Event # 320

Millwater parkrun
Event number 320
17th April 2021

Run #320 was treated to a nice crisp and sunny morning where over 200 runners turned up cheery-faced to get the weekend off to a fun and healthy start. Once the pre-race formalities were concluded, everyone respectfully lined up for the start with the faster runners positioning themselves at the front.

Today I brought my kids down as I think it is a great way for them to get exercise and see an awesome community event in action. However, getting them out the door and agreeing to go is not always easy – they are tough negotiators and once they discovered scooters and bikes are now not allowed,  I ended up succumbing to agreeing to buy some fidgets (if you don’t know what these are, don’t ask and your life will be better for not knowing).

I think it is amazing (to me at least) as to how many people still  have never heard of parkrun so I always try and spread the word - I have managed to get a few of my work colleagues into running via parkrun and they have never looked back.  Also, one of my brothers had never been a runner and then after visiting me in NZ and doing a Millwater parkrun in 2014 , returned home and did his first in London. Six years later and he now runs with Sale Harriers in Manchester and runs sub-17 mins in his late 30s so sometimes you may find a hidden talent.

Congrats to all of those 27 runners who achieved a PB today; I must confess I am a little jealous as, after having completed over 200 runs,  I still have just the single solitary PB form the first one :)

Speaking of confessions, I also have to admit that like Alistair’s in his report a few weeks ago, I also try to engineer choosing a location near a parkrun when I go away.

Finally just want to say that today was another wonderful run out and, for the record, my kids really enjoyed it :)

Thanks again to all the volunteers who make this great event happen and see you all next week!

Jack

This week 212 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Jack DONAGHY • Claire TAYLOR • Rhys SPYVE • Leona SPYVE • Cathy KIRKPATRICK • Luke KIRKPATRICK • Daniel HAROLD • Jessica DISCOMBE • Graeme STANLEY • Marlize MINNAAR • Nuria MCLEOD • Shaun COOPER • Daniel PLAYNE • Biliana KOSTOVA

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

The female record is held by Katrina ANDREW who recorded a time of 17:28 on 7th December 2019 (event number 273).
The male record is held by Mark BOYCE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 28th November 2020 (event number 301).
The Age Grade course record is held by Christine ADAMSON who recorded 94.34% (21:29) on 12th December 2020 (event number 303).

Millwater parkrun started on 20th September 2014. Since then 3,748 participants have completed 33,579 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,895 km, including 5,200 new Personal Bests. A total of 358 individuals have volunteered 2,746 times.

 

Event #319 Tamariki Takeover

Millwater parkrun
Event number 319
10th April 2021

Good morning to all parkrun friends, after months of blazing sunshine finally we had a wet and windy parkrun. This didn't put of the 130 runners (my mom was pleased it was raining because she does not like the heat).

Today was a tamariki takeover with 19 volunteers helping with a theme of pajamas. This was my 86th parkrun and I enjoy it now more than ever. Waking up this morning I  could hear the rain and the wind. And instead of grabbing my junior ninja vest (my favourite running shirt). I grabbed my pajamas and dressing gown, which made the warm up interesting with lots of strange looks from passers by!

The wind clearly had an effect on people and  avoiding big puddles and slippery leaves did not help at all . This all adds to the excitement for me. My mom and dad are always afraid of slipping as they are not as young as they used to be.

The parkruns come round so quickly and running it with my family is one of my highlights of the week.

I would like to thank all my fellow volunteers for their efforts not only for today but for every parkrun, as we all know there would be no parkrun without this support. I would like shout out to Bruno for taking on the lead roll of run director (the most daunting task)

Regards Archie. See you next week.

 

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Jessica CARGEEGE • Katelin CARGEEGE • Rhys SPYVE • Cathy KIRKPATRICK • Isaac KIRKPATRICK • Ella KIRKPATRICK • Grace KIRKPATRICK • Zoe CRISP • Daniel HAROLD • Daniel CLEMENT • Johan MINNAAR • Ané MINNAAR • Bruno MCLEOD • Sofia MCLEOD • Audrey CAO • Archie FELTON • Ava MCILROY

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

The female record is held by Katrina ANDREW who recorded a time of 17:28 on 7th December 2019 (event number 273).
The male record is held by Mark BOYCE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 28th November 2020 (event number 301).
The Age Grade course record is held by Christine ADAMSON who recorded 94.34% (21:29) on 12th December 2020 (event number 303).

Millwater parkrun started on 20th September 2014. Since then 3,735 participants have completed 33,367 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,835 km, including 5,173 new Personal Bests. A total of 357 individuals have volunteered 2,732 times.

 

Event #318 – Happy Easter!

Millwater Easter parkrun
Event number 318
3rd April 2021

Ester eggs running

Kia ora, parkrunners and friends!

Haere mai to the 166 athletes and 16 volunteers who showed up today.
Autumn sunshine warmed our faces and blinded our eyes.
Pleased to welcome ten First Timers
PBs in abundance -  32 of you recorded a Personal Best.
Youngsters rule - almost 25% of the participants today were Juniors.

Egg treats galore for the Junior parkrunners.
Always follow the parkrun code.
Sincere thanks to the Kirkpatrick whanau for organising the egg hunt.
Thanks to the volunteers for putting on another awesome event.
Everyone had a fabulous time.
Reminder: next week is our Tamariki Takeover Event, run entirely by Juniors. Don't forget to wear your PJs!

Ngā mihi o te Aranga! Happy Easter everyone!

The Millwater Team

 

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This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Claire TAYLOR • Rhys SPYVE • Leona SPYVE • Frank RANDS • Pam RAWLES • Rachel RAWLES • Kayla HURCUM • Emmy HURCUM • Marlise VISSER • Graeme STANLEY • Shaun COOPER • Josefina JUERGENS • Phil BROOKER • Biliana KOSTOVA • Jenny HITCHCOCK • Paul KOLSTON

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

The female record is held by Katrina ANDREW who recorded a time of 17:28 on 7th December 2019 (event number 273).
The male record is held by Mark BOYCE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 28th November 2020 (event number 301).
The Age Grade course record is held by Christine ADAMSON who recorded 94.34% (21:29) on 12th December 2020 (event number 303).

Millwater parkrun started on 20th September 2014. Since then 3,728 participants have completed 33,237 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,185 km, including 5,166 new Personal Bests. A total of 353 individuals have volunteered 2,715 times.

 

Event #317

Millwater parkrun
Event number 317

27th March 2021 Milestone Reached – Time for some parkrun Confessions

Saturday rolled around quickly again for Event Number 317.  I was a little concerned on my arrival that we were going to get blown away and/or very wet, but Rhys assured me there would be some “Millwater Magic”.

Today was my 251st parkrun and after this mornings’ Event Briefing I spent the rest of my run thinking about this report, and I guess I realised I do have a few parkrun confessions to make:

Let me start my stating that I am nervous about writing this report as I have read so many good ones over the years. I have enjoyed reading reports from parkrunners of all ages and backgrounds, giving insights and perspectives.  They have been informative, intriguing and even educational. For example, last week was wonderfully written by 11 yr old Grace, thoughtful, well-constructed, reflective and insightful.

I have also read reports full of stats and data, faultless poetry, the different fauna and flora (I had to Google what this meant) on our wonderful course and even one from a dog’s point of view.

I hope I don’t forget to mention anyone’s milestones, Andrew (50), Channelle (50), Pat (150) and Will (almost 100 milestone).  Well done great efforts and consistency.

I must mention how envious I am of the paces ran by our first home participants, the PBs gained by many, and those orange Ninja singlets being worn by youngsters, and those a bit older.

And not forgetting the team of fantastic volunteers – week in, week out. Now that I have my breath back - thank you.

My other parkrun confessions include:

The fact that I will only visit my inlaws up North if I can be at Whangarei parkrun,

Last January the family holiday location had to have a parkrun – thanks East End (New Plymouth) parkrun,

The other year I changed booked flights so that we were not in the air on a Saturday at 8am (had to pay extra but at least I made a parkrun),

I have been late to Saturday morning sport/activities – stating “car trouble”,

There have been further situations and confessions I could possibly share with you, BUT I really want to be back at parkrun next Saturday, at 8am, with my barcode.

See you there!!

Alastair

 

This week 173 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Jenna SPYVE • Claire TAYLOR • Alastair FEAR • Rhys SPYVE • Lynda MURPHY • Leona SPYVE • Eve STANLEY • Nuria MCLEOD • Judy HUMPHRIS • Ben CAO • Abraham CAO • Carlos J HUMPHRIS • Biliana KOSTOVA • Faye MCILROY • Jessica FORBES

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

The female record is held by Katrina ANDREW who recorded a time of 17:28 on 7th December 2019 (event number 273).
The male record is held by Mark BOYCE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 28th November 2020 (event number 301).
The Age Grade course record is held by Christine ADAMSON who recorded 94.34% (21:29) on 12th December 2020 (event number 303).

Millwater parkrun started on 20th September 2014. Since then 3,718 participants have completed 33,071 parkruns covering a total distance of 165,355 km, including 5,134 new Personal Bests. A total of 352 individuals have volunteered 2,699 times.

 

Event #316

Millwater parkrun
Event number 316
20th March 2021

My name is Grace Kirkpatrick, I’m 11 years old and today I have completed my 200th parkrun. I would also like to congratulate Alastair for doing his 250th with a new PB time, and Graeme for completing his 150th. Here is a snippet of my parkrun story.

For many years my family and I did not run. Until my mum and my brother found out about this awesome running activity called parkrun, not long after I decided to join in. I started when I was 6, I will always remember my first parkrun. In pj’s my mum and I ran my first parkrun [celebrating millwater parkruns 2nd birthday] , at the time there were almost no children there. Many parkruns later I was with all my family running parkrun. More and more people joined, starting at about 60, and then up to 200 at least. Our time at parkrun has made us find many nice people, and gave us the courage to get a running dog. Some parkruns I was convinced that I was never doing it again, but I was wrong every time. I’m not the fastest but I enjoy it and that's all that matters. My family, especially my mum would make things like brownies, ice blocks, easter eggs, fudge, cupcakes and lots of other things to bring to parkrun. People don’t go to parkrun for many reasons, thinking they're not fast enough, or thinking they have to run, but they are all wrong. Parkrun is for everyone, walkers, runners and walk runners, do not get let down about going to parkrun, because you will never be forced to run. Parkrun can be competitive, casual or just for fun. I never thought I was gonna do parkrun for this long, but look at me now!
See you all next week!

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Michael GLENDAY • Esmé STRYDOM • Sandra GLENDAY • Vivienne GLENDAY • Rhys SPYVE • Leona SPYVE • Mark WALLACE • Grace KIRKPATRICK • Frank RANDS • Laurie RANDS • Philip RAWLES • Pam RAWLES • Rachel RAWLES • Kayla HURCUM • Emmy HURCUM • Graeme STANLEY • Nuria MCLEOD • Kerry ATTWOOD • Biliana KOSTOVA • Sarah EDMONDS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Millwater parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Katrina ANDREW who recorded a time of 17:28 on 7th December 2019 (event number 273).
The male record is held by Mark BOYCE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 28th November 2020 (event number 301).
The Age Grade course record is held by Christine ADAMSON who recorded 94.34% (21:29) on 12th December 2020 (event number 303).
Millwater parkrun started on 20th September 2014. Since then 3,700 participants have completed 32,898 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,490 km, including 5,113 new Personal Bests. A total of 351 individuals have volunteered 2,684 times.

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