Queenstown parkrun – Event number 102 – 14th November 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 102
14th November 2020

This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand.

On an overcast morning the wind picked up just before start time to add another dynamic to our fave weekly 5km event.  First time Run Director Wendy Banks did a great job managing the event under the gusty conditions and we thank her for her contributions to Queenstown parkrun.  Our pacers today helped 11 parkrunners to new PBs today.

Visiting parkrunners Shaun McWhirter and Daniel Redmond strolled to the finish line together and politely decided that Shaun would be first across the line at 18:30.  Daniel crossed shortly after at 18:31 with local runner Marjin Wouters completing his first parkrun to round out the top three at 19:34.

Junior parkrunner Siena Mackley was the first female across the line at 20:38.  The Queenstown Athletic runner earned herself a new PB in the process.  Sarah Jenkins finished her 8th parkrun today crossing second with a new PB of 24:08.  Visiting parkrunner Christine Stowell-Collett was third female at 28:04.

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN WILL BE CANCELLED ON 21ST NOVEMBER FOR QUEENSTOWN MARATHON!

Upcoming events are the Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!! We will NOT be having parkrun on New Year's Day, but will be having it as usual on 2nd January.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Chris SEYMOUR • Rob BARRY • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • André CHALMERS • Seamus COSTELLO • Isobel BARRY • Neville BRITTON • Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Coen BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Scarlett ROSE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Queenstown parkrun Results Page.

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 101 – 31st October 2020 – Halloween Edition

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 101 - Halloween Edition
31st October 2020

This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand and the USA.

REMINDER THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN IS CANCELLED NEXT WEEK ON 7TH NOVEMBER!!!

Today's run report is brought to you by visiting parkrunner, Nigel Milius!

Halloween dates back to the Celts of northern Europe around 2,000 years ago. What was to them known as Samhain marked New Years’ Eve (their year started on November 1 st ) and also signified the end of summer and the start of the long, dark and cold winter. That was a season particularly associated with death back then and Samhain was a night when, it was believed, ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Over the centuries, different cultures put their own twist on things, the Romans had Feralia,
a day to honour the dead, and in 1000AD the Christian church decreed All Saints Day at the beginning of November. All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day, and the night before it All Hallows Eve, both coming from the middle English “Alholomesse”, the origin of the Halloween we know today.

The associations with death and ghosts, and dressing up in weird and wonderful costumes goes back a long way, and in recent decades it has expanded to include all things scary and frightening. Chris and his team at Queenstown parkrun have well and truly embraced the current customs, and many people had evidently had a lot of fun, and spent much time, on being suitably attired for this mornings’ Halloween parkrun. There were axemen, devils, ghosts, witches and even a skeleton parked on a bench adjacent to the finish funnel. Well done to all (runners, walkers and volunteers) who made it such fun for everyone. Admission time, I wasn’t one of them!

Though nowhere near as bad as forecast, the weather had a suitably eerie feel to it, a few
spots of rain and low cloud obscuring the stunning mountain views for which the town is justly famous. As the time keepers set their devices in motion, 74 of us set off up the first hill accompanied by several of our four-legged friends, some of whom were also getting into the spirit of things, a spider and a unicorn both being noted. Next was a downhill back toward the start, before a much gentler and shorter incline. We then passed the more formal area of the park, with rhododendrons and tulips in full bloom, and a small pond from where a Paradise Shelduck family watched on.

I have run at several different parkruns and seen a few “interesting” warning notices (one
informing people of the possibilities of encountering snakes on a course in Australia particularly springs to mind!) but today I came across one I’ve not previously encountered. “Caution. Beware of Flying Frisbee discs”! The gardens here have, apparently, been a venue for “Frisbee Golf” since the 1980’s and a decade later became home to NZ’s first permanently marked course.

Didn’t seem to be a problem today, but as we ran along part of the course on a gently descending track passing between large pines there was another hazard; a mad axeman jumped out in front me! At this point the track you are running along is close to the one you are about to follow back along the lake shore, so our spook could accost parkrunners there too. I don’t know the name of this volunteer, but he was certainly having lots of fun in the spirit of the day and probably covered considerably more than the 5km most of the rest of us did during the morning!

The lakeshore track is another delight; New Zealand Scaup, Mallards and Great Crested
Grebes swam on the water, whilst Tuis, Blackbirds and Chaffinches sang from the trees, and I even disturbed a New Zealand Pigeon high above us.

There are faster parkrun courses, but few as scenically attractive, and another great thing is you get to enjoy most of the views a second time as it’s essentially a two lap course. Even better, the only bit you don’t get to repeat is the hill at the start!

At an event that would, in more normal times, (g)host many overseas visitors, it was notable to get even one in the current situation, so welcome to the parkrunner from Michigan who joined other visitors from Auckland, my wife and I from the Coromandel Peninsula, and lots of friendly locals. Great to see so many youngsters out there enjoying there 5km too, just wish I could keep up with more of them!

The speed at which Brent Godfrey (18.10) and Jack McKay (just 14 seconds behind) led the field home was suitably scary to most of us, but well done. Congratulations also to Dahna Hunter, the first female finisher, and to Xavier Crotty, Nicole Fairweather, Sheana Solomon, Erin Prince and Jo Taylor who all set PB’s. A big welcome to the parkrun family to Sam Major, Cinnamon Williams, Isla Wallis, Connor O’Reilly, Lucy Jackson, Harper Omeara, Kiemans Makiewicz and Chris Major who all used their barcodes for the first time ever today. I hope parkrun gives you as much enjoyment as it does me and thousands of others around the world.

Even on a day like today with low cloud shrouding the mountains in mystery, Queenstown is a beautiful course and I really hope to be able to return sometime to appreciate it in its full splendour. I also need to return to enjoy more of the post run delights on offer at the Yonder Café. The Big Yonder Breakfast was absolutely delicious, but the menu was far too extensive for just one visit.

Every parkrun needs volunteers, so think about signing up for something every so often, it
adds a whole new dimension to the parkrunday experience and helps keep it free, for everyone,forever and every Saturday morning.

Thanks again to EDs Chris and Jamie Seymour and their team of spooky helpers for putting on such a great event this morning celebrating both the parkrun we’re fortunate to have here in NZ and the ancient festival of Halloween.

Nigel Milius, Cooks Beach

Upcoming events are the Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!! We will NOT be having parkrun on New Year's Day, but will be having it as usual on 2nd January.

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN WILL BE CANCELLED ON 7TH NOVEMBER DUE TO ANOTHER EVENT IN THE GARDENS AND 21ST NOVEMBER FOR QUEENSTOWN MARATHON.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Nigel MILIUS • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Fleur DOUGLAS • Declan MURRAY • Matthew PESTER •  Wendy BANKS • Michelle MOYNES • Scarlett ROSE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Queenstown parkrun Results Page.

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 100 – 24th October 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 100
24th October 2020

This week 57 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand!

On 9th June 2018 we kicked off Queenstown parkrun and were excited to bring the world's fave, free, weekly, 5km event to town.  Little did we know how popular it would become and bring together both locals and tourists alike every week to enjoy not only walking and running in the beautiful Queenstown Gardens, but also to socialise and form many friendships.  To everyone who has walked, jogged, ran, or volunteered over the past 100 events, Jamie and Chris would like to thank you for your participation and we look forward to another 100 events!  We celebrated at Yonder cafe afterwards with an amazing 100 shaped cake made by volunteer, Wendy Banks!  Thanks Wendy!

Jack McKay came first across the line today with a time of 18:21.  He has now claimed more first finishes at Queenstown parkrun than anyone else with a total of 9!  Local runner Matt Rayner was second across the line with a time of 19:06 earning himself a new PB.  The red singlet legend, Seamus Costello, rounded out the top 3 with a time of 19:48.

Dahna Hunter can usually be seen burning rubber around Queenstown Gardens with her pram clocking impressive times.  Today she went buggy free and knocked almost two minutes off of her PB coming the first female with a time of 20:41!  Local runner Isobel Barry logged her 43rd parkrun for second at a time of 23:07. Sarah Jenkins was third across today at 24:11 earning herself a new PB for her efforts!

Upcoming events are the Halloween edition of 31st October, Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!!

Next week, be sure to come in your most spooky or funny active wear and beware of what might be waiting for your in Queenstown Gardens!! Lollies at the finish line for those who survive the haunted forest!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN WILL BE CANCELLED ON 7TH NOVEMBER DUE TO ANOTHER EVENT IN THE GARDENS AND 21ST NOVEMBER FOR QUEENSTOWN MARATHON.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Jamie SEYMOUR • Alan WARD • Paul JAQUIN • Matthew PESTER • Wendy BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Shelley CHARLTON • Scarlett ROSE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Queenstown parkrun Results Page.

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 99 – 17th October 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 99 - Full Seamus Edition
17th October 2020

This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Invercargill, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Whangarei, Lower Hutt, Christchurch, and Auckland!

An overcast and cooler morning greeted our parkrunners this morning for our third event since the latest resumption.  Today was a milestone day for one of our fave local Queenstown parkrunners, Seamus Costello.  Seamus completed his 50th parkrun today and making it more remarkable is that he is the first person to complete this milestone solely running at Queenstown parkrun.  In honour of Seamus many of the locals wore red not only for the colour of the parkrun 50 milestone shirt, but for his trademark red singlet that he wears in any weather condition.  it was declared that wearing a singlet(preferably red) in cold winter conditions at Queenstown will from this point forward be known as going, "Full Seamus".

Topping off the 50 milestone day for Seamus, he was first across the line today with a time of 19:07.  Local runner Ben Cullen completed his 12th Queenstown parkrun today following Seamus in with a time 19:11.  Returning to Queenstown parkrun today for his 10th event was Zac Brazel who came in at 19:18.

Junior parkrunner Sienna Mackley was the first female across today with a time of 20:41.  She earned herself a new PB by 33 seconds for her efforts today.  Local runner Dahna Hunter powered to a new PB of 22:22 whilst pushing her pram for second across. Monday Runday club member Jessica Rathgen rounded out the top three ladies and also earned a new PB of 23:43.

Upcoming events are the 100th edition of Queenstown parkrun on 24th November and the Halloween edition of 31st October! Be sure to come in your most spooky or funny active wear and beware of what might be waiting for your in Queenstown Gardens!! Lollies at the finish line for those who survive the haunted forest!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN WILL BE CANCELLED ON 7TH NOVEMBER DUE TO ANOTHER EVENT IN THE GARDENS AND 21ST NOVEMBER FOR QUEENSTOWN MARATHON.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Neville BRITTON • Wendy BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Karyn WALLIS • Shelley CHARLTON • Blair DEVLIN • Scarlett ROSE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Queenstown parkrun Results Page.

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 98 – 10th October 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 98
10th October 2020

Today's Run Report is brought to you by visiting parkrunner, Julie Collard!

What a delight to run the lovely Queenstown course, and great to be back parkrunning, as it was my first since August 8 when I volunteered as photographer (due to an injured knee) at my home parkrun, Western Springs (Auckland). Lots changed since then. My knee healed and I ran some (not) parkruns, but nothing beats an official event. So I was delighted when a work training opportunity in Queenstown presented itself, and it was possible to stay an extra day to slip in a parkrun.

I contacted Chris & Jamie Seymour, who I had met briefly when they ran Western Springs a while ago, and they were the perfect hosts, introducing me to the local running hangout at Smiths Craft Beer House to talk parkrun, picking me up and dropping me off, and ensuring I had a wonderful time on the day. Which I did, cold though it was for this northerner! I admit to being shocked and awed at the number of parkrunners in shorts and singlets! Yoicks!

As a run director at Western Springs and soon to be launching Owairaka parkrun (also Auckland), it’s always interesting to see how other parkruns work. It was cool to see the core group of locals, both runner, walkers and volunteers, and lots of families, given that Queenstown is a destination for tourists and parkrunning alphabeteers alike. The course is incredible, showcasing the park and the view, and despite the disruptions of the council works in the park, the parkrun unfolded like a well-oiled machine and in comfortingly familiar ways. I was delighted to hear of up-coming celebrations involving cakes, fancy dress opportunities and to hear the usual running stories involving other parkruns, trail races and the local Monday Runday club.

This week’s run was a successful second post-Level 2 event, with an increase of one third from the week before (from 48 to 64). By all accounts the weather was much more user-friendly this week, although the 3°C my Garmin recorded was mighty cold for a northerner like myself! We set off just past 8 o’clock and I barely had time to glance at the crystal-clear stream as we surged past. I was too busy willing my numb-with-cold legs to turn over a bit faster. As we hit the hill, I was losing that fight big time and was passed repeatedly. I hardly cared, but as I slowly warmed, I could overtake a few people back on the lovely Douglas fir forest downhill. Hitting the lakefront brought a whole new calm and I settled into a steadier pace, loving the soft footfalls and crisp air. Got to do the loop again, fortunately without the huge hill (just the medium one) and was content to hit the home straight with a bit of energy left for a sprint.

A few stats for the number-hungry:

  • There were 32 males as opposed to 24 females taking part today. Come on Queenstown gals, get your trainers on and join in!
  • One in 8 parkrunners today either forgot their parkrun or does not have one. My advice, running is more fun when you get to rack up more and more of them, not to mention keeping track of everything.
  • I thought 8 total newcomers to parkrun was outstanding. Keep spreading the word, people!
  • Fifteen, including myself, were in Queenstown for the first time, possibly a little lower than normal. Funnily enough I knew two of them, Sue and Brett Sedon, Western Springs regulars.
  • I also got chatting to a keen runner from Blenheim who, it turned out, was Bill Hunter, running his 150th today! Congratulations, only 100 left until the next milestone!
  • Coincidentally, local Wendy Hawkes also ran her 150th today, and was another familiar face for me having met her sister Angela, another Western Springs regular.
  • Great to see some super-fast kids running, with 6 boys and one girl under 14, and 4 boys in the top 10! Keep it up!

Here are the first three males and females:

Males: Jack McKay 18:33, Jude Deaker 18:48, Dave Pearson 20:09

Females: Dahna Hunter 22:54, Isobel Barry 23:12, Wendy Hawkes 23:58

Last, congratulations Chris Seymour on reaching your 50 parkruns, go get that red shirt! I know your volunteer tally is already more than double that. Your passion and dedication to parkrun is inspirational! Thanks for the ‘southern hospitality’ from you and Jamie and I’d love to run Queenstown again.

Julie Collard, Event Director Owairaka parkrun

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Chris SEYMOUR • Matt RAYNER • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Keri JACKSON • Fiona BUTLER • Declan MURRAY • Teresa COSTELLO • Iain BANKS • Coen BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Judy SIM • Shelley CHARLTON • Scarlett ROSE • Julie COLLARD

 

 

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