Run report #238, 1 May 2021

A mild autumn morning greeted us into the month of May. It is going to be a very active and busy month for many. It is hard to believe that this time last year we were still not able to gather for parkrun due to COVID lockdowns and restrictions. Even more amazing that some countries are still not back to parkrun yet (although I hear some countries are looking to return soon)! The park is looking lovely in the autumn colours and perhaps a few extra ducks taking shelter in the ponds today.

Congratulations to Peter EDMEAD who completed his 25 volunteer milestone last week. Peter is often seen either standing on fountain duty, cone in hand, at the beginning of the morning to ensure none of us end up tangling with said fountain, or on the finish line as timekeeper, token holder or bar code scanner!

We had three new participants join us at parkrun for the first time. Welcome to Harrison DOLLEY, Ben MITCHELL and Ebba BURTON. We hope you enjoy many more parkruns in the future!

A number of seasoned parkrunners joined us this morning for their first or second visits, including Liam FOLEY (Hagley), Michael PAWLEY (Cambridge), Mark COFFEY (Lower Hutt), Andrew TUNNICLIFFE (Millwater), Bruce SOMMERVILLE (Lower Hutt), Hannah FOLEY (Flaxmere), Michelle COFFEY (Lower Hutt), Grace NELSON, Caitlyn NELSON and Petrina NELSON (all from Rhodes, Sydney). Welcome to you all.

The pace was hot at the front with the first three men over the line close together: Chey DEARING in 18:44 (first over the line for the 3rd week in a row!), Kieron BATT (19:04) and Mike HAYES (19:14).

Not to be outdone, the first female finisher Aniela APPERLEY (20:33) was 8th overall setting a new PB on the way, followed by Rachel MEEHAN (24:01 for a new PB) and Kathrin SILLER (24:39).

Conditions were favourable for the 13 who set new PB times today - Mike HAYES, Aniela APPERLEY, Caleb ARROWSMITH, Rachel MEEHAN, Joshua COOK, Amy DOVE, Lauren BALLANTYNE, Kirsty ROBBEN (welcome back Kirsty), Carol CHEN, Matt DONKIN, Steve HOULISTON (trying to keep us with his wife), Anna JACKSON and Carrell MAYSON.

As always, parkrun is not possible without the weekly volunteers, so thanks to all this week’s volunteers: Eric PHIMISTER (Run Director), Megan BIGG, Theresa COWEN, Julie CUMMINS, Trish CUMMINS, Peter EDMEAD, Sally HOULISTON, Sarah LEE, Wendy McCLUSKEY, Terina PARKINSON, Giles PEARSON, John RHODES and Mana WHAREPOURI.

All the best to those who are heading to Rotorua for the Rotorua marathon next weekend and to those who are peaking with their training ahead of the HB marathon the following week.

Keep planning for our fifth anniversay celebration on 22 May. In addition to the tutu you will be wearing, it is suggested that you decorate some part of your outfit (eg, t-shirt, hat, the tutu itself) with something that represents the number 5. In case you were wondering – there will be cake!

Sally Houliston