A Long Time Coming – Porirua parkrun Event 359 – 25 July 2020
Parkrun this week was the most nervous I’ve been since I first turned up at event #55 on the 12th of July 2014. I had seen a flyer somewhere and Bothamley Park was pretty close to where I lived. I turned up by myself, not knowing anyone and walked the course. It wasn’t until 2017 that I became a regular and by then by husband Steve MACDONALD had started coming along too.
I don’t consider myself a ‘runner’ but the aim has always been to try and run the whole 5km. Up until now I have only managed to do a run/walk combination. But after building up some good habits during lockdown and recently completing a 6 week 0-5km training – today was the day I would attempt to run the whole course. In theory I was ready after completing the training with a 5km run on a flat course in Tawa the previous Saturday; but during the days leading up to parkrun this week in my mind the hill near the 2km point took on Everest-like proportions!
Now it wasn’t fast and it wasn’t pretty – but I did it! I ran the whole course including all the hills, which turned out not to be as bad as I had thought. Knowing it was all downhill after the 2.5km mark certainly helped!
I’m now 115 runs in and so grateful for Porirua parkrun. I never would have imagined all those years ago in 2014 that I would now not only be a regular at parkrun but also part of one of the volunteer teams that set up beforehand. Steve and I now plan holidays around local parkruns. All the courses we’ve done in New Zealand and overseas are different, but the sense of community and inclusivity are common throughout. We have made some amazing friends at Porirua parkrun and I look forward to many more early mornings at Bothamley Park.
Guest spot this week goes to my lovely aunty Sue JONES - we were lucky enough to do the Burnage course when we visited her a few years ago:
Hi to everyone from Burnage parkrun Greater Manchester UK. We are currently very envious of all you parkrunners in New Zealand as we are still closed due to coronavirus. We are all really missing our Saturday morning run and are not sure when we will be allowed to restart. We had some glorious running weather during lock down and missed our parkrun's 400th event in April and our 8th anniversary this week. At least we will have a lot to celebrate when parkrun is allowed to restart hopefully with cake! Hope you all enjoy your run this week. All the best. Sue JONES
Congratulations to Hannah BURRELL, Lai Ching TAN and Jody GRAY for starting your parkrun journeys this week. We also had 15 personal bests - including Anna COFFIN who was doing her 85th parkrun.
Rob JENKINS - 200 parkruns
Kate T - 50 parkruns
First Age Grade Finishers
1 Dennis BLOOMFIELD 20:09 VM55-59 77.58% (3rd overall)
2 Xcylaus JOHNSON 20:51 JM10 75.70% (5th overall)
3 Elizabeth DAINTY 27:53 VW65-69 (61st overall)
First Female Finishers
1 Sarah BAKKER 22:58 VW45-49 (17th overall)
2 Olivia FOUNTAIN 23:22 SW30-34 (20th overall)
3 Charlotte BALDWIN-JANKIEWICZ 23:54 JW11-14 Titahi Bay AAC Inc (22nd overall)
First Male Finishers
1 Paul SHOEMARK 19:00 SM30-34
2 Eric BAKER 20:06 VM35-39
3 Dennis BLOOMFIELD 20:09 VM55-59
This week 134 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Lew CAMPBELL • Terry HOPE • Sandra RAMOO • Clint RAMOO • Amanda MACDONALD • Arwel THOMAS • Jackie KNOX • Murray PENNO • Kath O'CONNOR • Denis SPURDLE • Kirsty HOSIE • Teresa POHL • Lucas BOULT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Porirua parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:47 on 9th May 2015 (event number 98).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 27th May 2017 (event number 204).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pam GRAHAM who recorded 92.75% (22:32) on 3rd January 2015 (event number 81).
Porirua parkrun started on 6th July 2013. Since then 4,430 participants have completed 39,759 parkruns covering a total distance of 198,795 km, including 6,281 new Personal Bests. A total of 544 individuals have volunteered 3,981 times.