Millwater, Wanaka and Queenstown parkruns were recently featured in their local news and parkrun tourists Astrid and George van Meeuwen feature Milano Nord parkrun while on their travels. They certainly look like they’re enjoying themselves and sampling the local flavours too!
Article from Millwater Mag
Every Saturday morning, just before 8am, over 100 runners and walkers gather at Metro Park East to complete a 5km timed course. At the front of the pack are the guys who speed away, using this as a time trial for their training. At the back is the tail walker who ensures nobody gets left behind.
They are often following the ladies who come to chat and walk, those who are starting out on their fitness journey and a young family or two encouraging their children to keep going until the end. In between these are a variety of all ages and abilities who are there for various reasons – the 50-year-old who only started running a year ago, the 11-year-old who has done more than 100 of these runs and is now working his way to the front of the group, the mother with her 8-year-old girl who run side by side, and the 72-year-old who wasn’t sure she’d be able to complete it at first and now walks 5km each day along with parkrun each week. Many people enjoy a coffee with friends and family afterwards.
Millwater parkrun is a free, timed 5km event held every Saturday at 8am, rain or shine. It is part of a worldwide phenomenon, with over 1200 events held in over 20 countries. There are 24 events throughout New Zealand, sponsored by NZ Home Loans. It is run by volunteers and requires you to register online first (for free) and print out your barcode. With this barcode you can go to any parkrun worldwide, be timed and be able to see all your parkrun results online. There are milestone incentives for those who complete the events often, including a 50, 100 and 250 run t-shirt and also a certificate for children who complete 10 runs.
On July 21st Millwater parkrun celebrated its 200th event. On occasions such as these (like anniversaries, Christmas and Easter) there is often a dress-up theme and cake, other goodies, and spot prizes at the finish line. – Millwater Mag
Bagging another letter for the parkrun alphabet / La Dolce Vita – Astrid van Meeuwen
By all accounts parkrun at Porirua was cool and sunny, the track was fast and the post run chat was excellent. Well done to the 113 runners, walkers, dogs and thanks heaps to the dedicated volunteers making sure parkrun carries on in our absence.
In contrast, the temperature in Milan is already 24 at 6 am, and will be rising to 31 mid afternoon. George and I are over here to explore the Alps that straddle Italy, Austria, Switzerland and adjoining countries. We carefully planned to arrive sufficiently ahead of parkrunday to have gotten over any jetlag. Hadn’t counted on a European heat wave though, I may be walking! Milano Nord won’t actually help me get another letter for the parkrun alphabet challenge; I’ve already done Millwater. It will however help with the compass challenge (north, south still to go) and another country flag.
Today there were 35 parkrunners at Milan, about a third being tourists, supported by seven volunteers. Their Event Director was at a regional sports event in Germany, but this year the canny locals refused to allow the cancellation of parkrun in his absence. Instead they worked as a group to very ably run this event, complete with a refreshing home-made Italian spritzer (only mildly alcoholic) for sharing afterwards. Their local after parkrun watering hole is closed, as are many other businesses during the 3 week August holidays.
Milan Nord is a two lap course set in a great park that, like the rest of Milan, is flat. I really can’t call the 2m high hump a hill, sorry! It was hot, I couldn’t run the whole way, and came in 33rd out of 35. The park has all sorts of facilities, like a velodrome and paths of all types. The parkrun course takes in cobble paving, a bridge, grit paths, patches of grass, and tar seal, and you do all surfaces at least twice. The locals were very welcoming and fun, one volunteer was dedicated to welcoming tourists in English. Milan is coming up to their second anniversary in September. If you ever have the opportunity to get to Milan give Milan Nord a go, public transport is excellent here, especially if you buy a discounted multi-day pass that gets you on all the city-wide forms of transport.- Astrid van Meeuwen, ED Porirua
Wow… teaming up with the Achilles is a great initiative! My 73 year old dad lost his leg in a crocodile attack 7 months ago. Prior to the accident he was doing parkrun every week and it was a great incentive during his recovery and rehabilitation to get back and do it again. Last week he completed his first parkrun in Johannesburg with his new prosthesis. It took an hour and a half… but he made it step by step. Me, the family and the dog do the parkrun here in Auckland most Saturdays and dedicate each to the strength it’s taken him to keep a positive attitude to life. - Graham Knottenbelt, Cornwall Park
Thanks to Queenstown Lakes District Council for featuring both Queenstown and Wanaka parkruns in their latest edition of the Scuttlebutt newsletter! – Chris Seymour, ED Queenstown parkrun
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