Owairaka parkrun – Event #37 – 24 July, 2021

Event 37, I can see clearly now the fog is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way...

When we think about what holds us back from getting out and exercising, I am sure many at some stage have worried about what they look like while they run. I tell you what, when you have a morning like we did today ain’t no one going to be seeing you through that thick fog that didn’t lift all parkrun!

Even without the fog it is easy to see how safe and supportive the parkrun environment is no matter your abilities. Parkrun becomes more than about just walking or running as it becomes a community. One parkrunner that is well known within the Auckland parkrun scene is the very generous Helen who kindly baked very yummy cakes in the number of 100 to celebrate Owairaka’s very own parkrun starter and run director Julie who was celebrating an impressive dual milestone of 100 runs and 100 volunteer milestones. I heard a whisper that Helen had even swung by Cornwall Park parkrun to provide them cake to celebrate their 9th birthday on the way to Owairaka, how supportive is that! You don’t have to look far to find some kind of support out on the track, be it at the front of the pack or the back.

Winter is dark and cold and it is easy to want to stay in bed. Did you know that the mood benefits of 20 minutes of exercise can last up to 12 hours? What a way to kick start your Saturday!

Having had a health setback and being away from much exercise, it took me some time to reach my own 50th run milestone today, but I finally have done it! Other milestones today were celebrated by Krystyna also with 50 runs and today’s run director Rosalind trying to sneak through without detection with her very own 25 volunteer milestone. What a day of celebrations!

73 people ran, jogged, walked, skipped and collected droplets on their eyelashes, eyebrows and beards along the way. 10 people were first timers and 14 nabbed themselves a pretty sweet PB. We also welcomed runners from Whangarei and Queenstown.

If you know someone who parkruns but is yet to visit Owairaka why not tell them about the awesome track that it is.

Joyce Leevard