Queenstown parkrun – Event number 85 – 8th February 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 85
8th February 2020

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the USA.

After a week of wild weather in Otago, Southland, and Fiordland, it looked to potentially be a very wet morning of Queenstown parkrun.  In true Queenstown parkrun fashion, the god of weather, Tāwhirimātea, gave us another reprieve to conduct our fave weekly 5km event.

Proceedings started with this week's RD, Fleur, celebrating some parkrun milestones.  Local Queenstowner, Rob Barry, completed his 50th parkrun with 46 of those parkruns here in town.  This milestone comes one week after he completed the feat of joining the 50-54 age group. We were also excited to celebrate two milestones for visiting parkrunners from the UK, Clem and Janice Clement.  Team Clement completed their 200th parkrun with us today and also completed their Alphabet Challenge to log a parkrun starting with every letter. With their finish today and claiming their "Q", they were successful in their quest after a long journey to Queenstown. Clem even helped us sort finish tokens at Yonder cafe as well to show his dedication to parkrun.

Visiting parkrunner Finlay Todd was first across the line today in an impressive time of 17:19. He was followed in my local Queenstowner Jack McKay who finished at 18:14.  Visiting parkrunner Daragh Reynolds made his return to Queenstown today for his third event and rounded out the top 3 finishers with a time of 19:39.

Shannon O'Sullivan will remember her first ever parkrun as she was the first female across the line today at 21:16.  Congrats on opening up your parkrun account with a great run today, Shannon.  Amanda Harvey returned to Queenstown parkrun today and finished second behind Shannon with a time of 22:02.(that's a lot of twos there, Amanda!) Gemma Beckman-Cross was the third female to finish today in her first ever parkrun at a time of 22:44.

On 7th March we will be having our International Women's Day edition of Queenstown parkrun.  We encourage everyone to wear purple and bring all the Women in their lives to join us for parkrun.  Jamie Seymour will be Run Directing that day and is looking for an all-woman volunteer crew including pacers for this event. Reach out to us on Facebook or at queenstown@parkrun.com if you are interested in helping out.

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 9 volunteers:

Clem CLEMENT • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • André CHALMERS • Seamus COSTELLO • Mark DOUGLAS • Fleur DOUGLAS • Iain BANKS • Emma ANDERSON

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