Event 293: 16 January 2021

After a week of lovely summer weather on the Kapiti Coast, Saturday morning (aka parkrun-morning) started off a little cloudy, but dry and calm. Perfect conditions for a run!!

As I turned into Otaihanga Domain it was fabulous to see a large number of people already milling around the start line. Familiar, friendly faces as well as some guests from ‘overseas’ ie the South Island, line up at the start. It’s always nice to have new parkrun participants, and I wish a warm Kapiti welcome to our 29 first timers. I hope you all had a good time and you’ll be back to join us again soon.

We are so lucky to be able to enjoy this experience considering the large number of countries struggling with COVID. I feel almost guilty reporting back to friends and family overseas the freedom that we are enjoying. On that note I hope everyone signed into the Domain using their COVID tracer app!!

The briefing is given, our canine companions give their woof of approval, and we’re off. The pre-race chatter soon turns into the sound of footsteps on the ground and heavy breathing.

Today was my first parkrun for 2021, after a lazy start to the year. It was great to get out on course again today, and I was reminded why I like to make the effort to turn up!! I’m on a mission to try to run faster, rather than further, and I appreciate having people on course to keep me honest and pull me along to the finish line.

We had an amazing turnout today, with 153 people completing the course, including Dave Leigh who finished his 100th event – great effort.

See you next week



Photo: Jeff Stark

This week 153 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Tony FARMER • Arend LANSER • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Terry B MORRIS • Kristin HICKLING • Joseph LINDSAY • Michelle HOLMES • Graeme CROMPTON • 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 2,570 participants have completed 22,792 parkruns covering a total distance of 113,960 km, including 3,492 new Personal Bests. A total of 343 individuals have volunteered 2,887 times.