Date: 23 December 2017
Previous: Hamilton #1, Palmy #1, #2, #3, Kapiti Coast #1, Porirua #1
Another beautiful morning for a run.
The bride and best men, posing for a pic.
Lots of participants for this event.
Running along the Hutt River walkway.
Some of the best men already on their way back.
High-fiving the groom.
The turn-around point.
The bride not dilly-dallying either!
A nice spot for a parkrun.
Heading back towards the end of what felt like a very long 5kms.
The line at the finish for the bar codes to be scanned.
Meeting up with friends who were visiting New Zealand for a few weeks, we happened to be in the Hutt Valley during the weekend and decided to fit in a quick run.
Too much eating out, way too much wine (and beer, and whiskey) and not a whole lot of running since the Twelve days of Christmas challenge, is a bad combination for attempting a “comeback”, so to speak. Full of pickled confidence she said, “let’s run to the event and back”. Including the parkrun, that would give us a solid 27km long-run. Great idea. Perfect idea! But… Continue reading
Date: 16 December 2017
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Another change in our work schedule meant we could fit in another backyard parkrun. The organisers decided to make it a Christmas themed event, so we all (okay, some of us) dressed up for the occasion. Continue reading
The Big Christmas Feast – A Greatest Virtual Run Challenge, raising money for kids on the spectrum
Date: 1-12 December 2017
Previous GVR: 2017
My middle name is procrastination. And Gerry’s first, middle and last names are procrastination. Maybe it is just a severe case of student syndrome? But, it only took us until well into the first of December, the day the challenge started, before finally entering. It might just be a classic case of an already out-of-hand hectic life, with work, this time of year, and all that jazz that the fun things in life tend to be ignored and end up falling by the wayside. Luckily we had two minutes of sanity to quickly enter. Continue reading
Date: 9 December 2017
Previous: 2010, 2014
Still going strong despite ramping up my kilometres significantly this week. [Pic by Jonesy’s Photography.]
Still had my fleece top on. Briefly considered running with it!
Bill doing race briefing.
Crossing the first bridge (Dublin St Bridge) going upstream.
Some cloud at the start with little bits of blue/sunny sky peeking through.
It’s going to happen, and Gerry can’t come with. 😦
One of the three cheeky ditches.
Participants lazing around after the event.
Trying to get the stupid phone app to keep going. It asked a million questions and then paused!
Passing over Cobham Bridge, looking out to the sea.
What looked like a boat with two fisherman, turned out to be a little sand bank in the low-tide river.
Pack n Save as the main sponsor for the marathon.
Kowhai Park next to the Whanganui River.
Gerry came over for support and a photo after my first lap.
Another one of the ditches. They are far steeper than it looks on the photo.
The Whanganui 3-bridges event was only the third event we’d done in NZ (in 2010) and I still have fond memories of the day. We only did the 10km back then, but having done the Mountain to Surf marathon in 2008 during a visit and tour of the country, and the Kahuterawa Classic 7km also in 2010, we were starting to get a feel for NZ events. Continue reading
Date: 2 December 2017
Previous: Hamilton #1, Palmy #1, Kapiti Coast #1, Palmy #2
A big field of about 130 runners/walkers.
Catching up with Gary before the start.
After about 15 minutes of “formalities”, we were on our way.
It’s another beautiful course winding its way up the gorge.
One kilometre down, and still slowly going uphill.
Gary and I charging around the corner.
At 2km, the field has already spread out a lot.
Sheltered from the sun and wind, but still very humid.
The halfway turn-around. Of the four different parkruns I’ve done, three of them have an out-and-back course.
The course is shared with MTBs.
Going downhill was much easier and faster than on the way out.
Nice to have permanent signage for a parkrun. Hope Palmy can also get that one day.
On another work outing to Wellington, we decided to try the Porirua parkrun, which saw its first running in the winter of 2013. We haven’t done it before and aren’t too sure when we will get the opportunity again. Continue reading