Last Saturday witnessed a series of firsts for us: the first parkrun ever to happen on a leap year, the first time we have had more parkrunners since our launch event (we had a massive 164 participants), for Georgina and Pei Yong, the first time they gave the first-timers and run briefing respectively, for 46 of you the first time ever to parkrun and for 21 of you the first time to try parkrun at Taman Pudu Ulu. Wow! As a community, we should be so proud of these achievements and thanks to all of you for coming along and helping us grow.
In addition it was the first time the Smart Athletics Club (Malaysia) attended our parkrun and we thank them for bringing along 47 of their team. We had one Malaysian participant form ANSARA, Taiping runners and we would love if he could spread the parkrun love to Taiping. Wouldn't it be great to get a parkrun established there!
We had five visitors from the UK and 3 from Singapore. These included Pris Chew who featured our parkrun in a blog post. Linda Boscic, a run director from the UK completed her 249th parkrun and hopes to celebrate her 250th milestone at Singapore this coming Saturday. We wish her well with that and congratulate her for reaching such dizzy heights.
It was first time for Taman Pudu Ulu regular Christina Lee who celebrated her 50th parkrun and for Gan Pei Yong celebrating her 25th volunteer milestone. Well done ladies!
Congratulations to Eugene TG Gan for finishing as first male in a time of 20 minutes and to Anna Driga Ferguson who, in the age 15-17 age group, finished as first lady. in 23 mins 16 seconds. Special mention to the lovely Seona Mac Kenzie who had the highest age-graded performance of the day.
Rupert Lawrence also deserves a special mention. He is training for his International Award at school and completed his parkrun with a backpack with a 4kg weight inside. Rupert’s post parkrun breakfast at Restoran Haava was well deserved this week!
Last but not least what a team of volunteers, who although not having experienced this volume of participants before, stayed cool under pressure and managed to have fun at the same time. If you have any spare time over the next few weeks please consider joining our volunteer team. Let us know if you can help at email@example.com
Emer BREEN, Pek Yit CHOI, Pei Yong GAN, Robert GARTH, Kamala Devi KALIAPAN, Alexandra LAWRENCE, Robin LAWRENCE, Wan MAY LOKE, Wan MEI LING, Caroline MURRAY, Georgina SCAMBLER, Shan SUBRA, Lor Che TAN, Julie WONG, Khay Ann YEO, Liyana Safra ZAABAR
Don’t forgot on Saturday 7th March we are celebrating International Women’s day at parkrun Malaysia. Women are more likely to register for parkrun but not join and we aim to inspire women to participate. Tune in to find out how we plan to celebrate later in the week.
That’s all for now folks…..