This morning felt like it was going to be a great morning! the temperature was pleasant, and my kids got up with little push back. As we set up up the course, we moved a few branches that had fallen with the winds of the past few days, further off the track to lessen risks and looked around our wind blown course. A fair bit of loose debris was lying around, but it was a calm mild morning. As an added bonus we got the pleasure of putting up our new flags! (thanks parkrun Asia/Pacific!) It was going to be a great day!
And the event did not disappoint! Our Run director Mark Ryding wore our new run directors vest this week and carefully choreographed an attendance record of 218 people who ran, jogged and walked our course, of whom 27 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.
It was a bit tense at the finish line at one point around 22mins when Riley's stopwatch battery died. the pressure was solely on Debbie Telfer to get it right for the rest of the event (hence justifying having two timekeepers!) Riley moved into a second barcode scanner so we could keep the finish funnel moving nicely with the larger numbers.
At around 23-25mins, Mark made the bold call that we would have 220 finishers. Debbie Telfer immediately called him on it saying it was too early to call. I also thought that, but as it transpires Mark was pretty close to the money! So exciting supporting everyone home, and getting a new attendance record for our event!! Great work everyone!
The event was made possible by 13 amazing, enthusiastic volunteers:
Liz HENRY • Riley FERGUSON • Ruth PRATTLEY • Regan PRATTLEY • Debbie TELFER • Mark RYDING • Sarah BIGGERSTAFF • Mel LEMM • Peter BIGGERSTAFF • Graham NEILSON • Alison NEILSON • Ant LEATHART • Wayne HARDING
We need volunteers to operate, we have many roles and full training is given for each role.
Let us know if you can help in any of these roles in the coming weeks. Email us at Invercargill@parkrun.com or message us on facebook @invercargillparkrun
Here is a summary of some of the roles and what they entail:
The Run Director is in charge of a particular event on a specific day.
They have ultimate responsibility for deciding whether or not the conditions are suitable for the event and with advice from the other volunteers may decide to modify the course (because of new hazards, for example), delay the start, or even in exceptional circumstances cancel the event that day (very poor weather being the most common reason for this).
The Equipment Deliver & Storage volunteers are responsible for ensuring that all the equipment is stored safety during the week and is delivered on time to the event.
The Event Day Course Check involves checking the entire route is safe to use on the day of the event.
The Pre-event Setup volunteers help the Run Director prepare for the event. This may include the placement of equipment around the course, setting up the start/finish area including the finish funnel, and placing signs and/or cones to indicate the route.
The First Timers Briefing volunteer will speak to new participants and tourists explaining how we operate and welcoming them to the event.
The Sign Language Support volunteer signs the first timers briefing and the pre-event briefing for our deaf and hard of hearing participants.
Marshals guide and encourage the participants around the course warning them of any obstacles or hazards, as well as ensuring that other park users are aware of the event. They are also the eyes and ears of the Run Director out on the course.
Marshals perform a crucial function; if there aren't enough marshals then the event can't go ahead. So if you're taking part and see them out on the course, please say thanks (particularly if it's wet, windy or cold) and always follow their advice.
A VI Guide accompanies a visually impaired parkrunner around the course and receives both a run credit and a volunteer credit when carrying out this role. This role should also be applied when supporting a volunteer with a visual impairment.
The Tail Walker stays right at the back of the field and should be the last person to cross the finish line ensuring that everyone is accounted for. They are encouraged to carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies. They let any marshal out on the course know that they can collect nearby signs and leave their post. Volunteers undertaking this role receive both a run credit and a volunteer credit.
This role is compulsory in some countries but please note that not all events in our parkrun world have a tail walker.
The Timekeeper is responsible for recording the finish times of all the participants at the event.
The Finish Tokens volunteer is responsible for handing out position tokens to all participants. They may be assisted by Finish Tokens Support.
The Funnel Manager is responsible for the smooth operation of the finish funnel.
It's vitally important to our recording system that participants stay in order after they cross the line, so that we keep their time in sequence with their finish token.
Barcode Scanning volunteers scan your personal barcode, followed by the barcode on the finish position token.
The Number Checker is responsible for recording (but not correcting) discrepancies that may arise between the timer and the tokens that are given out.
The Results Processor is responsible for bringing together the times and positions and uploading them to parkrun HQ for publication.
Pacer volunteers (5k only) agree to identify themselves to the other participants (by wearing tabards or carrying pacer flags), and try to complete the course in the agreed time, as evenly paced as possible.
Please note that not every event has pacers.
The Post Event Closedown volunteers help pack away all the equipment.
The Token Sorter sorts the finish tokens into the correct order ready for next week.
The Volunteer Co-ordinator maintains the volunteer roster ensuring that there are enough people to fill all the roles each week.
The Run Report Writer produces a written summary of the event which is uploaded to the news page of the event website.
Photographers capture images of our events in order to help us to inspire other people to engage in physical activity and to redefine what it means to be active. This imagery also provides a means for historical recording of our events over time.
After some facebook banter about Turtles, I discovered that Turtles only move forward by sticking their necks out. Pretty cool analogy for improvements at parkrun!
Congratulations to first finisher Alec BERESFORD (with a PB too!) and first female finisher Samantha POTTER.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Invercargill parkrun Results Page.
Wonderful work to those that achieved PBs this week:
Linda TE AU
It was great to hear chat at the Cheeky Llama after parkrun about it being you own event, rather than a race against others it is against how you have previously done.
Congratulations to Cheryl DAHMS who completed 50 parkruns today to become a Member of the parkrun 50 Club!!
Smile of the Day: Kobee BOOTH who completed his second parkrun today. What a smile as he crossed the line! And he achieved a PB today! It was so fabulous to see how hard he worked today and how much satisfaction he got in crossing that line! Kobee shared that he struggled around the course today, but felt great to have finished! Awesome perseverance Kobee! You and your adult Tania Kingi did AWESOME!
We welcomed parkrunners from all over today including Brisbane, UK and other parts of NZ. We hope you enjoyed our windswept course today!
8 February 2020 - 2nd Anniversary parkrun - Picnic after parkrun outside the Cheeky Llama (or inside if wet) our local sponsor will provide some food (you can get some drinks at the Cheeky Llama!) and there will be some prizes also. Bring a picnic blanket or chair. (Starts after parkrun finishes so between 9:10- 9:15am - 11am. You have to be there to get prizes).
22 February 2020 - TUTU event
29 February 2020 - #Scottairplanes Leap Event
14 March - Scottish themed parkrun - to celebrate the National Pipe Band Championships taking place in Invercargill on the 13th and 14th of March (You may want to park for parkrun that day at the Cheeky Llama carpark or the one on Queens Drive as the competition is at the Cricket Pavilion)
We love themed event, but stress while they are always encouraged they are also optional, we look forward to seeing you at our events.
The male record is held by Dwight GRIEVE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 19th May 2018 (event number 14).
The female record is held by Claire NICHOLS who recorded a time of 18:44 on 29th December 2018 (event number 47).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 17:47 on 25th January 2020 (event number 105).
The Age Grade course record is held by Debbie TELFER who recorded 89.00% (22:07) on 30th November 2019 (event number 95).
Invercargill parkrun started on 10th February 2018. Since then 1,840 participants have completed 11,373 parkruns covering a total distance of 56,865 km, including 2,103 new Personal Bests. A total of 310 individuals have volunteered 1,548 times.
Have a great week and don't forget to join us for our picnic next week. We have heaps of prizes to be given away thanks to our local sponsor Mee & Henry Law Limited.