Flaxmere parkrun event #52, 17 October 2020

Again, a privilege to be writing another report for parkrun, this time Flaxmere parkrun. Saturday’s used to be a sleep in, cruise day, bit of TV or Netflix for me but since being introduced to parkrun I feel it’s the perfect way to start to the weekend. Come rain or shine parkrun always wins these days! The typical spring morning for Hawke's Bay always makes it worth getting out in the fresh air. After becoming captured by the parkrun spirit a couple of years ago I managed to suffer a ruptured Achilles back in January while attempting to add a jog into my walk. hashtag #ouch #seekingsympathy. This halted my walks as I was in a moon boot for several weeks and had physical therapy. It was then I discovered the joy of volunteering. I have been a volunteer now to several parkrun clubs including Blenheim, Palmerston North, East End Taranaki and Anderson doing the various roles. It provides me satisfaction knowing I am giving something back to the parkrun community. A special thanks has to go to the volunteers Nneka OKONTA • Joce JONES • Manakore KIREKA • Jennifer DOOLAN • Sarah SEW HOY • Melissa THORBURN • Mamie Agnes MCLEAN • Jeffrey DOOLAN and myself Kerry HARPER.

I would encourage everyone to give volunteering a go as it’s a great chance to get to know the fellow members. It’s easy to volunteer. Simply go to the Flaxmere parkrun Future Roster page, choose a vacant role then let the team at Flaxmere parkrun know by sending an email to flaxmerehelpers@parkrun.com. All the roles are easy with little if any training needed but the team will make sure you are briefed as necessary. You will need to have the free parkrun Virtual Volunteer app on your smartphone for the Timekeeper and Barcode Scanning roles but there is nothing else needed for the other roles other than a smile.

Welcome to the Flaxmere parkrun newbies Robin Claxton, Amrinder Sigh, Debbie Bly and Karen Sante and other visitors from different clubs. There were representatives of 3 different clubs taking part, I did hear one chap say he was from Ireland so guess he must be stuck here because of Covid. Always nice to see visitors at Flaxmere and show of our wonderful park. If you have yet to visit another parkrun why not start with a trip over to Anderson parkrun sometime. It’s only 13 kms away and a very different parkrun to Flaxmere. Who knows? Once you’ve visited one different parkrun you might begin a journey to parkrun at all 30 parkrun events in New Zealand.

This week 32 people ran, jogged, and walked the course in Flaxmere, of whom 4 were first timers and 4 recorded new personal bests. Congrats to the following for achieving a new personal best times: Graham Minnie, Chris Corradino, Dianne Lowther, Amanda Laubscher, well done! You can see all the latest results here. Why not register a friend and bring them to our next parkrun?

Look forward to seeing everyone again next time and hope the rest of the weekend treats you well. Kerry Harper

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