Uncategorized - 29th November 2017

Feedback from the Field

Kent and daughter

Looks like Western Springs had a fabulous anniversary recently with some very interesting animal costumes – there was even a flying flamingo! Dad and daughter above being closely watched by an inquisitive looking goose is classic too!

Western Springs 2nd anniversary

There were a few more animals around the zoo today…
So what’s with all the extra animals?  There were some giraffes, zebras, a bear, a spring chicken, countless canine varieties and a lion.
They were celebrating a birthday. Western Springs parkrun event is two years young and still growing strong. The anniversary was marked with a saunter around the lake with most runners adorning their running attire with some kind of animal magic.

Even the cool and breezy start to the day couldn’t keep the eager beavers away and with a record turn out of 137 participants, it is fair to say the day was a huge success. This is a 50% increase on last years’ event. We want to keep this number rising.

There were 10 amazing volunteers today, that made the weekly park run extra special. With a microphone and speaker encouraging runners around the course, to a special birthday cake bake and fantastic supporter donations to make the prize draw last for ages. Not to mention the usual marshals spots, time keepers, course setup and take down team, photographers and the drone operator, whose jobs all make the event possible, and without whom, the social Saturdays we have all come to love and enjoy just wouldn’t be a thing. – Joanna Boardman, Western Springs

Hamilton Lake

I am a great Oprah Winfrey fan and think that her quote below is quite fitting to start off the Hamilton Lake run report this week: “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”

So what happened prior to 8am this morning?

We had a triathlete (Pat) who while waiting for the start of today’s event, pedalled away on his stationary bike clocking up the k’s as he prepares for the Tri-Maori next week. We had a father and daughter duo (Simon & Samantha) arriving very early to complete 2 laps around the lake as part of their training for an up and coming half marathon, (they even had Mum on volunteer duty). We had a number of regulars away completing the 2017 Waitetuna Wind Farm Trail Run, and a number of our regulars today were having a last minute parkrun warm up before the 2017 Podium Rotorua Half Marathon on Sunday. It’s so great that a lot of our parkrun attendees use this event as the stimulus to progress to greater adventures. Good luck to everyone, and we look forward to hearing all your news.  Tau Holden, Hamilton Lake



martin O'Sullivan

Congratulations to Martin O’Sullivan who completed his 250th parkrun this weekend. Martin is just the 2nd ‘NZ New’ parkrunner to complete 250 parkruns – Lower Hutt parkrun

Wow absolutely awesome! Not sure I will ever get there – Sandy Hooper, Lower Hutt

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Ming Fong, a parkrunner and friend

Ming will be remembered fondly at Barry Curtis parkrun and we thank his family for letting us share his parkrun story here. Ming obviously endeared himself to his parkrun community and this was just a tiny part of his life, but it’s a reminder to us all how each parkrun community can become an extension…