parkrun report – 7 December 2019

EVENT #112 - 7 DECEMBER 2019


When we arrived in the morning for park run there was a small bus parked near the start.  It wasn't a travelling gypsy bus and it wasn't full of parkrun participants it was the "pack the bus" bus.  This bus is currently visiting public events throughout the Manawatu to promote the donations of food, toys and children's Christmas presents to be re-distributed by Methodist Social Services and Barnados for the festive season.  The participants of parkrun were encouraged to bring along an item for donation.  Well done for the donations.  There were several big boxes full.  It was also nice to see that the property brokers staff member is a parkrunner also.


This week also doubled as the special Christmas celebration event.  Most of the volunteers and some competitors were all dressed up and in the festive spirit.  There was a common colour theme amongst everyone - red.  It was really good to see and put most of us in a good mood.  There was even a dog who was running their 50th park run and had a saddle with a reindeer on it.  It really was memorable!


There was a couple of first time events for the Palmerston North Park run this week.  One was the briefing given to first time park runners.  This is a separate briefing to explain to the newbies what is about to happen and how things work.  This is a new volunteer role and only takes a couple of minutes before the start.  The other first time event was that there was a 25 minute pacer.  A park runner had volunteered to be a pacer and knew that he could run to 25 minutes.  Not sure how his followers went but I thought that was awesome if he could be sure of his pace, as it is something that some of us would definitely struggle with.


It was a very warm parkrun this week.  The breeze didn't get up until after the event had finished.  Many a participant crossed the finish line looking slightly damper than usual in their costumes and all!  Well done to everyone that turned up and completed the event and a special congratulations to those who achieved PB's and other milestones like 50 and 100 parkruns.


Rachelle Tait

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