Bruce’s Report for Event 136

Saturday 30th September, Run number 136.

87 Runners/walkers

9 First timers

1 Visitor from Oz

A few dog's

16 PB's

A brief shower of rain smack on 8am made the top 500 meters of the track rather squishy, ( technical term ) otherwise perfect conditions.

First man back was Tom Bland, first female to return was Hannah Buglass-Deveraux.

Parkrun is not promoted as a race but there are certainly some great battles every week. I was able to witness first hand the battle between Craig and Declan Murphy, father & son, with Declan pulling away in the last 300 meters to win bragging rights in the Murphy house for a week. 

Cameron Dougall & Andy Hicks had a fantastic sprint to the line, Cameron just staying ahead. 

Then there are the personal battle's, racing against yourself in pursuit of a PB. There were 16 PB's this week, here are the details of a few.

Mark & Sylvia Bouwman are onto something, both having PB's on Saturday.

Art Woodley-Hanan, McKaela Woodward and Rene Greyling all ran PB's that were more than 2 minutes faster than their previous best. If you translate that time into distance they're finishing nearly 1/2 a kilometer ahead of where they'd normally be. Thats fantastic.

Here's a good one, Sylvia Meakin has completed 129 Parkrun's. But in the last 7 weeks she has achieved 6 PB's, brilliant.  That gives me inspiration.

See you Saturday.

Bruce Jenkins

Male placings:
Tom BLAND (VM35-39) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first over the line in 18:17 - 21st time in 47 appearances.
Mark BOUWMAN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Brent ATKINS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:50 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Hannah BUGLASS-DEVEREUX (VW35-39) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first (7th overall) over the line in 22:04 - 14th time in 56 appearances.
Judith TAYLOR (VW60-64) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was second (15th overall) over the line in 23:44.
Zoe COOPER (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (20th overall) over the line in 24:29 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Judith TAYLOR (VW60-64) – 81.74% for the time 23:44 (15th overall).
Anna KENNA (VW60-64) – 75.20% for the time 26:33 (32nd overall).
Tom BLAND (VM35-39) – 73.56% for the time 18:17 (first overall).

The female record is held by Betty BOHANE who recorded a time of 19:11 on 25th February 2017 (event number 106).
The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,289 participants have completed 8,643 parkruns covering a total distance of 43,215 km, including 1,731 new Personal Bests.