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.

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