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Read more › News - 28th November 2022

Bring on 1,000 parkruns

Have you ever wondered who has completed the most parkruns, or who has the most volunteer credits? You’re about to meet Darren Wood and Nicki Clark!   Some might be surprised to learn that neither parkrunner was at the first parkrun event back in 2004. But ever since Darren and Nicki started, they have never looked…

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Read more › News - 22nd November 2022

Busting your volunteering myths

From our research on volunteering at parkrun this year, we identified eight common myths that can sometimes prevent people from volunteering. We aim to bust those myths once and for all, to ensure everyone, no matter your age, ability or background, knows they are welcome at parkrun. Here they are!   1) Not sure how…

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Read more › News - 15th November 2022

parkrun South Africa’s 11th birthday!

Last weekend, parkrun South Africa turned 11 years old, and what an amazing 11 years it’s been! To celebrate, Bruce Fordyce, the President of parkrun South Africa reflects on how it all started, and how far we’ve come.   I think it was a day in December a few years ago when I inadvertently intercepted a…

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Read more › News - 15th November 2022

30,000 reasons to get out of bed

Jan Sherley has 30,000 examples of why she gets out of bed on a Saturday morning.   As sure as the chance of the bridge rising on a high tide, the amateur photographer is just as guaranteed to be somewhere along the Whangarei parkrun course with her camera in hand.   Jan’s first parkrun was…

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Read more › News - 14th November 2022

We are recruiting Event Ambassadors!

parkrun New Zealand is actively looking for extraordinary volunteers who can bring their excitement and enthusiasm to represent parkrun behind the scenes as parkrun Ambassadors.   We are looking for parkrunners who believe passionately in the power of parkrun to create and support healthier and happier communities. Ambassadors are volunteers who advocate and trust parkrun’s…

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Read more › News - 9th November 2022

parkrun profile: Invercargill

For a while, Invercargill parkrun was a sought-after parkrun for challenge collectors. Not for its ‘I’ but for the fact it was the world’s most southern parkrun.   That mantel was lost when Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun launched, but still, Invercargill remains New Zealand’s most southern (and westerly) and an event to visit in its…

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Read more › News - 8th November 2022

Introducing: Strength & Conditioning

In our four-part training series, we’ll be introducing some of the training methods you can use to help you improve your running and your parkrun PB, whilst showing how a couple of tweaks to your mid-week training could help you become a more confident runner, whatever your aspirations!   In this instalment, we’re discussing Strength and Conditioning….

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Read more › News - 2nd November 2022

A parkrun wedding

When Geoff Gilfedder and Tania Harris showed up for Foster parkrun on the day of their wedding, they didn’t expect to give parkrun-styled vows.   The couple were married in Methven on that Saturday evening, but it was their weekly parkrun that set the tone for the day.   A group of parkrun secret squirrels…

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Read more › News - 1st November 2022

parkwalkers are here to stay!

October has sadly come to an end, but what a month it’s been as we’ve celebrated parkwalk at parkrun!   Over the past five weekends, more than 100,000 5k walks have been completed at parkrun. This includes welcoming 10,000 new walkers to parkrun, as well as inspiring thousands of existing parkrunners to join the fun…

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Read more › News - 24th October 2022

Party at the back!

Earlier this year, the volunteer team at Whanganui Riverbank parkrun came up with an idea to accompany and support walkers at their small event. Little did they know that this would soon become what we now know as the ‘parkwalker’ role. Event Director Judy tells us more…   Walking at our small event can get…