Queenstown parkrun – Event number 82 – 18th January 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 82
18th January 2020

This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 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, and the USA!

This week's Run Report is brought to you by Run Director Fleur Douglas.

After a week of slowly increasing temperatures, Saturday dawned with perfect running conditions: 13 degrees and absolutely still! (It’s worth mentioning, hopefully without jinxing anything, that our favourite Saturday event seems to come with a bit of a weather blessing. In our lifetime we’ve had only one weather related cancellation, and countless weekends where torrential rain stopped within half an hour of our start!)

True to form with this weather, the course was very fast. Our first two runners across the line came in with a sprint finish, leading locals Aleks Cheifetz and Colin Kirkpatrick coming in at 16:57 and 16:58 respectively – with an 11 second PB for Aleks. Well done to both of you speedsters! First female was visitor K Pham in her 407th parkrun, recording a fantastic 20:50 while in town on holiday. Number one barkrunner this week was Elfie Ernst, leading his mum Gabbie over the line in a cool 25:56. In terms of milestones, visitor Jack Robertson achieved his junior parkrun milestone of 10! Well done Jack!

The 12 PBs of the day (of only 42 people who had run the course before) showed just how perfect a day for running this was. A special shoutout to Michelle Metcalf for breaking the 30 minute barrier with her 29:55! This was Michelle’s second PB in two weeks – so we can’t wait to see what this week holds. We had 82 parkrunners coming in under 30 minutes, an absolutely exceptional result.

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.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Gudrun BARTH • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Rob BARRY • Phil GERARD • Isobel BARRY • Keri JACKSON • Fleur DOUGLAS • Matilda HUGHES • Wendy BANKS • Will SHAW

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