View from the finish line

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Parkrunday arrives and the sun comes out to shine
For 67 runners making their way over to the line.
A babble of excitement and brightly coloured tees
Head off along the river track, in amongst the trees.

It was a tricky run, I hear, with lots of puddles in the way
Not that it caused too much bother – we still had 2 PB's today!
From my spot on the finish line, I watched everyone arrive
Some people smiling, some sprinting, some only just alive...

Well done to all who took part, you were absolutely prime
Next week I'm back to running, instead of keeping time!

Anna Walsh

This week 67 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

Anna WALSH • Andy JENKINS • Sara ENOKA • Jill BURNS • Fiona MORRISON • Thomas COLLIER

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

Male placings:
Isaac MURPHY (SM20-24) of Wellington Harrier Athletic Club Inc, was first over the line in 16:03 - third time in 3 appearances.
Tom BLAND (VM35-39) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was second over the line in 18:43 - has been first to finish on 20 previous occasions.
Leon GOODWIN (VM40-44)  was third over the line in 19:14 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first (9th overall) over the line in 22:41 - 25th time in 71 appearances.
Zoe COOPER (VW40-44)  was second (17th overall) over the line in 24:30 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Kate WATTERSON (VW35-39)  was third (20th overall) over the line in 25:36.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Isaac MURPHY (SM20-24) – 80.37% for the time 16:03 (first overall).
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) – 79.79% for the time 22:41 (9th overall).
Geoff SMITH (VM65-69) – 74.08% for the time 22:38 (8th overall).

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 1,276 participants have completed 8,464 parkruns covering a total distance of 42,320 km, including 1,700 new Personal Bests.

 

29 July 2017

Kapiti parkrun 29 July 2017

If there was one word to describe today’s parkrun, it would be cold. ❄️❄️❄️

A polar blast had arrived at Kapiti the day before and provided some ‘cooler’ temperatures for today’s parkrunners. 40 of us pitched up ready to go all-out for PB’s and have fun doing it. In the true spirit of parkrun, friends reunited, families came together, and even new people met each other.

The course was still a bit battered from stormy weather over the past few weeks. The runners had to dodge frequent puddles and navigate some mildly rough terrain. The reward, however, was seeing the snow-capped mountains above Waikanae as we came into the halfway mark.

 

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 89
29th October 2016

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parkrun 89 was a Halloween special and there were plenty of hideous looking sights on the track this week but that's not that unusual within our group and had little to do with the theme!

The actual run report is a little bit sketchy this week as I was visually impaired by running in a rather fetching long black wig and witches hat as well as trying to encourage a daughter with a pumpkin on her head to push right to the end.

Everyone seemed to have a good time as always and we were lucky enough to have plenty of volunteers to look after us which always helps Andy out.

If you haven’t had go at volunteering before give it a go it's free as well and means that we all can enjoy the running.

Great news about the silicone wristbands, it will be really good to see how they work and much easier than trying to scan a washed barcode. Maybe we could think about Parkrun barcode tattoos next but that might be slightly over the top!

Male placings:
Leon GOODWIN (VM40-44) was first over the line in 19:04 - 4th time in 17 appearances.
Michael RICHARDSON (SM25-29) was second over the line in 20:28.
Dave CHANDLER (VM50-54) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was third over the line in 20:31 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2957 pts.
Linsay MAY 2711 pts.
Bruce ALLEN 2675 pts.
Female placings:
Renae CRESER (VW40-44) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first (4th overall) over the line in 20:49 - second time in 2 appearances.
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was second (7th overall) over the line in 22:29 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions.
Aimee PORTER (JW11-14) was third (15th overall) over the line in 23:41.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe COOPER 3584 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 3375 pts.
Jasmine COOPER 3337 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 79.47% for the time 22:29 (7th overall).
Anna KENNA (VW60-64) was graded 76.64% for the time 25:41 (27th overall).
Steve MCDONALD (VM65-69) was graded 75.71% for the time 22:22 (6th overall).
This week there were 81 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 999 different runners, including participants from 50 athletics clubs, have completed 5,664 runs covering a total distance of 28,320 km, and there have been 1,330 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Geoff FERRY who ran in a time of 00:16:55 on 8th October 2016 (event number 86).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

 

Event number 88

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 88
22nd October 2016

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Parkrun 88 saw 86 people (and several animals) running on a beautiful Kapiti Coast morning.

There were personal bests broken all over the show from first place to 86th but the overriding impression was of kids.........everywhere!

I stupidly tried to keep up with those 30 years younger than me and quickly felt many years older but that's what I love about Parkrun, it's inclusive and for all ages.

Massive shout out to the volunteers once again without whom none of the runners would have been able to run.

Try it yourself, it costs the same as the running and gives you the excuse for a rest!!

Male placings:
Brad THOMPSON (SM30-34) was first over the line in 18:46 - second time in 5 appearances.
Mark BOUWMAN (VM35-39) was second over the line in 18:54 - was first to finish once before.
Oakley FEARON (JM11-14) was third over the line in 19:41.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2862 pts.
Linsay MAY 2621 pts.
Bruce ALLEN 2587 pts.
Female placings:
Lucy TOWNEND (SW25-29) was first (8th overall) over the line in 21:34 - 23rd time in 26 appearances.
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was second (10th overall) over the line in 22:26 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions.
Caty SPENCER (VW40-44) was third (21st overall) over the line in 23:40.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe COOPER 3489 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 3277 pts.
Jasmine COOPER 3250 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 79.64% for the time 22:26 (10th overall).
Anna KENNA (VW60-64) was graded 76.99% for the time 25:34 (36th overall).
Oakley FEARON (JM11-14) was graded 75.53% for the time 19:41 (third overall).
This week there were 86 runners, of whom 6 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 990 different runners, including participants from 50 athletics clubs, have completed 5,583 runs covering a total distance of 27,915 km, and there have been 1,314 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Geoff FERRY who ran in a time of 00:16:55 on 8th October 2016 (event number 86).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

 

Event number 86

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 86
8th October 2016
Male placings:
Geoff FERRY (SM30-34) of Wellington Scottish Athletics Club Inc, was first over the line in 16:55 - first appearance.
Brad THOMPSON (SM30-34) was second over the line in 19:17.
Brent ATKINS (SM25-29) was third over the line in 20:57 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2774 pts.
Linsay MAY 2445 pts.
Terence BROWN 2423 pts.
Female placings:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first (6th overall) over the line in 22:39 - 15th time in 35 appearances.
Hinano ANDREWS (SW30-34) of Wellington Scottish Athletics Club Inc, was second (8th overall) over the line in 23:04.
Sandi COOPER (SW30-34) was third (12th overall) over the line in 23:46 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe COOPER 3294 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 3178 pts.
Jasmine COOPER 3070 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 78.88% for the time 22:39 (6th overall).
Geoff FERRY (SM30-34) was graded 77.14% for the time 16:55 (first overall).
Anna KENNA (VW60-64) was graded 76.64% for the time 25:41 (26th overall).
This week there were 70 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 979 different runners, including participants from 50 athletics clubs, have completed 5,461 runs covering a total distance of 27,305 km, and there have been 1,287 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Geoff FERRY who ran in a time of 00:16:55 on 8th October 2016 (event number 86).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

 

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Parkrun #85 marks the first run after daylight savings last weekend and spring has well and truly arrived. Some overnight rain dampened things down a little, but otherwise it was a pleasantly mild, overcast morning for a trot down the river.

My running buddy and I headed down to the domain to find 56 others who agreed that it was a great morning for a run. The hound (Whitney - yes named after the singer, and those who have heard her at the start line will realise how appropriate the name is) was keen to hit the trail at the front of the pack... she still hasn't realised that her human much prefers the tail end. So I tried to hold her back, she tried to pull me forward and we headed out in the usual 'forward-moving-tug-of-war' that is typical at the start of our morning runs!

A lack of rain over the past week made for an almost dry track, and even accounting for a little uneven ground around the construction zone, and the odd muddy patch, we had great conditions for a fast run. I see from the results that 10 of the 57 runners earnt a PB, so this proved to be true - but for me, still on only my 3rd parkrun back after breaking my wrist, it was my slowest time yet.

Regardless of the finishing time, we both arrived back with a smile, and enough in the tank to rack up a few more kms on the way home. I always love starting my weekend with parkrun... we are blessed to have a beautiful river to run alongside and great sponsors and volunteers that keep our event well supported - huge thanks to everyone who gives up the chance to run each week so that the rest of us can hit the trail!

Until next time,
Lisa Cavanagh
1st October 2016
Male placings:
Tom GOODWIN (JM15-17) of Wellington Scottish Athletics Club Inc, was first over the line in 18:05 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Dylan LYNCH (JM15-17) was second over the line in 18:05 - was first to finish once before.
Brad THOMPSON (SM30-34) was third over the line in 19:32.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2680 pts.
Terence BROWN 2423 pts.
Linsay MAY 2355 pts.
Female placings:
Lucy TOWNEND (SW25-29) was first (7th overall) over the line in 22:18 - 21st time in 24 appearances.
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was second (10th overall) over the line in 22:53 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Zoe COOPER (VW40-44) was third (18th overall) over the line in 24:06 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe COOPER 3198 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 3078 pts.
Jasmine COOPER 2985 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 78.08% for the time 22:53 (10th overall).
Dylan LYNCH (JM15-17) was graded 76.96% for the time 18:05 (second overall).
Tom GOODWIN (JM15-17) was graded 74.65% for the time 18:05 (first overall).
This week there were 66 runners, of whom 7 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 970 different runners, including participants from 50 athletics clubs, have completed 5,391 runs covering a total distance of 26,955 km, and there have been 1,273 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Stefan PRZYCHODZKO who ran in a time of 00:17:01 on 26th March 2016 (event number 60).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

 

Event number 81

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 81
27th August 2016

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Parkrun #81 marked a milestone for me personally. My 10 year old daughter beat me today and I didn't let her beat me, she beat me!
Must admit that waking up to driving rain and strong winds didn't fill me full of enthusiasm for a run today but, as ever, the wonderful Kapiti Coast turned on a beautiful morning with the only gripe being the headwind on the return leg!
A respectable 42 people ran today with a spread of times from 20 to nearly 50 minutes. That's what makes Parkrun so great, it's not a race except maybe against yourself and that elusive personal best.
Thanks to Andy and all the wonderful volunteers, I think all of us that run should consider giving it a go, think of it as a week off from running and if we all do it once or twice then it's not a chore for the few to enable the many.
Looking forward to Parkrun 82 next week, just not getting beaten by the kids again.
Andy Langley

Male placings:
Brent ATKINS (SM25-29)  was first over the line in 20:07 - 6th time in 17 appearances.
Dave CHANDLER (VM50-54) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was second over the line in 20:52 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Scott WHITLEY (VM45-49) of Feilding Moa Harriers, was third over the line in 21:06.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2317 pts.
Terence BROWN  2231 pts.
Bruce ALLEN 2067 pts.
Female placings:
Lucy TOWNEND (SW25-29)  was first (4th overall) over the line in 22:45 - 17th time in 20 appearances.
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was second (5th overall) over the line in 22:53 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Zoe COOPER (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (7th overall) over the line in 23:59 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe COOPER 2806 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2682 pts.
Jasmine COOPER  2619 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 78.08% for the time 22:53 (5th overall).
Dave CHANDLER (VM50-54) was graded 71.25% for the time 20:52 (second overall).
Roger CHILDS (VM70-74) was graded 71.10% for the time 25:26 (12th overall).
This week there were 42 runners, of whom 2 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 941 different runners, including participants from 50 athletics clubs, have completed 5,145 runs covering a total distance of 25,725 km, and there have been 1,240 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Stefan PRZYCHODZKO who ran in a time of 00:17:01 on 26th March 2016 (event number 60).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

 

Event number 78

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 78
6th August 2016

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With the weather we had been experiencing I was feeling doubtful that I would go to this weeks Parkrun.
Reading of the need for a run report writer was sufficient motivation for me to commit to Saturdays Parkrun, however waking to the sound of rain during the night had me starting to regret my decision, but I knew if it was on I would to have to attend.
Arriving at The Otaihanga Domain it looked quite dismal with very few runners about, but after a quick warm up I was ready to run.
Although it was a smaller field and we had to encounter some large puddles, Parkrun was just as good as every other Saturday apart from the weather.
I was glad I attended, otherwise I probably would not have run today, I am looking forward to next weeks run already.

Linsay May

Male placings:
Terence BROWN (VM35-39) was first over the line in 21:46 - first time in 53 appearances.
James BRADER (VM50-54) was second over the line in 22:29.
Linsay MAY (VM60-64) was third (4th overall) over the line in 24:22.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2221 pts.
Terence BROWN 2134 pts.
Gary CRILLEY 1956 pts.
Female placings:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first (third overall) over the line in 23:17 - 13th time in 27 appearances.
Joanna JENKINS (SW30-34) was second (8th overall) over the line in 25:26.
Rachel MEDHURST (VW45-49) was third (14th overall) over the line in 27:00.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Jasmine COOPER 2529 pts.
Zoe COOPER 2513 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2385 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 76.74% for the time 23:17 (third overall).
Roger CHILDS (VM70-74) was graded 70.92% for the time 25:30 (9th overall).
James BRADER (VM50-54) was graded 66.12% for the time 22:29 (second overall).
This week there were 24 runners, of whom 3 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 2 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 933 different runners, including participants from 50 athletics clubs, have completed 5,046 runs covering a total distance of 25,230 km, and there have been 1,220 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Stefan PRZYCHODZKO who ran in a time of 00:17:01 on 26th March 2016 (event number 60).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.

 

My brother made me do it!

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 77
30th July 2016

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My brother made me do this!
I'm visiting Andy from Melbourne, so this is my first Parkrun in NZ. A chilly start to a Saturday but a nice meander along the riverbank before a welcome coffee at the end of the run.
As with all Parkruns, a kilometre seems longer than a kilometre anywhere else - and how is it that even on flat ground, every direction from the start of the run is uphill?
Thanks to everyone for a nice sociable run in pleasant surroundings - maybe we'll see some of you at our Diamond Creek Parkrun one day.

Dave and Pam Jenkins

Male placings:
Dave CHANDLER (VM50-54) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first over the line in 20:38 - 7th time in 31 appearances.
Jake ROOS (VM35-39) was second over the line in 21:48 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Terence BROWN (VM35-39) was third over the line in 21:49.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2126 pts.
Terence BROWN 2034 pts.
John GLYNN-BEGBIE 1867 pts.
Female placings:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first (6th overall) over the line in 22:58 - 12th time in 26 appearances.
Zoe COOPER (VW40-44) was second (9th overall) over the line in 24:18 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Margaret LEYLAND (VW40-44) was third (10th overall) over the line in 24:57.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe COOPER 2513 pts.
Jasmine COOPER 2435 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 2285 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 77.79% for the time 22:58 (6th overall).
Dave CHANDLER (VM50-54) was graded 72.05% for the time 20:38 (first overall).
Alan ORANGE (VM60-64) was graded 66.56% for the time 24:58 (11th overall).
This week there were 48 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 930 different runners, including participants from 50 athletics clubs, have completed 5,022 runs covering a total distance of 25,110 km, and there have been 1,218 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Stefan PRZYCHODZKO who ran in a time of 00:17:01 on 26th March 2016 (event number 60).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page

 

Reflections: First time; second time

Kapiti Coast parkrun
Event number 73
2nd July 2016

First time: Adam

Go!
I start to run, people all around me
I see the river it looks amazing
then I look up and around me we're running through a construction site
then I see the river again I am starting to get tired
a few moments later I am almost done then I'm done
that was amazing
I am going to come back next week

Second time: Kylie

Saturday 2 July, 6.30am. I'm awake. It's dark and chilly, barely a week past the shortest day of the year. Parkrun. Second time. Can I do it again?

7.30. I'm in the car with my 11 year old son. I'm in leggings, IceBreaker top, fleece jacket, windbreaker, beanie. He's in a pair of Farmer's shorts and a t-shirt. He reluctantly added a hoodie as we walked out the door. I hand over his barcode. Last night I printed off his sheet and mine, glued them onto cardboard, cut them into neat rectangles, laminated them, used a special punch to round off the corners, another special punch to make oval-shaped holes. He's talking about his recent inter-schools cross-country experience. Who will be at the parkrun? What's the track like? Where do you go? What do you do with the barcode? He's never run further than 3.2km.

I've been training for this since last December. A book, an app, a DVD, and a goal: to be able to run continuously for half an hour three times a week. It took me five months to get there and along the way I found so much more than a running routine. But so far it's been a solo journey with an introspective focus. Until last week.

The morning is beautifully clear. Sian, the race director, welcomes everyone and thanks the volunteers. My son isn't keen to be singled out as a newbie. He gets a warm welcome anyway. He's looking at the other kids, sizing them up. He has an untested bravado. I have been chipping away for six months at the You-Are-Not-A-Runner sign on my heart, and in this moment I have peace.

Here I am again at the starting line of a 5km group run. It's freezing. I stamp my feet, shake my hands. Maybe it helps, but I still can't feel my toes. I'm not nervous. I've got this. I did it last week.

A countdown, and we're away. Adam bolts. I find my pace easily and begin to dial in. Breath, posture, lean, light. The ground below is dark, soft and forgiving, scattered with tiny stones and muddy drifts of leftover autumn leaves. Last night's rain has pooled in muddy hollows that hold brief histories of passing feet and paws and wheels, then yield to new impressions.

Trees form a corridor around me. I try to remember landmarks from last week but the images are jumbled - a glimpse of the river, an overbridge, a locked gate, a distance marker, more trees, a field. I still can't feel my toes. There is no runner in sight ahead, and heavy breathing and footfalls behind. I relax my shoulders, breathe, tilt forward, kick back, smile. I look beyond the moment and see the river. It's there, rolling along next to me. A runner passes, and then I am alone. Breathe, relax, smile.

The trail seems longer this time. Where is the half-way marker? When will the frontrunners begin to return past me? I let the thought go. Breathe, relax, smile. I've been reading a book of running essays. Pam Reed: "Learning to break things down is one of the most valuable lessons I've learned as an ultrarunner". I pick a branch that sticks out at a funny angle ahead. You just need to make it to there. I fix that branch in my head. We make it, Pam Reed and I. Woohoo! I pick another one. The first runners are coming back now. They don't smile. I look for my son.

I see a marker. Three km down. I can feel my toes now. A wave of ease and joy rises through me with the thawing muscles and loosening limbs. I abandon Pam Reed and just go with the feeling. Breathe, lean, smile. The river is with me again, rolling along as the sun begins to take the edge off the morning. Ahead are the young girls. My running self is with them. She is about their age, a confident sprinter but too impatient to pace herself for longer distances. I lengthen my stride. There's the finish line. I head for my son. "Over here!" The volunteers wave and shout. I veer to the side where they wait with timer and tags.

I'm clutching my newly laminated barcode. I've been holding it tightly all through the run. I accept my tag, get it scanned. I step out of the line, and greet the weekend with a finished 5km.

Male placings:
Dave CHANDLER (VM50-54) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first over the line in 20:34 - 6th time in 28 appearances.
Andy MORRELL (VM35-39) was second over the line in 21:57.
Steve MCDONALD (VM65-69) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was third over the line in 22:01.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 1836 pts.
Terence BROWN 1639 pts.
Adrian HARDY (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 1552 pts.
Female placings:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) of Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, was first (6th overall) over the line in 22:11 - 10th time in 23 appearances.
Joanna JENKINS (SW30-34) was second (16th overall) over the line in 26:09.
Alisha DOYLE (JW10) was third (17th overall) over the line in 26:23.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe COOPER 2118 pts.
Jasmine COOPER 2068 pts.
Kate JENKINS (Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc) 1986 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate JENKINS (VW55-59) was graded 80.54% for the time 22:11 (6th overall).
Steve MCDONALD (VM65-69) was graded 76.15% for the time 22:01 (third overall).
Dave CHANDLER (VM50-54) was graded 72.29% for the time 20:34 (first overall).
This week there were 44 runners, of whom 4 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.
Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015, and since then 917 different runners, including participants from 48 athletics clubs, have completed 4,844 runs covering a total distance of 24,220 km, and there have been 1,194 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jo JOHANSEN who ran in a time of 00:19:40 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Stefan PRZYCHODZKO who ran in a time of 00:17:01 on 26th March 2016 (event number 60).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith BATEMAN who recorded a 87.28% run (18:13) on 21st February 2015 (event number 5).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kapiti Coast parkrun Results Page.