I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful Hagley parkruns that have become a big part of my weekly routine over the last 3 years.
Tomorrow I will be running my 100th and every one of them has been done with my 12 year old brown Labrador called Tessa! She is the one who barks with excitement before every event (this is the only time she ever barks!) so my apologies for the noise she creates.
I try to stand as far away as possible which sadly means I have never heard what is talked about. I’ve also managed to convince my whole whanau to run as well tomorrow ! Again thanks for a wonderful event that has made a big difference to mine and Tessa’s health. - Chris Averill, Hagley
Excerpt from Millwater parkrun’s Run Report:
There was a definite party atmosphere in Millwater this week as we celebrated our 200th run! We also broke our attendance record by two making it 152! Well done to everyone who came along and celebrated with us and thank you to all the volunteers, friends and committee members who brought a plate of something delicious to share. There was quite a feast in store at the finish line!
Gavin and Antoinette Myburgh started Millwater parkrun back in September 2014. They moved away in May 2017, but made the journey down from Whangarei to help us celebrate on Saturday. Great to see you both, and thank you for starting this event which we love so much. We are all blessed to be part of something magnificent. It was evident in the smiles, laughter and hugs on Saturday that parkrun is more than ‘just a run’. It is a growing community event which brings together people from all walks of life. Each week old friends are reunited, new friends are made, goals are set, personal challenges are faced and everyone starts their weekend with a burst of energy to invigorate their body and mind. What’s not to love about that?
I joined Millwater parkrun on their 6th event back in October 2014. It is great that so many familiar faces from back then are still in regular attendance today. Thanks so much to all of the volunteers. As you all know, if it wasn’t for these awesome people giving up their time every Saturday, then parkrun would not exist and thanks again, everyone, for helping to make Millwater parkrun so fabulous!
Here’s to the next 200 runs! - Claire, Millwater parkrun
Many thanks to Justin and Nina for this delightful Run Report:
Saturday the 14 of July
A rainbow sat high in the sky
Down to the river we would all go
Some of us fast and some of us slow
Young and old took to the line
The Palmy winter weather was rather fine
Three, two, one started the run
147 people about to have some fun!
Off with a shuffle and a patter of feet
Wheels turning, this crew is pretty neat
Everyone happy not even a groan
We all head off to the bright orange cone
Where a volunteer would stand and send us straight back
Off we all went down the bridle track
Keeping an eye out for the camera man
I would give him a wave, well that was the plan
With the finish line in sight
I was filled with delight
At the end I was handed my token
I made it to the end with no bones broken!
What a run and it’s free
5km is enough for me!
Off to the fountain to get myself a drink
The volunteers the real heroes I really do think
It’s all about fun
See you next week at the mighty parkrun! –- Justin Storey & Nina Kibby (Palmerston North)
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