Event 202 on 22 May 2021

When I ventured outside this morning at 7.30am, a Thrush was singing loudly at the top of a kowhai tree, declaring that it was 6 degrees, and it would be a wonderful day for parkrun.

I arrived at the Cambridge parkrun to find many participants sporting their tutus to celebrate the 22 date. Very fetching they were, and lots of different coloured tutus. We had a good turnout with 71 park runners and walkers. A chilly start to the day, but by half way, we were warmed up.

This week’s volunteers

This week’s volunteers

Ist home this morning was Matthew Hall in 22.07 mins. Matthew has the impressive record of completing 280 parkruns.

Congratulations to Peter Fluhler who achieved his 50 milestone with a new personal best.

Today we had 4 who were first timers, and 12 who recorded new Personal Bests. Visitors from 6 different clubs took part.

It is great when families participate with different generations, and I could see that today we had the Grootscholten family, the Rogers, the Horans and the visiting Bree family. The Grinter and the Simpson familieswere both volunteering. (My apologies if I have missed out others.)

Today there are some wonderful photos that have been put on facebook. Check them out. A big thankyou to the 12 volunteers today.  My turn next week, give me a wave I’ll be the tail walker.

The Bikery café was busy after parkrun, as many of the participants enjoyed a coffee and catchup with friends.

I will just mention that two weeks ago Cambridge NZ celebrated their 200th parkrun event. A great achievement for those people who undertook to get this event underway in Cambridge, and who continue to oversee it.

As I write this, the Thrush is still singing at the top of the tree, declaring that it was a great day at parkrun.

Louise Macfarlane


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

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