Queenstown parkrun – Event number 110 -9th January 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 110
9th January 2021

This week there was a total of 69 runners, joggers and walkers completing the course on a beautiful sunny morning. We had a wonderful bunch of visitors from all over New Zealand, Germany, and welcomed 24 first timers to the Queenstown course. Well done to the 6 first time ever parkrunners! It was great to see a wide range of smiley faces crossing the finish line including speedy runners, cruisy runners, families, friends, buggy pushers, kids and doggy friends!!

Our local parkrunner Jack McKay was first to cross the line at 18:07. Taking the second spot at 18:28 was Aiden McAra, followed by Neil Nelson at 19:26, both first timers on our course.

Julie Wilson earned the first female position at 23:36, taking the second spot was Shannon Metzger at 23:42 and Fiona Davies at 24:59 in third position.

Well done to Ryan Whitburn, Gerhard Fourie, Elizabeth Trevathan and Michelle Jospe for getting their personal bests today!

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Matty PESTER • Matt RAYNER • Janet BEALE • Wendy HAWKES • Dave PEARSON • Annie RANKIN

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 109 -2nd January 2020

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 109 -2nd January 2020

This week 54 people walked, jogged, or ran.  We had visitors from across New Zealand to start 2020.

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Brodie BANKS, Iain BANKS, Wendy BANKS, Neville BRITTON, Fleur DOUGLAS, Mark DOUGLAS, Gareth HARCOMBE, James HARCOMBE

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 108 -26th December 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 108
26th December 2020

This week 40 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Nelson, Whakatane, and Auckland!

Today marked the last Queenstown parkrun of 2020 and we had a smaller group of parkrunners than we did yesterday on Christmas Day.  The weather was great again albeit a bit breezy.

Visiting junior parkrunner Liam Dooley was first across the line today in a speedy 17:40.  This was his first time at Queenstown parkrun and only his second parkrun ever.  Local junior parkrunner Jude Deaker came across second with a time of 18:27 earning himself a new PB for his efforts.  Visiting parkrunner Hayden King rounded out the top 3 males with a time of 20:58.

The Dooley family was also represented in the top 3 ladies today as junior parkrunner Kiera Dooley was first across in a time of 23:45.  This was Kiera's first ever parkrun finish and she did it in style!  Queenstown parkrun Run Director and Team Banks member, Wendy Banks was second across at 25:31.  Visiting junior parkrunner Kiara Puche Struben followed Wendy in with a time of 25:43.

REMINDER THAT THERE IS NO QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN SPECIAL EVENT ON NEW YEARS DAY!!! WE ARE BACK ON 2ND JANUARY FOR OUR FIRST EVENT OF 2020!

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Seamus COSTELLO • Jacque HARRISON • Neville BRITTON • Simon HARRISON • Scarlett ROSE

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 107 -Christmas Day Edition – 25th December 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 107 - Christmas Day Edition
25th December 2020

This week 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Dunedin, Invercargill, and all the way from Whangarei!

Today was our third annual Christmas Day parkrun and another wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family our shared love of running and community.  2020 has without a doubt been a difficult year for so many of our local community, but the spirit of our great town was out today as everyone came together to enjoy our fave weekly 5km event.  We had cool and sunny conditions greet our parkrunners and a bit of a breeze as the middle of the pack was starting to come across the finish line.  Cakes, biscuits, lollies, and treats were plentiful and brought from our amazing volunteers and parkrunners. Jamie and I(Chris) wish you all a Meri Kirihimete!

A big shout out to one of our most dedicated volunteers, Carmella Bury, who completed her 25th volunteer day at Queenstown parkrun today! Carmella timed it perfectly to get her v25 milestone on the 25th of December! Thanks so much for supporting Queenstown parkrun!

The holiday festivities were a fast contest today between two of our speediest locals.  Ben Britton was triumphant today crossing first at 17:42 with Jack McKay following him in at 17:51.  Ben's first place today takes him equal with Jack for the most first finishes at Queenstown parkrun with both parkrunners sitting on 10.  First time local parkrunner Stef Heinrich rounded out the top three men today with a time of 20:26.

Visiting junior parkrunner from Auckland, Sophie Robb, had a speedy debut at Queenstown parkrun today coming across as the first female with a time of 20:45.  Her sister Scarlett Robb followed her sister in with a time of 21:20. Local parkrunner Jayde Kruger was third across the line in a time of 23:55 earning herself a new PB for her efforts!

Tomorrow we have our regular Saturday parkrun which just so happens to be on Boxing Day! See you again tomorrow morning!

Please note that we will NOT be having a special New Year's Day parkrun but will be recommencing on Saturday the 2nd January.  The closest parkruns having New Year's Day events are Invercargill, Balclutha, and Dunedin.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Chris SEYMOUR • Matt RAYNER • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Ina CHALMERS • Sharon BRITTON • Margaret DEVERSON • Shelley CHARLTON • Scarlett ROSE • Stella SWAFFIELD

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 106 -19th December 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 106
19th December 2020

This week 61 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Wellington.

Today was our monthly pacer day and we had volunteer runners keeping 20, 25, and 30 min pace to help our parkrunners reach their goals today.  All pacers came in right on time or seconds ahead of time, so well done to the team!  We were also excited to have the female champions of the 2020 Crater Rim Ultra and Kepler Challenge Ultra, Nancy Jiang and Queenstown Marathon 10km and Luxmore Grunt 27km Sarah Douglas, running with us today.  A big congrats to our local ladies for their top results this year.

For only the second time in our 106 events, we had a female parkrunner come in outright first place.  Local parkrunner, Nancy Jiang, was first across the line with a time of 18:51 today.  She was followed in by junior parkrunner Jude Deaker who was only seconds behind her at 18:53. Local parkrun legend Seamus Costello rounded out the top three with a time of 19:41. 20 minute pacer, Jack McKay was the third male across the line at 19:58 with Dahna Hunter and Bianca Fourie rounding out the top three females.

Upcoming events are the Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!! We will NOT be having parkrun on New Year's Day, but will be having it as usual on 2nd January.  We could use lots of volunteers on 2nd January and 9th January, so please reach out to us if you are keen to help!

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

John DEVERSON • Carmella BURY • Chris SEYMOUR • Henrietta FORDER • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Neville BRITTON • Jack MCKAY • Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Samsu KIM • Scarlett ROSE

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 105 – 12th December 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 105
12th December 2020

This week's Run Report is brought to you by Alison King, Co-Event Director of Puarenga parkrun in Rotorua and parkrunner blogger of Runs With a Barcode.

Way, way back, when parkrun was preparing to restart, I decided to look at flights to the South Island.

I've been a parkrun tourist since almost as soon as I got my barcode (I just didn't realise it was a thing at the time).

My home parkrun is Puarenga in Rotorua, and up until this weekend I had run at 53 different parkruns in four countries (mostly New Zealand and the UK but also three in Australia and one in Denmark).

With Covid putting a long pause on international travel (and the kybosh on any return to the UK for a lengthy holiday to see my mum and sister) I decided to see how far I could stretch my airpoints and dollars.

Living in Rotorua it's fairly easy to get cheapish flights to Christchurch, so when I found a return fare to Queenstown for less than $300 I booked it quicker than you could say Remarkable.

Queenstown parkrun and Puarenga parkrun are similar in that pre-Covid we'd attract international parkrunners.

I've heard it said that if you're coming to New Zealand and can only run two parkruns you should run Queenstown and Puarenga.

Both are stunning in their own way. While Puarenga looks like you start in a wasteland, you run through manuka bush and across pumice with steaming vents and mudpools.

It's breathtaking if you've never experienced geothermal activity so close by. And even as someone who has run it more than 50 times - and walked the course on set-up - it never gets old.

Queenstown parkrun Event Director Chris Seymour said the same about the mountain and lake views as we drove towards parkrun.

While this was my first time running Queenstown parkrun, I've visited Queenstown three times previously - one on a holiday from the UK with my mum (before I'd made up my mind to emigrate), on honeymoon and the last time was the inaugural Queenstown marathon.

I knew what was in store for me, yet I still wasn't prepared for the breathtaking views as I exited the forest.

Running parkrun gives you appreciation for what the human body can do, but it also gives you an appreciation of the country we live in.

We may think "seen one mountain view seen them all" but with light changes, wind, snow, every moment is different.

Covid has taught me to be grateful for what we have around us. We went through a lockdown where we couldn't travel beyond the supermarket, now we can see the country we live in - or explore more of our own backyard.

And while it may be months before we can consider an overseas trip, at least we have parkrun when so many countries don't have that luxury.

Thanks to Brodie Banks, Hudson Banks, Wendy Banks, Rob Barry, Carmella Bury, Andre Chalmers, Alison King, Joseph Murray, Matthew Murray, Natasha Murray, Scarlett Rose, Chris Seymour and Jamie Seymour for volunteering and enabling the event to happen.

This week 37 parkrunners received finish times - the first male to finish was Jack McKay in 17:53 and the first female was Isobel Barry 23:41.

There were three parkrunners running their very first parkrun and 10 running at Queenstown for their first time.

Whenever you're next at parkrun, soak in the views, acknowledge the wind on your face and make sure you don't forget your barcode.

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 104 – 5th December 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 104
5th December 2020

Today's Event Report is from our newest Run Director, Wendy Banks!

This week 44 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers to the Queenstown course and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. It was noticeably more runners from out of town this week, as many of our local running crew were away partaking in the Kepler Challenge including our event director Chris Seymour.

The forecast for the morning was rain and we were lucky that it held off until after we packed up at the end of the event as it pelted down! Massive thanks to the volunteers for braving the chilly morning.

Visiting parkrunner Max Bania was first to cross the line and was very pleased to earn his first ever placing at parkrun at 19:59. Taking the second spot at 20:39 was our local 11 year old parkrunner Joe Murray, achieving his best position ever at parkrun.

Dahna Hunter impressively pushed the buggy around the course to earn her fifth first female position at 22:25! She was followed by first timers on the course, Stephanie Beech at 22:44 and Nicola Aldridge at 25:09.

Upcoming events are the Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!! We will NOT be having parkrun on New Year's Day, but will be having it as usual on 2nd January.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Coen BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Neville BRITTON • Carmella BURY • André CHALMERS • Ina CHALMERS • Dani MOYNES • Susie SWAFFIELD

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

 

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 102 – 14th November 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 102
14th November 2020

This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand.

On an overcast morning the wind picked up just before start time to add another dynamic to our fave weekly 5km event.  First time Run Director Wendy Banks did a great job managing the event under the gusty conditions and we thank her for her contributions to Queenstown parkrun.  Our pacers today helped 11 parkrunners to new PBs today.

Visiting parkrunners Shaun McWhirter and Daniel Redmond strolled to the finish line together and politely decided that Shaun would be first across the line at 18:30.  Daniel crossed shortly after at 18:31 with local runner Marjin Wouters completing his first parkrun to round out the top three at 19:34.

Junior parkrunner Siena Mackley was the first female across the line at 20:38.  The Queenstown Athletic runner earned herself a new PB in the process.  Sarah Jenkins finished her 8th parkrun today crossing second with a new PB of 24:08.  Visiting parkrunner Christine Stowell-Collett was third female at 28:04.

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN WILL BE CANCELLED ON 21ST NOVEMBER FOR QUEENSTOWN MARATHON!

Upcoming events are the Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!! We will NOT be having parkrun on New Year's Day, but will be having it as usual on 2nd January.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Chris SEYMOUR • Rob BARRY • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • André CHALMERS • Seamus COSTELLO • Isobel BARRY • Neville BRITTON • Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Coen BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Scarlett ROSE

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 101 – 31st October 2020 – Halloween Edition

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 101 - Halloween Edition
31st October 2020

This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand and the USA.

REMINDER THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN IS CANCELLED NEXT WEEK ON 7TH NOVEMBER!!!

Today's run report is brought to you by visiting parkrunner, Nigel Milius!

Halloween dates back to the Celts of northern Europe around 2,000 years ago. What was to them known as Samhain marked New Years’ Eve (their year started on November 1 st ) and also signified the end of summer and the start of the long, dark and cold winter. That was a season particularly associated with death back then and Samhain was a night when, it was believed, ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Over the centuries, different cultures put their own twist on things, the Romans had Feralia,
a day to honour the dead, and in 1000AD the Christian church decreed All Saints Day at the beginning of November. All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day, and the night before it All Hallows Eve, both coming from the middle English “Alholomesse”, the origin of the Halloween we know today.

The associations with death and ghosts, and dressing up in weird and wonderful costumes goes back a long way, and in recent decades it has expanded to include all things scary and frightening. Chris and his team at Queenstown parkrun have well and truly embraced the current customs, and many people had evidently had a lot of fun, and spent much time, on being suitably attired for this mornings’ Halloween parkrun. There were axemen, devils, ghosts, witches and even a skeleton parked on a bench adjacent to the finish funnel. Well done to all (runners, walkers and volunteers) who made it such fun for everyone. Admission time, I wasn’t one of them!

Though nowhere near as bad as forecast, the weather had a suitably eerie feel to it, a few
spots of rain and low cloud obscuring the stunning mountain views for which the town is justly famous. As the time keepers set their devices in motion, 74 of us set off up the first hill accompanied by several of our four-legged friends, some of whom were also getting into the spirit of things, a spider and a unicorn both being noted. Next was a downhill back toward the start, before a much gentler and shorter incline. We then passed the more formal area of the park, with rhododendrons and tulips in full bloom, and a small pond from where a Paradise Shelduck family watched on.

I have run at several different parkruns and seen a few “interesting” warning notices (one
informing people of the possibilities of encountering snakes on a course in Australia particularly springs to mind!) but today I came across one I’ve not previously encountered. “Caution. Beware of Flying Frisbee discs”! The gardens here have, apparently, been a venue for “Frisbee Golf” since the 1980’s and a decade later became home to NZ’s first permanently marked course.

Didn’t seem to be a problem today, but as we ran along part of the course on a gently descending track passing between large pines there was another hazard; a mad axeman jumped out in front me! At this point the track you are running along is close to the one you are about to follow back along the lake shore, so our spook could accost parkrunners there too. I don’t know the name of this volunteer, but he was certainly having lots of fun in the spirit of the day and probably covered considerably more than the 5km most of the rest of us did during the morning!

The lakeshore track is another delight; New Zealand Scaup, Mallards and Great Crested
Grebes swam on the water, whilst Tuis, Blackbirds and Chaffinches sang from the trees, and I even disturbed a New Zealand Pigeon high above us.

There are faster parkrun courses, but few as scenically attractive, and another great thing is you get to enjoy most of the views a second time as it’s essentially a two lap course. Even better, the only bit you don’t get to repeat is the hill at the start!

At an event that would, in more normal times, (g)host many overseas visitors, it was notable to get even one in the current situation, so welcome to the parkrunner from Michigan who joined other visitors from Auckland, my wife and I from the Coromandel Peninsula, and lots of friendly locals. Great to see so many youngsters out there enjoying there 5km too, just wish I could keep up with more of them!

The speed at which Brent Godfrey (18.10) and Jack McKay (just 14 seconds behind) led the field home was suitably scary to most of us, but well done. Congratulations also to Dahna Hunter, the first female finisher, and to Xavier Crotty, Nicole Fairweather, Sheana Solomon, Erin Prince and Jo Taylor who all set PB’s. A big welcome to the parkrun family to Sam Major, Cinnamon Williams, Isla Wallis, Connor O’Reilly, Lucy Jackson, Harper Omeara, Kiemans Makiewicz and Chris Major who all used their barcodes for the first time ever today. I hope parkrun gives you as much enjoyment as it does me and thousands of others around the world.

Even on a day like today with low cloud shrouding the mountains in mystery, Queenstown is a beautiful course and I really hope to be able to return sometime to appreciate it in its full splendour. I also need to return to enjoy more of the post run delights on offer at the Yonder Café. The Big Yonder Breakfast was absolutely delicious, but the menu was far too extensive for just one visit.

Every parkrun needs volunteers, so think about signing up for something every so often, it
adds a whole new dimension to the parkrunday experience and helps keep it free, for everyone,forever and every Saturday morning.

Thanks again to EDs Chris and Jamie Seymour and their team of spooky helpers for putting on such a great event this morning celebrating both the parkrun we’re fortunate to have here in NZ and the ancient festival of Halloween.

Nigel Milius, Cooks Beach

Upcoming events are the Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!! We will NOT be having parkrun on New Year's Day, but will be having it as usual on 2nd January.

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN WILL BE CANCELLED ON 7TH NOVEMBER DUE TO ANOTHER EVENT IN THE GARDENS AND 21ST NOVEMBER FOR QUEENSTOWN MARATHON.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Nigel MILIUS • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Fleur DOUGLAS • Declan MURRAY • Matthew PESTER •  Wendy BANKS • Michelle MOYNES • Scarlett ROSE

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 100 – 24th October 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 100
24th October 2020

This week 57 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand!

On 9th June 2018 we kicked off Queenstown parkrun and were excited to bring the world's fave, free, weekly, 5km event to town.  Little did we know how popular it would become and bring together both locals and tourists alike every week to enjoy not only walking and running in the beautiful Queenstown Gardens, but also to socialise and form many friendships.  To everyone who has walked, jogged, ran, or volunteered over the past 100 events, Jamie and Chris would like to thank you for your participation and we look forward to another 100 events!  We celebrated at Yonder cafe afterwards with an amazing 100 shaped cake made by volunteer, Wendy Banks!  Thanks Wendy!

Jack McKay came first across the line today with a time of 18:21.  He has now claimed more first finishes at Queenstown parkrun than anyone else with a total of 9!  Local runner Matt Rayner was second across the line with a time of 19:06 earning himself a new PB.  The red singlet legend, Seamus Costello, rounded out the top 3 with a time of 19:48.

Dahna Hunter can usually be seen burning rubber around Queenstown Gardens with her pram clocking impressive times.  Today she went buggy free and knocked almost two minutes off of her PB coming the first female with a time of 20:41!  Local runner Isobel Barry logged her 43rd parkrun for second at a time of 23:07. Sarah Jenkins was third across today at 24:11 earning herself a new PB for her efforts!

Upcoming events are the Halloween edition of 31st October, Christmas Day edition on 25th December, and Boxing Day edition on 26th December! Yep! That's two parkruns in two days' time for the holidays!!

Next week, be sure to come in your most spooky or funny active wear and beware of what might be waiting for your in Queenstown Gardens!! Lollies at the finish line for those who survive the haunted forest!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUEENSTOWN PARKRUN WILL BE CANCELLED ON 7TH NOVEMBER DUE TO ANOTHER EVENT IN THE GARDENS AND 21ST NOVEMBER FOR QUEENSTOWN MARATHON.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Jamie SEYMOUR • Alan WARD • Paul JAQUIN • Matthew PESTER • Wendy BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Shelley CHARLTON • Scarlett ROSE

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

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