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