Another perfect parkun morning, there was a slight chill in the air and many runners remarked how refreshing it was after the hot summer months. I must admit it was a nice change to not be completely dripping afterwards! I was blinded by the low sun for part of the first 2.5km to the turnaround, which made it hard to avoid the many horse deposits scattered along the trail. All part of the beautiful Kapiti Coast parkrun experience!
I've been a parkrunner for just over a year now, and I've only missed a handful of runs (sore shoulder, car needed a WoF, it was raining) but I would say I'm fairly dedicated. I started parkrun last February after I was disappointed with my Round the Bays time and was convinced I could do better. In the past year, I have shaved just over 7 and a half minutes from my time, my first parkrun was 30:35 and 23:00 is my current PB.
Being my 50th parkrun today, I wanted to share a few observations I've made in my year as a runner:
- I've become one of those people who posts on Facebook every time they go for a run (sorry Facebook friends)
- I'm also one of those people who turns every conversation round to running (sorry friends, family, colleagues)
- I have to buy a new pair of running shoes at least every season, gravel is not kind to them
- My calf muscles are a much nicer shape than they were a year ago
- I have competed in my first 10km events and I'm hoping to go even further
- Nothing is better than an organised, free, timed run!
I wasn't the only one reaching a milestone this morning - congratulations to Joanna Jenkins who completed her 100th run today. A shoutout to all my parkrun friends, and a special thank you to the volunteers who do this week after week. Here's to the next 50! (And I promise not to skip parkrun due to rain anymore.)
This week 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Sarah BEGBIE • Andy JENKINS • Jude WADSWORTH • Thomas COLLIER • Kristina CAMERON • Andy LANGLEY • Hannah LANGLEY • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Andre FRAENKEL • Joanna MARTIN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The male record is held by Ross GOLLAN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 29th December 2018 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,841 participants have completed 15,031 parkruns covering a total distance of 75,155 km, including 2,577 new Personal Bests. A total of 244 individuals have volunteered 1,974 times.