fortnightly newsletter – 5 October


Happy birthday parkrun!

Welcome to the latest parkrun NZ newsletter! 

This week, Blenheim parkrun is launching into Spring with a special morning planned, Millwater’s ‘parkrunner of the week’ proves that age is no boundary, Hagley had a great anniversary and so did parkun!  

Happy parkrunning

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.



Blenheim parkrun

Blenheim parkrun is having a Spring launch with spot prizes this Saturday 8th October.    It’s the perfect excuse to invite your family and friends who said they would be keen to do it but haven’t quite made it to an event yet, so make your way down to the Amphitheatre on the corner of High and Symons Street this Saturday the 8th.

Briefing is at 7.45am for an 8am start. Hopefully the sun will shine and show Blenheim in her more usual sunlit splendour!


Hagley parkrun

Hagley parkrun celebrated their 2nd anniversary last Saturday and what an awesome birthday it was! Brad Henderson, Event Director, would like to thank Rachael and the team from New Zealand Home Loans, most gratefully, for the lovely cake and bringing the BBQ - everyone expressed how good the bacon and egg butties were!  

With 194 runners on the day, it was just two shy of the record attendance of 196, but with summer on the way, Hagley is sure to get well over the 200 mark.  See you all again this week, super heroes welcome again too!


International parkrunday

Bushy parkrun celebrated its 12th anniversary last weekend and the rest of the parkrun world remembered the humble beginnings of 2nd October 2004 when 13 runners took off on the very first parkrun. Since then, more than 1.8 million people have now completed a parkrun in 14 countries!

This year saw 1,212 runners finishing, with 50 volunteers helping out, quite astonishing numbers to imagine here in New Zealand. 

Many thanks to parkrun Founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE for thinking that a free, 5km run would be a good idea each Saturday morning; he’s pictured above giving out the points awards on the day.


Hamilton Lake parkrun – October 22nd

feedback from the field

Thanks for making me feel welcome at the run and the coffee afterwards.

That's the great thing about parkrun - so easy to join in anywhere. You've got an awesome bunch of people. All the best to Blenheim parkrun.

Mark Praolini,
Mt Gambier, Australia 


Great event Hagley parkrun as a guest from the UK.

Chris Holmes


This is my first time writing a run report for the Porirua parkrun, and my 5th time at coming and my best word to describe it is “AWESOME”.  What a fantastic event, something that is actually free, is so friendly, encouraging and a magic off-road trail. 

Today was a most beautiful Wellington morning, very much in contrast to the weather we have been having and I was quite excited to get out there and see if I could achieve another PB (which I am proud to say I did). 

What I love is that there are so many different levels of ability; everyone is so friendly and encouraging.  I love seeing all the dogs (who do get very excited at the start line) and the prams with beautiful children in them.  Today I followed a dad with a pram with two toddlers in and I was thinking to myself, wish I could have a turn in there, at least on the uphill part.

I am really enjoying improving each week, getting to know some of the other ladies and having a bit of competition between ourselves.  I so enjoy when I see the orange cone and think yes, I’ve made it half way, and all I have to do now is run downhill.  That sometimes can seem harder than it sounds!! 

To finish off I just want to say thank you to all the volunteers who do a fantastic job, thank you for getting me excited about running again, I’m out there promoting this wonderful event.

Rose Ohlsson,


parkrunner of the week

Name:  Emrys Jones

Age: 80

Home parkrun: Millwater

Occupation: Retired

Number of Runs: 48

Number of times volunteered: 17

What do you do at parkrun: 
I try to go every week regardless of fitness or weather. If fitness allows, I run / jog. If not, I enjoy helping with the organising.

How has parkrun changed your running:  
I used to be more competitive when I was younger. For over 30 years I belonged to Pakuranga Athletic Club and ran road and X-Country. Loved every minute of it!

At parkrun you can still be competitive if you want, but it’s more sociable. My days of 24:20 for 6km and 42:40 for 10km are long gone. Anything under 40mins at parkrun’s 5km is a bonus. Everyone cheers you on. My best time is 35:50 at Millwater.

What do you like about parkrun: 
The sociability and friendliness of all the people who turn out on Saturday mornings at 8am. 
The mixture of youngies and oldies, the family groups and some with push chairs is brilliant.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: 
When the All Blacks played Wales I dressed up in all my Welsh gear including the flag! It’s a bit of fun.

But the ‘onesies’ the other week takes some beating, although last year one of the guys came dressed as a barrel. That was a sight.

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