Many thanks to Nick for his delightful account of how he managed to get to the first run of the new 3 lap course last Saturday!
My journey from Browns Bay to Cornwall parkrun using Public Transport
My car was leaking oil and my mechanic recommended I not drive my car, but I was desperate to make it to parkrun to try out the new course at Cornwall Park, today being the the inaugural run on the new course.
With no option of hitching a ride with fellow parkrunners I decided to put Auckland public transport to the test to see if I could make it to Cornwall parkrun on time!
My alarm woke me @ 5:30 – it is Saturday parkrun day and I’m raring to go after a good night’s sleep.
I left home on time @ 6:05 and the morning was clear, cool, crisp and dark!
A short wait, bus was running 5 minutes late! – not a good start!
I caught the bus to Constellation bus station at 6:16 and arrived at Constellation bus station 15 minutes later and I only had to wait 3-4 minutes for a connecting bus to town. An opportunity perhaps to make up lost time!
The bus left at 6:35 and I arrived in town at 6:50
The train from the city to Greenlane was leaving in 10 minutes, I can do this!
I didn’t want to take any chances so I sprinted from the bus stop in town to Britomart train station only to find the trains were going nowhere – they were “Out-of-Service”!
Oh no any hope I had of making it to parkrun was surely dashed!
A real shame as I was so looking forward to trying out the new course but I will never make it to parkrun now!
A train attendant stopped me in my tracks:
“Trains on the Southern line are only going to Penrose, from there buses replace trains”
Did I hear that right, I’m going to Greenlane which is before Penrose so I’m not affected!
What a stroke of luck, maybe I can make it after all!
I thanked the man and made it onto the train in time for the 7am departure.
I arrived in Greenlane at 7:15, just after sunrise, I then knew I could make it as by my reckoning it was a 1.5k walk from Greenlane train station to Cornwall Park.
I strolled along Greenlane Road with a spring in my step and a smile on my dial.
I leapt over stile into Cornwall Park, through a sheep paddock, climbed over another fence and arrived at the band rotunda at 7:30 – exactly half an hour before the run.
At that point I realized it didn’t matter what was to follow as I was overjoyed to make it on time and not only that I was one of the first runners to arrive! My race was over and I had won! - Nick Feehan
This week 343 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 97 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
On this day we farewelled our legendary ED Jeff - but he's not gone and certainly not forgotten, as he'll still be back to visit and make sure he runs some more parkruns on the new course!
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Jeff PARKINSON • Emily PARKINSON • Anita PARKINSON • Lian DE CHARMOY • Caitlin BARTON • Owen POELIJOE • Richard WINTERBURN • Denise POELIJOE • David NORTH • Gooya MOZDBAR • Steven CASTLE • Darryl WONG • Duncan ERASMUS • Sudhakar SOMU • Carla TUNNICLIFFE • Alana PRINGLE • Greg ADAMS • Anna GATIE • Kim CARRUTHERS • Sage CARRUTHERS • Stephen CONDER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cornwall parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Becky WADE who recorded a time of 17:44 on 2nd March 2013 (event number 32).
The male record is held by Jonathan JACKSON who recorded a time of 15:49 on 10th December 2016 (event number 230).
The Age Grade course record is held by Christine ADAMSON who recorded 90.72% (21:23) on 7th July 2018 (event number 313).
Cornwall parkrun started on 28th July 2012. Since then 7,429 participants have completed 57,397 parkruns covering a total distance of 286,985 km, including 8,705 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 2,970 times.