Carol Cunningham is an infectiously, positive person and it was a delight to welcome her to Auckland and to Cornwall parkrun. Carol was here to run the Auckland Marathon and we’re pleased Auckland put on some excellent running weather for the day!
I love parkrun, I love to travel and I was lucky to able to combine both recently on two trips overseas.
First off was heading west to South Africa. Think Cape Town, think The Mother City – it is home to sparkling white beaches, Table Mountain, wine and of course parkrun. South Africa is home to over 172 parkruns with 13 located in Cape Town. On my first visit, it was Rondebosch Common parkrun that I found myself.
Arriving bright and early, as all newbies do, I was immediately greeted with a “Hello, welcome to Rondebosch, first time?” from Emma McKinney, the Event Director of what must be one of the most stunning backdrops to any parkrun. “You must know these guys?” Emma said as she introduced me to three fellow Australians taking part in the World Tug of War championships.
My new friends and I and nearly 800 other parkrunners completed 5km consisting of 2 loops, with the stunning table mountain as our backdrop. We nattered away, high-fived other parkrunners, finished, scanned our barcodes, cheered and celebrated, thanked the awesome volunteers, drank coffee with the parkrun community, ate yummy breakfast and we made new friends. I felt healthy and I felt happy.
Next trip was over the ditch to the City of Sails, the beautiful Auckland – and home to 4 parkruns. As a pom I felt I needed to visit the very English sounding Cornwall parkrun and I felt even more at home when Jeff, the proud Yorkshire speaking Event Director, welcomed myself and fellow visitors from overseas. Kia-ora to us all, meeting parkrunners from Victoria, Queensland and the friendly New Zealand country manager Lian.
Travelling to overseas parkruns is an amazing experience. Different scenery, unique culture, a later start time, a few more parkrunners, a few less parkrunners, a bit hotter or maybe a tad colder? A different location, a different country and culture but I felt healthy and happy – and that must mean it was parkrun.
Peter East and Sally Cooke are the Event Directors of Tauranga parkrun in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Peter became involved with parkrun whilst in the UK where his brother introduced him to Shrewsbury parkrun. On returning to NZ Peter contacted Lian and Noel who put him in touch with Sally and several…
Last weekend saw many Easter Bunnies appearing at different parkruns around the country and much fun was had by all! The second 9am start of the year, rain that stopped in time, and an extra long weekend all came together to entice 178 parkrunners down to the Botanic Garden for Dunedin’s event number…