A cool Canterbury day provided excellent conditions for the record Hagley turnout of 116 on a slightly altered course with the Fine Wine and Food Festival encroaching near the start/finish area. It's truly amazing to have a 116 people turnout when we only started a couple of months ago. I'm sure Rob at Hamilton Lake is starting to get 'squeaky bum' as he ponders the eventual demise of their NZ attendance record!
A big welcome to the 34 first timers and congratulations to the 29 who cracked new PBs. An interesting observation is that new speedsters are turning up with the first 6 finishers all being 1st timers at Hagley Park. Carl Bevins a London parkrunner from 7 years back with a PB of 17:05 brought the field home with a comfortable 18:03 in the 4th fastest Hagley Park finish. Half a minute behind was Christchurch Avon Athlete Kevin Muir in 18:35 just holding off Andrew Selby Smith 1sec further back in 18:36. Another 1st timer at Hagley Steve Murdoch a Sydney Penrith parkrun produced a PR of 19:04 in his 8th Australasian outing. Richard Malloch a home grown and inaugural Hagley parkrunner with now 7 under his belt was the 1st of the regulars home in 19:18. Cheers and applause to you all.
In the woman’s section Nicola Handley another Hagley inaugural shows why she is a top runner with a win in 20:30. This was followed by Avon Athlete Robyn Perkins in 20:41 and Carly Burgess in a PB of 21:26.
In the points competition Richard Malloch heads the males with a massive 779 points after 10 weeks and Sue Moore leads the females with 657 points. Points are calculated with 100 points going to the male and female winners with the next getting 99 and so on.. Volunteers get the max 100 points for 3 occasions.
A super thanks to all the volunteers this week. A round of applause as always to our race director Jo Taylor ably assisted by Graham White, Kevin Willers, Michal Sharvit, Nishad Jadhav and Ronen Shavit. Please check out the volunteer page and consider getting involved. The reason parkrun is the phenomena it is becoming is because of community spirit it is engendering.
For technophiles: Strava (with the orange logo in the right column of the results page) have formed a relationship with parkrun with several Hagley runners already users. Check out www.strava.com This reporter will check it out and report back in the next week
Christmas themed run
A reminder that we are having a Christmas themed run on the 20th of December. NZ home loans will be baking some cakes, so come along, dress up, and enjoy the festivities. Lets see if we can crack another attendance record before the end of the year!
Note, you don't have to dress up, if it is not your thing then of course just turn up like usual...
Photos from this week are available on our Facebook page. Thanks to Nishad Jadhav and Kevin Willers for the happy snaps.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered this week. To keep this event happening week after week, Hagley parkrun needs volunteers every week. Volunteering is fun, and a great way to meet some new people in a friendly and supportive environment. We don't bite! If you would like to volunteer let us know by dropping an email to email@example.com or come and see us on the day and we will get your name added to the roster. If you could indicate your preferred day and role that would be most helpful. You can check out the current roster at http://www.parkrun.co.nz/hagley/futureroster/.
Sharing our course with friends
Runners, walkers, dogs, radio controlled boats, golfers, and ducks all share the lovely environs of Hagley Park. Please be courteous to other users of the park and we can all enjoy it
At Hagley parkrun, we have a strict no barcode = no result = no exceptions policy. You must have a printed copy of your barcode (sorry phone screens do not scan). Also consider ordering a durable plastic keytag from http://bentlogic.com.au/parkrun.html. The cost is about $8 NZD, and if you attach it to your keyring, you'll never forget your barcode again!
Bring a friend
We think parkrun is just the best thing since sliced bread, so we would encourage you to spread the word to your friends and get them along so they can also enjoy the magic on Saturday morning. To help them out here are five things you can tell them:
- Register and print off a barcode a day or two before your first event. No barcode unfortunately means no time will be recorded.
- The runs starts at 8am sharp.
- All parkrunners volunteer. parkrun relies on volunteers to stage each event.
- Have fun. You are only competing against yourself. Everyone's a winner at parkrun.
- ... and don't forget to bring the barcode !!
Post run coffee
Many of us trot over the bridge to Ilex cafe in botanic gardens after the run. Ilex will also give you 50c off your coffee if you show them your parkrun barcode. Thanks to Ilex for their generosity.
Oops! Nothing to report. If you would like us to talk about your upcoming event (preferably a running one) let us know and we will be happy to add it to our weekly run report.
Results this week.
Event number 10
6th December 2014
Carl BEVINS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:03 - first appearance.
Kevin MUIR (VM45-49) of Christchurch Avon Athletic Club Inc, was second over the line in 18:35.
Andrew SELBY SMITH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:36.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Richard MALLOCH (Unattached) 779 pts.
Ronen SHARVIT (Unattached) 761 pts.
Simon DOBSON (Unattached) 755 pts.
Nicola Corinne HANDLEY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (11th overall) over the line in 20:30 - second time in 5 appearances.
Robyn PERKINS (VW50-54) of Christchurch Avon Athletic Club Inc, was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:41 - was first to finish once before.
Carly BURGESS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (15th overall) over the line in 21:26.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sue MOORE (Unattached) 657 pts.
Allamanda FAATOESE (Unattached) 636 pts.
Angela WHYTE (Unattached) 600 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Robyn PERKINS (VW50-54) was graded 81.06% for the time 20:41 (13th overall).
Meg CHRISTIE (VW50-54) was graded 79.89% for the time 21:48 (18th overall).
Pauline POORE (VW55-59) was graded 79.29% for the time 22:32 (28th overall).
This week there were 116 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.
Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014, and since then 300 different runners, including participants from 19 athletics clubs, have completed 763 runs covering a total distance of 3,815 km, and there have been 176 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Angela WHYTE who ran in a time of 00:18:37 on 2014-11-22 (event number 8).
The men's record is held by Matthew KONETSCHKA who ran in a time of 00:17:31 on 2014-11-14 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Richard SEIGNE who recorded a 83.21% run (17:52) on 29th November 2014 (event number 9).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hagley parkrun Results Page.