With a 12 day trip to New Zealand one of my aims was to fit in a parkrun. parkrun is growing like mad in New Zealand. We’ve visited Cornwall parkrun in Auckland, Lower Hutt and Porirua parkruns near Wellington and this last visit we ran the Whangarei parkrun in Northland. It was their 11th running of the event.
And what a lovely event it is too!
It winds its way out around a river track: out one way, then return to the start, then back the other way before turning around and running back again. I ran a 10km run the day before along the parkrun course and beyond. The walking tracks have monuments and interesting signage along the way. The story of the Maori people who originate from the area is told; a perfect excuse for a slow run to take it all in. It’s very well done and a lovely track to walk and run on.
Pauly was somewhat fatigued from his Horse Race the weekend before, so he was plodding along with me. I had a great time zooming ahead to get a good vantage point to take a few photos and to tease him as much as I could!
All up a great way to start our final weekend in New Zealand. We’ve now visited just as many parkruns in NZ as we have in Australia AND we haven’t even managed to get to the other two parkruns in our home state of Tasmania. It’s on the list to do this year.
AND guess what? I came first in my age group.
Whangarei parkrun facebook page can be found here. I’ve found it’s a good idea to like the facebook page of any parkrun we plan to visit. That way we can keep up to date with what’s happening.
Happy running 🙂
Ps this Saturday Pauly and I volunteered at our home parkrun at Launceston. It was my 20th time volunteering, five more and I can get the purple 25 Volunteer T Shirt!