News - 25th November 2019

parkrun profile: Flaxmere


Every Saturday morning, Flaxmere Park, Hastings is the venue for Flaxmere parkrun, which launched in June 2019.


Flaxmere parkrun Event Director, Philip Shambrook, tells us more about his home event…


I got involved in parkrun because I’ve always been passionate about helping people develop better health and fitness. parkrun is absolutely the best community event for that purpose.


It’s free. It’s accessible. It’s always there.




Flaxmere parkrun is set in a beautiful park in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere. The three-lap course is all sealed, flat and very picturesque. The park is beautifully planted with well-established trees and well-maintained grass surfaces.


Flaxmere Park hosts what is probably the flattest parkrun in New Zealand. Typical measures of elevation gain are around 5m. It’s flat! The running surface is smooth tar seal virtually all the way round. It’s fast! You want a parkrun PB! It’s waiting for you at Flaxmere.


Toilet facilities and a gated playground provide great amenities for all parkrunners. And there are lots of ducks that come and say hello too! There is also a disc golf course and Kī o Rahi field their too.


We have it all at Flaxmere parkrun. A great course in a great location with great people. Shelly and her team at Ka Pai Cuppa Waka provide us with great coffee and snacks afterwards from her mobile café parked nearby.


And when you’ve finished your parkrun, Hawke’s Bay has so much to offer afterwards – winery tours, cycle tours, trails, sport, and adventure to suit all tastes.


We have a husband and wife duo have not only been Run Directors on the same day at different parkruns in New Zealand, but they also managed the same feat in different countries with one RD’ing in New Zealand and the other in Australia on the same day.


I’d also say that one of the most rewarding things about parkrun is celebrating success with people too. One of our new parkrunners asked a couple of weeks back if we were happy with her doing one lap and gradually building up.


Of course, we said yes. Anyway, she did two laps and was overjoyed. The next week she came back and did her first parkrun, then again, the following week. 




Flaxmere parkrun is beginning to have a very positive effect on the community. Many people feel threatened at the thought of undertaking any activity. We are showing the community that there is no threat, there is no cost, and there is plenty of fun to be had at parkrun.


Many family members are coming out to Flaxmere parkrun and we have seen as many as three generations parkrunning at the same time. I am sure that as time goes past, Flaxmere parkrun will become a tremendous asset to the Flaxmere community. The community is thrilled at seeing visitors from overseas coming to experience their special place.

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