After 112 days, we are so pleased to be back! We are among the first events to open up in the parkrun world. We really enjoyed seeing familiar faces that we have been missing over the passed few months.
Yesterday the temperature locally was -3degrees celsius, so thankfully we had a mild 5 degree celsius temperature, with overcast conditions as we completed the briefing. We did have some showers scattered through the event, but it certainly didn't dampen our event!
Today we acknowledged that while we get to start back, that many of the world’s parkrunners aren’t able to get back into it just yet. So each of the events in NZ have adopted a parkrun Country to represent for our re start event. We are proud to be representing parkrun South Africa this week.
As Event Directors in NZ we got together when it was apparent we would probably be the first country to restart, to try and think of a way to recognise that we were fortunate to be able to start, but still recognise those that are waiting patiently for their Countries to be able to open parkrun as a whole. We decided to adopt a parkrun country to represent for our first event.
We have a community of South African's who are parkrun regulars, which is the big reason we at Invercargill parkrun jumped to represent parkrun South Africa.
As soon as we announced our adopted Country we have had immediate support and positive messages coming to us from our local parkrunners, but also from all over the world, and in particular from parkrunners in South Africa. We thank you all for your amazing messages of support, it truly has demonstrated what an amazing international parkrun community we have!
Today at our event, our parkrunners wore a rainbow of colours (which was great to see, often we have many parkrunners in dark colours!). We also had several volunteers dressed as safari animals (including 2 giraffes and 2 gazelles). Two of our parkrunners (Regan and Ruth Prattley) painted a large flag which we had at the briefing and finish line as a reminder of who we were representing today.
Feedback we had from our parkrunners today regarding representing South Africa:
* "I cried when I saw my home flag, I have been restricted from travelling and I miss my family"
* "it means a lot to me as a Kiwi parkrunner that we are acknowledging that not all of our community is able to parkrun at the moment"
* I truly had no idea how global parkrun was, when you shared posts about some of the events in South Africa I checked them all out, and also looked into what other locations parkrun was in.
* "22 Countries worldwide, I am excited for them re-opening, I now have another reason to travel in the future"
* "so happy to be back! and happy to show gratitude for our restart, and think of those who will join us soon"
We have loved getting messages of support from our parkrun friends in South Africa as we headed into our event!
We look forward to your start up in due course! Keep safe and enjoy (not)parkrun in the meantime!!
This week 159 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Timothy BALL • Ross HENRY • Liz HENRY • Marcia FERGUSON • Riley FERGUSON • Ruth PRATTLEY • Regan PRATTLEY • Michelle CARTER • Cleo MCNAUGHT • Mel LEMM • Leon HARTNETT • Niah HARTNETT • Aimee WITHINGTON • Sarah COOPER • Tom MCSORILEY • Cheryl DAHMS • Brendon CORBETT • Kim HARTLEY • Bruce HARTLEY • Anne SNODGRASS • Aria FERGUSON
Thank you to our enthusiastic Volunteers!! We appreciate the support we get from volunteers each week. Without you we can't operate!
As usual, let us know if you can help in future weeks with volunteering. It is great to have the roster full each week, without having to send out requests for volunteers.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on facebook with your availability.
Congratulations to our first finishers:
Dorothy SMITH great effort today!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Invercargill parkrun Results Page.
First place today was Kelvin MEADE who completed with a PB of 16:55. First female home was Kimberley IVERSEN with a time of 19:40.
Congratulations to our PB Crew this week:
C J IVERSEN
Fantastic work team!! Great to see the PBs after such a long time off!
We welcomed visitors from Dunedin this week and at least for the next wee while we are back to being the World's Southern Most parkrun Event in the World!
Smile of the Day:
Vicky, who ran today after a night shift! she slept for 3 hours, but made sure to get up to come and join us for our restart this weekend!!
Billy Carter who had an early lunch at 9am, to make it to parkrun and then straight back to work today!
Sean Iversen, who was presented with his J10 milestone certificate this week.
We are back next week!
18 July is pacer week.
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 Lachie BAIRD who recorded a time of 16:29 on 29th February 2020 (event number 110).
The Age Grade course record is held by Debbie TELFER who recorded 90.36% (21:47) on 8th February 2020 (event number 107).
See you next week!