It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... no, it’s a runner

July 06, 2017

Caped crusaders: There were plenty of superhero costumes on Saturday to celebrate Cobram parkrun's first birthday. Pictures: Fiona Boyer.

To the rescue: parkrunners were sure of a helping hand from the super Terry Vogel and Cheryl Finch if they got into trouble.

Celebrations: Run director Kirsty Barnes and event director Lynette Hewson cut the birthday cake, from Cafe 3641 and donated by the Kelly family.

Superheroes of all colours and powers flew into Thompsons Beach on Saturday, but they weren’t lured there by a cry for help from the Bat signal, rather to celebrate a special birthday.

Cobram parkrunners were dressed as superheroes for the event’s first birthday, celebrated on Saturday with a theme of all things super.

The parkrun, held on July 1 for event number 41, saw 65 people run, jog or walk the 5km course along the Murray River and Quinn Island.

Of those, 11 were first timers and seven recorded personal bests.

The free event is run by volunteers, this week who were Lyn Hewson, Jackie Vogel, Kristy Barnes, Debbie Parry, Amy Kelly, Fiona Boyer, Sally Amos, Joan Boyer, Greg Boyer, Colin Wood and Helen Hall.

Nathan Stoate was first over the line in 17.26 minutes, for the 21st time in 25 appearances. Mark Ross was second over the line in 20:43.

Carmel Ryan was first over the line in the female placings in 26:18, her second time in two appearances.

Helen Reynolds of Shepparton Runners Club was second (16th overall) over the line in 26:58 and Kaye O’Kane was third (18th overall) over the line in 27:15.

Cobram Lions Club cooked a barbecue for participants after they finished, with money raised donated to the purchase of a defibrillator for Cobram parkrun.

Organisers thanked everyone who made the event and the birthday celebrations possible.

Cobram parkrun started on July 2, 2016 and has run every Saturday, apart from a few weeks last year during the floods.

Since then, 711 participants have completed 2541 parkruns covering a total distance of 12705km, including 576 new personal bests.

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