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.
Lower Hutt parkrun 319 – 5th May 2018 Saturday 5th May saw the 6th anniversary of parkrun in New Zealand with the celebration of the Lower Hutt parkrun. The following is an abridged version of their excellent run report celebrating the anniversary When I signed up for the role of run reporter for…
Thank you to regional reporter Carolyn Deverson and The Southland Times for this article: Balclutha hosted its first parkrun on Saturday 5th May, with more than 50 people taking part in misty conditions. parkrun is a phenomenon that has become a world-wide success since starting at Bushy Park in London in 2004. People travel to take part…