7th May Event # 386

What a beautiful autumnal day it was in the gardens - it's like the Goldilocks zone for parkrun ... not too early, not too hot or cold, before we get the cold and the ice and it's hard to get motivated to get out of bed.

This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done all of you!

We had a great team of volunteers today and everything went without a hitch - thanks to  Croydon PATON • Rachael MASTERTON • Neville SHANKS • Sue CUTHBERT • Alice CUTHBERT • Donna TUMARU • Richard HENDRY • Linda VAN DER KROEF • Martin JONES • Heidi EYLES.

Linda and Martin

Two of our lovely volunteers also reached the 25 volunteer milestone - thanks to Martin and Linda for all the times they have helped out. And Rachael who took the photos today was a volunteer for the 150th time - how impressive is that :)

Have a great week everyone - see you next week.

Tania (Run Director)



16th April – Easter parkrun

I made it…

I was originally planning to visit Dunedin parkrun in December 2021, but we all know what happened there – Covid and lockdowns!  It was great to finally make it today, I had been told it was beautiful and hilly, and it didn’t disappoint.  I enjoyed running around the gardens and stopped to take quite a few photos, it  was a bonus to briefly see Mike Townsend who I used to run with in Titirangi when we were both fitter and faster ..

Speedy runners were able to beat the light rain which arrived after 9.30.

Being Easter Saturday there were lots of human bunnies at the start but also some real live Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs at the finish.


Spot the bunnies

153 parkrunners ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers at Dunedin, and eight were brand new parkrunners  (only four fessed up at the newbies briefing) and 14 recorded new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.  We had tourists from the Auckland to Invercargill including from  Auckland, Wanaka, Christchurch, Wellington, Wairarapa and Invercargill.

Matthew BOLTER was the first male home today in a new PB and Taryn MCLEAN was the first female home.

Congratulations to Ralph MILLER who completed his 100th parkrun with us today.


Congratulations to all parkrunners.


That hill


The view at the top

First timers

We had 33 first timers at Dunedin, with 8 of them being brand new parkrunners.  Thanks for keeping them all safe on the course.    The new parkrunners were:

Regan LORD
Dana OTT

We hope you enjoyed your visit this morning and that we see you again.

14 New Personal Bests

Of the 153 finishers on Saturday  14 set themselves a new PB. Congratulations to:

Matthew BOLTER
Penelope SPARKLE
Genevieve VIOLET
Isaiah CHIN

This week’s results


Thanks to the volunteers

As always we are very grateful to Team Orange who made this event happen: Amanda CHURCH, Jane CLOETE, Rebecca EDGECOMBE, Anthony EYLES, Heidi EYLES, Tania HOLLIS, Cheryl KELLY, Rachael MASTERTON, Luke MCKINLAY, Neville SHANKS, Sarah WATTS

We ask that all participants have a go at volunteering and there are a number of roles to choose from.  For a full description of volunteering, have a look at the volunteer page https://www.parkrun.co.nz/dunedin/volunteer/


Following parkrun many parkrunners visited the Croque-O-Dile café to debrief on the mornings parkrun and the week gone by.

See all the latest results at https://www.parkrun.co.nz/dunedin/results/eventhistory/

Report written by Rebecca Edgecombe A324011






9th April 2022 – We’re Back!


To paraphrase General Macarthur and Arnold Schwarzenegger – Dunedin parkrun is back Baby!!!

And boy has it been missed, today was the first official parkrun since the 14th of August last year – over 7 months ago.

There was a palpable level of excitement in the air this morning, it felt like everyone there was a first timer, all eager and raring to go. It was so good to catch up with old friends and hear all their news before the start.

There weather was just perfect for the 9am start, no rain a bit of a light breeze and just the right temperature.

We had an amazing 22 first timers and 19 of them were doing their very first parkrun ever!! Welcome, I hope you all enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again at our parkrun. Be warned it can become a wee bit addictive!!

Today there were 9 P.B’s so obviously some people have been out doing a lot of training since the last official parkrun and special mention must go to Ruth Crombie and Scottie Lane who took a remarkable 4 minute and 3 minutes of their respective previous P.B.

There were no major milestones today but next week Ralph Miller will run his 100th parkrun.

Must mention our fantastic volunteers because without them, there is no parkrun as Paul our Run Director today said – it is so easy and training is provided so do your bit and put your hand up and volunteer.

Next week is the Easter long weekend so don’t forget your rabbit ears and come along and have some fun – bring the kids!!

Keep up to date by following the Dunedin parkrun Facebook page.

See you all next week.


Martin Jones


NO Christmas Day parkrun

Please note that there is no Christmas Day parkrun on in Dunedin this year as we work through the process of restarting.

However there may be parkruns in other locations that will be up and running so check out the local event pages or their Facebook pages to see which ones are on.

Event paused


3rd July 2021 Event #375

Report by Martin Jones

To say it was cold on Saturday morning was a bit of an understatement, my temperature gauge on my phone when I let the house had a minus sign before the first number! It was VERY cold!!, yet 129 hardy souls lined up for the start of the 375th Dunedin parkrun.

At the briefing the groans were heard when to no one’s surprise it would be three laps around the top and three times up the infamous stairs of despair!! It should be noted that we had some masochists amongst us who actually cheered when hearing the news – sad people indeed!.

A big thanks must go to our wonderful volunteers who braved the cold, at least the runners and walkers could get warm thru movement- I heard a rumour that some of our finish line volunteers were doing star jumps in an attempt to keep warm. Just remember parkrun wouldn’t exist without our volunteers so remember to do your bit and help out when you can. It’s very easy to do the tasks that are required to stage a parkrun and training is provided.

And so to the results….

Well done to Daniel Stouffer and Sue Lang! – Their very first parkrun!!

Another Dunedin first timer was Nicholas Walbridge from the Kapiti Coast Parkrun and it was his 50th parkrun.

And Phil Lindsay from Hagley Park parkrun was another to tackle our famous stairs for the first time.

We look forward to welcoming you again to our course and hopefully it will be a wee bit warmer next time.

Other notable achievements this week were Connor Gray logging his 50th parkrun and Danette Little logging her 150th parkrun.

Don’t forget your pajamas coming up in the PJ run on July 17th – should be lots of fun and timed to be on during the school holidays – so bring along the kids as Saturday morning sports is having a break.

In closing its worth mentioning to make sure your emergency contact details are up to date alongside your barcode. Its important in an emergency we know who to contact. I’m sure we are aware of the runner who was given CPR and was revived by parkrunners and lived to tell the tale. A link to his story is below



Event number 366 Dunedin News Saturday 1st May 2021

Dunedin Botanic Garden and what happens on Saturdays at 9am a Tourist view.

Firstly, what is a Tourist. A tourist is a person who is visiting a place for pleasure and interest, especially when they are on holiday. To this point I wish to give you my thoughts of my 19th different park run in New Zealand.

It was a pleasure to be part of this parkrun today meeting friends that I had not only met in my home run of Whangarei, but also at other parkruns in NZ. If COVID had not taken hold of this fantastic place we call home (The World)! I would have not been here today but running in Rome, Italy. This would have been my second international parkrun and part of six weeks away with parkruns in 6 different counties! We are very lucky to have the opportunity here in Aotearoa to parkrun in great places, along with great courses and of course what makes parkrun as far as I am concerned so great……… THE PEOPLE.

Today will as always have goals that we have all set for ourselves. Some of these will change quickly and some we must work hard to achieve. To this end I offer you a look at Dunedin parkrun number 366 as I see it.

I arrived in Dunedin yesterday afternoon; it was warm and sunny! Was it to be the same this morning? No, it was a barmy 4C with a bit of a nip in the air. I had managed to get my hosts along to parkrun. Not their first but their first like me in Dunedin. I was being driven to the venue as I had no idea where it was in relationship to my home for the next week. We arrived early at the carpark; it was just before 8:30. We walk around and found the start, at least we had the correct place the Run director was there along with the flag and other parkrun paraphernalia. Greeted with big smiles by Paul; groups of people started to arrive and the parkrun “buzz” started. Some people where well rugged up and hopping on the spot! The volunteers donning their orange vests and Paul briefing them on the jobs at hand.

Always a great sign that the volunteers turn up early; as they are part of the “cement” that bonds any parkrun together. Time for a briefing for those first timers and tourists. Remember this is one of the most important positions. Especially when one has first timers at any parkrun, they need to be welcomed; as they take the next big step by actually turning up! As a first timer that has been to a few parkruns before and I have some idea of what happens at the beginning and the end. Others may of course not know what to expect of the five kilometres. I can honestly say we had ALL the information we needed with the first timers briefing, with a great verbal description of the course and questions well answered and encouragement that would have been very helpful to any first timers. Thank you.

It’s getting close to the start and up pops the Run Director, welcoming us to come closer, but not too close! Those of us that have been to a few parkruns (me 114) it can be a case of “Do I have to listen to all of this again?” I heard it last week and the week before! I was pleased to hear or should I say not hear really a sound; as silence descended on the 174 participants and volunteers. A well respective audience. Yes, we did hear about the sponsors and about the way to respect the gardens. Which I must say are beautiful, (I am here for a week, so I will make sure to have another look round). We heard of course about the volunteers that are needed over the next few weeks; especially when the children (young adults) are going to run the show. Great to see the enthusiasm from them as they shadowed their mentors. This was my nineteen different parkrun in New Zealand and I have heard a lot about hazards on courses around the country. From tree roots, large puddles and even a bit of frost on some routes. Today was the first for me, as Paul announced that on the upper course there was a cone marking one of this country’s biggest hazards….……… A Possum; are well it is after all New Zealand!

Briefing over and it’s off to the start, remembering are you at the back and should be in the front or the opposite, are you going for a PB, never mind its time and we are off. I always find a new route a bit daunting, but never mind, I have seen it on the web page, we have had a first timers briefing, just follow that faster person in front of you! What do you mean there are people passing you, at this rate I will be joining the tail walkers! Better get a move on, round the lower loop twice and it’s time to attack the top section, keep left, keep right what a lot to remember. Never mind it’s all marked and on to the top and after those “stairs of despair” I hear a voice giving us encouragement. A voice in my head no a person, who because of the sun I could not quite make out, it was great to have that motivation. Thank you.

On to the turnaround point and it’s around again. This time I knew what I was doing! Can I run faster? No, those stairs again, keep going, please legs it’s all worth it for the view! Pass another runner and its pass the possum. I am sure it had moved as the second time round I could not see it; was it taking part in the parkrun? Anyway, on round the cone just over half a kilometre to go and it’s as fast as possible down to the bridge, hand brake turns by the duck pond and see sight of the finish line. Made it………………………

Dunedin parkrun thank you…………………….. it’s time to find my hosts and after a few acknowledgements of thanks it’s off for a quick coffee.


The event was made possible by an awesome team of volunteers led by Paul McElhone along with John Thomson, Amanda Corbett, Heidi Eyles, Jamie Sinclair, Leon Miyahara, Gail Sharp, Janice Hughes, Deborah Clearwater, Reece Smith, Wendy Shanks Emily McElhone and Martin Harrap.



Always good to celebrate we have the following…...


Personal bests


Congratulations to thirty people who achieved personal bests namely Ann Pratley, Aya Waldrom, Beryl Lebowitz Ciccoricco, Caitlin Lill, Christopher Wells, David Liddell, Ethan Tritt, Eva Dejong, James Kirker, Jan Flood, John Lill, John Reynolds, Jude Waldrom, Kate Caradus, Kendyl Chalmers, Kent Chalmers, Kirsty Nicholls, Jonah Smith, Laura Bingham, Louis Newman, Lucas Nyhof, Michael Todd, Reece Smith, Reuben Bosworth, Rowena Howe, Royce Earl, Stewart Noguer Blue, Stewy Haddon, Tracy Thomas and Warren Pickering


Congratulations to Tim Maroon 300 parkruns and Paul Cobby with 150 parkruns

After today’s effects there are a number of milestones that may be up and coming next week Andrew Bosworth (99), Aidan Cho (95), Sebastian Kerkvliet (49), Orlaith Heron (49), Tony Moore (49), Janet Beale (49)


First home

This week Jonah was the first back in an incredible 17:16 only 17 seconds outside the course record. Having taken off 16 seconds from the previous week can he achieve the new course record on his next outing? The rest of us followed and the top three male and female are as follows:



1 Jonah Smith 17:16

2 Sebastian Kerkvliet 19:52

3 Zeke Smith19:57



1 Orlaith Heron 22:41

2 Alice Macleod 23:15

3 Jillian Tourelle 23:36

Age graded performance


Jonah Smith74.71%

Henry Eyles 69.89 %

Simon Guest 68.52 %



Julie Wilson 81.72 %

Jan Flood 73.42 %

Jillian Tourelle 72.81 %



I am off to see what else is around Dunedin, or should it be up and down! I am off to find Baldwin Street for I am a tourist after all.

Thank you for having me, have a great week and as Peter Snell would say….

“When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t.”

Martin Harrap



17th April – Junior Run Report Writer

Our second start at nine am - the beautiful sun was shining but it was still a bit chilly. All the autumn leaves falling off the trees and making a brown and golden carpet with 226 park runners and walkers. There were 14 out of town people from Auckland, Wellington and Matamata. We are very grateful to have the volunteers who are : Marlie CHISHOLM, Deborah CLEARWATER, Paul COBY, Amanda CORBETT, Jo LITTLE, Rachael MASTERTON, Kathy MCKENDRY, Leon MIYAHARA,  Ben ROWLEY , Neville SCOTT,  Neville SHANKS , Nancy SMITH, Martin WATT 

By Marlie Chisholm (11 years old)

7th March Event Cancelled

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Due to Dunedin being in Alert Level 2, there will not be an event this week.

Listen out for any alert level changes and we will be back again one we move to Alert Level 1.



Event number 355 6th February 2021

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This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Of course this couldn't happen without our fantastic volunteers:

Emily SCOTT • Rachael MASTERTON • Neville SHANKS • Nick WOOLISCROFT • Lynne KERR • Hannah SCOTT • Corinna FLAWN • Laura SCOTT • Kathy MCKENDRY • Logan GRAY

We also had one of parkrun's Event Ambassadors visiting us for the first time and here's his impression of Dunedin parkrun


What a fantastic event the South Islands original parkrun is!  I’m talking about Dunedin parkrun of course! It’s taken me until my 220th finish to arrive here and the wait has been worth it.

A friendly, encouraging and enthusiastic group of volunteers, ably led by ED Tania and today’s RD Nick - self supporting parkrunners and parkwalkers - a picturesque course through the Botanic Gardens and of course, The Stairs of Despair!

I thoroughly enjoyed my First Timer at Dunedin as did Caren, great to see other First Timers at the briefing and also First Time Visitors like ourselves.

Next time we are here we won’t arrange to be in another town by a particular time.

Looking forward to our 2nd run with Dunedin parkrunners already (& hopefully I won’t be in broken condition next time)

All the best
Geoff & Caren

Event #354 30th January 2021 – double run report

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The last parkrun for January 2021 dawned fine but cool in fact a little cold for some people after the hot temperatures earlier in the week.

178 keen souls lined up and completed the course helped along the way by our wonderful volunteers – 9 in total. Remember parkrun wouldn’t happen without them so do your bit and volunteer every now and then, it’s an easy task and you are really appreciated by the runners.

Some highlights and achievements looking in detail at this week’s results.

28 PB’s recorded so well done – a couple that stand out include Joel Carman – first male across the line in 19.09 and Sharyn Bungard taking 45 seconds of her previous PB.

10 first timers again and well done on completing your first parkrun and the one that stood out was Sammy Benson Pope – first female across the line in an excellent time of 21 minutes exactly.

It was also the day for people completing their 100th parkrun – 4 people in fact completed the milestone so big congratulations to Hideo Yoshihama, Henry Bluestreak, John Hogue and Lisa Caton.

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We had visitors from Invercargill and from Millwater Park Runs and I know they enjoyed the stairs of despair. Our Millwater visitor agreed that after climbing our hill that she didn’t have any right to complain ever again about the hill (more like a bump) on her course ever again.

In closing just remember while a PB or a major milestone is worth celebrating I believe parkrun is more than that. It’s about friendship and making new friends and sharing stories about how we all conquered those bleeping stairs again!!, it’s about feeling good about yourself after you have got some exercise and enjoying a coffee with your parkrun friends, as well as the joy and anticipation of doing it all again next Saturday.

Martin Jones (134 parkruns)


I love parkrun. I love parkrun because I love to meet parkrun people. I love to visit new parkrun locations. I love staying active in some of NZs most beautiful sports. And I love to give back and contribute to parkrun.

And lucky old me continued to do just that at Dunedin’s 354th event on Saturday.

I have never considered myself a parkrun tourist. A wannabe one, sure, but in reality I very rarely manage to leave my family behind (or indeed take them with me) and experience a different event. This is why 204 of my 233 parkruns have all been at Millwater, my home event where I work with our core team to keep things ticking along. However, looking at my parkrun stats for the past month or so, I have run at four different events over seven weeks which makes me smile! And to give back I decided to write the run reports for these different events.

So here I am!

Back in October, three friends and I booked a girls’ trip to Dunedin for a friend’s 40th. Fellow parkrunners will understand my joy when I realised I would be able to tick off another event while we were there. I had been to Dunedin once before, back in 2003 on a South Island road trip, but this was before Paul Sinton-Hewitt had started the original Bushy Park Time Trial, so there were certainly no parkruns back then. I was certainly not a runner back then either!

We were staying in the city this time, just a 15 minute walk from the Botanical Gardens, so my friends and I left our motel at 7:15 and made our way there. We were excited to see the 660 house en route, and stopped for a quick photo opportunity, and then proceeded to make our way to the gardens. We were super early and the first to arrive, so had a quick chat with the set-up team, who were a very friendly bunch. We ascertained that the stats for Dunedin were very similar to Millwater, both in attendance numbers and with over 300 events to their name, though Dunedin has been going for several months longer. One of my friends is a keen runner too, though not registered with parkun (I know… we have to work on that!), and she joined me on the run, while my other friend decided to watch us go, and then take a leisurely walk around the gardens.

Now I had heard of the ‘Stairs of Despair’ but had naively thought ‘how hard can they be?” Well, I can confirm that they are hard! We made great time around the first two lower laps, in fact hitting my best average speed for a long time. And then the hill. To be honest, the hill was harder than the stairs on the hill. And they hurt. And I plodded up them as best as I could before enjoying the marvellous view of Dunedin from the top. And then I gingerly navigated my way down the hill on the loose gravel. And repeat! My friend, (who is a pilates instructor, with excellent core strength it seems) managed it far better than I, and finished a couple of minutes before me, when I collapsed over the finish line at a little over 34 minutes. I was pretty chuffed with that, considering the incline!

It was a very different parkrun experience to any I had before. And yes, it was hard, but I loved it!

Enormous congratulations to first finisher, Joel Carman, for getting around in 19:09 and achieving a PB. He must be superhuman to do the course in that time! In fact, 20 people recorded a PB this week. I notice the course record is set at 16:59 back in 2015 by Joshua Baan. Amazing!

I was among ten official first timers, congratulations to everyone for showing up and giving it a go!

Huge thanks to ED Tania, this week’s RD Nick Wooliscroft and their team of HiViz heros for putting on such a friendly, welcoming, interesting event! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and while my legs are still aching three days later, those views at the top of the hill were well worth it!

I’m looking forward to returning ‘home’ to Millwater this week, but I promise the next time I come to Otago, I will certainly be back to try and get a PB!

Have a great week, everyone; and happy walking, jogging, running and volunteering next week!

Claire Taylor (233 parkruns)



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