Rachael doesn’t actually run, but she’s one of Hagley parkrun’s core volunteers, having clocked up 99 volunteer roles and many other simple acts of kindness! She is more than a supporter because she’s part of New Zealand Home Loans the national sponsors for parkrun New Zealand – thank you very much Rachael for all you do at Hagley parkrun!
Name: Rachael Sexton
Home parkrun: Hagley parkrun
Occupation: New Zealand Home Loans business owner
Number of Runs: 0
Number of times volunteered: Volunteered 99 times plus held two BBQs and one Christmas treat event
Favourite volunteer role: Marshall (cheerleader)
I volunteer at parkrun because: I believe in supporting people to achieve their goals. And parkrun is a fantastic free event so supporting the team that run it is also important.
One thing I love about parkrun is: What I love about parkrun is seeing the progress people make each week. It doesn’t matter if you run or walk, doing it is the key. I love marshalling on my corner, which is the 1km and 4km mark, and being able to encourage people on the last km.
My most memorable parkrun moment was: Some of my favourite parkrun moments are the BBQs that NZHL Christchurch put on for the park runners. It’s a chance to have a chat with so many parkrunners I see on the course each week.
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