We are starting the year bright and early with an 8am parkrun. All welcome
Today March 9th is International Women’s Day. We celebrated it yesterday at Hagley parkrun in Christchurch, New Zealand led by our enthusiastic run director, Vanessa. He she is with Modecai who took the wonderful photos.
Christchurch is a city of pioneering women who make their mark on the world. Our Kate Sheppard led the suffragist movement which in 1893 resulted in New Zealand becoming the first country in the world where women had the right to vote. There is a Kate Sheppard memorial camelia walk right next to Hagley parkrun. https://www.christchurchnz.com/explore/christchurch-a-city-of-pioneering-women
We’re really happy that on IWD we achieved gender equality – of the runners that remembered to bring their barcodes, we had 216 female parkrunners and 216 male parkrunners. Perfect !
We also had someone special in the crowd who has a link to a champion of female running equality.
Roger Robinson joined us, and he is married to Kathrine Switzer who has done more for female running equality around the world than anyone else. She famously ran in the Boston Marathon in 1967. It had been a male only event for 70 years. During the run she was attacked by the race director who attempted to remove her from the race:
In her own words: “I heard the scraping noise of leather shoes coming up fast behind me, an alien and alarming sound amid the muted thump thumping of rubber-soled running shoes. When a runner hears that kind of noise, it’s usually danger—like hearing a dog’s paws on the pavement. Instinctively I jerked my head around quickly and looked square into the most vicious face I’d ever seen. A big man, a huge man, with bared teeth was set to pounce, and before I could react he grabbed my shoulder and flung me back, screaming, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!” Then he swiped down my front, trying to rip off my bib number, just as I leapt backward from him. He missed the numbers, but I was so surprised and frightened that I slightly wet my pants and turned to run. But now the man had the back of my shirt and was swiping at the bib number on my back. I was making little cries of aa-uh, aa-uh, not thinking at all, just trying to get away, when I saw tiny brave Arnie bat at him and try to push him away, shouting, “Leave her alone, Jock. I’ve trained her, she’s okay, leave her alone!” And the man screamed, “Stay out of this, Arnie!” and swatted him away like a gnat.
Arnie knows this maniac, I thought wildly, as I tried to pull away. The air was filled only with the clicking whirr of motor-drive cameras, scuffling sounds, and faintly, one cameraman screeching something I couldn’t understand. The bottom was dropping out of my stomach; I had never felt such embarrassment and fear. I’d never been manhandled, never even spanked as a child, and the physical power and swiftness of the attack stunned me. I felt unable to flee, like I was rooted there, and indeed I was, because the man, this Jock guy, had me by the shirt. Then a flash of orange flew past and hit Jock with a cross-body block. It was Big Tom, in the orange Syracuse sweatshirt. There was a thud—whoomph!—and Jock was airborne. He landed on the roadside like a pile of wrinkled clothes.”
You can read the rest of the story here – there’s a great video story from Kathrine too:
Kathrine went on to ensure a women’s marathon was added to the Olympic Games and started a movement named after her number in the Boston Marathon (TWO-SIX-ONE Fearless). https://www.261fearless.org/ There are chapters around New Zealand, but not in Christchurch if anyone wants to pick up the baton.
Roger has a fascinating backround too, and been around the famous moments of running history and recently released a book. Roger and Kathrine’s stories are worth reading. Thanks for joining us for our #IWDparkun Roger. https://www.facebook.com/RogerRobinsonRunning/
We have our own female hero’s at parkrun, and one of them is our superstar volunteer co-ordinator, Sinead. It was vey fitting that this was her 100th run today. Our other milestones included Paul Marriage – 100 parkruns, and 50 runs for Johnny O’Regan, Amelia Hinton and Elain Powell.
There were some great photo’s this week courtesy of Modecai - thankyou. Lot’s of evidence that parkrun makes you happy. Check them out on our facebook page.
Lastly we have some exciting things coming up at Hagley parkun over the next three weeks. Watch out for these:
March 14th Shoe fitting with The Athletes Foot
March 21st Achilles takeover. You would have seen the bright yellow runners and guides at our parkrun. The team from Achilles will fill all the volunteer roles and tell us about their plans to be at this years’ New York Marathon. https://www.facebook.com/achilleschristchurch/
March 28th Can Run takeover. Athletics Canterbury will be providing all the volunteers and promoting their Can Run series. https://www.canrun.nz/
Happy running from the Hagley parkrun team!
Due to Electric Avenue Music Festival taking place in Hagley Park this weekend there are some cycle way closures. This means our event will be taking place on a new route for one week only!
The start/finish line will be at the opposite end of Victoria Lake behind the Golf Clubhouse. We will run an out and back course, mostly along our normal paths. We will have Marshals and markers out on the course to make sure you can find your way. Here's a map so you know what to expect.
We have not been advised of any car park closures but remind everyone that there is also parking available at the Riccarton Ave entrance to the park. You may want to allow a little extra time for any potential disruptions.
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
We are excited to add two more opportunities to parkrun at Hagley. We will be holding a Christmas Day parkrun at the usual time of 8am; and a New Year’s Day parkrun at the special time of 9:30am.
For the New Year run, you have the option to run twice, once at Foster parkrun or Pegasus parkrun at 8am, and then again at Hagley parkrun at 9:30am. This is the only day you can do a “double” and record two parkruns in one day.
A big welcome to any visitors and hope you can join us.
Saturday, 5 October 2019 dawned grey and gusty - weather not seen for the first year of Hagley parkrun’s existence and definitely not weather befitting such a momentous day. This parkrunday, parkrunners throughout the 21 parkrun countries around the world celebrated the 15th anniversary of parkrun (originally known as the Bushy Park Time Trial). A little closer to home, 337 parkrunners (including 8 pacers and the tail walker) and 11 volunteers celebrated Hagley parkrun’s 5th anniversary. Modecai NKWHAZI, today’s run director, carried out his 158th volunteering task over 113 events.
Forty four people were first timers to Hagley, with 17 of those first timers recording their first ever parkruns! Welcome, and congratulations to you all. We also had visitors from Ballina Coast (Australia), Blackbuttt (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Capabala (Australia), Mitchelton (Australia), The Entrance (Australia), Exeter Riverside (UK), Ashton Court (UK), Dunedin, Invercagill, Queenstown, Pegasus, Foster, Kapiti Coast, Blenheim and Lower Hutt.
Jo TAYLOR, Hagley’s original event director, started Hagley parkrun because a family member in Australia was a keen parkrunner. In her time as event director, she ran 10 times and performed 65 recorded volunteering roles over 43 different days. Brad HENDERSON, Hagley’s current event director, started his parkrunning at Albert Melbourne. He has run 141 parkruns and performed 174 recorded volunteer tasks over 117 different days. Both have spent many unrecorded hours ensuring Hagley’s smooth operation. Thank you both for bringing parkrun to Christchurch and for everything you have done for the Hagley parkrunners.
Greg and I were warmly welcomed into the parkrun family at Hagley’s 5th event, and haven’t looked back - it’s just how Saturday mornings are spent, now with our two daughters in tow. During the 4 years with Hagley as our home event, we made friends with other regular parkrunners and Saturday was always a highlight of the week as we would catch up with them. Today was no different and it was great to reconnect with so many after heading away to start Foster parkrun almost a year ago.
It was also wonderful to have The Athlete’s Foot at Hagley with a selection of shoes for people to take for a test run, together with delicious cake and brownie. A big thanks to Simon and his team for braving the cold to provide support and nourishment!
The first of Hagley’s parkrunners are fast approaching their 250 milestone shirts with Yvette TUCKER leading the charge on 244 runs and Colin CHIN close on her heels at 243. That’s five years of dedication to parkrun! There has been a total distance of 239,285km run at Hagley parkrun in the last five years, that’s very almost 6 times around the Earth’s equator!
Today’s fast field saw Alistair RICHARDSON cross the finish line in 16.59, closely followed by Corban STRAKER (17.30) and Tom SOMERVILLE (17.36). The females were led home by junior Isobel REDFORD (21.31, 45th overall), followed by Petra MOSSOP (21.40) and Bernadette JAGO (22.35).
This week’s event was made possible by 19 volunteers, a huge thank you to Sinead IRELAND • Sharon CLOSE • Richard MALLOCH • Yvette TUCKER • Regan HELLYER • Big Dan FIDOW • Suzy PETERSEN • Modecai NKHWAZI • Colin THOMS • Alan MONNOX • Alex KELLIHER • Jonathan GIBBONS • Billy CARTER • Anna DOWLING • Jackie MCGEORGE • Callum TEMPLETON • Richard ANNESS • Micheal HANLON • Emma HARDING. If you haven’t volunteered for a while, we encourage you to try your hand at one of the roles, it’s very rewarding and full training is given for each role.
Thank you to everyone (runners, joggers, walkers and volunteers) who make Hagley such a delightful parkrun.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hagley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Michael KERNAHAN who recorded a time of 15:08 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170). The female record is held by Angie PETTY who recorded a time of 16:40 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170). The Age Grade course record is held by Loris REED who recorded 96.65% (23:25) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 236).
Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 7,101 participants have completed 47,857 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,285 km, including 7,245 new Personal Bests. A total of 417 individuals have volunteered 2,538 times.
Run Director Lindsay gave a very informative pre race briefing and did a great job of wrangling an extra volunteer out of the crowd this morning. In addition to the 280 humans there were also a number of canine companions, ducks and tiny humans on wheels who were shouting “Faster, Faster” to their panting, sweating, adult humans who were not only running as fast as their legs could carry them but also pushing these wheels ever forward while offering snacks, drinks and trying to keep hats, gloves, scarves, jackets and blankets inside the vehicle at all times. Hats off to the wheel pushers, I don’t know how you do it!
Obstacles this week included, ducks, fencing and road cones around the lake and even a botanical gardens ute that was lurking in the fog and picking its moment to navigate in between speedy parkrunners. The dense fog also kept things interesting!
Helpful tips when running in fog:
- If you find yourself having to cross a road with lanes of traffic – STOP! Turn back, you’ve gone to far.
- Tuck in behind an Achilles park runner, who keep a great pace and with their fluro tops act like lighthouses in the fog, they will guide you safely to the finish line.
- Remember, volunteers are on hand to ensure that no one gets lost and that no one is left behind, with a tail walker you can rest assured that you wont be left out in the fog.
Please remember to keep all canine companions on a short lead by your side to avoid any trips or falls during the run. Also, be mindful that other runners may have allergies or fears, keeping your doggo by your side will ensure everyone enjoys a happy and stress free run.
Despite the low visibility it was a great run overall, with a delicious fruity treat waiting for us at the finish line.
A whopping 43 first timers joined us today, 19 of whom chose Hagley for their first parkrun ever! A very warm welcome to you all, we hope to see you again next week or if you’re just passing through, we wish you a safe onward journey and hope that you will come back and visit us again soon.
This weeks visitors came from such far flung parkruns as Durham, Queensland, Leeds, York, Lower Hutt, Porirua, Western Springs, Puarenga, Churchill, GreenWay, Pegasus, Blenheim, Porirua, Wynnum, Newy, Invercargill and even the home of parkrun – Bushy Park (UK) where the first 13 parkrunners ran the first parkrun ever back in October 2004. Thank you all for including Hagley on your travels, we hope to see you again soon!
In total there were 35 personal bests. Well done Team!
There were 250 runs worth of milestones this week. Huge congratulations to Peter, David, Rebecca and Guy on hitting their milestones.
50th - Peter OLDS
50th - David James DOWLING
50th - Rebecca MCGIMPSEY
100th - Guy DRYDEN
42 representatives of 25 clubs took part this week. Find the full rundown of results and the complete event history on the Hagley parkrun Results Page.
This Week's Heroes:
Parkrun would not happen every week without the tireless work of our amazing volunteers. This week’s parkrun was brought to you by these 14 fabulous people: Lindsay SANDFORD • Sinead IRELAND • Garth LOW • Brendon CHURCH • Big Dan FIDOW • Modecai NKHWAZI • Justin STEVENSON • Kim LAWLOR • Colin THOMS • Diana PHIPPS • Nette FLAWS • Susan MCCABE • Fiona RICE • Micheal HANLON. Thank you team!
Don’t forget to thank the volunteers as you pass by, they are giving up their Saturday morning (and possibly a run!) to make parkrun possible each week.
Have you volunteered yet? We are always looking for new volunteers, and would love you to join us. We are a very friendly bunch and there is a broad range of positions available from Barcode Scanning to Tail Walker, full training will be provided so you will know exactly what you need to do on the day.
Find out what is involved in each role here. Feel free to have a chat to any of the volunteers about what they do, they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Keen to give it a go? There is no better way to show your appreciation for parkrun than to give back through volunteering. Please click here to opt-in and receive email updates about the roles that are available each week. Did you know that there are some roles that you can do and still run?
This week The Athletes Foot were on hand with some sock samples to test out and with lots of delicious fruit which was a delightful post-run treat. Many thanks to the team for sponsoring us and cheering us on from the side-lines, very much appreciated.
Notes from the Field (via Strava App):
“First parkrun in months” – Welcome back Fiona
“First run since flu” – Glad you’re feeling better Liam
“Made Dad run 5km” – Awesome job Molly!
and “Hagley Parkrun 006” – We love that Pete is aiming for triple figures!
The course records remain unchanged as follows:
· Male - Michael KERNAHAN - 15m 08s - 23 Dec ‘17 (event # 170).
· Female - Angie PETTY – 16m 40s - 23 Dec ‘17 (event # 170).
· Age Grade - Loris REED - 96.65% (23m 25s) - 23 Mar ‘19 (event # 236).
Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 6,824 participants have completed 45,521 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,605 km, including 7,030 new Personal Bests. A total of 404 individuals have volunteered 2,397 times which is an average of just under 6 times each, we are very lucky to have such dedicated volunteers.
This week some participants adjourned to the Black & White Coffee Cartel on Peterborough Street where coffee was drunk, friends were made, and the problems of the world resolved. Feel free to join us for a coffee next week, with nearly 300 hundred people turning out you are sure to find some very welcoming parkrunners in the cafés closest to the park, Black & White being one of them. Pull up a chair and introduce yourself next time.
“Sometimes, the hardest part isn’t the distance of your run. Sometimes, what’s most challenging is the distance from your bed to the door” – Michael D’Aulerio author of A Runners Secret: One Run Will Get It Done.
Until next time parkrunners,
DFYB (Don’t forget Your Barcode)
Saturday 13th July was a crisp, cold, 2 degree morning in Hagley Park. At 7.45am things were relatively quiet with more volunteers than runners milling about, but the volunteers were confident, they knew the hardy parkrun regulars would show up – rain, hail, sleet or snow! And they were right, numbers were up significantly from last week with 257 dedicated humans (and a few canine companions) bounding out of their warm cozy beds to walk, jog, trot, wheel, run and gallop around the well worn path of Hagley parkrun
Run Director Brad expertly hushed the exuberant crowd for the pre-run briefing and we welcomed 28 first timers, 14 of whom were running their first parkrun ever! Welcome to the parkrun family team, we hope that you enjoyed your run and will be back for more next week (be careful, some say it’s addictive!).
We welcomed visitors from such far away places as Rolleston, Pegasus, Dunedin, Kapiti Coast, Australia, Scotland, Parramatta, Cornwall, Wales, and even Northern Ireland! Welcome to you all and thank you for including Hagley on your travels. We wish you a safe onward journey and hope to see you again soon.
We congratulated Anna REID on her 100th run and her supporters were on hand with clackers to ring in this fantastic achievement. Well done Anna!
After the promise of a glorious sunrise and a reminder to keep left Brad sent us on our merry way, the start had the usual obstacles of tree roots, lake and trees to navigate and today there was a dash of mud to keep us on our toes too.
The doggos of parkrun were chomping at the bit, barking and running circles around each other in the excitement of the off but they were soon brought to heel by their humans who were focused on the task at hand - a new PB perhaps?
We rounded the lake and hit the path and the lilting refrain of a steadfast volunteer rang out “KEEP LEFT” and “Don’t mow down the other park users!” the response from one courageous parkrunner was “Why the hell not?”. But it wasn’t this volunteers first rodeo and his instant reply was “BECAUSE I SAID SO!!!” Nothing like a bit of banter and a giggle to set the tone for the run and the day ahead.
As we made our way around the park, the sun rose and the birds fluttered up into the safety of the trees, startled by the sound of 514 feet pounding in their direction. The time ticked by, the muscles ached in memory of last weeks run and we pushed on, ever closer to the finish line.
Before we knew it, the finish line was in sight and we steadied ourselves to run the final gauntlet between the lake and the trees, we knew that we needed to be swift and steady on our feet, there was no time to waste slipping in the mud. And … We did it! One by one we crossed the finish line. We were sweaty and we were panting but we were home and feeling very accomplished! Another run closer the next milestone and another PB perhaps? – time to head home to hit refresh on our emails until the official word came through from parkrun HQ.
In total there were 44 personal bests. Well done Team! And not only did Anna run her 100th, she also recorded a new PB, huge congratulations Anna, a great way to celebrate the milestone!
Parkrun # 252 was made possible by 16 volunteers: Brad HENDERSON • Lindsay SANDFORD • Sinead IRELAND • Garth LOW • Mattias WIELAND • Brian TYRO • Victoria SAMUEL • Hank VAN TIL • Kim LAWLOR • Lisa MCGONIGLE • Colin THOMS • Garry SOTHERAN • Diana PHIPPS • Margaret FISHER • Anna DOWLING • Micheal HANLON
Representatives of 16 clubs took part this week. Find the full rundown of results and the complete event history on the Hagley parkrun Results Page.
The course records remain unchanged as follows:
Male record - Michael KERNAHAN - 15:08 on 23rd December 2017 (# 170).
Female record - Angie PETTY - 16:40 on 23rd December 2017 (# 170).
Age Grade record - Loris REED - 96.65% (23:25) on 23rd March 2019 (# 236).
Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 6,757 participants have completed 45,061 parkruns covering a total distance of 225,305 km (over half ways to the moon!), including 6,983 new Personal Bests. A total of 400 individuals have volunteered 2,371 times.
"I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run… to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that." - Dean Karnazes
Until next week parkrunners,
DFYB (Don’t forget Your Barcode)
This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:
Siobhan PALMER • Brad HENDERSON • Sinead IRELAND • Rachael SEXTON • Chris AVERILL • Matt DINNISS • Anna DOWLING • Craig STOCKDALE • Mark BOON • Simon RELLS • Brooke TAYLOR • Neave WYBER-BELL
This week we welcomed The Athlete’s Foot as one of our national sponsors. It was great to have the team along as volunteers this week. We are as ever grateful to Rachael and Allan of NZHL who offered us all encouragement around the course this week also.
The roster is looking very light over July please do let us know if you are interested in helping out at all.
Congratulations to Robyn Calvert and Jill Hall on milestones this week.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hagley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Michael KERNAHAN who recorded a time of 15:08 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170).
The female record is held by Angie PETTY who recorded a time of 16:40 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170).
The Age Grade course record is held by Loris REED who recorded 96.65% (23:25) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 236).
Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 6,729 participants have completed 44,804 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,020 km, including 6,939 new Personal Bests. A total of 397 individuals have volunteered 2,355 times.
At parkrun everyone loves to celebrate runners persistence and the achievement of reaching significant milestones. Today we celebrated 250 events at Hagley parkrun and what a day it was!
While the city centre recorded a temperature of -5 at 7am this morning the temperature had risen to a balmy -1 by 8 o’clock. 285 braved the frosty conditions and either ran, walked or jogged the course.
21 outstanding individuals volunteered. Of those a brave 14 were either marking the course or waiting at the finish area. Thank you for your amazing efforts and for withstanding the cold. Another 7 individuals paced the course, in what was our second ever pacer event. Thank you all for giving our participants this fantastic experience. It was wonderful to receive such positive feedback and to know that it contributed to so many individuals runs.
Today’s volunteers were:
Amelia HINTON, Barry WILLIAMSON, Bartosz MORAWIEC, Bruce WOODS, Claire HORNCASTLE, Colin CHIN, Colin THOMS, David SCOBIE, Heath TAYLOR, Jean WILLIAMSON, Jonathan GIBBONS, Maria AMOS, Micheal HANLON, Modecai NKHWAZI, Rachael SEXTON, Robyn DALY, Ross MACKAY, Sinead IRELAND, Stephanie RUMBLE, Yvette TUCKER
Thank you all for your contribution to this special event.
To add to the celebration everyone was greeted with cake and cookies. Thank you Original Foods for the kind and ever so yummy donation of chocolate cake it was a massive hit!
We welcomed a number of parkrun tourists today, including Julia and Paul Gordon from Lower Hutt who ensured that our event was not absent of a Green 250 Club T-shirt, or two. Another group visiting from the UK managed to cram in two PBs, a 50th milestone and make their 10am flight! Great going team! We also got to welcome back Greg Petersen, a recent Run Director of Hagley who is now Event Director at Foster parkrun.
Other important numbers today included:
- 61 PBs including all three of our first finishes.
- 33 people visited Hagley parkrun for the first time, 20 of those experienced their first ever parkrun.
- 21 clubs were represented
- 4 people recorded milestones. One 100, Two 50’s and a Junior 10! Congratulations Glenda, Charlotte, Greg and Stewart (also on your PB).
Today is also a great opportunity to extend an extra thank you to all our past, and present, Run and Event Directors. They all work extremely hard behind the scenes each week to make sure we can all turn up to run, walk, jog or volunteer. Thank you! Over the last 250 events so many people have contributed to Hagley parkrun, whether you’re a parkrunner or a volunteer you've made it happen and made it the fantastic community it is today. Congratulations to everyone at Hagley parkrun!!!