Ah, Parkrun day. Previously known as Saturday, aka the best day of the week. And what a perfect crispy Kapiti Coast morning 7 March was for a spot of Parkrun!
We were welcomed by the warm booming call of Andy’s: “let’s be having ya!”, the usual briefing was given, we said hello to a our international guests from Durban and Sydney, lined up on the start line, and were off.
The young running superstar that is Poppy Rae-McGregor (who was also celebrating her 13th birthday!) was first overall and lead home the pack in another sub-20 effort! She was followed pretty closely by her fit mum Karis Rae and the ever speedy Cath Braddock. That meant three females in a top five finish this week, wahoo, talk about girl power, and ahead of “International Women’s Day” on 8 March - very cool!
Shout out to top three lads too, Ariki Vertongen, Ian Macfarlane and Andrew Ross, for their solid runs.
Also out on the course was a heap of doggos, young ones with family, older ones with family, friends encouraging each other along, a netball troupe continuing their pre-season training, a whole whanau of tail walkers, two paparazzi photographers capturing the action, and a hoard of orange-vested volunteers to cheer us all in to the finish line (thanks team!)
However the best part of Parkrun for me was the footrace between my husband, Adam, and I. We have a bit of friendly banter going about who is going to cross the finish line first. He’s been doing Parkrun going on a year and is closing the gap! This week we stayed neck-and-neck for about 4km. I thought with 1km to go I’ll put on a bit of a burst and try finish ahead of him. Well, he chased me! And we were both hurtling towards the finish line with bragging rights at stake.
Delighted to report I finished three seconds ahead of him, although he maintains he wasn’t trying (ha!) but not a bad effort considering I’m 33-weeks pregnant. I have been annoyingly going on about this all weekend, and now including it in the run report ... what a loving, caring wife I am
... so I bet he cannot wait for next time and to burn off those three-seconds, and who can blame him!
Looking forward to next Parkrun day already!
This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Andy JENKINS • Arend LANSER • Jude WADSWORTH • Sandi COOPER • Randall WALKER • Vashti HARDY • Lucy LAWLOR • Thomas COLLIER • Samantha SHARIF • Zamira HARDY • Alina HARDY • Natalie HARDY • Kezia HARDY • Andre FRAENKEL • Shiree PALMER
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 2,358 participants have completed 20,277 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,385 km, including 3,262 new Personal Bests. A total of 310 individuals have volunteered 2,589 times.