parkrun New Zealand fortnightly Newsletter 9th June 2016

welcome to this week's newsletter

This week‘s special news is there will soon be a new parkrun starting in Blenheim! Anderson parkrun got off to great start and Whangarei has made the local news again. The parkrunner for this week is a young lady from Western Springs who celebrates the parkrun spirit.

Happy running,

Lian and Noel from parkrun New Zealand (get in touch)

Blenheim parkrun 9th July 2016

Phil Muir and Oliver Carne with their core team of volunteers are looking forward to the start of parkrun in the beautiful Taylor Reserve. The course winds out and back along the river crossing over two bridges along the way.

Many thanks to Phil Muir, who is the owner of the New Zealand Home Loans office in Blenheim and Oliver Carne for bringing parkrun to their vibrant community.

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Anderson parkrun (Napier)

“The first event for Anderson parkrun done and dusted, and what a way to start! 97 parkrunners (and several four-legged furry friends) finished the inaugural parkrun on the 28th May around Anderson Park, Napier. It was great to see a parkrun in Hawke's Bay for the first time, and from the feedback received it was great.

Fresh is one way to describe parkrunday morning on the 4th of June 2016. There were whispers going around of it being as low as -2ºC at 8am. However the frosty conditions were not enough to deter 59 parkrunners turning up and giving the 5km course around Anderson Park a go. Of the 59 participants 32 were first timers at Anderson parkrun, welcome to the family!

Again this week we had some parkrun tourists, thanks for coming and supporting Anderson parkrun! Maggie Davies (Lower Hutt) completed her 99th parkrun with us on Saturday. Congratulations Maggie on your upcoming achievement of 100 parkruns”.

Whangarei in the paper

Whangarei parkrun recently hosted some Australian visitors and even made it into the news!

“Recent visitors to Whangarei, Kerry Bray from Cronulla in Sydney, Vin Martin from Melbourne and Anne-Marie and Paul Loader from Launceston in Tasmania all stopped off overnight in Whangarei just to add the Whangarei parkrun event to their New Zealand visit. Anne-Marie has run 88 parkrun events, with Paul now on 78, while Kerry has achieved a total of 40 runs. All four visitors were heading north to see the Bay of Islands but decided to stop off in Whangarei specifically to run in the local event and add it to the collection of parkrun events that they had been to.

After her Whangarei run, Anne-Marie posted this comment on Facebook. "We loved parkrun this morning. Thank you to all the volunteers." Vin Martin commented "Great course, great scenery, great atmosphere.

Thoroughly enjoyed this parkrun after visiting from Albert Melbourne parkrun.”

New parkruns

Pegasus parkrun (North Canterbury) starting 18 June 2016 - registrations are open

Puarenga parkrun (Rotorua) starting 25th June 2016 - registrations are open

Blenheim parkrun starting 9th July 2016 - registrations will open by 17th June

parkrun Cancellations – please take note

Cornwall Park – 11th June 2016, due to special tree planting on One Tree Hill

feedback from the field

A large contingent of Porirua parkrunners took part in the various events at the inaugural Hawke's Bay Marathon in Napier. Runners at Porirua parkrun that Saturday seemed to be about 20 fewer than normal. The team included:
Marathon - 42.2km
Rachel McKinnon, Paul Gibbs, Karen Leemen, Dave Foot, Terence Hope, Susan Halpin, Roland Idaczyk, George van Meeuwen, Rachel Scott, Rachel Sorenson, Rosanna Long, Neka Okonta, Conor Daniel.
Half Marathon - 21.1km
Astrid van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf, Rosemay Foot, Stuart Daniel.
Simon Derbyshire, Andrew Gray, Sickan Derbyshire, Brenda Gray, Emma Derbyshire, Clare Short, Katherine Gray.

Some of the team

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:  Sarah Sinclair

Club:  Tempofit

Age:  28

Home parkrun:  Western Springs

Occupation:  Analyst

Number of runs:  18

Number of times volunteered:  3

What do you do at parkruns:  Jog around and chat, enjoy the view, look forward to the coffee at the end.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Motivated me to get out of bed (almost) every Saturday morning! You know the weekend has started once you've made it to parkrun.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the laid-back nature of my local run at Western Springs, being a parkrun 'tourist' and also that the whole thing runs entirely on volunteers.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Most memorable would have to be being a part of the initial trial runs at Western Springs and seeing how excited the organisers were to get it off the ground after all their hard work. And seeing the cafe panic when we all showed up at once after that first run!


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