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He waka eke noa! (1 January 2021)

Happy New Year - Ngā mihi o te tau hou!

The whakatauki above pretty much sums up 2020 - a canoe which we were paddling in, sometimes not moving much at all, sometimes speeding forwards, sometimes with lots of us paddling, sometimes just keeping it moving with just a few able to keep it going, but mostly paddling forwards and all of us sticking together to keep it going.
Paul Sinton-Hewitt, and parkrun UK and global, made a special point this year to keep us all connected as a parkrun community, whilst we had a pause on our events, which continues for the vast majority of the world, we tried to remain connected to as many of our wonderful parkrunner, parkwalkers and parkjoggers as possible! Zoom meetings, distanced runs when allowed, challenges on Facebook, (not) parkrun and many other creative ways we stayed connected and part of our parkrun community.
"The regularity and reliability of parkrun provides a comfort that comes from knowing it is always there: the same time, the same place, the same friendly faces, support and encouragement. A chance to escape, or to catch up, to be in the fresh air, and amongst others. parkrun’s mere presence is a reassuring island of calm in often choppy seas."

Well done to each and everyone of you for getting out there, staying connected, and being respectful of parkrun requests! "In the true spirit of parkrun, you remained there for one another, through the most difficult of times."

Thank you to each and every one of you who supported me as ED this last year, and your ongoing support for Chris and Trudy (and the rest of the volunteer crew) as they lead Pegasus parkrun in to the future! Righto - enough soppiness for now - onto some stats!

Today's special New Years day parkrun saw 57 people running, jogging and walking the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests.
Well done to those getting Personal bests (PBs) today: 25:46 Allister Leach, 30:23 Nick Drinnan, 26:12 Tony Boon

A warm welcome to Pegasus parkrun to: Tim Maroon (285), Jen Hodgson (130), Henry Bluestreak (95), Hans Peter Rombouts (84), Tony Milne (82), Roslyn Mann (80), Julia Grape (76), Vicki Shaw (40), Henrietta Forder (33), Fletcher Coleman (14) and a special warm  welcome to Darren Watts who completed his first ever parkrun! Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by lots of volunteers: Mary ANNE, Tail Walker, Maxine BENNETT,  Marshall, Lynley DEVON,  Barcode Scanning, Trudy DIGGS,  Pre-event Setup, Run Director, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Pam FRASER,  Photographer, Leigh HAMILTON,  Timekeeper, Jackie HANCOCK,First Timers Briefing, Results Processor, Run Report Writer, Simon HANCOCK,  Post-event Close Down, Claire HANSEN,  Event Day Course Check, Chris VAN DER LEER,  Communications Person, Trev WHITE,  Photographer, Dean WILLS,  Finish Tokens
Please consider volunteering - we have a few gaps over the next few weeks - it's easy, fun and rewarding - full training given if needed!

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