News - 3rd October 2018

1st Orleans parkrun


The first Orleans parkrun was launched on 29 September 2018 after months of planning and preparation.  Deputy Mayor Bob Monette was present for the inauguration of the Orleans parkrun and officially started the walk/run. 


Orleans parkrun had 38 people run, jog or walk the beautiful multi-purpose Ottawa River Pathway East trail


The 5km course comprises of a 2.5km out-and-back leg alongside the Ottawa river.  26 of the 38 participants were making their debut at the Orleans parkrun.  We hope that you’ll all be back soon!  Also present was Annie Goodchild from Safer Roads Ottawa Program distributed all sorts of products to hand out to participants to be safe of the city pathways.


We also were joined by a tourist from the London parkrun in the UK, David Duggan (our run report author for this week), who made the inaugural run at Orleans (his 50th different parkrun location). He hopes to be back sometimes; he is proud to have been part of the celebrations and wishes the Orleans parkrun much success for the weeks, months and years ahead!

The run director this week was Régent Allie, who welcomed participants, explained what parkrun was about and thanked our volunteers for making this event possible. Manon Dussault provided the security debrief for participants, and everyone was keen to start the run/walk. The course was clear with a few puddles due to a light morning shower, followed by cloudy and sunny periods. 


In first place was Noel Paine who finished in 21:07, followed in second place by Adam Adriaanse, who finished in 21:33, followed by our first lady home, Sally Pate in a time of 22:04 was running her 156thparkrun. Marie-Josée Hamel crossed the line in 23:01, achieving the highest age grading of the day, at 76.6%. An explanation of the age grading can be found here.



A wide range of age were represented, including Jade Prud’homme in the JW10‘s and Nelson Waddell in the VM75-79, both being in the first list of age category record holders! Others that have participated in a parkrun before, Gord Woodburn, Gillian Pritchard, Helen McNair, Kimberley Low and Zach Bridges all had finishing times that were faster than what they had done before – Congratulations! Numerous participants also recorded their fastest times of 2018, since the flat course at Orleans parkrun willbe a speedy one!


The event was made possible by volunteers Régent Allie, Christian Dussault, Manon Dussault, Gabrielle Dussault, Nicolas Dussault, David Duggan, Brigitte Woodburn, Monika Torok, Rob Adriaanse, Tristan Maclean, Yves Carrière and our tail walker Gord Woodburn making sure everyone got around safely










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