Balclutha parkrun is cancelled on 2021-09-18 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Christmas / Boxing Day parkruns

Christmas/Boxing Day parkruns Balclutha

Balclutha parkruns 122 & 123

After a week of grey and damp easterly weather, it was a great relief to everyone when Christmas AND Boxing day mornings dawned clear and dry!

On Christmas Day there was a nice wee turn out of festive clad runners and volunteers, which saw 32 participants head out under the able guidance of 9 volunteers, all eager to justify their Christmas meals later in the day.

We welcomed first timers for Balclutha, David Douglas from Lower Hutt along with Carolyn Clark, and visitor Grant Lincoln from Auckland. Welcome one and all.

Milestones for the day went to Suzanne Schofield for her 25th volunteer and Aida and Brydon Begg for their 10th run.

Conditions were pretty ideal, not too warm, hardly any breeze and good conditions underfoot. All combined to see Grant home in a PB for Balclutha of 18:51. The only other PB for the day went to speedy young Bryn Carter.

After a cupcake or mince pie at the finish line we all dispersed well content that, unlike people still lingering in bed, we had earned our Christmas lunches!

Boxing Day almost seemed like a GroundHog Day! Slightly different casting – but still a good turn out with 33 doing the course and a different mix of 9 volunteers.

Opinions varied as to how fast the course might go due to a surfeit of food from yesterday potentially adding a handicap to most times!

A warm welcome to Geoff and Megan Ferry from Wellington as well as David Douglas – back for his second in as many days with us; and an enthusiastic welcome back to AJ!

Nicola Ryan clocked up 50 parkruns today! Well done Nicola – a great achievement for 2020!

Out on the flood bank a brisk breeze kept everyone cool and appreciating the turn around and having it on our backs till the next turn (By then we’d all warmed up enough not to notice it). Geoff Ferry came back in spectacular time with 16:57 across the line being only 7 seconds short of the course record for Balclutha and, amazingly, exactly the same time as his first run at Balclutha in early March this year!

Doesn’t THAT seem an awfully long time ago! Megan Ferry completed the double by coming in the first woman over the line – a couple double! Megan also joined David Douglas in getting a PB for the day.

Those that were interested and able adjourned to Cafe ́ Parlane after the run and very much enjoyed the hospitality of Kat and her family in Kaitangata – thanks Kat for putting your day off to such a good cause!

Once again a BIG thank you to all the volunteers involved – without you all parkrun would not be! We look forward to welcoming everyone back New Year’s Day 2021!


Christmas parkrun 2020

Yes - you will be able to do a parkrun on Christmas morning in Balclutha this year!

We will start at 8am at Naish Park on the 25th December.

It will be a great chance to share some Christmas cheer and relax with lovely parkrun people before a busy day for most of us.  Maybe a chance to run off a bit of that Christmas dinner or work up an appetite depending on how you want to play it.

We will keep the volunteer list quite tight but if you fancy helping out just let us know in the usual ways: in person, on Facebook or via the website.

Just another great reason to look forward to Christmas Day this year.

See you there!


Balclutha parkrun #118

Balclutha parkrun #118 28 Nov 2020


Today I had the pleasure of literally ‘tail-walking’ with Katie and her human – local vet,
Suzanne. It was a beautiful morning and the flood bank was in excellent condition. There are many things to love about Balclutha parkrun. One being the gorgeous Clutha River which we get to run alongside and then cross twice via the iconic bridge. Funny thing is, I’m currently overlooking the very same river as I write this from my home in Alexandra 140km away.

Turns out there was only one visitor today, all the way from my ‘kind-of local’  Queenstown parkrun.

Another thing I love is the warm welcome. On my previous visit in February, Gill Scarth
handed me a purple tutu to match my top as it was the 22nd of the 2nd, TUTU DAY. Having started my parkrun quest back in Christchurch (29 NZ parkruns in 29 weeks ….. before you know what) and without knowing a single soul in the South Island, it was wonderful to be made to feel ‘at home’.


As a parkrun Tourist, it would be remiss of me (think that’s how one uses that phrase) not to mention Kaka Point Beach and Nugget Point Lighthouse* only 20-30 minutes away. A definite must-do! As it happens, one of the local parkrunners has the perfect place to stay – themermaidbeachhouse (via bookabach).

Today’s event was extra special for a variety of reasons. Ellie and Hattie Olsen-Vetland
joined the Junior 10 club. Angie Carter joined the V25 club and made a delicious chocolate slab cake for us all. Kath Witt had a new PB of 36.18. Event Director Rod Deverson was the first finisher home, for the first time, with 23.53. And Balclutha took second place for the smallest NZ Parkrun this week (23 of us). Big thank you to Runs With a Barcode Alison King for all the stats. Incidentally, she’s due to visit New Year’s Day 2021.

Normally we would head to Cafe 55 afterwards but as it was closed, I was kindly shown the way to Rosebank Cafe and Grill by Oliver and Lauren SCARTH. The two of them also did a fantastic job volunteering, as did John DOUGLAS, Angie CARTER, Toby DEVERSON, Annie SCHOFIELD, Angie CARTER and Run Director Mark OLSEN-VETLAND. On the 12th of the 12th, Mark will be supervising Balclutha’s #120th Event as the children (all under 12) take on each and every volunteer role. Absolutely brilliant idea! After all, they are our future.

Shelley Charlton, Queenstown




Balclutha parkrun #112

17th October 2020

Election day parkrun – not that anyone was talking about it (the election that is, not parkrun!).

Once again Balclutha parkrun avoided the rain, with overnight rain clearing for the run to head out in nearly perfect conditions – that is no wind and not too hot!

Welcome to Grace Ollerenshaw who joined our family for the first time today with a total of 42 participants and various dogs (well done Bo on your 100th unofficial doggy parkrun) lining up for the start and heading off across the park and onto the riverbank.

A recent increase in the numbers of woolly creatures on the bank had lead to an inevitable increase in items to be avoided but, overall, it wasn’t too bad. Said woolly creatures again did their alternate parkrun along the bottom of the bank, one hopes the exercise is as beneficial to them as it is for us!

There were several position changes through the run with age and experience winning out as Peter Ross came home in excellent time and attained a new PB. Well deserved Peter. It was a good run for PB’s with a total of 9 being attained – 21% of the run. Nice to have a small run that gives great statistics.

Roll on to next week and our Labour weekend run.


Balclutha parkrun #111

10th October 2020

Parkrun 111! There must be some kudos in that?!

The kudos collected today was a BIG congratulations to Tania Mills who clocked up her 100th parkrun – well done to Tania who has been a stalwart since starting the Balclutha parkrun and sets up for it nearly every Saturday as well.

The day was clear but the river bank was a murky mist which made spotting the participants as they loomed out of it a bit of a challenge! A total of 38 people completed the course with a few more starters. Two first timers and four PB’s livened up the field – another special mention to welcome Esme Palmer to the run for the first time, accompanied by proud dad Jason, this was a very special accomplishment for
Esme and we look forward to many more.

The run seemed to feature people arriving at the finish in bunches, keeping the time keepers challenged clicking the buttons, and made for some fun finishes. There were plenty of enthusiastic sprints for the finish to keep everybody entertained.
All home in under the hour and caked up (thanks Tania!) those keen for a coffee and breakfast headed out for Cafe 55 – nice to have them back in action after time out over COVID and winter.

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