Event #7 – 3rd November 2018

With the bad weather and the Round The Mountain Relay on today, expectations for numbers were low. With just 10 minutes to the start, the volunteers outnumbered participants.

However! We ended up with a total of 38 participants that braved the elements and some of them even achieved  PBs. Thank you everyone that attended, and thanks as always to our volunteers who keep the "show on the road", rain hail or shine.




Event #6 – 27th October 2018

As an NFP – person of No Fixed Parkrun – it was great to be heading down the line on glorious hot and sunny Friday to experience a new parkrun in New Plymouth. I found an AirBnB only 10mins walk from the start – perfect. Saturday dawned and suddenly early spring was back – a chilly 8 ̊C, high grey cloud and a promise of rain. First on the scene was Erin, her Dad and her two wee boys – busy raising the Parkrun flag and setting up the start/finish. A nice flare of kiwi ingenuity with electric fence standards and hot wire tape (electric fencing) being used to form the finishing funnel.

The theme of family at this parkrun continued with trail marshal Melissa accompanied by her girls and a pink Pegasus and while Trevor was Run Director his Mum Gabrielle picked up the job of tail walker. At least one runner finished pushing two children in a double pushchair. It seemed the cooler weather might have put people off as numbers were slow to build but a last minute rush of arrivals meant a very respectable tally of 65 people for the event.

A mellow out and back course along the New Plymouth coastal walkway – the paved trail winds past Fitzroy Surf Club and through restored coastal shrubland. Tui chortled as we passed and the surf provided a steady background rumble. Whitebaiters, both human and avian (Black Shag), lined the shores of the Waiwhakaiho River as we ran/walked alongside on our approach to the iconic Te Rewa Rewa bridge. A little beyond the bridge Curtis provided a cheery wave as we turned around him to retrace our route. As you return back across the bridge on a clear day you get an eyeful of the mountain, Taranaki – so I'm told, but not today. She was shyly shrouding her flanks in cloud. As I pushed for home I came alongside Dennis, as we chatted I discovered he was off to Auckland in the afternoon to do the Auckland Marathon on Sunday – his 236th marathon and his 30th this year. Wow!

Once across the finish line I stayed to cheer the remaining folk home. As the last walker crossed the line at 8.53am the rain began to fall. So the East End team obviously have a direct line to the weather control – perfect timing. Perhaps not uncommon at a relatively new parkrun (this is only the 6th event) but great that almost a quarter of the field (15) were first timers to Parkrun.

I didn't have the time to sample the post run coffee venue The Kiosk at the Fitzroy Surf Club but I plan to be back in a month to try again for the coffee and maybe a glimpse of the Mountain. Thankyou so much to the East End Volunteers for their hard work in pulling this Parkrun together and keeping it going as a free event every Saturday (eight volunteers are needed each week to make it a go). Your warm welcome, efficient teamwork and happy smiles are much appreciated.

With thanks Wendy Hare NFP Kiwi Tourist


Event #3 – 6th October 2018

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for East End parkrun Event number 3 which also happened to be International parkrun Day, marking 14 years since the very first event took place in London's Bushy Park.

Congratulations to the 81 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers - Thank You!!



Event #2 – 29th September 2018

Another great event! After our first event, where we had a lot of people from other parkruns come to visit, we expected numbers to be down a little this week.

After a slightly damp start, the skies cleared and we had a total of 80 people running, jogging, and walking the course! 49 of these were first timers and 26 people recorded new Personal Bests.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East End parkrun, New Plymouth Results Page.

If you would like to volunteer, please see our volunteer page. Today's event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

Trevor MASTERS • Lisa MCCREADY • Erin VAUGHAN • Tony VAUGHAN • Danielle OLSEN • Corina HENDERSON • Aleisha PARKINSON • Ying COX



Event #1 – 22nd September 2018

Beautiful weather and a great turn out for our very first event! Thank you everyone involved.

Thanks to the the many people who traveled from other national parkruns, to support our inaugural event. It was great to see so many parkrun T-shirts out there, boosting the numbers to a total of 109 finishers, and showing the many "first timers" the way.

In addition to the 109 recorded finishers there were a few future parkrunners in strollers, including twins getting a quick tour of the coastline. It was also nice to see some dogs out running/walking with their owners.

We are already looking forward to hosting event #2 and seeing most of you back again next Saturday, along with some new faces. We will improve as we get more experienced, and broaden our base of volunteers.


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