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.

 

Owairaka parkrun – Event #35 – 10 July, 2021

As it turns out, the conditions at Owairaka on July 10th 2021 were excellent for record breaking!  Freyja Prentice broke our all-time women’s course record, coming in at a smoking 19:27, and David Hamilton broke our men’s age group 80-84 record at 31:49! Congratulations both! 

Despite being a cold, crisp midwinter morning, 64 runners and 19 volunteers were all at Owairaka park by 8am for Run Director Bridget’s prompt welcome and start to our 35th parkrun here at Owairaka. Seven people joined us at Owairaka parkrun for the first time and nine of our regular runners recorded new personal bests on a course that was clean and clear if a bit damp.

With the cold morning leaving some dew on the wooden bridges near the start runners and walkers were all careful to navigate potentially slippy surfaces with the help of our ever-vigilant volunteer marshals.  Despite this, it was a quick day for a lot of our runners with 18 runners coming in under 25:00 minutes total including some of our regular volunteers! By the end of the run as the tail-walker Francis finished parkrun with the last of the walkers the sun had cleared up quite a bit of the cold morning dew!

Here at Owairaka we LOVE milestones, and despite not having any 25, 50, 100 or 250 parkrun milestones at our run today, we are looking forward to a milestone for our little parkrun! We’re withing spitting distance of 1,000 unique runners! Since our start in October of 2020, 974 parkrunners have covered a collective 15,085km running, walking and jogging here at Owairaka. All we need is a few more people to bring their friends along to Owairaka to introduce them to parkrun and we can hit 1,000 unique parkrunners before we turn 1!

The fine print: 

This week 65 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Rosemary BYGRAVE • Owen MITCHELL • Hilary FOWLER • Bridget LAWRENCE • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jon TURNER • Krystyna KNIGHT • Julie COLLARD • Simon ASPDEN • Rebecca BERRY • Marek TOMECKI • Nelis DROST • Francis MCCORMICK • Lucas MCDONALD • Mandy DONALD • Deborah TAIT • Sandra HULSE • Lilka TOMECKI • Theo MOUSCARDES

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 974 participants have completed 3,017 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,085 km, including 614 new Personal Bests. A total of 167 individuals have volunteered 543 times.

See you next parkrunday!

Callie V
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Owairaka parkun – Event #34 – 3 July, 2021

Under stunning blue skies, 75 parkrunners beat the cold to cover the glorious 5k route in times from newcomer David Atkinson in 17:04 to tailwalker Steve Doughty coming in at just under 50 minutes. The cold must have kept everyone moving smartly along! There were 11 were first timers, two of whom were attending their first ever parkrun, so welcome to Wesley Donald and Christine Koch. May this be the first of many! The other nine were visiting from other parkruns and we hope to welcome you again soon. A lucky 12 recorded new Personal Bests, reflecting that we had only two pacers on duty today, thanks to local Owairaka Athletics Club members Nick Moore and Bazyl Piotrowski who braved the cold to help others reach their goals.

The Nitty Gritty

After David in first place, there was a wee bit of a wait to Gary Philpott in second, but his effort of 18:56 also saw him take out the highest age grading today of 79.14%. A similar situation in the women’s event saw Krystyna Knight get her 6th first placing in a PB time of 20:28. She was followed by Ruth Gluckman who had to settle for second, but also got a PB time of 20:36 and took out the highest women’s age grading with 74.68%. Great to see a host of other PBs including Ajith Tilakarathne and Devika Manikpura who were back for their second parkrun and could better their first one. Well done you two! With a total of 11 parkrunners running their 5th or under parkrun, we can also admire those at the other end, with over 200 parkruns: Rosemary Bygrave (223), Steve Doughty (238), Linda Doughty (252) and Paul Elliot (333). May everyone be inspired by these and everyone else’s efforts. More results stats can be obtained from the Owairaka parkrun Results Page.

Volunteers

Volunteers are what make parkruns possible on a weekly basis, so huge appreciation goes out to the 17 who put themselves forward for today: Christine Munro, Bazyl Piotrowski, Steve Doughty, Craig Lindsay, Doug O'Shea, Callie Vandewiele, Jon Turner, Graham Richardson, Abby Zhang, Alex VW, Julie Collard, Zoe Wilson, Gabrielle Wilson, Nick Moore, Justin Otto, Mandy Donald, Theo Mouscardes and his mum, Sarah (if you get a barcode, Sarah, then we can make it official). They need extra recognition this week for doing their duty in the cold. The set up team were out and about soon after 7am in the big freeze and marshals and finish line crew were sitting ducks, unable to warm up by moving, so put up with numb extremities! Why don’t you consider volunteering to let others have the chance to run or walk? If everyone helped out now and again, we would keep parkrun going without the constant need to beg for volunteers.

Full Disclosure

If this run report is a little lacking in first-hand reporting of facts, that’s because I was not actually at THIS parkrun yesterday. After working on the volunteer roster behind the scenes and keeping up posts on Facebook, I headed across the bridge for the inaugural Sherwood Reserve parkrun in Browns Bay. It is the 7th parkrun in Auckland and the 34th in New Zealand. A three-lapper in a gorgeous reserve along the Taiaotea Creek and into Freyberg Park, the course was crowded with an incredible 265 parkrunners, quite a few more than the 209 at Owairaka’s inaugural last October 24th. Two of the attendees were none other than myself and fellow Owairaka regular Sandra Hulse. We enjoyed the change of venue, the pomp and ceremony of the extended run brief before we started and a cracker of a cafe session afterwards. Full credit to the team that made Sherwood Reserve a reality, including recent Owairaka regulars, Scott Arrol, Andrew Capel and Helen Watson. We wish you all the best!

The Fine Print

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:31 on 31st October 2020 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
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 967 participants have completed 2,952 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,760 km, including 605 new Personal Bests. A total of 165 individuals have volunteered 524 times.

See you again next parkrunday, formerly known as Saturday,
Julie Collard
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