There’s a lot of support for East End parkrun which starts on Saturday, many thanks to Erin Vaughn and Trevor Masters who are the new Event Directors for coming on board and to Keith Dymond of the local New Zealand Home Loans for his support too in bringing parkrun to New Plymouth. Noel took the picture above on his recent trip down while on a morning run along the course – certainly a stunning view!
Great I will be down in December to make it my 6th different parkrun this year! – Martin Harrap
Oh love New Plymouth – we were there for the opening of the bridge, will definitely have to visit again to do a parkrun over it… Ronelle. – Wendy Watts
Yippee! I do this in Hamilton when I am there so looking forward to be able to do them in my back yard! – Nadine Knight
Very excited too, visiting family in New Plymouth is the main reason I miss the Hamilton Lake parkrun, now I can have the best of both worlds – Lisa Andrew, Hamilton Lake
Carla Howe of Hamilton Lake parkrun wrote this delightful account of last Saturday’s parkrun!
It was a misty Hamilton morn, but no one looked forlorn
We’d come out to play; it was parkrun day!
Whether to jog, walk or run? Most importantly just have fun
There were kids, dogs and a pram, singles and the whole fam
We came to relax (no event fee), or maybe try and get that PB!
With whistle and clipboard (Lex’s tools), it was time to hear all the rules:
The path is there to share, only once across the line is fair
And first time on the grass this year; to that there were groans (not a cheer)
Welcome to our international peers, and big thanks to the volunteers!
For the 50′s and 10′s, great job! Can’t forget the little lion dog with Rob
Suddenly it was time to go. With a mixture of fast and slow
the crowd pulls away. But the volunteers stay,
watching for a sign of return. Scanners, timers, all taking their turn
And one Run Report Writer, turned duckling minder
Sooner than you think, they’re back, a bit pink
Sprinters, runners, power walkers, joggers, amblers and the talkers
Just happy to be here, out of bed, no fear!
Then off to Fresca, time to warm up, I think I deserve a second cup!
Rob Hammington almost achieved a unique double; he started the day on 49 parkruns and 99 volunteering performances. With a bit more thought, we could have had him volunteer to do the pre-race set-up and then complete his 50th parkrun! – Hamilton Lake
On a rather windswept day recently, Noel and I ran our very first Australian parkrun – many thanks to our hosts and the ED and volunteers of Greenway parkrun! http://www.parkrun.com.au/greenway/ Lian de Charmoy, parkrun NZ
I just wanted to say thanks so much for featuring my beloved pup Loki at the top of the newsletter last week, what an unexpected surprise when I opened it! He was certainly taking his duties very seriously in that picture! We love volunteering in Queenstown, the team down here are just wonderful and so are all the runners. parkrun is a fantastic concept and I’m so glad we have it here – Fleur, Queenstown
Millwater had a wonderful 4th anniversary celebration last week and it seems the 80′s are still alive!
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…