Nneka Okonta and Paul Gibbons have been intrepid parkrun tourists once again, adding Finland, Germany and Norway onto their list of parkrun countries. They visited Tampere parkrun in Finland, Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt and Toyen parkrun in Oslo. Nneka has now completed 82 different parkrun events worldwide and 175 parkruns in total. Paul has 41 different events and 84 in total. They have both completed all 24 of the events in New Zealand and while Nneka has visited 18 countries to run a parkrun, Paul has been to 9, which is still very impressive!
Nneka finished her trip with another parkrun highlight by running with her sister and niece (who live in the UK but don’t parkrun) and being Bedfont Lakes parkrun’s 60,000th parkrunner was pretty special.
Nneka and Paul had this to say about their parkrun visits - At Toyen parkrun there were about 50 parkrunners who were mostly tourists as the locals tend to leave Oslo in July. The volunteers were very friendly and it starts next to an outdoor swimming pool – so take your togs! Be warned as there is also a hill that has to be climbed four times.
At the Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt, our highlights included a German parkrunner welcoming us in Te Reo Maori, beer (non alcoholic) and cakes at the finish, a woody, forest trail run, and again, super friendly volunteers! – Nneka and Paul, Napier
Congrats on collecting another country – amazing achievement! – Fiona Davis
Cornwall parkrun celebrated their 6th anniversary last Saturday with a very foggy start – excerpt from the Run Report:
This week we celebrated 6 years of running, jogging, walking and drinking coffee in our favourite Cornwall Park. Thank you to everyone who came and shared the morning with us, to all our volunteers and to all the wonderful people who dressed up for the occasion. It is always awesome to see a huge teddy bear, storm trooper, snoopy and fairy run a parkrun! We would also like to thank the awesome Cornwall Park cafe for providing, spot prizes and delicious fruit bowls for all our parkrunners, it was very generous and we hugely appreciate it! – Cornwall parkrun
What an auspicious day to be a tourist at Cornwall parkrun! Congratulations Noel, Lian, and the team, celebrating their 6th anniversary today. The foggy crisp (6°) morning soon warmed up, the sun shone, and cake was on the menu; thanks Lian! - Julia and Paul Gordon, Lower Hutt
Very cool and perfect weather, Happy Anniversary. very sad I was too sick to make it. - Jacqueline Kemp, Cornwall Park
Great morning thanks for organising this.. favourite event, favourite people! - Marcia Soanes, Cornwall Park
Thank you to the organisers every weekend, what a great job you do! - Glenda McVermott, Cornwall Park
Gosh that has gone so quickly, congratulations! Jane Cahill
Some great costumes in there parkrunners! Happy Birthday, Cornwall parkrun from Pegasus! – Geoff McMillan
6 years of fun! – Richard Fox, Cornwall Park (aka Sumo wrestler)
The Foster family added another New Zealand parkrun to their list with Taupo recently!
Taupo parkrun, very beautiful running along the lake front and the rest of the course was great. Loved the km markers along the way! Brent Foster and family, Lower Hutt
Well done Fosters! Another event ticked off, and a T done too! – Julia Gordon, Lower Hutt
Paul and Julia Gordon in the mist at Cornwall Park.
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…