Queenstown parkrun – Event number 81 – 11th January 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 81
11th January 2020

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and Singapore!

This week's Run Report contributor - Fleur Douglas, Run Director

It dawned a chilly and surprisingly quiet morning for the 81st edition of Queenstown parkrun, as a traffic accident closed the main road in and out of town. Though our event has a fantastic split between locals and visitors, it’s unusual to see no locals at all until ten minutes before start time – and led to some panic and scrambling from the Run Director to try and get enough volunteers to start the event!

With some back roads hastily navigated, and in one case, some cars dropped in favour of running the rest of the way into town, we had enough help and got the event underway only two minutes late. A special acknowledgment must go to the visitors who offered to forgo their parkrun tourism in the spirit of having the event go ahead – we were simultaneously grateful and glad we didn’t need to take you up on your generosity.

An exciting three-way sprint finish saw teenage visitor Eli Barker come across the line in a speedy 18:29, in spite of being in the middle of his warmup when the run started – and having to come back to the start to get going! It was a day for the younger age groups, with first female finisher Anna Colgan running in the 11-14 age group and finishing in an awesome 22:02. First local across the line was Arjan Schenk with a fantastic 20:01 PB.

With the traffic, we had many late starters – including Michelle Moynes who, in spite of starting ten minutes late, ran an unbelievable 30:27 and would have likely beaten her 23:12 PB had she had the chance! - and the Belic family from Forster in Australia, who completed their very first parkrun tourism in spite of a late start. For once, we had absolutely no buggies or barkrunners on the course – though late starters and finish volunteers were treated to the very funny sight of the Run Director’s puppy (and our course mascot) Loki dramatically throwing himself in the air in refusal to run with his grandfather, and denying himself a rare barkrun first finish!

Special mention has to go to all the volunteers at this event, who did absolutely everything they could to get into town and make the event happen, and who were all willing to change roles at the last minute to cover what needed to be done, as well as getting started the moment they arrived. It was no easy feat to make the day run as smoothly as it did, and you are all superstars!

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. 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.

Congratulations to all 114 finishers, and we hope to see you back again!

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Gudrun BARTH • Dani MOYNES • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Mark DOUGLAS • Fleur DOUGLAS • Declan MURRAY • Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Hudson BANKS

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