Owairaka parkrun is cancelled on 2021-10-23 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

Owairaka parkrun – Event #40 – 14 August, 2021

Kia ora everyone. I'm Robyn, a regular at Blenheim parkrun, here in Auckland as part of my quest to complete every NZ parkrun. (Oh, and to bag an O for my alphabet challenge.)

I'm glad I chose Owairaka. It's  a lovely out-and-back course (with two legs), containing a variety of bridge crossings, wetland, parkland and urban terrain. And with very friendly people who pretended to understand my need to travel the country in search of parkruns-not-yet-run.

When I'm visiting a parkrun for the first time, I generally don't sleep well the night before. My brain prefers to spend those hours catastrophising: What if my alarm doesn't go off / I miss the bus / I can't find the start (which has happened). . . .? True to form, short of sleep but super-early, I turned up on a beautiful Auckland morning to join the 70-odd runners, walkers and volunteers at Owairaka Park.

We had an actual international visitor today,  Graeme from Australia, along with Chris and Jamie, well-known Queenstown parkrun stalwarts, and myself from the Mainland. We also welcomed parkrunners from other Auckland and North Island events.

As ever, thanks to the wonderful volunteers who ensured that today's event happened. And congratulations to the two 'milestone' volunteers,  Francis McCormick and Abby Zhang, who have earned their V25 tee shirts!

Thanks, too, to Helen who whipped out her special home baking  on the finish line - what a treat! Coffee and chat at L'Oeuf afterwards completed an excellent morning of physical exercise and communal catch-ups, which is what parkrun is all about, isn't it?

And I have my O.

This week 69 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Naomi MCGARVA • Craig LINDSAY • Robyn RICHARDS • Abby ZHANG • Christiana BARKER • Helen WATSON • Julie COLLARD • Rebecca BERRY • Rosalind KELLY • John KELLY • Annabel ZUSSMAN • Tony AUSTIN • Francis MCCORMICK • Mike BRICKNELL • Sandra HULSE • Louise SISAM

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
The female record is held by Freyja PRENTICE who recorded a time of 19:27 on 10th July 2021 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Owairaka parkrun started on 24th October 2020. Since then 1,029 participants have completed 3,365 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,825 km, including 686 new Personal Bests. A total of 176 individuals have volunteered 627 times.

 

Owairaka parkrun – Event #39 – 7 August 2021

Owairaka parkrun
Event number 39
7th August 2021

What kind of parkrunner are you? Take this quiz to find out.

Collect one point for every question you answer yes to. Add up your total and check out your parkrun status at the end.

Have you ever:

1. Done parkrun even though it was raining and windy? Today 81 people did!

2. Run at all the Auckland parkruns? It was great to have other Auckland parkrun friends visiting Owairaka today.

3. Got a pb at parkrun? Today 21 people battled through the wind to record a new pb! Check out all the results here.

4. Volunteered at parkrun? Today a whopping 22 people did.

5. Encouraged a stranger during parkrun? Today we had 7 fabulous pacers. Chocolate fish goes to 1 of our run directors, Jon, who hit 22.30 right on the nose. Some other pacers offered some slightly creative pacing efforts but we will improve our accuracy as pacers volunteer on the first Saturday of each month!

6. Bought a wristband or tag or laminated your barcode yourself? After all, you need to protect your most important assets.

7. Let your weekly location be dictated because you needed it for "your Wilson index"?

8. Earned a free coffee from your local parkrun Cafe by getting clicks on your coffee card each week? Check out the cabinet at L'oeuf too. Delicious.

9. Arrived at parkrun without taking a car? It's great to see so many people utilizing our new portable bike rack that may or may not have taken 5 people to put up today. "3 easy steps" it says on the side.

10. Brought a friend to parkrun? Today we welcomed 7 first timers. Who could you bring next week?

11. Earned more than 1 t-shirt? You get these for smashing milestones: 10 for juniors, 50, 100, 250 runs and 25 volunteer efforts.

12. Planned a holiday or conference that "just happens to be right next to a parkrun"? Today we had visitors from as far away as Lower Hutt.

13. Made a new friend at parkrun? Why not try volunteering? You meet some stellar people who are as wonderful (crazy) as you are! It is fun and not too scary, we'll show you exactly what to do.

14. Done parkrun with a dog, pram or child? parkrun is for everyone and we love having kids and barkrunners who bring such joy to our community.

15. Forgotten your barcode? Oh the agony. In fact, have 2 points if you have never ever forgotten yours. You are a master.

THE RESULTS

1-5 THE RECRUIT: You are dipping your toes in the parkrun world. How excited we are to have you! Too excited perhaps you wonder. There is a lot of new language to learn. But now that you have shown up and figured out what to do with your barcode, you think you will come back. After all, the people were friendly and the coffee was good. And you are pretty sure you can beat that time you got.

6-10 THE REPRESENTATIVE: parkrun is no longer just a hobby, it's a habit. You love seeing your friends each week and all the new challenges of trying new parkruns and working towards milestones. You plan out regular volunteering efforts. Your family knows it is not "Will you parkrun this week? But where will you parkrun?

11-16 THE RADICAL: Go on, tell us your stats. How many parkruns?
Wow, phenomenal effort!
Which nz parkruns have you got left?
Should have known. After all, you know your barcode no. off by heart, you're an expert on every single volunteer job and you recite your Wilson index in your sleep. Face it, your heart belongs to parkrun. And what a wonderful, supportive community to call your own. We salute you, parkrun hero.

Thank you again to our wonderful volunteers:

Paul WHITE • Bazyl PIOTROWSKI • Sarah Jane SINCLAIR • Shay GARDINER • Craig LINDSAY • Bridget LAWRENCE • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jon TURNER • Abby ZHANG • Rebecca BERRY • Daniel ORGAN • Francis MCCORMICK • Joyce LEEVARD • Lucas MCDONALD • Kylie GREIG • Deborah TAIT • Kylie HOGG • Truda ZHU • Vesselina PETKOVA • Theo MOUSCARDES • Sarah MOUSCARDES • David DICKSON

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
The female record is held by Freyja PRENTICE who recorded a time of 19:27 on 10th July 2021 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Owairaka parkrun started on 24th October 2020. Since then 1,016 participants have completed 3,296 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,480 km, including 676 new Personal Bests. A total of 174 individuals have volunteered 611 times.

Bridget Lawrence

 

Owairaka parkrun – Event #38 – 31 July, 2021

Owairaka parkrun
Event number 38
31st July 2021

The day dawned with a calm and mild morning, perfect for running. 67 people turned up and ran, jogged, walked, pushed prams and followed their barkrunners around the course. It was great to have 12 first timers, including 5 brand new parkrunners. Welcome Mike, Elizabeth, Tulsi, Linda and Adeline!

The Olympics have been inspiring us all, including all the cyclists out this morning to be dodged on the cycleway. Despite the obstacles, 17 participants surged through to record new Personal Bests. Next week pacers will be on hand to help you meet a new goal whether it is 35 minutes or 18 minutes.

We had an exciting milestone for Owairaka parkrun today with our 1000th runner! Over our 38 events we have now had 1009 different people try our beautiful course! Since 24th October 2020, these 1,009 participants have completed 3,215 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,075 km, including 655 new Personal Bests. A total of 172 individuals have volunteered 589 times. We hope to see some more of the 1009 putting their hand up to volunteer.

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The event was made possible by 15 wonderful smiley volunteers:

Stu MCGARVA • Shan LEE • Craig LINDSAY • Rosemary BYGRAVE • Owen MITCHELL • Bridget LAWRENCE • Abby ZHANG • Julie COLLARD • Winona LEE • James MCLENNAN • Francis MCCORMICK • Sandra HULSE • Leanne COMER • Gillian ROACH.
A very special thank you and congratulations is in order to John KELLY who celebrated 25 volunteer efforts and 50 runs as our tailwalker today. 1 milestone is not enough for some people! It takes some effort to organise to get them on the same day. Ros and Julie organised balloons, bikkies and even a cape to make the most of the special moment. If you haven't volunteered in a while, or want to earn your own double milestone, check out the future roster and get on board. It's lots of fun and we will show you exactly what to do.

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Ben WATSON floated into first place today with a time of 18.58. Krystyna KNIGHT, the leading lady sped through in fourth place overall. She has now had 8 first finishes, more than any other female at Owairaka. Fantastic effort Krystyna! Our second place male (Sam Bowden) and female both had PBS today, Lauren KELLY shaving off an impressive 58 seconds! Laurinda LEWIS who runs for a very stately age category recorded a new pb of 28:20 and an incredible age grading of 81.24%! Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Owairaka parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
The female record is held by Freyja PRENTICE who recorded a time of 19:27 on 10th July 2021 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Have a great weekend and we'll see you next parkrunday!
Bridget LAWRENCE

 

Owairaka parkrun – Event #37 – 24 July, 2021

Event 37, I can see clearly now the fog is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way...

When we think about what holds us back from getting out and exercising, I am sure many at some stage have worried about what they look like while they run. I tell you what, when you have a morning like we did today ain’t no one going to be seeing you through that thick fog that didn’t lift all parkrun!

Even without the fog it is easy to see how safe and supportive the parkrun environment is no matter your abilities. Parkrun becomes more than about just walking or running as it becomes a community. One parkrunner that is well known within the Auckland parkrun scene is the very generous Helen who kindly baked very yummy cakes in the number of 100 to celebrate Owairaka’s very own parkrun starter and run director Julie who was celebrating an impressive dual milestone of 100 runs and 100 volunteer milestones. I heard a whisper that Helen had even swung by Cornwall Park parkrun to provide them cake to celebrate their 9th birthday on the way to Owairaka, how supportive is that! You don’t have to look far to find some kind of support out on the track, be it at the front of the pack or the back.

Winter is dark and cold and it is easy to want to stay in bed. Did you know that the mood benefits of 20 minutes of exercise can last up to 12 hours? What a way to kick start your Saturday!

Having had a health setback and being away from much exercise, it took me some time to reach my own 50th run milestone today, but I finally have done it! Other milestones today were celebrated by Krystyna also with 50 runs and today’s run director Rosalind trying to sneak through without detection with her very own 25 volunteer milestone. What a day of celebrations!

73 people ran, jogged, walked, skipped and collected droplets on their eyelashes, eyebrows and beards along the way. 10 people were first timers and 14 nabbed themselves a pretty sweet PB. We also welcomed runners from Whangarei and Queenstown.

If you know someone who parkruns but is yet to visit Owairaka why not tell them about the awesome track that it is.

Joyce Leevard
Volunteer

 

Owairaka parkrun – Event #36 – 17 July, 2021

Off on a tangent again!

Once again I find myself writing a run report for a parkrun I didn’t attend. So I’ll try to stick to the facts and the stats! The reason I wasn’t at Owairaka on Saturday was because I was in Wanaka, which may well have had the best weather of all the parkruns in New Zealand. There was no wind, nor was there rain. Just sunny, scenic mountains, water and trees. No bull! And here’s a few photos from there to prove it. While it was event #36 for us, it was Wanaka’s 153rd, with 58 versus 46 participants. It was fun touring down south, but it’s great to be back and I’m looking forward to returning to the fold this parkrunday!

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Here’s a link to the Wanaka run report which I wrote and the pics on Facebook if anyone’s interested.

Some notable notes from Event #36

At the faster end of the field we had repeat offenders receiving the frontrunner honours, with Krystyna Knight pushing two ahead of the next competition (in first placings) with her 7th victory. Paul White pocketed (not literally) the Number 1 token for the fourth time, and the highest overall age grading. Both of these runners made awesome achievements. Toward the other end of the field we welcomed visitors Cate and Jeff Alpe who hail from Puarenga parkrun in Rotorua. It seems like they enjoyed their visit despite the wild weather. Regular volunteer Francis was tailwalker for us and nailed a PB, along with 8 other people who may or may not have used the wind to help them?! It was great to see four newcomers to parkrun choosing Owairaka to begin their parkrun journey. Welcome to the parkrun whānau, David Dickson, Flora Hong, Lin Zhao and Michael Fisher. We hope this is the start of a wonderful thing for you, as it has been for so many of us.

Julie Collard
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The Deets

This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Matthew TEIRNEY • Freyja PRENTICE • Rosemary BYGRAVE • David ATKINSON • Owen MITCHELL • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jon TURNER • Rebecca BERRY • Rosalind KELLY • George CULVER • Francis MCCORMICK • Matthew DICKINSON

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
The female record is held by Freyja PRENTICE who recorded a time of 19:27 on 10th July 2021 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Owairaka parkrun started on 24th October 2020. Since then 987 participants have completed 3,075 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,375 km, including 623 new Personal Bests. A total of 171 individuals have volunteered 556 times.

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