Christmas/Boxing Day parkruns Balclutha
Balclutha parkruns 122 & 123
After a week of grey and damp easterly weather, it was a great relief to everyone when Christmas AND Boxing day mornings dawned clear and dry!
On Christmas Day there was a nice wee turn out of festive clad runners and volunteers, which saw 32 participants head out under the able guidance of 9 volunteers, all eager to justify their Christmas meals later in the day.
We welcomed first timers for Balclutha, David Douglas from Lower Hutt along with Carolyn Clark, and visitor Grant Lincoln from Auckland. Welcome one and all.
Milestones for the day went to Suzanne Schofield for her 25th volunteer and Aida and Brydon Begg for their 10th run.
Conditions were pretty ideal, not too warm, hardly any breeze and good conditions underfoot. All combined to see Grant home in a PB for Balclutha of 18:51. The only other PB for the day went to speedy young Bryn Carter.
After a cupcake or mince pie at the finish line we all dispersed well content that, unlike people still lingering in bed, we had earned our Christmas lunches!
Boxing Day almost seemed like a GroundHog Day! Slightly different casting – but still a good turn out with 33 doing the course and a different mix of 9 volunteers.
Opinions varied as to how fast the course might go due to a surfeit of food from yesterday potentially adding a handicap to most times!
A warm welcome to Geoff and Megan Ferry from Wellington as well as David Douglas – back for his second in as many days with us; and an enthusiastic welcome back to AJ!
Nicola Ryan clocked up 50 parkruns today! Well done Nicola – a great achievement for 2020!
Out on the flood bank a brisk breeze kept everyone cool and appreciating the turn around and having it on our backs till the next turn (By then we’d all warmed up enough not to notice it). Geoff Ferry came back in spectacular time with 16:57 across the line being only 7 seconds short of the course record for Balclutha and, amazingly, exactly the same time as his first run at Balclutha in early March this year!
Doesn’t THAT seem an awfully long time ago! Megan Ferry completed the double by coming in the first woman over the line – a couple double! Megan also joined David Douglas in getting a PB for the day.
Those that were interested and able adjourned to Cafe ́ Parlane after the run and very much enjoyed the hospitality of Kat and her family in Kaitangata – thanks Kat for putting your day off to such a good cause!
Once again a BIG thank you to all the volunteers involved – without you all parkrun would not be! We look forward to welcoming everyone back New Year’s Day 2021!