Queenstown parkrun – Event number 126 – 8th May 2021

Queenstown parkrun

Event number 126

8th May 2021

This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked the Queenstown Gardens course, of whom 15 were first timers to the course (5 first time parkrunners) and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand but no one admitted to being Australian!

Today was the second week of our alternate course "C" that will be in use for winter whilst Queenstown Lakes District Council does infrastructure work on the normal course.  Rumour has it that it’s a faster course with less hills, so now’s definitely the time to try and set a new personal best.

Local legend Declan Murray received his special red 50th t-shirt for completing 50 Parkruns.  Well done Declan who just missed out on beating his PB by one second.  You’ve earned a Guinness tonight!

Hagley parkrunner Jason Matulik made quick work of the new course today coming across the line at 16:45.   Local junior runner Jude Deaker was second across the line in a very respectable 18:07 and a new PB as well.  Jack McKay rounded out the top three with 18:11 in his 37th Parkrun.

Local parkrunner Nancy Jiang was the first female across the line with a time of 19 minutes flat today. Well done Nancy!  Another local parkrunner Sara Metzger came across second female today earning herself a new PB at 21:05. Sara was 15 seconds faster than last week when she also set a new PB!. Sub 21 minutes is looking likely at this rate! Our third female across was Jude O’Neill at 23:09.

Well done to the following parkrunners for achieving their PBs this morning:

Jude Deaker, Seamus Costello, Tim Williams, Jub Bryant, Neville Britton, Sara Metzger, Blair Devlin, Peter Wagener, Harper O’Meara, Richie O’Meara, Keri Jackson, Anna Marshall, Karen Ramsay, Griffin Eckford and Matthew Tyrell.

Upcoming events are our tutu day on 22nd May.  Feel free to run or volunteer parkrun in your wildest tutu.  Also, on the 5th June will be the 3rd anniversary of Queenstown parkrun and we are letting the juniors take over the event!  What could possibly go wrong???

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Coen BANKSWendy BANKSIna CHALMERSShelley CHARLTONIsaac MCCARTNEYDani MOYNESDave PEARSONMatt RAYNERRichard SAINTChris SEYMOURJamie SEYMOUREleanor TRUEMANStefan VAIVARS

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 125 – 1st May 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 125
1st May 2021

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand and also Australia!!!

Today was the first day of our alternate course "C" that will be in use for Winter whilst Queenstown Lakes District Council performs extensive maintenance along our start/finish strait and Hotops Rise(the big hill at the beginning).  We now are starting and finishing inside of Queenstown Gardens near the band rotunda and doing an "out and back" course that covers 90% of the original course in both directions.  The new course brings the opportunity for many of the parkrunners to see each other in both directions and get even more views of our surrounding peaks and Lake Wakatipu.

Visiting parkrunner from Australia, Oliver Palmer made quick work of the new course today coming across the line at 17:05.  Oliver was not only the first person to ever cross the line on this new course configuration, but also the first Aussie to get a first finish since early 2020! Local runner Jack McKay was second across the line in a very respectable 18:18 with fellow local Demetri Pappas rounding out the top three with a new PB of 18:54.

Local parkrunner Brooke Thomas was the first female across the line with a new PB time of 20:05 today. The 5km course must have gone by in the blink of an eye for Brooke who recently set the Fastest Known Time(FKT) of the 3000km Te Araroa Trail in 57 days whilst raising money for Heart Kids NZ.  Another local parkrunner Sara Metzger came across second female today earning herself a new PB at 21:20. Fresh off her second place female finish at the Routeburn Classic, local pram parkrunning legend Dahna Hunter closed out the top three ladies in a time of 22:24

Upcoming events are our tutu day on 22nd May.  Feel free to run or volunteer parkrun in your wildest tutu.  Also, on the 5th June will be the 3rd anniversary of Queenstown parkrun and we are letting the juniors take over the event! What could possibly go wrong??? :)

WE NEED TWO MARSHALS FOR 8TH MAY! PLEASE REACH OUT TO US ON FB OR EMAIL US TO QUEENSTOWN@PARKRUN.COM IF YOU ARE KEEN TO HELP!

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Seamus COSTELLO • Keri JACKSON • Hudson BANKS • Margaret DEVERSON • Samsu KIM • Scarlett ROSE

 

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

 

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 122 – 10th April 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 122

10th April 2021

This morning we enjoyed our later start time of 9am, it was nice not to rush to get to parkrun! However, it was a rather wet morning so on the way there, I asked my son, Coen to find a funny but encouraging rain photo to post on our fb page to make sure everyone knew we were still going ahead! We had a total of 29 runners, and it was almost a 2:1 ratio with our 12 volunteers! Much appreciation to the volunteers today, we were struggling to get a full crew this week and thanks for braving the wet and cold this morning!

We welcomed 7 first timers to the Queenstown course and a well done to the 6 PB’s achieved today, Grant Lincoln, Tim Williams, Darren Fryer, Jayde Kruger, Erin Prince and Ruth Peddie.

Visitor Grant Lincoln (Barry Curtis parkrunner) took the top spot at 19 mins and also his PB for this course, well done Grant especially having to stop to do your laces! Andrew Robinson took the second position at 19 mins 30 s, followed by Seamus Costello at 19 min 59s. Jayde Kruger was the first female to finish with a PB of 23 mins 4 secs, followed by Wendy Hawkes 23 mins 46s and then Erin Prince at 24 mins 8 secs and it was her PB too.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Wendy BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Coen BANKS • • Dani MOYNES • Michelle MOYNES • Dave PEARSON • Chris SEYMOUR • Paul JAQUIN • Luke HAMMINGTON • Tony LITTLE • Shelley CHARLTON • Rosemary MCCARTNEY •

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

 

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 121 – 2nd April 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 121
3rd April 2021

This week 69 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Balclutha, Dunedin, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, and Invercargill.

It was a dark and chilly morning for our final 8am start of the season.  Daylight savings time brings with it a 9am start time throughout the winter months and that wee bit of extra sleep before parkrun time here in Queenstown.  Today was our annual Easter themed event and we were thrilled to see lots of bunny ears and hats with our volunteers and parkrunners today.

Visiting parkrunner from Dunedin, Leon Miyahara, completed his second event here in Queenstown making quick work of the course at 17:44.  The junior parkrunner earned himself a PB with his first place finish today.  Invercargill parkrunner Aidan Mcara was second across the line and also earned himself a new PB shaving 14 seconds off his time with 18:14.  Rounding out the top three today was newly local parkrunner Luke Hammington who in his second ever parkrun bested his previous effort with a time of 19:06.

Local parkrunner Dahna Hunter brought her child and racing pram this week and made it two from two weeks in the first female title.  She crossed the line at 22:32 for her 8th time in the top spot making her the leader for first female finishes at Queenstown parkrun.  Visiting parkrunner Cristina Hatton logged her first parkrun in almost four years today coming in second female with a time of 25:00.  Hagley parkrun local Margy Gilpin completed her 51st parkrun today as third female at 25:30.

REMINDER! WE START AT 9AM NEXT WEEKEND ON 10TH APRIL!!!

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Tony LITTLE • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Ina CHALMERS • Lauren MAJOR • Hudson BANKS • Margaret DEVERSON • Michelle MOYNES • Samsu KIM • Justine BAMBER

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 120 – 27th March 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 120
27th March 2021

This week there was a total of 65 runners, joggers and walkers completing the Queenstown parkrun course. Due to upcoming infrastructure works we had a slight change in the course. Our usual big hill (Hotops Rise) at the start of the course was removed much to the delight of some! Thanks to the amazing team of volunteers that ensured nobody got lost!

The finish line was rather exciting this week, our local runner Dahna was battling out the sprint finish with the youngsters! Dahna’s words ‘ran out of gas’ to keep up with the first finisher 13 year old Santiago Monasterio from Christchurch. It was Santiago’s first ever parkrun, he didn’t know about parkrun until the evening before and Santiago’s father said they had issues registering on the website. So, if the Monasterio family read this please get in touch so we can let Santiago take credit for the top spot!

Our junior runners Finn Wallis (20:38) and Joseph Murray (20:40) took the second and third male finishing spots. Dahna Hunter was the first female finisher and second overall (20:38), followed by Saskia Van Der Geest (23:24) and Michelle Moyes (24:53).

We welcomed 10 parkrunners first time to our Queenstown course and 5 first time parkrunners. Well done to the 6 parkrunners that got their personal best on the day, Declan Murray, Adele Mecasova, Bill Malone, Liz Human, Sam Major and Emma Collins. Also big congratulations to Elizabeth Trevathan for reaching her 50th parkrun milestone, 40 of her parkruns have been at Queenstown!

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Coen BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Dani MOYNES • Susie SWAFFIELD • Lauren MAJOR • Dave PEARSON • Janet BEALE • Ina CHALMERS • Liam MAJOR • Task FALK

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 119 – 20th March 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 119
20th March 2021

This week there was a total of 47 runners, joggers and walkers completing the course on a
beautiful crisp sunny morning. We had our biggest milestone celebration on Saturday for
Tony Little on his 300th parkrun!! Most of Tony’s runs were in his local parkruns in England
(Harrow Lodge and Raphael). Tony did his first Queenstown parkrun in December 2020 and since event 115 he has achieved a PB each week! For some of us that say parkrun is too early, Tony has to factor in an hour of driving to get to the start line! Massive congratulations! Tony, we will certainly miss you when you move to Christchurch.

Benjamin Britton was our first finisher at 17:34, followed by Demetri Pappas 19:45 (PB) and Ryan Whitburn 20:42. Our top three female finishers were Yuliya Bozhko 20:46 (PB), Katie McVerry 21:52 (Qtn first timer!) and Holly Edwards 25:47.

Well done to our parkrun first timers today Jenny Song, Emma Collins, Adrienne Whitburn
and Gareth Beames! Also, we welcomed the following parkrunners for their first time at
Queenstown parkrun; Philip Lamont, Katie McVerry, Stephen Trail, Mark Turner, William
Collie, Greg Bennett, Natalie Collie and Briony Cosmann.

Congratulations to Tony Little, Ryan Whitburn, Yuliya Bozhko, Nathan Bradley, Peter
Wagener, Archie Helson, Max Helson, Bridget Cunningham, Blair Collie and Keri Jackson
for getting their personal bests!

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Hudson BANKS • Dani MOYNES • Isobel BARRY • Rob
BARRY • Mark DOUGLAS • Tash FALK • Joseph MURRAY • Wendy HAWKES

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 118 – 13th March 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 118
13th March 2021

This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Auckland, Christchurch, Invercargill, Kapiti Coast, Wellington, and Gisborne.

The sun is taking longer to rise up over the Remarkables signaling that we are inching closer to Winter.  It was a still and cool morning and almost perfect running conditions for our event this morning.  We were excited to celebrate Margaret Deverson's 50th parkrun milestone today.  15 of her 50 parkruns have been here at Queenstown with the rest across parkruns in Australia and New Zealand.  Also, we were able to wish Pegasus parkrun's Jackie Hancock a Happy Birthday as she came to celebrate in Queenstown this weekend!

Charlie Blazeby opened his parkrun account today in speedy fashion by "blazing" across the finish line at 18:20.  He was followed in closely by local parkrunner Nancy Jiang who matched her Queenstown parkrun PB at 18:26.  Rounding out the top three was local parkrunner Rob Nesbitt at 19:16.

Local parkrunner Seamus Costello was the third male parkrunner across with a time of 19:21 in his 60th event. Local parkrunner Dahna Hunter earned herself a new PB today coming across as second female at 20:36 with Amber Stewart coming across third female at 23:20.

EARLY REMINDER THAT WE WILL BE SHIFTING TO OUR 9AM START TIME ON 10TH APRIL!

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Yuliya BOZHKO • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Miriam HOULISTON • Paul JAQUIN • Shelley CHARLTON • Tash FALK • Eleanor TRUEMAN • Erin PRINCE

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 117 – 27th February 2021

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 117
27th February 2021

This week 65 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand.

Running conditions were good this week with little to no wind and slightly muggy conditions. It was our monthly pacer day and we were very thankful to Nancy Jiang for pacing 20 minutes, Isobel Barry for pacing 25 minutes, and Dave Pearson for pacing 30 minutes.

We had two special milestones this week for two local parkrunners.  Una Cox completed her 50th parkrun with 38 of those being here at Queenstown.  11 of her parkruns were at Ormeau parkrun in Belfast and 1 was at Dunedin.  Dave Pearson completed a double milestone today completing his 50th parkrun and 25th volunteer effort on the same day by being volunteer pacer!  That's an incredible run to volunteer ratio from Dave! All of his volunteer efforts and 32 of his runs have been at Queenstown! Thanks so much for your support of Queenstown parkrun!

Another shout out to visiting North Island parkrunners Naomi Boynton and Stu McGarva for coming to Queenstown parkrun on their wedding weekend! Best wishes for your big day and a happy married parkrun life together!

Fresh off of his 2nd place podium finish at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain 30km last weekend, Jack McKay decided to "stretch his legs" into a new PB of 17:21 as our first finisher today.  Jack now also has the most first finishes at Queenstown parkrun with 12.  Earning a PB of his own, local parkrunner Paul Nicholas shaved an incredible 56 seconds of his previous time coming across second at 18:44. Local mountain running legend, Sarah Douglas was third overall and the first female across with a time of 18:52.

Ralph Miller was the third male across in his first visit to Queenstown parkrun with a time of 19:38.  Our 20 minute pace runner, Nancy Jiang, still had some pep in her step after last week's 3rd place result at the Old Ghost Road Ultra.  She came across the line at 19:40.  Visiting parkrunner from Auckland, Angela Hawkes rounded out the top three females with a time of 22:07.

Unfortunately due to the New Zealand alert level change we are unable to have Queenstown parkrun on 6th March.  Fingers crossed that we will get back to level 1 for the following weekend.  Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest updates.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Rob BARRY • Matt RAYNER • Nancy JIANG • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina CHALMERS • Isobel BARRY • Keri JACKSON • Paul JAQUIN • Coen BANKS

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