Suzanne started running at Porirua back in December 2013 so has seen Porirua parkrun grow over these last five years. She’s another outstanding example of our parkrun volunteers and we’re very pleased she chose New Zealand to move to!
Name: Suzanne Halpin
Age: 45 (although aged 30, according to my favourite son)
Home parkrun: Porirua, New Zealand
Occupation: Health Regulation
Number of Runs: 197 runs, 193 run at Porirua
Number of times volunteered: 73 - More than enough to get my ’25 Volunteer’s’ T-Shirt!
Favourite volunteer role: New parkrunners’ briefing
One thing I love about parkrun is: The coffee and chat afterwards with like-minded people who are not necessarily elite athletes, but who will all have tales to tell of phenomenal achievements, like walking all of the 5K for the first time, or running their first 10k, half-marathon, marathon, or whatever.
My most memorable parkrun moment was: My first parkrun – which occurred just two days after having arrived to live in New Zealand (jetlag – what jetlag?)
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…