Porirua parkrun is cancelled on 2021-09-25 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

No parkrun – Saturday 21 August 2021

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I thought I’d write a run report because what else am I to do during Lockdown Level 4? Cleaning you say, nope. Housework schmousework, I say.

After a well earned sleep-in and the best pre-loading lunch I’ve made in a while (waffles and the trimmings), I ventured out my front door. Surprisingly, I was not blasted with sideways rain. We’d had that off and on all week, if you remember? I was instead blasted with a calm sun-shiny day. Perfect. You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.

No, not perfect as it seemed like half of my suburb had the same idea to make the most of the day and go for a walk. Note to self, go early morning, or much later.

My running buddy was laid up with a cold and so I left him at home resting. He’s had a negative COVID19 test. Thank you Mike and other friends for doing the right thing by getting a test because you had symptoms.

I’ve found other people have different appetites for risk. This shows especially when we’re in lockdown. Some walkers wore their masks the whole time, and some didn’t have masks on at all. I happen to be what I classify as an in-betweener. I had my mask on however it was a chin warmer 70% of the time. I’d pop it up over my nose and mouth as I saw people nearing. I wear glasses and so I had that whole steamy spectacles spectacle happening.

At the time of writing this report, the NZ government had asked that we wear masks outside while exercising. This was in the Alert Notification you will have received on your phone on Tuesday last.

I plan to do a little exercise most days during lockdown - mainly walking, stretches, and yoga. This is to combat sitting at my desk for hours on end during the week. But really it’s so I can eat the comfort food that seems to get made e.g cheese scones, lasagne, apple crumble etc. Oh and so I can be social with the odd Zoom session.

Remember to keep an eye on friends, family, work colleagues, and neighbours. Give them a call and check in with them. You just don’t know what others have going on. Everyone’s lockdown experience is quite different from the next person’s.

To those who are training for running events. Keep it up, don’t let this lockdown and Covid19 put pay to your plans. Kiwis are an inventive bunch and have grit. There’s all sorts of stuff you can do at home to keep your training on track. And in between that there’s always YouTube for watching endurance trail runners and their adventures. Must go now and look up “virtual 5km runs”.

parkrun briefing a few weeks ago

Written by Kath O'CONNNOR

 

Looking Forward

Porirua parkrun event 407 - 14 August 2021

It feels like family as you quietly make your way through cars, runners walking, runners stretching, dogs, and volunteers. Porirua parkrun takes you as you are, however you turn up, with smiles of recognition and encouragement, friendly hellos and doggy snuffles! Looking forward!

I hadn't been running as religiously as I did prior to earning my 50 T-shirt recently. I could feel my body rattling into life as we all took off! You do miss it. Not having the earnest need to clock up another run as you close in on a goal - no matter what the goal is looking forward!

Once a cadence has established a rhythm in my body, thoughts start tumbling through my head as I remind myself that I have achieved this same 5 kilometer challenge before... and in fact more than 50 times... but still my mind plays tricks on me, just like my first parkrun, or the time I finally ran the whole way non-stop, or like the very last time I was running in these footsteps! And no doubt again in the future. Looking forward!

Back to tumbling thoughts. I ponder another one... Junior Rugby will be over in a couple of weeks. And so will my netball competition games. Our family, like many others, may have Saturdays back again. Saturdays free... no excuse for my family members not to be dragged from slumber, dressed, and to join me to start the day with endorphins. Looking forward!

Both children have volunteered for the Childrens parkrun on Saturday 11 September. Only 4 weeks and our family will certainly all be there! Whilst one child is nervous about his role the other is more than comfortable smiling and chatting to people as they breeze past her at the completion of their parkrun. Looking forward.

Eyes up, and I see the pink dot on the tree. My mind springs alive asking how is my body feeling? Does anyone else know about the pink dot at 500m to go? Who is in front of me? Are they within reach? How much energy have I got left? Is my mind playing games again? Maybe I can just keep it going? My head is tilted to one side. I must be tired! I should still be able to do this. My mind games have flipped, and they are focused on a couple of minutes in the future... winding the body up just a little, make sure the runner in front isn't thinking of a fast finish. Ok, so I am making progress. Can I keep it up? My thoughts are like my breath... fast, sharp and raw! Looking forward!

No thoughts...
Till I catch my breath again.
There are smiles I can't register yet on the finish line. My body goes through motions that it has many times before. Give me some time to breathe until once again I can look forward.

Written by Andrea TUCKER

Andrea reaches 50 parkruns
Pictured above: Earlier this winter Andrea, the runreport writer reached her 50th milestone.

First Three Age Grade Finishers
1 Warwick SMITH 19:49 VM55-59 77.54% age grade
2 Elizabeth DAINTY 27:11 VW65-69 76.89% age grade
3 Rob JENKINS 21:22 VM55-59 73.17% age grade

First Three Women Finishers
1 Greta ABBOTT 22:30 JW11-14 72.37% age grade
2 Isabelle DE HAIR 24:05 JW11-14 66.30% age grade
3 Paula DUNNE 24:24 VW40-44 62.70% age grade

First Three Men Finishers
1 Glenn HODGSON 19:21 VM40-44 72.70% age grade
2 Eric BAKER 19:47 VM35-39 67.48% age grade
3 Warwick SMITH 19:49 VM55-59 77.54% age grade

This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Paul JAKOBS • Sue CUTHBERTSON • Rosanna LONG • Darcy MELLSOP • Randall PAVELICH • Carl BEASLEY • Julie SWINDEN • Mike O'CONNOR • Kath O'CONNOR • Kirsty HOSIE • Teresa POHL • Andrea TUCKER • Poh-Leng MCLISKY • Chrissy LIVINGSTON

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 4,988 participants have completed 47,472 parkruns covering a total distance of 237,360 km, including 7,126 new Personal Bests. A total of 611 individuals have volunteered 4,647 times.

 

Running Creates Happiness

Porirua parkrun event 407 - 14 August 2021

We’re heading in the right direction towards spring! The mornings are becoming lighter although it’s still distinctly fresh on Saturdays at Bothamley Park.

We run against the direction of the stream past the start line. As we start the gradual uphill lift, the stream rushes past the runners and then at the 2.5km mark the steam races the pack back to the finish. It’s a beautiful stream, but not as healthy as it could be, a bit like some of us.

A big "thank you" to all the volunteers. Last week’s run report described the power of volunteering as the secret to a purposeful, happy life and everyone loves a volunteer.

The Trail-blazers again demonstrated their continued strong support for each other. I really love it when I overhear them encouraging each other. The best encouragement I’ve heard so far is the comment to a Trailblazer who was struggling around the 2km mark.

Two Trailblazers slowed down and told him that, “he was a runner and they would run with him”. As I passed the group on the way back down their numbers had grown and they were still offering support and encouragement. McDonalds, as always, hosted the post event debrief.

Simon achieves 300
Pictured above: Simon Derbyshire reaches 300 parkruns and his parkrunday mates wear their milestone tees. Sickan looks on.

Not the Trailblazers but what a team! This picture is just crying out for some inexact mathematical workings.
I added the visible number of parkruns on the T-shirts and Simon’s 3hundy together. Great work Simon! Once I had a rough total number of parkruns I multiplied it by 5. This gave me 11,100km*.

In these travel restricted times it’s nice to dream so I wondered if I could travel this distance where would I end up. One way it’s about the distance from Wellington to Bangladesh. Or if you prefer a return ticket, it’s about the distance to the South Pole and back to Wellington. On a tenuous, attempt to link this picture and the pointless maths I’d worked out to the recent Olympics, the collective 5km efforts of those pictured would cover the distance from Wellington to Tokyo with a bit left over.

I watched Kipchoge win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon race. Afterwards he was asked about the times he had smiled during what looked, for him, an easy graceful race**. The running philosopher said, "to smile is happiness, they say to enjoy this world is to be happy. While you are happy it helps you to relax and enjoy the race."

Kipchoge and the runners in this picture share a philosophy. Running creates happiness. It doesn’t matter if we sprint, jog, walk, or dash a parkrun, or a marathon as long as what we do creates and spreads happiness.

*Extremely rough estimate
**Kipchoge ran the 30 to 35km section of the Marathon in 14:28 minutes, 15:47 is the fastest time at Porirua parkrun.

Written by Julie SWINDEN

Julie getting a PB
Pictured above: Julie, this week's runreport writer on her way to gaining a PB!

First Three Age Grade Finishers
1 Warwick SMITH 19:49 VM55-59 77.54% age grade
2 Elizabeth DAINTY 27:11 VW65-69 76.89% age grade
3 Rob JENKINS 21:22 VM55-59 73.17% age grade

First Three Women Finishers
1 Greta ABBOTT 22:30 JW11-14 72.37% age grade
2 Isabelle DE HAIR 24:05 JW11-14 66.30% age grade
3 Paula DUNNE 24:24 VW40-44 62.70% age grade

First Three Men Finishers
1 Glenn HODGSON 19:21 VM40-44 72.70% age grade
2 Eric BAKER 19:47 VM35-39 67.48% age grade
3 Warwick SMITH 19:49 VM55-59 77.54% age grade

This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Paul JAKOBS • Sue CUTHBERTSON • Rosanna LONG • Darcy MELLSOP • Randall PAVELICH • Carl BEASLEY • Julie SWINDEN • Mike O'CONNOR • Kath O'CONNOR • Kirsty HOSIE • Teresa POHL • Andrea TUCKER • Poh-Leng MCLISKY • Chrissy LIVINGSTON

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 4,988 participants have completed 47,472 parkruns covering a total distance of 237,360 km, including 7,126 new Personal Bests. A total of 611 individuals have volunteered 4,647 times.

 

Helping others is the secret sauce to life

Porirua parkrun event 406 - 7 August 2021

I’ve been doing a bit of volunteering and wanted to share what I’ve been up to and what I’m looking forward to. This week’s run report contains two sections:

  • The rundown from Saturday
  • WUU2K 2021

The rundown from Saturday

Fine and northerlies that’s what the forecast was. They were spot on. It was pleasant as I arrived with my husband Mike to set up for parkrun. I’m on one of the core volunteer teams that set up and pack down the kit each week.
Winning, I now know how to assemble the flags and put out the standards and rope for the finish chute. The rest of the volunteers and runners arrived smiling pleased Saturday had rolled around again. Before long, Paul JAKOBS, our run director, called for the first timers briefing. I welcomed Sean ARNOLD, a first timer and gave him the spiel.

Kath O'Connor and Sean Arnold during the First Timers Briefing
Pictured above are Kath O'Connor and Sean Arnold

Congratulations to our milestoners of Suzanne and George. Suzanne RIDDLE completed her 100th, and George Van MEEUWEN completed his 300th. Yes, you read right, three hundred parkruns!

Astrid and George
Pictured above are Astrid and George

The dogs were barking with excitement, I set my watch and looked up. The front runners were off and so were the rest of us to navigate the start and find our rhythm. Soon enough, I was thinking of coffee and cheekily overtook a couple of people with 30 metres to the finish chute. They’ll get me next week, I’m sure.

WUU2K (pronounced ‘Woo-Too-Kay’)

One Saturday last month, I spent four happy hours soaked to the bone. I had jogged on the spot, cheered, clapped, and shouted words of encouragement to passing runners. In amongst that I was overseeing an aid station; ensuring we provided runners with food and fluids.

Two months prior, some of my parkrun buddies (the ones who spend more time talking about running than running itself) had signed up for the Wellington Urban Ultramarathon (WUU2K). It’s a tough course, an endurance trail running event in the steep hills of Wellington ending at Mt Victoria.

Cast your mind back to last month when we had that weather bomb. There was surface flooding and landslides causing road and lane closures. Funnily enough, that coincided with WUU2K. Even Porirua parkrun was cancelled that Saturday due to the weather. Easy decision because there was a tree blocking our path.

I was slightly surprised that WUU2K was not cancelled. It went ahead with all runners diverted to the short course which meant no one would be anywhere near the Skyline track and not at risk of being blown over and off the tops. To explain, the 62 km, 43 km, and 21 km runners all did the 21 km course which started at the Owhiro Bay tourist centre.

In heavy rain on the morning of WUU2K, Mike and I drove to our aid station location, stomped through a waterlogged car park, unloaded our kit, and erected the gazebo to form our shelter. Up went some tarps on two sides of our gazebo. My competent volunteers laid out the snacks and drink (water, tailwind, and flattish coke). Our theme was Pasifika / Island Styles. We had on our grass skirts, leis, and flowery shirts. We even had some music blaring to add to the party atmosphere. I stationed volunteers before the aid station to direct runners in as the course wasn’t obvious in the horizontal rain.

TawaTawa Aid Station volunteers at WUU2K
Pictured above are Kath and Mike with fellow volunteers ready to welcome the WUU2K runners.


Super exciting to see the front runners darting past. The runners that followed came thick and fast. As I cheered on people, they would either thank me, give a high five, or tell me I was a total legend for volunteering.

We had a delightful Island Bay resident bring us hot mugs of tea and coffee. This elderly gentleman was balancing eight or so cups sliding around on a tray as he negotiated the gusts of rain. He was the legend – the guy looking after us, so we could look after the runners.

Amazingly, I spotted my mates from the other drowned rats running past. Most of my friends seemed to be as happy as pigs in mud. Practically, grinning from ear to ear. I was thrilled for every one of them. They were achieving the goal they had set themselves. Their training came down to these few hours.

During the morning, through our communication channels and from the runners, we heard the creek crossings were hairy and rising fast to eventually impassable. The last wave of runners were turned back and had to take a detour.

Before we knew it the Tail End Charlies (aka tail runners) had arrived. They offloaded their trail markers. We swapped news. They were happy and on a natural high, encouraging and supporting the last runner. We fed them up with loads of baking and sent them on their final few kilometres to the finish.

We packed up at record speed. The drive back home on the motorway was the scariest. Almost no to nil visibility nearing 60 kms/hr. Sleet was hitting the window-shield at a great rate.

My volunteering journey continues. I have gladly said I will be one of a support crew for two of my friends who will be trainlrunning at Tarawera Ultramarathon 2022. I’m now wondering what the major differences are between the WUU2K to the miler at Tarawera. That’s 160 km of running through the night. Quite a lot of difference I’m guessing.

If you have any advice for me on being a support crew for long distance runners, please make yourself known to me, as I’d like to hear your list of dos and don’ts.

Footnote

The title of this run report is a quote from Todd Stocker. I agree with him. Being of service to others, giving back to your community is fulfilling. It’s a feel-good factor. The science behind volunteering is good for our well-being. Some surveys report those that volunteer regularly have better health outcomes. The volunteer participants have lower blood pressure over their non-volunteering counterparts. This means those who volunteer over the years will be at a lower risk of heart disease.

Now you know the secret sauce to life is giving. Go on, put your name down to volunteer at parkrun. And then you may have an even saucier life as you never know where it will lead to.

Mike and Kath
Pictured above are Mike and Kath

Written by Kath O'CONNOR

Age Grade First Finishers
1 Greta ABBOTT 21:01 JW11-14 77.48%
2 Cameron STARR 20:27 JM10 77.18% New PB!
3 Theo BRAY 18:48 JM11-14 77.13% New PB!

First Three Women Finishers
1 Ana SIDWELL 20:06 SW18-19 74.46%
2 Greta ABBOTT 21:01 JW11-14 77.48%
3 Daniella STARR 23:53 JW11-14 68.18%

First Three Men Finishers
1 Theo BRAY 18:48 JM11-14 77.13% New PB!
2 Darcy MELLSOP 19:36 VM45-49 74.06%
3 John ZHANG 20:00 JM15-17 68.50%

This week 140 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Tony GORMLEY • Paul JAKOBS • Olivia FOUNTAIN • Maria WHITEHEAD • Randall PAVELICH • David BLOCKSIDGE • Julie SWINDEN • Saul BUTLER • Mike O'CONNOR • Kath O'CONNOR • Felicity HOLDEN • Riley HOLDEN • Glenn HODGSON • Kirsty HOSIE

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 4,980 participants have completed 47,335 parkruns covering a total distance of 236,675 km, including 7,118 new Personal Bests. A total of 608 individuals have volunteered 4,632 times.

 

Legends of parkrun, Porirua parkrun event #405 31 July 2021

We have had some impressive times run at Porirua parkrun however the legends I am talking about are the volunteers.

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Without these guys a lot of us probably wouldn’t even be exercising. As a runner or walker we turn up, listen to a short briefing then run/walk 5k, then later that morning we get automatically notified of how well we have done.

However, there is more to parkrun than just turning up and getting a time. We have 2 Event Directors who are constantly doing things in the back ground, liaising with parkrun NZ, the Run Director crews, councils etc. and this takes a lot of their personal time. Run Director crews which are made of the setting up and packing down for the morning, organizing volunteers for the week, results processing and incident management, uploading of photos etc. Then there are the volunteers on the day who time keep, hand out finish tokens, scan barcodes, marshal, give the first timer briefing, write the run report, take the photos, do the lead bike and tail walker.

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Some of our volunteers have not been able to run for a while as they injured yet they constantly drive 30 minutes plus each way and volunteer nearly every week. Another will drive down from Otaki and volunteer when we are short. Some turn up mid-week and rake out mulch for the finish chute while others are on their hands and knees filling in the big holes in the track that a storm has created.

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Porirua parkrun would not exist without these people who have lives just like the rest of us. Let’s thank the real legends of parkrun every time you run by a volunteer. But more importantly you can thank these legends by volunteering yourself. The more we all volunteer the more the volunteers also get to run. The more we volunteer in advance, the less time the Run Director crews must spend hunting down volunteers so the event can go ahead. Thank you to all the past and present volunteers who have made Porirua parkrun what it is today.

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You are the Legends of parkrun

Steve MacDonald

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This week 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Rees BUCK • George VAN MEEUWEN • Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Steve MACDONALD • Sue CUTHBERTSON • Rosanna LONG • Mark COULSTON • Eleanore BROWN • Roger VINCENT • Benjamin POWLEY • Leonie BOND • Andrea TUCKER • Júlia PÁSZTOR • Michaela THOMSON

Welcome to new parkrunners: Sarah PIRIKAHU and Simon BRADY. We had visitors from other parkruns too: Ben MCLAUGHLIN, Jessica BROWN, Sarah BROWN, and Antonet DELAREY.

Well done to all of those people that ran or walked faster than ever before: Theo BRAY, John ZHANG, Katie JENKINS, Jack JENKINS, Ben FARLEY, Cameron S FRASER, Jennie ALDERTON-MOSS, Ian MCKEOWN, and Ada MUIRHEAD

Fastest three males

1          Cameron FORREST, SM25-29, 71.14% age grade, Olympic Harriers, 18:08
2          Theo BRAY, JM11-14, 76.86% age grade, Olympic Harriers, 18:52 New PB!
3          Eric BAKER, VM35-39, 68.40% age grade, 19:31

Top three females:

1          Ana SIDWELL, SW18-19, 75.59% age grade, 19:48 (7th overall)
2          Katie JENKINS, VW45-49, 80.96% age grade, Olympic Harriers, 20:13 New PB! (8th overall)
3          Lizzy BUNCKENBURG, SW25-29, 69.87% age grade, Olympic H & AC Inc., 21:11 (9th overall)

Top three age grade achievers:

1          Katie JENKINS, VW45-49, 80.96% age grade, Olympic Harriers, 20:13 New PB!
2          Theo BRAY, JM11-14, 76.86% age grade, Olympic Harriers, 18:52 New PB!
3          Jack JENKINS, JM10, 75.93% age grade, 21:32 New PB!

 

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 4,977 participants have completed 47,195 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,975 km, including 7,105 new Personal Bests. A total of 608 individuals have volunteered 4,618 times.

 

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