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.
Both Blenheim and Porirua celebrated anniversaries last week, well done to both their teams and volunteers for the communities they’ve brought together, plus special thanks to both Event Directors! Thanks to everyone who came along to the 2nd anniversary run. All the super heroes, James Kuegler and his group and the fine morning we…
Dave Hartley is one of our regular parkrunners at Palmerston North and I’m inspired by his commitment each week. Its great being able to put names to faces and anyone who’s done our parkrun will know Dave – he’s the guy in the wheelchair, and he’s given me permission to tell his story. Dave was…