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?)
Both Blenheim and Porirua celebrated anniversaries last week, well done to both their teams and volunteers for the communities they’ve brought together, plus special thanks to both Event Directors! Thanks to everyone who came along to the 2nd anniversary run. All the super heroes, James Kuegler and his group and the fine morning we…
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…