Run Report 21 December 2019

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 343
21st December 2019

Everyone was in the Christmas spirit today.  We had asked people to wear their Santa outfits and what a great turn out of Santa's, Reindeer and Elves for this beautiful morning at Barry Curtis Park. It was very nice to have Kent, our parkrun Ambassador, join us today - we trust you enjoyed our festivities.  We wish all our Barry Curtis parkrunners a very Merry Christmas with your families and friends.

This week 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers, including 7 doing their very first parkrun, and international visitors from South Africa and Australia.  We thank you for joining us this week and hope to see you again sometime soon.  The parkrun community spirit is a special thing and you can find it on any Saturday at a parkrun anywhere around New Zealand or the World.

We also celebrated some special milestones with Ian on his 100th event, and father and son, Chris and Rubin, doing their 150th together. Congratulations to you all on these event achievements.

Conditions were lovely today, conducive to that extra special effort and 24 participants recorded new Personal Bests, with special mention to one of our juniors, Jesse. 

The event was made possible by 13 wonderful volunteers:

David DOWLING • Ian ROSS • Richard BOWERS • Peter ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Gwyneth TAMBERLIN • Maria SHALLARD • Keira SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Martin PERKINS • Jess PERKINS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Curtis parkrun Results Page.

We would like to remind you that we are running an official parkrun event on New Years Day, starting a little earlier at 7.30am.  This is to allow those keen runners to participate in two events on the same day - The New Year's Day Double.  Cornwall Park are holding a New Year event at 9.00am.  For other Christmas and New Year events around New Zealand check out this link:

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,183 participants have completed 28,868 parkruns covering a total distance of 144,340 km, including 4,656 new Personal Bests. A total of 241 individuals have volunteered 2,149 times.



New Year’s Day parkrun

Barry Curtis parkrun will be holding an extra parkrun on New Year's Day. This will be an opportunity to get those 2020 resolutions off to a great start! Start time will be 7:30 am.

Did you know that where start times and travel times allow, participants are allowed to log two runs on New Year's Day? Often called ‘The New Year’s Day Double’, this is the only day of the year where participants may record more than one walk, jog or run.

If you would like to see what times other Auckland parkruns are holding their events, please follow this link:



Barry Curtis parkrun – 6 years old

Our parkrun celebrated its 6th birthday on Saturday 25 May 2019.  We are Barry Curtis parkrun, based at Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush, South Auckland.

On the 25 May 2013, our event managers Tom and Esther launched this parkrun, the third in New Zealand, with 36 participants.  Six years later to the day, we celebrated their foresight with 155 participants, a very large cake, and gumboots – a nod to Tom’s usual footwear: jandals in summer and gumboots in winter.


Dawn, who has been with Barry Curtis parkrun since that first day, reflects that this is a family friendly event - we have watched young children now becoming runners themselves.   On that first day the commitment of Tom and Esther was evident, with everything mainly organised by just the two of them.  As our numbers have grown over the years, so has the number of regular volunteers.   Tom and Esther are still very much involved with this event but are now able to step back somewhat, as they are supported by a large group of regular volunteers to keep our parkrun operating smoothly.

We have a superb course.  Two laps around our lovely park, with a mixture of concrete, gravel and grass, with just enough undulations to make you work.  Auckland Council very kindly installed wooden marker bollards for us, with direction arrows which make the trail easy to follow, and kilometre markings allowing participants to gauge their progress.

The park is a great community facility with recreation areas, some lovely plantings of beautiful pohutukawa and flaxes (the autumn colours of the deciduous trees this year were spectacular), water features, and a network of paths well used by the local residents.

Our local coffee haunt is the Columbus Coffee Homebase at nearby Bishop Dunn Place.  The lovely people there set up a big table for us, so that we can catch up with each other and reflect on our fitness progress.

We are a multicultural gathering of parkrunners, reflecting the ethnic diversity of South Auckland, and now regularly attract more than 130 participants.  We love welcoming first time parkrunners and national and international parkrun tourists to our park.  Many of our regulars are immigrants to New Zealand who were parkrunners in their home countries, and have come to us to continue their fitness and to meet like-minded people.  They love the openness, friendliness, and natural beauty of New Zealand.

Parkrun becomes a healthy ‘addiction’ for many of us.  One of our newer parkrunners, Shamiso, has finished 265 parkruns, and been to 43 different parkrun events around the world and New Zealand.  She is such a parkrun enthusiast that the day before she ran in the New York Marathon she went to New Jersey for parkrun!  And when she first met her partner Jim, she dragged him off to a Christmas day parkrun – and now he is a parkrun ‘addict’ too – having done 104 parkruns and ticked off 25 different locations.

So happy birthday Barry Curtis parkrun, and thank you, Tom and Ester, for your dedication and enthusiasm over those 6 years.


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