Last Saturday saw the start of Foster parkrun, in Rolleston and the first anniversary of Palmerston North. Well done to both parkruns for all the effort and hard work that has happened to get to this point and we wish each one the very best for the future. Congratulations!
Foster parkrun has been a year in the making, and we couldn’t have started without the support of parkrun New Zealand, New Zealand Home Loans and Selwyn District Council.
We would like to thank everyone who came to our inaugural event and made it such a successful morning. This morning’s sunshine brought 203 people, 1 pumpkin and 1 Frankenstein out to run, jog and walk the course, covering a combined total distance of 1,025km! We were especially blown away at being able to welcome the 79 first time parkrunners – we hope to see you all again next week! There were also a number of unknown participants – don’t forget to sign up and bring your barcode next week to get your time recorded.
It was fantastic to see our parkrun tourists from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Lower Hutt, Napier, Invercargill, Pegasus and Hagley. Congratulations to Martin O’Sullivan who travelled from Lower Hutt to run his 300th parkrun with us this morning! – Foster parkrun
Palmerston North had a great first anniversary with an amazing cake, balloons, cupcakes, music, coffee and a new attendance record of 250 happy faces, which shows in the picture above! The weather turned it on for them again – evidently it’s been 53 weeks and no rain!
They had a Halloween theme with an array of characters and ED Kate received a lovely bouquet of flowers for her mammoth effort of bringing parkrun to Palmy, plus all the behind the scenes work she does to keep Palmy parkrun going, which is certainly appreciated by everyone.
Many thanks also go to the wonderful team of Run Directors and volunteers who have made Palmerston North parkrun so special.
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