Athletics New Zealand Club Conference – 29th July 2017
We were honoured to be invited to speak at Athletics New Zealand’s Club Connect conference held at Ellerslie recently and it was good to meet representatives of the many clubs that attended.
Our presentation on the parkrun story and future goals was well received and many thanks to James Kettlewell of Whangarei parkrun who joined us to talk on the benefits that the Hatea Harrier Club has experienced since the launch of the Whangarei parkrun. It was an interesting discussion for the other clubs attending.
Athletics New Zealand presented their new Strategic Plan for 2017-2022, which has been developed over a twelve month period through a feedback and consultation process with the athletics community.
Their new supporting strategic initiatives focus on the core actions that will make Athletics New Zealand successful. These fall under three pillars: ‘Enable’, ‘Inspire’ and ‘Lead’. These pillars reflect a focus on strong clubs, quality events and improved access to opportunities for athletes, coaches and officials. parkrun looks forward to working with Athletics New Zealand in growing running in New Zealand.
Cross Country Champs – 30th July 2017
It was great seeing a number of parkrunners from all over the country taking part in the National Cross Country Champs at the Domain on a beautiful Auckland day.
Congratulations to all the parkrunners who took part with special mention to the Hatea team (pictured above) who came away with two silvers and a gold! Their junior runner, Bella Earl coming 1st in U13 Girls (read more here), with silver going to Judith Bradshaw and John Kent both in the 65-69 age group.
Saturday the 2nd The start point this week in the summer season needs to be in Palmerston North with another big attendance of 175 means that in just 6 weeks 949 parkrunners have completed a run/walk there. The combined total of runners, joggers, walkers and volunteers exceeded 2,000 for the week! (150 volunteers plus…
Just want to give a shout to Dean King who ran at Whangarei this morning, meaning he has now completed 17 of the 18 NZ venues. All being well he will be joining that select group (of many O’Sullivans and a few others!) who have done all 18 in late January when he plans to run…