Queenstown parkrun – Event number 124 – 24th April 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 124
24th April 2021

This week's Run Report is from parkrunner and volunteer, Shelley Charlton!

Queenstown welcomed a few serious Parkrun tourists this morning to
what has been called by some "the most scenic parkrun in the world".
Lauren Curtis was our first Trans-Tasman bubble visitor (not from WA)
and Darin Graham from Canada has been travelling around New Zealand
for a while ticking off parkruns along the way. Down from Cornwall
Park, Richard Winterburn completed his 300th after starting his
parkrun journey back in the UK almost 10 years ago. Tony Little also
started off in the UK, achieving 305 runs and 101 volunteers so far,
and has been travelling all the way from Alexandra for the past 4
months! (Thought I was the only parkrun nut/enthusiast happy to make
the 90 minute commute each Saturday.) We sadly said goodbye to him
today as he’s off to enjoy Foster parkrun.

Wendy and Iain Banks achieved their 50th milestone which is good going
as they seem to be volunteering most weeks. Two more tourists from
Kapiti Coast, Sylvia and Michael Meakin, ran PBs as did 10 others. The
26th Annual Disc Golf Tournament was happening this morning which may
account for the high number of PBs. I know it motivated me to run
faster through the woods for fear of a frisbee to the head!! 14 first
timers joined us including Olivia Ayers-Staniland and Alura Duffy who
were doing their very first parkrun. Hopefully, they all managed to
check out Arrowtown’s Autumn Festival this weekend which is absolutely
stunning.

Not only is Queenstown parkrun beautiful on so many levels, and highly
coveted for ticking off the parkrun alphabet, it is also personally
special to me as we start and finish by the Memorial Arch. Being
ex-military I figured it was worth a mention as it’s Anzac Day
tomorrow.

Back to the stats, Queenstown regular Jack McKay took first place with
18:28, second place went to Luke Hammington with a PB of 18:56 and was
closely followed by first timer Sebastian Kerkvliet with 19:01. Wendy
Banks was the first female home with 24:22, followed by Lauren Curtis
with 25:12 and Anna Cross with a PB of 25:51. In total, we had 62
finishers and 12 volunteers. Special thanks to Scarlett ROSE, Matthew
MURRAY, Coen BANKS, Richard SAINT, Joseph MURRAY, Isaac McCARTNEY,
Carmelia BURY, Paul JAQUIN, Iain BANKS, Husdon BANKS, and Jamie
SEYMOUR – who has been called by some “the most enthusiastic Run
Director in the South Island”……..

Shelley Charlton, Queenstown