Queenstown parkrun – Event number 123 – 17th April 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 123
17th April 2021

This week's Run Report is from parkrunner and volunteer, Tony Little!

It was another cool and crisp Autumnal morning on the banks of Lake Wakatipu , but the new 9am start now gives the sun ample time to rise high up above the freshly snow capped peaks of the Remarkables and shine down upon us to keep us warm . Where better to be on a Saturday morning for your weekly dose of parkrun than Queenstown?

After the initial formalities, 54 runners , walkers , joggers and dogs gathered together at the Marine Parade start line in anticipation of another 5K of fun

 3-2-1 Go !! , Off we set towards the Queenstown Gardens , climbing up the hill towards the bandstand , I always hoped that one day a band would be playing as we all passed by . Then we all continue onward through the gardens passing the more gentle activity of the lawn bowls club on the left hand side  and into the shelter of the pine trees , before heading downhill towards the windswept waterfront then following the gravel path along the banks of the lake .

As we continue along this winding path a glance of the Earnslaw, moored in the distance can be seen ,thankfully it always looks a lot closer second time around!  A Smile for the camera first time round, it’s a grimace the second time round

Loop 1 completed we do it all again, before finishing back at the start line where the time keeper and finish token marshal are a welcome site for those exhausted runners pushing for a PB and those just happy to get round at their own pace. Once the tail walker has arrived safely back home its time to pack away and smell the aroma of coffee as we head to Yonder for well earned refreshments and the results are processed.

Today's Stats, 54 participants completed the course, 5 of which were unknown, please don’t forget your bar code if you want a time recorded  There were 5 PB’s so congratulations to  Alan Wharton , Oscar McCartney , Pascal Jacob , Tim Williams and Tony Little.

There were 4 first timers running their very first parkrun today Judy Reid, Karen Ramsay, Paula Hepburn, Thunes Cloete, and there were 13 runners visiting Queenstown for the very first time, Stephen Peach, Shaun Ryan, Helen Beatson, Julia Howard, William Howard, Thomas Howard, Jeannie Moss, Alice Howard, Vynka Short, Bernardo Neil, Andries Burger, Ameldi Burger, Andrew Hewitson, welcome to you all.

Today' s run for me, the joy of another PB was also tinged with sadness as after 4 months at Queenstown parkrun I will soon be moving on to pastures new. Queenstown's loss will be Christchurch’s gain. I won’t miss the 6am alarm call and the pitch black drive through the Kawarau Gorge to get here for 8am, but I will miss this beautiful run and all the friendly people here at Queenstown who make this such a special place to be on a Saturday morning

So a very big thank you to all the people who give up their time to make this event happen, especially The Seymours and The Banks who ensure this parkrun goes ahead every Saturday morning for us all to enjoy.

I will take away some happy memories of Queenstown, the highlight being my 300th Parkrun milestone , completed here just a few weeks ago and topped off with a PB ! It’s certainly been quite a journey to get here since attending my first “new runners briefing” at Harrow Lodge Park in England almost 7 years ago.

Queenstown, thank you and goodbye for now,  “I’ll be back ! “ 

Tony