Run Report – Perrigo parkrun #28: 14th December 2019

by Mary Blake: Run Director

Start line - ugly sweater run

We were ever hopeful for a nice dry “Ugly Sweater” parkrun this morning, but alas, it was not meant to be. However, the pouring rain did not deter 40 cheerful and very festive parkrunners! It was so fun to see so many people dress up in their ugly sweaters, festive hats, santa socks and even some jingle bells! We were also blessed with some wonderful contributions of festive treats from our runners and volunteers. There were mince pies, sausage rolls, brownies and donuts aplenty. They all went down a treat, yummy!!

volunteers in the rain

PB bell 3


Some Stats & fun facts

    We had 8 PBs today – congratulations to Erward Osckar, Lisa Whittle, Elliott Gaskins, Niamh Carrig, Evie Pepper, Chloe Hoegger, Carla Schneider & Erik Schneider.

    Niamh Carrig

    Welcome to our three first timers today – Damon Gjording, Jenna Gorham & Jasmina Cernak. Damon and Jenna were the first male and female home today – incredible!

    Damon & Jenna


    Lars Schneider crushed it in the J11-14 group again with an amazing time of 21:08, which is only 3 seconds off his PB. An amazing achievement as such a young age!

    Lars Schneider

    Kevin Sorensen, Jeff Mitchell & Andrew Ruschack completed their 20th parkruns, all at Perrigo! It is so great to start seeing the homegrown milestones starting to spring up. Well done Kevin, Andrew & Jeff – we love seeing you all every week! Keep going and aim for that coveted 50 shirt!!

    Kevin Sorrensen

    Jeff Mitchell

    Andrew Rushnack

    Our very own core team member, Dean Faber, completed his 70th parkrun. Wow Dean, that’s awesome. Keep going for the elusive black shirt. It’s just within reach!!

    Dean Faber

    Ms. Evie Pepper knocked a whopping 3 minutes off her time to PB with 31:15 at just 9 years of age!


    Our very own Event Director, Kerstin Pepper, completed her 25th parkrun. That’s half way to the coveted 50 shirt – Way to go Kerstin!!


    Carla Schneider was the 28th runner home at the 28th Perrigo parkrun!

Fastest males

Our top 3 male runners were Damon Gjording (19:39), Dan Metteer (20:01) & Lars Schneider (21:08)

Dan Metteer

Fastest females

Our top 3 female runners were Jenna Gorham (22:10), Lisa Whittle (25:59) & Niamh Carrig (29:44)


As always, thank you so much to our amazing volunteers who put up with very wet conditions this Saturday. It is not easy to stand around in the cold and the rain, but they did just that with big festive smiles and so much encouragement and support for our parkrunners. Thank you Allison Prather, Mary Blake, David Cline, Dean Faber, Kelly Lyon-King, Kerstin Pepper, Nina Tang, Shawn Pearce, Siri Bleisner & Gabriella Drewer.


If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to us at We are always looking to fill our future volunteer rosters. Without volunteers, there is no parkrun!

Upcoming Events

This Saturday December 21st, we will have an unofficial “Festive 5K”, so if you want to give your ugly sweaters, santa hats and jingle bells another run (or if you missed our Ugly Sweater run), please wear them all with pride this Saturday!

Perrigo will also be hosting a special New Year’s day run at 8:30am. We are having it early as Renton parkrun is hosting their parkrun at 10:30am and we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to attend both events, as it is the only day of the year where you can complete two parkruns in one day!

Look forward to seeing you all next Saturday!

Mary Blake
Run Director