Queenstown parkrun – Event number 90 – 14th March 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 90 - St Paddy's Day Edition
14th March 2020

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, USA, and Ireland!

On a day when many countries in the world were unable to commence their fave weekly 5km event, we in New Zealand were fortunate enough to do so.  It was great to have everyone out to celebrate our friends from the Emerald Isle for our second annual St Paddy's Day edition of Queenstown parkrun.  Lots of green active wear and Irish sports jumpers were donned for our event today and we wish all of our Irish friends a very happy St Paddy's Day during this challenging time.

Daragh Reynolds was first across the line today in his sixth Queenstown parkrun and second first finish at a time of 18:56.  He was followed in by Demetri Pappas who clocked 19:15.  Rounding out the top three men today was Andrew Robinson of Cromwell who came across at 19:26.

Amanda Harvey logged her 10th parkrun at Queenstown this week and second first female finish with a time of 21:26.  This time earned Amanda a new PB at our course in the process.  In her second Queenstown parkrun, Chahira Moussa, was the second female across the line with a time of 22:14.  Visiting parkrunner from Australia, Kerryn McTaggart was the third female across the line at 22:38.

On 11th April we will have our Easter themed event and on 25th April (ANZAC Day) we will still be having parkrun but at a possible modified start time. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates regarding any changes or cancellations to our event.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Ina WEFER • Fleur DOUGLAS • Miriam HOULISTON • Wendy BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Coen BANKS

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

 

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.

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 88 – 29th February 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 88 - Leap Day Edition
29th February 2020

This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, the USA, Ireland, and Germany!

The morning temperatures are starting to cool and giving us a reminder that Autumn is on its way.  This made for perfect parkrunning conditions this week in Queenstown Gardens.  Today was "Leap Day" and the first time parkrun was held globally on the 29th of February.  The next time parkrunday will be on this date is in 2048.  By then we anticipate there will have to be a 1000 parkrun shirt made. :)  Many of our parkrunners today took the opportunity to take "leap shots" and do "Scott Airplanes" for our volunteer photographer Neville Britton who once again captured excellent photos of our fave weekly 5km!

Leaping across the line in speedy first finish fashion today was visiting parkrunner from the UK, Jonathan Crickmore.  Jonathan made short work of the course flying in at 16:45. The local red singlet legend, Seamus Costello, was next across the line at 19:04 with Demitri Pappas completing his 10th parkrun at Queenstown in a time of 19:11.

Local trail and ultra running phenom Nancy Jiang returned to Queenstown parkrun as a recovery run after last weekend's Old Ghost Ultra.  Nancy was the first female across the line at 19:36.  Visiting parkrunner Laura Robertson was hot on Nancy's heels today finishing two seconds behind her at 19:38.  Amanda Harvey rounded out the top three ladies today with a time of 21:37.

On 7th March we will be having our International Women's Day edition of Queenstown parkrun.  We encourage everyone to wear purple and bring all the Women in their lives to join us for parkrun.  Jamie Seymour will be Run Directing that day and is looking for an all-woman volunteer crew including pacers for this event. Reach out to us on Facebook or at queenstown@parkrun.com if you are interested in helping out.  We still do need a few volunteer roles to complete the roster.

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.

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Carmella BURY • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina WEFER • Neville BRITTON • Teresa COSTELLO • Amanda WEBB • Wendy BANKS

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

 

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 87 – 22nd February 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 87
22nd February 2020

This week 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Poland, the UK, Japan, and the USA!

On 7th March we will be having our International Women's Day edition of Queenstown parkrun.  We encourage everyone to wear purple and bring all the Women in their lives to join us for parkrun.  Jamie Seymour will be Run Directing that day and is looking for an all-woman volunteer crew including pacers for this event. Reach out to us on Facebook or at queenstown@parkrun.com if you are interested in helping out.

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Fiona DAVIS • Jamie SEYMOUR • Ina WEFER • Fleur DOUGLAS • Neville BRITTON • Declan MURRAY • Jack MCKAY • Colin KIRKPATRICK • Wendy BANKS • Brodie BANKS • Hudson BANKS

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 86 – 15th February 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 86
15th February 2020

This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, USA, and Denmark!

Visiting parkrunner Niall Stewart was first across the line in a time of 17:00. Niall was followed in by local runner Seamus Costello at 18:57 and Daragh Reynolds at 19:05.

Visiting parkrunner Sarah Lewis was the first female across the line at 20:57. Amanda Harvey came across second female at 22:09 with local runner Wendy Hawkes rounding out the top three at 23:46.

On 7th March we will be having our International Women's Day edition of Queenstown parkrun.  We encourage everyone to wear purple and bring all the Women in their lives to join us for parkrun.  Jamie Seymour will be Run Directing that day and is looking for an all-woman volunteer crew including pacers for this event. Reach out to us on Facebook or at queenstown@parkrun.com if you are interested in helping out.

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Annie RANKIN • Wendy HAWKES • Juliana FONTANA THOMAS • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Rob BARRY • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Isobel BARRY • Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Coen BANKS

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 85 – 8th February 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 85
8th February 2020

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the USA.

After a week of wild weather in Otago, Southland, and Fiordland, it looked to potentially be a very wet morning of Queenstown parkrun.  In true Queenstown parkrun fashion, the god of weather, Tāwhirimātea, gave us another reprieve to conduct our fave weekly 5km event.

Proceedings started with this week's RD, Fleur, celebrating some parkrun milestones.  Local Queenstowner, Rob Barry, completed his 50th parkrun with 46 of those parkruns here in town.  This milestone comes one week after he completed the feat of joining the 50-54 age group. We were also excited to celebrate two milestones for visiting parkrunners from the UK, Clem and Janice Clement.  Team Clement completed their 200th parkrun with us today and also completed their Alphabet Challenge to log a parkrun starting with every letter. With their finish today and claiming their "Q", they were successful in their quest after a long journey to Queenstown. Clem even helped us sort finish tokens at Yonder cafe as well to show his dedication to parkrun.

Visiting parkrunner Finlay Todd was first across the line today in an impressive time of 17:19. He was followed in my local Queenstowner Jack McKay who finished at 18:14.  Visiting parkrunner Daragh Reynolds made his return to Queenstown today for his third event and rounded out the top 3 finishers with a time of 19:39.

Shannon O'Sullivan will remember her first ever parkrun as she was the first female across the line today at 21:16.  Congrats on opening up your parkrun account with a great run today, Shannon.  Amanda Harvey returned to Queenstown parkrun today and finished second behind Shannon with a time of 22:02.(that's a lot of twos there, Amanda!) Gemma Beckman-Cross was the third female to finish today in her first ever parkrun at a time of 22:44.

On 7th March we will be having our International Women's Day edition of Queenstown parkrun.  We encourage everyone to wear purple and bring all the Women in their lives to join us for parkrun.  Jamie Seymour will be Run Directing that day and is looking for an all-woman volunteer crew including pacers for this event. Reach out to us on Facebook or at queenstown@parkrun.com if you are interested in helping out.

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Clem CLEMENT • Chris SEYMOUR • Jamie SEYMOUR • André CHALMERS • Seamus COSTELLO • Mark DOUGLAS • Fleur DOUGLAS • Iain BANKS • Emma ANDERSON

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 84 – 1st February 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 84
1st February 2020

This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, the UK, USA, Germany, and Poland!

Another week has come and gone for our fave day of the week in Queenstown: parkrunday.  Summer conditions and overcast skies greeted our participants this week.  We had another week of above average participation numbers and thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy our event with us. We celebrated Wendy Hawkes' 25th volunteer effort today and thank her for all of her support of Queenstown parkrun.

Visiting parkrunner Shane Mellum led the pack today and finished in a time of 18:36.  He was followed in by local legend Seamus Costello who crossed at 19:25.  Jonas Junckes rounded out the top three men with a time of 19:30.

Emily Molloy returned to Queenstown parkrun today to lead the ladies with a time of 20:18.  She earned herself a Queenstown parkrun PB this week that was her third PB in a row at our event and her third first finish.  Local runner Isobel Barry was the second female across the line also earning herself a new PB at 22:46.  Another local runner, Wendy Hawkes followed Isobel in at a time of 23:44.

On 7th March we will be having our International Women's Day edition of Queenstown parkrun.  We encourage everyone to wear purple and bring all the Women in their lives to join us for parkrun.  Jamie Seymour will be Run Directing that day and is looking for an all-woman volunteer crew including pacers for this event. Reach out to us on Facebook or at queenstown@parkrun.com if you are interested in helping out.

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Charlene JUNKIN • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Ina WEFER • Neville BRITTON • Michelle MOYNES

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 83 – 25th January 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 83
25th January 2020

This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, the USA, and the UK!

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Dani MOYNES • Zach FOY • Chris SEYMOUR • Rob TADMAN • Henrietta FORDER • Jamie SEYMOUR • Phil GERARD • Isobel BARRY • James HARCOMBE • Fleur DOUGLAS • Neville BRITTON

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 82 – 18th January 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 82
18th January 2020

This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and the USA!

This week's Run Report is brought to you by Run Director Fleur Douglas.

After a week of slowly increasing temperatures, Saturday dawned with perfect running conditions: 13 degrees and absolutely still! (It’s worth mentioning, hopefully without jinxing anything, that our favourite Saturday event seems to come with a bit of a weather blessing. In our lifetime we’ve had only one weather related cancellation, and countless weekends where torrential rain stopped within half an hour of our start!)

True to form with this weather, the course was very fast. Our first two runners across the line came in with a sprint finish, leading locals Aleks Cheifetz and Colin Kirkpatrick coming in at 16:57 and 16:58 respectively – with an 11 second PB for Aleks. Well done to both of you speedsters! First female was visitor K Pham in her 407th parkrun, recording a fantastic 20:50 while in town on holiday. Number one barkrunner this week was Elfie Ernst, leading his mum Gabbie over the line in a cool 25:56. In terms of milestones, visitor Jack Robertson achieved his junior parkrun milestone of 10! Well done Jack!

The 12 PBs of the day (of only 42 people who had run the course before) showed just how perfect a day for running this was. A special shoutout to Michelle Metcalf for breaking the 30 minute barrier with her 29:55! This was Michelle’s second PB in two weeks – so we can’t wait to see what this week holds. We had 82 parkrunners coming in under 30 minutes, an absolutely exceptional result.

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Gudrun BARTH • Dani MOYNES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Rob BARRY • Phil GERARD • Isobel BARRY • Keri JACKSON • Fleur DOUGLAS • Matilda HUGHES • Wendy BANKS • Will SHAW

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

 

Queenstown parkrun – Event number 81 – 11th January 2020

Queenstown parkrun
Event number 81
11th January 2020

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part. We had visitors from across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and Singapore!

This week's Run Report contributor - Fleur Douglas, Run Director

It dawned a chilly and surprisingly quiet morning for the 81st edition of Queenstown parkrun, as a traffic accident closed the main road in and out of town. Though our event has a fantastic split between locals and visitors, it’s unusual to see no locals at all until ten minutes before start time – and led to some panic and scrambling from the Run Director to try and get enough volunteers to start the event!

With some back roads hastily navigated, and in one case, some cars dropped in favour of running the rest of the way into town, we had enough help and got the event underway only two minutes late. A special acknowledgment must go to the visitors who offered to forgo their parkrun tourism in the spirit of having the event go ahead – we were simultaneously grateful and glad we didn’t need to take you up on your generosity.

An exciting three-way sprint finish saw teenage visitor Eli Barker come across the line in a speedy 18:29, in spite of being in the middle of his warmup when the run started – and having to come back to the start to get going! It was a day for the younger age groups, with first female finisher Anna Colgan running in the 11-14 age group and finishing in an awesome 22:02. First local across the line was Arjan Schenk with a fantastic 20:01 PB.

With the traffic, we had many late starters – including Michelle Moynes who, in spite of starting ten minutes late, ran an unbelievable 30:27 and would have likely beaten her 23:12 PB had she had the chance! - and the Belic family from Forster in Australia, who completed their very first parkrun tourism in spite of a late start. For once, we had absolutely no buggies or barkrunners on the course – though late starters and finish volunteers were treated to the very funny sight of the Run Director’s puppy (and our course mascot) Loki dramatically throwing himself in the air in refusal to run with his grandfather, and denying himself a rare barkrun first finish!

Special mention has to go to all the volunteers at this event, who did absolutely everything they could to get into town and make the event happen, and who were all willing to change roles at the last minute to cover what needed to be done, as well as getting started the moment they arrived. It was no easy feat to make the day run as smoothly as it did, and you are all superstars!

Thank you to Queenstown's only store dedicated solely(pun intended) to running, The Frontrunner Queenstown, for being our local sponsor. We sincerely thank Paul Garvie and the team at Frontrunner for being big supporters of parkrun and for their commitment to our local event. Be sure to visit the team at Frontrunner on Beach St for all of your running shoe and gear needs and also their new location in Frankton at the Queenstown Central centre near K-Mart.

Congratulations to all 114 finishers, and we hope to see you back again!

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Gudrun BARTH • Dani MOYNES • Wendy HAWKES • Chris SEYMOUR • Dave PEARSON • Mark DOUGLAS • Fleur DOUGLAS • Declan MURRAY • Wendy BANKS • Iain BANKS • Hudson BANKS

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

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