Event Report #108

While Good Friday in the Wairarapa certainly appeared to mark the end of summer, Easter Saturday morning was crisp, clear and picturesque at Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun, #108.

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Visitors flocked to the Easter special - from Eastbourne (which isn't a parkrun), Rotorua and Invercargill (must have been a very early start..).

I, dear reader, was encumbered with a dog – an excitable corgi named Renfield (@excellent.mr.renfield for those interested). He hasn't yet learnt the basics of rhythm and pacing. So, watching the runners pass by, backtracking and lurching to either side of the path, I held on firmly to what would be not so much a run, as a festive rabbit chase.

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Bedecked in bunny ears, and traditional tutus, a bevy of 70 runners set off in the morning chill. Renfield and I sprinted forth in instinctive pursuit, exhausting ourselves in the first 1km. We were easily outrun, even with 14 first timers at GWT, these were clearly experienced rabbits! Newcomers Russell CLARKE, Joe REDFERN, Jacob VERSTRATEN, Phil GULBRANSEN, Josie WARD, Megan DWYER, Elizabeth DAINTY, Stephen HILL, Chris PEDDIE-BURCH, Anna ROSSITER-STEAD, Robyn SHARMA, Harry SHARMA, Jackson HUNT and Sharriie GIBBONS deserve an extra big egg for putting Ren and I through our paces.

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Perhaps Nathan DALEY's bountiful bucket of Easter eggs was the incentive needed to bring home 12 PBs along this week. Very well done to Isham REDFORD, Aaron SMITH, Nickee VERSTRATEN, Melissa MEAD, Corin HAINES, Kim GOURLAY, Vicki WALLER, Sonet VAN DER WESTHUYZEN, Codi VAN DER WESTHUYZEN, Barbara SCHOLES and Paul RAYNER.

Congratulations to this week’s winners!:
● Porirua regular, Juan KOEKEMOER, bounded out and back in 18m 50s; both a win and a PB for his second trip to GWT.
Marcia HUNTER brought home her fourth female first place at GWT in 25m 16s.

Full results can be viewed on the results page.

But for all this success, the sweetest Easter treat went to Di BAILEY, regular GWT run director, who marked her 50th parkrun milestone in customary red tutu and seasonal bunny ears. And a huge, bank-holiday-weekend sized, thank you to this week’s volunteers: Ali LANG, Craig EWING, Dave WHITE, Greg LANG, Kelly BIRCH, Lloyd MILLAR and Phil COX

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Oma rāpeti, oma rāpeti, oma, oma, oma!

Chris MEAD