We will have a parkrun on New Year's Day 2021. We will start at our usual time of 8:00 a.m. We will not go to The Offering afterward.

We will gather for our regular weekly parkrun the following day, 2 January, because that is, of course, a Saturday.


Christmas 2020

We will have a parkrun on Christmas Day this year. We will start at our usual time of 8:00 a.m. The parkrun elves will decorate the start line, and a rumour of Christmas music to be played during the event has yet to be confirmed. Please dress up as you see fit. We will not go to The Offering afterward.

We will, of course, have a parkrun the following day, Boxing Day, which is a Saturday.


Event Report #89

This week's Event Report comes to us from the ever resourceful, always dynamic Nneka Okonta, who resides in the Hawkes Bay but does parkrun wherever her travel urge takes her ...

This was my unplanned 89th volunteer day at Greytown parkrun #89. Those of you who have read my previous run reports at Greytown will know that I always have a wonderful time at this parkrun, so this might be a bit repetitive for you #sorrynotsorry…

9So anyway, yes it was wonderful once again at Greytown! We even had a ‘Bede bonus’ spotting regular parkrunner and run report writer Bede STEVENS on our way to the start and stopping for a chat. Another benefit of arriving early was the chance to do a parkrun freedom on the beautiful bucolic Greytown course. However, parkrun is not just for Saturday morning - parkrun Freedom lets you record your runs on parkrun courses at any time. You can add a parkrun freedom record in your parkrun profile or just enjoy a course without logging it. Check out or chat to Kelly BIRCH. You may remember Kelly’s awesome devil costume at Halloween complete with tortured souls, but today she was an angel rescuing snails from the path.

Very warm welcome to first time parkrunners Jo HOLTER and Elliot MAURIRI, hope you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again soon. Also hope to see a future parkrunner new to the area who I will call ‘K’; if you are reading this, then please do come along! Visitors are always welcome, and this week we welcomed Martin DRANSFIELD back to parkrun after almost two years away (once a parkrunner, always a parkrunner?), and Wendy HARE. Wendy hails from the Coromandel and has ‘cruised’ to 46 different parkruns so far, including 29 in New Zealand.

Despite the bad weather foretold by parkrun regulars Kirstin HUNTER and Bruce MCCARDLE, the rain mostly held off. Viv MAURIRI, Robyn LOVEWELL, Joe MARTIN, Penelope HILL, and Nigel MILIUS defied the wind (rumoured to be even windier than Lower Hutt) to achieve personal best times. Well done to all! Special thanks to Robyn, who dragged me along in her wake. You can’t tell from the results, as I was some way behind!

Yummy post parkrun brekkie at the Offering as usual, even more delicious considering the 10% discount given to all parkrunners in possession of a parkrun barcode on Saturday morning. Thank you Offering! We enjoyed a chat with three generations from this morning’s parkrun: Kathy BORLAND, Andrea COWLAM and young Oliver, who has been attending literally all his life.

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Neighbouring Carterton had their Christmas parade on parkrunday, so that means the countdown to Christmas Day parkrun has begun. What better way to start your Christmas Day than with your parkrun family? Greytown are also hosting a parkrun on New Year’s Day hence four parkruns in eight days to look forward to. Could be a few local parkrunners celebrating their 50th parkrun and earning a famous free red tee before 2021. Kim REGISTER, Paul FURKERT, Vivienne HAWKEN, Miranda BARTON, Judy RAYNER, and Kathy BORLAND are all getting close.

Full results are here.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Rachel CLARKE (the famous “Rochel”) barcode scanning, Andrea COWLAM tailwalking, Michael EDWARDS timekeeping, Guy FISHER giving out finish tokens, Paul GIBBONS directing traffic, Nneka OKONTA waffling, William SMALLWOOD marshalling at Stout’s corner, and Dave WHITE run directing a.k.a. keeping us all in order and every other job. If you want to join the cool kids (all roles are easy and fun, and full training is given) pop your name on the list at parkrun or email the friendly event team to grab your favourite spot.


parkrun #88 Event Report

Today was a mild, calm morning at the 88th edition of the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun. A variety of visitors attended which boosted our number to 56.

Personal Bests (PBs) were achieved by

Steve Sharp, Neil Haxton, Rebecca Dimock and Nathan Webber

And kudos to those who competed in the very challenging Wai Running Festival yesterday.

A couple of buggies and dogs made the course exciting and interesting.

Thank you to our 10 volunteers as this amazing event could not happen without your help:


We welcomed parkrun tourists:

Paul Voorend, Adam Sigley, Karen Sigley, Jonathan Findon, Jordan Jones, Robyn Richards and Robynne Robbins.

We hope you will come visit us again.

We also welcomed Viv Mauriri and Robyn Cherry-Campbell having their barcode scanned for the first parkrun. The first of many Saturday 5kms we are sure.

Viv and Viv

Robyn and Ali

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun Results Page.

As always was great to catch up at The Offering post parkrun.


The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 8th December 2018 (event number 6).
The male record is held by Matthew MOLONEY who recorded a time of 16:23 on 9th February 2019 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Eric PHIMISTER who recorded 82.10% (21:14) on 14th September 2019 (event number 46).

Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun started on 3rd November 2018. Since then 852 participants have completed 3,657 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,285 km, including 621 new Personal Bests. A total of 117 individuals have volunteered 677 times.


parkrun #87 Event Report

To all our 35 parkrunners, joggers, woggers and walkers, thank you for coming out this morning to join us for parkrun on such a beautiful spring day.

We welcomed 2 first-timers to our parkrun:

Sarah Jantscher visiting from Lower Hutt

Sarah Jantscher

and Andrew Ritchie from Carterton via Canada, running his very first parkrun!

Andrew Ritchie

Congratulations to those who achieved a Personal Best today:

Rebecca Dimock and Jocelyn McKernan

And the biggest congratulations for to our 2 parkrunners who achieved milestones today:

Guy Fisher completing his 50th parkrun to earn his red T

Guy 50

and Melanie MacGregor volunteering for her 25th occasion earning the purple T

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Our event would not have been possible without our Hi-Viz Hero volunteers:



Mel 25 curtsey

tail walker

Future volunteer rosters can be found on the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun website. If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email with your name, preferred date and what role you would like to do. To find out more, visit the volunteer page. Details about what particular roles do on the day can be found by clicking on the role name, or visiting the volunteering section of the parkrun support site.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun Results Page.

Just a reminder of some special events coming up where we have the opportunity to complete 4 parkruns in 9 days!!!

25th December - Christmas Day parkrun so hunt out your favourite Christmas sweater, Santa suit, Elf onesie .....

26th December - Boxing Day is our usual Saturday parkrun

1st January - New Years Day parkrun and let's welcome 2021 in our brightest activewear

2nd January - Day after New Year's Day is our usual parkrunday.

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