Flaxmere parkrun – # 56 November 14, 2020

This week 49 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers to Flaxmere parkrun and of those 8, 4 newly registered parkrunners participated for their first time.  There were also 2 who recorded new Personal Bests, well done Cory MILLER and Kerry HARPER.


With 6 unknown’s, most being friends and family of registered parkrunners it reminds us all of the importance of having a printed barcode.  If one of those “unknowns” is you, we hope you enjoyed your parkrun experience and consider registering and joining us again or at one of the other 32 New Zealand parkruns (for the time being anyhow).  It’s so fantastic that people are inviting and bringing friends and family to experience parkrun. This is truly how parkrun evolves and how Flaxmere parkrun will grow. Please also register for your free barcode and ticket to any parkrun anywhere before you join us next time. All you need to do is to register for your barcode at https://www.parkrun.co.nz/register/, print of your barcode and bring it with you.  This weeks results can be found here: Event #56 Results.


Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.  We would love for you all to come back and see if you can beat your personal bests or simply join us for some free, friendly, and social, exercise.

There were 3 special milestones today.  Firstly, Michael Eastwood completed his 25 Volunteer milestone. Not only did he qualify for a free parkrun t-shirt but he also got to wear our special purple tutu. Congratulations Michael and to your family for your regular contributions to Flaxmere and Anderson parkruns over the years.  Michael welcomed in his 25th Volunteer role in a support role assisting his young son Liam as he fulfilled his first volunteer role as the Finish Token role, and Liam is only 4 years old.  Way to go Liam (and Michael).  We hope you had fun. We would love to have more children volunteering at parkrun too. It's a great way for our littlest ones to develop some life skills. Most of the time they will need to be supported by an adult, parent, or caregiver but that also means both of you will get a volunteer credit to count towards your milestone t-shirts. Children over 4 years old can take part in parkrun as both volunteer and parkrunner as long as they are registered and have a personal barcode.



Volunteering is a great way to support the parkrun community. Philip Shambrook, our Event Director and all Run Directors, llove to encourage all parkrunners to volunteer from the littlest to the not so littlest if, and when they can. If you are 4 years old or older and have a parkrun barcode, with the help of a parent or caregiver where needed, we can find a role for you.

This event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Nneka OKONTA • Joce JONES • Michael EASTWOOD • Richard MILLS • Amy THOMAS • Melissa THORBURN • Amber THORBURN • Liz MYLES • Liam EASTWOOD

Many thanks to you all.  This was Liz MYLES first time volunteering also, thanks again!

We were also lucky to have Richard BERBER photograph our parkrun.  Thank you Richard for your lovely photographs. Richard is our parkrun Video and Photograph Ambassador which means he gets to travel around various parkruns collecting memories for us.

Two other special Milestones completed today was a mum and daughter affair, sporting matching red coloured shirts, the honorary red tutu’s and in the guise of Thing 1 and Thing 2.   They did their thing at last.  Amber and Melissa THORBURN completed their 50th parkrun milestone!  (OK, enough of me writing in the third person now).   This milestone was originally planned to align with Flaxmere parkrun's 1 year anniversary, which was a challenge suggested by Richard MILLS, Covid-19 had a different plan for us all.

It really doesn’t matter how long it takes, parkruns are something that just keep ticking over, if you put the time and energy in and don’t lose focus.  That is something that Amber has never done.   Amber started parkrunning at Anderson parkrun, not long after I started in April 2018.  It was a little stop start to begin with as we took many winter weekends out as Amber played Football.   But then Amber decided to let parkrun be the sport to get her out of bed on a Saturday and has enjoyed 5 different events and volunteered 14 times now.  The 25th Volunteer role is not that far away Amber!

So proud of you Amber, it was worth me putting my parkruns on hold while you caught up to me so we could do our 50th together.  Many thanks to the EASTWOOD family for our gorgeous flowers, what a lovely surprise!


Want to volunteer?  Event #57 or beyond still have some volunteer roles available.  So do check out the future roster and contact us at flaxmerehelpers@parkrun.com if you can assist.  Thanks and have a great week.

Run report written by Melissa THORBURN A4419003.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Eva GOODISSON who recorded a time of 18:25 on 10th August 2019 (event number 9).

The male record is held by Paul DE JONGH who recorded a time of 17:41 on 1st January 2020 (event number 31).

The Age Grade course record is held by Eric PHIMISTER who recorded 83.48% (20:53) on 30th November 2019 (event number 25).

Flaxmere parkrun started on 15th June 2019. Since then 743 participants have completed 3,410 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,050 km, including 644 new Personal Bests. A total of 108 individuals have volunteered 458 times.