Event 306: 24 April 2021 – Alison’s report

This parkrunday was my first official visit to Kapiti Coast parkrun, but I was already familiar with the course.

Last month I was one of the bus load of parkrunners on what’s known as the longest day, or Bruce’s Bus.

We started at Lower Hutt parkrun and finished at Trentham Memorial, running and walking at four others along the way.

Kapiti Coast was our third that day.

I’m trying to complete all of New Zealand’s parkruns (on a Saturday and with a recorded time) so I had to return to Otaihanga Domain.

The rain overnight was an ominous sign but we awoke to sunshine and a glorious autumn day.

There were 112 finishers at this event, with a mix of locals and visitors from Wellington, Napier and myself from Rotorua (my home run is Puarenga parkrun).

There were nine in all visiting this parkrun for the first time. As well as myself, Megan Bigg, Florrie Kerr, Joanne Magill, Annalese Lapwood, Hayden King, Alex Turner, Anthea Oliver and Dave Oliver were visitors.

There were six parkrunners using their barcode for the very first time.

Welcome to Aimee Proudfoot, Allan Cameron, Aschwin Gehlen, Lara Gehlen, Mike Proudfoot and Nick Ball.

Congratulations on your first finish, may your Saturday mornings never be the same again!

Nine parkrunners achieved personal bests.

Well done to Fiona Rowan Thomson, Jeroen Mattheus, Jordan Horrell, Laura Milestone, Lynne Russell, Mari Davenport, Oscar Clark, Zamira Hardy and Zane Wakeling.

It was great to see a range of milestone shirts, and today we celebrated Karien Potgieter achieve her 250 milestone and Michael Pearce who has run 100 parkruns.

To those who are only just starting their parkrun lives these numbers may seem out of reach, but all you need to do is be consistent – show up as often as you can and you will get there too.

We can’t do parkrun without the volunteers, so a big hand goes to Brittany CALDER • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Joanna JENKINS • Lucy LAWLOR • Gary CRILLEY • Alison KING • René GREYLING • Sandy CHAN • Graeme CROMPTON • Bruce WILSON • Hayden KING • Aimee PROUDFOOT.

There is a milestone shirt for those who have volunteered on 25 occasions, from September 1 there will be shirts to match the running milestones.

Volunteers don’t do it for the shirts, if you’ve not yet volunteered give it a go.

You can download the Virtual Volunteer app and have a play at home so you can confidently give it a go in the field.

The beauty of parkrun is that once you have registered you can run anywhere. I’m on a quest to complete all in New Zealand and I hope to achieve that this year.

I’ve written a book about all the New Zealand runs to share their origins and help parkrunners get the most of their weekends.

parkrun tourism is a huge passion of mine, some parkrunners combine parkrun with other passions. I like to tell stories – or at least, I collect stories to share on my blog.

You can find out more about parkrunners I’ve come across on my travels over at www.runswithabarcode.co.nz and if you want to share your story I’d love to hear from you.

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