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Read more › News - 1st October 2019

From the UK to NZ and the path to 500

When Brit Steve Darby started parkrunning, he could have run all the parkruns in the world in a single month.   Then 42, now 53 – Steve will notch up 500 parkruns this Saturday and will be the first person outside the UK to do so. To date, only 70 people in the world have reached the…

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Read more › News - 24th September 2019

A whole family affair

Dwaine Faletanoai first heard about parkrun through his wife Catherine. Now Saturday mornings are a whole family affair!   Dwaine tells us more about his parkrun journey…   I first heard about parkrun through my wife Catherine who, along with two of her sisters tried it for the first time around March 2018, after hearing…

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Read more › News - 17th September 2019

From THAT kid to the 50 club

Linda Compton was approaching her fifties when she decided to come along to her first parkrun.   Linda explains how she went from being THAT kid at school who hated running, to the verge of joining the parkrun 50 club.   I first came to parkrun because, while I had already lost quite a bit…

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Read more › News - 11th September 2019

Going full circle

Cleo McNaught decided to make some positive changes to her life and found the parkrun community in the process.   Now 23kg down, she tells us about her journey to a healthier life alongside her family and the Invercargill parkrun community.   I first heard about parkrun from a mutual friend of Elizabeth Henry who…

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Read more › News - 29th August 2019

Become a parkrun Ambassador

In order to support the existing and future parkrun events in New Zealand, we are introducing a national network of parkrun Ambassadors.     This is an exciting new development and a great way to get involved in volunteering at parkrun outside of Saturday mornings!   Ambassadors are skilled and experienced volunteers who provide vital…

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Read more › News - 23rd August 2019

A sense of belonging

Recently, in the middle of a cold and wet Saturday morning, regular parkrunnner Tash Vruink found herself wondering why it is that so many people get up every Saturday morning to attend parkrun. Tash tells us her thoughts…   I was recently down in Christchurch staying with a friend and after I dragged her out of bed early…

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Read more › News - 22nd August 2019

Meet CONTRA Ambassador Dawn

CONTRA was created by parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt because he saw the need for a sportswear brand that embraced inclusivity and fairness, a brand designed to do away with discomfort by offering high-quality kit in ten different sizes and fits.   Our CONTRA ambassadors have been road, trail and treadmill-testing our clothing range and here’s…

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Read more › News - 22nd August 2019

parkdog of the week: Meet Herbie

My name is Herbie, I’m a miniature schnauzer and I will be 5 years old on 1 March.   There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting outside, smelling lamp posts and looking for cats to chase. My Instagram account is herbietheminiatureschnauzer and I have over 1700 followers from all over the world   Mum and Dad…