I love parkruns and I have been running in them since 2012. My husband, Andy and I have done over 300 each and occasionally when we are on holiday we go to one. So we’ve been to ones in New Zealand, Poland, Ireland, France and England. Every parkrun is different and we always meet such friendly people. I plan put news on here and build up reviews of parkruns and their cafes.
News: November 2017
New Zealand parkruns and a new parkrun in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
This report gives a flavour of what parkruns are like in New Zealand. There are 18 parkruns in New Zealand. In the North Island which is the most populated there is 14 parkruns and in the South Island there is 4 parkruns. The newest parkrun, Palmerston North is in the city I grew up in. Many parkruns video’s are on ‘youtube’, just type in the parkrun name you want to watch. This is New Zealand report for last week-end found on the parkrun New Zealand Facebook page (slightly edited):
“Wonderful welcome to Palmerston North parkrun on the weekend. The weather was not particularly kind, but this quote from their facebook page sums parkrun spirit up so well..’ Who’d have thought that soggy runners could look so cheerful. Of course the big news was the inaugural at Palmerston North, which was a stunning success. I could write lots, and wax lyrical about everything from the course, through the weather, the organization, the people to the coffee afterwards….
Attendances of 1,325 (1,339) at 14 North Island parkruns and 407 (433) at South Island’s 4 resulted in an overall total of 1,732 – a fall of 40 compared with last week’s 1,772.
That fall is perhaps a little surprising given the biggest individual location attendance clearly being for the inaugural at Palmerston North which attracted 217, and that was the only ‘200 plus’ attendance this week. There were some significant reductions elsewhere- possibly an Auckland marathon effect celebration, and a drop at Hamilton was always likely after last week’s bumper birthday celebrations. Six venues achieved the 100+ mark:at Hagley (193) Lower Hutt (188); Hamilton (186) Dunedin (127); Porirua (115); and Cornwall Park (114) Those 7 ‘100 plus’ NZ parkruns this weekend accounted for 66% of the total attendance nationwide for the week.
More good news for Palmerston North is that it was the venue where New Zealand’s fastest male parkrun time this week was achieved. Edward Currie running his first parkrun, was first home in 16min 58sec. He runs in JM 15-17 age group. Bizarre coincidence of the week? That is exactly the same fastest male time as last week’s by Nathan Jones at Pegasus! The times recorded by the first male finisher by location were – faster than the previous week at 8 locations and slower at 8 venues. No comparison is shown for Hagley or Palmerston North.
Fastest finisher in the ladies’ section is this week was Angela Whyte at Pegasus. She finished first overall in a time of 17min 53sec competing in her 41st parkrun. Faster first finishes than last week were recorded by ladies at 5 of the 16 venues reported, and slower at 11.”