Invercargill parkrun recently celebrated their first anniversary, they had a special guest plus a record turnout! There was a lot of feedback and below is a selection of some of the great comments Liz and her team received.
For our run report this week we asked our Invercargill parkrun facebook community to tell us what they love about parkrun. It’s great to hear the wonderful feedback, and reaffirm that we are creating a community that includes everyone and is welcoming. With 200 parkrunners on the course, we had a new attendance record so thank you to everyone for coming and sharing the event with us!
We were thrilled to have our Mayor, Sir Tim Shadbolt join us as the start line to sound the start alarm for our anniversary celebration! We hope that you enjoyed your time Sir Tim and also got a great sense of the parkrun community and what it adds to Invercargill locally.
We welcomed parkrunners from Aberdeen, St Andrews, Pennsylvania and Porirua this week! It was great to have you join us at the World’s Southern Most parkrun. If you are playing any of the parkrun tourist games, then you can tick off the South goal! Congratulations also to David Oliver, from Aberdeen, who also completed his 50th parkrun with us! Liz Henry Event Director
Catherine Patterson I love the friendly faces and encouragement no matter your speed. I love that all achievements and milestones are celebrated. I’m proud that Invercargill parkrun is so welcoming to all.
Marcia Ferguson I love the location. Middle of town, lots of parking – close to great coffee (super important) Love the mix of path and gravel; lots to look at.
Claire Buckingham I love the motivation it gives me; even on the days I don’t feel like running, I still want to parkrun!
Ainslie Smith-Bruce I love the friendly community spirit, seeing people overcome their own personal challenges to complete this event each week!!
Linda Compton Everyone is supportive and encouraging and accepting of all abilities and motivations for doing the run. Liz is a star and leads the way with her endless enthusiasm and dedication to the event. Also it is free and I love seeing whole families out there doing it . Also great to acknowledge runners who are visiting from other parts of NZ or the world. Thanks for the great work Liz, Ross, Ruth, Sarah and so many others
Donna Peterson Thank you for a great experience. Today was my first time, and I loved it. Today was excellent, the atmosphere is positive, friendly and weather was perfect. Thank you.
Cindy Mulrooney I love the people of parkrun, such great community spirit supporting each other. I love our beautiful Queens Park, right in the middle of the City and accessible for everyone .#loveparkrun
Erin Forde Wonderful organisers, friendly atmosphere and when you cross the finish line, no matter what your placing, they make you feel like a champion. It’s very motivating and addictive too!
Michelle Carter Ryan’s is that he is that he can do it every Saturday. Billy’s and Joshua’s is running. Emilie’s is the volunteers and mine is the supportive people who help to push me towards improving and the great community.
Sadie Boersema I love that anyone can enjoy it, no matter your age, gender, nationality… it is really for everyone, and I love being part of this community!
Simon Richardson Great organizers and regular posts on FB with the latest news. Awesome crowds, beautiful park and perfect distance. Thanks for the work you do to put it on!
Cheryl Dahms Love that it starts the weekend off with a motivator, friendly, beautiful park setting, free, timed and the bringing together of people from all walks of life – age, ethnicity, fitness, careers, gender, etc.
Joanne Fukuda I love the sense of achievement when I cross the finish line, the encouragement from volunteers and other parkrunners and the fact that it is for everybody!
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