I turned up for my 11th parkrun at the University of Waikato and my husband’s 13th. We were also volunteering so we arrived just after 7am for course set up. Nicola and our brand-new Run Director Lauren were there nice and early as well.
parkrunners and walkers were a bit spaced out in arriving this morning, about 7.45 am Nicola assured us that they would all turn up and sure enough parkrunners arrived. Taupo marathon was also on so some of our regular park runners would have been away for that. We still had 55 parkrunners which is a good turnout.
Lauren did her 1st timers briefing, we had 3 brand new park runners and a further 7 new to the University parkrun. Amazingly we had no one from out of town. Lauren said that the Rewind Hospice shop was opening early for parkrunners to have a look in after and we also had some spot prizes which consist of 5x$10 Vouchers. One went to a volunteer, Haylie Kangere, and others to parkrunners. parkrunners found some good bargains. Thanks Rewind Hospice!
We had some speedy youngsters, well done for coming out this morning. 10 new pbs and there were 3 in the top ten finishers. Awesome work. Well done to our top 5 speedy finishers today, you did great.
Thank you to this week’s volunteers and Lauren. Our brand new run director was really nervous beforehand but she did amazing and had a loud voice and was really chatty and friendly to everyone.
We had Jane Robertson doing her 25th park run and Marlin doing his 99th, come and celebrate Marlin’s 100th parkrun and 25th volunteer role at the University of Waikato parkrun next week. An interesting fact about people doing 25 park runs is that parkrun will be adding in a shirt for 25 runs in September this year.
After we had all finished, done our shopping and packed away the course, Jack's Coffee Lounge was waiting for us. Our hot drinks and light snacks went down a treat.
I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics and seeing everyone do so well. An interesting Olympics fact for this week, is that we had 3 parkrunners competing in the Triathlon. Hayden Wilde (Tauranga course record holder) and Nicole Van Der Kaay (Gisborne Course record holder) and one South African Simone Ackerman competing (Whangarai Course record holder).
Thank you for all coming and we will see you all again next Saturday at the Village Green.
By Hayley Robinson