What an amazing ride it has been over the last two years – and I expect it will be every bit as amazing over the next two and the two after that, and so on – some incredible people have run here, visited here, stayed here and more will arrive. Of the 61 who participated in the Inaugural run back in 2016, 11 of us were there today on a very foggy morning – invisible Longevity Awards to John Durand, Robby Grant, Ricky Pugh, Colin Chin, Simon Hancock, Colin Jefferies, Juanita McLellan, Rod McColl, Angela Lamont, Jackie Hancock and I’m reasonably sure that I was there too.
Even though our Birthday celebrations were just 1 of 33 parkrun birthdays being celebrated world-wide, ours was the only one in NZ, we themed the run as a Chari-Tee Event, so asked parkrunners to wear the Tee Shirt of an event that they wholeheartedly supported and many took up on this with a number of Tees from various Charities, 6 Running Clubs, a good number of parkrun shirts, a little bit of dress up and everybody else in standard running gear. I quite literally blew up a foil 2 balloon (exploded in my hands!), we had half a dozen birthday banners and a fantastic birthday cake baked by Jackie Hancock. What a great bunch of people parkrunners are! – Geoff McMillan, Pegasus Event Director
Thank you to everyone for making Rolf and I feel welcome today! A fantastic course… much harder than we are used to and extremely well sign posted. Loved the scenery! You are all welcome to come to our local parkrun at Woodhouse Moor Leeds, England anytime! – Sharron Neugebauer at Western Springs
The ‘Double Hump’ bridge on the alternative course at Western Springs.
Congratulations to the team at Western Springs on getting up and running again, after your enforced break! I really enjoyed the alternative course. Thank you Kent, and all your volunteers today – Julia Gordon, Lower Hutt parkrun
There’s a bug going around – Excerpt from Porirua’s run report:
H2O at the finishing line is so refreshingly good, but the Cappucino and cake afterwards at Mcdonald’s are even better by a country mile! Perhaps that is the real reason why parkrunners and walkers keep turning up? No, it is the highly infectious parkrunitis that has got us. Sadly there is no cure but the condition can be safely managed by going to any parkrun clinics anywhere to air your lungs while pounding the lovely track and empty some stored energy and rid yourself of any built up frustration, anxiety and itchiness within you. You can also treat this untreatable condition and fast track treatment options by infecting others with parkrunitis to get them to come and join us and let them be part of our burgeoning family of over 3 million or there about!
Relax, it will get darker in the mornings and colder on the parkrundays before it gets better. But honestly, there is nothing that can better the inner feelings of self-satisfaction and fantastic company of others equally insane like you on parkrunday. Drag yourself out of your comfort zone and catch the bug! Meanwhile, enjoy the FIFA World Cup football (soccer) games. Don’t think or even contemplate about it, just parkrun it. – Neon Tang, Porirua
I’m Jackie (Jax) Hancock from Pegasus parkrun in North Canterbury. We got involved with parkrun because my uncle came to visit from the UK and made us do Hagley (before Pegasus had started!). Then when Geoff started Pegasus parkrun it was so close to home we thought we would try it out – and started off saying…
Born with Miller Syndrome, a rare genetic condition, Erica and her brother are the only two affected by the syndrome in New Zealand. She credits her mum for her iron-willed disposition and her story of refusing to let her condition get in the way of her hopes and dreams is inspirational. Erica, parkrun NZ…