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 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.

 

Event number 180

Kapiti Coast parkrun
28th July 2018

I have always enjoyed my running and whilst I enjoy the challenge of improving my personal times when racing, the most memorable moments are those spent (sometimes hours), running with many wonderful people. We have laughed, told stories (some slightly exaggerated), reminisced, listened, given advice, got lost, met amazing people in the wilderness and run places, most would not have seen.

I could go on, but instead, I would like to share with you a piece written by Roger Hart. Here is the link, if it doesn't work, type in 'Runners' by Roger Hart and you will find it on, A Trail Runners Blog. It is a great read and I can totally relate to it and I defy you not to laugh or at least smile and possibly have a small tear in your eye, as you too remember the good old days.

www.atrailrunnersblog.com/2006/07/runners-great-story-by-acclaimed.html

Cheers, Kate

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sylvia MEAKIN • Michael MEAKIN • Jude WADSWORTH • Bruce JENKINS • Jeff STARK • Thomas COLLIER • Kate JENKINS • Dave MACKAY • Hazel OLLERENSHAW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,548 participants have completed 11,932 parkruns covering a total distance of 59,660 km, including 2,212 new Personal Bests.

 

Event number 157

Kapiti Coast parkrun
17th February 2018

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Another Saturday, and another Kapiti Coast parkrun event.

I always look forward to kick-starting my weekend with a trot at parkrun and despite the muggy mornings we've been having this February, I was extra excited to head to Otaihanga Domain to see the crew this Saturday as it was my 50th parkrun!

Andy and the team as usual had everything prepared and ready to go when I rocked up at 7.59am – there were plenty of happy hellos, a few last minutes gulps of water, a touch of the toes (aka a warm-up stretch) and we were off.

A few of my parkrun pals pointed out there were some serious speedies wearing their 250 green parkrun shirts that had just finished their warm-ups in attendance today - which kind of puts my effort of 50 runs and a personal celebration in the car that I had located my barcode this week to shame.

Our green-shirted long-legged visitors were at the front of the pack giving our usual Saturday speed racers, well, a good race!

About a kilometre before the turn around point I was delighted to see it was a lady leading the way and racing home for an 18min finish - I gave her a woop-woop on her way past and continued puffing my way along with the pack.

I later learned today's winner, and new holder of the fastest female title at Kapiti Coast, was Hannah Oldroyd - she's not only a bit of a parkrun icon with 200+ first finishes, but she also holds a heap of course records and first female finisher titles across the country and the world. Her fellow whizzy green-shirt friend was John Matthews, who has done a total of 369 runs, which is just shy of 1850km clocked up at parkruns across the world and he also finished the Kapiti Coast parkrun course in an easy breezy sub-20. Some unreal running.

Despite Hannah and John's parkrun stardom, they fit in with the friendly community feel that I love most about our Kapiti Coast parkrun and hung around to chat with the crowd.

I actually had a complete fangirl moment when I figured out it was Hannah and started rattling off the races she won last year to her, just in case she'd forgotten (haha), and also found out she was in town for the Wellington Round the Bays, which PS she won in a time of 1 hour 22 minutes.

It was another great week at parkrun, with my favourite time always the debrief at the end, with a few sweaty hugs, high fives and analysing the 5km that was with my fellow parkrunners.

I'm going to allow myself a moment of nostalgia as I have reached the 50 milestones and have the floor through sticking my hand up to write the run report ... every week that I do manage to make it to parkrun I always leave feeling good after seeing the Kapiti Coast parkrun family. I don't mind a run every now and again but if it wasn't for the people who come to Kapiti parkrun I wouldn't go. A highlight is always the familiar faces of our fantastic volunteer team whose enthusiasm, selflessness and commitment is boundless, but also the fellow runners and walkers who pound the river paths with me - their training tales, encouragement and general banter is simply brilliant and I feel very lucky to be part of such a friendly and fun community.

Here's to the next 50 parkruns, to the 50 after that and to one day claiming a green shirt like Hannah and John.

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Warwick SMITH • Linsay MAY • Jeff STARK • Lucy LAWLOR • Thomas COLLIER • Lisa CAVANAGH • Trish CUMMINS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,440 participants have completed 10,312 parkruns covering a total distance of 51,560 km, including 1,982 new Personal Bests.

 

Event number 152

Kapiti Coast parkrun
13th January 2018
This morning I'm going to have myself a real good run
I feel alive
And the track is nice and dry, yeah
and the weather is warm
So don't stop me now
Don't stop me
Cause I'm doing parkrun
Having a good time
We are running stars heading up the track
Like tigers defying the laws of physics
Mancamp is a racing car passing Dan like Lady Godiva
He's going to go go go
There's no stopping him
And Sarah Riceman was first yeah
Two hundred kmh
That's why they call her Mrs run out of sight
She's travelling at the speed of light
I wanna see a hundred runners all of the time
Don't stop Amy Jones she gone got a pb
And so has Finn Bland
Don't stop Willem young
P Knighton, A Bland and A Needs, pbs as well
Don't stop me now (because I'm having a good run)
Dont' stop me now (yes I'm having a good run)
I don't want to stop at all
Mentions also for Stephen Mellor, Marija Bakulich, Malachi Duker, Leon Baker, Trish Cummins, Angela Campbell, Carolyn Marshall, Shannon Jeffries, Celia Fleck, Nathan Ferguson, Colin Stoner and Samuel Bland, who also secured pbs.
Original Queen lyrics below:

Tonight I'm going to have myself a real good time
I feel alive
And the world I'll turn it inside out, yeah

And floating around in ecstasy
So don't stop me now
Don't stop me
Cause I'm having a good time
Having a good time


[Verse 1]
I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I'm going to go go go
There's no stopping me


[Pre-Chorus]
I'm burning through the sky yeah
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit

I'm traveling at the speed of light
I want to make a supersonic man out of you


[Chorus]
Don't stop me now I'm having such a good time
I'm having a ball
Don't stop me now
If you want to have a good time just give me a call
Don't stop me now (because I'm having a good time)
Don't stop me now (Yes I'm having a good time)
I don't want to stop at all

This week 100 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Jill BURNS • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • Jasmine COOPER • Rafferty AYSON • Daniel STONER

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 Betty BOHANE who recorded a time of 19:11 on 25th February 2017 (event number 106).
The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,400 participants have completed 9,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 49,315 km, including 1,921 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas Day Fun

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 149
25th December 2017

To the tune of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer)

Andy the parkrun leader

Set them off promptly at eight

Up the Waikanae river

Past the broken branch and gate

Then one sunny Christmas eve

Santa came to say
"Everyone runs so fast alright
Won't you pull my sleigh tonight"
First male home was Michael Wray

With Kent Stead second you see

Hannah the first lady

You'll go down in history

(to the tune of jingle bells)
Dashing up the path
People starting their day
Doing Kapiti parkrun
Laughing all the way
14 personal bests
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to run and sing
We'll all sleep well tonight
Jingle bells, Andy smells
The runners ran away
O what fun it is to do
Parkrun on Christmas day
Hope everyone had fun!
Dan (with a little bit of help from Isaac)

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • Daniel SPENCER • Thomas COLLIER • Theresa LANGLEY • Todd SPENCER • Rafferty AYSON • Daniel STONER

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 Betty BOHANE who recorded a time of 19:11 on 25th February 2017 (event number 106).
The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,369 participants have completed 9,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 48,120 km, including 1,883 new Personal Bests.

 

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 148
23rd December 2017

This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Izy NELSON-WILL • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Thomas COLLIER • Dave CHANDLER • Andy LANGLEY • Daniel STONER

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 Betty BOHANE who recorded a time of 19:11 on 25th February 2017 (event number 106).
The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,361 participants have completed 9,543 parkruns covering a total distance of 47,715 km, including 1,869 new Personal Bests.

 

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 147
16th December 2017

A string of glorious weather on the Kapiti Coast led to another cracking Saturday morning for Park Run at Otaihanga Domain. A good crowd gathered to hear the briefing from Andy then without much fanfare we were set off on our trot.

The sun was in my eyes as I wound my way up the Waikanae River track. There were plenty of families, dogs barking up a storm and other enthusiastic runners on the track.

I had convinced a small crowd of work colleagues to come along this week and this must have spurred me along as I managed my fasted time of the summer so far.

After the run, I lay about on the grass and cheered on the remaining runners. Then it was time for a swim at the beach, fabulous start to the weekend on the Kapiti Coast!
Cheers,
Jo

This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Craig MURPHY • Declan MURPHY • Jude WADSWORTH • Jeff STARK • Joanna JENKINS • Caty SPENCER • Brent ATKINS • Dave THORBURN

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 Betty BOHANE who recorded a time of 19:11 on 25th February 2017 (event number 106).
The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,349 participants have completed 9,438 parkruns covering a total distance of 47,190 km, including 1,854 new Personal Bests.

 

Event number 141

Kapiti Coast parkrun
4th November 2017

After a good run of dry conditions, a mildly damp track greeted the 71 runners for the 141st Kapiti Coast parkrun. Our man Andy was back to lead the troops after his Palmerston North sojourn last week. A credible 32.59 if I'm reading the results correctly. A very nice run apparently up and down the river on a good quality track. 217 people turned and Kapiti Coast's very own Lucy Lawlor was the first female home.

 

Congrats to James Brader and Jill Burns who knocked up 100 and 50 run milestones this week. Quite an achievement.

 

First female home today was Hannah Buglass-Deveux in an impressive 21:40. And streaking out ahead (not literally!) of the male runners was Sam Yeoman in an equally impressive 19.29.

Lots of PBs again this week.

 

Well done to Zane Wakeling, Gareth Thomas, Archie Chambers, Kara Leigh, Hugo Harper, Sharon Hurman, Grace Hutton, Stephen Chambers and Ria Waikerepuru. Most of you are under 14, so I think us oldies need to pull finger and record some PBs next week.

 

Hello to Andrew Ross, Paul Brosnahan who joined the parkrun family this week with their first Kapiti parkruns. And a welcome back to Marcelo Amaya. Pretty much every time I've run with Marcelo he's hovered just behind me for most of the run, before sprinting past as we come through the gate. Returning after 6 months he did exactly the same to me again today.

And the last word goes to my daughter who at the finish line asked her 'on the verge of passing out' Dad, "why did you let that man pass you, daddy?". She can push herself next week!

See you next time

Dan & Rosie (aged 5 1/4)

This week 71 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Jude WADSWORTH • Bruce JENKINS • Jeff STARK • James SPENCER • Thomas COLLIER • Kate JENKINS • Ross WELLS

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 Betty BOHANE who recorded a time of 19:11 on 25th February 2017 (event number 106).
The male record is held by Isaac MURPHY who recorded a time of 16:02 on 26th August 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded 87.28% (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 1,317 participants have completed 9,018 parkruns covering a total distance of 45,090 km, including 1,781 new Personal Bests.

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