Event number 285
18 June 2022
It's (Nearly) All About Colin!
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!
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 .,
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!
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..
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!)
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..!
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.
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!
Thanks to all the rainbow shirt people!