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