Westpark parkrun, Germany – Porirua Parkrun Event 323 – 17 August 2019

Westpark parkrun, Germany - Porirua Parkrun Event 323 - 17 August 2019

We got to Munchen airport at 7:15am, and decided to try to make the 9am start at Westpark parkrun. Munich will be the only opportunity for a parkrun for the whole trip. Couldn't Uber because it took a while for SIM card to sort itself out. Quick change to more running appropriate clothes in the airport toilet and then drag all the luggage to a taxi. The trip in was expensive, but we made it to Westpark parkrun with about 5 minutes to spare. Don't know where those barcodes are!!! George gallantly offers to upended my bag to look for it while I run.

Astrid

The start is near one of those rotating marble balls like at the entrance to Te Papa. Most of the 40 or so people seem to be parkrun tourists, with only a handful of locals; one of the regulars is volunteering for their 25th time! The course is a mildly undulating two lap course through a lovely urban park and around a lake populated by Canada geese. The surface is mostly compacted fine gravel with a small section of tarseal and another of cobbles. George triumphantly shows me my barcode as I shuffle past on the first lap – yes all this jetlag shuffling will get recognition! I manage to stay in front of the chap with the sky sport shirt on the last rise and shuffle in to the finish.

Germany

Unfortunately, with all our luggage piled up near the start/finish and no easy way to transport it all we didn’t go for after parkrun coffee but straight to our hostel. Nice run direction team, and a lovely course. Also – note to self – make sure flights are better aligned with parkrun options; preferably arrive the day before so you can locate your barcode and have plenty of time to get to your parkrun. Also, thank you George for letting me parkrun while you dug through my luggage for that all important barcode; you are my hero.

Astrid van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf

Statue

Well done to all 125 Porirua parkrunners who took part today. A warm welcome to the runners new to parkrun, or new to Porirua, including: Chris SUTHERLAND, Juliet MOORHEAD, David ZUSSMAN, Chrisanne TARRY, Rhianna ANGUS, Laura BOREN, Lily BASKERVILLE, Emma SCULL, Scott FINLAY and Annabel ZUSSMAN. Well done to all those who achieved a PB this week: Robert TANG, Jack EDMONDS, Jack MCNAIR-ROBERTSON, Trevon SCHUBACH, John WHELAN, Herbert ZIELINSKI, Irisa WHITEHEAD, Robert HAYFIELD, Ewan CLARK, Riley HOLDEN, Holly CANE, Lisa DYMOND and Kirsty HOSIE.

Male First Finishers
1 Robert TANG 17:11 SM30-34 75.46%
2 Juan KOEKEMOER 18:22 VM40-44 74.32% Irene Road RC
3 Paul SHOEMARK 18:30 SM30-34 70.27%

Female First Finishers
1 Ava SUTHERLAND 19:44 JW11-14 82.52% (7th overall) Olympic Harriers
2 Greta ABBOTT 21:56 JW10 77.81% (12th overall) Olympic Harriers
3 Merryn JONES 24:18 VW45-49 65.36% (21st overall)

Age Grade First Finishers
1 Ava SUTHERLAND 19:44 JW11-14 82.52% (7th overall) Olympic Harriers
2 Greta ABBOTT 21:56 JW10 77.81% (12th overall) Olympic Harriers
3 Jack EDMONDS 19:44 JM11-14 77.53% (8th overall)

This week 125 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Anoushka GANESAN • Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Amanda MACDONALD • Steve MACDONALD • Gordon BALFOUR • Jackie KNOX • James BOND • Eddy BRAY • Felix MCGUIRE • Shaun MCGUIRE • Libby WITHEFORD-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 3,821 participants have completed 33,343 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,715 km, including 5,434 new Personal Bests. A total of 505 individuals have volunteered 3,555 times.