With Volunteer Week here in New Zealand I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all involved in parkrun and particularly my home run at Millwater.
I am rapidly approaching my 200th run and will be forever grateful to all the wonderful volunteers from Gavin and Antoinette who started things off here on the wonderful Hibiscus Coast to Rhys and the present team. My personal volunteer stats are not as good as they could be, but some of my most enjoyable Saturday mornings have been as a volunteer. parkrun positively benefits individuals and whole communities in so many ways – thank you parkrun, parkrunners/walkers and to all volunteers! Alastair, Millwater
Wow! What a way to launch a parkun!
Massive thanks to all who made the inaugural Flaxmere parkrun rock this morning. It’s always hard to single people out, but special thanks must go to Hastings District Council for their tremendous support in getting the park looking great, especially resurfacing most of the running surface, but particularly for providing the French toast, fruit and yoghurt at the finish.
Great to have the Mayor of Hastings, Sandra Hazlehurst, doing her first ever parkrun along with Councillor Damon Harvey, the CEO of Hastings District Council To’osavili Nigel Bickle and other members of the Council staff.
Special thanks to Councillor Henare O’Keefe for providing the free sausages for all, some terrific microphone work, the waiata, karakia and blessing, and the live music around the finish area. Thanks also to Ka Pai Cuppa Waka for the coffee. Great coffee and food! And of course, all you parkrunners too.
We had 144 people receive finish times, but we know there were more out there too. Of that 144, 113 were completing a parkrun for the first time. Outstanding! Thanks to the people from all over New Zealand who came to celebrate the launch of Flaxmere parkrun too. – Flaxmere parkrun
Everything about this morning was fantastic, organisers awesome, volunteers awesome, course awesome, hot drink at the end of it awesome, hot brekkie awesome, thank you for bringing this event to our beautiful park! – Tracy M Paul-Utiera, Flaxmere
Awesome parkrun this morning Flaxmere Team, congratulations on your launch it was fantastic – Martin O’Sullivan, Lower Hutt
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