Queenstown parkrun – Event number 79 – 28th December 2019 – Last of the Decade Edition

This week 116 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Canada, and the USA! This week, we turn the Run Report over to our newest Run Director and 1/2 of Team Duck Patrol with her barkrunner pal Loki, Fleur Douglas!

Today saw the last Queenstown parkrun of the entire decade, and as we get to the end of the year it’s a good chance to look back at the first full year of our local event.

Across 2019, we saw visitors from many different countries, culminating in our best ever attendance (172) on the 23rd November – a week after the Queenstown Marathon, as athletes from around the world stayed an extra week to enjoy Queenstown and join us. 1052 new PBs since we started in 2018, and we saw our second Halloween and Christmas Day celebrations as well as having our volunteers all dress up for our first anniversary run back in June.

Our course records of 15:38 for men (Jack Beaumont) and 17:41 (Caitlin Adams) for women went untouched all year, though back in April Julie Wilson set our best ever age grading score for the course, with 87.92% in the VW60-64 category! The fastest times in 2019 went to Colin Kirkpatrick (16:27) and Nancy Jiang (18:26).

As for volunteers, across the year we had a total of 539 different volunteer tasks performed: an incredible number of people putting their hands up each week. That even included our course record holder Jack Beaumont featuring as tailwalker this week, so everybody who ran or walked can say they beat the record holder across the line!

It’s been a wonderful year sharing our weekly loop with visitors around the world, be they stopping by deliberately to finish off their parkrun alphabet, celebrating their 50th, 100th or 250th with us or just stopping by on their holidays. With a great core group of locals – we even had our first local Rachel Kennedy register her 50th parkrun mostly running at Queenstown this year – it’s the best way to meet the local running community – and share a coffee afterwards.

Thanks to everyone who joined us this year, and we hope to see you again in 2020!

Fleur Douglas, Run Director - Queenstown parkrun

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.

https://www.parkrun.co.nz/special-events/

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 10 volunteers:

Annie RANKIN • Chris SEYMOUR • Rob BARRY • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina WEFER • Jack BEAUMONT • Jacque HARRISON • Fleur DOUGLAS • Neville BRITTON • Simon HARRISON