Run report, event # 234, 3 April 2021

It was the perfect morning for an Easter parkrun, the 234th event in the Anderson parkrun history. 119 runners and walkers were keen to work off some calories before indulging in hot cross buns and chocolate eggs.

Have you ever seen more first-timers and visitors than at today’s first timer briefing? Great to see so many people giving it a go. A warm welcome to the parkrun family to Katie SMITH, Gareth NICHOLL, Ken MACLAREN, Kayla KRUGER-BOTHA, Glenn LUCAS, Levi KRUGER-BOTHA, and Amelia KRUGER-BOTHA.

Many parkrunners joined us today from across New Zealand. Zachary BOUDA, Jonathan BOUDA, Heather BOUDA (Hamilton), William DAWSON (Auckland), Saul BUTLER (Wellington), Mike HOSEGOOD (Wellington), Brooke KINAJIL-MORAN (Wellington), Julie SWINDEN (Wellington), Colin LITTLE (Taupo), Chris MCGIRR (Auckland), Anthony HORN (Palmerston North), Solly HEYDENRYCH (Palmerston North), Linda RAWLINS (Wellington), Jon ROSKVIST (Wellington), Carol CHEN (Flaxmere) and Ann TYLER (Wellington).

The first flying females today were first-timer Katie SMITH (21:21), Nikki COX (21:36) and Katie LINDSAY with a new PB (22:13). The first males sprinting across the finish line were Mark FISHER with a new PB (18:27), Kieron BATT (19:22) and Brendan PHEASANT (19:28). Well done you!

The cooler temperatures and the absence of the dreaded head wind (when coming past the playground) helped several parkrunners achieve their personal best. Congratulations to Mark FISHER, Katie LINDSAY, Matthew KEOGH, Martin VENTER, Kathrin SILLER, Samantha NEWMAN, Mark BOYD, Jens LIESEBACH, Noah ONUMA, Luke HAWKINS, Boe STITSON, Olivia FIELD, Michael GUNN, Lyrissa FONTAINE, Megan PALMER, Matt DONKIN, Mark LAYTON, Lisa HAYES, Caroline ROWE, Wendy MCCLUSKEY, Zoe MASON and Yoshie ONUMA.

Today, the best place to hang out would have been near our tail walker and Easter Bunny Deanne ARROWSMITH who carried a heavy basket of Easter eggs (what a workout!) around the park. Great stuff Deanne! And, of course, thanks to the other fabulous volunteers: Mark SMITH (Run Director), Caleb ARROWSMITH, Emily ARROWSMITH, Donna CAMPBELL, Glenn CAMPBELL, Peter EDMEAD, Anna JACKSON, Nneka OKONTA, Eric OPPERMAN, Kathrin SILLER and Keith VINCENT. Please have a look at next week’s volunteer roster; there are still some roles to fill. Simply email to anderson@parkrun.com to get involved. The tasks are easy and there are plenty of people to help. See you all next Saturday!