Event number 78 - Christmas Day Edition
25th December 2019
This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, the USA, and Germany!!
Christmas arrived into Queenstown today with a cloudy, cool, and still conditions by Lake Wakatipu for parkrunning. An ever so slight few drops of rain were felt, but nothing of any measure to dampen the festive spirits of participants today. We smashed last year's Christmas Day attendance of 117 today with an outstanding 152 parkrunners. Thank you so much to everyone who took time out of their Christmas morning and volunteered today to make this event possible. Santa Claus was the special Run Director today and got the festivities kicked off.
Ciaran Faherty from Auckland logged his second Queenstown parkrun today and was first across the line. He gifted himself a new course PB at 16:48 knocking 41 seconds off his previous time. Sam Upton from the UK returned for his second week to our event and made it another second finisher spot with a PB of 17:28 knocking 18 seconds off last week's effort. Sam Howell from the UK rounded out the top three in his debut at our event with a time of 18:26.
Local runner Rebecca Sheffield was the first female across the line today at 19:00. She was fifth overall and only 3 seconds off her PB on our course. UK parkrunner Aisling Wall was the second lady finished at 19:43 with Kiwi parkrunner Emily Molloy earning a new PB in third at a time of 20:24.
We will parkrunning as normal on 28th December but we are NOT having a New Year's Day parkrun. If you are keen to parkrun on New Year's Day, remember that is the only day of the year you are permitted to log two parkruns at two different events in the same day. The closest events to Queenstown that are staggering event times are Invercargill and Dunedin that are starting at 7:30am followed by Balclutha at 9:30am. For a list of all parkruns hosting New Year's Day events please see the table at the following link.
The volunteer roster has filled up nicely for December but we need almost all roles for January 4th, 11th, and 18th! 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 14 volunteers:
Emma TIMMIS • Carmella BURY • Chris SEYMOUR • Pawel MASTALERZ • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Ina WEFER • James HARCOMBE • Tania BENNETT • Fleur DOUGLAS • Simon HARRISON • Will SHAW • Nick JOHNSON • Matt WILLIAMS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Queenstown parkrun Results Page.