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.
As mentioned in the previous newsletter “parkrun New Zealand aims to support and assist Achilles NZ members, walkers and runners in taking part in parkrun events and encouraging support amongst the parkrun community”. There are Achilles Chapters throughout New Zealand in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill and there’s a parkrun event in all…
Millwater, Wanaka and Queenstown parkruns were recently featured in their local news and parkrun tourists Astrid and George van Meeuwen feature Milano Nord parkrun while on their travels. They certainly look like they’re enjoying themselves and sampling the local flavours too! Article from Millwater Mag Every Saturday morning, just before 8am, over 100 runners and…