Invercargill parkrun Event number 118 8th August 2020

Rain arrived just before our briefing started this morning (perhaps that might explain our reduced numbers this week). While our jackets were quite damp, our spirits certainly were not!

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This week 77 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Ross HENRY • Liz HENRY • Marcia FERGUSON • Riley FERGUSON • Ruth PRATTLEY • Regan PRATTLEY • Bryan STOUT • Mel LEMM • Jayden PRATTLEY • Blake PRATTLEY • Mary MARSHALL • Cheryl DAHMS • Liam PRATTLEY • Barry SMITH • Brendon CORBETT • Katrina MCGILLAN • Aria FERGUSON • Tobias PRATTLEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Invercargill parkrun Results Page.

Congratulations to our first 3 male finishers:
Jareth Mccallum
Jeremy Holmes
Atlas Kerr

And congratulations to our first 3 female finishers:
Michele Frey
Britta Lieven
Shirley Cox

Great work today to those who attained PBs:
Personal bests (PBs):
19:16 - m - Atlas Kerr
23:12 - m - Darrell Auld
42:55 - f - Emme Fukuda
45:25 - m - Ian Kilsby
47:29 - f - Jenny Biddle
18:12 - m - Jeremy Holmes
20:45 - m - Judah Hoyle
23:16 - f - Michele Frey
44:53 - f - Ngaire Garnett
26:57 - m - Sean Iversen

We welcomed the following first timers: First timers:
Isabel Callum
Lilyana Ultee
Michael Mcleod - Michael succeeded in a double buggy run this morning!!

And we had visitors from Liverpool UK! Welcome!

Milestone run:
Awesome work to Erin Forde who achieved her 50th parkrun today! We have been looking forward to celebrating this milestone with Erin, and it was wonderful to greet her this morning with the 50th t-shirt!
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We also welcome Barry Smith and Marcia Ferguson to the 25 Volunteer milestone!! Thank you for your commitment to our parkrun event!

Marcia was our tail walker this morning, and Barry did our pre event course check this morning.
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We learnt a few things this morning, firstly, If you are volunteering as barcode scanner, ensure your phone has been charged (isn't that right Black Prattley? :) ) Blake was quietly stressing as his phone battery depleted during the event, but luckily we could keep scanning on another phone!

Secondly, we were disappointed to discover broken glass bottles on some of the course this morning. Thankfully Robyn Smith spent some time clearing the track on between the start line and Peter Pan Statute, to help keep our parkrunners and barkrunners safe. Thanks Robyn!! Also we had other park users who were aware that we had a large number of parkrunners about to start our parkrun, and without us asking they also picked up glass along Coronation Ave they said it was because they enjoyed watching us each week and didn't want the glass to slow us down! So awesome to see other park users keen to help ensure we can complete parkrun safely! Thank you Invercargill community! We had an extra vehicle on the course this morning when the Park Rangers arrived to complete the tidy up.

Smile of the Week:
Joanne Fukuda - Jo was in Ross'words "Dancing her way down the back straight, and making a fabulous job of Mum dancing to embarrass her daughter, in a way only an amazing mum can do!" Great work Jo!
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Coming up:

August/September: Bring a friend to parkrun: We encourage you all to bring a friend or family member to parkrun over the next two months. Get them to register for a barcode before they come and join us for #parkrunday. Take your photo with flag at the start/finish line and share it with us on facebook, and go in the draw to win some spot prizes provided by our local sponsor Mee & Henry Law Limited.

15 August: Pacer Week.

22 August: TUTU week!
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The Stats:

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).

Invercargill parkrun started on 10th February 2018. Since then 1,986 participants have completed 13,003 parkruns covering a total distance of 65,015 km, including 2,353 new Personal Bests. A total of 340 individuals have volunteered 1,774 times.

Have a great week!!

Liz Henry
Event Director