Michelle is a great supporter of parkrun and recently became president of the Olympic Harriers, which have also embraced parkrun. Their runners have volunteered for numerous parkrun pacer days, the most recent at Easter (hence the bunny ears). It’s great to see parkrunners joining other running clubs like Olympic Harriers after starting off at a local parkrun!
Name: Michelle Van Looy
Home parkrun: Porirua
Occupation: Health Safety and Quality Coordinator
Number of Runs: 38 (plus shorter walks with my greyhound Blue – who only runs shorter sprints)
Number of times volunteered: 39
Favourite volunteer role: Lead bike
I volunteer at parkrun because: I like to encourage running and walking
of all abilities, ages and fitness levels. Being lead bike means you
keep the lead runner safe while being able to cheer everyone else on
along the way.
One thing I love about parkrun is: the inclusion of dogs; I love dogs.
My most memorable parkrun moment was: being part of the Olympic Harrier
Club and running as one of the pacing bunnies, plus seeing everyone giving their all
and achieving personal goals.
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand and we’d like to share parkrun Australia’s story of their very own CEO, Tim Oberg, who talked about his own personal experiences with anxiety last year in the lead up to World Mental Health Day (10th October), and this year again received an overwhelming response from…
Ming will be remembered fondly at Barry Curtis parkrun and we thank his family for letting us share his parkrun story here. Ming obviously endeared himself to his parkrun community and this was just a tiny part of his life, but it’s a reminder to us all how each parkrun community can become an extension…