This is completely unscientific, but from experience I suggest that the wind in Lower Hutt picks up at precisely 7.55am most Saturday mornings. Leaving home for parkrun this week it was a bit breezy, not too bad, but during the run briefing sure to form that breeze picked up. It was sure nice running the first half of the run along the riverbank with that stiff breeze at our backs. I wasn’t quite the fan of it at the turn.
Thanks to the 207 runners & walkers out there making it yet again a great morning, regardless of those weather conditions. We 207 were part of the 2,401 people who took part in 19 parkruns in New Zealand. Unfortunately one parkrun had to be cancelled because the course was used for a car rally.
That’s 2,401 like-minded people who shared a passion and love for parkrun. What a great way to start your Saturday morning, a 5 k run/walk, a catch up with people you may not see during the week and a chance to sit down and share a coffee and scone. This is the beauty of parkrun for me. – Brent Foster, Lower Hutt
Lovely picture above courtesy of Lower Hutt parkrun
Wanaka parkrun had one of the cutest Easter Bunnies!
Our family and friends were visiting from Cornwall parkrun. We had a lovely time and all got pbs! What a great atmosphere. Thank you all – Bridget Lawrence, at Hamilton Lake
Thanks for having me, I hadn’t even made it to the start line yet – next week I will be on time! Thanks to all the volunteers for making my first parkrun so special – Charlotte Mitchell, at Barry Curtis
Thanks so much for a beautiful course.. the fog made it even more stunning. Will look forward to the next time we’re in the bay. – Wendy Watts, at Anderson parkrun
Dunedin parkrun made it into The Star newspaper last week, well done to Tania Hollis and her great team down there!
Easter! This made choosing a theme for today’s parkrun very easy. Chocolate rabbits, chocolate Easter eggs, pacers with bunny ears… What more could you want… a chance to run off all that chocolate eaten – and then replace it all over again at parkrun, whilst managing to feel virtuous. Several Olympic harriers volunteered to be pacers and were happy to be hunted for times ranging from 20 to 30 minutes.
The task of hunting them was made easier by the outrageous pink bunny ears they wore, plus rescue red fluorescent tops. Not so easy to find were the large chocolate rabbits, hidden along the way and gleaming in the bushes, thanks to their bright foil wrappings. There were cries of delight and fist pumps of joy for the lucky chocolate rabbit hunters when their quarry was run to earth.
Carrying such hefty rabbits must have cost quite a few their PBs. Still, we don’t envy them … after all, they’re going to be so sick of eating chocolate. Yeah right!
Thanks to our Chief Easter Reporter Jocelyn Syme who brilliantly captured this weeks rabbit chasing shenanigans at Porirua parkrun.
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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…