We’ve just finished the first week of 2018 and already I’ve run 3 parkruns! A great start to the year!
This morning at 6:50am, my dad presented me with banana, water and beetroot juice. Yep, a big glass of red, nasty beetroot juice. He’s been reading a book by Bear Grylls, who swears that beetroot juice is wonderful before a hard workout. I just want to swear when dad makes me drink it, yuck! Anyway, we hopped into our little wagon and headed off to the Lower Hutt parkrun. My first word to dad getting out of the car was “wind” and my first words getting back into the car before heading home was “did you see that super-fast walking guy”? More on that later but dad reckons he must be on the beetroot juice too, haha….. (read more below from Josh, junior parkrunner from Lower Hutt parkrun)
And also from Lower Hutt on the very first day of 2018 thank you to Winnie Cleary for these wise words:
For some people our parkrun was the first in a rare double, with Porirua also holding an official parkrun on New Years day. This second run was at the more civilised time of 10am – allowing the party revellers a couple more hours of sleep, the enthusiasts wanting to do the double sufficient time to do so, and several of todays volunteers (Mark Malone, Andrew Cushnie, Fiona Davis, Neil Haxton, and Sandy Hooper) the chance to get in a run. A quick scan of the Porirua results showed many names that were on the Lower Hutt finishers list went on to do the Porirua run too – well done! [Ed's Note - 105 people did the double].
In the past I would have been up for the double run – but not this time. Overcoming cancer and dealing with pain in my joints from osteoporosis means the sweet victory for me today was simply to run ( that is my version of ‘run’!) the whole of today’s parkrun. I salute today’s double parkrunners for your fitness and enthusiasm. Maybe I’ll be up to it next year. For this new year I am determined to look forward, not back, and have made the following resolutions:
1- Laugh, it decreases stress hormones, and improves resistance to disease. Simply the best medicine.
2- Control the controllables, and let go of the rest.
3- Be kind, people remember how you make them feel.
4- Enjoy your life, because you just never know what is around the corner.
Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018 – let’s hope it’s a cracker! Enjoy the holiday break, and we’ll see you at parkrun on Saturday.
Winnie Cleary – parkrunner
Thank you to the organisers and volunteers of the Puarenga parkrun in Rotorua for making us feel so welcome. The course was a great way for us as tourists to see parts of the lake, terrain and geothermal activity while keeping up our health and fitness. You must come to visit our local parkrun at Stones Corner, Brisbane, Australia! – Alana Armitage
Here are some milestones to start off 2018!
Pictured above is Tania Hollis, of Dunedin parkrun, with Katherine Switzer, a running legend, who has inspired many women to take up running. Katherine Switzer is in New Zealand at the moment and her story is pretty amazing: ‘An iconic runner from way back in 1967 when she ran the Boston marathon, which was then considered a male-only race. She is an inspirational speaker and has broken many barriers creating positive social change. She has also empowered women all over the world by the simple act of running.’
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand and we’d like to share parkrun Australia’s story of their very own CEO, Tim Oberg, who talked about his own personal experiences with anxiety last year in the lead up to World Mental Health Day (10th October), and this year again received an overwhelming response from…
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…