Even before the alarm clock buzzed I was woken by the wind buffeting my room. Yay, another wonderful windy wellington day and yay for Porirua parkrun at Bothamley park, probably the most sheltered pakrun in the country. No matter how you are feeling it is always a boost to turn up and see the friendly faces of the volunteers and sense the buzz of the crowd as they get ready for their run or walk. Today the race briefing held something different, our race director, David Sinkins, himself was celebrating a milestone 250 runs. Congratulations to David and to the other milestone achievers too.
The council had been at work at Bothamley and conditions underfoot were firm and dry. Running the uphill leg I was once again reminded how sheltered the course is. The friendly marshal at the slip just after the 2 km mark was doing a stellar job, and it was just past here that I met the frontrunners already heading home. It was great to see the orange cone in the middle of the road at the 2.5km point, just round the cone and it is downhill all the way home. I love the downhill leg! I rounded the last corner and headed down to the chute, the friendly volunteers were at their post timekeeping, handing out tokens and scanning barcodes.
Hanging around catching my breath afterwards it is so lovely to hear the encouragements and congratulations given, discussions of how the run went and chatter amongst little groups. Porirua parkrun truly is an inclusive, friendly and encouraging group.
Another parkrun done and dusted and another great start to the weekend.
First Age Grade Finishers
1 Melissa BRAY 79.13% Female VW50-54 21:43:00 Olympic Harriers
2 Elizabeth DAINTY 75.63% Female VW65-69 27:38:00
3 Craig HOLDEN Male 73.84% VM45-49 19:49:00 Olympic Harriers
First Female Finishers
1 Melissa BRAY Female VW50-54 21:43:00 Olympic Harriers
2 Yasmin CLYNES Female SW25-29 22:44:00
3 Andrea FLYNN Female VW35-39 23:21:00
First Male Finishers
1 Noah ABBOTT Male JM15-17 19:22:00 Olympic Harriers
2 Hayden KING Male SM25-29 19:46:00
3 Craig HOLDEN Male VM45-49 19:49:00 Olympic Harriers
This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Terry HOPE • Stuart DANIEL • Karen Mortimer • Sue CUTHBERTSON • David SINKINS • Jocelyn FOUNTAIN • James BOND • Nick GARTELL • Mike O'CONNOR • Graeme FOUNTAIN • Teresa POHL • Warwick SMITH
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 4,674 participants have completed 43,132 parkruns covering a total distance of 215,660 km, including 6,648 new Personal Bests. A total of 571 individuals have volunteered 4,281 times.