Queenstown parkrun – Event number 89 – 7th March 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 89 - International Womens' Day Edition
7th March 2020

This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, the UK, and the USA.

Today was a celebration at Queenstown parkrun of all the progress that women have made in not only sport but all aspects of the world we live in.  Whilst much progress has been made in the 100+ years since the first International Womens' Day, there are still plenty of improvements to be made to ensure we achieve a gender equal society.  This year's IWD theme is "Each for Equal" meaning that everyone has a part to play in gender equality.  Many participants wore purple to show their support of this initiative during their parkrun today.

Jamie Seymour was our Run Director today and led an all female team of volunteers for the core roles of the event.  We had an amazing team of female pacers as well today with Becky Sheffield driving the 20 minute group, Isobel Barry at 25 minutes, and Wendy Banks at 30 minutes.

Local legend Seamus Costello decided to forego his trademark red singlet today and wore purple to show support for IWD.  This wardrobe change may or may not have contributed to his ability to come across the line first today in a speedy 19:05.  David Keith finished his 5th parkrun at Queenstown today following Seamus in at 19:21. Finishing third overall and first female was our 20 minute pacer, Becky Sheffield who helped pull a few parkrunners in under the mark at 19:34.  Following her in was the third male finisher, Richard Butler from Australia, at a time of 19:45.

Following Becky in was local trail runner Nancy Jiang at a time of 19:50.  Nancy made it look easy today and was warming up before her Ben Lomond summit training run.  Rounding out the top three ladies today was local runner Amanda Harvey with a time of 22:01.

On 14th March we will have a St Patrick's Day themed parkrun.  Be sure to wear your greenest active wear, hats, and festive gear to celebrate our friends from the Emerald Isle.

On 11th April we will have our Easter themed event and on 25th April (ANZAC Day) we will still be having parkrun.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Rebecca SHEFFIELD • Carmella BURY • Gudrun BARTH • Dani MOYNES • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Isobel BARRY • Fleur DOUGLAS • Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Coen BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Michelle MOYNES • Lisa WILLIAMSON • Rosemary MCCARTNEY

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