Below are two Run Reports one recently from Palmerston North and Millwater parkrun’s on their January 1st event – both are great messages for the start of a New Year.
Millwater parkrun also hosted, what must be, the very first 250th milestone runner for 2019, well done to Richard Winterburn who ran his 249th at Western Springs at 7.30am and then his 250th at Millwater! Richard is pictured above celebrating this great achievement with a contingent of friends from Cornwall Park and Western Springs!
“Running every day is a kind of lifeline for me, so I’m not going to lay off or quit just because I’m busy. If I used being busy as an excuse not to run, I’d never run again. I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit. All I can do is keep those few reasons nicely polished.”
What reasons do you keep nicely polished? What drives you to run, to parkrun, specifically? For me, it’s showing my children (and myself) that I can do something hard. And sometimes getting up early on a Saturday, after a long week of getting up early, is the last thing I want to do. But I do it. And I’m not the only one, this week 145 people did it too. Was it easy for them? Have they been running long enough that their reasons for running have a permanent gleam, or do they have to keep polishing, like me?
That’s the joy of parkrun, really. Is it a walk? A run? A jog? Of course.
An attempt at a PB? As 35 people proved today – yes! Is it being adventurous and trying something new? Must be, because there were 10 first timers.
For some, it is simply a chance to get out of the house, see friendly, familiar faces, and get some fresh air all while getting some exercise. Simply put, it can be whatever you want it to be: a well polished habit, or one you are working on getting shinier, and shinier. The possibilities are practically endless. - Julia Delcomyn, Palmerston North
If we had to come up with one word to describe today’s New Year’s Day Millwater parkrun, it would be Supercalifragilistic!!!!
What an awesome day, which started out with a large contingent of Millwater parkrunners going to join the wonderful people at the Western Springs parkrun course. This run started earlier than normal, starting at 7.30, and didn’t everyone thoroughly enjoy that new experience over there. Thank you Western Springs, we were all made to feel very welcome.
Then it was a quick drive back to Millwater, with a large contingent of the Western Springs members coming to join us. What a turn out. It was a new record for Millwater, we had a total of 254 participants for today’s run/walk.
But before any of us got away to run/ walk the estuary, we were entertained by the very talented duo of our Run Director Claire, and her very capable Assistant Leah – thanks ladies, we thoroughly enjoyed singing along with you both to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne”
Come gather in and welcome all, just mind the gnarly gravel.
Congratulations to you all who’ve made the New Years’ Double!
We welcome you to Millwater, we hope you’re feeling fine.
As long as last night wasn’t filled with too much beer and wine!
Should leggings feel a little snug, the shorts a little tight.
What ham and sweets have done my dear, parkrun will make all right.
Visitors or first timers to this amazing place?
Give them a hearty clap, my dear, it’s great to see their face.
Are there any milestone runs? One hundred? Or fifty?
Please take a bow if so, my dear. We’re think you’re really nifty!
The volunteers deserve applause, please give them all a hand.
From Western Springs to Millwater, both parkruns they have manned.
You know the rules, dogs held in tight, kids run with an adult.
Just once across the line my dear, no barcode – no result.
Sausages for afterwards, and onions if you want.
We thank you all for coming to, Millwater’s New Year’s jaunt.
Then at the allotted time of 9.30 am, we were off, for the 224th Millwater parkrun, with that record crowd of 254 participants, 84 of them were first timers at Millwater, with the first to cross the line in 17 minutes, and the last person crossed at a little over 1 hour and 9 minutes. There were 23 members who got new PB’s today – now that is an achievement.
It is also worthy to mention that Richard Winterburn was completing his 250th run today, which is magical, and we must not forget Eve Stanley, congratulations to you on your 50th.
This only goes to show us that parkrun is for everyone, young, older, female, male, walkers and runners, self-competitive folk and people who are encouraged by their fellow parkrunners to be there each week – parkrun is for everyone.
However, while a great day of participation was had by all, we must not forget those who made sure it all came together, all the volunteers, all those who baked homemade goodies, made the super New Year’s cake, (and didn’t that taste fabulous!) and those who provided the sausages, bread, onions and drinks, and those who did the cooking of the sausages – thanks to each and every one of you – thanks Leona, Sandra, Gene and Linda, Shaun and Nina, Mark, Laurie and Bernard from Western Springs parkrun, a huge thanks to you. A wonderful team effort by each and every one! – Millwater parkrun
You can watch the video of the song here:
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