Run Report 14 August 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 406
14th August 2021

The sun was out this week, making conditions a bit warmer, after the wet and cold of the past week.  We have a great community of people at Barry Curtis parkrun, and it is always nice to catch up with parkrun friends each week.

This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers, including three who came out for their first event ever - well done and we looking forward to seeing you next week!  We celebrated a 200 milestone for Shaun this week - great effort - we trust the balloon didn't slow you down too much!

Conditions were great today and 17 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests - including juniors James, Timothy, James and Edward, and at the other end of the scale, one of our over 70's, Victor.  Well done to your all on your personal parkrun journey.

The event was made possible by 16 wonderful volunteers:

Chris WHITELEY • Jeremy CROUCHER • Carl HARDLEY-ROUT • Peter ROUT • Karen ROUT • Brian KWOK • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Caitlin SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Siapo AUVAE • Delwyn SMEDLEY • Willi BRYANT

This weeks recipients of the Sequel Cafe coffee vouchers were Siapo and Willi.  You too can be in the draw for a free coffee - simply sign up as a volunteer for one of the upcoming weeks.  If you missed seeing the volunteer board at our event, you can check out the roster online to see where the gaps are and send us an email.  Many hands make light work - and by all accounts this weeks volunteers were having a great time.  And as volunteer coordinator, Ray, has told us on many occasions - volunteering gives you a warm glow inside!  Give it a go.....

And some special acknowledgements.  A big thank you to Sequel Cafe for their warm welcome to us each week - great coffee, great food and lovely staff.  Come and join in the post event camaraderie.  And another big thank you to parkrun NZ sponsor 'The Athlete's Foot' for supporting this event.  Are you in need of some new footwear?  Go and see the team at Botany Town Centre and they will look after you.

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,944 participants have completed 38,610 parkruns covering a total distance of 193,050 km, including 5,815 new Personal Bests. A total of 303 individuals have volunteered 3,078 times

 

Run Report 24 July 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 403
24th July 2021

No rain..... No wind.... Some fog around the edges..... Gorgeous sunshine..... what a lovely morning to parkrun.  And we were joined this week by 127 people who ran, jogged and walked the course at Barry Curtis Park.

Things were relatively quiet this week with no visitors and no milestones to celebrate.  However we did have one lovely new parkrunner out on their first event - Welcome to Barry Curtis parkrun.  We trust you enjoyed your morning run and we look forward to seeing you again.

 In the great conditions, 9 of our number recorded new Personal Bests, with particular note our juniors Emily, Kate and Willow - congratulations on your efforts. .

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Jeremy CROUCHER • Karen ROUT • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Gareth JESS • Cathy WELCH • Tristan NICHOLLS • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Chanpen KANABOOT • Caitlin SHALLARD • Mia FALETANOAI • Andrew SHALLARD • Colin WICHMAN

We are so appreciative of our volunteers, without which this event could not happen.  There were a number of vacancies for the next two weeks, but Ray cleverly stood at the end of the finish chute with the volunteer board and a marker, and miraculously our spaces are filled.  This weeks winners of the Sequel Coffee voucher draw were Jeremy and Colin.

You too can be entered in this weekly draw - entry is very easy. no complicated questions or tests - all you have to do is volunteer.  Either write your name on the board on a Saturday morning or send an email to barrycurtis@parkrun.com with the job you would like to do - the roster is available online so you can see what jobs are available - at www.parkrun.co.nz/barrycurtis.  Have you volunteered yet - many hands make light work?

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,922 participants have completed 38,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,160 km, including 5,787 new Personal Bests. A total of 300 individuals have volunteered 3,030 times.

 

Run Report 17 July 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 402
17th July 2021

Well, the wet weather certainly came through last night, and the rain and wind were pretty violent sounding when we woke up.  However, the hardy, or crazy (depending on your point of view), ones who turned up this week were rewarded with a dry event, although rather windy, and definitely cold for the volunteers.

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the rather sodden course at Barry Curtis park.  We had no first timers this time (that might be a first), but we did welcome visitors from Wellington and Invercargill (the latter being family of our Shallard, Faletanoai and Willis clans - so nice to see you again).

There were three milestones to celebrate this week, with one of our juniors Gracie doing her 100th event, and also David, and Laura who were each doing their 50th event.  What a great  celebration, and particularly impressed with the commitment to come out this week!  Well done to you all.

Our Run Director Tristran suggested that there would not be any PB's this week, but how wrong was he.  It was juniors all the way, and they are all under 10 - Luca, Ruby, Emily and Sienna - Way to go!!!!  You guys rock!!

And as always this event is not possible without our wonderful volunteers.  We are so grateful to the 16 parkrunners who stepped up this week:

Carl HARDLEY-ROUT • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Tristan NICHOLLS • Vanessa FERNANDES • Ronald LOBJOIT • Chris WALLACE • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Hannah SHALLARD • Delwyn SMEDLEY • Tania KOKKE • Jonathon HILL

Our Sequel Cafe coffee vouchers this week went to Vanessa and Tania, who not only got themselves along to volunteer at parkrun this week, but also ensured their partners were here too!  That is what is so great about parkrun - it is a family event in all ways.  You too can be in the draw for a coffee voucher - just add your name to the volunteer board.  You can check out the roster online, and then send us an email and we can add you in.

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,921 participants have completed 38,105 parkruns covering a total distance of 190,525 km, including 5,778 new Personal Bests. A total of 300 individuals have volunteered 3,016 times.

 

Run Report 3 July 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 400
3rd July 2021

Guest Report from Dan Joe

It was very cold and frosty this morning where it didn't stop our 163 parkrunners and 19 volunteers from showing up. It was also the 400th event today and for those who contributed to bringing a plate to share for the occasion, we would like to thank you for contributing to the occasion, although our 8th parkrun birthday was 6 weeks ago. Maybe the numbers were a bit smaller than usual as there might have been some regulars who have travelled to the new North Shore parkrun, who had their inaugural today. Grant LINCOLN achieved 100 first placed overall positions last weekend. Big congratulations and may there be more goals to tick off.

A photoshoot of how fast the food was taken at the 400th parkrun milestone run is shown below

3 July 2021

Barry Curtis is also a name that I am also familiar with as my in-laws live on a street named after this parkrun in Levin, which is just over an hour's drive north of Wellington. I have always wanted to run at this parkrun as there has been so much history about the name itself, especially when it was named after the former mayor of Manukau City between 1983 till 2007. 

This weekend also marks Matariki new year, which is going to be our 11th national holiday commencing next year around the Maori lunar calendar. Matariki is well known in our New Zealand history and in Wellington city, they stopped displaying Guy Fawkes in 2019 in lieu of Matariki new year in its place. Maybe other cities and towns may follow suit and I believe it is a council decision to change that. Hopefully this could potentially help those to have a longer weekend, which could possibly lead to some parkrun tourism.

We had a few people who were doing their debut parkrun. There were 13 first timers to the course, 5 of whom have started their debut parkrun for the first time. They are as follows: Logan ABBOTT, Michelle BARRY, Wietske OLTHUIS, Zihan ZANG and Benny JEKEL. In terms of visitors, I was the only one from the Wellington region who was in attendance today, otherwise there were a few others from other Auckland parkruns who also visited this parkrun for the first time. There were 2 milestones today, one official and one unofficial. 23 new personal bests were also achieved. Congratulations to Delwyn SMEDLEY on completing her 50th milestone and Chris LAWRENCE on completing his 150th parkrun today. Every unofficial milestone is a step closer to the next big one!

Volunteers are the real heroes of parkrun, which makes all of our events happen. Today’s event was led by run director Ray FREEMAN. The other volunteers are as follows: Zachary BRYANT, Selina CHAN, Mia FALETANOAI, Fishy. (Lyn) FISCHER, Gail FLEMING, Rosalie FREEMAN, Dan JOE, Keegan KOKKE, Brian KWOK, Grant LINCOLN, Ronald LOBJOIT, Kawal MATHARU, Richard Julian MATTHEWS, Karen ROUT, Andrew SHALLARD, Caitlin SHALLARD, Delwyn SMEDLEY and Jono WILLIS.

This parkrun is also my 24th New Zealand course and I hope to slowly accomplish all of the parkruns nationwide one day. Which includes all of the new courses in other parts of the country that will be starting up. As most of us are getting to know our parkrun community better the past year, the dedication of setting up an event and for those to show up is a remarkable effort.

On a side note, you can always write run reports at any parkrun that does not often put it up as a volunteer role. It is great to do run reports and it is a good way to improve on your writing skills to sum up an event. More information about this role can be found here

Thank you for reading and hope to see some of you at another parkrun soon!

Many Thanks,

Dan Joe

Thank you to Dan for this great report.  We are pleased you were able to enjoy our parkrun, our celebration and our hospitality.  We wish you well in your personal challenge to get to all parkruns in New Zealand - with the number of new ones opening all the time, that is a moving target.  We hope to see you again Dan.

 

 

Run Report 5 June 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 396
5th June 2021

A lovely June day today, such a contrast to last weeks rain and chilly conditions.  And we had a great turnout with 193 participants joining us at Barry Curtis parkrun.  That's a fantastic number of people coming out for a winter run, and the most we have had for a few months. So nice to see you all.

We had two milestone celebrations with David doing his 250th parkrun and Lana her 50th.  Well done to you both. We also presented Ellie with her points trophy for the past year, as she was absent when this was first announced.  Great effort Ellie.

We welcomed 12 first timers to our parkrun, five of whom were doing their first ever parkrun, and a couple of visitors from Napier.  We trust you enjoyed your morning with us, and look forward to seeing you again.  

There were some great times today, with 17 personal best efforts, of particular note juniors Benjamin, Ethan and Luca.  Congratulations to you all.  

The great thing about parkrun is that you are doing it for your own benefit, and you can chose your own goals - to beat a certain time, to become fitter and healthier, to enjoy a family activity together, to meet other like minded people, to volunteer and give back to others, or maybe to have a guilt free coffee.  Whatever your goal or reason for joining parkrun, you can be assured that you will become part of a very friendly and supportive community.  

Our event this week was made possible by 15 wonderful volunteers without whom parkrun would not happen - a big thankyou to you all:

David BROWN • Shamiso SISIMAYI • Richard BOWERS • Peter ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Caitlin SHALLARD • Mia FALETANOAI • Keira SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Hannah SHALLARD • Willi BRYANT

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,882 participants have completed 37,318 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,590 km, including 5,706 new Personal Bests. A total of 288 individuals have volunteered 2,909 times

 

Run Report 22 May 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 394
22nd May 2021

Birthday cake, balloons & cow bells!

What a celebration this week to acknowledge Barry Curtis parkrun's 8th birthday - 25 May 2013 was our first event.  Tom and Esther joined us which was great as it was their vision along with their colleague Chris, who saw Barry Curtis parkrun come to fruition.  Their thought was to develop an event that would bring the community together - and what a success that has been.

Run Director Ray thanked Tom and Esther for their work in setting up our parkrun event and developing a sustainable future.  Ray also thanked those who have stepped up over the years, Peter and Karen, and now Maria who has taken up the mantle of Event Director.  Also acknowledged were Grant who is our facts and figures man who keeps tabs on milestones, and Ronald and Keegan who set up and packdown each week for us.  There are many others who help on the day and in the background, all contributing to this great event.

We had a birthday cake, and 200 cupcakes (made by Maria) to celebrate this special event.  We also had a contingent of supporters from Hamilton (complete with cowbell) who came up to help us celebrate.  That was so nice, thank you so much for making the effort to join us.

And of course look at the date - 22 - it was tutu day, and many people had stepped out in their colourful tutus which really made for a festive event.  Look at our facebook page for more photos and a recording of our event briefing which was streamed live - courtesy of Andrew and Jono.

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So for some numbers - This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, and what a cracker of a day it was too - warm and sunny.  19 were first timers to Barry Curtis of whom 5 were doing their very first event, and they should be able to see how addictive parkrun is.  Along with our friends from Hamilton, we also had some international visitors from Australia, from Gold Coast and Brisbane (South Bank parkrun)  - welcome, it is so great to have international visitors again.

Two of our parkrunners this week were celebrating milestones, Linda doing event number 50, and a birdie spilled the beans of one of our Hamilton contingent, Steve, on event number 150.  This is where the balloons come in - a great way to celebrate.

Grant, who as mentioned above, loves numbers, keeps a record of our points and awarded three of our four shields - Junior girl went to Gracie Willis, Overall Female went to Ellie Wichman, and Overall Male went to Ronald Lobjoit.  (Junior boy is to come when the shield is ready, so watch this space).  Congratulations to these Barry Curtis regulars for their achievement.

Great competition this week, with a serious attempt on our course record by Trent Thorpe, who I am sure we will see back - he took out the event in a very quick 15:40.   And 27 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests, noting juniors Timothy, Olivia, Dan, Hannah and Bradley - Great effort by you all

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers - thank you so much:

Shamiso SISIMAYI • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Carly BATEMAN • Jim MAWER • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Jono WILLIS • Anna WILLIS • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Keira SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Gail FLEMING • Sarah BRYANT • Zachary BRYANT • David BRYANT

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,869 participants have completed 37,042 parkruns covering a total distance of 185,210 km, including 5,683 new Personal Bests. A total of 283 individuals have volunteered 2,876 times

 

Run Report 8 May 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 392
8th May 2021

Guest Report from Julie Collard

It’s always a pleasure to visit Barry Curtis parkrun from my new home at Owairaka parkrun. Today was my 5th time here and served me two very important purposes. With my mum in Clevedon and me in Mt Roskill, Barry Curtis is the perfect meet-up parkrun location and the added plus today was that my brother Luke (today’s sole overseas visitor) was in town thanks to the Trans-Tasman bubble and came along for his first-ever parkrun. Luke enjoyed the experience tremendously and vows to drag his wife along once back in Sydney as she is a keen walker. I often try to encourage friends and family along to parkrun, but, as I’ve come to realise, parkrun is hard to describe well to others. “Uh huh,” people nod, “I’m busy that day, but maybe one day…” And you’ve lost them with the word ‘run’. But if you can get the people there, they can’t help but be blown away by the phenomenon that is parkun. And Barry Curtis does that so well. I just love the sense of thriving community I get from the run brief here. Assorted people have their turn to speak, passing out café coffee vouchers to volunteers and noteworthy others, announcing milestones from the junior 10s up to the 100s and above, and welcoming visitors, who today were from Dunedin, Porirua, Tokoroa and Rotorua. Fantastic!

The Queen of parkrun

My second reason for coming today was to connect up with NZ parkrunner extraordinaire Alison King. Co-event director at Rotorua’s Puarenga parkrun, Alison has also become a leading figure in the explosion of parkrun-related media. Her online presence at www.runswithabarcode.co.nz complements her Facebook page and new ‘clubhouse’ that has grown exponentially over the last few months. To top off that amazing mahi, Alison has just published New Zealand’s first parkrun guide book, the Unofficial parkrun Guide New Zealand. I was hugely pleased this morning to get my hands on the copy I’d pre-purchased, and at the post-parkrun brunch at Sequel, there were many keen to pass the two copies there around for a once over. The book is only $33, available online or wherever you can catch Alison as she parkruns around the country and is well worth it for the highly readable articles on every parkrun in the country, great pictures, and a very cool forward written by no less than Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of parkrun. The book will, I am sure, become the bible of New Zealand parkruns. Kudos to Alison for seeing it through and continuing her incredible support of parkrun. Watch out also for the copy making its way from Whangarei to Invercargill, via every parkrun in the country, on a parkrun tourist relay, with accompanying journal for parkrunner comments. It’s going to be awesome!

Today’s Results

Grant Lincoln took out first place today for the 98th time. What an amazing statistic! While he freely admits the first places don’t come as frequently these days, it can’t be long until he reaches the 100 milestone. With 314 parkruns now completed, that’s an almost 1 in 3 success rate! First place in the women’s division went to Gretchen Bourdillon who is also no stranger to the honour, with 46 under her belt at Barry Curtis alone! Both these speedsters also took out the highest age grade achievements. In terms of greatest number of parkruns, Ian Ross (352) and Shamiso Sisimayi (326) were most impressive. There were several milestones too, well done to juniors Libby Bowers (10) and Gabrielle Ng (10), Warren Willis (100) and Carly Bateman (150). Congratulations to all today’s 176 finishers, especially the ones who managed to set a PB (17!), win their age group, or managed a year-best result. Last, a call out to Owen Thompson who was unable to continue his streak of PBs noted before the start, but completed his seventh consecutive parkrun in his second fastest time, and I am sure that there will be many more PBs to come. Hopefully parkrun will become a way of life for Owen and for many others just starting their parkrun journey.

Volunteers

Giving back to parkrun one in ten times is the recommendation given to us all in the run brief by Peter Rout, and he did it in a way that was both humorous and positive. Someone near me murmured that they’d done a lot more than 10%. Well, me too, but there will always be some that never volunteer, for whatever reason, so I guess we’re hoping that somehow it will average out. There are many compelling reasons to lend a hand at parkrun, including the fact that parkrun will not operate without volunteers. Once people find how much they enjoy it, they tend to come back many a time to willingly take part behind the scenes. So, take the plunge and put your name on the roster! Thanks to this week’s awesome crew:

Gerard BOURDILLONGretchen BOURDILLONJulie COLLARDRay FREEMANRosalie FREEMANChanpen KANABOOTKeegan KOKKEGrant LINCOLNRonald LOBJOITKaren ROUTAndrew SHALLARDCaitlin SHALLARDHannah SHALLARDMaria SHALLARDRebekah SHALLARDJono WILLISWarren WILLIS

Café

What a lovely experience it was at Sequel Café after parkrun! Though the long table was not completely full, we all had a great time discussing the day’s event, sharing stories of other parkrun adventures, and passing round the new parkrun NZ guide book. It was a funny coincidence that I found myself sitting opposite regular Barry Curtis runner Brian Kwok, who I’d met up with at Taupo parkrun back in January. It also turns out that Peter and Karen Rout are good friends with my stepdad, and I also got talking to Delwyn who’s promising to bring a friend to Owiaraka in a few weeks, so lots of connections for me today. It certainly is a friendly and warm family of parkrunners that we are all part of, and is indeed what makes parkrun so special.

Wishing everyone at Barry Curtis parkrun a very happy birthday for the 22nd, and may your tutu run go splendidly. I’m sure we’ll be getting the tutus out at Owairaka as well. Please come and visit us across town if you can, I hope we can return the excellent hospitality I was shown today.

Julie Collard
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A big thankyou to Julie Collard, one of our visitors this week, who offered to write the run report for us.  It is so lovely to see our parkrun through someone else's eyes.  We look forward to seeing you again Julie.

 

Run Report 17 April 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 389
17th April 2021

And the rain came down again - but still the parkrunners keep coming.  Takes more than a bit of precipitation to put us off!  Definitely more autumnal, the leaves are changing colour and falling off the trees.  The change of each season brings a new perspective to our parkrun event.

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course at Barry Curtis Park.  We celebrated the recent completion of 10 events by Lucas, one of our juniors - Great Effort.  We also welcomed 9 first timers to our event, including 7 who had made the decision and the effort to come out for their first parkrun.  We trust, despite the weather, you enjoyed your run or walk today and that we see you back next week or in the future.  This week there were 8 recorded new Personal Bests, including juniors Olivia and James - great work in very unpleasant conditions.

The event was made possible by 14 committed volunteers:

David DOWLING • Rubin WHITELEY • Chris WHITELEY • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Kelvin GOODALL • Maria SHALLARD • Darron LINDSAY • Caitlin SHALLARD • Sarah BRYANT

Todays Sequel coffee vouchers went to Karen on finish tokens and Chris doing barcode scanning.  We are very appreciative of this support from Sequel Cafe to thank our volunteers.  You too can be in the draw for a free coffee - just add your name to the board for a volunteer role.  Training and support is available.  You can check out the roster on our website and email us (see link on website) if you would like to put your name down - tell us which week and which role you would like.

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,808 participants have completed 36,258 parkruns covering a total distance of 181,290 km, including 5,593 new Personal Bests. A total of 277 individuals have volunteered 2,793 times.

 

Run Report 10 April 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 388
10th April 2021

It was balloons all round today - and some very auspicious ones too for some of our volunteers.  Ray, our volunteer coordinator, was doing his 200th event, Richard, our timer mainstay, was doing his 150th event, and Maria, our event director, was doing her 100th event.  And to add to that, Josiah, one of our juniors was also doing his 100th event.  What a celebration! Congratulations to you all on this special milestone event.  And to top that off - Maria got a personal best - way to go.  A pity the weather didn't play ball - by the end of the event everyone looked like drowned rats....  However, nothing a coffee at Sequel Cafe doesn't fix.

The weather forecast must have put some people off, as numbers were down a little, with 129 people running, jogging and walking the course.  However in saying that we had 6 first timers to our park, 5 of these coming out (despite the weather) for their first event.  They've got the bug before they've even started - true parkrunners.   We had 6 recorded new Personal Bests, including Anuska, one of our juniors - well done in such terrible conditions.

The event was made possible by 15 dedicated volunteers - we couldn't do it without you:

David DOWLING • Karen ROUT • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Tania HONEY • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Caleb HONEY • Zach HONEY • Chanpen KANABOOT • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Gail FLEMING • Delwyn SMEDLEY

Today's Sequel vouchers went to Chanpen and Andrew, our tail walker and run director respectively.  You too could be in for the chance to win a Sequel voucher - it is simple - put your name down for a volunteer slot.  Check out the board on Saturday morning, or check out the volunteer roster page on our website.

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,799 participants have completed 36,109 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,545 km, including 5,585 new Personal Bests. A total of 277 individuals have volunteered 2,779 times.

 

Run Report 13 March 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 384
13th March 2021

We're free again - such a great feeling - to parkrun on a Saturday morning.  It was great to see so many turn out, with such short confirmation that we could proceed.  And what a gorgeous morning - just a touch of autumn in the air giving a clear blue sky. Wonderful!!!

A big thank you to Maria our event director, for the behind the scenes meetings and discussions she undertakes on our behalf, in the running of our event, particularly in relation to the COVID restrictions.

So, this week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course at the wonderful Barry Curtis Park.  We celebrated two 50th events - Oscar, one of our juniors, and Courtney.  What a great achievement - congratulations.   Five of our participants were first timers to our park, with 4 of these on their first event.  Well done on taking that first step to join a great community, and an activity that is beneficial to your health.

With the great conditions we had 21 recorded new Personal Bests - special mention to juniors Keagan, Liam, Anwen and Lyonel.  Great effort guys!.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers, and thank you for being available at such short notice - you are stars:

Gretchen BOURDILLON • Jeremy CROUCHER • Karen ROUT • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • David EVEREST • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Rebekah SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Siapo AUVAE • Gail FLEMING • Jacquie LINDSAY

Our Sequel Cafe coffee vouchers went this week to Jacquie, Ronald and Ray.  We are so appreciative of our volunteers giving their time so that we can hold this event for you all.  Have you given back to parkrun?  Is it your turn to volunteer?  The volunteer roster for the next few weeks is available to check on our website - also a good reference if you have forgotten which week you wrote your name down for.  You can add your name to the board on a Saturday morning, or you can email barrycurtis@ parkrun.com if you would like to assist.  And as Ray, our volunteer coordinator says, volunteering gives you that 'lovely warm glow feeling'.

Just also in relation to volunteering, there is an option for you to opt-in to the Barry Curtis volunteer email list - check out the link in your result email.  This has two benefits: 1. if we are short of volunteers we can send out a message to let people know of our gaps, and 2. this past week it was very useful in this COVID environment - we were able to send out a message to the 144 people who have opted in, to update them on the news that parkrun was on this week if the government dropped our alert level to 1. Maybe you would consider joining this list too.

As a reminder, parkrun can only operate at COVID alert level 1, where there are no restrictions on gathering numbers.  We also remind you that we do have our COVID QR code on our two tables, so please do scan in on a Saturday morning.

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

Barry Curtis parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 3,766 participants have completed 35,495 parkruns covering a total distance of 177,475 km, including 5,505 new Personal Bests. A total of 277 individuals have volunteered 2,722 times.

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