New Years Day parkrun 2021

Come and celebrate 2021 with a special New Year's Day parkrun at the normal parkrun time of 8am.

 

The allure of new Milestone T-Shirts – Porirua Parkrun event 363

The allure of new Milestone T-Shirts

After I have written two run reports this year - one before the global lockdown when parkrun HQ cancelled all events around the world after the last Saturday event on 14/03/2020 and the other on 08/08/2020 before the second lockdown was enforced in New Zealand. I thought that I might have cursed the situation by not having parkrun resuming again after those two dates. Fear not, I’ve chosen to write this run report as I am close on getting my 100th milestone that I’m hoping that I will get this year and a step closer to that exclusive volunteer t-shirt. Only 10 more runs for me to get that exclusive black t-shirt and going forward to achieve bigger and better things!

This weekend also marks parkrun's 16th birthday, although all the United Kingdom's events except for the Falkham Islands are suspended as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The parkruns that are currently open will definitely wish the swift return of the countries along the associated events that are closed to return as soon as appropriate. It also reminded me that 50 parkruns ago I also ran Wimbledon Common, which is the second founded course since parkrun began in Bushy Park. There was a goal that I had then to go hard for the 50th parkrun milestone t-shirt and proudly wear it at some of the parkruns courses that I have visited! More information about parkrun’s 16th birthday can be found here.

During parkrun NZ’s 6 week suspension for events outside of Auckland, I was able to keep my motivation up by playing squash competitively during that time. Although it was fun, it isn’t nice to have a knee injury that has hindered my running pace and made sure I was fit to run. Made no excuses to attend parkrun again, while aiming to try other courses and achieve my next milestone. It is important to keep yourself active when parkrun is being suspended and focus on other aspects of life by doing other things that matter to you.

Milestones

There were two people who achieved their milestones today - Congratulations to Matt MURRAY on completing his 50th parkrun and Jackie KNOX on completing her 100th parkrun! There are a few others who are completing their official milestones within the next few weeks. Congratulations in advance.

Personal Bests

There were 12 people who have recorded a new PB today. Congratulations to Dennis BLOOMFIELD, Ashleigh JACKSON, Justin GOODING, Dave WASLEY, Erin DUNKLEY-GIBSON, Andrea TUCKER, Sophia WHEDDON, Gabrielle WHEDDON, Maria WHITEHEAD, Karen SIGLEY, Tessa BROCKLEHURST and William DEAN.

Debuts and Tourists

There were 12 people who ran this course for the first time. Out of the 12 people, 8 people made their debuts today and we hope to see you again. Congratulations to Albert MCKANE, Aya VON DADELSZEN, Mei VON DADELSZEN, Tim VON DADELSZEN, Carolyn WOOD, Ryan BATES, Xavier FROST and Dominic HOPE.

If everything goes to plan with some of Australia’s states for parkrun and a two way bubble happens between New Zealand and Australia within the next few months, I assume that some of us might want to do some overseas parkruns again. This will be a dream come true for some keen parkrunners.

More positive news that Auckland’s parkruns will hopefully resume this weekend after their move to Alert Level one was announced this Monday (05/10/2020).

Until next time I visit Porirua parkrun, keep yourself safe and look after yourself. Although I live within the same proximity between my home parkrun (Lower Hutt) and Porirua. So I may visit sooner rather than later.

Many Thanks,
Dan JOE
Dan Joe

 

Journalist Lily Scott’s Interview – Porirua Parkrun Event 355 – 14 March 2020

This is my Parkrun report by Lily Scott. I wasn’t there so I’m interviewing my mum, Rachel Scott, like a proper journalist.
Rachel Scott

Q1. What time did you have to wake up?
A1. I woke up at 6:45 but I was late, as I woke up to discover that the London Marathon had been postponed and I had lots of messages from friends to respond to, but was eager to get to park run to cheer myself up!

Q2. How long did the run take you?
A2. About 28 minutes and I had a very nice run chatting with my Parkrun friends

Q3. What did you have at McDonald’s ?
A3. I had a trim latté and I had to have a banana loaf because they no longer sell my favourite, pear and ginger loaf, an absolute travesty!

Q4: When is the London Marathon postponed to?
A4: 4th of October which is near my birthday on the 1st.

This is Lily Scott reporting live
BREAKING NEWS ////// Parkrun is cancelled due to Covid 19 (Corona virus) we will miss you all and we are very sad stay safe everyone!

Lily Scott age 12

Lily Scott

First Age Grade Finishers

1 Pam GRAHAM Female VW70-74 Wellington Scottish Athletics Club Inc 28:04:00 (86th overall)
2 Michelle VAN LOOY Female VW45-49 Olympic Harrier Inc 21:19:00 (12th overall)
3 Elizabeth DAINTY Female VW65-69 26:49:00 (72nd overall)

First Female Finishers

1 Michelle VAN LOOY Female VW45-49 Olympic Harrier Inc 21:19:00 (12th overall)
2 Melissa BRAY Female VW50-54 22:10:00 (21st overall)
3 Shelley THOMSON Female VW40-44 23:55:00 (31st overall)

First Male Finishers

1 Simon ANGUS Male SM30-34 Olympic Harriers 17:06:00
2 Darius SIMPSON Male SM20-24 18:20:00
3 Bruce MORTIMER Male VM50-54 19:31:00 (4th overall)

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Alison HAWKES • Simon DERBYSHIRE • Sickan DERBYSHIRE • Terry KURUKAANGA • Roland IDACZYK • Lily SCOTT • Jackie KNOX • Richard CLARK • David BLOCKSIDGE • Benjamin POWLEY • Janet WEBSTER • Adam SIMPSON

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 4,398 participants have completed 39,140 parkruns covering a total distance of 195,700 km, including 6,217 new Personal Bests. A total of 535 individuals have volunteered 3,931 times.

 

A Parkrun Journey – Porirua Parkrun Event 348 – 25 January 2019

I am going to write about a 'parkrun journey'. A parkrun journey is not a bad reality TV journey where you get sent home at the end of the programme, instead a parkrun journey gets better and better and you are always welcome back each week.

Each persons parkrun journey has a number of unofficial milestones. These are a few of my unofficial milestones, some of which will be familiar to you

Andrew Gray

  • Doing your first parkrun and being invited by another parkrunner (I was invited by Andrew GRAY)
  • Realising that parkrunners are VERY friendly and being greeted by name (thanks Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF and George VAN MEEUWEN)
  • Deciding that you need better running shoes to run faster
  • Receiving running advice from other more experienced parkrunners
  • Thinking that you can't run any faster and that you will never break your PB again
  • Getting a faster PB than the PB you didn't think you could break
  • Being told by your partner that your running socks are uncool
  • Getting your first injury and getting advice from the many parkrun injury doctors
  • Ignoring an injury and running parkrun anyway
  • Cancelling some Friday night drinks and going to bed early, so that you will be good to go for parkrun on Saturday morning
  • Meeting friendly Irish parkrunners
  • Being inspired by the amazing junior parkrunners and amazing 65+ legend parkrunners
  • Being convinced that it is a good idea to do a 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon, 24km Trail Run, 50km Trail Run ...
  • Saturday morning just doesn't feel right if you haven't done a 5km parkrun
  • Being convinced that it is a good idea for training to do 3,4,5 x parkruns or loops of Rangituhi/Colonial Knob
  • Planning holidays to, by chance, be near a parkrun course
  • Giving running advice to other less experienced parkrunners
  • Calling out encouragement and greeting other parkrunners by name
  • Using a spreadsheet to calculate how many weeks you have to go until a big milestone (50, 100, 250)

Good luck with your parkrun journey
Simon Derbyshire
Simon Derbyshire

First Age Grade Finishers

1 Pam GRAHAM Female VW70-74 Wellington Scottish Athletics Club Inc 27:46:00 (86th overall)
2 Bruce MORTIMER Male VM50-54 19:24:00 (5th overall)
3 James WEMBRIDGE Male JM11-14 Olympic Harriers 19:07:00 (3rd overall)

First Female Finishers

1 Sacha KILMISTER Female JW11-14 Mana AAC 22:08:00 (18th overall)
2 Shelley THOMSON Female VW40-44 23:35:00 (26th overall)
3 Sarah BAKKER Female VW45-49 23:37:00 (27th overall)

First Male Finishers

1 Sandy KERR Male SM25-29 ClassFit 18:19:00
2 Gareth MCCASH Male VM35-39 Team HardCor 18:38:00
3 James WEMBRIDGE Male JM11-14 Olympic Harriers 19:07:00

This week 250 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Annie VAN HERCK • Simon DERBYSHIRE • Amanda MACDONALD • Steve MACDONALD • Rosanna LONG • Jackie KNOX • Eleanore BROWN • Eddy BRAY • Greta ABBOTT • Glenn HODGSON • 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 4,262 participants have completed 37,629 parkruns covering a total distance of 188,145 km, including 5,959 new Personal Bests. A total of 527 individuals have volunteered 3,850 times.

 

A full on parkrun weekend – Porirua parkrun event number 340 plus+, 14th December 2019

It has been a full-on weekend of parkrun. On Saturday 134 people ran, jogged and walked our alternative course, Ara Harakeke in Plimmerton.

Last weekend’s massive thunderstorm and nearly biblical rain, caused the banks to collapsed in places and had abraded the track surface in other locations  – making footing trickier that we’d like.

It was good to re-visit the alternative Plimmerton course, it is more undulating than our regular hill (what hill – that is an upwards flat section!), and can achieve faster times.

Many people got the best time for the year, even if not necessarily a PB (Personal Best). Twenty-two parkrunners took advantage of Ara Harakeke to get a new PB, well done: Noah ABBOTT, Matthew READING, Jo RYDER, Carly SMITH, Kelly ABBOTT, Charlotte BALDWIN-JANKIEWICZ, Andrea FLYNN, Mike VINCENT, Isabelle DE HAIR, Saul BUTLER, Julie SWINDEN, Eugene METREVELI, Supieb JAKRAM, Roz GRIFFITHS, Tara RUFF, Laura MURPHY, Liana FINDLATER, Leroy HAEREWA, Tomas HAEREWA, Bev MARTIN, Stella LUIJKEN, and Anna VINCENT.

Six first timers managed to find us in the new location. Well done on your sleuthing and directional skills and welcome to Porirua parkrun: New to parkrun Anaru JACKSON, and Anudchana DESAI, Jess SLONE and visitors from elsewhere Allira HANCZAKOWSKI, Karen JOHNSON, and Eryn ROGERS. We hope that you enjoyed Porirua parkrun – the alternative version – and look forward to seeing you again soon (probably on our regular course).

Also farewell and fare thee well to Dave and Rosemay Foot.  They have hung up the Porirua parkrun Run Directors mantles and are moving to a lovely new house in Tauranga.  Best wishes Dave and Rosemay, and the Tauranga parkrunners are luckly to have you move there!

Thanks to the 12 volunteers who made this event possible: George VAN MEEUWEN • Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Andrew GRAY • Brenda GRAY • Steve MACDONALD • David SINKINS • Karen MORTIMER • Janet WEBSTER • Cameron SCHMELING • Dennis BLOOMFIELD • Sarah MIDDLEMISS • Robert HADFIELD

Well done to our top three female finishers:

1 Jo RYDER 4th overall 00:19:47 VW35-39 Wellington Harrier Athletic Club Inc New PB!

2 Carly SMITH 7th overall 00:20:29 JW15-17 Olympic Harriers New PB!

3 Allira HANCZAKOWSKI 13th overall 00:22:38 SW25-29 Westerfoldians First Timer!

And our top three male finishers:

1 Noah ABBOTT 00:17:26 JM15-17 0.7983 Olympic Harriers New PB!

2 Andrew THOMPSON 00:18:00 VM40-44 0.7583 Olympic Harriers

3 Matthew READING 00:19:21 VM40-44 0.7158 New PB!

Top three age grade placings were:

1 Noah ABBOTT 00:17:26 Male JM15-17 80% age grade

2 Jo RYDER 00:19:47 Female VW35-39 77% age grade

3 Andrew THOMPSON 00:18:00 Male VM40-44 76% age grade

Then on Sunday 99 runners and walkers and 16 volunteers hung out for an hour or so at Trentham Memorial Park to test the waters for an Upper Hutt parkrun. Many then tested the coffee and cake at the Fig Tree Café afterwards.

Upper Hutt City Council is keen to have a local parkrun and wanted to see how it all works and whether the park would be suitable. Thank you to everybody that volunteered and came for a trail trial run :-). We are now looking for people that are enthusiastic about joining the core team for an Upper Hutt parkrun. More details on the Bothamley Park Runners facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/BothamleyParkRunners/

To cap it all off a bunch of enthusiastic parkrunners brought shovels, rakes, buckets and wheelbarrows to Bothamley Park to fill in those pesky potholes and runnels left after last week’s storm. Drains were dug out and the gravel used to fill holes and smooth out the surface. The intrepid Steve MacDonald waded into the pool below the stepped waterfall to single handed extract a tree from the culvert. It took four people to man/person-handle it on to the bank away from the stream. Meanwhile Neon removed the long clumps of grass to get the water flowing again. Thanks to Andrew Gray for providing PCC support for this rescue mission and Amanda MacDonald for providing the cooling iceblocks after our efforts.  Plus thanks to Neon who had worked away on Saturday afternoon for a couple of hours by himself filling one of the biggest holes.

Thanks to their efforts we should be back at Bothamley Park this weekend :-)

Hope everybody else had a similarly full on and enjoyable weekend.

Astrid van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf

 

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 4,030 participants have completed 36,027 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,135 km, including 5,805 new Personal Bests. A total of 525 individuals have volunteered 3,760 times.

 

Alternative Porirua parkrun course 14th December 2019

The pathway in Bothamley Park has suffered some damage in the flooding last Sunday. To be safe we will relocated to our alternative course at Plimmerton for Saturday 14th December 2019.  

Please keep checking our facebook page to get any updates.

 

How do I get to the alternative course in Plimmerton?

Travelling By Car

From Bothamley Park head back to State Highway One and head north.

After around 6 kilometres you will pass the turn off to Plimmerton Village and soon after that, you will see a Palmers Garden Centre on the left and a large roundabout ahead.

Turn left at the big roundabout onto Urlic Street.  Follow Ulric St to the end where there is a big turning circle.  Off the turning circle is Northpoint Street.

The Ara Harakeke Pathway heads off to the right between two industrial buildings 45 metres up Northpoint Street from the turning circle .  See photo below.  Look for the red and white building.  Look out for Ara Harakeke signs as shown in this photo at start of pathway.

Park your car around this area and walk up the Ara Harakeke pathway.  The start area will be 80 metres up the path and just around the corner.  You won't miss us there will be around 100+ people gathered on the path in running gear.

Getting their by Public Transport

Take the Kapiti Line Train to Plimmerton Railway Station.

Get off the train and head north along the platform.  Go down ramp to underpass and turn right at bottom.  You should exit onto Plimmerton Domain, a grass sportsfield.

Head east and follow the asphalt car park road towards the bridge.  Just before the bridge take the concrete pathway on the left.  Follow this to end. This takes you onto Ulric Street.  Turn left and walk to end of Ulric Street.  From there, follow last instructions for getting there by car.  Total distance 900 metres - 10 minutes walk.

The Course

The track is 2.5km out (going north) turn around and 2.5km back. The hill is 5m shorter than the Bothamley Park hill.

The track is concrete or tarseal for the whole way. around 3 metres wide - so similar to Bothamley Park.

This is the one kilometer point.
1000mfrom_Start_looking_north

There a short section where there is only a grass berm between the pathway and SH1 - we will post a marshal here. Dogs are to be kept on a lead and kids need to be accompanied by parents to prevent them running out in to traffic.   1500m_most exposed area

The turn around point is a red and white metal bollard in the middle of the track. 

See Photo below.

The post run coffee will be at our normal McCafe venue.

See you Saturday morning.

 

Four seasons in two days – Porirua Parkrun Event 339 – 7 December 2019

155 parkrunners braved the rain this morning and ran or walked event number 339. The rain eased down for most of the event this morning, with just light drizzles. There were 18 first timers at parkrun this morning, including visitors from England and South Africa. Congratulations to a first timer Nick SHARPE, coming in 1st of the pack this morning in a speedy time of 19:33 minutes. 15 runners achieved personal best times, well done to you all.
Nick Sharpe

Milestones today were celebrated... Tony WOOD ran his 150th run, Randall PAVELICH 100th run, Herbert ZIELINSKI 50th run, a junior park runner Amelia DENZ ran her 10th this morning and Olivia FOUNTAIN had run here 50th a few weeks ago. Well done to you all, you must have the parkrun bug now!

Randall Pavelich
Tony Wood
Oliva Fountain
Amelia Denz

Regardless of whether you run or walk, if it is your first time or you are a regular, everyone is welcome at parkrun.

Samantha Hall
Samantha Hall

First Male Finishers

1 Nick SHARPE Male SM25-29 19:33:00
2 Craig HOLDEN Male VM45-49 19:58:00
3 Warwick SMITH Male VM50-54 20:01:00

First Female Finishers

1 Angeline PENBERTHY Female SW25-29 20:08:00 (5th of Overall) Wellington Harrier Athletic Club Inc
2 Charlotte GREAVES Female JW11-14 20:41:00 (6th Overall)
3 Juliet MOORHEAD Female JW10 22:12:00 (12th Overall)

First Age Grade Finishers

1 Charlotte GREAVES Female JW11-14 20:41:00 (6th Overall)
2 Hugo MILLAR Male JM10 Olympic Harriers 20:07:00 (4th Overall)
3 Juliet MOORHEAD Female JW10 22:12:00 (12th Overall)

This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests.

Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Simon DERBYSHIRE • Sickan DERBYSHIRE • Kelly ABBOTT • Samantha HALL • Nick GARTELL • Peter WITHINSHAW • Janet WEBSTER • Jackie GARTELL • Libby WITHEFORD-SMITH • Paula DYMOND • Nick HARRISON

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 4,024 participants have completed 35,893 parkruns covering a total

distance of 179,465 km, including 5,783 new Personal Bests. A total of 525 individuals have volunteered 3,748 times.

 

Parkrun is just awesome – Porirua Parkrun Event 338 – 30 November 2019

The benefit parkrun delivers to communities and to individuals is just awesome. In 2013 Astrid Van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf decided to join the parkrun family and along with husband George they started a new event in Porirua's beautiful Bothamley Park.

Astrid Van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf
George Van Meeuwen

Rosemay Foot was on board with the idea and attended the inaugural run going on to join the team of run directors. As it often does, life chucked in a curve ball and in 2016 Rosemay underwent a double heart bypass. In among all the anxiety I remember the surgeon and cardiologist saying that Rosemay's great recovery can be put down to running and being very fit. Thanks parkrun. Rosemay showed great fortitude and absolute stubbiness in her recovery and in her pursuit of the magic 250 runs. On the last day of spring Rosemay jogged down the finishing chute achieving her long held goal, that 250 TShirt. Her time may not have matched the 27 mins and second woman home position she achieved in 2013 but the job still got done.
Rosemay Foot 250

Also attending parkrun 338 was Jesse Hope who is one of parkruns growing U10 group. It's just brilliant to see more families pickup on the health benefits of free parkruns and I wish Jesse well in his Weetbix Triathlon.
Terry and Jesse Hope

I think Rosemay Foot exemplifies the benefits of parkrun and the life motto of “just keep moving”. Everyone should do parkrun :-).
Rosemay Foot Running Happy

Run grumpy, finish happy
Dave Foot
Dave Foot Running Happy

First Age Grade Finishers

1 Jessica HUGHES Female JW15-17 19:34:00 (6th overall)
2 Dennis BLOOMFIELD Male VM55-59 20:05:00 (10th overall)
3 Saskia KNOX Female JW15-17 19:58:00 (8th overall)

First Female Finishers

1 Jessica HUGHES Female JW15-17 19:34:00 (6th overall)
2 Saskia KNOX Female JW15-17 19:58:00 (8th overall)
3 Jackie HOLLEY Female VW45-49 21:25:00 (11th overall)

First Male Finishers

1 Noah ABBOTT Male JM15-17 Olympic Harriers 18:11:00
2 Matthew BRETT Male SM20-24 18:50:00
3 Matapuku ROBATI Male VM40-44 19:21:00

This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Anoushka GANESAN • Dave FOOT • Jean HUNTER • Simon DERBYSHIRE • Sickan DERBYSHIRE • Suzanne HALPIN • Andrea ADAMS • Joe MUNRO • Cameron SCHMELING • Sarah MIDDLEMISS • Becky NGAN

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 4,005 participants have completed 35,738 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,690 km, including 5,768 new Personal Bests. A total of 522 individuals have volunteered 3,737 times.

 

Sophia runs with her own barcode for the first time – Porirua Parkrun Event 334 – 2 November 2019

Sophia runs with her own barcode for the first time

Today was a great day for a park run, and here was a lot of excitement in our house, because our daughter Sophia was keen to use her own barcode for the first time!

I wouldn’t call myself a regular parkrunner, but it is a great start to the weekend when I make it to the run. I really love the concept and the community that it creates, it’s fantastic to see and hear all the encouragement along the way. We’ve managed a few runs as a family, sometimes with the buggy, but now we have a junior parkrunner who seems pretty keen :)

Family at Parkrun

I also really like the format and the fact that the concept stays the same, even if the location is different. My dad and siblings do parkruns in the UK and I have a brother runs in Sydney too. It’s great to compare selfies after and occasionally we manage to meet up and run together, last time it was in the UK, but we’re trying to see if we can fit one in in NSW in a couple of weeks!

This report has also been written with Sophia’s help, her contribution is below.

My name is Sophia Mary Grace Wheddon. I have just turned 4 and This is my first official parkrun! The weather was good. I think parkrun is great Because I have my barcode. The best thing about today’s run was that lots of people cheered me on.

Gabrielle Wheddon and Sophia Mary Grace Wheddon
Gabrielle Wheddon and Sophia Mary Grace Wheddon

First Age Grade Finishers

1 Saskia KNOX Female JW15-17 19:26:00 (4th overall)
2 Michael CUMMINS Male VM55-59 Wellington Scottish Athletics Club Inc 20:22:00 (7th overall)
3 Dennis BLOOMFIELD Male VM55-59 20:21:00 (6th overall)

Dennis Bloomfield

First Female Finishers

1 Saskia KNOX Female JW15-17 19:26:00 (4th overall)
2 Jessica HUGHES Female JW15-17 20:38:00 (8th overall)
3 Carly SMITH Female JW15-17 Olympic Harriers 20:40:00 (9th overall)

Saskia Knox

First Male Finishers

1 Juan KOEKEMOER Male VM40-44 Irene Road RC 18:06:00
2 Noah ABBOTT Male JM11-14 Olympic Harriers 18:37:00
3 Glenn HODGSON Male VM40-44 19:05:00

This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Anoushka GANESAN, Warwick THORN, Rosemay FOOT, Dave FOOT, Stephen GLASSEY, Terry HOPE, Arwel THOMAS, David SINKINS, Tina ANDERSON, Gabrielle WHEDDON, Lisa DYMOND, Becky NGAN

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 3,956 participants have completed 35,044 parkruns covering a total distance of 175,220 km, including 5,661 new Personal Bests. A total of 515 individuals have volunteered 3,680 times.

 

To P or not to p – Porirua Parkrun Event 327 – 14th Sept 2019

To P or not to p, that needs to be answered....

To P or not to p, that is not only a question but begs an answer!

What does or what should, P or p stand for? Well, it can be any, including but not mutually exclusive to: parkrun, pace, power, persevere, persist, push, personal-best, perspire, perennial-battle, pain, perambulate, participate, part of, pass and many others. For me, this will be answered as you read on as the writer would share his state-secret on his parkrun career!

The parkrunday started no only with a very cloud laden day, but lots of sky juice falling down. It was highly unusual not to have horizontal rain. Despite this, our volunteers, Jean Hunter, Ethan Hunter, Troy Hunter, turned up, unfurled and hoisted the flags, carefully installed the rope chute while 007 and Mac trotted up the track to warm up and inspected the condition of the track. Soon, our congregation arrived as more vertical rain fell. It would be okay and the weather would lift, but did it? No.
Troy Hunter and Ethan Hunter

140 parkrunners and parkwalkers turned up!!! Amazing, isn't it? They were not mad, just a bit insane, in leaving their warm beds and came to the pristine and beautiful Bothamley Park in the falling rain. Yes, Bothamley Park looks even better with low clouds and falling rain! Janet Webster welcomed all our newbies and Sickan Derbyshire, our Run Director, assisted by Simon Derbyshire ascended the podium and issued the briefing in the rain but protected from the rain and cold with their brolley and rain jackets.
Sickan Derbyshire and Jocelyn SymeSimon Derbyshire
We got to salute our volunteers as they would have to stand in the rain without any chance of running or walking to keep warm Our teamof volunteers today were Benjamin POWLEY • Craig HOLDEN • Jackie KNOX • Janet WEBSTER • Jean HUNTER • Jocelyn SYME • Libby WITHEFORD-SMITH • N U TANG • Sickan DERBYSHIRE • Simon DERBYSHIRE.

Congratulations to Dave Foot as sat on his 250th parkrun milestone today and his was flanked by other proud 250ners, including Terry Hope (278), Lew Campbell (265), Suzanne Halpin (254), Astrid van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf (265), Jan Cadwallendar (260). Jackie Gartell and Jodi Butler would clock their 50th run today.
Dave Foot and Friends
Jackie Gartell
Jodi Butler

Our Peter Hanson dashed back from the Oceania Masters Athletics Championship 2019 overnight and he was well laden with two medals and a trophy. In his category, Peter Hanson was 1st in the half marathon race, Gold medal winner of shot put and another silver medal in another event. No, Peter Hanson had to slow down and walk in the rain today. Incredible performance!!
Peter Hansen

We warmly welcomed 8 new runners/walkers in the rain, wet and cold, including Elizabeth Horner, from Mole Valley, Dorking, Surrey, UK who said her home track was set in a wine estate with a 200m elevation! Also, 22 people PBed. Congratulations to you all.

Rain didn't ease off but in fact, it intensified as the loud shrills released the parkrunners, parkwalkers and dogs on their way. It would be better once you get into the tree-cover but in fact, it didn't. The track was a bit slushy and puddles started to show. Great thing about puddles is that they mark and identify the divots for us. The rain-soaked pine needles would make the track a bit slippery and slower for me but many simply ploughed ahead with speed. Jacob Kilmister (JM11-14) was leading the pack being chased closely behind by Ava Sutherland (JW11-14). But, it was Ava Sutherland who was quicker to snatch the finish line with an impressive 19m 05s with Jacob Kilmister a close 2 seconds behind. Great stuff. Dirt aplenty was sprayed around today instead of dust but I was assured that it was clean dirt.
Ava Sutherland
Jacob Kilmister
The rest of the runners and walkers without rain jackets got soaked and looked like drowned rats as they crossed the finished line. Notably, some juniors weren't doing too good as one puked and another was running with tears streaming down his face. Nonetheless, many were running in the rain, singing in the rain and even smiling in the rain. You are real legends, perhaps tinged with a bit of insanity as happiness in the rain resonated through the valley! Our parkrundogs absolutely loved the puddles as they charged into the mud and got as dirty, as muddy and as wet as possible to impress their owners.

The rain rained harder and the more water was churning and gurgling in the Kenepuru Stream as the water level started to rise. Those poor volunteers stood in the cold an drain until everyone was safely home. Many transferred to Macdonalds to get warm and to be rewarded and replenished with nutritious coffee and cake.

Now, let me unbox my state-secret. When did you last PB? For me, it was almost a forlorn hope until the very last parkrunday in August when I set off for my 198th parkrun. It took me 4 years and 10.5 months or 1785 days and 975km of parkrunning to get a new PB with a 5 seconds improvement. Think about it, 5 seconds improvement over 5 years!! Yes, I pushed, I persevered, I persisted, I passed few others and I definitely made use of those Ps along the way in my parkrun career. There is hope to get a new PB. Now, I can hibernate for my next new PB! Perhaps in another 5 years time?

So, what is your P or p and yes, power is in your legs to p. But you need to be infected first and turn up for parkundays. If you can join us at parkrun Porirua at Bothamley Park, the more the better. You can infect others with your enthusiasm.

N U Tang
N U Tang

First Age Grade Finishers

1 Ava SUTHERLAND 19:05 JW11-14 85.33% Olympic Harriers (1st overall)
2 Greta ABBOTT 21:07 JW10 80.82% Olympic Harriers (12th overall)
3 Saskia KNOX 19:47 JW15-17 78.35% (7th overall)

First Female Finishers

1 Ava SUTHERLAND 19:05 JW11-14 85.33% Olympic Harriers (1st overall)
2 Saskia KNOX 19:47 JW15-17 78.35% (7th overall)
3 Greta ABBOTT 21:07 JW10 80.82% Olympic Harriers (12th overall)

First Male Finishers

1 Jacob KILMISTER 19:07 JM11-14 75.85% Mana AAC (2nd overall)
2 Noah ABBOTT 19:31 JM11-14 72.67% Olympic Harriers (3rd overall)
3 Eric BAKER 19:34 VM35-39 67.38% (4th overall)

This week 140 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Jean HUNTER • Jocelyn SYME • Simon DERBYSHIRE • Sickan DERBYSHIRE • N U TANG • Jackie KNOX • Craig HOLDEN • Benjamin POWLEY • Janet WEBSTER • 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 3,858 participants have completed 33,880 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,400 km, including 5,516 new Personal Bests. A total of 508 individuals have volunteered 3,600 times.

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