Event number 287
2 July 2022
Colin's 100 Milestone
Time to get the Thesaurus out and find any as yet unused superlatives in connection with this amazing man- doubt that you will find many! This becomes a challenging report to write because either:
1.It's all been said before
2. It's about to be said again given all the media presence from Seven Sharp, The Advocate, parkrun etc
Colin was quite the media personality , and how he took to it! You forgot his age as he happily went from one interview to another, one photo session to the next! This after playing the role of Pied Piper as he led a large contingent of his family who walked with him in celebration of his milestone achievement.
Let's pause momentarily there to ensure that others who achieved milestones don't go unrecognised. Fellow family member Rob Dinsdale coordinated his run to ensure that he and Colin would both achieve their 100th together, and it was wonderful to see the two run that last straight down to the finish line together, with many other family members following closely behind. Well done Rob, congratulations on your own century.
Then there was Grant MacGregor who was completing his 50th parkrun, earning his red milestone shirt. Grant and his effervescent partner Annmaree are regulars walking 'The Loop' and at parkrun. Grant's first run with us was in April 2019, and his 50 include 2 runs at New Plymouth. Another family celebration is only 3 runs away because Annmaree completed her 97th this week, having first run with us in May 2016. So congrats to Grant, and not long to wait for Annmaree!!
Back then to the Thorne family, and what an amazing turnout in support of their man! It was so impressive to see the throng gathered around before the start..and not everyone had come to walk either!! 5 generations attended from the
Thorne family..son Barry, 3 daughters Pauline, Judith and Colleen plus partners; 7 grandchildren plus partners; 3 great grandchildren plus partners; and 1 great grandchild! They could have a parkrun of their own!! Thank you all for coming, you certainly added to the day in a big way.
Dinsdale Family Honours went to Scott who finished 19th (23:21), followed by Cameron 21st (23:26) and Rob31st (24:53) A special mention however for Barry Thorne , running his first parkrun in age group 65-69. He finished 33rd in a time of 25:07...a chip off the old block??
Of course mention must be made of the wonderful catering, again the family shone-those cakes were wonderful, thank you from all of us at Whangarei parkrun. Blessed are the cakemakers!! The 2 cakes were beautifully iced by Nicole Merritt (Don't forget Salt cafe!!)
The weather wasn't unkind was it? So 156 Runners, Walkers, Joggers, Media people..etc were called to order by Run Director Dawn Spence with those dulcet Orkney Island tones! That incidentally placed us 3rd in the country! She called upon Event Director Ron to make a special presentation of Colin's black parkrun milestone shirt which had been agreed by special concession with London. A great gesture on their part so that Colin got his shirt on his big day. The roar that met the presentation was one of pure unadulterated affection, and thankfully the moment has been well captured in photos.
That's good, because several people who wanted to be there, but sadlycouldn't. Ines Neubert, Caro James, Cindy Matthews and Helen Brereton are just four examples. John Markby from MoreFM would surely have been there were he not having to isolate. Interest has been huge from other parkruns: Invercargill; Palmerston North; and Runs With a Barcode Facebook pages have been paying close attention.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who won't forget the day they stepped forward..Who scanned Colin's finish token?
Brian BARACH, Oringa BARACH, Chris BATES, Joshua CALLAN, Ron CROWHURST, Janet DALE, Martin HARRAP, Izzy HILL, Jim KETTLEWELL, Michelle LEWRY, Andy MEARS, Darren NISBET, Jan SHERLEY, Helen SMITH, Max SMITH, Dawn SPENCE, Ricardo ZUCCHETTO
There were 16 first timers, many maybe members of Colin's family.Welcome all-we hope you enjoyed your visit to Whangarei parkrun
Anitha Suresh Kumar
There's such a man
There's such a man
I wish that we could bring
Cause the day has come for him to be free
Then he laughs, he kicks and rolls up his sleeves
I'm alive and I'm here forever
This is the man