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Pegasus parkrun Report #208

It had to happen! Just when I was getting a roll on, with two consecutive First in Age finishes,  a sub30 runner had to come along and take my mini-crown. Good work Keith Tilley, you set yourself a new PB doing it too!

91 parkrunners and parkwalkers, 12 on the Volunteer Roster, what a fantastic turnout and what a fantastic morning!! The First Timers briefing was delivered to Paul Asher, Nikki Taylor, Danelle Asher, Steve Taylor, Russell Gillies and Maree Pope - all completing their first ever parkrun (we all know how quickly the parkrun bug bites) so we are all looking forward to getting to know you better, in your parkrun journey.

One of the many great times at parkrun is seeing people achieve Personal Best times, or PB's - this parkrunday (the day formerly known as Saturday) there were 10 such moments - massive congratulations to Nicola Whalley, Johnnie H, Keith Tilley, Glen Foster, Claire Heslop, Claire Hansen, Rod McColl, Barbara Lorgelly, Cynthia van der Leer and Michael van der Leer. Brilliant! Fantastic! Great work by you all!

Most of this weeks parkrunners (a collective term for all who participate in parkrun - they could be runners, joggers or walkers) were locals, but we also had a number of Hagley regulars - Nathan, Ronen and Jeff and also Donna and Dan from Upper Hutt, thanks for joining in with us, we'll see you again.

He did so without any fanfare, but Simon Fitt achieved his 50th parkrun this week, congratulations Simon, we will have to get a photo next week.

Marcus and Xavier LaValley were the only two registered Juniors (both have run the course more than 50 times now) on the course and both boys tested the mettle of Mum and Dad, respectively. Well done boys.

A very familiar scenario played out among the Seniors, our Hannah (oops I spelled her name backwards) outran everyone else, then switched her phone to airplane mode and began scanning, so in order of finishing the first three women and men to cross the finish line were Hannah Oldroyd (1st Woman & 1st Overall), Chris Norman (1st Man), Nathan Heaver (2nd Man), Nathan Jones (3rd Man), Nicola Whalley (2nd Woman) and Tracey Howarth (3rd Woman) - great running all of you. To give everyone an idea of why I said "A very familiar scenario" earlier, Hannah has the Global Record for the number of First Finishes by any parkrunner, of her 376 parkruns completed, she has been First Finisher a whopping 326 times and her fastest ever was achieved right here at Pegasus, where she has run 31 times.

I had the very pleasant task of officially handing over the donated AED to Pegasus parkrun, this week, on behalf of Brett Orpwood, Brand Ambassador for Stryker Corporation, a bit of background - Brett and I both belong to a group called Cardiac Athletes - there is only one qualification to belong to our group, that of having cardiac issues (of any description), in addition to that Brett & I are both parkrunners - when Brett had the opportunity to arrange for a donated AED to go to New Zealand it was these connections between us, and that he had heard of the struggles Pegasus had had in trying to get funding for an AED, that gave rise to our parkrun being the recipient. Our thanks to Stryker and to Brett for a very generous gift that we hope to NEVER have to use.

I think that's about all from me, see you all again this coming parkrunday - Oh one other thing, OK - two other things, bring someone along & lets get over 100 participants and MOST IMPORTANTLY #DFYB [ Dont Forget Your Barcode ]

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