Owairaka parkrun – Event #33 – 26 June, 2021

What a difference a week makes!
For the hardy volunteers who braved last week's flooded underpass and torrential rain, today's balmy 12° run with minimal wind must have felt like a different time of the year!
Safe to say, the ducks were enjoying themselves on a much calmer river this morning, as captured by Julie as she set up this morning.

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This week was Volunteer Week, and we were blessed with a full contingent of volunteers, including first-time volunteers Alysha and Kyan Delany, who did a great job at the finish line. We also had Paul White, Tony Plowman, Linda Doughty, Rosemary Bygrave, Natasha Van der Laan, Jon Turner, Abby Zhang, Julie Collard, Scott Arrol, James Mclennan, Mike Bricknell, Rebecca Berry and Adam and Dylan Berry. Adam and Dylan managed to run the course in first place the whole way, then pick up the phone and start barcode scanning and handing out finish tokens! Legends!

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It really is great to have our volunteer whanau come together each week and put on our fantastic events for all to enjoy. It's a great way to spend an hour on the weekend. Some jobs even allow you to run as well as volunteer! If you are thinking about doing it, please talk to one of the friendly volunteers or send us an email, and we can set you up for a future date.

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This week 69 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first-timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. 2 people joined us for the first-ever parkrun - hope to see you again Devika and Ajith.

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It was great to be joined by Lisa Bricknell for her 50th parkrun. Lisa has been a regular at Owairaka, and it is great having her. A few Owairaka regulars are closing in on a milestone - make sure you keep an eye on your number of parkruns so we can celebrate with you!

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Bike Auckland has also loaned us some bike racks, so if you are thinking about biking along the great cycle path beside Te Auaunga to join us in future, we can keep your bike nice and safe.

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Look forward to parkrunning in the future! Something tells me there might be a fair few checking out the new course at Sherwood Reserve next week  - good luck for the first event Scott!