Tena koe parkrun whanau and Talofa lava
parkrun tourism took me to sunny Kapiti last weekend. This was my first opportunity to do some parkrun tourism since Hobsonville Auckland in January 2020. It’s been a crazy year.
I managed to squeeze this run in on our family road trip from Wainuiomata to Ohau. I know there are parkrun enthusiasts who plan their holidays around parkrun. There is no better time to do that than Alert Level One particularly as New Zealand now has a staggering 32 parkrun events. Ticking Kapiti off my list takes my score to a pultry six, so many more road trips are definitely needed!
I joined a field of 96 hearty souls on a perfect morning for running. The course is a generous flat one which runs alongside Waikanae River and also, probably unique to any parkrun course - under the SH1 Expressway! The course is an out and back, made up of a mix of gravel and dirt track which fortunately was nice and dry.
It was nice to catch up with work colleague Glen CATTERMOLE for a post-run chat (see pic). Glen and I are part of a boot camp-style circuits group run at the Department of Internal Affairs. The Department also offers us subsidised entry fees to Round The Bays. These are just a couple of examples of how the Department helps promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace - so crucial in this day and age. We have four parkrun regulars at the Department so there’s more marketing work to be done there!
parkrun Kapiti is a very friendly flat course with a great group of volunteers, headed ably by run director, Dave. Crucially for me, there is a children’s playground at the start area where my three lil ‘uns entertained themselves with mum.
I will definitely be back at Otaihanga Domain again whenever our next road trip “up the line” is. Have a great week all. Stay safe.
This week 96 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
Declan MURPHY • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Bruce ALLEN • Ross WELLS • Dave THORBURN • Michael PEARCE • Andre FRAENKEL • Ruth CARTER • Joanna MARTIN • Martyn COLE • Andrew MORRISON
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 2,457 participants have completed 21,744 parkruns covering a total distance of 108,720 km, including 3,413 new Personal Bests. A total of 332 individuals have volunteered 2,768 times.