welcome to this week's newsletter
Congratulations to parkrun UK again on yet another award and we celebrate our female parkrunners here as well with a ‘Mum’ parkrunner for this week coming from Kapiti Coast! There is some wonderful feedback from a number of Lower Hutt parkrunners as well.
Lian and Noel from parkrun New Zealand (get in touch)
We are thrilled to announce that parkrun UK has been voted the winner of the ‘National Inspiring Initiative’ category at the 2016 Women’s Sport Trust Awards. The award, decided by a public vote, recognises a high profile national initiative that is having a significant impact on progressing sport for women and girls across the country and increasing its appeal.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us! You can read more about the award here.
Helen Hood for parkrun UK said:
‘parkrun is going from strength to strength in breaking down the barriers to regular exercise. More than 50% of people completing their first parkrun so far this year have been female, and there are now more women than men registered with us in the UK.
The non-competitive nature and friendly atmosphere of our events, which welcome runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, creates an ideal starting point for women and girls who are looking for a way to embrace a healthier and happier lifestyle. You only need to register once online, and then your barcode becomes your passport to parkrun at a free community event whenever you feel like taking part.
There is a strong social aspect because parkruns are coordinated entirely by local volunteers, and everyone is encouraged to meet for tea or coffee after each event. As a result, parkrun has been particularly successful in building communities and friendships that extend well beyond a Saturday morning.’
Across New Zealand each and every week there are female runners of all ages and abilities, for some it may be their first and others are aiming for their 50th, 100th or 250th milestone. Many of our female runners have started out just wanting to complete a 5km and ended up running marathons. There are also some amazing young junior and senior girls who run for clubs or just want to do well at their school cross country.
So seeing as it is still May (Mother’s Day Month) we’d love to hear from our female parkrunners and find out what motivated you.
Whether you are a mother, daughter, if you’re new to parkrun or been around a while - everyone will have a different story and we’d love to hear yours! Our first inspiring story is from ‘parkrunner of the week’ - Zoe Cooper. Get in touch email@example.com
In keeping with our theme of female runners, Cornwall parkrun welcomed Ayesha Ismail last Saturday all the way from Saudi Arabia! This lovely lady was so happy to run at a parkrun event and had come especially because she was leaving that afternoon. She loved the ethos of parkrun and the camaraderie. Ayesha was also very impressed with the New Zealand Home Loans parkrun t-shirt and was so keen to have one as a memento that regular Volunteer/Run Director, Caitlin, kindly took off her own t-shirt for Ayesha to take back. We look forward to hopefully seeing Ayesha back in New Zealand again!
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New Zealand statistics
Number of parkruns: 11 (soon to be 15)
Number of events: 1261
Number of runners: 14,322 (registered 19,374)
Number of runs: 111,090
Total distance run: 555,450 kms
Anderson parkrun (Napier) – 28th May 2016
Pegasus parkrun (North Canterbury) – 18 June 2016 registrations open
Puarenga parkrun (Rotorua) – 25th June 2016 registrations will open by 3rd June
May 28th - Barry Curtis parkrun
Cancellations – take note
Cornwall Park – 11th June 2016, due to special planting on One Tree Hill
feedback from the field
Thanks to the lovely stranger today who, when I wanted to stop and walk in the last km, quietly said "keep going, you've got this" so I did - parkrun people are lovely
Rachael Brady, Cornwall Park
I love how parkrun is suitable for people of any age - I see keen young runners like my 4 year old niece, and I see life time runners in their 80s all getting out and running the same course. And of course, all those people who walk or jog, sometimes progressing to become runners, but often content to carry on walking. And volunteering is great - makes you feel like you are contributing to your community. I'll miss the first run at Anderson parkrun, but I'll be there for run #2. Can't wait
Chrissy Robertson, Lower Hutt
Friends! Meet all sorts of new people. This is for everyone, 17 minute runners to 55 minute walkers. Awesome
Mark O’Sullivan, Lower Hutt
People who know me, and who are aware of my vested interest in the matter, will be tired of me saying this, but I'll say it anyway. VOLUNTEERING. The volunteering culture around which parkrun is built is truly awesome. Volunteering is genuinely a lot of fun and it is cool. Volunteers are very cool people indeed. These days I enjoy volunteering as much as I enjoy running on a Saturday. So my advice to those who haven't tried parkrun yet is to get involved, enjoy running, and enjoy volunteering as well
Alastair Stephen, Lower Hutt
An early start was called for, as parkrun started at 7:00am, and we had a few kms to walk to the start. We had two options, Main Beach parkrun and Surfers Paradise parkrun, both of which were about the same distance from where we were staying.
We chose the newer and smaller parkrun, Surfers Paradise parkrun, just to keep it different. So off we went, at about quarter past six, to walk to the Arts Centre, hopefully without getting lost on the way and trying to avoid running to the start line to make it on time.
Waiting for the briefing, we spied a couple of fellow Lower Hutt parkrunners walking towards the start - Dirk & Johannes. Unexpected, but given how well travelled Lower Hutt parkrunners are, not entirely surprising. So, a quick catch up, a short briefing, and we were at the start line with about 30 other runners. And then we were off!
See more here.
Mark Malone, Lower Hutt
So basically Mark, Michelle, Dirk and Johannes all went on holidays and didn't invite the rest of us. Nice work on the first finish Mark! I knew there was something amiss at Lower Hutt this week.
Natalie, Lower Hutt
Just took a look at the Surfers Paradise parkrun page, where there is even more evidence for a Lower Hutt takeover. Look who owns the female course record!
Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.
parkrunner of the week
Name: Zoe Cooper
Home parkrun: Kapiti Coast
Number of runs: 57
Number of times volunteered: 2
What do you do at parkruns: Try and catch up to my uncle Bruce, try to get a new PB, listen to music to distract myself from the fact that I am running, meet my mum and son at the finish line
How has parkrun changed your running: I wasn't running at all until Kapiti Coast parkrun started up, now I'm the fittest I've ever been. Improved my time from 30 minutes on my first run to between 24 and 25 minutes.
What do you like about parkrun: I like having a reason to get up and get out of the house early in the morning, I feel like I have achieved something for the weekend! I like having a goal to aim towards (beating my PB). The beautiful scenery at Otaihanga and nice to hear the birds chirping (even over my music). It's a great free event.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Running in the pouring rain at Porirua parkrun on their wettest parkrun day ever!