Whangarei parkrun #285

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 285

18 June 2022

It's (Nearly) All About Colin!

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The big story this week at Whangarei parkrun was clearly all about our legendary Colin in his 98th year completing his 98th parkrun. Who would have believed he could add to his story by calmly walking in and collecting finish token number 98?His  An absolutely magcal moment to witness! Fortunately it was all closely followed by local radio dj , and fellow parkrunner, John Markby, who interviewed our man immediately after he crossed the finish line. That interview will be broadcast at some point on John, Flash and Toast's Breakfast programme on Monday morning, but we will also try to get a copy so that parkrunners who miss it will still get a chance to hear it later. Clearly no promises can be given however!

Let's not forget a couple of other things.. Mandy Edge completed her 50th parkrun here , thus earning her red milestone shirt. Mandy is a very familiar figure, having been with us since the start-indeed she was first lady home in Event #5. Important to ensure this achievement is recognised, so congratulations Mandy!

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Secondly , just after Colin finished in walked another amazing , if somewhat younger, man. Of course that was Tyler Watson accompanied as ever by mum Emma.He was finishing his 49th parkrun which means next week will be a big milestone one for him, another claimant for a red shirt. Please Whangarei parkrunners, make a big fuss of this young man next week, even more than usual. Emma says it's the suppport he gets that brings him back each week, which is wonderful to hear. so let's show him lots more on his special day..

Finally, just want to wish Jim Kettlewell well-a brave effort to walk with colin , sadly curtailed due to his injury. Wish you well Jim, and hoping you will be able to get back to walking round the parkrun you kicked off..

The weather didn't really play ball with the occasion, but spirits weren't dampened! 104 walkers, joggers and runners were there at the brief to hear Run Director Dennis set the scene and congratulate Colin on 98 @ 98. What a roar that got from everyone present! Our leader for the day acknowledged the support of all of his fellow volunteers:Joshua CALLAN, Lea CALLAN, Ron CROWHURST, Janet DALE, Maria EASTERBROOK, Corrine LANGFORD, Dennis LANGFORD, Mark LEWRY, Michelle LEWRY, Inthia LINDBERG, Annmaree MACGREGOR, Grant MACGREGOR, Andy MEARS, Peter MINSON, Darren NISBET, Max SMITH, Alesha WALL, and Ricardo ZUCCHETTO .,

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Thanks one and all! Special note to Michelle who stepped in to cover photographer duties for Jan who was away for the day. Great work Michelle!

Maria Easterbrook briefed the First Timers. There were 3 of them, but none were running their very first parkrun! Adam Sigley running number 111 is a Porirua based tourist! this was his 19th NZ venue. Matt Doherty was runnng number 129 and is a serious tourist! He has 9 NZ venues, around 60runs in the London area and many visits elsewhere! He was 5th home at Whangarei..well run! Sophie Dean became an International parkrunner here! She celebrated by taking 4minutes off of her previous best, possibly because Whangarei is a little flatter than Hampstead Heath where she has previously run in London! Sophie was second lady home too-congratulations!

Speedsters:

Ladies:

1. Denika Clooney

2. Sophie Dean

3. Anna Gray

Incredible to note that Denika and Sophie have just 7 parkruns between them! Denika finished in fourth place overall and is running as a junior-outstanding running! Congrats to all three ladies, Sophie mentioned above, and Anna a second consecutive 'podium 'finish..

Men:

1: Ben Watkins

2. Pat Kalin

3. Nigel Gilmour

The guys determined to outdo the girls-the first two home have just 5 parkruns between them, and Ben like Denika , runs as a junior! Maybe it's fitting that in the week a 98 year old is at the forefront, a couple of juniors are stating their case too! You know Colin would be totally happy with that too!!!

Age Grade Performance:

1. Colin Thorne      101.36%

2. Judith Bradshaw  88.7%

3. Denika Clooney   85.00%

Just extraordinary! What can you say about the man? But also, that third place number, for a junior is amazing too, huge credit to Denika. (Judith, you are not being ignored, well run!)

Personal Bests:

It seems Colin's achievement inspired a whole lot of people, which is just as he would like it. 22 new personal bests were achieved and surely Colin's favourite will be grandson Cameron Dinsdale. Going it alone without her walking buddy Sheryl and despite the rain , well done to Jane Winton for a PB all of her own making! Birthday girl today is Dianne Zucchetto who celebrated early-well run you! Where's Wally's alter ego Maria Easterbrook wasn't hanging around hiding, she ran faster than she has  before..!

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But how about this..9 of the first 10 home earned PBs! The one who didn't? He couldn't! He was Matt Doherty, a first timer. Call me lazy, but if you want to check out the first 10 home , look at the results list -congrats all of you on achieving PB's..

Then there is: Hamish Land; Bart Van Derr Meer; Cecilia Vorster; Brighton Mutepfe; James Macken; Poppy Smillie; Ava Van Den Broek (that's 4 in 9 runs!) ; Kathy Bennett; and Donna Zappelli.

Congrats to everyone who notched a new personal best at event #285.

'The Milestone'

98@98 is not a real milestone as defined by parkrun. But is anyone really arguing? The full formal parkrun tributes will come in a couple of weeks when (all being well) Colin completes his 100th parkrun to finally gain that well deserved black milestone shirt. But that doesn't mean a few informal words can't be posted now...does it??

Jim Kettlewell hit the nail on the head in a conversation on Friday.' He's an absolute pleasure to walk with'  he said, and of course he was talking about Colin. Post an article about him on our Facebook page, with a photo, and watch 'likes' fly over 100 in no time! you never hear a negative word!

Jim's words echoed as we walked the course yesterday. Time doesn't drag when you are in his company. The biggest challenge to any conversation is that people are constantly yelling greetings at him. Everyone says hi! Or waves, or something-and gets that wonderful smile in return! There is such an aura about this modest  man. He is so determined to keep going too. To walk with him is inspiring, indeed it's a privilege and as Jim says 'An absolute pleasure' Congrats on 98@98 Colin. Here's to your well earned black milestone 100 shirt my friend. I will miss #99, but aim to be right there walking #100 alongside what I imagine will be a large number of others!

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Thanks to all the rainbow shirt people!

 

Whangarei parkrun report #284

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 284

11 June 2022

'It was the best of times,

It was the worst of times..'

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Though not necessarily in that order, and in hindsight Whangarei did not get the worst at all, although at 6:30am you could be forgiven for expecting the worst! A swift review of Run Reports from elsewhere in the country provides some perspective. Starting with the party people at Queenstown ..Their 4th anniversary celebrations (congrats to all  involved!) were greeted by...snow!! A little further North at Lower Hutt things were clearly challenging: no PB's were reported, and writer Brent Foster calls it a 'roller coaster morning"...'The finish chute had one last surprise, more surface water, just finishing the job to completely soak the shoes and socks' Reading the report you get the impression of a tough morning..and yet his positive enthusiasm for parkrun shines! 'Once we had all finished it didn't seem that bad after all. What was all the fuss about eh.' Love it Brent!  Nearby Porirua got cancelled due to fallen trees! Trentham had issues with some serious puddle obstacles around Barton's Bush section of their course. So from the deluge that was threatening early morning, to the bright sunshine that developed Whangarei had probably the best of times!!

Was it Fancy Dress Day at The Loop? Dennis The Menace was there..He was masquerading as Run Director for the day! (Does a grand job to be fair!) Jennie Wellbrook had threatened to come as the Michelin Man , but actually all she had done was to wrap up warm in several layers to keep warm while volunteering as a barcode scanner...and even then she didn't look nearly as rotund as that tyre man-thanks for volunteering Jennie!! Was there a pieman somewhere too?

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Then  of course there was the absolute star of the show! Typecast? There couldn't possibly be any comment, but Maria does slip very easily and naturally into playing the part of Wally! She dressed up as the cartoon character 'Where's Wally' following a midweek discussion.. The joy she showed in distributing bars of chocolate to volunteers and anyone else who correctly claimed them was wonderful to see. It all formed part of an initiative which will help Matarau School where Maria teaches-they should be very proud of her! (Thanks M!..or is it W??) She volunteered for that role, as well as being a tail walker on the day and in another challenge on Sunday she along with several of our parkrunners will be heading North to run in the Sport Northland event at Paihia-go well everyone, and enjoy the day!

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The High Viz Heroes

On a day like this the volunteers need extra thanks-one look at poor, cold Jackie, as she returned from her Marshall post on the far side of the river, said it all really!

So Run Director Dennis was leading the team that included: Darren Nisbet; Max Smith; Sean Kemball; Corrine Langford; Jim Kettrlewell; Jennie Wellwood; Jacke Grant; Kathy Morgan; Shannon Morgan; Maria Wally-Easterbrook; Jan Sherley; Ricardo Zucchetto; Ron Crowhurst; Tony Hill and  Andy Mears.

Thank you everyone!

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First Timers and Visitors:

James Kettlewell carried out the First Timers Briefing this week, and there were 3 people taking their first  paces at a parkrun event..anywhere! So welcome along Michael-James Leseur; Samantha Jones ; and Joan Lascuna. Hopefully you caught the parkrun bug and will be back for more!

Also visiting Whangarei for the first time, but not first time parkrunners were:

Graeme Olliver from Palmerston North completing his 7th  different NZ parkrun.

Valentina Missen from Millwater, completing her 4th different NZ parkrun

Pauline Fitzsimmons also from Millwater, this is Pauline's first 'away' run!

Among other runners , David Everest was visiting from Barry Curtis and ran in to finish in second place overall on what was his second visit to Whangarei-well run David!

Whangarei parkrun welcomes all visitors, and would love to see you again...and again!

Personal Bests:

The not so secret seven! Congratulations to: David Everest; Corbett Rumney; Nikki Van Den Broek; Brighton Muteppe; Ellen Maindonald; Joel Garces; and Kathy Bennett who all achieved new personal bests on a day when there were not many around-well done you seven!!

Speedy Girls

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1. Anna Gray

2. Dianne Zucchetto

3. Nikki Van Den Broek

Groundhog day for Anna! Although her placing was 12th this week, compared with 24th last time out her time of 23.43 was exactly the same! Even more bizarre, the week before was 23.34!!

Speedy Guys

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1. Sam Rout...

2. David Everest

3. Tim Goodwin

 

 

Age Graded Performance

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1. Judith Stewart                   88.92%

2. Clasina Van Der Veeken   80.98%

3. Tim Goodwin                     74.53%

So good to see the return of Judith following an achilles injury which has kept her away for so long.. This is Judith's first run here since July 2021, so a big welcome back!!

Milestones

No formal milestones this week.

Mandy Edge will be running her 50th parkrun next time out..

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There is also a need to issue a belated acknowledgement of a volunteer having achieved the 50 mark. The fact that he has now reached 58 and this has only just come to light is not good, but the hope is that on the premise that 'better late than never' if the right thing is done now, he may forgive us!

When the person in question is our very talented and innovative photographer Ricardo, readers will understand the embarrassment felt. Sorry sir, and congratulations on a hard earned and thoroughly well deserved red v50 milestone shirt!

Next week will see the return of Colin Thorne as he nears his milestone 100th run. He runs his age next week.. Run 98 at 98 years!! So we may have to start some celebrations a little early! It's a unique achievement by any measures.. If we have an attendance of 158 or more next week it will take Whangarei through the 25,000 total to date . A great way to  celebrate! Let's hope for good weather next weekend...

 

Finally on milestones , I wonder how many saw the note about NZ parkrun volunteers who have reached 250 and earned the green milestone shirt? At the moment only 5 have achieved it. Our own Jan Sherley is not far off though! Jan currently  has an amazing 236 volunteer credits, so watch this space.(I'm making no predictions , fearing jinxes like Covid etc..)

That's enough for this week. Thanks everyone for a wonderful parkrunday . It was pretty

special for me to walk/run a fastest time since those modifications in March. Enough said!

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Andy M

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Whangarei parkrun #279

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 279

7 May 2022

NZ parkrun's Tenth Anniversary

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Little Miss parkrun had had such an exciting day, despite everything they did to try and spoil it, the meanies! The thing was, it was her big cousin's 10th birthday in Lower Hutt today, but it was imposssible for all the whanau to go there, so it was agreed that we would stay home and celebrate at our own places-all 37 of them!! Party across the nation..

Little Miss was so excited about having all her friends to dress up in bright colours and come and run riot round the loop.. Then Uncle Martin got sick! Sadly he would not be able to come. Little Miss was very sad to hear that because she knew her Uncle really wanted to be hear for a big 100th celebration as well as the 10th one!

Then came news that maintenance men were causing a nuisance on the little bridge that was usually on the first part of where Little Miss's friends run! They had fences that were like chicanes! only one runner at a time could  get through the gap! Oh no! What now? But Uncle Ron wasn't going to have Little Miss's day ruined! He spotted the problem , and made some calls and he had 'plan B': 'The Alternate Course'. He called Uncle Colin, the younger Colin, and told him to get on his bike! He needed him to lead the runners round the route, using his electronic bike- he should be able to stay in front..Colin agreed to take up the challenge.Uncle Ron got up with the sparrows and , armed with coloured chalk, he marked the route for the riotous runners to follow..

By the time Simon Charles RD called 'Lets get this party started' (or words to that effect) the course was marked out, marshalls were in place , timekeepers were ready, token givers, barcode scanners, they were all ready to party...even Colin was on his bike! Jan was under bigger pressure than usual because Ricardo had disappeared off to Blenheim wine tasting...no, sorry, watching Dianne run in the St Clair event. By coincidence Helen and Paul Smith were also in Blenheim, but they were at the local parkrun.

Simon's party army of volunteers consisted of:Kim Cairns;Joshua Callan;Lea Callan; Ron Crowhurst; Pauline Dinsdale; Bevan Hand; Jim Kettlewell; Andy Mears; Peter Minson; Nadia Morgan; Shannon Morgan; Darren Nisbet; Jan Sherley; Colin Smith; Max Smith and Colin Thorne. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Little Miss did notice one gap in the volunteer roster, maybe because of what she's noticed on her travels. There were no cakes for the anniversary!! At Sherwood Reserve, she has her Aunty Helen who always bakes amazing cakes. At Queenstown there's Aunty Wendy who is so amazing she's been on Bake-off on Tv!! Anyone else agree that Whangarei needs a cake volunteer plan..?

So with no first time visitors this week, 117people Little Miss' and friends set out when Simon RD said we could! 62 men and 55 ladies.

Personal Bests

These suffered today, probably .because of those maintenance men! Sneaky Uncle Ron sent all the riotous runners round the alternate course  with all those undulations and it seems to have taken its' toll!!  Interestingly none of those who achieved a PB have run more than 7 times here at Whangarei before! Anyway congratulations to the 13 who did, they were:

-Allan Staite, running for the fourth time here scored a PB and was first home! Well run! The remaining 12 split as follows

-Second run:Barry Mills;;Alex Lang;Johannes Van den Broek;;Juanito Bergado

Third run:Shaun O'Shea ; Corbett Rumney; Jessica Rooney

Fourth run:Joel Garces; Elizabeth Cullen

Fifth run: Dion McCracken; Sherie Pullman

Seventh run: Marcel Versfield

Well done to all of you who conquered what Maria thought was a hilly course..(Don't worry M hopefully the maintenance men will be finished during the coming week and we'll be back to the normal course for your milestone run. Speaking of which..

 

Milestones

On a big birthday for New Zealand parkrun, one of our 'real characters' was celebrating a big one too: Mark Lewry reached 100 this week and celebrated by running with his friend Maria Easterbrook who will be celebrating her 50th next week. She nearly paced him under 29 minutes, but maybe he's saving that for next week? So they will be claiming black and red milestone shirts respectively. Congratulations Mark on lots of hard running...literally!!

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Age Graded-Guests of Honour!

Little Miss would like to thank a couple of special guests who came to her party. The top lady in Age Grade Performance was Clasina Van Der Veeken, scoring 76.52 %..running in age group 90-94!! That's her first outing since April 2021 and we're delighted to welcome her back! Here's to many more!!

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Top male was the evergreen Colin Thorne (85.73%)  who was tail-walking this week on his 93rd parkrun with daughter Pauline.He's now just 7 away from his much sought after black milestone. Go Colin!

Has any other parkrun got two amazing athletes to match Clasina and Colin? 2 very special guests at our celebration.

John Kent (81.07%) and Allan Staite were second and third in age grade listings.

Little Miss parkrun's  Fast and Furious friends...

The Girls:

1. Bella Earl..who else, 4th overall.

2. Kim Westbrook

3. Shannon-Leigh Walker

The Boys:

1. Allan Staite: 4th run her, first home, and a PB-awesome!

2. Francois Joubert

3. Patrick Dravitzki .only his second run here, but finished third overall

Little Miss noticed some of her younger friends doing some amazing things and wanted to mention them..In the youngest age group, both Benjamin Oxford and Ava Van Den Broek whizzed round-congratulations both of you! She was also impressed at the number of people who took up the invitation to dress up in colours for the occasion, and has selected some of her favourite pictures from the day of some personalities who made her day!

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Congratulations to Lower Hutt parkrun, several of whose runners we know, right back from the inaugural run here. congratulations on your 10th anniversary and on being the place where it all started here in NZ..

We missed co- Event Director  Martin who was very sad to miss the 10 year parkrun anniversary, as well as his good friend Mark's 100th run due to health reasons. Get well soon Martin, wee hope to see you back very soon, fully restored to good health!

Footnote: Little Miss may have been a little confused: For the avoidance of any doubt, please be clear that the 100th and 50th referred to in respect of Mr Lewry and Ms Easterbrook refer to the number of parkruns completed, not birthdays. sorry for any confusion...

The Respectful Martin will be back run Reporting VERY soon. Do not fret.

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Whangarei parkrun #278

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 278

30 April 2022

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Father McKenzie
Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near….

Actually he wasn’t really even writing a sermon!  That was the least of his worries. The truth is he was a volunteer and he’d promised to write the Run Report for the week. He was nervous about producing within the required timescale. He had only volunteered to do the job because the usual prominent writer , Brother Martin, was going away to spread the word in another parkrun parish called Owairaka who were apparently celebrating their 50th event. That meant Whangarei needed to send someone important to say congratulations in person. He excelled himself, gave them his best, and achieved a personal best for himself-congratulations bro! Brother Martin sets a high standard of writing and timeliness..Consequently  the poor volunteer substitute's nerves were frayed already. Don’t forget there was also Cardinal Ron to contend with…!!

The pay wasn’t good for being a volunteer..in fact you do the role for love, for pure enthusiasm. In fairness he did know that beforehand and he wasn’t alone! Oh no, others took on far greater responsibility as volunteers too. Take the Revered Simon Charles for example: he had overall responsibility for all things Whangarei  parkrun on the day! He was supported by: Ian Birch; Damian Mills; Mark Anderson; Katrina Holder; Samara Holder; Helen Smith; Lea Callan; Joshua Callan; Michelle Lewry; Janet Dale; Maria Easterbrook; Dennis Langford and Andy Mears; photographers Jan Sherley and Ricardo Zucchetto; and of course Cardinal Ron. Blessed are the high viz orange crew...we are eternally grateful..

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In addition at this time each month it is felt that the flock will benefit from guidance given by pacers, for blessed are the pink (and apricot!) clad, provided this month by Dianne Zucchetto; Shannon Leigh-Walker and Dennis Langford. The pink group are official pacers, but he apricot Cardinal makes  up his own rules and if he chooses to help pace the flock, he is free to do so, and often does because he's helpful and caring.. like Cardinals are!

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We are of course very appreciative of our volunteers-no volunteers, no service! The list is full for next Saturday which is wonderful . Please do consider putting your name down on the roster for future weeks.

Rev. Simon’s responsibility cannot be underestimated! With 12 non-running volunteers and 126 runners/Joggers Walkers he was carrying pastoral responsibility for a flock of  138 yesterday .The job is not without challenges..

How could  he solve a problem like Maria? Well, start by giving her a job to do! Sister Maria Easterbrook volunteered to do the First Timers  Briefing (thanks!) We had 5 new ‘parishioners’ arriving for their very first visit as well as 4 visitors from other parkrun parishes. Those who were completely new were:Barry Mills Duncan Innes, Jace Griffin, Lydia Aydon, and Pat Kalin. Hopefully you enjoyed the morning, because we would love to see you come back and join us again on another Saturday in the future.

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Four visitors from other parishes were:

Rosamund Britton and Raymond Lucas from Hobsonville; Allan Staite who has attended both Hagley and Pegasus; and Sue Pothecary from Gisborne. Again, welcome to Whangarei, the Northernmost parkrun in NZ with a unique bridge that behaved itself for you this week! We hope you enjoyed your visit..

 

The Revered Simon called for silence from the congregation and delivered a few notices , which included certificates for milestone achievers.Carolyn Smith running her 50th and earning her red milestone shirt. Janet Dale was completing both her 50th parkrun and her 25th volunteering stint thus two shirts, red and purple,  in one swoop.Finally Ruby Peterson was completing her 10th parkrun meaning she earns her white milestone shirt. Congratulations ladies!

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It should also be noted in passing here that Cardinal Ron and Brother Martin organized a trial run of an alternate route for our parkrun last Monday afternoon which attracted several interested runners and walkers. That was appreciated by the parishioners, thank you!. Feedback has been generally positive.

Ultimately at around 8am Revered Simon said ‘Vamos’ (or words to that effect) and the weekly procession began. Please be sure to note it would be most unseemly to call it a race..

It is always good to provide encouragement to parishioners, so when they achieve new personal bests it is important to recognize and give praise! Congratulations then this week to the 12 men and 6 lady achievers…

Personal bests (PBs):

20:29 - m - Ben Jagger

22:50 -  f  - Caroline Baddock

24:28 - m - Casper Kandori

25:30 - m - Christopher Delos Santos

28:49 - m - Corbett Rumney

27:40 - m - Eden Fifeland

32:17 -  f  - Elizabeth Cullen

40:23 -  f  - Inhee Kim

22:42 - m - Jacob Mills

40:36 - m - Joel Garces

21:52 - m - John Benson

20:13 - m - Joseph Oxford

17:45 - m - Joshua Thorburn

21:59 -  f  - Kay Lengyel

26:45 -  f  - Maria Easterbrook

35:46 -  f  - Ruby Peterson

28:06 - m - Shannon Morgan

34:35 - m - Shaun O'shea

Congratulations to all! Cardinal Ron (The secret apricot pacer) successfully coached and coaxed Sister Maria (Easterbrook) to another PB. He was also the fastest of 4 men running in his age group, while Sis Maria was fastest of 8 ladies in her age bracket Praise be!! 4 out of the 5 Earl family members were fastest in their respective age groups..

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Young Eden Fifeland made great use of 28min pacer Dianne Zucchetto, tracking her round the course then  with a late burst grabbed his PB. Well run Eden, and good pace work Dianne!

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For Parish Record purposes, the processions were led home by:

Ladies:

1. Bella Earl

2. Kaylee Earl

3. Kay Lengyel

 

Men:

1. Joshua Thorburn

2. Alan Staite

3. Francois Joubert

 

Age Graded Performance

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2. Bella Earl                                       85.79%

3. John Kent                                       80.95%

 

 

Other Parkrun News

-Sherwood Reserve parkrun, one of the nearest parkrun parishes to us restarted this week, meaning all 37 New Zealand parkruns are now back fully operational. Welcome back to our friends at Sherwood, which is of course home to Scott Arrol who is responsible for introducing Scottairplanes to parkrun.

-At Lower Hutt, Martin O’Sullivan completed his 450th parkrun. One year or so away from earning his blue 500 milestone shirt. Congratulations Martin!

 

And there endeth what was mistaken for the sermon.. Its the first one written for a while, so probably a bit rusty. Sadly the collection plate went missing at the end of the procession, so if anyone saw it please let Cardinal Ron know..

It isn't until you are away from parkrun that you fully appreciate it's magic, its people, its pure happiness..Thanks!

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Fret not readers, for Brother Martin will be back writing soon and salvation from this waffle will be swift ..well, after two more episodes.

If anyone is scratching their heads about those opening lines, they are of course from The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby.

See you next week..

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Whangarei parkrun #270

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W” day at The Whangarei Parkrun today. Thanks, Martin Harrap for the wonderful idea (in my opinion).

I think about 50 of you didn’t get the memo, about 80 wisely ignored it and the rest of you decided it was a witty idea and went for it! We had wings, wellies, white wet weather gear, white sporting outfits, witches, and Wally.

I was running around last night trying to find all the “Where’s Wally?” stuff after my initial idea of dressing up as the White Witch from Narina failed at about 8.30pm. I ended up hitting my mother in law up about lending me her walking stick. I called into my cousin in laws for a woolly beanie. I found an old stripy work shirt, borrowed my son’s binoculars and swimming googles and my #1 daughter’s tin camping cup, and the rest was just luckily lying around our Whare. My #2 daughter was keen to run as a witch from Harry Potter until she got hit on the leg by a hockey ball at last night’s game. So when I woke her on this cold, wintry morning and asked if she would still come dressed up, and we would only “walk” it, she thankfully agreed. I wasn’t keen on arriving at the start dressed up, and possibly being the only wacky weirdo there. Thank you to everyone else that decided to dress up too.

 

Now, the Weather: Yet again the rain fell as we were driving in, but miraculously it stopped just as we parked our wagon up.  It’s incredible. However, the wind was still wailing around the course. Also, the bridge hasn’t gone up in a while. Has someone been whispering to the local sailors about waiting until after 9am on a Saturday to go for a trip?

 

A warm hearted “Thank you” to our world class volunteers this week:

Daniel BRERETONHelen BRERETONMatthew BRERETONNigel BRERETONRon CROWHURSTMilo DAVISYoonkyeong DAVISMaria EASTERBROOK

Maria EASTERBROOKIan KLEINGELDCharlie LANDMark LEWRYDarren NISBETJan SHERLEYHelen SMITHJennie WELLWOODRicardo ZUCCHETTO

If you are keen to give volunteering a go, just E-mail the wicked and wise Run Director on:

whangarei@parkrun.com or register your interest via the website.

Please note that there is a timetable at the finish line where you can write your name on specific jobs. Training is given and it’s such a lovely thing to do.

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Podium placers:

Women (wahine- Maori):

1st Katie Mcverry 20.36

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2nd Anna Gray 22.42

3rd Dianne Zucchetto 25.23 :o)

 

Men (czlowiek – Polish):

1st Sam Rout 18.01

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2nd Tim Goodwin 18.30

3rd Stuart Blake 20.22

 

Milestones were achieved today by:

Helen Brereton (100th) and if I heard correctly, it was her 25th volunteering day too.

Hananh Gee (50th)

Congratulations to you both! I can’t wait to get to my first milestone.

This is Mike receiving his certificate today. Well done!

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Well done to the following people who achieved a PB (personal best) – 

Bruce Jones, Craig Anderson, Damian Mills, James Macken, Matt Moukle, Steven Hunter, Amy Lee Macken, Cath Lawson, Claire Jones, Kemona Fitzpatrick, Kim Balcombe, and Raewyn Dawson.

You should be feeling please with yourselves.

Welcome to Canine Johnson, Johannes Van Den Broek, Lucas Johnson, Sophia White and Vivienne Lepper for visiting Whangarei Parkrun. We hope you come back again.

The top of this table doesn’t change much each week, but well done to:

 

Top age grade: 86.79 % 86.79 %

78.47 %

73.35 %

Colin Thorne

Tim Goodwin

Ian Birch

86.03 %

75.34 %

71.84 %

Judith Bradshaw

Janet Dale

Katie Mcverry

 

Have a great weekend. See you all next week.

 

 

A challenge for you: I’m a New Entrant teacher and your homework this week is to find as many W’s in this run report as you can. Go!

(Pop your answers on our Facebook page).

 

Whangarei parkrun #269

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 269
31st July 2021

If you’re ‘over’ The Olympics then sadly this may well be a Run Report for you to avoid! This writer has caught the fever and has been comparing and contrasting the International Event with our local weekly parkrun. Crazy? Let’s face it, you all already knew that but read on and keep an open mind..

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 Volunteers

As always let’s start with the volunteers because without them it just doesn’t happen- here or in Japan!  So thanks Simon , RD for the day, supported by the high viz heroes:  Janet DALE • Maureen KETTLEWELL • Ron CROWHURST • Jan SHERLEY • Kim CAIRNS • Dianne ZUCCHETTO • Ines NEUBERT • Jennie WELLWOOD • Cindy SCHOLTZ • Dwayne COLLECUTT • Pauline CROWHURST • Richard COLLECUTT • Scott MOYSE • Ricardo ZUCCHETTO • Darren NISBET • Cherie HEMARA.

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Of course major events such as The Olympics, Rugby World Cup, FIFA World Cup etc are all dependant to a significant extent on the efforts of volunteers. Anyone remember volunteering at 2011 Rugby World Cup here in Whangarei, or anywhere else in New Zealand? Those uniforms?

The rain held off and, although it was a little breezy, 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We of course are used to running without huge crowds -unlike the top Olympians! No problem for us in Whangarei. Among the 122 , was William Dawson running his 5th parkrun. Finishing 55th. In 29min 55 seconds. Lots of 5s in there! Another claim to fame for William however, is that he became finisher number 23,000 at Whangarei yesterday-congratulations William!

Of course we parkrunners  are lucky- we don’t have to achieve any demanding qualifying standards! No, we can just turn up with our barcode every week and take part. For us, fortunately, there is no pressure involved and thus no danger of that mental strain that affects the top athletes so badly. And if we  have a bad day and are disappointed with our result? Well, none of this waiting four years to have another go! Oh no! Roll up same time next week with a clean slate and go again! And best of all it’s free!

Whangarei parkrun goes beyond the Olympics too, in providing shall we say encouragement? Assistance? On the last Saturday of each month we try to provide pacers at given levels to help at least some of  you to chase that elusive target. Obviously it is dependant on volunteers coming forward who are willing to run at a given pace and also you, parkrunners, letting us know what pace you would like runners at.

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This week there were two: Dianne Zucchetto set a 28 minute pace, while Dwayne Collecutt ran at 25 minutes. Particular thanks to them, pacing is a special challenge. You really appreciate it when it works for you!

Visitors

Olympic Athletes get to travel the world don’t they? Well, parkrunners can go and run at any of 34 venues in New Zealand any week. So for example we had two visitors from the Auckland area who were both completing their 7th NZ venue- Anton Garnyk has mainly run at Owairaka, and Hayley Shuttleworth at Cornwall Park and Millwater. Welcome both!  Speaking of travel, many of you will have heard of Alison King through her recently published Unofficial parkrun Guide book. Yesterday she ran at Dunedin , her 33rd NZ venue and that completes her set for the South Island. Her one remaining run to complete is the newly opened Sherwood Reserve -congratulations Alison!

As life gets back to normal post Covid-19 there are many International options open too. Only last week England’s parkruns reopened for example, with 97,000 walkers, joggers and runners taking part in a 5k event ,supported by more than 13,000 volunteers!

First Timers

Did the Olympics inspire newcomers to come out and try parkrun for the very first time? We may never know, but we welcomed Damian Mills; Kate Biddlecombe; Kim Wall; and Amy-Lee Macken  for their first outing. Chris Goodison ran his first Whangarei parkrun, having only run one previously at Hobsonville.  We’d love to see you all come back for more, hopefully you enjoyed the morning.

Personal Bests

Every week there is a chance to record a Personal Best-and we love to talk about it when you do! Whether you walk it, jog it or run it, it doesn’t matter a jot. Nor does your age… Having said that, among this week’s 9 achievers, you would have to start with the fastest, the youngest, and the smallest of them: congratulations to Elijah Nielsen who clocked 24:35 still running very much as a junior: amazing! Steve Staunton,  Rob Peterson, Kermona Fitzpatrick, Jason Moore; Cath Lawson; Karen Peterson; Cushla Habershon and lastly the inspired Kim Balcombe (great running!!)

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Podium Positions

I know, ….parkrun is not a race!! But just bear with the Olympic theme for the week, just once!

Ladies                                                Men

Gold       Angelika Berweger                       Tim Goodwin

Silver     Jade Marris                                   Dennis Langford

Bronze   Judith Stewart                               Stuart Blake

No medals you may say, unlike the Olympics? But… there is reward in parkrun, and the good news is, there are about to be more! The milestone t-shirts for volunteers will be extended beyond just 25 . and new shirts will reward achieving 25 parkruns! You don’t have to race, you don’t have to finish in the first three..you just have to turn up and enjoy whatever parkrun(s) you choose, over whatever time period you choose! Just costs you the postage for the shirt..

Milestones

Congratulations to Run Director Colin Smith who certainly didn’t ‘Labour’ to his 150th  parkrun this week.

Mike Gillming and Murray Jagger will soon be wearing their red milestone shirts having completed 50 parkruns this week. Congratulations gentlemen!

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Age Graded

  1. Judith Stewart      88.75%
  2. Colin Thorne         87.05%
  3. Judith Bradshaw   85.15%

Results only reported where percentages are available.

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Sundry ’Stuff’

Birthday congratulations to Bella Earl who turned 16 this week. Hard to believe, given that she already has more than 50 first places in the Ladies Division here at Whangarei, as well as ranking 20th in our Fastest 500. Belated Greetings Bella!

Did anyone watch that Olympic Triathlon Mixed Relay on Saturday morning after parkrun? A note of sadness there because South Africa had to withdraw their team due to injury, meaning that our course Record Holder, Simone Ackermann, didn’t get to run in a second Olympic event.Our sympathies with Simone for that, but what an awesome achievement to have competed in an Olympic Games. Earlier in the week she had finished 17th in the Ladies Triathlon event. If you were watching that event you may be interested to know that Alex Yee, who completed the anchor leg for the gold medal winning GB team, is a sometime parkrunner!

Don’t forget next week is a ‘W’ theme! In case you had forgotten, here are the thoughts of ED Harrap on the day...

'A WALK IN THE PARK?
W the 23rd letter of the Alphabet and special to us as it the start of our official parkrun name………………. Whangarei parkrun.
We celebrate our birthday in February and with August coming up soon it time to celebrate the mid year.
The first parkrun Saturday in August is on the 7th August, on this day we wish to celebrate “W”
Celebrate with anything that begins with a “W” some suggestions, Wheelbarrow, Wristbands, Wellington boots, Waistcoat, Watch and Whitecoat. Even bring a friend for a WALK. Those of you with imagination can create some Wearable running art!
Dress up and make the first Saturday a Special “W” day.
If your name begins with “W” we can offer you free entry!'

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

And so ends the latest Run Report. There is no doubt that the photography work around the course is of a standard that would challenge many in Japan..certainly on an innovative basis! As for the 'journalist'? Well,... there will be a new one next week...!!

#Loveparkrun

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Whangarei Parkrun #253

Whangarei parkrun
Event number #253
10th April 2021

With the early-morning wintry bluster, some at parkrun went fishing. Others went flying.

There were 11 parkrun flyers today achieving PBs among the 108 finishers.

Congrautlations to Asher Johnston, Cecilia Vorster, Christopher Mainland, Duncan Bayne, Greg Waite, Jacob Oxford, James Bannister, Kaye Logan, Nathan Barnes, Sharon Walsh, and Steve Staunton.

Three completed their first-ever parkruns today, including Ester McGrath placing 2nd among the women with 21m30s. Welcome also to Petra Currie, and Nathan Johnston, and see you again soon.

Top Age-Grade

Women
  1. Judith Bradshaw
  2. Kay Lengyel
  3. Esther Mcgrath
Men
  1. Tim Goodwin
  2. Steve Cowan
  3. Steve Trass

Gallery

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First Home

Women
  1. Katie Mcverry
  2. Esther Mcgrath
  3. Kay Lengyel
Men
  1. Francois Joubert
  2. Tim Goodwin
  3. Sam Rout

Thanks to all volunteers, listed on this week's results page

All photos , thanks to Jan Sherley and Ricardo Zucchetto, from today's event are at Whangarei parkrun photo page

 

Whangarei ParkRun #252

Whangarei parkrun
Event number #252
3 April 2021

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The Easter Run
What an amazing turnout we had for our Easter weekend parkrun!

With it being Easter we knew there will be lots of visitors (or maybe less with too many getting their yearly chocolate fix??) and we asked the Weather, Tides and bridge people to play along – and goodness did they deliver!!

Beautiful sunrise, no wet stuff falling from the sky, no bridge going up – just a perfect day finished off with some Easter eggs and a fabulous iced coffee after the run (Am I the only one doing parkrun just for the iced coffee at the end? Or is that a wrong reason to be doing it??)

This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 14 First-timers, 18 Visitors representing from 11 different clubs and a whopping 30 PB’s!!!

Remembering Robyn
You may have noticed a large contingent of the Smith family turned out today at parkrun. There is a simple but poignant explanation for this.

Robyn, mother of Carolyn (Run Director Colin’s wife) passed away recently through Motor Neurone Disease.

During her lifetime, Robyn enjoyed parkrun, so much so that even now she is the course record holder at Whangarei W80-84 age group.

The family decided that their way of paying tribute should be to turn out this morning as a unit. How fitting is that?

Our sympathies to the family quite clearly, but also no small admiration for the way they conducted their tribute. Respect is due!

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Volunteers
As always, the event was made possible by our awesome team of 15 volunteers led by Run Director (and Results Processor) Jim KETTLEWELL,

who was supported by Darren NISBET and Dawn SPENCE as Timekeepers,

Oringa BARACH with a big smile on Finish Tokens,

Nigel BRERETON and April THOMSON at the Barcode Scanning,

words of encouragement from our Marshals Jaquel ARMSTRONG-OPENSHAW and Rex CARMICHAEL,

our friendly Tail Walkers Julia LEE and Helen Brereton.

Big thanks to Maria EASTERBROOK for welcoming the first-timers and visitors and making them feel at home.

Ron CROWHURST as the Volunteer Co-ordinator and for Equipment Storages and Delivery. 

Last and certainly not the least (there’s a reason I kept them for last!) to our awesome photographers Jan SHERLEY and Ricardo ZUCCHETTO – for always doing such an amazing job! I know I’m not the only one who can’t wait to see the photos – hoping they got my good side!!!

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First-timers
It takes courage to sign up and show up to your very first parkrun!

I did my ‘first parkrun’ 3 days before my ‘actual real parkrun’ just to see if I can do it. Showing up that first Saturday morning, I was welcomed by the amazing Martin HARRAP and have met some awesome people since.

So to the following people who took that step,
Preston HENRY-STITT
Caroline BADDOCK
Kylah WIKIRIWHI
Royce MORGAN
Terrina CHAPMAN
Trudy DERBYSHIRE
Dylan FISHER
James BANNISTER
Aaliyah WIKIRIWHI
Ange MOLLOY
Duncan BAYNE
Martin L TAYLOR
Mark PEARCE
Adrianne PEARCE

Welcome to the parkrun family, we look forward to following your journey and can’t wait to see you again next week! Regarding the bugs at the finish, see the next paragraph...

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Visitors
We did our best to give you the warmest welcome with the perfect day, no wet stuff from the sky and no bridge going up.

We do apologise for the Flying McBitey things that might have attacked you at the finish line... we’ve never had them before (that I know of) and to be honest we asked for easter eggs and cute bunnies to welcome you over the finish line.... but alas, the bunnies must have been too busy.

Thank you for visiting our beautiful Whangarei parkrun,
James PARKER
Krista COWEN
Lesley RYAN
Jennie PARKER
James MURPHY
Chris WEEKS
Carly GRAHAM
Tiwana RARERE
James CLENDON
Max PARKER
Hadley KRIBY
Mike WHEELER
Christ PEVY
Julie Wheeler
Lavanya PUSHPARAJAH
Jack CLENDON
John HUNT
Simon GRAHAM

we hope to see you again soon!

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First Home
Whenever I do parkrun I usually just smile and wave to those fast people running at the front, hoping to at least make it back from the first leg before the first finishers.... But it looked like the podiums were a coveted place this week with a lot of regulars and visitors gunning for those top spots!

Women:
1. Katie MCVERRY
2. Naomi MCGARVA (PB!!)
3. Caroline BADDOCK

Men:
1. Simon MACE (PB!!)
2. James MURPHY
3. Francois JOUBERT

Top Age-Grade:
1. Simon Mace 79.51%
2. Christine Fraser 78.94%
3. Steve Fairley 78.17 %

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Personal Bests
It’s pretty epic to get a PB!
And to those who did PB’s for parkrun #252 – WOOHOOO YOU DID IT!!!

We’re all celebrating with you:
Aaron KEARNEY
Ailie ANDERSON
Allie FRY
Benjamin OXFORD
Christopher MAINLAND
David DRUMMOND
Debbie BEARDSELL
Elijah NIELSEN
Heather EASTERBROOK
Jacob MIEDEMA
Jacob OXFORD
Jenny DRUMMOND
Jeremy CRISP
John BENSON
Joseph OXFORD
Julian GILMOUR
Justin HILL
Katy BUTTERWORTH
Kaye LOGAN
Lauren ELIZABETH
Martin HARRAP
Naomi MCGARVA (2nd Female finisher)
Quentin HILL
Rachel HUGHAN
Savanna MILLER
Simon MACE (1st Male finisher)
Steve STAUNTON
Sue WOFFINDIN
Tasha OXFORD
William LIGHTFOOT

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Around The Country
3 new course records were set!

Blenheim with a time of 17.24 by Hannah OLDROYD

University of Waikato had two new course records, with Charli MILLER with 19.17 and Ben BIDOIS with a time of 16.07.

Best Age Grade performance for this week was in Hobsonville Point and was done by Christine ADAMSON 95.37%.

The biggest attendance was at Hagley with 309, followed by Porirua with 203, Hamilton Lake and Cornwall Park tied with 194 and Whangarei is in 4th place with an epic turnout of 190 people.

 

Get well soon Colin
Talking about Age Grade performances, our top scorer went AWOL and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who missed him!

Apparently, he took a nasty fall while out walking during the week.

Colin, from your parkrun family, we wish you a speedy recovery. We know it’s going to be hard to sit still and recover, but the more you rest, the faster you’ll be back with us! I know we'll see you again soon.

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Till next time
A bit sad hearing this week that Blandine CHILISE is leaving us. Blandine we wish you and your beautiful family all the best. We know it’s not goodbye, just till next time.

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To everyone who showed up, runners, volunteers and supporters included, thanks for making it another epic Whangarei parkrun! Enjoy your Easter weekend and if you’re on the road, please keep safe!
See you next time
Mona

This weeks results and complete event history can be found on the Whangarei parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Simone ACKERMANN who recorded a time of 17:37 on 17th October 2020 (event number 227).
The male record is held by Luke CLEMENTS who recorded a time of 15:55 on 26th December 2020 (event number 238).
The Age Grade course record is held by Judith STEWART who recorded 94.33% (23:13) on 7th July 2018 (event number 128).

Whangarei parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 2,604 participants have completed 20,822 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,110 km, including 3,439 new Personal Bests. A total of 295 individuals have volunteered 2,532 times.

 

Whangarei parkrun #250

The kindness of the weather Gods and the bridge Trolls saw 29 PBs registered today among the 138 parkrunners and walkers.

My gadgets said it was 12 º C, 95% humid with a gentle wind, all good news given recent downpours, covid breaks, and bridge openings.

Personal Bests

While every PB is a notable achievement, it is more difficult to do for runners who have completed the course multiple times. So while all PBers deserve a hat-tip, three runners ran PBs after more than 20 times on the local course. They were Tina McLean [ 47 runs ] ,Elijah Nielsen [ 45 runs ], and Vynka Short [ 22 runs].

Milestones

Tommy Earl celebrated his 100th parkrun today, probably the first Whangarei junior to achieve the feat. Dad Adrian beat him to it by a week, receiving his 100 certificate today. We expect them soon to complete a full family set, with Mum Anita sitting on 94 parkruns, Kaylee [ JW10 ] on 88, and Bella [ JW 15-17 ] on 78.

Paul Greenwood, and Diane Zuchetto both notched up 50 parkruns, Paul coming in at 22:06 for a new PB.

First-timers

Six people made their parkrun debuts today, including Flora Hay, George Izatt, Helena Newman, Joel Delahunty, Kristen Sanderson, and Richard Annandale, See you next week. And, visiting from Millwater, Ken Lynch completed his first Whangarei parkrun.

First Home

Women

Sarah GIBBY 21:05
Flora HAY 23:24 First-timer
Alexis CAPON 25:10 PB

Men

Dwayne COLLECUTT 18:20
Tim GOODWIN 18:23
Ken LYNCH 18:39 First-timer

Top Age-Grade, again

colin thorne After a couple of weeks' break, Whangarei's own Evergreen, Colin Thorne [ VM 95-99 ] again topped the age grade rankings for the entire country. Welcome back.

Janet Dale topped the age-grade ranking for the women today, with 30:45 for a grade of 73.6%.

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All photos from today's event are at Whangarei parkrun photo page, courtesy our two ace photographers, Jan Sherley, and Ricardo Zuchetto [ see above ].

 

Whangarei parkrun #249

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 249
13th March 2021

Singin' In The Rain..

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So..Did it feel a bit like that film set to you? That one about Singin In The Rain? No? Ok, I'll just write a Run Report..

Despite the weather 107 people to run jog or walk the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

Our parkrun happened due to the efforts of our volunteers.They were led by Run Director Martin HARRAP who was delighted to be playing with a new toy: the Blue tooth speaker set that meant his announcements could be heard clearer than ever, although it would still help if there were less talking during run Director Briefing (please!)

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Martin  was ably assisted by:Janet DALE • Maureen KETTLEWELL • Ron CROWHURST • Jackie GRANT • Oringa BARACH • Jan SHERLEY • Karen BELL • Ian BIRCH • Katrina HOLDER • • Helen SMITH • Julia LEE • Caro JAMES • Lachie BELL • Ricardo ZUCCHETTO

Note that following the success of Zac, the young Owairaka Run Reporter we have a potential rival pictured above right..


First Timers

Eleven amazing individuals decided to completely ignore the rain and run their very first parkrun anyway! That bodes well for the future, hopefully we will see you again but under better conditions..Anyway, congratulations on taking that first step go to: Sione Tukia Motu'Apuaka;Tasha; Jacob, Benjamin and Joseph Oxford; Craig De Ardenne; Oliver Van Den Broek; Rachael Hughan; Debbie Beardsell; Sharon Walsh; and Jessica Nola. Welcome to parkrun!

Visitors

The visitor show was stolen really by Grant Lincoln who was here for his 4th visit and led the field home. Not only that, but he set a new 50-54 Age Group Course Record in doing so. His 'home' course is Barry Curtis. Well run Grant.

There were 5 visitors who were here for the first time. We welcomed David Brockway who finished 4th overall on his first run at Whangarei. I count 21 NZ locations among his 179 parkruns, but he also has many more UK visits too-a genuine parkrun tourist! Jeremy Duggan was 20th, running his 96th parkrun so very close to that milestone 100th run. Congrats in asvance from us for that, it looks like home is Hagley Park. Lauren Elizabeth looks to be resuming parkrun after a break, she has 38 parkruns to her credit.Melissa Bishop was running her 4th parkrun at her 4th different NZ venue!Finally Lise Davis was here visiting from Millwater A warm welcome to all of our visitors. Sorry about the rain, it truly is rare here in Whangarei on parkrun day believe it or not!

Personal Bests

I guess the rain inspires some people to go for it!Maybe they had read young Zac's advice and just decided to 'Run really fast!' Whatever it was,15 of you hared round, faster than you have before...maybe you just couldn't wait to get out of that rainwater!

Grant MacGregor...not funny any more! You just keep doing it...congrats again, 25v minutes is on!!

Grant Lincoln ran a PB in finishing first, and Sam Bowden likewise to finish third.

How about juniors Cara and Zoe Goulding who finished 3 seconds apart , but both earned PBs?

Su Harrap, familiar sounding name,  had a lucky 7th parkrun earning herself a PB along the way...well done Su!

Other 'achievers ' were: Guy McGregor; Mark Callan; Alexis Capon; William Lightfoot; Steve Staunton; Tania Johnston;Asher Johnston;  Delwyn Cook; and Jane Ashley;

You guys all caused your own big splashes, well run!

Milestones

I was all set for a 100th milestone that I will now never get to write sadly as I will be away when Tommy Earl completes his 100th, so I'm simply going to say congratulations in advance to the young fella!

Likewise , congrats to Paul Greenwood who runs up his 50th next time out.

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Oringa

Injured, but unbowed! This week perennial volunteer Oringa Barach earned her purple milestone shirt after volunteering for the 25th time.one of only 8 people across NZ to achieve that mark this week. Although this time she was doing Barcode Scanning, a glance at the records shows you  that Oringa has 'had a go' at most of our volunteer roles at some stage! Of course through her involvement in the local athletics scene, notably with Athletics Whangarei, this should surprise nobody!  Thanks Oringa for all the support you give Whangarei parkrun as a volunteer, as well as an active participant. Wishing you a speedy recovery from that injury too...
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Podium Positions

Run Report Writers are wholly neutral right? Yeah , right! Forget that....

Ladies                                                Men

1.Dianne Zucchetto                       1. Grant Lincoln

2. Alexis Capon                             2.Tim Goodwin

3. Fritha Mitchell                           3. Sam Bowden

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'I'll probably never be first female finisher again'- those were Dianne's words during coffee ,she was understandably very happy with her result.Her timing was almost perfect too, as  next week will be a milestone 50th parkrun for her. Her time will be slower the following week as she is volunteering as a pacer at 30 minutes.  Again I won't be here to write any comments next week  but as with that Tommy reference earlier, I'd like to add congratulations in advance to Dianne for her milestone, as well as for her first place this time out. It is so well deserved given the amount of training effort she puts in..

Age Graded Performance

1.Judith Stewart      86.64%

2. Grant Lincoln      81.49%

3. Steve Fairley       78.53%

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So as our usual favourite Colin stands aside this week, another old favourite returns to top the rankings: welcome back Judith! That's her first run here since early January, although she did have an outing at University of Waikato. Steve too is consistently around the top three these days.

Around The Country

Interesting news of a new parkrun which will be opening soon on the North Shore, sometime over the next 2-3 months in Browns Bay. It will be a 3 lap course, and we will keep you updated with news as things progress. It will be 'Sherwood Reserve parkrun.

It has raised a question for Whangarei parkrunners which we would like comments on..Would any of you be interested in visits to the various Auckland parkruns? The obvious one to start with would be Millwater as it is nearest. It would mean an early start on a Saturday morning, but at this stage we are simply trying to guage interest.What do you think of the idea?

We could also look at arranging a Whangarei contingent to travel to the Sherwood Reserve inaugural event, if agreed by their Run Director. In the week of International Womens Day two Ladies set new course records too..At University of Waikato Grace Hessell ran 19:27, while at Foster , Hannah Oldroyd ran 17:44. Congratulations record breakers!

250 Next Week. Run Director Martin Harrap

Read it properly! There's a full stop, not a colon...

Martin will be leading the team of volunteers as Whangarei parkrun celebrates the 250th event. We'd love to see anyone who has completed 250 parkruns and has one of those treasured green milestone shirts, especially as we don't have anyone locally yet who is even within 50 of that target, mainly as a result of volunteering commitments..

Pacers

Don't forget we will have pacers at 25, 30, 35 and 40 minutes for our parkrun on the last Saturday of the month, 27 March.

Congratulations to all who took part in any of the Beach2Basin events which were happening as this report was starting to take shape..you had great weather conditions for it, hopefully you made best use and enjoyed a great morning!

So to the usual final album selection from this weekend's shots. Difficult conditions for all, especially for marshalls (thank you!) and our photographers who still delivered..more thanks Jan and Ricardo. Look at lots of smiles in the rain, it takes a lot to dampen the spirit of Whangarei parkrunners..
Until next time
#Loveparkrun

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

The female record is held by Simone ACKERMANN who recorded a time of 17:37 on 17th October 2020 (event number 227).
The male record is held by Luke CLEMENTS who recorded a time of 15:55 on 26th December 2020 (event number 238).
The Age Grade course record is held by Judith STEWART who recorded 94.33% (23:13) on 7th July 2018 (event number 128).

Whangarei parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 2,560 participants have completed 20,368 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,840 km, including 3,351 new Personal Bests. A total of 292 individuals have volunteered 2,485 times.

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