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 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.
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,