What would be a fairly ordinary day weather-wise at many other parkrun locations, was still gorgeous at Greytown Woodside Trail on the 113th parkrun. Though I’m now seven runs deep at our new home parkrun, I’m still wowed by the scenery. In fact, if you look carefully as I cross the finish line, you’ll often notice a tear in my eye. Is it the view of the hills, or because I’m horrendously winded by the last km of incline? I’ll never tell.
There were 56 finishers, With parkrun tourists Steven GREEN, Emma ROSS, Tia MCKENZIE, and Sheena KUMEROA braving the hill from Lower Hutt and Trentham respectively, and Johanna AITCHISON coming all the way from Palmerston North (and bringing her friend Katie BEATTIE along for her first ever parkrun). A huge welcome to you all, and a special welcome to Patrick BUTTERWORTH, who did his first ever parkrun! Only 49 to go until your first milestone shirt!
Massive congratulations to Destry GOURLAY, who took home first place on his 100th parkrun!
Marcia HUNTER was our first woman over the line, and Joe MARTIN, Fritz COOKS, Amanda COULSON, Dave LUCAS and Dion MACGREGOR all smashed some incredible PBs. An impressive bunch, for sure.
And where would we be without our O for Awesome/orange team of volunteers?! This week, Di BAILEY , Addison BURLAND, Lenard BURLAND, Kim CATT, Robyn CHERRY-CAMPBELL, Kim GOURLAY , Kate HARVEY, Billie MACGREGOR, Melanie MACGREGOR, and Bede STEVENS waved in our cars, scanned our barcodes, handed out tokens, tail walked, directed our run, papped our pics and timed us! Team work truly does make the dream work.
A friend at Acton Junior parkrun in London (where Chris and I used to spend our Sunday mornings, in orange vests), mentioned that her parents should be at Greytown next week. Not only does this prove that Aotearoa really is the country of one degree of separation, but also that the parkrun family is a unique, wonderful, and far-reaching thing. At the risk of sounding like a sop, I’m thankful Chris, Ren and I have not only found, but been welcomed into our new parkrun family at Greytown!
Thanks to everyone for making our move here so special. And to Jan and Ian, if you’re reading this – we owe Kate a photo!