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Pegasus parkrun #231 run report

Welcome to the run report for Pegasus parkrun #231 on Waitangi Day!

Last weekend there were more than 60,000 parkrunners participating at 444 events across five countries. parkrun certainly is gaining in popularity in New Zealand – there are currently 33 parkruns around NZ at the moment with a total of 677,709 finishes by 67,659 volunteers.

We are fortunate to be one of those 5 countries holding parkrun events at the moment. It is critical that we continue to take precautions in case things change. Therefore, please observe the following when coming along:
•    Please do not come to parkrun if you feel unwell, or if you exhibit any cold or flu symptoms.
•    We have a QR code for the COVID Tracer app. Please scan in.
•    No spitting.
•    Maintain social distancing as best as what you can.
•    We have hand sanitizer at the scanning table. Please do use it.

And now – on to the run report!
121 parkrunners made up the field for Pegasus parkrun #231. The average age across the group was 44 and we had representatives from 4 running clubs join us.

There was 1 milestone this week – congratulations to Jody Hunter for joining the parkrun 100 club today! Jody has completed 43 of his 100 parkruns at Pegasus.

Ronnie Thomas joined us at the run briefing to say a few words on the Kaiapoi Fun Run event coming up on Sunday, 14-March 2021. This is a fun and affordable ($10 for 10km, $5 for 5km) event with heaps of spot prizes. Look out for the posters and flyers out in the community, or see the event on Facebook here.
The first parkrunner over the finish line today was Hannah Oldroyd (17:47), followed by Alex Witt (18:20) and John Marshal (18:29). Haven Drinnan was the first junior to finish in a time of 21:41.

This week we have 3 new members of the parkrun family – Hello to Annette Adams, Charlotte Bowen and Sarah Wilson!

We also had a few first-time visitors to Pegasus – a warm Pegasus welcome to Tony Gormley, Mark Wybourne, Sue Ross, Ethan Shaw, Reuben Shaw and Kayla Shaw! We hope to see you all again soon (next Saturday maybe?!).

9 parkrunners obtained personal bests this week – congratulations to: Alex Witt, Dave Ermerins, Emmy Maxwell, Jason Wordsworth, Libby Hurley, Nick Drinnan, Russell Gillies & Stephen Fleck.

We had 6 UNKNOWNS this week – this happens when a participant does not have a barcode. Signing up is easy and is totally free – and it is valid for any of the 33 parkruns around in NZ, or even at any of the parkruns around the World! Visit this page to read more and join up: https://www.parkrun.co.nz/register/ #DFYB
Our awesome volunteers were brilliant this week – thank you to Hannah OLDROYD, Chris NORMAN, Ian LENNIE, Debbie WILSON, Trudy DIGGS, Olivia H, Peter FREEMAN, Tania BAILEY, Keith SUMMERILL, Diane EVANS & Trev WHITE. Thank you for your time!

Before we close, just a few things to bear in mind for the safety of all parkrunners:
•    At parkrun we insist that participants are not accompanied by WHEELS (bikes, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, etc.) on the course - unless they are wheelchairs or pushchairs.
•    Juniors under 11 MUST be within an ARMS LENGTH of a designated adult.
•    Dogs must be always under EFFECTIVE CONTROL - especially at the start.
Next week is the Valentine’s day parkrun (13-Feb)  – don’t forget to wear shades of pink or red to celebrate the season of love!
Have a fun-filled long weekend and see you next parkrunday!

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