Read more › News - 16th September 2021

Tēnā koutou kātoa, nō pākaoma

It’s Māori Language Week and we wanted to explore the Māori meanings of some of our parkrun events.   Blenheim – Waiharakeke, meaning flax stream.   Cambridge – Kemureti.   Cornwall Park – Maungakiekie, meaning mountain of the kiekie vine.   Flaxmere – Known to Māori as Paharakeke, harakeke is New Zealand flax.   Gisborne –…

Read more › News - 16th September 2021

Tayla and Steve take on parkrun in the “purple peanut”

Tayla Taseff loves crossing the parkrun finish line before her dad Steve each week.   Steve pushes Tayla, 22, around parkrun in her “purple peanut” wheelchair each week.   Tayla has cerebral palsy, but she refers to it as “cool people syndrome”.   “We are very cool humans,” Tayla said.   Tayla is not wheelchair-bound…

Read more › News - 9th September 2021

New Zealand update – September 10

This week the New Zealand Government announced that areas outside of Auckland have moved to Alert Level 2 restrictions from 11:59pm Tuesday 7 September, with Auckland remaining at Alert Level 4. Alert Levels across the country will be reviewed by the Government on Monday 13 September.   We have reviewed the restrictions associated with Alert Level…

Read more › News - 9th September 2021

(not)parkrun motivators

For some it’s an electronic training diary, for others it’s a way to be connected, but however you view it, (not)parkrun is a means to record a 5km in a COVID-safe environment.   Under current COVID-19 restrictions, parkruns are unable to meet up in person and put on a free, weekly, timed 5km event.  …

Read more › News - 9th September 2021

I’m a new person

Leanne Hall has lived most of her life experiencing up to 10 seizures a day. After her fourth brain surgery, she is now getting used to living seizure free.   Leanne credits parkrun for playing a huge part in her recovery.   I was diagnosed with a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial (DNET) brain tumour the size of a…

Read more › News - 2nd September 2021

Winter Pride

This week should have been Winter Pride week. Due to Covid restrictions in New Zealand, the festival was cancelled but the Winter Pride parkrun is now virtual and parkrunners are encouraged to log a (not)parkrun with a pride theme.   For the second year running, the festival has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, however Festival director…

Mobilong Prison relaunch
Read more › Press - 2nd September 2021

Being part of something larger than yourself

In April 2019, Mobilong Prison in Australia became the second prison in Australia to introduce parkrun. After a 15-month pause, the event recently returned to further strengthen the sense of belonging with the prison community.   It accommodates up to 470 male medium and low-security prisoners who, as well as being engaged with services and…

Read more › News - 27th August 2021

Life changing for all of us

In early 2019 I was coming up to four years in remission from cancer and my health wasn’t good at all. I had been diagnosed with an immune disease thought to be caused by the cancer and the treatment, and I was progressively spending more and more time in hospital with increasingly serious infections. I relied…

Read more › News - 25th August 2021

Update on changes to milestone t-shirts

Earlier this year we announced some changes to the milestone t-shirts that recognise and reward individual participation at parkrun.   As we prepare to implement the new process, here’s the latest information.   Back in March 2021 we let you know about changes we are making to milestone t-shirts.   We had initially hoped that…

Read more › News - 20th August 2021

New Zealand update – August 20

As anticipated, the Government announcement this afternoon confirmed that Alert Levels outside of Auckland will not be eased sufficiently to allow parkrun events to operate this weekend.   With Alert Level 4 restrictions applying to the entirety of New Zealand until at least Tuesday 24 August 2021, all parkrun events nationwide will be cancelled tomorrow,…