With a rainy start to parkrun a whakatauki, or a saying was shared during briefing, ahakoa he iti, he pounamu which can be interpreted to mean, however small, it is a treasure referring to the smaller than normal 31 people who ran, jogged and walked the course.
As we head into the cooler months of the year we were reminded of the seasonal changes where the willing and the wonderful came out to do their 5km run/walk. The rain did ease off quite early in the run and many comments from the runners were that the rain was very welcomed to help cool them off as they completed their 3 laps. A quick pace was set from the lead pack with there also beings a few sprint finishes between people down the finish chute. A joy to watch!
We congratulate Alan Barnard for celebrating his 50th milestone with us, an awesome achievement and one of many no doubt. Well done Alan!
Every parkrun that I run or volunteer at, I try to talk to someone new and learn about their running journey. The more parkruns that I attend the more ‘regular’ faces I see, where it has come to a point where I can identify the ‘new’ faces that turn up. Today was less about learning about a specific person’s journey but putting names to faces of these regulars and being able to really cheer and encourage them personally as they make their way around the 3 laps. It is exciting to see and hear runners who have been consistently showing up, putting in the effort with many setting personal goals and meeting them. The satisfaction and accomplishment on their faces and in their voices is one of the reasons I enjoy being part of the parkrun community.
We thank all our volunteers today who also braved the cooler morning start for ensuring that this event could go ahead, so thank you to Nneka OKONTA • Richard MILLS • Julie WILLIAMS • Lisa POHATU • Jeffrey DOOLAN • Jo REYNGOUD • Nikola BASS • Kristopher BASS.
A special mention to Kristopher Bass who of the ripe age of 8 was the tail walker alongside his Mum and made a storming entry into the finish chute on his last lap. Well done! If you would like to volunteer, full training is given and it is a great opportunity to meet new people, go to https://www.parkrun.co.nz/flaxmere/futureroster/ to see what spots are available and email email@example.com.
Just a reminder we do parkrun in the rain or shine we will be there for anyone wanting to participate.
See you all next Saturday.