News - 29th January 2019

parkrun Diary


This month Invercargill and Wanaka will celebrate their first anniversary and Whangarei their third!


Upcoming anniversaries

Invercargill - 9th February

Whangarei -  16th February

Wanaka - 23rd February



Upcoming Events:

WELLINGTON ROUND THE BAYS 2019 and Achilles International

This is Achilles NZ’s first event for 2019 where we all come together as an Achilles family by participating in Wellington on Sunday February 17. Please make contact with your nearest Chapter leader for further details of how you can participate as we have received great support from Cigna NZ to make sure we get all of you there.

Achilles NZ –  Our Vision is to provide New Zealanders with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied to be able to participate with able-bodied athletes in local, national and international events.


XRACE starts this month:

NZHL XRACE Cambridge  - Friday, 15 February 2019

NZHL XRACE Tauranga – Sunday, 17 February 2019

NZHL XRACE Whangarei – Friday, 22 February 2019

NZHL XRACE Devonport – Sunday, 24 February 2019

Dates and information for the 2019 season see:


Rotorua Marathon

2019 Rotorua Marathon – Register & Save - 10% Discount on all events with parkrun

Join thousands of runners and walkers on Saturday, 4th May 2019 to compete in the 55th Rotorua Marathon, Half, Quarter or 5.5k fun run.

Use the code: parkrun19 to receive a 10% discount on your registration fee.

The Rotorua Marathon courses are designed to suit all; whether you are a keen marathoner or want to run (or walk) the 5.5km event with friends or family.

* Take on the Lake and compete in the “People’s Marathon” (42km) – The iconic Rotorua Marathon is Australasia’s oldest major marathon event and on a course like no other.

* The Half Marathon (21km) – run or walk this beautiful scenic course that winds through the stunning Whakarewarewa Forest and magnificent Redwoods. Introduced last year, this new mainly off-road course has a combination of forest tracks, hills, uneven surfaces and smooth gravel roads, to make for a stunning course.

* Make it a family affair – the Quarter Marathon (10.5km) and 5.5km run or walk designed for people of all abilities. The minimum age for the quarter marathon is 12 years old and 10 years old for the 5.5km run (or walk), perfect for family groups

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