NAME: Trevor Masters
FIRSTLY ARE YOU A PARKRUN ADDICT!? Yes!
DO ANY MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY TAKE PART IN PARKRUN? Yes, it is a real family affair! My wife Lisa runs East End fairly regularly, my Mum Gabrielle is a familiar face on the volunteers roster and daughter Alex joined us this week and I ended up running with her dog Tilda!
WHERE & WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST PARKRUN? St Peters (Sydney) 6 years ago.
TOTAL NUMBER OF PARKRUNS COMPLETED? 9
AND AT EAST END? only 2 but as our volunteer base grows I hope to run more
NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PARKRUN COURSES COMPLETED? 7
ANY OVERSEAS? Australia & South Africa
APART FROM EAST END WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PARKRUN? Porirua! Nice out and back course in the bush, downhill all the way home.
PB? 22.06 at Porirua, I think the East End course is potentially quicker though so fingers crossed!
NUMBER OF TIMES VOLUNTEERED? 27 all at East End
FAVOURITE VOLUNTEERING ROLE? Run coordinator so I can get to meet everyone. Marshalling is fun too as you get to see everyone out on the course and can offer encouragement.
MOST MEMORABLE PARKRUN EXPERIENCE? My wife and I were on holiday in South Africa when we did Leeupoort parkrun, NW of Johannesburg. As the briefing was delivered in Afrikaans we had no idea what the course route was. I set off with the lead group along sandy roads and bush trails making sure there were people to follow but as they gradually slowed down just one other runner and I remained at the front. We made many turns at intersections loosely marked by cones and when he slowed I was left out on my own looking over my shoulder to make sure people were still following me. I stopped to take photos of a warthog but still managed to finish first! My wife Lisa had seen zebra running alongside her, fortunately the park was fenced off from large predators.
DO YOU JOIN FELLOW PARKRUNNERS FOR A POST RUN COFFEE? Yes, most weeks but I am guilty of running off early to process the results. I love to get the the results out quickly. (IT’S VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BY US ALL TREV!)
PARKRUNNERS HAVE MANY VARIED CUSTOMS,
HAVE YOU ….
DONE A PARKRUN PHOTO LEAP? No
BAKED A PARKRUN MILESTONE CAKE? No
GONE FOR A POST PARKRUN PLUNGE IN THE SEA Noooooo! No, no, no!!!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARKRUN? There are many wonderful things about parkrun. I love seeing so many families out participating together and the huge range of ages. The future looks bright for local sporting talent.
Physical fitness and well being as well as meeting a diverse group of people
ANY PARKRUN GOALS? Set a new PB and visit a few more parkruns around New Zealand.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU RUN? 2-3 times a week when not injured, and if the wind isn’t blowing! Not done as much running this year as I would like due to an ankle injury.
FAVOURITE ROUTE? Probably the Te Henui walkway. I prefer off road and many of my routes include part of that track
MOST MEMORABLE RUNNING EXPERIENCE? I once ran the Pouakai Circuit on my own in an attempt to claim the Strava segment record. I got disorientated as the day was ending but to my relief was close to the finish even though I thought I had much further to go. My time was 4:02 taking 2 minutes off the record. Short lived glory as 5 days later a UK tourist knocked 25 minutes off my time!
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES YOU ENJOY? kite surfing & brewing beer
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE CONTEMPLATING THEIR FIRST PARKRUN? Your Saturdays will never be the same! You may even find yourself planning vacations around a parkrun or two. Its a great way to get acquainted with a new location.
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