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Pegasus parkrun #246 run report

Light showers and a gentle breeze were forecast for parkrun #246 It should have been a good day to try out for a PB, if that was your inclination and it shouldn't have been too uncomfortable to jog, walk or volunteer. Thankfully the heavy wet stuff was avoided.
88 parkmates, that's 18 more than our average turnout, braved the conditions and completed the out & back course this morning. This included three first timers, Charlie Blacklock, Kirsten Bennett and Kylie Tolman. Welcome to the Global family that is parkrun guys!
There may have been a few more as four parkmates turned up missing that vital barcode. Please remember that it not only gives you a finish credit but also contains your ICE (In case of Emergency information.) Please help us in case we need to help you by bringing your barcode with you. Don't Forget Your Barcode #DFYB
Having had a look around and a quick check there were NO TOURISTS! We did, however, complete the event in just over 50 minutes before setting off for a post parkrun refreshment.
Although there were no new milestones to report this week it was good to note that Cameron JEFFERIES and Nathan HEAVER collected their certificates at the run briefing for reaching the parkrun 10 club (for the Juniors) and the parkrun 50 club respectively.
Our most seasoned parkthletes were Marylyn TRATHEN and Geoff MCMILLAN who notched up their 235th and 233rd result respectively.
For a small field we saw a fantastic number of individuals grabbing a PB today. 12 in fact. Congratulations go to: Aaron Jefferies, Cameron Jefferies, Clare Pain, Cooper Garrett, Darren Watt, Giles Witt, Lewis Mitchell, Nic Hansen, Ralph Pain, Rochelle Faimalo, Shaun Fauth & Shayne Anderson.
On the virtual podiums this week were:
•    Top parkladies: Kelly LAVALLEY, Nicola WHALLEY and Natasha MITCHELL
•    Top parkmen: Alex WITT, Paul BROUWERS and Stacey CARROTT
•    Top Junior parkmates: Giles WITT, Cooper GARRETT and Emelia COSTER
Top unknowns filled slots 25, 36 and 46. #DFYB or on the positive side #RYB
This week’s top age grades were:
•    parkmisses: Adrienne SMITH, Kath ATKIN and Nicola WHALLEY
•    parkmisters: John DURRAND, Gary DEVLIN and John MARSHALL
Occupying position 24 today was Darren ATKIN who has run 74/86 at Pegasus, including a streak of three PB's in amongst the seven recorded here. Five trips to neighbours Hagley, two to Foster and Palmerston North and outings to Blenheim, Kirra and East End are in his catalogue which also includes stints as Pacer, Backup Timer, Finish Tokens, Barcode Scanning and Timekeeper. Daren has been around since 2016 and continues his parkrun journey. Thanks Darren!
Further down the list at 46 we find an unknown, who could have been anywhere, done anything, done nothing, been a figment of our imagination, made a milestone run, cracked out a PB, had a birthday, who knows, but at least was not a funnel ducker...we hope. #DFYB
A big thank-you to this week’s volunteers: Laurie MCARTHUR, Geoff MCMILLAN,Kate BOWMAN, Aj MCMILLAN, Elodie DE LAPEYRE, Brett BAILEY, Trudy DIGGS, Benjamin BRADY, Rosie WHITHAM, Laurie MCARTHUR, John DURAND, Mark WILLIAMSON, Chris VAN DER LEER, and Trudy DIGGS.
Please note that the results were adjusted slightly late yesterday afternoon because of a discrepancy. Sorry about that.
Worldwide there were 541 parkruns plus 182 junior parkruns, and the worldwide parkrun population was 60,070 parkrunners and 9,639 volunteers. (not)parkrun is still keeping many parkthletes occupied across the planet. Last week 12112 parkrunners recorded 22243 runs, with an average time of 34:53. This weekend we are looking forward to welcoming back 30 events in South Africa, plus another seven events across the USA ahead of a very busy period of restarts.
Although subject to possible changes to guidance, we expect that events across a number of countries will restart over the coming weeks as follows:
•    12 June Poland
•    19 June Denmark
•    20 June Scotland (junior events begin to return)
•    26 June England and Northern Ireland (tbc)
•    3 July Scotland (tbc)
Coming soon: Pegasus parkrun celebrates the 250th event and the 5th Birthday on Saturday, 26-June. Please dress up for the occasion in something GREEN. There might be a bit of a bash...the devil's in the detail... so watch this space for what we'll be up to on the day.
Thanks for being at Pegasus today – we hope to see you back again soon! Have a FANTASTIC weekend! Stay dry & safe!

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