Run Report: Perrigo parkrun #19 – 19th October 2019

The One With All The 19s

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

We celebrated our 19th Perrigo parkrun, on the 19th of the month, in the year 2019. What are the chances? I wish we could say that we also welcomed 19 parkrunners, but sadly the wet and windy weather kept a lot of our regulars away, so we were just 2 shy of that number.


However, 17 of you still dragged yourselves out of bed to brave the elements - well done all of you, huge back pats all round! We celebrated 3 PRs, 2 first timers and gave thanks to 10 marvelous volunteers. Thanks as always for showing up, and helping to keep Perrigo parkrun going. parkrun Saturdays make our hearts sing - we're so proud of each and every one of you.


Some stats from the weekend:

- Perrigo needs another 81 runners or walkers to reach 1,000 total finishers. Wouldn't it be amazing to accomplish this on our 20th parkrun? Please do spread the word, invite everyone you know to join us. The weather is looking beautiful this weekend!

- Perrigo needs another 13 volunteers to reach 200 volunteer occasions. We should easily reach that number by week 21!

- Jorge Besada ran for the 10th time at Perrigo - and celebrated with a new PB!

- Dean Faber volunteered for the 10th time at Perrigo (26 in the USA).

- Stefano Gallotti ran for the 10th time at Perrigo (26 in the USA; 197 worldwide).

- Kelly Lyon-King finished in 10th position on her 10th run at Perrigo.

- Kelly Lyon-King ran for the 10th time worldwide (all at Perrigo).

- Lee Nathan volunteered for the 10th time in the USA (all at Perrigo).

Fastest Finishers

In first place, yet again, was our junior parkrunner, Jakob White. Many congrats to Jakob (JM11-14) for finishing in a very respectable 20:45.

Stafano Gallotti took second place this week, finishing in 21:08 on his 197th parkrun!

Kevin Sorensen was the third parkrunner across the line, matching his PB of 21:09 on his 12th parkrun. Well done, Kevin!

Female Placings

Our first female across the line was Kelly Lyon-King - finishing in 32:13 on her 10th parkrun!

Second to finish was Rachel Ormiston, finishing in 33:02 on her very first parkrun. Well done, Rachel!

And finally, Siri Bliesner was the third woman across the line on her 3rd parkrun, and with a PB to boot. Congratulations on finishing with a new record of 38:53, Siri (and Yoda)!


The Volunteers

As ever, thanks so much to our volunteers, who are the only reason that we can keep parkrun going every week. We appreciate each and every one of you, more than you could know.
Kerstin Pepper (Run Director) was delighted to be supported by Amanda Nathan (Time Keeper), Melani McGrath (Time Keeper), Dean Faber (Barcode Scanner), Lei Paredes (Finish Tokens), Niamh Carrig (Marshal), Luisa Sciullo (Tail Walker), Lee Nathan (Post Event Clear Up) and Claudia Carreno (Photographer).



Moving Forward

As mentioned above, we are only 81 parkrunners shy of seeing our 1,000th finisher cross the line at Perrigo parkrun. Just because we love round numbers, it would be amazing if we could hit that number on our 20th parkrun (i.e. this coming Saturday). Please do spread the word, invite your friends and family along to try us out, and share and share and share again on social media. Contact Kerstin Pepper on Facebook or at if you would like some flyers to hand out - we just ordered another several hundred, so there are plenty to go around!


Thank you so much for your continued support. We can't wait to see Perrigo parkrun go from strength to strength - it's been so wonderful getting to know all of you over the last few months!