Report by Martin Jones
To say it was cold on Saturday morning was a bit of an understatement, my temperature gauge on my phone when I let the house had a minus sign before the first number! It was VERY cold!!, yet 129 hardy souls lined up for the start of the 375th Dunedin parkrun.
At the briefing the groans were heard when to no one’s surprise it would be three laps around the top and three times up the infamous stairs of despair!! It should be noted that we had some masochists amongst us who actually cheered when hearing the news – sad people indeed!.
A big thanks must go to our wonderful volunteers who braved the cold, at least the runners and walkers could get warm thru movement- I heard a rumour that some of our finish line volunteers were doing star jumps in an attempt to keep warm. Just remember parkrun wouldn’t exist without our volunteers so remember to do your bit and help out when you can. It’s very easy to do the tasks that are required to stage a parkrun and training is provided.
And so to the results….
Well done to Daniel Stouffer and Sue Lang! – Their very first parkrun!!
Another Dunedin first timer was Nicholas Walbridge from the Kapiti Coast Parkrun and it was his 50th parkrun.
And Phil Lindsay from Hagley Park parkrun was another to tackle our famous stairs for the first time.
We look forward to welcoming you again to our course and hopefully it will be a wee bit warmer next time.
Other notable achievements this week were Connor Gray logging his 50th parkrun and Danette Little logging her 150th parkrun.
Don’t forget your pajamas coming up in the PJ run on July 17th – should be lots of fun and timed to be on during the school holidays – so bring along the kids as Saturday morning sports is having a break.
In closing its worth mentioning to make sure your emergency contact details are up to date alongside your barcode. Its important in an emergency we know who to contact. I’m sure we are aware of the runner who was given CPR and was revived by parkrunners and lived to tell the tale. A link to his story is below