This run report comes from Palmerston North and is a reminder that keeping kids active, but also making it fun, is one of the most important things we can do for all our children. Thanks Caroline!
Every time I volunteer to write the parkrun report I struggle, not because I don’t know what to say, I struggle because I have so much to talk about! I have all the ideas flowing, but also am conscious of the fact I don’t want to turn the report into too much of a novel. parkrun has become a real passion for me, I absolutely love the inclusive community feel and the people I meet and talk with each week.
Today my 8 year old was keen to come and the first thing that caught his eye when we arrived at the bridge was Kate in her 25 volunteer shirt. He pointed it out and told me that he would really like to earn that shirt too. So far he has earned 3 volunteer credits, and is booked in for more volunteer sessions over the next few weeks.
Off we set, it was nice to let go of the time and to just enjoy the run with my eight year old. After a couple of walk breaks leading up to the half way point he started hitting his stride. I found his kryptonite at the 3km marker, where I was able to distract him enough that he managed to run the last 2km with no walk breaks. All I had to do was talk constantly about Minecraft, the ENTIRE 2 km! Whatever works right? We were both proud once we crossed the finish line, and a lot more knowledgeable about Minecraft.
When running with my kids I get to see first hand how a bit of cheering can help kids especially when it is coming from others. Thank you so much to Liz and Erin at the turn around, Nathan on the camera, the finish line volunteers and other parkrunners today who told my son he was doing a great job, the positivity certainly helped keep him going! Whenever I am running I do try to support our young parkrun participants and offer them some encouragement because I know what a difference it can make.
Caroline Lister of Palmerston North
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