Flaxmere parkrun Run Report, Event #81, 1st May, 2021

Flaxmere parkrun Event number #81, 1st May 2021

Kindly written by Nikola Bass

This year autumn has bought some very settled weather, however this week saw the first major frost of the year. Saturday dawned fresh with the perfect temperature for a run – cool but warmer than expected following the earlier frosts – and bringing with it new hopes and aspirations for our next parkrun.

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Congratulations Darren and Louis on completing your 50 parkruns milestones!

This week 57 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom there were 6 first timers. As John Bingham said ‘The miracle is not that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.’ Just showing up is a win as we all make our own way around the fabulous Flaxmere Park track with the brown and red autumn leaves disappearing underfoot. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part today.

Well done to the eight park runners who recorded a personal best this week. An extra special congratulations to Darren & Louis on both achieving your 50th parkrun milestones – what an incredible achievement. Something for us newer park runners to aim for. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers and we thank them for their time today – Nneka OKONTA, Martin O'SULLIVAN, Andrew JONES, Keith VINCENT, Richard MILLS, Melissa THORBURN, Amber THORBURN, Jeffrey DOOLAN and Nikola BASS. You all make these run’s possible – thank you. Flaxmere parkrun started on 15th June 2019, which means our second birthday run is fast approaching – keep an eye out for details coming for how we will celebrate in the coming weeks. Since beginning in 2019 919 participants have completed 4,679 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,395 km, including 830 new Personal Bests. A total of 134 individuals have volunteered 683 times.

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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).

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Flaxmere parkrun Report #80, April 24th, 2021

Flaxmere parkrun report Event #80, 24th April, 2021

Written by Gretchen Stone

Congratulations Gail on your 50th parkrun milestone

Congratulations Gail on your 50th parkrun milestone

 

It was such a perfect autumn morning for our 80th Flaxmere parkrun on Saturday.  Clear and crisp with the promise of a day of sunshine ahead.  It’s hard to think of a happier way to start the day (and the long weekend) than 5 kilometres of walking or running in the local park with friends.

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A special shout out to the 13 walkers and runners who were first timers at the parkrun on Saturday.  Great work getting out there and we look forward to many more adventures in the park with you all.

As always, thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers who make the event possible - Nneka OKONTA • Richard MILLS • Wendy APPERLEY • Cameron APPERLEY • Melissa THORBURN • Amber THORBURN • Gretchen STONE • James RAINGER • Nikola BASS.  Special thanks to James Rainger for the impromptu haka in lieu of a bell at the 4 km mark.

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Well done to all of you clever people who recorded a personal best time this week.  Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page.

Very much looking forward to seeing you all again next Saturday.  And finally, here’s some running motivation to enjoy.

Sometimes you need to run (or walk); To grab your trainers, your vest; To leave the emails, the text; What’s been before, What’s happening next; Sometimes you need the pavement; The park, the drizzle, the rain; The sweat, the mud; The wind and the pain; Sometimes you need to run; Not for a purpose or a goal; But for the sound of your steps; Re-charging your soul.

Nga mihi

 

Volunteer Photographer needed 24th April, 2021

Wow, thanks so much to you all that have volunteered for this weekends parkrun. The roster is almost full, which means parkrun can go ahead, however what would make it even more special is that the Photographer volunteer role is filled. If you would like to have a go at capturing our unique parkrun in your own creative way, we will provide the camera & your photographic subjects (our wonderful parkrunners). Please let us know if you are keen through commenting below or emailing us at flaxmerehelpers@parkrun.com Also do let us know if any of the future roles take your fancy, you can view the available roles on the Flaxmere parkrun website future volunteers page

Ngā mihi!

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Flaxmere parkrun Event #79 Apr 17 2021

Flaxmere Parkrun Report
Event #79

Jo Reyngoud

This cooler Saturday morning saw 45 parkrunners set off at 8.00am sharp to run, jog and walk the 5km course through our beautiful Paharakeke park. There was an autumnal wind blowing, sending swirling leaves dancing across the park. It also meant watching out for the ambush of falling chestnuts! The runners were encouraged home with a tail wind and the bell at the 4km mark ringing out cheerfully on the breeze. The full list of results for today's parkrun are on the website here - Event #79 latest Results.

A warm welcome goes out to those who participated in their first parkrun today.
While there were no milestones to acknowledge this week, congratulations go to those who achieved a personal best this week.

If you couldn’t get to the parkrun today remember that even when the Saturday event is over the park is still available for a freedom run. You can run the 5kms anytime and record your time in your profile. If you’re heading out of town for school holidays why not take the opportunity to try out one of New Zealand's other parkruns and become a parkrun tourist?

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank this week’s volunteers.
Paul SHERWOOD, Cathy SHERWOOD, Olaf HIRCZY Jeffrey DOOLAN, Cameron APPERLEY, Lisa POHATU, Philip SHAMBROOK, Amber THORBURN and Jo REYNGOUD.

It’s volunteers that are at the heart of the parkrun. parkrun is a fun, free event that benefits everyone and can only be free if everyone volunteers. Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity. It’s fun...you’ll like it. Have a look at the Future Roster and let the Flaxmere parkrun team know what you would like to do and whe. - Future Roster.

If you have any questions about joining parkrun or would like to volunteer, contact the friendly team at flaxmere@parkrun.com or send a message to the Flaxmere parkrun Facebook page.

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See you next Saturday ready for the welcome and celebration at 7:50am and remember Don't Forget Your Barcode! #DFYB

Flaxmere parkrun event statistics
Events: 79
Finishers: 900
Finishes: 4,558
Average finishers per week: 57.7
Volunteers: 133
PBs: 817
Average finish time: 00:36:31
Average finishes per participant: 5.1
Clubs: 67
Female record: Eva GOODISSON – 18:25 – Event 9 (10 Aug 2019)
Male record: Anthony JACKSON – 16:50 – Event 62 (25 Dec 2020)
Age graded record: Eric PHIMISTER - 83.48% 20:53 – Event 25 (30 Nov 2019)
Stats last updated: Sat 17 Apr 2021 01:18:05 UTC

 

Flaxmere parkrun report #78

With a rainy start to parkrun a whakatauki, or a saying was shared during briefing, ahakoa he iti, he pounamu which can be interpreted to mean, however small, it is a treasure referring to the smaller than normal 31 people who ran, jogged and walked the course.

As we head into the cooler months of the year we were reminded of the seasonal changes where the willing and the wonderful came out to do their 5km run/walk. The rain did ease off quite early in the run and many comments from the runners were that the rain was very welcomed to help cool them off as they completed their 3 laps. A quick pace was set from the lead pack with there also beings a few sprint finishes between people down the finish chute.  A joy to watch!

We congratulate Alan Barnard for celebrating his 50th milestone with us, an awesome achievement and one of many no doubt.  Well done Alan!

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Every parkrun that I run or volunteer at, I try to talk to someone new and learn about their running journey. The more parkruns that I attend the more ‘regular’ faces I see, where it has come to a point where I can identify the ‘new’ faces that turn up.  Today was less about learning about a specific person’s journey but putting names to faces of these regulars and being able to really cheer and encourage them personally as they make their way around the 3 laps.  It is exciting to see and hear runners who have been consistently showing up, putting in the effort with many setting personal goals and meeting them.  The satisfaction and accomplishment on their faces and in their voices is one of the reasons I enjoy being part of the parkrun community.

We thank all our volunteers today who also braved the cooler morning start for ensuring that this event could go ahead, so thank you to Nneka OKONTA • Richard MILLS • Julie WILLIAMS • Lisa POHATU • Jeffrey DOOLAN • Jo REYNGOUD • Nikola BASS • Kristopher BASS.

A special mention to Kristopher Bass who of the ripe age of 8 was the tail walker alongside his Mum and made a storming entry into the finish chute on his last lap.  Well done!  If you would like to volunteer, full training is given and it is a great opportunity to meet new people, go to https://www.parkrun.co.nz/flaxmere/futureroster/ to see what spots are available and email flaxmere@parkrun.com.

Kris Bass

Just a reminder we do parkrun in the rain or shine we will be there for anyone wanting to participate.

See you all next Saturday.

 

 

 

 

A belated parkrun report for 27th March, event #76

Flaxmere parkrun, Kids Take Over Day

Event number 76, 27th March, 2021

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Today dawned with a misty start that held for the duration of the parkrun but the fresh start was a great way for us all to start what turned into a beautiful Hawke’s Bay day.

Kris: Mum told me today about the tortoise and the hare and I tried get a steady pace but was pleased to finish as a team.

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This week 57 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

Thanks to all the volunteers that made today possible and we are very grateful to you all for giving your time so we can have our parkrun. This week was special as we had four young members in volunteer roles – replacing the youth volunteer event that was cancelled several weeks ago due to the increased COVID alert levels. Thank you to the team of volunteers – Michael EASTWOOD • Philip SHAMBROOK • Melissa THORBURN • Amber THORBURN • Ben WILLIAMS • Olaf HIRCZY • Mamie Agnes MCLEAN • Jeffrey DOOLAN • Aaron POHATU • Liam EASTWOOD • Mareiana TE AHURU • Nikola BASS • Kristopher BASS

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Today's full 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 885 participants have completed 4,431 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,155 km, including 793 new Personal Bests. A total of 129 individuals have volunteered 642 times.

A special shout out to Laurie HICKINS who encouraged our junior report writer to his new personal best. So whether you are a tortoise or a hare we look forward to seeing you on the start line next week. Nikola and Kristopher Bass.

 

 

Flaxmere parkrun Event # 77

Flaxmere parkrun
Event number 77
3rd April 2021

Diving into Flaxmere we wondered if it would be a big turnout with lots of visitors or smaller than normal as lots of the locals would be away. Either way it was a bit cool to start with a temperature of 9˚C according to the car, and it felt a bit that way during set up.

We were a little short on the volunteers this week but as this is a team game there was no real issues with a little bit of multitasking it all happened on time for the event. It was just the run director being a bit of a numpty that delayed the results being processed. Thanks to our wonderful event director for sorting me out as well as providing the Easter eggs.

Anyway, the walkers and runners soon warmed up, clothing was discarded at the start of lap two and ten personal bests were recorded, or 20% of the finishers. Three photographers shared the duties – parkrun really is a team game, and we love it like this. The front of the ladies’ event was intriguing with Ella and Tahlia in a bit of a personal battle for bragging rights, this time the honour goes to Ella. Bring on next week.

Additional 25% of us were visitors to Paharekeke which helped to answer my musing on the way in of how many would be there on Easter Saturday? About the same as normal with 25% of us away and 25% being visitors.

There were no official milestones achieved today, just lots of personal ones. Thanks for being there, see you next week at parkrun somewhere.

This week 51 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

Michael ROBINSON • Eileen MILLS • Richard MILLS • Paula Morgan MIHAKA • David HARMER • Laurie HICKINS

Today's full 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).

 

Flaxmere parkrun Run Report, Event #75, 20th March, 2021

Today was our 75th Flaxmere Parkrun, what an amazing milestone team, well done to all of us.

We had a great turnout this morning despite the autumn temperatures and the darkness that is a 7am start to the day but light by the time we start at 8am. 63 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests (sadly not me).

Thanks as always to our wonderful volunteers who make the event possible, and in particular our Run Director, Joce Jones well supported by a great team of volunteers. Andrew JONES • Michael EASTWOOD • Kelly EASTWOOD • Philip SHAMBROOK • Eileen MILLS • Richard MILLS • Allan MACHAKAIRE • Gretchen STONE • Alan BARNARD • Liam EASTWOOD freely gave up there parkrun so that we could.

Today's full 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 (and it was great to see her parents out on the run today).  The male record is held by Anthony JACKSON who recorded a time of 16:50 on 25th December 2020.  The Age Grade course record is held by Eric PHIMISTER who recorded 83.48% (20:53) on 30th November 2019.

Flaxmere Parkrunners have now covered a total distance of 21,870 km, that’s more than 13 trips up and down the length of New Zealand!  Makes me feel tired to think of it.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend team, and very much looking forward to seeing you all for Flaxmere Parkrun number 76 next weekend.

Gretchen Stone

 

 

Flaxmere parkrun Run Report, Event #74, 13th March, 2021

Flaxmere parkrun Run Report, event #74, 13th March, 2021

Congratulations Julie and Allan on your parkrun milestones, well done!

Congratulations Julie and Allan on your parkrun milestones, well done!

Kindly written by Gretchen Stone

We had a beautiful karakia to start our Flaxmere parkrun this morning.  Forty nine lucky people took part, with 3 first timers and 8 recorded new personal bests. The weather was cloudy and crisp, a perfect day for a run and walk.  Well done to everyone who clocked up the five kilometres in the park that we love, it was so much fun as always.

Special thanks to our nine volunteers who made the event possible -

Joce JONES • Andrew JONES • Peter YOUNG • Melissa THORBURN • Erin BRADLEY • Gretchen STONE • Nicki YOUNG • Ngaire BARNARD • Jeffrey DOOLAN

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

And finally a history lesson and a poem.

Flaxmere parkrun started on 15th June 2019. Since then 875 participants have completed 4,311 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,555 km. A total of 123 individuals have volunteered 618 times.

And poetry in honour of the colder temperatures this morning and to inspire us to keep getting out of bed these autumn mornings:

People Who Go Running

can be recognised in various ways;

but don’t worry, they’ll tell you. They’re forever

synchronising their complicated watches,

or shopping for expensive trainers that

a physio said would be good for their arches.

. . .

They’ll come home from long runs in winter

and breathe joy into the cold air, morning

fizzing through their veins and sweat settling

on their skin like a beginning, like glory.

(Joe Caldwell)

 

Volunteer Call

Are you able to help at parkrun this week? We have these two roles available:

Barcode Scanner & Run Report Writer

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(sorry, the Tailwalker role was been taken, even though there appears to be a space on the roster).

To do the barcode scanning role, you will need a fully charged smartphone with the parkrun volunteer app downloaded & ready to go. Full training is provided.

The Run Report Run allows you to parkrun as well as earn a volunteer credit towards both milestones.

If you would like to give either of these roles ago, please either comment below or send an email to flaxmerehelpers@parkrun.com

Going to be away this weekend, but keen to volunteer in future weeks?

Do check out our Future Roster and let us secure your volunteer role: https://www.parkrun.co.nz/flaxmere/futureroster/

As we had to cancel last week's parkrun we are now looking to do the "Kids Take Over parkrun Day" on the 27th March, if your child is keen, please do let us know if they are available. Parents & guardians, all we ask is that you are available to help them, you also will achieve volunteer credits