Run Report 7 August 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 405
7th August 2021

Wet, cold, windy, slippery.... a few words to describe today's event. We had 101 brave people run, jog and walk our course today. Two people completed their very first parkrun. It wasn't the best conditions to do it in so good on you, and we hope to see you again soon.

We had visitors from Millwater parkrun and I believe one of them had a fall. We hope that you're not too sore - if you could email us to let us know how you are, that would be great.

Anna achieved a PB today - a really good achievement, given the weather. Another great achievement was Chris completing his 200th parkrun - well done!

Congratulations to Grant and Emily on the Sequel Coffee vouchers. Sequel kindly gives us vouchers to thank some of our volunteers each week. We meet there for our post-parkrun get together and they make great coffees and food. Everyone is welcome to come along and get to know a few fellow parkrunners.

A massive thank you to our volunteers:

Laurie WILSON • Sulaiman HARTLEY • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Hayes FREEMAN • Vanessa FERNANDES • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Jono WILLIS • Maria SHALLARD • Rebekah SHALLARD • Keira SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Leesa BATHGATE • Abbie LAW • Emily WILLIS

We are thankful for your help today and your willingness to give up your time to make our event run smoothly. If you'd like to give volunteering a go, but you're a bit unsure about it, have a chat to Ray, or send us an email. Full training will be given.

Finally, thank you to our sponsor, The Athlete's Foot. With their support, our event remains free and accessible to anyone who wants to come along.

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 3,936 participants have completed 38,478 parkruns covering a total distance of 192,390 km, including 5,798 new Personal Bests. A total of 303 individuals have volunteered 3,062 times.

 

Run Report 31 July 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 404
31st July 2021

The Tuis were singing this morning for parkrun number 404. 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Our Run Director David went for a run before our briefing and said he heard a great crowd of spectators cheering him on as he ran along John Walker Promenade. Maybe he’s been watching too much of the Tokyo Olympics? He certainly put in a gold medal performance as Run Director – thank you David!

We had a total of 15 volunteers help us out today:

David DOWLING • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Mita STAUB • Jim NEWBOULD • David EVEREST • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Keira SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Gail FLEMING • Tania KOKKE

Thank you to all of you for giving up your time to make our event happen. If you would like to give volunteering a go, please put your name on the whiteboard on Saturday or send us an email. If you’re uncertain about volunteering, it is very easy, and full training will be given. Plus you get the chance to win a free coffee from Sequel Café. Congratulations to David and Ronald (or maybe Tania?!) who were the recipients this morning.

Thank you to Sequel for providing us with the vouchers. They do lovely coffees and food and are very welcoming to any parkrunners who visit after parkrun each Saturday. If you’ve never gone to one of the post-parkrun get-togethers, it’s a great way to get to know people a little better.

This morning we had 12 people do their first Barry Curtis parkrun, 6 of whom did their first ever parkrun. Congratulations, and we hope to see you again. The other 6 people were visiting from Dunedin, Palmerston North and Millwater – it was lovely to have you join us.

Congratulations to the 10 people who recorded new Personal Bests – a great effort in not the easiest of conditions.

Two milestones were celebrated today. Brian received a balloon for his 200th parkrun and Matt received one for his 50th. Well done to you both! Two of our Juniors, Gracie (100) and Thomas (50), received certificates from Grant for recently achieved milestones. Thank you Grant for your kindness to the Juniors.

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 3,934 participants have completed 38,377 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,885 km, including 5,797 new Personal Bests. A total of 301 individuals have volunteered 3,045 times.

 

 

Run Report 10 July 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 401
10th July 2021

This week 148 people ran, jogged and walked in temperatures that must have been at least 10 degrees warmer than our event last week.  We welcomed visitors from Hamilton and Western Springs, and of the 9 people who were visiting Barry Curtis parkrun for the first time, 5 people were doing their very first parkrun. We hope all our first-timers enjoyed themselves today. Please come again!

The slightly muddy conditions didn't deter 10 people from recording new Personal Bests. Congratulations to you all.

Thank you to the following people for volunteering:

David DOWLING • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Tristan NICHOLLS • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Lana LOBJOIT • Jono WILLIS • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Mia FALETANOAI • Josiah WILLIS • Andrew SHALLARD • Juliet HUNT • Gail FLEMING • Emily WILLIS

We really appreciate you giving up your time to help run our event. If you would like to give volunteering a go, please email us at barrycurtis@parkrun.com or write your name on the whiteboard on Saturday morning.  If you're unsure about something, talk to Ray, and he will show you how easy it is.

Thank you to Sequel Café for giving us coffee vouchers to reward some of our volunteers. This morning Jono and Dave were the recipients and the Willis family also received a pizza voucher kindly donated by Gareth. Sequel makes lovely coffees, so if you'd like to join us for the after parkrun get-together, you'd be very welcome. It's a great way to get to know people a little better!

Thank you too to our parkrun sponsor, The Athlete's Foot, who help to keep parkrun in New Zealand free for everybody.

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 38,015 parkruns covering a total distance of 190,075 km, including 5,774 new Personal Bests. A total of 298 individuals have volunteered 3,000 times.

 

Run Report 26 June 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 399
26th June 2021

Guest Report from Nigel Milius

Seventeen years ago in 2004 when parkrun was born in the UK, Sir Barry Curtis was Mayor of Manukau City, and his eponymous park was farmland. The first stage of the park as we know it today was opened in April 2009, at 95 hectares the largest park to be developed in the Auckland region since the Auckland Domain in 1840. When he stood down as mayor in 2007 he had held the position for some 24 years. At the time, the longest serving mayor in New Zealand history (since superseded by Tim Shadbolt) so it was perhaps fitting that such a feature was named after him.

To the best of my knowledge, Sir Barry never actually took part in a parkrun, though he evidently had some interest in sport being a patron of both the Auckland Hockey Association and the Pakuranga Tennis Club. However, a bit of research tells me that others who share his name have. Among the 7 million plus people who have registered for parkrun worldwide since its inception, there are 6 Barry Curtises. Two have never actually used their barcodes, one has run just once, one twice, and the other two, 6 times each. Between them they have taken part at 7 different events, all in the UK. I wonder if any of them are aware that that there is a parkrun here, on the other side of the world, that shares their name?

The run starts along John Walker Boulevard. To anyone of my age and interests, a much more famous name than the former mayor! Olympic 1500 metre gold medallist in 1976, he was also the first man to run a mile in under 3.50 and his New Zealand record over that distance still stands today. If that pace were to be maintained over the 5km of parkrun, it would give a time of just over 12 minutes! 

Nobody got near that today of course, but compared to most of us there were still some pretty speedy folk out there this morning. First home, in 17.44, was David Brown. Great way to celebrate your 150th parkrun David, well done. Also reaching that unofficial, but still noteworthy, milestone was Tristan Nicholls in 21.14, congratulations to you too. 

A regular visitor from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, was taking part for the last time on this visit (sorry, I didn’t get your name) but is someone who I’m sure will return again, and as far as I’m aware, the only other out-of-towner was myself from Cooks Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. This would appear to be supported by the fact that all bar one person (according to the results) in the field of 134 had run here before. That person was Raj Konkala who was running his first event anywhere. Welcome to the parkrun family Raj, you’ve already used your barcode more times than one third of the registered Barry Curtises, and hopefully you’ll use it again many more times in the future. There may have been others, there was certainly a lady at the first timers briefing, but if you don’t have a barcode you don’t show on the results. Welcome to you too, but get yourself a barcode!

First female home today was Gretchen Bourdillon in 19.26, one of 14 people (over 10%) to record PB’s. This is particularly impressive given that most people out there today are old hands at this course. Well done all of you, I think this high percentage of PB’s illustrates how parkrun encourages people who may not have done much before to get out there exercising, getting fitter, and enjoying all the physical and mental benefits it brings. It doesn’t matter whether you’re breathing down the neck of David Brown, or keeping tailwalkers Gurcharanjit Singh Mahli and Maninder Mahli company at the other end of the field, parkrun is truly for everyone.

One regular here at Barry Curtis who wasn’t present this morning also deserves special mention. Grant Lincoln was being a tourist at University of Waikato today where he clocked up his 100th 1st place finish. Most parkrunners will never see that number 1 token (unless you volunteer to hand them out of course) so to collect 100 of them is nothing short of astounding. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke either, well done Grant.

The team of volunteers were ably led this morning by Peter Rout, today’s run director, who called for more volunteers to step forward. Our favourite, free, timed 5km can only take place each Saturday because this fine band of people turn out to scan barcodes, keep time, tail walk and do all the other necessary jobs each week. And guess what? The best thing about it is you too can volunteer. Just contact the team, tell them what you’d like to do, full training will be provided and it’ll add a whole new dimension to “parkrunday”. As Peter pointed out, if everyone volunteered just 1 week in 10, the regular appeals for help would be superfluous. Nice to see Event Director Maria Shallard actually running today (though still doing the results processing). With more volunteers, those who give their time frequently may also be able to run more often. Don’t just think about it, do it!

Another part of Saturday morning to me is heading to the post run café to replace the calories so recently lost. The Sequel Café admirably fulfilled this role this morning and apart from the delicious breakfast, I particularly like the way one long table is set out for parkrunners each week. If you’re there on your own, as I was this morning, go along and join in, good coffee, good food and good company.

Having said that, perhaps leave it until the week after next, as next week, there’s a special event at Barry Curtis. Even though the park itself is new, the parkrun is one of New Zealand’s longest established events, with only Lower Hutt and Cornwall Park pre-dating it. Next week, it reaches the notable (unofficial) milestone of its 400th event. The intention is to have a shared picnic in the park following parkrun, so bring a plate of food and join in celebrating this important landmark. 

I wish all at Barry Curtis parkrun the very best for next Saturday, I hope the weather gods come to the party, and that, with the continued and valuable support of Manukau City Council (led for so long by the man for whom the park is named), you can enjoy another 400 parkruns here, and more. 

Nigel Milius, Cooks Beach

Thank you Nigel for your lovely report. Nigel has now completed Run Reports for all but one of the New Zealand parkruns. Quite an achievement! We hope to see you again soon Nigel. 

 

 

Run Report 19 June 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 398
19th June 2021

The sky was dark and we could see the rain coming as everyone urged our morning briefing to be short and snappy.  We were pleasantly surprised at the good number of people who turned out, with 97 participants, despite the forecast weather conditions.

We welcomed 6 first timers to our parkrun, 4 of whom had decided to see through with their plan of taking that first step, despite the weather.  We assure you that it only gets better from here.  We had no national parkrun visitors, but we welcomed one excited Australian from Kalgoorlie, proudly wearing her 250 shirt for the first time.  Well done, and thankyou for joining us this week.

And we had some special milestones to celebrate, Hannah for her recent 50th event (she received a 51 balloon!) and Jordan, one of our regular juniors, for his 50th run this week, and Cheryl for her 300th event.  What a great achievement by you all.

And then we were off, and the heavens opened and the wind blew!!!!!!  Little did we know that just kilometres away in Wiri and Papatoetoe a tornado was wreaking havoc.  Our thoughts go to all those impacted by the devastation of that storm.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Alfred KUIPER • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Rosalie FREEMAN • Jim NEWBOULD • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Caitlin SHALLARD • Dwaine FALETANOAI • Mia FALETANOAI • Keira SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Gail FLEMING • Colin WICHMAN • Amy WIJERATNE • Les GALLAGHER • Jan LAUDER

A big thankyou to our volunteers, and  to Chris and Seiko for again setting up a gazebo to provide some shelter for the barcode scanners.  Our coffee vouchers this week went to Seiko, Chris and Mia.  We would like to acknowledge Sequel Cafe for providing these vouchers for us to acknowledge our volunteers and parkrunners,  Sequel Cafe have great food and good coffee and friendly staff - they set up a big table for us each week - come and join us and join in the stories of the day's events.

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 3,900 participants have completed 37,570 parkruns covering a total distance of 187,850 km, including 5,729 new Personal Bests. A total of 294 individuals have volunteered 2,945 times.

 

Run Report 12 June 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 397
12th June 2021

Guest Report from Peet Oosthuizen

155 of us were privileged on this slightly overcast day with a relatively mild temperature of 11 degree Celsius to complete this beautiful parkrun course. We hope that circumstances will return to normal for all 22 parkrun countries around the world as soon as possible.

We had an international visitor today from the UK. We also welcomed visitors from Blenheim parkrun, Puarenga parkrun in Roturua and Millwater parkrun.

The first male and the first female to finish the parkrun were respectively Jack Ryan and Shamiso Sisimayi.

Congratulations to our juniors who achieved PB’s today. They were: Timothy, Archie, Olivia, Zachary, Lihini, Siyumi, Dan and Jessica.

Also congratulations to Jordan who got the Junior Points trophy for the past year.

And congratulations to Ian Ross who achieved his 2nd age group record at University of Waikato last week.

Participants with more than 250 parkruns who participated today were:

Ian Ross (357)
Malia Toa (334)
Shamiso Sisimayi (330)
Grant Lincoln (319)
Cheryl Hill (299)
Carl Hardley-Rout (268)
Peter Rout (266)
Alfred Kuiper (263)
Seiko Whitely (263)
Danie La Grange (261)
Karen Rout (259)

Parkrunners with more than 100 different parkrun events/courses were:

Peet Oosthuizen (129) in 10 countries

Elise Heyns (107) in 7 countries

This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Laurie WILSON • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Jim MAWER • Tristan NICHOLLS • Vanessa FERNANDES • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Peet OOSTHUIZEN • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Mia FALETANOAI • Andrew SHALLARD • Gail FLEMING • Kawal MATHARU • Jess LE GRICE • Robin LE GRICE

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 3,894 participants have completed 37,473 parkruns covering a total distance of 187,365 km, including 5,727 new Personal Bests. A total of 291 individuals have volunteered 2,927 times.

Hope to see you all parkrunning next week!

Peet Oosthuizen

A big thankyou to Peet, one of our visitors this week, who offered to write the run report for us.  It is so lovely to get offers of help from our visitors. We hope to see you again soon Peet.

 

 

Run Report 29 May 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 395
29th May 2021

After a blustery, wet Friday night, many regular parkrunners and walkers must have chosen a sleep-in on Saturday as our numbers were down to 83 participants. It was exciting to be greeted by a gazebo that had been put up to protect our barcode scanners from the elements. Thank you to Chris and Rubin for getting up extra early to make that happen.

We had one brave first-timer. We hope the trying weather conditions didn't put you off and that you will come again. Six people recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations to Jim on your 200th parkrun on Saturday - what a great achievement!

Thank you again to our amazing volunteers:

Karen CROSSAN • Rubin WHITELEY • Chris WHITELEY • Karen ROUT • Brian KWOK • Kate PATTINSON • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Amy AQUINO • Ronald LOBJOIT • Anna WILLIS • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Matthew SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Emily WILLIS • Ben VOYKOVICH • Ella VOYKOVICH

This event wouldn't happen if it weren't for our volunteers, so if you'd like to give it a go, please put your name on the whiteboard on Saturday or email us at barrycurtis@parkrun.com. We are quite light on volunteers for Saturday the 5th of June, so please consider helping out.

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 3,870 participants have completed 37,125 parkruns covering a total distance of 185,625 km, including 5,689 new Personal Bests. A total of 286 individuals have volunteered 2,894 times.

 

Run Report 15 May 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 393
15th May 2021

This week 147 people ran, jogged and walked Barry Curtis parkrun. Conditions were pretty slushy underfoot, however 14 people still managed to achieve Personal Bests. Congratulations to you all on your fine achievement. Special mention to our junior PBers; Luca, Lihini, Siyumi, and Jonty.

Today we had three first timers, two of whom completed their very first parkrun. It’s the first step on your parkrun journey, and we hope that you enjoyed it enough to come back again.

We welcomed visitors from Coromandel and Sydney today. One of our visitors completed number 4 on her parkrun p-index this morning, so she was pretty happy.

As usual, our event wouldn’t happen without the help of all of our volunteers. We really do appreciate the help we receive from you all:

Richard BOWERS • Jeremy CROUCHER • Peter ROUT • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Ellie WICHMAN • Gareth JESS • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Rebekah SHALLARD • Siapo AUVAE • Gail FLEMING • Delwyn SMEDLEY • Sarah BRYANT

If you’ve never volunteered before, give it a go. As Ray likes to say, it makes you feel all ‘warm and fluffy’ when you volunteer. Please email barrycurtis@parkrun.com if you’d like more information or to put you name on the roster. Full training will be given.

Congratulations to the following people who achieved milestones today: Libby (10), Gabrielle (10), Anna (100) and Karen (150).  Congratulations to Ray and Ellie on your coffee vouchers for helping with volunteering and also Dawn who received one for being the only person attending today who was there on the very first parkrun at Barry Curtis Park.

Speaking of which, next Saturday is our 8th birthday. Come along and help us celebrate. There will be cake, and we’ll also have our sponsors, The Athlete’s Foot, coming along for the morning. They’re going to be offering great advice and also the chance for a few people to do a Wear Test on some Brooks Adrenaline and Brooks Ghost shoes. See our Facebook page for more details.

Next Saturday is also the 22nd of the month. It’s become a bit of a parkrun tradition that if a parkrun falls on the 22nd (or two, two) then some people like to wear tutus for the event. Tutus and birthday celebrations in one day – what a great day to come along!

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 3,850 participants have completed 36,876 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,380 km, including 5,656 new Personal Bests. A total of 282 individuals have volunteered 2,857 times.

 

Run Report 1 May 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 391
1st May 2021

It's the 1st of May already! Did you know that Barry Curtis parkrun has been going for nearly 8 years? A big thank you to Tom and Esther who got our parkrun going all those years ago. Thank you too to all those who have helped to keep it going, especially all our wonderful volunteers. Today we had 15 people helping us out:

David DOWLING • Karen CROSSAN • Richard BOWERS • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Rebekah SHALLARD • Gurcharanjit Singh MALHI • Maninder MALHI • Isabel BUERSCHGENS • David BRYANT

We really appreciate your efforts. If you would like to give volunteering a go, please talk write your name down on the whiteboard on Saturday, or email us at barrycurtis@parkrun.com.  We can start you on an easy job and before you know it you'll be able to claim your lovely purple volunteer tee shirt. A recent survey showed that people who volunteer at parkrun feel an improved sense of happiness compared to those who just walk or run. True story!

Congratulations to Maninder and Gurcharanjit who got the Sequel coffee vouchers for their volunteering. Two 'special' vouchers were awarded today to Alfred and Frances who put in such a great effort to their almost matching running outfits. Thank you to Sequel for their support. If you've never been there for an after parkrun coffee, you're missing something special. It's a great time to get to know fellow parkrunners a little better too.

And while we're talking about support, thank you to The Athlete's Foot for their sponsorship of parkrun around New Zealand. They help to keep it free for everyone.

This week 147 people ran, jogged and walked the mainly dry course. It was encouraging to see so many first timers today - 16 in total. Of those, 10 completed their very first parkrun. We hope to see you all again soon. We also had visitors join us from Taupo and Millwater and we hope that you enjoyed your time with us today.

There were 19 personal bests today. Congratulations to you all.  Special congratulations to our one junior who got a PB, Benjamin. Someone else has been noticed in the PB stats over the last few weeks too. Owen did his first parkrun with us on the 27th of March and has been here every week since then. He has had a PB every week and he's knocked a massive 6 minutes off his first time. Keep up the good work Owen.

There were two milestones today. Chanpen completed her 100th parkrun and Vanessa completed her 150th. Congratulations to you both. Just quietly, a little birdy told us there might be something else to congratulate Vanessa about too, but you might have to talk to her about that.

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 3,835 participants have completed 36,553 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,765 km, including 5,625 new Personal Bests. A total of 281 individuals have volunteered 2,823 times.

 

Run Report 24 April 2021

Barry Curtis parkrun
Event number 390
24th April 2021

Wasn't it lovely to see the sun again after a couple of wet Saturdays? Course conditions were a little slippery in places, but it didn't seem to deter the 13 people who achieved Personal Bests today. Congratulations to you all and a special mention to our junior PBers; Cortney and Zoe.

Speaking of special mentions, congratulations to Ian who ran his 350th parkrun today. What an amazing achievement!

This week 148 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers. Of our first timers, we had visitors from Christchurch and Hawkes Bay and we also had 6 people who completed their very first parkrun. We hope you all enjoyed your time with us today. Please come again!

The event was made possible by 15 wonderful volunteers:

Helen KNIGHT • Peter ROUT • Karen ROUT • Grant LINCOLN • Ray FREEMAN • Cathy WELCH • David EVEREST • Ronald LOBJOIT • Keegan KOKKE • Maria SHALLARD • Caitlin SHALLARD • Keira SHALLARD • Andrew SHALLARD • Siapo AUVAE • Isabel BUERSCHGENS

Thank you to you all for helping our event to run so well. Congratulations to Andrew and Ronald on your Sequel coffee vouchers. If you'd like a chance to get a free coffee, sign up to volunteer! You can email us at barrycurtis@parkrun.com, or write your name on the board on Saturday. Volunteering is easy and full training will be given.

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 3,819 participants have completed 36,406 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,030 km, including 5,606 new Personal Bests. A total of 279 individuals have volunteered 2,808 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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