parkrun New Zealand fortnightly newsletter – 25 August 2016

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100 up for Hagley

Hi there!

This week Hagley (pictured above) hits its 100th event while Pegasus celebrated their equally exciting 10th and there are two very special junior parkrunners, both from Porirua parkrun! Also Puarenga parkrun will unfortunately have to say farewell to their pioneering event director in the coming weeks.

Happy running 

Lian and Noel
parkrun New Zealand (get in touch)

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

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Hagley parkrun

This coming Saturday 27th August, Hagley parkrun will celebrate its 100th event. Brad and his team invite everyone to come along to their beautiful park to mark the occasion and have some cake as well!

Pegasus parkrun 

It was a chilly start for Pegasus’ 10th run with 39 brave runners and some even deciding to celebrate the occasion by dressing up!

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Farewell to Puarenga's Event Director

Alison King first wrote to us in 2015 about the rumour she’d heard that a parkrun was being set up in Rotorua and she was very keen to make it become a reality. Through her passion and dogged determination Puarenga parkrun started on the 25th June this year with 128 runners.

We know the community of Puarenga parkrun will be sad to see Alison go, as we are too, but it’s not forever so we wish Alison and her family all the very best on their return to England for family reasons. Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun will no doubt enjoy having Alison join them and parkrun New Zealand looks forward to having Alison back in the future.

A note from Alison: “I feel sad to be leaving just when we've got parkrun up and running,  but I know I'm leaving it in capable hands and that the community will nurture it.

Joining the parkrun community is the best thing I've done - I loved my first run at Barry Curtis in January, I've seen so many smiling faces at Puarenga and I loved being part of Cornwall parkrun’s 4th birthday. I've run at Stratford-upon-Avon and I know that I will meet lots of other runners through parkrun - and that it will keep me running regularly.”


Alison with her dear Axel, who has been a fixture at parkrun, riding his bike on the routes while still in the planning stages and being at the finish line on winter mornings!


Millwater parkrun – September (date to be advised)

feedback from the field

Been meaning to post and say a big thank you to the parkrunners who made myself and Phoebe so welcome at our first NZ parkrun - we emigrated here just 2 weeks ago from the UK, and it was really nice to have people be so kind.  Looking forward to joining you again this week. 

Olive Adams, Hamilton Lake

Thanks for looking after Jean and I on our first visit to Dunedin parkrun. Tough, but pretty, course and lovely friendly people. 

David Cooper, UK 

Cold and hilly for these Brisbanites but any parkrun is a joy on a Saturday morning! Thank you for having us and 
Doug Greenfield got a better time than his last visit so he is happy.
Margaret Greenfield, Dunedin

Thank you Geoff for the warm welcome at your lovely new course, and thanks too to the volunteers on such a wet day. All the best for the future of Pegasus parkrun; (excellent cafe too, the Flat White!) 

Julia Gordon, Lower Hutt

Thank you for the lovely welcome Cornwall Park! I shall be having my UK 50 shirt personalised with parkrun NZ when it arrives. Maybe see you for my 100! Anyone touristing in South Wales UK you will feel at home with the hills on the Pontypool course.

Tania James Price, Pontypool 

Hey, I'm excited to see that there is now a parkrun in my hometown! I hope to be visiting early next year, good luck with building your numbers!

Matthew Davis, Brisbane

Thank you very much for another fantastic Western Springs parkrun!  Amazing setting - pukekos, the lake, lions and elephants, native bush. What a run! Thanks for having us. Kiran (got a PB), Ang (got a PB), Cushla (ran her first parkrun) and Halina (who also ran her first PB).

Ang Whyte, London runners

Thanks to Gavin, Antoinette and the volunteers - it was a wet and miserable morning! 

Claire Taylor, Millwater

Was there for the 1st....wish I could be there for the 100th, but am away. Have a blast, make it a FUN day!  Big thanks to all those that brought Hagley parkrun to CHCH...and to the weekly volunteers!
Brian Tyro, Christchurch


parkrunners of the week

 Noah and Greta Abbott


Age: Noah 11 and  Greta 7

Home parkrun: 

Occupation: Students

Number of Runs: Noah 27 and Greta 31

Number of times volunteered: Noah 4 (Barcode scanner and Photographer) and  Greta 4 (Finish tokens and Finish tokens support)

What do you do at parkrun:
  Run, volunteer, socialise

How has parkrun changed your running: 
 parkrun has taught us that although it’s ok to run against other people we should be happy running at our own pace and enjoy the environment around us.

What do you like about parkrun: It’s something our whole family does together. We get to socialise at the end and play with the dogs that run parkrun with us and most of all we get to have McDonalds afterwards!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Porirua parkrun had its anniversary with a ‘Where’s Wally’ theme. 
Our family all dressed up in Wally costumes and were awarded the best dressed family. We won a tiny little trophy which we have on display at home. We also both won junior points awards which was cool.