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

Kris

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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.

 

Event 286: 12 December 2020

This week's run report, features a lady who gives me the inspiration to keep up my running and to keep coming along to Parkrun.

Hazel Ollerenshaw hadn't come from a sporty background, but after devoting many years to bringing up 5 children and juggling time to do a degree via correspondence, Hazel decided it was time for "Me". So at 58, she took up running, with a goal to lose some weight and lost 20kg.

Hazel then decided to push the boundaries further and entered Kapiti women's tri about 16/17 years ago and has competed just about every year since. She is currently training to do the February 2021 race - 400m swim, 12km Bike and 4km Run. Doesn't sound far, but to put the 3 together, takes training, discipline and determination and is quite an achievement when your 75.

Hazel has also done the Lake Taupo cycle race (half) 7 times and completed the whole 160km cycle race, when she was 70. Hazel has also competed in the Marines run several times, which is held each year by the Kapiti Joggers and for those of you have done this course, will know that it is not for the faint hearted.

Hazel loves to come along to the Kapiti Parkrun as she loves the friendly atmosphere and sets herself the goal to try and beat her own times, each week.

Hope this inspires you as it does me. See you all at Park run. Go Hazel!

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Credit: Jeff Stark

This week 84 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

Thevent was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Jake ROOS • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Jocelyn FOUNTAIN • Lucy LAWLOR • Kate JENKINS • Adam LAWLOR • Daniel STONER • Dave THORBURN • Michelle HOLMES • Graeme CROMPTON • 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 2,479 participants have completed 22,088 parkruns covering a total distance of 110,440 km, including 3,438 new Personal Bests. A total of 336 individuals have volunteered 2,814 times.

 

Event 282: 14 November 2020

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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.

Nga mihi,

Vatau SAGAGA

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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.

 

Event 281 7 November 2020

I thought that it would be a wonderful idea to get to know a little bit about our runners. So I decided that it would be great to feature them from time to time, in my run reports. I am starting off with someone who I have alot of respect for, both as a runner and a person.

Roger Childs came into running at a later stage than most, he was in his late 30's. A neighbour asked Roger if he would be interested in training for a marathon and so began his running career.

Roger is a very experienced runner, having competed in distances from 5k to a full marathon, both on and off-road and has a swag of medals. His best 5k was at the Kapiti R&T Monday night road race when he was 49, posting 17.30. His best 21.1k was at Palmerston North, running 1.17.54 and a 2.45 for his best Marathon in Taranaki.

Roger says that one of his most memorable running moments, was when he ran the first leg (Wellington to Petone), in the Wellington to Masterton Relay - 11. 3k in 38.40. That's an impressive 3.25km pace! As soon as he finished, he jumped straight in his car and drove to Auckland with his son.

Roger has played a huge part in my early running days, helping me to pace for a half, then a marathon and then an ultra marathon. We have run many hundreds of kms together in all sorts of weather and on every run, he has always had many a story to tell (mostly about running of course).

There's more to Roger than meets the eye. He has been a teacher at Kapiti college, where he taught our very own Peter Jackson. Also taught at the correspondence school, spending lunch breaks with fellow runners up in the hills 8hrsaround Wellington and now volunteers for many causes.

When asked what inspires Roger to keep running and what draws him to Parkrun, he said this. "I love running because of the company, the environments and the challenge. The non-competitive runs with people are great because there is plenty of time to chat and solve the problems of the world. Parkrun is fantastic because it has a friendly atmosphere and gives people if all ages and abilities, the chance to improve with the encouragement of fellow runners/walkers and officials."

Happy running everyone,

Kate

 

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This week 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Caroline Emma JOHNSTON • Sarah BEGBIE • Michael MEAKIN • Zoe COOPER • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Amber RAMOO • Dave THORBURN • Andre FRAENKEL • Colleen CARROLL • Carissa-Lee SKIPPER • 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 2,454 participants have completed 21,648 parkruns covering a total distance of 108,240 km, including 3,401 new Personal Bests. A total of 330 individuals have volunteered 2,757 times.

 

Event 279 – 24 October 2020

105 keen Park Runners completed their runs today on an absolutely stunning Kapiti spring day. We had 3 newbies, 2 visitors, and 14 of you set a new personal best.

Congratulations everybody, and doubly so to Zoe Cooper, reaching 250 Park Runs, and Mark O’Sullivan running his 350th Park Run today! What an achievement for you both.

Personally, I am now on 13, and even 50 seems very far off, thanks Covid for keeping me in the teens! I’m one of the ones who comes in towards the end, and admires the runners who pass me on their way back while I’m at around the 1.5km mark. But we’re all out there, giving it our best, every week (or mostly!), and should all feel proud of our achievements.

I’m sure you all noticed the sun and heat today so a timely reminder to slip, slop, slap and swipe! And drink plenty of water. I hope everyone’s enjoyed a fabulous rest of the day, there’s plenty on in Kapiti this weekend so let’s make the most of it.

Nga mihi

Sharleen M

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Photo: Jeff Stark

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Alastair PICKARD • Michael MEAKIN • Arend LANSER • Sharleen MCARTNEY • Bruce JENKINS • Carrie-Ann STARK • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Deloros LITHERLAND • Alan ORANGE • Daniel STONER • Lorraine BOVEY • Robert CROCKER

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 2,441 participants have completed 21,462 parkruns covering a total distance of 107,310 km, including 3,393 new Personal Bests. A total of 326 individuals have volunteered 2,734 times.

 

Event 278 — 17 October 2020

Another great turnout, with a 114 of you out there, giving it your all. Congratulations to Poppy with yet another PB this week and due to her age, will only get faster. Would be great to see a local female hold the Parkrun record for Kapiti again.

As the longer, warmer days arrive, we tend to get a bit more adventurous with our runs and hikes, venturing further a field. Would like to give all our folk a timely reminder to stay safe and preferably to partner up with someone else. If the destination is remote, always let someone back home know your intentions. Go prepared for a change in the weather, our climate (particularly in the hills), can change very quickly. Take water, snacks and first aid. Most of all, enjoy.

Parkrun is a great, safe way to start out running and a great way to meet others to partner up with for something more adventurous. Perhaps training for your first 10k or something even bigger. No matter what it is, have fun.

A big thanks to all our volunteers this week. Have a great week everyone and don't forget to put your name down on the volunteer list, from time to time.

Kate
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Photo: Jeff Stark

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Jason HARPER • Randall WALKER • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Jocelyn FOUNTAIN • Kate JENKINS • Brian NELSON • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Poppy RAE-MCGREGOR • Tara MORTON • Bruce WILSON • Jess ONGLEY

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 2,437 participants have completed 21,357 parkruns covering a total distance of 106,785 km, including 3,379 new Personal Bests. A total of 323 individuals have volunteered 2,721 times.

 

Event 275 – 26 September 2020

Welcome back, again,

I am a failed long distance runner from the 1980s. Pasta loading was all the rage. Our “go to” Friday night dinner prior to a Kapiti park run is a chicken and mushroom risotto, in keeping with the Italian theme.

Now, I have a secret girl friend, Giada de Laurentiis, celebrity Californian chef and TV presenter. (don’t tell Jocelyn). Giada sent me a spicy rigatoni recipe for last night’s dinner. It got the tick from the Greens. No meat! Did it help? Well, the jury is out - 55 seconds outside my PB.

Six people did complete PBs this morning. I wonder what their recipes were? Bolognese, fish and chips, or pizza? Probably just hard work in reality. Well done to each of you.

We are down to 120 second pre-run briefings so no time for the usual welcomes and acknowledgements of achievements.

I read in the results that we had 8 first timers at Kapiti. A post run welcome to you all. I hope you enjoyed your Kapiti experience and that we see you again in the coming weeks.

Just one milestone I think. Lorraine Bovey completed her 50th park run. Well done Lorraine. You can set your sights on another goal now. Sorry, if I missed any one, but if I did, well done also.

Let hope the virus remains contained and the track doesn’t disappear into the river so that we can continue with this wonderful Saturday morning event.

See you next time,
Graeme Fountain

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Photo: Jeff Stark

This week 84 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Sandi COOPER • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Lucy LAWLOR • Gary CRILLEY • Matthew WATERHOUSE • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Martin HILL • Nicholas WALBRIDGE • Michelle HOLMES • 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 2,407 participants have completed 21,056 parkruns covering a total distance of 105,280 km, including 3,348 new Personal Bests. A total of 318 individuals have volunteered 2,690 times.

 

Event 274 – 8 August 2020

Today’s weather conditions were cold after some rainfall last night and there were some big puddles throughout the course, but that didn’t stop 74 parkrunners plus our volunteers to make this event happen. It was also my fourth time coming to this course, although I didn’t manage to get a PB for the third time in a row but it didn't stop me from visiting the course. 

This is my first run report since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world forever. We are grateful as New Zealanders that parkrun is able to resume from the beginning of July after maintaining discipline and strict guidelines. Hopefully the other 21 countries that parkrun is established are able to come back to normality once their infections are under control. 

When parkrun NZ resumed on Saturday 4th July, I ran Whanganui Riverbank’s first ever parkrun event followed by Blenheim parkrun the week after to put my name forward to have at least 15 different events completed in NZ. Details can be found here.

Milestones:

We also had one milestone today. Congratulations to Natalie HARDY on completing her 50th parkrun. Next week we will have Dave CHANDLER who will be running for his 100th milestone, congratulations in advance. By looking at the latest results, some of us are closing the gap to achieve either their 50, 100 or 250th milestones by the end of this year!

Debuts and Tourists:

There were 6 first timers to the course, which includes Ruth TRASK who chose our course for her debut parkrun and we had some visitors outside of the Wellington region. We hope to see you again soon. 

Personal Bests:

Four parkrunners today have got a new personal best today. Congratulations to Michael PEARCE, Kitty GRICE, Nisa PROMCHOT and Greg DOBSON.

Volunteers:

Without volunteers every week, this event would not have happened. The event was run by Bruce WILSON. The other 11 volunteers that helped out today are as follows: Carolyn BRETT, John GLYNN-BEGBIE, Arend LANSER, Adam LAWLOR, Lucy LAWLOR, Steve LOGAN, Sylvia MEAKIN, Alan ORANGE, Paula REARDON, Ross WELLS and myself (Dan JOE)

I am hoping to come back to this course next month. Until then, keep yourself safe, healthy and look after those around you. I am grateful that we are allowed to do events without any restrictions.

Many thanks,

Dan Joe

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Event 273 – 1 August 2020

Great to be seeing a consistent turnout of runners and walkers, since we started back on 4th July. Numbers are consistently just above or below the 100 mark, which is particularly good for the winter stint. With the first run back, being almost triple that of the same time last year, everyone must be very keen - keep it going folk!

As there was no newsletter last week, I would like to acknowledge the achievement of Rebecca O'Sullivan, for completing 200 runs on 25th July. Pretty amazing milestone, when you're only 8!

Congratulations also to the Lawlor family, for clocking up 150 between them (Lucy100 /Adam50) and well done to Paige. Though I can't say congratulations on your first Park Run, as you have done it so many times already, with Mum.

Thanks to all our lovely volunteers, have a great week everyone and see you Saturday.

Keep running,

Kate

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This week 103 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Craig MURPHY • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Thomas COLLIER • Kate JENKINS • Brent ATKINS • Matthew WATERHOUSE • Cath BRADDOCK • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Bruce WILSON • Carolyn MURPHY

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 2,393 participants have completed 20,898 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,490 km, including 3,338 new Personal Bests. A total of 313 individuals have volunteered 2,667 times.

 

Event 271 – 18 July 2020

Well, aren’t we lucky, three weeks down while the rest of the world looks on from chaotic situations with envy. We might get some international park run tourism out of this eventually.

So, are you back into the Saturday morning routine? For us, that is timing the consumption of a cup of tea, an orange and a banana to get to the start line eager to go at 8 o’clock. A few less goose bumps on the start line this morning. Our Kapiti routine concludes with a cheese scone from a popular beach bakery with a coffee at home. That puts a smile on my face.

Park run is clearly a happy place for many people. I motor along at a sedate 8 kilometres per hour and that gives me the opportunity to observe the faces of the returning runners. So many of you manage to get a smile out through the pain.

We were tourists ourselves last week, going to the second ever Whanganui park run. Many smiling faces there, with a number of familiar faces from the Wellington region park runs. If you are looking for a PB, it is basically out and back, flat and fast. You could indulge yourself at a famous kitchen in Sanson on the way there or/and back.

At Kapiti we are incredibly lucky to have volunteers who churn the results out in a very quick time. My coffee was not empty this morning when the email results arrived. Well done Jude and John!

I think I counted 16 PBs this morning. Perfect conditions, although a little cool. I note that John Glynn-Begbie is improving just like fine wine, proving that age is no barrier to a PB!

Finally, thank you as always to all our volunteers, but particularly Matthew, broken arm and all. If you have got a niggle and can’t run, get out of bed and come and volunteer. it is a great way to start the weekend, and you feel good about yourself.

I think we are at Bothamley next week, so see you in August.

Graeme Fountain

(Photo credit: Jeff Stark)

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This week 95 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Declan MURPHY • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Adam LAWLOR • Matthew WATERHOUSE • Dave THORBURN • Lizi EADE • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Don KEATS • Judy KEATS • Bruce WILSON • Carolyn MURPHY

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 2,388 participants have completed 20,700 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,500 km, including 3,314 new Personal Bests. A total of 313 individuals have volunteered 2,643 times.

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