Queenstown parkrun – Event number 95 – 1st August 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 95
1st August 2020

This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand today.

Warmer temperatures greeted our parkrunners today as the mercury inched towards double digits. A light cross wind across Queenstown Bay made for a more challenging last stretch of the course.  A smaller crowd size today as many locals were up at the Remarkables ski field enjoying the much anticipated opening of the new Sugar Bowl chair lift.

Local runner Jack McKay came across first today in a time of 18:20.  His result today was his seventh time as a first finisher.  He is one more first place away from tying Aleks Cheifetz and Ben Britton for the most front runner finishes.  Local Event Director Chris Seymour was second across the line today with a time of 20:18 and visiting parkrunner from Wellington Chris Howard rounded out the top three at 20:28.

Local junior parkrunner Siena Mackley completed her third Queenstown parkrun today with a time of 21:14.  Siena smashed her previous PB by over two minutes.  Visiting parkrunner from Wellington Emma Bassett followed Siena in with a time of 22:14.  Isobel Barry was the third female across the line at 23:43.

On 5th September we will be having our Winter Pride themed parkrun event.  Be sure to find your best rainbow active wear for a run to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Rob BARRY • Nancy JIANG • Jamie SEYMOUR • André CHALMERS • Zara MACKLEY • Talika CHALMERS • Brodie BANKS • Michelle MOYNES • Di LAUDER • 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 94 – 25th July 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 94
25th July 2020

This week 85 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, the UK, and Ireland.

The predicted gloomy weather didn't show up in time for Queenstown parkrun this week and despite a strong breeze on the bay side leg of the course, it was another great day for our fave weekly 5km event.  Thankfully temperatures were in the positive side today and it made for great running conditions.  We also had a last minute inclusion of pacers today to help our parkrunners meet their time goals.

Visiting parkrunner from Invercargill, Kelvin Meade, returned to Queenstown parkrun for the first time in over a year to take out the first position today.  Coincidentally, Kelvin tied his previous PB on our course with a time of 17:44 whereas he took the top spot today versus fourth last year. Campbell Jackson-Mee had another great run this week and finished in a speedy 18:16 and visiting parkrunner Paul Tench rounded out the top 3 with a time of 18:56.

Unfortunately our outright first female this week did not have a barcode so we cannot give her any credit for her great effort.  Therefore, local runner Amanda Harvey logged a first finish today in a time of 21:57.  Amber Stewart completed her fourth parkrun this week to come in as the second female across.  She earned herself a new PB of 22:59 in the process.  Rounding out the top three ladies was Saskia Van Der Geest who also clocked a PB with a time of 23:03.

On 5th September we will be having our Winter Pride themed parkrun event.  Be sure to find your best rainbow active wear for a run to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Annie RANKIN • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Judith O'NEILL • Dave PEARSON • Nancy JIANG • Jamie SEYMOUR • Joel GERARD • Tania BENNETT • Neville BRITTON • Benjamin BRITTON • Jack MCKAY • Wendy BANKS • Shelley CHARLTON • Leon JIM • Scarlett ROSE

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 93 – 18th July 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 93 - Frozen -4C Edition
18th July 2020

This week 53 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand and from the UK!

The cold winter came to a crescendo this weekend and provided what many of our local parkrunners claim to be the chilliest event we have ever had.  Temperatures were -4C at just before start time and whilst there was no icy patches on the course, the duck pond in Queenstown Gardens had frozen over.  Never fear, local legend Seamus Costello still took on the conditions wearing his trademark red singlet showing everyone how it's done.

Auckland based parkrunner Campbell Jackson-Mee made his return to Queenstown parkrun this week and took the top spot in a speedy time of 18:10.  Queenstown Athletic team member, Jude Deaker, smashed his previous PB to come across the line at 18:48. Jude carved a massive 46 seconds off his former record.  Close on Jude's heels and rounding out the top three and proving that running in a singlet in sub-zero temperatures does help in getting a PB was Seamus Costello at 18:49

Local parkrunner, Sophie Rolleston-Smith completed her second parkrun by taking out the top women's time with a new PB of 20:53. Sophie shaved almost 30 seconds off her effort from last week.  Valerie Grimba was closely trailing Sophie into the finish to complete her third parkrun and also earn herself a PB with a time of 20:57.  Another massive effort as Valerie knocked 1:42 off her previous PB.  Dahna Hunter was our third female across the line showing everyone how it's done whilst pushing a pram and also earning herself a PB with a time of 22:52.  Today's time sees Dahna continue a PB streak of three weeks and a total of five PBs in 2020.

On 5th September we will be having our Winter Pride themed parkrun event.  Be sure to find your best rainbow active wear for a run to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Judith O'NEILL • Dave PEARSON • Nancy JIANG • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Charlie GERARD • Joel GERARD • Tania BENNETT • Mark DOUGLAS • Miriam HOULISTON • Elizabeth LYNTON • Wendy BANKS

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 92 – 11th July 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 92
11th July 2020

This week 63 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.  We had visitors from across New Zealand and from the UK!

On a cool and breezy morning, the patchy clouds and rising sun made for glorious views on the surrounding peaks of Queenstown.  Our parkrunners were treated to a stunning morning for our fave weekly 5km event.

Benjamin Britton made a triumphant return to Queenstown parkrun today coming across first at 17:03.  The Queenstown Athletic team member was about six seconds shy of his course PB that he recorded in June of 2019.  Visiting parkrunner from Invercargill, Brennan Rhodes, completed his seventh Queenstown parkrun today in a time of 18:03 earning himself a course PB.  Lower Hutt parkrunner and Run Director, Andrew Crosland, rounded out the top three with a time of 18:27.

Arianna Lord opened her parkrun account today as the first female across the line in a time of 20:19.  Another first time local parkrunner, Sophie Rolleston-Smith, followed Arianna in with a time of 21:22. Amanda Harvey was third across the line in her 12th parkrun at Queenstown and 28th overall with a time of 21:45.

On 5th September we will be having our Winter Pride themed parkrun event.  Be sure to find your best rainbow active wear for a run to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Gudrun BARTH • Dani MOYNES • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Nancy JIANG • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina WEFER • Isobel BARRY • Tania BENNETT • Elizabeth LYNTON • Declan MURRAY • Wendy 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 91 – 5th July 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 91 - Return to parkrunning - parkrun Japan Tribute Edition
4th July 2020

This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, France, and the UK!

Kia Ora and Konichiwa from Queenstown parkrun! This week was a special and somewhat emotional time as we returned to our fave weekly 5km event for the first time since New Zealand went into lock down in mid-March.  All parkruns globally were paused from that time for health and safety concerns and to be in line with each country's government guidelines on mass gatherings and sporting events.  With New Zealand being the first country in the world to effectively eliminate community transmission, the government in early June removed all restrictions on mass gatherings and sporting events and here we are today with our Saturday mornings filled with the joys of parkrun.  The ability to be back at parkrun is a credit to all of the hard work the team of 5 million New Zealanders did to help beat this crisis.  Thank you to all of you who did you part and especially to the essential workers that were at the highest risk to keep us all fed, safe, and healthy during the lock down.

Puarenga parkrun in Rotorua Co-Event Director, Jason Chapman, proposed an idea to all of the NZ directors to have their events "adopt" another parkrun country in a show of solidarity and hope.  All the event directors were unanimous in the support and excitement to represent our global parkrun friends.  Flags, costumes/fancy dress, and country specific treats were discussed and each event team went out to prepare for a morning to remember.

parkrun Japan was selected for Queenstown parkrun to represent.  Event Directors Chris and Jamie have been fortunate to have traveled to Japan many times over the years for business, holidays, and races.  Japan is a country that has such an amazing history and culture that everyone should explore at least once in their life.  parkrun in relatively new in Japan only starting in April of 2019.  With Japan's strong running culture, parkrun events started popping up across the country in rapid fashion through 2019 and early 2020.  Chris and Jamie have experienced a few of these events and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the Japanese parkrunners and volunteers was incredible.  We were honoured to represent our friends from the Land of the Rising Sun and hope to see them parkrunning soon!

A few minor changes to our course this week were necessary due to some turf maintenance that Queenstown Lakes District Council is performing on our usual finish chute area.  As a result, we pushed our start line back about 25m to the ANZAC Memorial gate and the finish line to the green space near the Novotel Hotel.  This change had no major impact on the course as everyone's fave hills and undulations were left in tact. We also had some surprises for our finishers from our friends at Frontrunner Queenstown to welcome everyone back to parkrunning. Thanks to Paul and the team for their generosity.

This week saw some much delayed parkrun milestones for some of our locals.  Local running legend, Mark "Mr. Ben Lomond" Douglas completed his 50th parkrun milestone at our return event.  Mr. D did it in his own signature fashion wearing a half-length kimono.  One of our most dedicated parkrunners and volunteers, Dani Moynes, made it a double milestone by completing her 100th parkrun by volunteer tail walking to also earn her 25th volunteer milestone.  Dani had originally planned to complete this milestone on her birthday which was the weekend that we had to pause parkrun.  To make the milestone even more memorable, Dani completed the tail walk in an inflatable sumo wrestler costume whilst wearing a Japanese cartoon Tako(Octopus) hat.  Well done to both Mark and Dani for the patience and persistence to complete these milestones today.

After a shout out to parkrun Japan, Co-ED Jamie who was timekeeping today counted down to our parkrun return and our participants were on their way for another 5km of fun in the beautiful Queenstown Gardens!

Junior parkrunner from Dunedin, Ezekiel Stewart, completed his first Queenstown parkrun in style today coming across the line first in a time of 17:37!  He was followed in by Auckland-based parkrunner, Campbell Jackson-Mee, who crossed at 18:01 with local runner Jack McKay rounding out the top three at 18:20.

Emily Molloy completed her 7th parkrun at Queenstown this week and was the first female across the line.  She earned herself a new 16 second PB just barely missing the sub-20 barrier with a time of 20:02.  We have confidence she will log that sub-20 before long!  Amanda Harvey was next across and clocked a time of 22:33 with visiting parkrunner Mags Lynch following her in at 22:51 for a new PB in her second Queenstown parkrun.

After the event we went back to our post-parkrun cafe, Yonder, who recently opened back up full time.  It was fantastic to see the catch ups of many parkrunners that had not seen each other since before lock down.

See you next week for another edition of Queenstown parkrun!

Thank you so much to all the volunteers that made this return to parkrunning possible.  Without you we could not make this happen. The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Pawel MASTALERZ • Jamie SEYMOUR • André CHALMERS • James HARCOMBE • Wendy BANKS • Michelle MOYNES

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

The female record is held by Caitlin ADAMS who recorded a time of 17:41 on 6th October 2018 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:32 on 4th January 2020 (event number 80).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie WILSON who recorded 87.92% (22:04) on 20th April 2019 (event number 44).

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