welcome to this week's newsletter
Pegasus parkrun got off to a chilly but wonderful start, Puarenga hits the papers in Rotorua and the parkrunner of the week is a delightful, sprightly, octogenarian from Whangarei who is a very special volunteer! There’s some added feedback I enjoyed reading from Australia.
Lian and Noel from parkrun New Zealand (get in touch)
Pegasus parkrun The first run report:
What a fantastic North Canterbury morning for our inaugural run!
Sure it was brisk - hovering between a balmy 1 and a chilly -1 degree, but the parkrunners were there, the volunteers were there and Lake Pegasus pathway was just waiting for us. Given the icy conditions underfoot it was great to see all of our runners finish with no mishaps at all.
A few very interesting facts about our first run, of the 61 runners that turned up on such a cold day, 24 were Pegasus registered runners, 28 came from Hagley and 9 parkrunners arrived from Lower Hutt, Hawkes Bay, Hamilton & Banstead Woods.
5 of those runners are members of the 50 Club, 6 of the 100 Club & 2 incredible people Ria & Melvin Trundley are members of the 250 Club! (almost 600 parkruns between them!). Our youngest runner on the day was in JM15-17 category and our runner proving time is no barrier was in VM75-79!
Thanks to all our runners for making this such a great start to Pegasus.
Thanks to New Zealand Home Loans for their continued support by helping bring parkrun to new communities around New Zealand and in doing so contributing to healthier and happier ones as well!
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Western Springs parkrun
The Saturday that Cornwall parkrun was cancelled was the perfect opportunity for some parkrun tourism at Western Springs. There was quite a throng of Cornwall parkrunners and many keen to see how a three lap course would work. Of course it works very well because it’s so picturesque and the view changes around each corner and up the occasional hill which makes for a very interesting run. Birdlife abounds and the geese are particularly noisy (and a little messy) - there’s a patch where one has to be careful of one’s footing!
I particularly enjoyed adding a new parkrun onto my list (officially) and having photographic evidence too, seen here finishing with Jeff Parkinson, a run director of Cornwall, and kindly letting me get ahead. Many thanks to Mike Jenkinson, Kent Stead and the rest of the great volunteer team at Western Springs for welcoming us all!
Puarenga parkrun was recently featured in the NZ Herald’s Adventure section, which also gave parkrun worldwide a wonderful commendation. Many thanks to Alison King (run director) for her hard work in bringing parkrun to Rotorua
Rotorua is one of those places that represent the wonder of New Zealand and it’s sure to be on many a parkrun tourist’s to-do list!
Puarenga parkrun (Rotorua) starting 25th June 2016
Blenheim parkrun starting 9th July 2016 - registrations open
Porirua parkrun - 2nd July
feedback from the field
Keep it Simple! is an acronym and a phrase that we use a lot at parkrun. It’s something that we try and drum into all new Event Directors who often, through sheer excitement and enthusiasm, feel the need to offer you everything from pacers and post-run picnics to fancy dress themes and face painting! Whilst all of this seems like great fun on the surface, the reality is that the greatest gift our amazing volunteers give their communities is the weekly, free, timed 5km parkrun event. Just the basics!
I sometimes wonder though whether we take all of this for granted? In my case I’m at a parkrun every single weekend. On at least half of those occasions I’m with my wife, Nicci, and children, Jack and Evie. So that’s 26 weeks of one adult and 26 weeks of two adults and two children; an annual grand total of 78 adult places and 26 child places. Let’s say hypothetically that an adult fun run entry costs $40 and a child $20 that adds up to $3,640 in event fees saved by attending parkrun!
Obviously this is a bit of an extreme example however the point I’m trying to make is that your normal parkrun event with no frills and no extra fanfare is in itself an extraordinary thing, brought to you by dedicated teams of extraordinary people. So this weekend at parkrun, please remember to salute the volunteers who make it happen... Hugs are welcome!
stolen from the Australian Newsletter, courtesy of Tim Oberg
Many thanks for the very warm welcome even though it was a little like Cornwall parkrun on tour. An excellent course and really enjoyed running around with the sound of lions asking for their breakfast as a background soundtrack
Jeff Parkinson, Cornwall
Great run today and well organised . Allan Janes did a good job in designing the course, despite my scepticism about the practicality of the lake circuit. I particularly liked the section between the tea-tree forest
John Paynter, Cornwall
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: Audrey Williams
Club: Kamo Athletic & Hatea Harriers
Age: 89 years young
Home parkrun: Whangarei
Occupation: Well and truly on Key’s Cash i.e. - retired
Number of runs: Zero, zilch, those days are long gone
Number of times volunteered: 14
What do you do at parkruns: Usually hand out the finish tokens
What do you like about parkrun: I have no trouble getting out of bed in the morning when there is something to do that needs doing.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Being a part of something that brings people into the sport of running.