Read more › News - 18th May 2022

I just love taking part

Anne Hanley is delighted to be back at parkrun after her treatment and recovery from breast cancer. Here she tells us how that return to parkrun felt.   I started parkrunning because it was a way to get back into some regular exercise and it was something my husband and I could enjoy together. We…

Read more › News - 18th May 2022

parkrun Profile: Whanganui Riverbank

In 2017 the New Zealand Government passed a bill that recognised the Whanganui River as a living person.   It has guardians appointed to speak on its behalf in order to protect it.   The river is what makes Whanganui Riverbank parkrun special. Run Director Michelle Selby says even though most of the city’s runners…

Read more › News - 11th May 2022

Maria Amos’ new normal leads to parkrun and volunteering

A snowboarding accident five years ago changed everything for Maria Amos.   And while it’s changed how she lives, she loves that she can stay involved with parkrun.   At the time of her accident she was an active gym-goer, a runner training for her first marathon and she had an abundance of energy.  …

Read more › News - 11th May 2022

parkrun Profile: Hamilton Park

When you talk about parentage of parkruns Hamilton Park parkrun in Gore can trace its lineage directly to New Zealand’s second event at Cornwall Park in Auckland.   It was there in 2012 that Bridget McLeod ran her one and only parkrun. She was living and working as a teacher and moved to the deep…

Read more › News - 5th May 2022

Celebrate togetherness with Thank You Day

On Saturday 4 June, we would love for parkrun events to come together and celebrate togetherness, gratitude, and all things community – the beating heart of parkrun.    Of course, parkrun events are already a fantastic way of uniting people, but why not extend the togetherness with a delicious post-parkrun picnic?   For Thank You…

Read more › News - 5th May 2022

parkrun New Zealand turns 10

This week we celebrate ten years of parkrunning in New Zealand. On May 5, 2012, 89 people, including volunteers participated at the very first event on the Lower Hutt riverbank.   Lian and Noel de Charmoy introduced parkrun to New Zealand after visiting their dear friend and parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Bushy Park in…

Read more › News - 27th April 2022

parkrun Profile: Whangarei

It’s been said that it’s not a true Whangarei parkrun experience unless the bridge opens midway through your parkrun.   The opening of Te Matau A Pohe bridge has thwarted many personal best attempts, but even if it doesn’t happen mid-parkrun for you, then chances are you may still see it rise sooner or later.  …

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Read more › News - 27th April 2022

Helping me to belong

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging, and parkrun provides a perfect opportunity for people to connect with their local community, make new friends and create a network beyond the defence force.   Thousands of people around the world in all stages of their military life take part in parkrun, including Liz, an…

Read more › News - 21st April 2022

parkrun Profile: Pegasus

It shares its name with a mythical creature but the only thing they have in common is that they are both legendary.   Pegasus parkrun is named after the planned urban development in Canterbury, New Zealand.   It launched on June 18, 2016 with 61 finishers and six volunteers. Over its almost six year history…

Read more › News - 14th April 2022

parkrun Profile: University of Waikato

Most university campuses are quiet places at 8am on a Saturday, but in Hamilton, New Zealand, you can find a mix of students, staff and others ready to finish a 5k.   The University of Waikato parkrun launched in November 2020 with 190 walkers and runners and 14 volunteers. It averages 58 finishers a week….

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