Queenstown parkrun – Event number 77 – 21st December 2019

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 77 - Twas the parkrun before Christmas Edition
21st December 2019

This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Japan!

The wild weather continued this week in Queenstown but like so many other weeks we were gifted with great conditions for parkrunning at event time.  The temperature would not have been out of place at the end of Winter or in early Spring, but we were graced by glorious sunshine and light clouds that made for beautiful viewing for our visiting parkrunners.  Unfortunately our friends at Wanaka parkrun had to cancel their event again due to damage and debris on their course.  We were happy to welcome some Wanaka parkrunners and tourists staying Wanaka for our event today.  Fingers crossed that our friends over the Crown Range can get back to parkrunning again soon.

Coming across the line first today was Sydney based runner, David Criniti at 17:43.  David is the founder of The Run Beyond Project, a charitable organisation that uses running as a means to help promote goal setting, commitment, and resilience to high schoolers in need.  Be sure and check out their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/therunbeyondproject/ .  Hot on David's heels was UK based parkrunner, Sam Upton, who followed the Aussie in at 17:46.  Dunedin based parkrunner, Elliot O'Sullivan, rounded out the top three at 18:25.

In front of the female pack today was another Aussie parkrunner, Caitlin Fowlds.  Caitlin sped across the line at 19:35 today for the first finish and 8th overall.  Christchurch based parkrunner, Emily Molloy was the second female across the line today at 20:32 earning herself a new PB in her fourth parkrun here in Queenstown.  Junior parkrunner from Wanaka, Billie Crowe was the third female in at 21:39.

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our second annual Christmas Day parkrun!  Our same Summer start time of 8:00am will apply and be sure to bring your Santa hats and fave festive active wear to the event! Santa Claus will be Run Directing again this year and there will be candy canes at the finish line.

Personal Bests were achieved today by: Emily Molloy(20:32), Iain Banks(20:43), Joseph Murray(21:10), Kris Vermeir(22:13), Leon Jim(23:00), Wendy Hawkes(23:21), Craig Shaw(23:50), Sean Drader(24:28), Ezequiel Nunez(24:53), Dahna Hunter(25:09), Cecilia Allende(28:31).

The volunteer roster has filled up nicely for December but we need almost all roles for January 4th and 11th.  Please help us to make Queenstown parkrun happen every week.  If you haven't volunteered before or not in a long time, please reach out to us.  It's fun, easy, and we will train you on what to do.

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor for 2019. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Gudrun BARTH • Chris SEYMOUR • Rob BARRY • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Isobel BARRY • Fleur DOUGLAS • Matilda HUGHES • Jack MCKAY • Wendy BANKS • Will SHAW

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