How a Napier woman found more support for a healthier lifestyle

Sally Houliston would see Anderson parkrunners while out walking in the same Napier park.

 A friend in the UK had also told her about parkrun so she decided that the 5km event would be a good way to get into running regularly as part of her overall fitness journey – she’d lost almost 35kg prior to joining parkrun.

Her first parkrun was in January 2020 and now she is a regular.

“I enjoy getting to meet new people from across the community with common interests plus it’s nice to be involved in something not work-focused.

“Being office based for my job Monday to Friday, it’s great to get out on a Saturday morning for the fresh air. The support from others in supporting you with fitness goals is really encouraging.

“Because of parkrun I’ve made new friends and connections. It’s also something our whole family has become involved with each week. I’m promoting a healthy lifestyle for my son and also friends.

Sally Houliston lost 35kg before she discovered parkrun.

“Going to parkrun is great for my mental health, and the running gives me a chance to have ‘me’ time – it’s my way of relaxation.”


Sally is aiming to achieve her 50 milestone this year, as well as to volunteer at least 10 times. She’s volunteered twice so far as marshal and run report write.

“I really enjoyed marshalling and giving encouragement to others.”

Sally is a passionista of Anderson parkrun, she’s run all her 33 events to date at the Hawkes Bay parkrun.

However she says she would like to visit the Queenstown and Wanaka parkruns as her parents live in Central Otago.

Being involved with parkrun has contributed to Sally’s fitness.

“I have a goal to run at least two half marathons this year. I also want to get my parkrun PB closer to 25 – 26 mins, it’s currently 26:59.

“Because of parkrun I’ve been able to get involved with a new community group and now my teenage son is coming along.

“Having been on a significant health and fitness journey in the past three years, participating in parkrun is another way of incorporating activities into a new healthy lifestyle.”

One reply on “How a Napier woman found more support for a healthier lifestyle”

Woohoo, go Sally! Your ‘UK friend’ is in awe of what you’ve achieved over the last few years and your dedication is enviable. So sad that our ParkRun is still cancelled but loved that I got to do Anderson PatkRun with you last year it’s a great community group and whilst a little warm for me for running such a great way to exercise and relax at the same time in a great environment, keep up the good work,I’m sure you PB is better than mine now! ????

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