Celebrating all parkrunners. Through parkrun all will know true strength of human will.
parkrunners of all Countries Unite!
Each week the starting ceremony is observed. Regulations and resolutions are discussed. Newcomers wishing to find freedom from their aerobic struggles are briefed. Comrades whose achievements are mighty are celebrated. The blowing of the whistle signals that the week's labours start again.
The bourgeois runner wants all the advantages of the dedicated runner. Without the struggle and dangers faced by this hardy bunch. They desire the latest branded gear and running shoes that promise ease without struggle, but they shall not jog towards the finish line. They shall run with the proletariat runners and our struggle will be achieved together, as one.
Let us collectively unite. To rise within our group whatever that may be. The elite runners and the improvers to become one. Truly supporting each other for we are all equal and we at Poriura banish the phrase that some are more equal than others. Here everyone works to their capacity. And each week cries of “I will work harder”, ring around the Park.
Let us not forget the humble volunteers. The true power behind the struggle on parkrunday (formerly known as Saturday). They bring forth their labour as a foundation for others and are rewarded with a worthy and deserved round of applause. These are the true revolutionaries. Their labour supporting the others in their quest for freedom from the tyranny of lethargy.
Brothers and sisters let us remind ourselves of the glorious revolution and move towards a golden future. One in which all runners and walkers unite to free others from the struggle of getting out of bed early on a Saturday morning. A future where we are recognised as true Olympians, reaching our P.B’s together as one.
parkrunners of all Countries Unite! Happy May parkrunners Day everyone.
May 1st is May Day or International Workers day. Inspiration for the above is drawn from Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, George Orwell and Raymond Williams for their May Day Manifestos and socialist tracts.
My apologies to Jack of the Green for the earlier origins of the May Day celebrations in the Northern Hemisphere. It may not be spring in New Zealand, but it was a beautiful autumn day for running. Well done to all brothers and sisters for their achievements today.
This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
George VAN MEEUWEN • Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Christine MCNAIR • Rosanna LONG • Jackie KNOX • Kelly ABBOTT • Greta ABBOTT • Maria WHITEHEAD • Julie SWINDEN • Saul BUTLER • Glenn HODGSON • Matt THOM • Kirsty HOSIE • Jenny BEATTIE
Some great milestone achievements this week: 200 - Bruce MORTIMER; 200 - Merryn JONES; 150 - Brian BERRYMAN; 100 - Jackie GARTELL; 50 - John ZHANG; 50 - Peter WITHINSHAW; 50 - Lara WILLIAMS.
A warm welcome to our newly minted parkrunners: Josh HAMILTON, Laszlo BOKANY, Lynette BOKANY, Danika VISKOVIC, Megan RAWIRI, Shannon PITTAWAY, Jennifer WARREN, Renee DONALDSON, Cameron ODELL, Clare ODELL, May MCFARLANE, Sid MCFARLANE, and Edie MCFARLANE.
Great to see these parkrunners giving the Porirua course a go: Tim GRIFFITHS, Jj (Jason) SHARROCK, Judd BAKER, Annalese LAPWOOD, and Emma ROSS.
Fabulous running – the fastest you’ve ever done the Porirua course – well done: Taro MORIMOTO, Regan STALLARD, Franklin GRIFFITHS, Roz GRIFFITHS, Yannick GRUNDY, Tommy ENTWISLE, Elizabeth DAINTY, Swetha YADAMREDDY, Janice TRUSCOTT, Merita LEVAVE, Deborah LEWTHWAITE, Hemalatha ASHOK, Rebekah WRIGHT, Bernard James MCMANUS, and Nicole HODGSON.
This weeks’ fastest men were:
1 Robert TANG; SM30-34; 73.45% age grade; 17:46
2 Juan KOEKEMOER; VM40-44; 76.10% age grade; Irene Road RC; 18:12
3 Justin LESTER; VM40-44; 72.64% age grade; 19:04
Fastest women were:
1 Larissa BLACK; SW30-34; 63.66% age grade; 23:18 (24th overall)
2 Roz GRIFFITHS; VW35-39; 64.44% age grade; 23:29 New PB! (26th overall)
3 Mary THOM; VW35-39; 64.27% age grade; 23:39 (29th overall)
Best age grades were achieved by:
1 Elizabeth DAINTY; VW65-69; 79.07% age grade; 26:26 New PB!
2 Rob JENKINS; VM55-59; 76.73% age grade; 20:12
3 Franklin GRIFFITHS; JM10; 76.56% age grade; 23:15 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 4,872 participants have completed 45,554 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,770 km, including 6,945 new Personal Bests. A total of 593 individuals have volunteered 4,468 times.