Event #193 on 20 March 2021

48 runners and walkers came along for the Cambridge NZ parkrun event number 193.

There were just 3 first timers this week - Vaughan MORRISON who is a Hagley/Foster parkrun regular.... as well as Ken NICHOLL and Doug JONES who have both completed most of their parkruns at Hamilton Lake.

This morning was cooler than I expected, although the weather app claimed 14°. I for one swapped my shorts for long tights when I got into my gear this morning.

The path was relatively quiet this morning apart from us parkrunners. I just saw two other path users enjoying walks with their four legged friends.

New personal best times were achieved by 8 people this morning, 18% of today’s crowd! - awesome work to Braedon CATCHPOLE, Tara SACKE, Raelene GRINTER, Phil ARCH, Russell GRINTER, Kerry AITKEN, Greg UDY and Leanne HINTON.

Braedon and Tara came closely in placing 2nd and 3rd with just 4 seconds in between each other, and both achieving PBs - the power of pushing and motivating each other.

That is one thing that is great about the parkrun community, regardless of whether you finish in 20 minutes or 60 minutes.. you have the support and encouragement from all of the other fellow parkrunners.

There were no milestones identified this week, but I can see some people are getting close to one.

Enjoy your weekend


13 March 2021 – we’re back!


The Waikato region is back to Alert Level 1 and Cambridge NZ parkrun will be on this Saturday 13 March.

This week we're celebrating our event's 4th anniversary so dress up and have some parkrun fun.

See you there!


6 March 2021 – Event Cancelled

Following the New Zealand Government Announcement on 28 February 2021, all parkrun events in New Zealand will be cancelled for this week.

Please respect the COVID-19 restrictions, safety comes first.


Event #185 on 16 January 2021

A large crowd gathered around with excitement waiting for the run director to kick off this mornings parkrun. 78 people to be exact, including a few four legged friends.

A variety of males, females, youngsters as well as the older generation all come along to parkrun which is the great part about it... it is for anyone and everyone. You can run parkrun in 18 minutes or walk it in 60, and you are still welcome.

The weather was extremely warm and sticky today, so good on everyone who got up when their alarms went off this morning and made the effort to come and run/walk 5km for the fun of it!

Well done to the individuals who achieved personal best times - Pip MCKERNAN, Briana MEYER-ROCHOW, Holly CR, Haylee BALZER, Jennifer HANCOCK and Dee ATKINSON (yeah the girls!).

I call Cambridge NZ parkrun my home parkrun, but it has actually been a decent few months since I’ve run this track. Life and work get in the way sometimes, meaning a Hamilton event is now my more local event.

Thank you to the volunteers, volunteering is a great way to get to know other fellow parkrunners and do your little bit to keep parkrun running (get it ha).

Enjoy your weekend!
Samantha H


Event #163 on 4 July 2020

After over 3 months of running by ourselves, virtual parkruns, or just blobbing on the couch with lock-down drinks and nibbles, we finally got a chance to get back to our favourite Saturday morning activity.  parkrun!!!!

The morning was quite mild for the middle of winter, and we were grateful that we didn't see a repeat of the heavy frosts from the previous 2 days. This made for perfect running (or walking) conditions.

As a show of support for the other parkrun countries that are still unable to start, the NZ parkruns each adopted a country.  Cambridge NZ put there hand up for the England part of the UK.

People dressed up with UK colours, flags were waved and a shout of of support was recorded.  We were then joined, via Zoom, with the core volunteer group from Cambridge parkrun in England who got the parkrun started.


Congratulations to all our parkrunners with PBs this week - Jean Maritz, Morne Cronje and Richard Wren. Also welcome to our 4 first times.  We hope to see you all back soon.


We can't do parkrun run without volunteers. So a big thank you to our 17 volunteers, of which 9 just happened to be based on the other side of the world.  Our NZ based volunteers were treated to a welcome back platters of food from our favourite cafe, The Bikery.  Special thanks to the team there.  Your generosity was much appreciated.

The Stats Part

This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 4 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Helen HENRY • Michaela JOYSEY • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Pamela ABBOTT • Catriona COLE • Mike HORSCROFT • Jenny PAYNE • Vicky KOSOVICH • Gary COLE • Sarah SWAN • Stuart PAYNE • Larraine CROWTHER • Monique WILES • Joanne SIMPSON • Christine HALL • Lesley WILKIN • Kyra TUFFERY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cambridge NZ parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Charli MILLER who recorded a time of 18:57 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 54).
The male record is held by Jonny MCKEE who recorded a time of 16:28 on 25th January 2020 (event number 155).
The Age Grade course record is held by Steve REES-JONES who recorded 85.34% (16:29) on 28th September 2019 (event number 137).

Cambridge NZ parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 1,549 participants have completed 7,995 parkruns covering a total distance of 39,975 km, including 1,327 new Personal Bests. A total of 126 individuals have volunteered 1,223 times.

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