On Saturday I was in Whanganui early, so I decided to run the Whanganui Parkrun for the 2nd time. My friend Steve drove over from Palmerston North with another parkrunner, Paul, just to do the Whanganui run. Then, by chance, Sharon and Warren, also from Palmerston North, turned up to the run. So there were five of us from Palmerston North - I figure we swelled the Whanganui numbers by 10%!
The conditions were perfect for the run: cool, not cold. The Whanganui parkrun seems more interesting to me than the Palmerston North run. It stays right beside the wide, tidal river the whole way. There are sometimes rowers and power boats skimming along the wide, slow river; and hills, traffic and houses on the far bank.
I also like that it's a smaller Parkrun crowd at Whanganui at present - it seems more friendly than Palmerston North.
We joked afterwards that it is easy to get "hooked" on the Whanganui course - we were a bit wary running past the fishers who were getting ready to cast their lines into the Whanganui river, and we didn't want to get caught up in their activities on our way past!
Thank you Anne and all the other cheerful Whanganui volunteers who make the parkrun possible for everyone. We really appreciate your giving and what you do for us.
Thank you for a great start to a Saturday in Whanganui,