Will Hall plays Detective Mike McCarthy in Westside. For the warm down, he changed into McCarthy’s 1983 towelling robe, from season three. Simon Holroyd of Takapuna celebrates his 50th Parkrun. Millwater runner Troy Harold gets into the Westie theme.
Black jeans and leopard print tops replaced the usual lycra running gear as a recent Parkrun took on a Westie meets Millwater theme.
The 5km Parkrun is held every weekend, departing from Metro Park East. One participant, actor Will Hall of Millwater, is also a cast member of TV’s Westside.
Will says the Parkrun participants love a dress up – so far this year there have already been St Patrick’s Day, Star Wars day and Christmas themes.
One of the organisers suggested a Westie theme for the August 10 run, which happily is close to the upcoming 150th episode of the show.
More than 170 people ran or walked the Metro Park to Orewa course with several dressed in their best Westie black. Ready to run himself in work boots and black jeans, Will told the assembled runners at the start line that it warmed his heart to see so many bogans.
“Westside is dear to my family’s heart,” he said. “Not least because it has afforded us a nice little townhouse in Millwater – so it appears crime does pay!”
He added that because Millwater is in the northeast, not the west, the runners were more likely to head to the local cafés afterwards, then to “have a KFC and a fag”.
Taking part in the Millwater Parkrun is free and open to everyone. The group meets at 8am every Saturday at Metro Park East for a timed 5km run/walk. Info: parkrun.co.nz/millwater/