Sally Houliston would see Anderson parkrunners while out walking in the same Napier park.
A friend in the UK had also told her about parkrun so she decided that the 5km event would be a good way to get into running regularly as part of her overall fitness journey. Her first parkrun was in January 2020 and now she is a regular.
Being office based for my job Monday to Friday, it’s great to get out on a Saturday morning for the fresh air. The support from others in supporting you with fitness goals is really encouraging. I enjoy getting to meet new people from across the community with common interests plus it’s nice to be involved in something not work-focussed.
Because of parkrun I’ve made new friends and connections. It’s also something our whole family has become involved with each week. I’m promoting a healthy lifestyle for my son and also friends.
Going to parkrun is great for my mental health, and the running gives me a chance to have ‘me’ time – it’s my way of relaxation.
I am a passionista of Anderson parkrun in Napier and I have run all my 33 events there. I would also like to visit the Queenstown and Wanaka parkruns as my parents live in Central Otago.
I am aiming to achieve my 50 milestone this year, as well as to volunteer at least 10 times. I hsave volunteered twice so far as marshal and event report writer. I really enjoyed marshalling and giving encouragement to others.
Being involved with parkrun has contributed to my fitness. I have a goal to run at least two half marathons this year. I also want to get my parkrun PB closer to 25 minutes. It’s currently 26:59.
Because of parkrun I’ve been able to get involved with a new community group and now my teenage son is coming along.
Having been on a significant health and fitness journey in the past three years, participating in parkrun is another way of incorporating activities into my new healthy lifestyle.
Ellie Pimm used the time during lockdown last year to get active. Connecting with her local parkrun through social media and logging (not)parkruns set her up to confidently join her first parkrun full of enthusiasm. For a long time, I was envious of people running for fun… How could anyone possibly enjoy running?! I’d…
A familiar face on TV screens around New Zealand, Will Hall is best known for his roles on Kiwi TV favourites such as Westside, Shortland Street and Nothing Trivial. He is also an avid parkrunner and just celebrated his 100th parkrun. Originally from Christchurch, when Will Hall moved to Millwater in 2018 he…