A good crowd of 35 runners, joggers and walkers, including 15 first timers joined in for Event #7, the first event at our new Winter start time of 9am. It was a beautiful, crisp morning as the overnight rain cleared for great running conditions that saw 7 new personal bests, a new member of the 50 milestone club visiting us today and a birthday! – Wanaka parkrun
Looks like someone was just jumping for joy too!
Awesome awesome awesome. What a great activity to do first thing on a Saturday morning. Thanks to all the volunteers that make it happen – Kerry Ross at Palmerston North
Really enjoyed Cornwall parkrun whilst on tour in NZ from the UK… hopefully I’ll return and join you all again! – Sally May
We visited Puarenga parkrun from Australia. We loved it – it is the most unique course we’ve been to. We’ve done parkruns all over Australia and in San Francisco and I still remember your course more than any other – Janine Fitzgerald
And above is Porirua’s uniqueness on display with Alison King of Puarenga parkrun and son, Axel.
Woohoo, Porirua parkrun reached 250 parkrun events! Who would have thought that back when we started. Heartfelt thank you’s to all our volunteers and especially our teams of Run Directors for getting to this 250th run. Also a big thank you to all of those who brought cake, cookies and lollies to share!
It will be interesting to see how things change in the coming years. Will the average time keep dropping because more walkers and families with young children come along? Will the numbers keep increasing? Will we end up like Lower Hutt, Palmerston North, Cornwall Park in Auckland, and Hagley Park in Christchurch who often get more than 200 participants (but please not as many as in North Beach parkrun in Durban, South Africa where they had 2,526 participants on 20 January 2018). Will we get more junior or adult sports teams, like the Tawa soccer team and the Cannon’s Creek Boxing Academy, coming along to use parkrun as a training and fitness enhancer?
I look forward to the journey, and hope you will come along with me too - Astrid van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf. Porirua parkrun Event Director.
Megan Costello is the ED of Gisborne parkrun, which started in May this year. It’s situated in the far east of the North Island and is the first parkrun to see the sun worldwide! Megan tells us how she became involved in parkrun and setting up this picturesque parkrun: I initially became involved with parkrun…
There must be some very special dogs in Invercargill with fabulous owners! Here’s Fred, with his, sporting their tutus on what must be a recent 22 parkrun! Hi my name is Fred, I am the good looking one leading the way. I am a Yorkie Cairn cross and I was adopted from the SPCA…