Help us celebrate our 2nd Birthday, 12th June, 2021


This June, on the 12th we will celebrate our 2nd year parkrunning at Flaxmere parkrun.  Please mark this date in your calendars, come dressed up in your brightest run & walk suitable attire, wear a funny hat, a onesie for some funsie's. Bring your family, bring a friend, bring your dog, bring your barcode & help us celebrate.




Flaxmere parkrun Run Report, Event #81, 1st May, 2021

Flaxmere parkrun Event number #81, 1st May 2021

Kindly written by Nikola Bass

This year autumn has bought some very settled weather, however this week saw the first major frost of the year. Saturday dawned fresh with the perfect temperature for a run – cool but warmer than expected following the earlier frosts – and bringing with it new hopes and aspirations for our next parkrun.


Congratulations Darren and Louis on completing your 50 parkruns milestones!

This week 57 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom there were 6 first timers. As John Bingham said ‘The miracle is not that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.’ Just showing up is a win as we all make our own way around the fabulous Flaxmere Park track with the brown and red autumn leaves disappearing underfoot. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part today.

Well done to the eight park runners who recorded a personal best this week. An extra special congratulations to Darren & Louis on both achieving your 50th parkrun milestones – what an incredible achievement. Something for us newer park runners to aim for. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers and we thank them for their time today – Nneka OKONTA, Martin O'SULLIVAN, Andrew JONES, Keith VINCENT, Richard MILLS, Melissa THORBURN, Amber THORBURN, Jeffrey DOOLAN and Nikola BASS. You all make these run’s possible – thank you. Flaxmere parkrun started on 15th June 2019, which means our second birthday run is fast approaching – keep an eye out for details coming for how we will celebrate in the coming weeks. Since beginning in 2019 919 participants have completed 4,679 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,395 km, including 830 new Personal Bests. A total of 134 individuals have volunteered 683 times.


The female record is held by Eva GOODISSON who recorded a time of 18:25 on 10th August 2019 (event number 9). The male record is held by Anthony JACKSON who recorded a time of 16:50 on 25th December 2020 (event number 62). The Age Grade course record is held by Eric PHIMISTER who recorded 83.48% (20:53) on 30th November 2019 (event number 25).



Flaxmere parkrun Report #80, April 24th, 2021

Flaxmere parkrun report Event #80, 24th April, 2021

Written by Gretchen Stone

Congratulations Gail on your 50th parkrun milestone

Congratulations Gail on your 50th parkrun milestone


It was such a perfect autumn morning for our 80th Flaxmere parkrun on Saturday.  Clear and crisp with the promise of a day of sunshine ahead.  It’s hard to think of a happier way to start the day (and the long weekend) than 5 kilometres of walking or running in the local park with friends.


A special shout out to the 13 walkers and runners who were first timers at the parkrun on Saturday.  Great work getting out there and we look forward to many more adventures in the park with you all.

As always, thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers who make the event possible - Nneka OKONTA • Richard MILLS • Wendy APPERLEY • Cameron APPERLEY • Melissa THORBURN • Amber THORBURN • Gretchen STONE • James RAINGER • Nikola BASS.  Special thanks to James Rainger for the impromptu haka in lieu of a bell at the 4 km mark.


Well done to all of you clever people who recorded a personal best time this week.  Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page.

Very much looking forward to seeing you all again next Saturday.  And finally, here’s some running motivation to enjoy.

Sometimes you need to run (or walk); To grab your trainers, your vest; To leave the emails, the text; What’s been before, What’s happening next; Sometimes you need the pavement; The park, the drizzle, the rain; The sweat, the mud; The wind and the pain; Sometimes you need to run; Not for a purpose or a goal; But for the sound of your steps; Re-charging your soul.

Nga mihi


Volunteer Photographer needed 24th April, 2021

Wow, thanks so much to you all that have volunteered for this weekends parkrun. The roster is almost full, which means parkrun can go ahead, however what would make it even more special is that the Photographer volunteer role is filled. If you would like to have a go at capturing our unique parkrun in your own creative way, we will provide the camera & your photographic subjects (our wonderful parkrunners). Please let us know if you are keen through commenting below or emailing us at Also do let us know if any of the future roles take your fancy, you can view the available roles on the Flaxmere parkrun website future volunteers page

Ngā mihi!



Flaxmere parkrun Event #79 Apr 17 2021

Flaxmere Parkrun Report
Event #79

Jo Reyngoud

This cooler Saturday morning saw 45 parkrunners set off at 8.00am sharp to run, jog and walk the 5km course through our beautiful Paharakeke park. There was an autumnal wind blowing, sending swirling leaves dancing across the park. It also meant watching out for the ambush of falling chestnuts! The runners were encouraged home with a tail wind and the bell at the 4km mark ringing out cheerfully on the breeze. The full list of results for today's parkrun are on the website here - Event #79 latest Results.

A warm welcome goes out to those who participated in their first parkrun today.
While there were no milestones to acknowledge this week, congratulations go to those who achieved a personal best this week.

If you couldn’t get to the parkrun today remember that even when the Saturday event is over the park is still available for a freedom run. You can run the 5kms anytime and record your time in your profile. If you’re heading out of town for school holidays why not take the opportunity to try out one of New Zealand's other parkruns and become a parkrun tourist?

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank this week’s volunteers.

It’s volunteers that are at the heart of the parkrun. parkrun is a fun, free event that benefits everyone and can only be free if everyone volunteers. Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity. It’s’ll like it. Have a look at the Future Roster and let the Flaxmere parkrun team know what you would like to do and whe. - Future Roster.

If you have any questions about joining parkrun or would like to volunteer, contact the friendly team at or send a message to the Flaxmere parkrun Facebook page.

The parkrun Code

See you next Saturday ready for the welcome and celebration at 7:50am and remember Don't Forget Your Barcode! #DFYB

Flaxmere parkrun event statistics
Events: 79
Finishers: 900
Finishes: 4,558
Average finishers per week: 57.7
Volunteers: 133
PBs: 817
Average finish time: 00:36:31
Average finishes per participant: 5.1
Clubs: 67
Female record: Eva GOODISSON – 18:25 – Event 9 (10 Aug 2019)
Male record: Anthony JACKSON – 16:50 – Event 62 (25 Dec 2020)
Age graded record: Eric PHIMISTER - 83.48% 20:53 – Event 25 (30 Nov 2019)
Stats last updated: Sat 17 Apr 2021 01:18:05 UTC

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