have earned a shirt if they had attended Perrigo every week for the last 19 weeks since we last met in person.

Amanda Nathan would be wearing her red 50 shirt by now, with 62 parkruns under her belt

Lynn Persse would be sporting that coveted black 100 shirt, having completed 103 parkruns.


Congratulations ladies – we are so very proud of your dedication, and only wish we could get those shirts winging their way to you!

Two other dedicated parkrunners would be earning their milestones at the next parkrun:

Dean Faber is one run away from a black shirt, with 99 runs completed (and attendance at every single #notaparkrun so far)

Ryan Ashley would be earning his white 10 shirt, as he speeds his way to a faster and faster 5k each week!

Thanks to the rest of you who are also racking up those runs:

    Gayle Keenan (26)
    Aimee Ashley (13)
    Abby Ruelas (75)
    Zena Hoegger (38)




You’re all amazing – I’m so happy that you are all keeping up with your health and fitness while the world falls apart around us. There is no better way to ensure that you and your loved ones get through this strange time!

Selfie Time

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who continues to send me your beautiful selfies (and particularly the ones taken at Perrigo Park, which make me feel a little closer to “actual” parkrun).





I genuinely love seeing your happy, healthy, sweaty faces – I love our parkrun community and the friendships that continue to blossom. Rest assured that I am using this time to dream up the biggest return to parkrun celebration I can think of!!

And Another Thing….

Unfortunately it looks like WA state is far from beating this virus, and in fact it seems we are sliding into a worse situation than we have been before. As we encourage you to get outside and stay healthy, it is also our responsibility to ensure that we are protecting the health of our fellow community members.

When you are out #notparkrunning, please do make sure you always have a mask or face covering with you. You do not need to wear it at all times, but it is important to have it available in case you come across another path / trail / park user. Thank you to this week's tailwalker, Kelly Lyon-King for so beautifully modeling the ideal runner’s face covering – these buffs work really well, they’re so easy to pull up and down quickly without breaking stride.


Let’s continue to mask up, stay distant and wash our hands. I really, really, really want to start planning that Perrigo party!!!

In the very wise words of Jerry Springer himself: until next time, take care of yourselves…and each other.



Position Name Time
1 Zach FUNG 20:09
2 John HOEGGER 21:54
3 Daniel SWART 22:37
4 Joanna DAVIS 23:09
5 Kurt WILSON 24:28
6 Mike WILLIAMS 25:14
7 Ryan ASHLEY 26:39
8 Steve DANCY 26:43
9 Danielle RUIZ 27:04
10 Bushra BAJWA 27:42
11 Simon FABER 28:00
12 Michael SHIACH 28:54
13 Aimee ASHLEY 29:09
14 Zena HOEGGER 29:23
15 Jordan ELDER 29:53
16 Dan METTEER 29:57
17 Katie METTEER 29:57
18 Abby RUELAS 31:03
19 Wendy GRINOLS-SWEENEY 31:03
20 Lynn PERSSE 31:07
21 Chris DREWER 31:36
22 Kate DREWER 31:36
23 Gayle KEENAN 31:59
24 Tadek DUL 32:24
26 Kerstin PEPPER 34:44
27 Dean FABER 35:02
28 Amanda NATHAN 35:08
29 Allison PRATHER 43:30
30 Mary BLAKE BAUCHER 57:08
31 Amy CRANDALL 57:37
32 Kelly LYON-KING 92:28


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #11 – 4th July 2020

by Mary Blake: Run Director

Who needs fireworks?

Our 4th of July #notaparkrun was better than any fireworks in my opinion, because we had a record number of runners participate. 46, yes 46!!, runners came out to celebrate the 4th of July the way it was meant to be celebrated. With a free virtual 5K! So many of you got into the spirit of things and gave us some great “red, white & blue” photos! Our participants came from all over the world, including the UK (Melton Mowbray, Livonia, Dishley & Long Eaton), South Africa, California, Tucson & Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland.


We had 11 PBs, which is an incredible number. Well done to Mike Williams, Shawn Pearce, Nina Tang, Ryan Ashley, Simon Faber, Lee Nathan, Zoe Muggeson Heath, Wendy Grinols-Sweeney, Lynn Persse, Katie Metteer & Lynzee Hoegger on your PBs. A fantastic achievement for each and every one of you!

Zoe Muggeson Heath

Lynn Persse

Gayle Kennan

Dan & Katie

First timers

We would love to extend a warm welcome to our 6 first timers. We are so glad that you joined us Zach Fung, Joy Chan, Nick Shiach, Bushra Bajwa, Vivian Shiach & Lucas Smith! We hope to see more of you all at #notaparkrun, and eventually at parkrun!

Zach & Joy

Fastest runners

Congratulations to our 3 fastest males. Coming in at an amazingly fast 18 minutes flat, was first timer Zach Fung. Hot on Zach’s heels was Dan Metteer with an impressive 19:17. Next came Max Jensen absolutely crushing it with a 20:32. Well done guys!

Congratulations to our 3 fastest females. Joanna Davis absolutely killed it with a time of 23:35. First timer Joy Chan started her #notaparkrun career with a super impressive 24:29. Our 3rd fastest female was parkrun volunteer regular, Nina Tang, with a very respectable 26:28, which was also a PB – Go Nina!

Nina Tang


Highly deserving of a mention are our runners who have participated in 11 for 11! Joanna Davis, Michael Shiach, Zoe Muggeson Heath, Lynn Persse, Dean Faber, Bill Schawbenland & Zena Hoegger – thank you all for participating each and every week and being a huge factor in #notaparkrun’s success!

Zena & the girls

4th of July festive wear

Since a bunch of you made such fun efforts to be patriotic, I think you all deserve a mention!
Zena, thank you so much for donning the fun patriotic bobble hairbands. It has to be done and you make them look HOT!

I think it’s only fair to pick a winner for the best “red, white & blue” outfit. Zach & Joy, you guys pulled off athletic and patriotic together so beautifully!

Zoe, you just can’t beat those leggings! I want them!! No seriously, where did you get them? LOL.

Joanna, your picture of the red, white & blue flowers was so sweet and creative!
Fairies Abby & Wendy, your patriotic wings were so pretty and awesome!

Fred & Louise, that hat, the hairband and the decorated doggy stroller were so fun and your photo had me smiling all day!

Nina, your red (loved the mask!), white and blue outfit together with “happy 4th message” were just perfect!

Allison, I absolutely loved the USA tank – you made wearing patriotic clothes cool!

Helen & Bill, those star-spangled sneakers rock, and I am going to try and source a pair!

Abby & Wendy

Alison Prather

Helen Smith US sneakers

Joanna Davis Flowers

Kerstin Pepper

Louise & Fred McKinlay

Thank you to everyone who sent us photos of your fun patriotic clothing, patriotic flowers, sweaty selfies (you can’t beat them!) and even a decorated doggy stroller!

See you next week

We hope to see you all again next week! Tell your friends about #notaparkrun and help our record number grow next week! Remember to run responsibly and safely, following the governor’s rules!

Amanda Nathan

Helen and the boys

Jim Pollock

Kelly Lyon-King

Molly Jensen flowers

Yours in stride,
Mary Blake

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