Event 278 — 17 October 2020

Another great turnout, with a 114 of you out there, giving it your all. Congratulations to Poppy with yet another PB this week and due to her age, will only get faster. Would be great to see a local female hold the Parkrun record for Kapiti again.

As the longer, warmer days arrive, we tend to get a bit more adventurous with our runs and hikes, venturing further a field. Would like to give all our folk a timely reminder to stay safe and preferably to partner up with someone else. If the destination is remote, always let someone back home know your intentions. Go prepared for a change in the weather, our climate (particularly in the hills), can change very quickly. Take water, snacks and first aid. Most of all, enjoy.

Parkrun is a great, safe way to start out running and a great way to meet others to partner up with for something more adventurous. Perhaps training for your first 10k or something even bigger. No matter what it is, have fun.

A big thanks to all our volunteers this week. Have a great week everyone and don't forget to put your name down on the volunteer list, from time to time.

Kate
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Photo: Jeff Stark

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Jason HARPER • Randall WALKER • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Jocelyn FOUNTAIN • Kate JENKINS • Brian NELSON • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Poppy RAE-MCGREGOR • Tara MORTON • Bruce WILSON • Jess ONGLEY

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:30 on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 88.06% (15:30) on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 2,437 participants have completed 21,357 parkruns covering a total distance of 106,785 km, including 3,379 new Personal Bests. A total of 323 individuals have volunteered 2,721 times.

 

Event 275 – 26 September 2020

Welcome back, again,

I am a failed long distance runner from the 1980s. Pasta loading was all the rage. Our “go to” Friday night dinner prior to a Kapiti park run is a chicken and mushroom risotto, in keeping with the Italian theme.

Now, I have a secret girl friend, Giada de Laurentiis, celebrity Californian chef and TV presenter. (don’t tell Jocelyn). Giada sent me a spicy rigatoni recipe for last night’s dinner. It got the tick from the Greens. No meat! Did it help? Well, the jury is out - 55 seconds outside my PB.

Six people did complete PBs this morning. I wonder what their recipes were? Bolognese, fish and chips, or pizza? Probably just hard work in reality. Well done to each of you.

We are down to 120 second pre-run briefings so no time for the usual welcomes and acknowledgements of achievements.

I read in the results that we had 8 first timers at Kapiti. A post run welcome to you all. I hope you enjoyed your Kapiti experience and that we see you again in the coming weeks.

Just one milestone I think. Lorraine Bovey completed her 50th park run. Well done Lorraine. You can set your sights on another goal now. Sorry, if I missed any one, but if I did, well done also.

Let hope the virus remains contained and the track doesn’t disappear into the river so that we can continue with this wonderful Saturday morning event.

See you next time,
Graeme Fountain

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Photo: Jeff Stark

This week 84 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Sandi COOPER • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Lucy LAWLOR • Gary CRILLEY • Matthew WATERHOUSE • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Martin HILL • Nicholas WALBRIDGE • Michelle HOLMES • Bruce WILSON

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:30 on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 88.06% (15:30) on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 2,407 participants have completed 21,056 parkruns covering a total distance of 105,280 km, including 3,348 new Personal Bests. A total of 318 individuals have volunteered 2,690 times.

 

Event 274 – 8 August 2020

Today’s weather conditions were cold after some rainfall last night and there were some big puddles throughout the course, but that didn’t stop 74 parkrunners plus our volunteers to make this event happen. It was also my fourth time coming to this course, although I didn’t manage to get a PB for the third time in a row but it didn't stop me from visiting the course. 

This is my first run report since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world forever. We are grateful as New Zealanders that parkrun is able to resume from the beginning of July after maintaining discipline and strict guidelines. Hopefully the other 21 countries that parkrun is established are able to come back to normality once their infections are under control. 

When parkrun NZ resumed on Saturday 4th July, I ran Whanganui Riverbank’s first ever parkrun event followed by Blenheim parkrun the week after to put my name forward to have at least 15 different events completed in NZ. Details can be found here.

Milestones:

We also had one milestone today. Congratulations to Natalie HARDY on completing her 50th parkrun. Next week we will have Dave CHANDLER who will be running for his 100th milestone, congratulations in advance. By looking at the latest results, some of us are closing the gap to achieve either their 50, 100 or 250th milestones by the end of this year!

Debuts and Tourists:

There were 6 first timers to the course, which includes Ruth TRASK who chose our course for her debut parkrun and we had some visitors outside of the Wellington region. We hope to see you again soon. 

Personal Bests:

Four parkrunners today have got a new personal best today. Congratulations to Michael PEARCE, Kitty GRICE, Nisa PROMCHOT and Greg DOBSON.

Volunteers:

Without volunteers every week, this event would not have happened. The event was run by Bruce WILSON. The other 11 volunteers that helped out today are as follows: Carolyn BRETT, John GLYNN-BEGBIE, Arend LANSER, Adam LAWLOR, Lucy LAWLOR, Steve LOGAN, Sylvia MEAKIN, Alan ORANGE, Paula REARDON, Ross WELLS and myself (Dan JOE)

I am hoping to come back to this course next month. Until then, keep yourself safe, healthy and look after those around you. I am grateful that we are allowed to do events without any restrictions.

Many thanks,

Dan Joe

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Event 273 – 1 August 2020

Great to be seeing a consistent turnout of runners and walkers, since we started back on 4th July. Numbers are consistently just above or below the 100 mark, which is particularly good for the winter stint. With the first run back, being almost triple that of the same time last year, everyone must be very keen - keep it going folk!

As there was no newsletter last week, I would like to acknowledge the achievement of Rebecca O'Sullivan, for completing 200 runs on 25th July. Pretty amazing milestone, when you're only 8!

Congratulations also to the Lawlor family, for clocking up 150 between them (Lucy100 /Adam50) and well done to Paige. Though I can't say congratulations on your first Park Run, as you have done it so many times already, with Mum.

Thanks to all our lovely volunteers, have a great week everyone and see you Saturday.

Keep running,

Kate

(Photo credit: Jeff Stark)

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This week 103 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Craig MURPHY • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Thomas COLLIER • Kate JENKINS • Brent ATKINS • Matthew WATERHOUSE • Cath BRADDOCK • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Bruce WILSON • Carolyn MURPHY

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:30 on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 88.06% (15:30) on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 2,393 participants have completed 20,898 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,490 km, including 3,338 new Personal Bests. A total of 313 individuals have volunteered 2,667 times.

 

Event 271 – 18 July 2020

Well, aren’t we lucky, three weeks down while the rest of the world looks on from chaotic situations with envy. We might get some international park run tourism out of this eventually.

So, are you back into the Saturday morning routine? For us, that is timing the consumption of a cup of tea, an orange and a banana to get to the start line eager to go at 8 o’clock. A few less goose bumps on the start line this morning. Our Kapiti routine concludes with a cheese scone from a popular beach bakery with a coffee at home. That puts a smile on my face.

Park run is clearly a happy place for many people. I motor along at a sedate 8 kilometres per hour and that gives me the opportunity to observe the faces of the returning runners. So many of you manage to get a smile out through the pain.

We were tourists ourselves last week, going to the second ever Whanganui park run. Many smiling faces there, with a number of familiar faces from the Wellington region park runs. If you are looking for a PB, it is basically out and back, flat and fast. You could indulge yourself at a famous kitchen in Sanson on the way there or/and back.

At Kapiti we are incredibly lucky to have volunteers who churn the results out in a very quick time. My coffee was not empty this morning when the email results arrived. Well done Jude and John!

I think I counted 16 PBs this morning. Perfect conditions, although a little cool. I note that John Glynn-Begbie is improving just like fine wine, proving that age is no barrier to a PB!

Finally, thank you as always to all our volunteers, but particularly Matthew, broken arm and all. If you have got a niggle and can’t run, get out of bed and come and volunteer. it is a great way to start the weekend, and you feel good about yourself.

I think we are at Bothamley next week, so see you in August.

Graeme Fountain

(Photo credit: Jeff Stark)

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This week 95 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Declan MURPHY • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Adam LAWLOR • Matthew WATERHOUSE • Dave THORBURN • Lizi EADE • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Don KEATS • Judy KEATS • Bruce WILSON • Carolyn MURPHY

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:30 on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 88.06% (15:30) on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 2,388 participants have completed 20,700 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,500 km, including 3,314 new Personal Bests. A total of 313 individuals have volunteered 2,643 times.

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