Today we completed our 7th Parkrun! And still loving it. I first heard about Parkrun when I was in Australia in 2019, as a Victoria friend on the course was always talking about a community run thing she volunteered at. It sounded fun! And coming out of a year of Covid, I decided it was time to get into some more fitness, and into more group activities. I was very excited to find there was a parkrun near me, and I could bring the pooch along too! She loves it (a bit too much) and it is such a great start to the weekend.
This Saturday's run conditions were calm and balmy, and it is a blessing to have such a pretty (and sheltered) place to run. I always tell myself that I am running downhill after the turn around, as rivers run downhill right? This week we had a few more visitors from other parts of NZ and even an international runner! Which is a nice sign that travel is starting again.
I'm fairly sure my dog thinks we are all hunting something (Our Personal best perhaps?!) and goes from her normally calm self to a baying manic as we all line up to start the run. As everyone else takes off, I try to distract her with treats till her barking subsides, and we too head off, the runners, the walkers, the sprinters and we. I was pretty happy with my pace the whole run, and definitely beginning to feel a bit fitter, although, there was still that moment, 3/4 in where, on finding no-one ahead of me, and no-one behind, I thought to myself maybe I could stop, have a little break... no-one would know. But I would know! So onwards I run, enjoying the sun, and the birds and the blue morning sky.
This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Victoria PINFOLD • Bruce JENKINS • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Kate JENKINS • Jacinta STRAKER • Michelle HOLMES • Graeme CROMPTON • Kimberly TAYLOR • Esther RICHARDSON • Alan REYNOLDS
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 2,688 participants have completed 24,356 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,780 km, including 3,674 new Personal Bests. A total of 370 individuals have volunteered 3,056 times.