Queenstown parkrun – Event number 126 – 8th May 2021

Queenstown parkrun

Event number 126

8th May 2021

This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked the Queenstown Gardens course, of whom 15 were first timers to the course (5 first time parkrunners) and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand but no one admitted to being Australian!

Today was the second week of our alternate course "C" that will be in use for winter whilst Queenstown Lakes District Council does infrastructure work on the normal course.  Rumour has it that it’s a faster course with less hills, so now’s definitely the time to try and set a new personal best.

Local legend Declan Murray received his special red 50th t-shirt for completing 50 Parkruns.  Well done Declan who just missed out on beating his PB by one second.  You’ve earned a Guinness tonight!

Hagley parkrunner Jason Matulik made quick work of the new course today coming across the line at 16:45.   Local junior runner Jude Deaker was second across the line in a very respectable 18:07 and a new PB as well.  Jack McKay rounded out the top three with 18:11 in his 37th Parkrun.

Local parkrunner Nancy Jiang was the first female across the line with a time of 19 minutes flat today. Well done Nancy!  Another local parkrunner Sara Metzger came across second female today earning herself a new PB at 21:05. Sara was 15 seconds faster than last week when she also set a new PB!. Sub 21 minutes is looking likely at this rate! Our third female across was Jude O’Neill at 23:09.

Well done to the following parkrunners for achieving their PBs this morning:

Jude Deaker, Seamus Costello, Tim Williams, Jub Bryant, Neville Britton, Sara Metzger, Blair Devlin, Peter Wagener, Harper O’Meara, Richie O’Meara, Keri Jackson, Anna Marshall, Karen Ramsay, Griffin Eckford and Matthew Tyrell.

Upcoming events are our tutu day on 22nd May.  Feel free to run or volunteer parkrun in your wildest tutu.  Also, on the 5th June will be the 3rd anniversary of Queenstown parkrun and we are letting the juniors take over the event!  What could possibly go wrong???

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Coen BANKSWendy BANKSIna CHALMERSShelley CHARLTONIsaac MCCARTNEYDani MOYNESDave PEARSONMatt RAYNERRichard SAINTChris SEYMOURJamie SEYMOUREleanor TRUEMANStefan VAIVARS

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 125 – 1st May 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 125
1st May 2021

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand and also Australia!!!

Today was the first day of our alternate course "C" that will be in use for Winter whilst Queenstown Lakes District Council performs extensive maintenance along our start/finish strait and Hotops Rise(the big hill at the beginning).  We now are starting and finishing inside of Queenstown Gardens near the band rotunda and doing an "out and back" course that covers 90% of the original course in both directions.  The new course brings the opportunity for many of the parkrunners to see each other in both directions and get even more views of our surrounding peaks and Lake Wakatipu.

Visiting parkrunner from Australia, Oliver Palmer made quick work of the new course today coming across the line at 17:05.  Oliver was not only the first person to ever cross the line on this new course configuration, but also the first Aussie to get a first finish since early 2020! Local runner Jack McKay was second across the line in a very respectable 18:18 with fellow local Demetri Pappas rounding out the top three with a new PB of 18:54.

Local parkrunner Brooke Thomas was the first female across the line with a new PB time of 20:05 today. The 5km course must have gone by in the blink of an eye for Brooke who recently set the Fastest Known Time(FKT) of the 3000km Te Araroa Trail in 57 days whilst raising money for Heart Kids NZ.  Another local parkrunner Sara Metzger came across second female today earning herself a new PB at 21:20. Fresh off her second place female finish at the Routeburn Classic, local pram parkrunning legend Dahna Hunter closed out the top three ladies in a time of 22:24

Upcoming events are our tutu day on 22nd May.  Feel free to run or volunteer parkrun in your wildest tutu.  Also, on the 5th June will be the 3rd anniversary of Queenstown parkrun and we are letting the juniors take over the event! What could possibly go wrong??? :)

WE NEED TWO MARSHALS FOR 8TH MAY! PLEASE REACH OUT TO US ON FB OR EMAIL US TO QUEENSTOWN@PARKRUN.COM IF YOU ARE KEEN TO HELP!

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Seamus COSTELLO • Keri JACKSON • Hudson BANKS • Margaret DEVERSON • Samsu KIM • Scarlett ROSE

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 124 – 24th April 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 124
24th April 2021

This week's Run Report is from parkrunner and volunteer, Shelley Charlton!

Queenstown welcomed a few serious Parkrun tourists this morning to
what has been called by some "the most scenic parkrun in the world".
Lauren Curtis was our first Trans-Tasman bubble visitor (not from WA)
and Darin Graham from Canada has been travelling around New Zealand
for a while ticking off parkruns along the way. Down from Cornwall
Park, Richard Winterburn completed his 300th after starting his
parkrun journey back in the UK almost 10 years ago. Tony Little also
started off in the UK, achieving 305 runs and 101 volunteers so far,
and has been travelling all the way from Alexandra for the past 4
months! (Thought I was the only parkrun nut/enthusiast happy to make
the 90 minute commute each Saturday.) We sadly said goodbye to him
today as he’s off to enjoy Foster parkrun.

Wendy and Iain Banks achieved their 50th milestone which is good going
as they seem to be volunteering most weeks. Two more tourists from
Kapiti Coast, Sylvia and Michael Meakin, ran PBs as did 10 others. The
26th Annual Disc Golf Tournament was happening this morning which may
account for the high number of PBs. I know it motivated me to run
faster through the woods for fear of a frisbee to the head!! 14 first
timers joined us including Olivia Ayers-Staniland and Alura Duffy who
were doing their very first parkrun. Hopefully, they all managed to
check out Arrowtown’s Autumn Festival this weekend which is absolutely
stunning.

Not only is Queenstown parkrun beautiful on so many levels, and highly
coveted for ticking off the parkrun alphabet, it is also personally
special to me as we start and finish by the Memorial Arch. Being
ex-military I figured it was worth a mention as it’s Anzac Day
tomorrow.

Back to the stats, Queenstown regular Jack McKay took first place with
18:28, second place went to Luke Hammington with a PB of 18:56 and was
closely followed by first timer Sebastian Kerkvliet with 19:01. Wendy
Banks was the first female home with 24:22, followed by Lauren Curtis
with 25:12 and Anna Cross with a PB of 25:51. In total, we had 62
finishers and 12 volunteers. Special thanks to Scarlett ROSE, Matthew
MURRAY, Coen BANKS, Richard SAINT, Joseph MURRAY, Isaac McCARTNEY,
Carmelia BURY, Paul JAQUIN, Iain BANKS, Husdon BANKS, and Jamie
SEYMOUR – who has been called by some “the most enthusiastic Run
Director in the South Island”……..

Shelley Charlton, Queenstown

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 123 – 17th April 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 123
17th April 2021

This week's Run Report is from parkrunner and volunteer, Tony Little!

It was another cool and crisp Autumnal morning on the banks of Lake Wakatipu , but the new 9am start now gives the sun ample time to rise high up above the freshly snow capped peaks of the Remarkables and shine down upon us to keep us warm . Where better to be on a Saturday morning for your weekly dose of parkrun than Queenstown?

After the initial formalities, 54 runners , walkers , joggers and dogs gathered together at the Marine Parade start line in anticipation of another 5K of fun

 3-2-1 Go !! , Off we set towards the Queenstown Gardens , climbing up the hill towards the bandstand , I always hoped that one day a band would be playing as we all passed by . Then we all continue onward through the gardens passing the more gentle activity of the lawn bowls club on the left hand side  and into the shelter of the pine trees , before heading downhill towards the windswept waterfront then following the gravel path along the banks of the lake .

As we continue along this winding path a glance of the Earnslaw, moored in the distance can be seen ,thankfully it always looks a lot closer second time around!  A Smile for the camera first time round, it’s a grimace the second time round

Loop 1 completed we do it all again, before finishing back at the start line where the time keeper and finish token marshal are a welcome site for those exhausted runners pushing for a PB and those just happy to get round at their own pace. Once the tail walker has arrived safely back home its time to pack away and smell the aroma of coffee as we head to Yonder for well earned refreshments and the results are processed.

Today's Stats, 54 participants completed the course, 5 of which were unknown, please don’t forget your bar code if you want a time recorded  There were 5 PB’s so congratulations to  Alan Wharton , Oscar McCartney , Pascal Jacob , Tim Williams and Tony Little.

There were 4 first timers running their very first parkrun today Judy Reid, Karen Ramsay, Paula Hepburn, Thunes Cloete, and there were 13 runners visiting Queenstown for the very first time, Stephen Peach, Shaun Ryan, Helen Beatson, Julia Howard, William Howard, Thomas Howard, Jeannie Moss, Alice Howard, Vynka Short, Bernardo Neil, Andries Burger, Ameldi Burger, Andrew Hewitson, welcome to you all.

Today' s run for me, the joy of another PB was also tinged with sadness as after 4 months at Queenstown parkrun I will soon be moving on to pastures new. Queenstown's loss will be Christchurch’s gain. I won’t miss the 6am alarm call and the pitch black drive through the Kawarau Gorge to get here for 8am, but I will miss this beautiful run and all the friendly people here at Queenstown who make this such a special place to be on a Saturday morning

So a very big thank you to all the people who give up their time to make this event happen, especially The Seymours and The Banks who ensure this parkrun goes ahead every Saturday morning for us all to enjoy.

I will take away some happy memories of Queenstown, the highlight being my 300th Parkrun milestone , completed here just a few weeks ago and topped off with a PB ! It’s certainly been quite a journey to get here since attending my first “new runners briefing” at Harrow Lodge Park in England almost 7 years ago.

Queenstown, thank you and goodbye for now,  “I’ll be back ! “ 

Tony

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 122 – 10th April 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 122

10th April 2021

This morning we enjoyed our later start time of 9am, it was nice not to rush to get to parkrun! However, it was a rather wet morning so on the way there, I asked my son, Coen to find a funny but encouraging rain photo to post on our fb page to make sure everyone knew we were still going ahead! We had a total of 29 runners, and it was almost a 2:1 ratio with our 12 volunteers! Much appreciation to the volunteers today, we were struggling to get a full crew this week and thanks for braving the wet and cold this morning!

We welcomed 7 first timers to the Queenstown course and a well done to the 6 PB’s achieved today, Grant Lincoln, Tim Williams, Darren Fryer, Jayde Kruger, Erin Prince and Ruth Peddie.

Visitor Grant Lincoln (Barry Curtis parkrunner) took the top spot at 19 mins and also his PB for this course, well done Grant especially having to stop to do your laces! Andrew Robinson took the second position at 19 mins 30 s, followed by Seamus Costello at 19 min 59s. Jayde Kruger was the first female to finish with a PB of 23 mins 4 secs, followed by Wendy Hawkes 23 mins 46s and then Erin Prince at 24 mins 8 secs and it was her PB too.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Wendy BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Coen BANKS • • Dani MOYNES • Michelle MOYNES • Dave PEARSON • Chris SEYMOUR • Paul JAQUIN • Luke HAMMINGTON • Tony LITTLE • Shelley CHARLTON • Rosemary MCCARTNEY •

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

 

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