Another beautiful Hawke’s Bay morning with barely a cloud in the sky prompted 149 people to propel themselves around the 5km course. History was made when our first person to cross the finish line was not from this august group of runners or walkers. It is believed that for the first time at Anderson Park, our first arrival was one of our lucky eight, notably younger, parkrun participants who travelled the 5km by buggy.
While travelling the course on three wheels seems to be one way to go, a large number of people made it to the park on two wheels, with 19 bikes and two scooters leaning on the trees near the finish line. Rumours that some had travelled by supermarket trolley were quickly put to bed by Eric, who had rescued it from elsewhere in the park so that it could be returned to the New World supermarket.
Many people made it to our Napier course from other places, including Queenstown, Lower Hutt, Hobsonville Point, Botany, and even the UK. There were 13 people for whom this was their first Anderson parkrun.
The wind seemed to pick up as the morning went on, but not enough to stop the great effort from 20 people who recorded their personal best times today: Vaughn PHILLIPSON, Jacob WHITEHEAD, Philippa MACKAY, Craig SMITH, Eugene HWANG, Eugene HWANG, Noah ONUMA, Chris HARVEY, Maria CRESSEY, Alan CRESSEY, Iain DE JOUX, Edmund FISHER, Katherine SHAW, Todd ALEXANDER, Dianne PARK, Megan LEAHY, Larry CRABTREE, Wendy MCCLUSKEY, Andy SINCLAIR and Linda GORELY.
First to finish were Michael SINCLAIR + passenger (19:02), Kevin HARVEY (19:30) and Kieron BATT (20:12). The first three females today were Philippa MACKAY (24:39), Kathrin SILLER (24:47) and Kathy EGGERS (26:05).
No parkrun would go ahead without the commitment of our fantastic volunteers, today comprising Dave BARKER (Run Director), Justin COWEN, Theresa COWEN, Julie CUMMINS, Peter EDMEAD, Chloe EICHSTADT, Cindy-Let EICHSTADT, Mike HAYES, Joanne MAGILL, Eric OPPERMAN, Eric PHIMISTER, Jenny TODD and Sal TURI. Dave demonstrated not only his ability to direct a run, but also his exemplary skills in crowd estimation.
Congratulations to everyone who completed Anderson parkrun today. Extra special congratulations go out to Kathrin Siller, who ran her fiftieth parkrun.