parkrun New Zealand fortnightly newsletter – 9 August 2016



a reason to celebrate


Hi there!


This week we look at some global stats and realise just how significant parkrun is, Lower Hutt has some good advice for parkrun tourists, Barry Curtis introduces their ‘parkrunner of the week’ and Cornwall Park celebrated four years on Saturday 30th July!  


Happy parkrunning,


Lian and Noel  



We thank New Zealand Home Loans for their continued support for bringing parkrun to communities around New Zealand. 



happy birthday Cornwall



For the 4th birthday of Cornwall parkrun the weather couldn’t have been better, after what had been a very wet and stormy week! The parkrun gods definitely shined upon the vast array of amazing fancy dress outfits and many parkrunners went above and beyond the call!


The Cornwall parkrun team would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who came along to share this anniversary and thank all the parkrunners and volunteers over these years and the years to come for such wonderful support and making it such a great community event!


Congratulations to the points award winners: Ladies - Gooya Mozdbar, Jill Poelijoe and Derryl Hayman. Men: Jim Wilson, Richard Fox and John PaMen and John Paynterynter



stats galore




These stats recently featured on parkrun Australia’s Facebook page and were shared on some of the New Zealand parkruns. As Dunedin parkrun mentioned on their page we often forget how global parkrun really is.

Many parkruns all over the world (including us) may often feel slightly off the beaten track, but if you go to a parkrun anywhere in the world you know you’ll be welcome to run, always have some company and even possibly make some friends along the way on the other side of the world!


I know there’s been lots of stories about this each and every week with all parkrun communities, how many friendships have been fostered, parkrunners feeling healthier and happier and I think even some marriages have been kindled! This week is no different with more positive feedback below. 



Lower Hutt - an excerpt from a recent Run Report


I wonder how many of you have ever had a good look on the parkrun website. From the home page there is a tab ‘more…..’, if you hover over that tab you will see “visit national site” and ‘visit parkrun global’. From both sites you can check out the other parkruns, throughout NZ and around the world.


Did you know there are 15 parkruns in NZ? Have you ever thought about running another parkrun?  It’s just as easy as looking to see where there is one. Perhaps you are on holiday, or you are planning a holiday, why not plan it around a Saturday somewhere there is a parkrun?  A little closer to home, over in Porirua, is a beautiful run through Bothamley Park or Otaihanga Domain up on the Kapiti Coast is a very pleasant run along the Waikanae River.


There is a hardy bunch of Lower Hutt parkrunners who have run every parkrun in NZ, and many have run around the world as well. You can check out via the National Site under ‘Results’ - the most events list. The current table shows people who have run 10 or more different parkruns in NZ. Interesting to note all bar one on the list have an association to Lower Hutt parkrun. Click on any person and check out their running records, it’s a pretty interesting read.


The same can be seen on the global site, those who run particularly in the UK have the advantage as there are hundreds of parkruns around, well 412 to be exact. But a little closer to home Australia have 181 parkruns so a trip across the Tasman should easily include a Saturday morning run. Just don’t forget your barcode - 1 in the suitcase, 1 with the passport!



feedback from the field


Having run in Florida, Australia and at many runs in West Midlands I am proud to be a parkrunner and a member of the worldwide ‘parkrun community’!
"Slow Staggering" Steve Price,
Shrewsbury, UK


Didn't know they do it in Russia, so cool! Amazing! Going home this winter, must check it out.
Elena Pettit


Thanks for making us welcome today. We really enjoyed our run this morning at Blenheim as well as coffee afterwards. Will spend the afternoon trying some of the local wineries before heading back home this afternoon. Look forward to a return visit in the Summer.
Mark O’Sullivan,
Lower Hutt


Another great start to the weekend!
Inthia Lindberg,


Volunteers are the backbone of the parkrun community. You are all awesome! Without volunteers, parkrun would be... well, an invertebrate I suppose.
Alastair Stephen,
Hamilton Lake


Thanks everyone. Top morning as always :-)
Anna Scarth,
Western Springs


Thanks to all the great volunteers with their encouragement out there!
Rachel Browne,



parkrunner of the week





Name: Gareth Jess


Age: 60 something


Home parkrun: Barry Curtis


Occupation: Technical Sales / Marketing


Number of Runs: 41


Number of times volunteered: 12


What do you do at parkrun: Plod along usually nowadays and volunteer.


How has parkrun changed your running:  Helped in rehab after ACL operation and helped motivation.


What do you like about parkrun: Meeting people, M.C.’ing, helping out, annoying people with bad jokes and wearing T shirts inside out etc., Columbus Post-run coffee also!


Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Two moments: falling over one frosty morning at Barry Curtis (after telling everyone to be careful of icy wooden sleepers) and Newcastle on Tyne (UK) with nearly 500 runners. The course went into single file through two gates in Exhibition Park (just like a procession). It was like a moor with cattle on it (in the city).