Grab a beverage, a treat, and take a seat to take time out to read our double Festive parkrun reports. You've earned it!
Flaxmere parkrun event #62 Christmas parkrunday, 25th December 2020
Run Report, written by Erin BRADLEY
Merry Christmas everyone! Here's hoping you had a good day.
Many completed today's parkrun, and their times they did slay!
With the 62nd Flaxmere parkrun completed, there was some festive
sightings to report!
A tree on a head, a Christmas batman, and elves (of a sort)
The sun was shining, as usual, and all through the park
the people were running, and for some their first ever start.
The tinsel lady, the fella from Porirua,
the '250' guys and some a little slower,
All making their way round NZ's best Park (did you hear?!)
Out on Christmas morning, the best run-day of the year.
With shout's of "Merry Christmas" from our park neighbours too
pushing us to the finish line, when we make it, we shout "Phew!"
Once completed, off home to continue our Christmas Day,
And know we will return tomorrow - its parkrun Saturday!
Congratulations Anthony JACKSON for setting the new "Male record" at Flaxmere parkrun, on Christmas Day too!
On Christmas parkrunday 43 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests (congratulations Maree LLOYD. With many parkruns all over the country represented.
The Christmas Day event was made possible by 8 volunteers:
Erin BRADLEY • Eileen MILLS • Richard MILLS • Michaela MINNIE • Nicole MINNIE • Samantha MINNIE • Joel MITCHELL • Lisa POHATU
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page.
Flaxmere parkrun event #63 Boxing parkrunday, 26th December 2020
Run Report, written by Richard MILLS
Its not hard to be enthusiastic about parkrun. It’s our tribe, the people we understand and who understand us. You might be the hare who scampers around in 17 minutes or the turtle in an hour and 7 minutes and yet know that each and every one of us is as valid as anyone else. Well done to each and everyone that turned up at 8am on Boxing Day morning.
Phil Whyman turned up at the start, at start time today thinking that he might avoid the black tutu that signified 100 runs. A cunning planbut the run director Melissa saw through the subterfuge, and delayed the start to make sure Phil was suitably attired. Well done mate and I look forward to joining you in that club sometime early next year.
Congratulations Phil WHYMAN on your 100th parkrun
Like yesterday we had one of our visitors ticking off the milestone of completing all of the New Zealand parkrun’s at Flaxmere. There are 32 in total from Invercargill in the south to Whangarei in the north so Wendy's done a heat of traveling. That’s typical of parkrun in giving us aims and aspirations, whether that’s a free t-shirt for completing 25 volunteer roles; 50, 100 or 250 runs or just the opportunity to turn up and get some exercise on a perfect summer Saturday morning in Hawke's Bay.
Congratulations Wendy HARE for completing all New Zealand events, finishing with Flaxmere parkrun.
Our little park is in excellent condition, with shade across the track for the majority of its path. Flaxmere park was voted New Zealand’s best active park for 2020 and we are proud to be a part of the accolade.
Thanks for sharing your time and energy with us this weekend. Massive thanks to the volunteers who gave up their time so that we could hold two events back-to-back this weekend. Thanks to the volunteers who have already offered to help so that we can repeat the fun on New Year's Day and the day after. We do still have a coup[le of volunteer roles looking for names for next weekend and for the following weeks. Please have a look at the vacant roles and let us know which one and when you would like to fill. We look forward to seeing you on New Years morning at Flaxmere parkrun to start 2021 in a most suitable manner, then repeat the experience on Saturday, and every Saturday ever after..
On Boxing Day 51 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.
The Boxing Day event was made possible by 8 volunteers:
Nigel MILIUS • Richard MILLS • Cameron APPERLEY • Melissa THORBURN • Erin BRADLEY • Lisa POHATU • Sinclair MACMILLAN • Jeffrey DOOLAN
The full Boxing Day results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Eva GOODISSON who recorded a time of 18:25 on 10th August 2019 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Anthony JACKSON who recorded a time of 16:50 on 25th December 2020 (event number 62).
The Age Grade course record is held by Eric PHIMISTER who recorded 83.48% (20:53) on 30th November 2019 (event number 25).
Flaxmere parkrun started on 15th June 2019. Since then 782 participants have completed 3,695 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,475 km, including 671 new Personal Bests. A total of 115 individuals have volunteered 518 times.