by Kerstin Pepper: Event Director
Yet again, the weather gods were smiling on us for our 17th parkrun, and we were blessed with perfect running weather on Saturday morning. I think we have only had two rainy Saturdays since we first started trialling Perrigo parkrun, waaaay back in May this year. Considering we are a “soggy Seattle” area event, I think this is pretty incredible! Lucky bunnies are we, long may it continue.
Today at Perrigo parkrun, 35 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers visiting from the UK, and 5 were running their first ever parkrun. Welcome to you all, and we really look forward to seeing you all again one Saturday soon!
Graham Holland was one of our enthusiastic British visitors this week. Graham hails from Liverpool,and has 89 parkruns under his belt. Perrigo parkrun was his 50th "different" parkrun - i.e. he has participated in 50 different parkrun events around the world - and he marked the occasion by placing 2nd across the line!
Graham let us know that he set himself a challenge of running at least 5k every single day of 2019, in order to raise funds for Alzheimers Research UK, a charity close to his heart. Today was his 278th run of the year - amazing! Congratulations, Graham, we are all super impressed with your dedication. Don't forget to share your fundraising page with us.
Jakob White (JM11-14) was first over the line in 21:49 in his third ever parkrun. Amazing job leaving all the adults eating your dust, Jakob!
Graham Holland (VM45-49) was second over the line at his first ever Perrigo parkrun.
Lee Nathan (SM30-34) was third over the line, with a new PB of 21:59. Pretty impressive stuff, when you consider that he was also pushing his adorable 1 year old daugher, Aila, in her stroller. I feel exhausted just thinking about it. Many congrats, Lee!
Yi Tyan Tsai (VW25-29) was first over the line in 27:19 with a new PB, knocking 1 minute and 6 seconds off her previous time. Fantastic work, Yi Tyan, congratulations!
Jennifer Sayers (VW30-34) was second over the line in 27:44 in her first ever parkrun.
Katherine Thayer (VW25-29) was third over the line in 28:40.
6 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests today, so huge shout outs and congrats go to:
• Lee Nathan, who bettered his previous PB by 1 minute and 42 seconds to finish in 21:59;
• Jeff Mitchell, who knocked 14 seconds off his PB to get 22:55;
• Chris Drewer, who beat his previous best by 15 seconds with 26:52;
• Yi Tyan Tsai, who slashed 1 minute and 6 seconds off her time in August, to get 27:19;
• Sarah Mace, who took a full minute off her last PB just two weeks ago, in 34:23;
• Damyan Pepper, who took 1 minute 31 seconds off his June PB to cross the line in 39:08.
Three cheers for the volunteers!
Thank you to our 10 wonderful volunteers, without whom Saturday mornings would be a very dull affair. Today’s heroes in hi-viz were Run Director Kerstin Pepper and her team – Mary Blake, Isabelle Bodkhe, Kelly Lyon-King, Lisa Johnson, Jorge Besada, Gabriella Drewer, Kate Drewer, Amanda Nathan and Lee Nathan.
If you are interested in volunteering at Perrigo parkrun in the future, then please update your parkrun account options to receive the weekly volunteer appeal e-mails. You can do this by following the “Manage My Profile” link you will find in any of your run result e-mails. Once in “My Links”, you should then click on “Email options” to opt in for receiving volunteer appeal e-mails. You can also take a look at https://www.parkrun.us/perrigo/futureroster/ and e-mail email@example.com stating which role you’d like to try out.
All the roles are simple and fun to do, and Event Directors Kerstin and Mary will provide you with all the training you need. You too could be a hero in hi-viz!
See you all again next week - same time, same place, same fabulous start to your weekend!