This week's Event Report comes to us from the ever resourceful, always dynamic Nneka Okonta, who resides in the Hawkes Bay but does parkrun wherever her travel urge takes her ...
This was my unplanned 89th volunteer day at Greytown parkrun #89. Those of you who have read my previous run reports at Greytown will know that I always have a wonderful time at this parkrun, so this might be a bit repetitive for you #sorrynotsorry…
So anyway, yes it was wonderful once again at Greytown! We even had a ‘Bede bonus’ spotting regular parkrunner and run report writer Bede STEVENS on our way to the start and stopping for a chat. Another benefit of arriving early was the chance to do a parkrun freedom on the beautiful bucolic Greytown course. However, parkrun is not just for Saturday morning - parkrun Freedom lets you record your runs on parkrun courses at any time. You can add a parkrun freedom record in your parkrun profile or just enjoy a course without logging it. Check out parkrun.co.nz/results/freedom or chat to Kelly BIRCH. You may remember Kelly’s awesome devil costume at Halloween complete with tortured souls, but today she was an angel rescuing snails from the path.
Very warm welcome to first time parkrunners Jo HOLTER and Elliot MAURIRI, hope you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again soon. Also hope to see a future parkrunner new to the area who I will call ‘K’; if you are reading this, then please do come along! Visitors are always welcome, and this week we welcomed Martin DRANSFIELD back to parkrun after almost two years away (once a parkrunner, always a parkrunner?), and Wendy HARE. Wendy hails from the Coromandel and has ‘cruised’ to 46 different parkruns so far, including 29 in New Zealand.
Despite the bad weather foretold by parkrun regulars Kirstin HUNTER and Bruce MCCARDLE, the rain mostly held off. Viv MAURIRI, Robyn LOVEWELL, Joe MARTIN, Penelope HILL, and Nigel MILIUS defied the wind (rumoured to be even windier than Lower Hutt) to achieve personal best times. Well done to all! Special thanks to Robyn, who dragged me along in her wake. You can’t tell from the results, as I was some way behind!
Yummy post parkrun brekkie at the Offering as usual, even more delicious considering the 10% discount given to all parkrunners in possession of a parkrun barcode on Saturday morning. Thank you Offering! We enjoyed a chat with three generations from this morning’s parkrun: Kathy BORLAND, Andrea COWLAM and young Oliver, who has been attending literally all his life.
Neighbouring Carterton had their Christmas parade on parkrunday, so that means the countdown to Christmas Day parkrun has begun. What better way to start your Christmas Day than with your parkrun family? Greytown are also hosting a parkrun on New Year’s Day hence four parkruns in eight days to look forward to. Could be a few local parkrunners celebrating their 50th parkrun and earning a famous free red tee before 2021. Kim REGISTER, Paul FURKERT, Vivienne HAWKEN, Miranda BARTON, Judy RAYNER, and Kathy BORLAND are all getting close.
Full results are here.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Rachel CLARKE (the famous “Rochel”) barcode scanning, Andrea COWLAM tailwalking, Michael EDWARDS timekeeping, Guy FISHER giving out finish tokens, Paul GIBBONS directing traffic, Nneka OKONTA waffling, William SMALLWOOD marshalling at Stout’s corner, and Dave WHITE run directing a.k.a. keeping us all in order and every other job. If you want to join the cool kids (all roles are easy and fun, and full training is given) pop your name on the list at parkrun or email the friendly event team email@example.com to grab your favourite spot.