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Read more › News - 9th August 2022

Seeing more people at parkrun who live with disabilities

Wheelchair user Jono Whitehead was recommended parkrun by a good friend and frame runner. Initially hesitant, he arrived to find the volunteer tail walker that day was his former maths teacher so felt instantly at ease!   Jono tells us why he wants to see more disabled people at parkrun.   I live with a…

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Read more › News - 3rd August 2022

I never believed I could

There’s no need to do the 5k at parkrun. Lois Rowland was a parkrun volunteer for more than ten years before eventually deciding to have a go at the 5k, following an ectopic pregnancy.   Having now completed 50 parkruns, she tells us her story.   My husband is a keen parkrunner and has been taking…

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Read more › News - 26th July 2022

I can’t imagine my life without it

It might have taken six years from first registering with parkrun to taking part in her first event, but Meighan Walker says that she has finally found ‘her’ community.   Meighan is well aware of the contradiction. She’s a sociable person but an antisocial runner – preferring to jog only in the shadows of early…

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Read more › News - 2nd July 2022

The parkrun 100 Club at 98!

98-year-old Colin Thorne from Whangarei parkrun has become the oldest person in history to join the parkrun 100 Club. We asked Colin what parkrun means to him, and for his advice on living a long and fulfilling life.   My first parkrun was on 21 January 2017, a week after my 93rd birthday. My time…

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Read more › News - 2nd July 2022

The same but different

Earlier this week the USA celebrated Independence Day. It’s a day of national pride and celebration, so in our own spin we turn the spotlight on three American parkruns to highlight their unique differences, while at their heart having the same friendly and welcoming core.   We start off in Florida, where we have Depot…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2022

parkrun Profile: Owairaka parkrun

Owairaka parkrun in Auckland is one of New Zealand’s newer parkruns. With a growing number of walkers, friendly locals and an amazing post-parkrun cafe, there’s something for everyone according to Event Director Julie Collard.   To the unassuming eye, the house opposite the Owairaka parkrun start line is nothing special. But to the initiated it…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2022

The importance of being included

Achilles New Zealand aims to provide people who live with disabilities the opportunity to participate in mainstream local, national and international events and ensure social connection within the community.   Suzanne Hardie, the Chapter Leader at Achilles Tauranga, explains how Achilles is building a strong relationship with parkrun.   Achilles Tauranga is a group of…

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Read more › News - 21st June 2022

Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu | National Volunteer Week

It’s Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu | National Volunteer Week this week in New Zealand, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating everything volunteering.    Volunteering has always been one of the cornerstones and great success stories of parkrun, but how we view the involvement of those who volunteer has evolved significantly. This is the story…

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Read more › News - 20th June 2022

parkrun from another perspective

Kirsty Robben (fourth from right) recently volunteered at parkrun for the first time. She explains how volunteering helped her find her way back into parkrun following a bout of COVID-19, and how it provided her with a very different perspective of parkrun.   I’ve been doing parkrun since 2019. We had just moved to Napier from Wellington…

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Read more › News - 15th June 2022

It is what is says on the tin!

Carol Maw attributes parkrun in helping her rediscover her love of running and more recently to being in the best shape possible for major abdominal surgery.   She was delighted to be back walking her local parkrun just nine weeks later.   In September 2017, after years of misdiagnosis I was diagnosed with a very…

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