Perrigo parkrun is cancelled on 8 August 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report: Virtual parkrun #7 – 6th June 2020

Our First Groundhogs!
by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director


It was a good day for a #notaparkrun last Saturday, with (according to regular parkrunner, Kate Drewer) perfect running conditions in Redmond! Maybe that is why we had a record number of virtual participants for our 7th event, with 39 of you running, jogging and walking 5k or more.

This included four first timers (welcome, Farheen and Camila Figueira, and great to see you again Shawn and Jen - we have missed you so!!).

Camila and dad, Carlos

Camila and dad, Carlos



An amazing NINE of you celebrated PRs this week:

    Danielle Ruiz - taking a massive 7 minutes and 5 seconds off her previous time, and sharing a beautiful pic of the mean (ahem) streets of Redmond!

    Ryan Ashley - keeping his mom on her toes, running an amazing 1 minute 54 seconds faster this week

    Mike Williams (Melton Mowbray parkrun) - celebrating a return to running after injury, and moving from tail walker last week, to 11th position this week!

    Jim Pollock - 24 seconds faster than last week, despite forgetting his headphones and having to run "naked"

    Simon Faber - 35 seconds faster than his previous PR, and making us all very envious with his beautiful photos of Kelowna, Canada!

    Chloe Hoegger - proving yet again that those capes on her socks really do make her fly! 58 seconds off her PR this week, well done Chloe!

    Nina Tang - applying her average pace gave her a 14 second #notaparkrun PR. Of course, she had to go just a little further...12.07 miles to be exact! Inspiring stuff, Nina!

    Fred McKinlay, combining parkrun and the Big Backyard Run in one!

    Molly Jensen - great to see Molly back with us again! 5 minutes and 14 seconds faster than her first (virtual) parkrun, nice work. You'll be putting Max through his paces soon, Molly!

Back to that groundhog...

Strictly speaking, a parkrun groundhog is the award given to someone who finishes a parkrun event in the same time for two consecutive weeks in the same location!

However, given that this is #notaparkrun, I'm going to call out all three runners who achieved exactly the same time this week as one of their previous virtual parkruns. There have only been 7 of them, after all, so this is still a pretty awesome achievement!

    Dan Metteer didn't know whether to laugh or cry when he matched his fastest ever 5k result, in 18:37 (last achieved at Virtual parkrun #4). Sorry Dan - maybe borrowing Chloe's socks will help next time?


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    Kevin Sorensen has only taken part in two virtual parkruns, and managed to achieve the exact same time at both (22:04). Impressive stuff, Kevin!

    Melton Mowbray's Joanna Davis also matched her previous PR (achieved on Week 5) of 23:59 this week. She also made this British RD quite homesick with her photo of England's green and pleasant land!


Special Mentions

In the run brief each week, we ask that you make sure to send us photos, so we get to see what you're all up to without us...and most importantly, so we can see your lovely faces. So, thank you so much to all who have done so - those I've already mentioned above, and:

    Abby Reulas - Renton parkrun's Abby has completely transformed herself in the time we have known her - not only in physical appearance (as she puts it, she has lost "a small child" in weight - those legs, though!), but also in her incredible fitness and health. We are so proud of her - this Saturday she went on to run almost 16 miles, and has PRd every category that her Garmin tracks. Amazing!

    Dean Faber and Allison Prather are your friendly parkrun elves, responsible for all the motivational chalk messages and hashtags you see each week (if you choose to run your virtual parkrun at Perrigo Park). Thanks so much to both of them for their dedication (and also to Melani McGrath and her faithful sidekick, Murphy, for the photos!).




    Lynn Persse (from Long Eaton parkrun in the UK) never fails to disappoint with her amazing leggings...but this week she truly outdid herself. How else do you get through this lengthy lockdown, other than by celebrating Christmas in June, as you run laps around the garden!? Thank you Lynn - you look fabulous, as always!!


    Bill Schwabenland, a man more dedicated to staying fit and healthy throughout this pandemic than anyone I know, did a sterling job as (virtual) tailwalker this week. He completed 3 miles with his 4-legged buddies, then remembered it was Saturday and went out to complete another 3.1. Thanks so much for bringing everyone home safely, Bill!

    And finally...thanks so much to my favorite Perrigo Brits, for always showing up with a huge smile and just being such wonderful members of our growing parkrun family. And for the photos, of course. We miss you, Family Hoegger and Family Drewer !



And finally...

Don't forget, we would love to share the Run Director role with anyone who'd like to try it. Email or just DM Kerstin through her private Facebook or via Perrigo's FB page. It's very easy, I'll do all the number crunching, you just need to put your lovely mug in front of the camera and say a few encouraging words!

Also, we have a BIG celebration coming up. Our 1 year anniversary is the 15th June 2020. Typically we would celebrate the following Saturday, which would be the 20th.
In lieu of cake, balloons and mad Perrigo decorations, I would love to find a great way to mark the occasion. If anyone has any bright and brilliant ideas (I'll even take average ones at this point!), please do share them. Otherwise, what would be AMAZING would be to get a really BIG number of runners / walkers / joggers out pounding the streets on Saturday the 20th. If any of you can help spread the word (i.e. encourage your friends / family / colleagues - no matter where in the world - to join us!), we would really love to draw a virtual celebratory crowd.

That's it from me, folks. Thanks again for all your dedication, camaraderie and endless support. See you next time...



Results can be found here:!As6KUHoY-sr5xht_Fsyn1HdWgPYu?e=MFMSP9

Or here:

Position Name Time
1 Dan METTEER 18:37:00
2 John HOEGGER 21:53:00
3 Kevin SORENSEN 22:04:00
4 Daniel SWART 22:13:00
5 Kurt WILSON 23:39:00
6 Joanna DAVIS 23:59:00
7 Max JENSEN 24:45:00
8 Christopher CULLEN 25:28:00
9 Danielle RUIZ 26:02:00
10 Ryan ASHLEY 26:03:00
11 Mike WILLIAMS 26:12:00
12 Steve DANCY 26:16:00
13 Jim POLLOCK 27:28:00
14 Kelly LYON-KING 28:09:00
15 Aimee ASHLEY 28:29:00
16 Allison PRATHER 29:19:00
17 Simon FABER 29:35:00
18 Michael SCHIACH 29:39:00
19 Abby RUELAS 29:58:00
20 Chris DREWER 30:02:00
21 Kate DREWER 30:13:00
22 Jennifer MARSHALL 30:34:00
23 Dean FABER 30:49:00
24 Mary BLAKE BAUCHER 31:41:00
25 Zena HOEGGER 33:26:00
26 Zoe MUGGESON HEATH 33:45:00
27 Chloe HOEGGER 35:11:00
28 Shawn PEARCE 35:36:00
29 Lynn PERSSE 36:08:00
30 Nina TANG 36:16:00
31 Camila FIGUEIRA 38:53:00
32 Carlos FIGUEIRA 38:53:00
33 Fred MCKINLAY 40:20:00
34 Farheen AL MISHARI 42:37:00
35 Fred MCKINLAY 43:52:00
36 Molly JENSEN 45:06:00
37 Gayle KEENAN 47:55:00
38 Melani MCGRATH 1:06:00:00
39 Bill SCHWABENLAND 1:08:39:00


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #6 – 30th May 2020

Thunder bolts and lightening – very very frightening…


That’s right – we were greeted with a big thunder and lightening storm on Saturday morning. It was quite a show and a rare occurrence in Seattle. Obviously, it is not ideal running weather, but we did get a couple of small windows during the day that were thunder, lightening and rain free.

29 hardy runners, walkers and joggers got outside and got their virtual #notaparkrun in. We had participants from:

    Perrigo parkrun (18)
    Melton Mowbray parkrun, UK (4)
    Dishley parkrun, UK
    Long Eaton parkrun, UK
    Durban, SOUTH AFRICA
    Livonia parkrun, Michigan USA
    Rock Creek Trail parkrun, Oregon USA
    Himmel parkrun, Arizona USA
    Okanagan parkrun, Kelowna CANADA

Zoe Muggeson photo

Lynn photo

Congratulations to our 3 fastest male runners. Leading the pack with an incredible time of 18:54 was Dan Metteer. Well done Dan!

With just 4 seconds between them, our 2nd and 3rd fastest male runners were Daniel Swart and John Hoegger, both finishing in under 22 minutes – wow!!

Congratulations to our 3 fastest female runners. Joanna Davis threw down another incredible time of 24:13. How do you do it Joanna? That is amazing! Kelly Lyon King was hot on Joanna’s heels, and clearly Zena Hoegger wanted to twin with John Hoegger as they were the 3rd fastest female and male, respectively. Awesome and adorable, you guys!

John & Zena twinning for 3rd fastest

Big shout out to our amazing tail walker this week – Mike Williams! You are the anchor of virtual parkrun - thank you for bringing us all home safely!! :)

Well done to our five runners who not only went out in the stormy weather but also achieved a PB – Daniel Swart, Kurt Wilson, Jim Pollock, Zena Hoegger & Amanda Nathan!

Thank you everyone for carving out some time to get your virtual run in. Your willingness to participate and support everyone in Perrigo parkrun’s #notaparkrun means the world to us and shows what an amazing community of runners we have built up in just one year. We can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces in person again very soon!

Aimee photo

Jim Pollock photo

Louise photo

Ms Evie Pepper

zena photo

Yours in stride
Mary Blake


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #5 – 23rd May 2020

How wonderful it was to see you all getting out and enjoying the better weather this week!

We had 35 virtual parkrunners this week, celebrated 11 PBs and welcomed 4 first timers. Special mention has to go to Kevin Sorensen, who we've missed terribly over the past 3 months (can you believe it's almost exactly 3 months since our last parkrun, on February 29th?). Kevin obviously hasn't been slacking, as he raced to first place at his first #notaparkrun, in 22:04. Nice work, Kevin - we hope to see a lot more of you!

It was also fantastic to see all our parkrun tourists coming back to join us. We were particularly delighted to see Joanna Davis (of Melton Mowbray fame) - not only did she absolutely smash her PB, taking 31 seconds off her previous time and yet again being the first female finisher, but she also showed off her amazing new apricot tee. We are so proud to be unofficially twinned with the now world-famous Melton Mowbray parkrun (more on that later).

joanna shirt

A very warm Perrigo welcome is also extended to all our other tourists:

    - Simon Faber, of Okanagan parkrun in Canada (and son of our very own Dean Faber)
    - Chris Cullen, of Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland, OR
    - Abby Ruelas, of our neighboring Renton parkrun
    - Wendy Grinnols-Sweeney, also from Renton parkrun
    - Lynn Persse, of Long Eaton parkrun in the UK (sister of our own Zena Hoegger, and wearer of the most amazing leggings!!)
    - Mike Scallon, of Melton Mowbray parkrun (with another impressive PB, a full minute and four seconds faster than his previous virtual run!)
    - Kurt Wilson, also from Melton Mowbray (and proud owner of that coveted black 100 shirt)
    - Steve Dancy, of Livonia parkrun, MI.
    - Zoe Heath, of Dishley parkrun in Loughborough, UK. We feel for Zoe, who is perpetually "stuck" at her 99th parkrun, waiting patiently (or maybe not so!) to get the green light to finally earn that black shirt! We're rooting for you, Zoe!

Thanks also to everyone who took photos of your runs (or your beautiful selves). I know I keep saying it, but it's really lovely to see you and what you're up to, even from afar. So do please keep the photos coming (and keep the run reports fun!).

    Abby and Wendy - running buddies are the best buddies!

    Abby and Wendy - running buddies are the best buddies!

    Husband John took the week off, so Zena found her own company.  Hello, deer!

    Husband John took the week off, so Zena found her own company. Hello, deer!

    Lynn's leggings, OMG!  I think we need her choc orange balls recipe, too.

    Lynn's leggings, OMG! I think we need her choc orange balls recipe, too.

    Chloe's "super" go-faster socks. <3

    Chloe's "super" go-faster socks. <3

    Congrats on another PB, Mary!!

    Congrats on another PB, Mary!!

    A beautiful Redmond riverside run for Jim!

    A beautiful Redmond riverside run for Jim!

    Like mother, like son.  Aimee and Ryan, both earning a PB this week!

    Like mother, like son. Aimee and Ryan, both earning a PB this week!

    Baby Aila, oh how we miss you and your snuggles!

    Baby Aila, oh how we miss you and your snuggles!

I must also mention the amazing efforts of Shane Sharkey and his Melton Mowbray parkrun family. After a radio interview on BBC Radio Leicester the other week, the BBC then asked if they could do a video feature for their online presence. Well, it made its premiere last Saturday morning at 8.01am, and has since been shared on BBC2 as well! It seems the world needs to share nice news right now, and we at Perrigo parkrun are very proud to be associated with our friends across the pond. If you have not had chance to see it then it can be found on the following link. Blink and you'll miss ED Kerstin Pepper, "lying in bed, having a Google":


And finally...I hate to be the bearer of bad news. This week, parkrun HQ announced that all parkrun events around the world will continue to be suspended until the end of June, and likely beyond. Here in King County, it looks unlikely that we will be entering Phase 2 next week, so I fully anticipate that we will be grounded for the rest of the summer.

BUT, isn't it lucky that we found a way to connect virtually, instead? Please do keep joining us each Saturday. Encourage your friends and family to do the same - no matter where in the world they call home. The more the merrier!!

Until Saturday...stay safe, stay distant, stay healthy. And stay in touch!

Take care, parkrunners.


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #4 – 16th May 2020

Despite the cool, damp conditions, we had another really great virtual #notaparkrun on Saturday.
As we've mentioned before, the whole point of these virtual 5ks each week is to keep our Perrigo community in touch, and make sure that we keep up momentum so that when we finally get the green light to put our flag up again, we can literally hit the ground running. And you guys are really setting the tone - we love seeing you all posting your results, and subsequently congratulating and virtual high-fiving each other. This camaraderie and encouragement is truly what I love about our parkrun family!


Firstly, thank you so much to this week's Run Director, Allison Prather. Her taking the helm for our Run Brief meant that I could head out on an early morning hike up in the Methow mountains, where cellphone reception is non-existent (this explains my tail walker pace in the results table).

We had 30 (not)parkrunners this week, including 5 first timers and a huge 12 PBs - that's 40% of you celebrating your best virtual time! Huge congratulations and welcome to all concerned.

Notably, our own speed demon, Dan Metteer, ran his self-proclaimed fastest run in 25 years - finishing his 5k in an amazing 18:37. That's a pace of 5:58 min / mile. I don't think I can achieve that pace for even 100 yards on a downhill, with a strong wing behind me! Many congratulations, Dan - 6 seconds off your official parkrun PB, and almost two minutes off your average time of 20:30. Inspiring stuff!!


Other parkrunners achieving PBs this week were:

Kurt Wilson, visiting from Melton Mowbray parkrun, in 23:21
Joanna Davis, another Melton visitor, in 24:30
Chris Cullen, visiting from Portland's Rock Creek Trail parkrun, in 25:18
Mary Blake Baucher, our very own Event Co-Director, in 26:54
Carlos Figueira in 27:01
Lisa Whittle in 28:59
Chris Drewer in 29:21
Kate Drewer right behind him, in 29:32
Jolanta Thorburn, in 29:55
Jordan Elder in 31:56
Chloe Hoegger in 36:09 - it was definitely those Super Woman socks that did it!


Thank you so much to everyone who cheered each other on, sent us fun photos, and all of you who continue to keep the parkrun conversation going. We really appreciate each and every one of you!!


Amy Ryan





Can't wait to see all your wonderful, smiling faces again on Saturday. In the meantime, stay healthy, stay safe, and stay active.

Love from this parkrun family to yours.

Perrigo parkrun ED


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #1 – 25th April 2020

As you are all very much aware, COVID-19 has now swept the globe, resulting in local businesses closing, people working from home, and mass participation events (including parkrun) unable to go ahead for the foreseeable future.

On hearing the news from parkrun HQ that all parkruns are suspended until at least the end of May, and from the City of Redmond that all group activities are suspended until 20th June, we pondered the idea of starting a Perrigo virtual parkrun. A quick Google search led us to Melton Mowbray parkrun in the UK, and Event Director, Shane Sharkey (possibly the best name I've ever come across!). Shane provided invaluable advice and guidance, and now here we are - Perrigo's first ever virtual parkrun!

The premise is that we all go out on Saturday and run our usual 5k - the only difference being that we do not run it all together, at the exact same start time, or even on the same course! We will simply keep our parkrun momentum going by sharing our runs, and I will collate all the results in a simple spreadsheet each week.

This task is not quite as quick and easy as our regular results processing - there is obviously no centrally used timing device that updates immediately to Microsoft Excel, and no barcode scanning means that individuals need to be individually entered. Additionally, not everyone ran exactly 5k / 3.1 miles, so some calculations were required.

Where people ran approximately over 5k, I have calculated their 5k time using their average pace over the entire run. This should hopefully make the results comparable if not perfect.
However, in future, I will only do this for people who have run more than 6k. If your run / walk / jog is "approximately" 5k, I'll just take your time directly from your uploaded Strava/Garmin screenshots.

Please be mindful that this does not count as an accredited parkrun - you do not get run or volunteer credits - it is just for fun. If you choose to run your 5k at our usual Perrigo route, you can record your time as a Freedom run on your own parkrun profile page.

Results can be found below, and here!

    - 35 of you took part in your local neighborhoods and parks.

    - Max Jenson took first place, in the fastest time of 18:52 (with Dan Metteer hot on his heels, in 18:56). These are the times to beat!

    - Joanna David, a parkrun tourist from Melton Mowbray, set the female virtual course record, in 25:07.

Thank you all so much for making this event what it is. It truly is keeping the spirit of parkrun going during these strange and difficult times, and hopefully giving us a fun way to keep in touch.

Look after yourselves, and your families. We will return.


1 Max JENSEN 18:52:00
2 Dan METTEER 18:56:00
3 Richard BURGESS 21:29:00
4 Ian SHIACH 23:50:00
5 Todd KING 24:30:00
6 Colin PHILLIPS 24:36:00
7 John HOEGGER 25:07:00
8 Joanna DAVIS 25:07:00
9 Kelly LYON-KING 26:00:00
10 Michael SCHIACH 27:22:00
11 Mike SCALLON 27:37:00
12 Mary BLAKE BAUCHER 27:42:00
13 Zena HOEGGER 29:01:00
14 Carys GWATKIN 29:02:00
15 Zoe MUGGESON HEATH 30:28:00
16 Carlos FIGUEIRA 30:33:00
17 Lynn PERSSE 30:42:00
18 Shane SHARKEY 31:25:00
19 Dean FABER 32:42:00
20 Colin ASHBY 34:53:00
21 Gayle KEENAN 35:11:00
22 Joel WALTERS 35:42:00
23 Shubha SUNDARAM 37:09:00
24 Kerstin PEPPER 37:16:00
25 Evie PEPPER 37:16:00
26 Chris DREWER 39:38:00
27 Kate DREWER 39:41:00
28 Fred MCKINLAY 43:04:00
29 Louise MCKINLAY 43:08:00
30 Abby RUELAS 43:49:00
31 Molly JENSEN 50:20:00
32 Erik SCHNEIDER 1:00:30:00
33 Lars SCHNEIDER 1:00:30:00
34 Melani MCGRATH 1:16:07:00
35 Bill SCHWABENLAND 1:21:52:00