Erin & Trevor are the co – Event Directors of the new East End parkrun located in beautiful New Plymouth. They have just had their 10th event, but have already established a wonderful community of volunteers and runners which will continue to grow.
Erin explains how she first got involved with parkrun:
I first got involved with volunteering/participating in parkrun in Melbourne, Australia with a small group of wonderful friends from my running group who started Point Cook parkrun. It quickly became my weekend routine, I loved the way it brought us all together, all different walks of life, varying levels of fitness, different goals, endless high fives, smiles for miles – all supporting one another.
Erin running at Point Cook parkrun.
East End parkrun is a flat, scenic out and back course which follows our coastal walkway. You have the ocean views one side and our mountain Mt. Taranaki on the other (when it’s not hiding!
Erin and Trevor believe the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is the most iconic landmark for sure as it frames the mountain perfectly on your way home after the turn around point. This bridge crossing has to be fairly unique and is a destination in its own right.
Trevor says to all ‘parkrun tourists’ thinking of coming along to East End parkrun that you’ll have spectacular views (weather permitting), gentle terrain that is buggy friendly, you finish at the beach where you can cool off your feet and you can enjoy some great food and coffee.
At East End parkrun we love to meet at The Kiosk – which is located at the Fitzroy Surf Club about 300m from the start/finish line. It’s right by the beach, perfect to sit on a nice day watching the waves roll in
One of our regular parkrunners was featured recently in the newsletter, her name is Erica and her incredible story is here if anyone missed it: http://blog.parkrun.com/nz/2018/11/13/an-extraordinary-human/
Although East End only started in September this year and has had 10 events so it’s early days, we already see a core group turning up each week, encouraging others and supporting them. I think parkrun has brought together some incredible people, from all ages and abilities. The future looks very bright for East End parkrun!
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