There was a fantastic turnout of 121 participants and 14 volunteers for our 88th event on 7th March 2020 as we celebrated International Women’s Day, along with parkruns worldwide. Purple was the colour for the day and everyone got into the theme, with our volunteers and some walkers, joggers and runners adding a purple tutu to their normal gear as well as some wonderful individual outfits, including Robin and Trixie Lawrence in full formal purple shirts and ties complete with wigs!
We also saw some great achievements among our regular ladies – Pei Yong Gai celebrated her 25th volunteer milestone and Brenda Ong and Wan Mei Ling both achieved their 50th parkrun milestone, having completed all 50 of their finishes at TPU. On the course we saw an incredible PB time of 20:30 from Julie Foreman, improving her already impressive time by almost 20 seconds and giving her a new age-graded performance record (based on world best by age) of 86.9% - It was also Julie’s 30th first finish at TPU! Other Ladies achieving new PB’s were Aisling Murray (2nd finisher in 22:42), Chuah Zi Wei, Gan Yeap, Isabel Thomas, Mandy Morecock, Ronita Radzi and Sixia Huang. Our Event Ambassador Emer Breen also dusted off her running shoes to be 3rd finisher in 24:41, complete with tutu.
We welcomed seven visitors from Australia, two from UK, one from Russia as well as three Presint 18 regulars who visited TPU for the first time. We had eight first time parkrunners, with a special mention to Lindsey Larock visiting from Thailand, who had planned to run the Malaysia Women’s Marathon on Sunday, but instead was able to join us for her first ever parkrun – and is now keen to do more.
Matt Walkerden, visiting from Australia was first finisher among the men in a time of 19:17, closely followed by another visitor, Michael Bertalli in 19:21, with Harrison Francis next to finish in 20:26.
As always, our event relied on our great team of volunteers – a big thank you to: Pei Yong GAN, Robert GARTH, Mohammad Ibrahim ISMAIL, Seona MACKENZIE, Muhammad Izz Haekal MOHAMMAD IBRAHIM, Caroline MURRAY, Colin MURRAY, Stacey ONG, Ellen SUPPIAH, Lor Che TAN, Anne WENG, Y YAP, Khay Ann YEO
We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday, 0730 flag-off. We have a number of volunteer slots unfilled over the coming weeks (you can check this on the “volunteer” tab of our web home page), so if you would like to help out, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/tamanpuduuluparkrun/
We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday, spread the word and bring your friends along - and PLEASE DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.