What a beautiful morning! Ninety-nine runners and walkers, and another nine volunteers, thought so too. Three people picked a very good day to do their first-ever parkrun. Welcome to Barry LESLIE, Matthew BALL and Jules O’FLAHERTY.
Welcome also to those at Anderson parkun for the first time: Te HUNT (who did his first few in Invercargill three years ago), Judith OGUGUO and Iwan WILLIAMS (who have done 13 and 17 parkruns (respectively) at 11 different events in several different countries.
Congratulations to Kerry HARPER who completed his 50th parkrun today. Thank you for sharing your magnificent cake!
There were no surprises at the front today. Mark FISHER led the way in 18:30, followed by Brendan PHEASANT in 19:21 and Kevin HARVEY in 19:43.
The front three females were Amelia SMITH in a Personal Best time of 20:25, Lucy MOLONY also in a Personal Best time of 23:11, and Kathrin SILLER inching closer to her PB in 24:24.
Seven others also scored PBs. Congratulations to: Mark BOYD, Lyrissa FONTAINE (for the third time in a row), Emma NEWTON, Edmund FISHER, Liam HOULISTON, Ebba BURTON and Leah SARICH.
Each of the people who achieved an age-grade percentile in the 70s was in a different age/gender category: Amelia SMITH JW15-17 (75.92%), Kevin HARVEY VM45-49 (74.22), Perry NEWBURN VM65-69 (73.78%), Mark FISHER VM35-39 (72.70%), Trish CUMMINS VW70-74 (72.42%), Barbara EDMEAD VW65-69 (72.00%) and Ian MCKEE VM55-59 (71.88%).
Gratitude, as always, goes to the team of volunteers: Eric PHIMISTER (Run Director), Richard BERBER, Glenn CAMPBELL, Theresa COWEN, Trish CUMMINS, Peter EDMEAD, Paul GIBBONS, Sally HOULISTON, Steve HOULISTON, Andrew JONES, Nneka OKONTA and Robyn PERRY.
Sally has done a few volunteer roles but today she tried something new. Here is her perspective: “Volunteering today, I took up the challenge of barcode scanning for the first time. As barcode scanner I was also able to enjoy being part of the ‘cheer squad’, cheering on our runners and walkers as they came around the start / finish line, before taking up my position at the end of the finish funnel. Having written our run reports regularly I have become familiar with many names but the benefit of barcode scanning meant I was now able to put names to faces as barcodes were presented for scanning.
Barcode scanning is an easy and fun way to get to know fellow parkrunners. So if you haven’t tried, why not give it a go and get to meet the other participants.”
GOOD NEWS! Our friends in Scotland will be resuming their parkrunning next Saturday, 14 August 2021. They have waited almost 18 months for this day. As promised when we resumed in July 2020, we will do it with them. Check out the album on our facebook page (3 July 2020) to be inspired. It’s time to shake out the kilt, dust off the flag and dig out the tartan. Our bagpiper is warming up her lungs ready to greet you and there might even be a Scottish sweet surprise.