Event number 157

Kapiti Coast parkrun
17th February 2018

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Another Saturday, and another Kapiti Coast parkrun event.

I always look forward to kick-starting my weekend with a trot at parkrun and despite the muggy mornings we've been having this February, I was extra excited to head to Otaihanga Domain to see the crew this Saturday as it was my 50th parkrun!

Andy and the team as usual had everything prepared and ready to go when I rocked up at 7.59am – there were plenty of happy hellos, a few last minutes gulps of water, a touch of the toes (aka a warm-up stretch) and we were off.

A few of my parkrun pals pointed out there were some serious speedies wearing their 250 green parkrun shirts that had just finished their warm-ups in attendance today - which kind of puts my effort of 50 runs and a personal celebration in the car that I had located my barcode this week to shame.

Our green-shirted long-legged visitors were at the front of the pack giving our usual Saturday speed racers, well, a good race!

About a kilometre before the turn around point I was delighted to see it was a lady leading the way and racing home for an 18min finish - I gave her a woop-woop on her way past and continued puffing my way along with the pack.

I later learned today's winner, and new holder of the fastest female title at Kapiti Coast, was Hannah Oldroyd - she's not only a bit of a parkrun icon with 200+ first finishes, but she also holds a heap of course records and first female finisher titles across the country and the world. Her fellow whizzy green-shirt friend was John Matthews, who has done a total of 369 runs, which is just shy of 1850km clocked up at parkruns across the world and he also finished the Kapiti Coast parkrun course in an easy breezy sub-20. Some unreal running.

Despite Hannah and John's parkrun stardom, they fit in with the friendly community feel that I love most about our Kapiti Coast parkrun and hung around to chat with the crowd.

I actually had a complete fangirl moment when I figured out it was Hannah and started rattling off the races she won last year to her, just in case she'd forgotten (haha), and also found out she was in town for the Wellington Round the Bays, which PS she won in a time of 1 hour 22 minutes.

It was another great week at parkrun, with my favourite time always the debrief at the end, with a few sweaty hugs, high fives and analysing the 5km that was with my fellow parkrunners.

I'm going to allow myself a moment of nostalgia as I have reached the 50 milestones and have the floor through sticking my hand up to write the run report ... every week that I do manage to make it to parkrun I always leave feeling good after seeing the Kapiti Coast parkrun family. I don't mind a run every now and again but if it wasn't for the people who come to Kapiti parkrun I wouldn't go. A highlight is always the familiar faces of our fantastic volunteer team whose enthusiasm, selflessness and commitment is boundless, but also the fellow runners and walkers who pound the river paths with me - their training tales, encouragement and general banter is simply brilliant and I feel very lucky to be part of such a friendly and fun community.

Here's to the next 50 parkruns, to the 50 after that and to one day claiming a green shirt like Hannah and John.

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Warwick SMITH • Linsay MAY • Jeff STARK • Lucy LAWLOR • Thomas COLLIER • Lisa CAVANAGH • Trish CUMMINS

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

The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
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 1,440 participants have completed 10,312 parkruns covering a total distance of 51,560 km, including 1,982 new Personal Bests.