I’m Jackie (Jax) Hancock from Pegasus parkrun in North Canterbury. We got involved with parkrun because my uncle came to visit from the UK and made us do Hagley (before Pegasus had started!).
Then when Geoff started Pegasus parkrun it was so close to home we thought we would try it out – and started off saying we were not going to get involved and were not going to feel like we had to do it every week!
So now I am a Run Director and regular results processor and Simon (my husband) has only missed 1 or 2 parkruns this year! Pegasus is small and friendly with a close knit core of runners, walkers and volunteers who have fast become close friends.
“We started as a group of people, we finished as a group of friends”
Our course is a two lapper round a beautiful, man-made lake, flattish and interesting with two bridges to run over. It’s mostly on a footpath with a bit of rough grass at the start, middle and finish!
We love to have fun at Pegasus, Geoff and myself love to do fancy dress (much to the dismay of some of the others!) We are a friendly, fun lot and always go to The Flat White, our local café – they do amazing scones and we take over half the café and attempt to complete the Stuff Quiz together!
We have a wobbly/suspension bridge on the course – there are actually 2 bridges a flat one then you run/walk around and up a little rise to the suspension bridge. We also have ‘Luke Tailwalker’ as our Tail Walker each week.
Recently Geoff, the Event Director and the person responsible for bringing parkrun to Pegasus, received a Community award for volunteer services to the local Waimakariri community. He accepted an award for all the time and effort he puts in each and every week to ensuring that Pegasus parkrun is running, the volunteers are organised and that we have enough cones for the course – Geoff LOVES his cones!
Geoff McMillan – as a heart attack survivor was inspired to set up Pegasus parkrun in 2016
Pegasus parkrun has had a huge effect on the community, we have people from all over the North Canterbury area who regularly attend and socialise, dress up (or not) for special occasions and we celebrate every milestone with pride and fun and more often than not cake! We also welcome lots of lovely visitors.
The local Pegasus residents association, the Waimakariri council and other local businesses regularly get involved, donating time, vouchers and volunteers to events. We are present at lots of other running events around the district too, Geoff is a great motivator for a team entry into pretty much anything!
Megan Costello is the ED of Gisborne parkrun, which started in May this year. It’s situated in the far east of the North Island and is the first parkrun to see the sun worldwide! Megan tells us how she became involved in parkrun and setting up this picturesque parkrun: I initially became involved with parkrun…
There must be some very special dogs in Invercargill with fabulous owners! Here’s Fred, with his, sporting their tutus on what must be a recent 22 parkrun! Hi my name is Fred, I am the good looking one leading the way. I am a Yorkie Cairn cross and I was adopted from the SPCA…