Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun is cancelled on 2021-09-25 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

Event Report #126

A half century of Runners, Joggers and Walkers took part in event number 126. With a few vocal canines making their presence known.
The weather Gods once again were kind with a tailwind out and a mild head wind home. Initially the wind felt nasty but this wasn’t an issue once the gun went off.

Welcome to the 5 first timers at our Parkrun with 2 making Greytown their first ever:
Michellie GOURLAY (first ever)
Amelia WOS (first ever)

Hopefully for the 2 newcomers this is the first of many! Shout out to Alan and Christine, who joined us for the run and at the Offering afterwards - we'll hopefully see you for a run at Hagley in ChristChurch soon!

2 new PBs today congratulations to:

Harrison CATT wowed us with his 10th parkrun milestone! Great work!

Train was running late this morning so a few runners beat it in. Hopefully the winter is in the rear view mirror and we can look forward to Spring weather soon.


As always this event can not be possible with out a solid team of volunteers. Thank you to: Destry GOURLAYKim GOURLAYAndrea HARVEYKate HARVEYKirsty HULLIan HUNTERBillie MACGREGORChris MEADMelissa MEADBede STEVENS


Thanks Ian for the early warning about the water hazard - just one of those things with all the winter rain!

Stay safe but keep on running!


Event Report #125

Another fantastic day in the 'Rapa today, for Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun #125! Congratulations to all 50 runners and walkers who completed our 5km course.  Supposedly cold winter temperatures are bringing snow in the next day or two, but you wouldn’t have even thought that was the case as we all lined up on a lovely warm winters morning.


We welcomed visitors from Wanganui Heads and New Plymouth - thank you for choosing to run with us in the Wairarapa, we hope you love our parkrun trail as much as we do!


A huge congratulations to Melissa MEAD running her first parkrun as Run Director, well done! And lets not forget it was also her 25th volunteer as well earning her purple shirt.  Another big congrats to Chris MEAD, also earning his 25th volunteer purple shirt, what a way to celebrate 35 years around the sun.


It is easy to volunteer and we always encourage regular participants to do so about 4 times a year.  There are roles as well that mean you can still complete the 5km run.  If you are interested in helping out you can see the clipboard at every parkrun, or email



Well done to all runners and walkers today, and we look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Personal Bests:


First Timers at GWT!





Event Report #124

In a week, where I am sure we have all been motivated by the NZ Team at the Tokyo Olympics, I think a few of our regulars may have slept in today, after some late nights!! We still managed a good turnout, with 35 people who ran, jogged and walked the course this morning.

These chilly mornings are taking a bit of getting used to, for those of us who have moved back from Queensland. But it’s not hard to get out of bed when you arrive and get a friendly welcome, from one of our parkrun family.

One of our regulars, Sheila, used this week's parkrun to complete a 425km walk - the equivalent of the refugee path from Afghanistan to Pakistan - in support of the Red Cross.


If anyone would like to know more about Sheila's journey, please follow this link. Well done Sheila!!

First Timers

We had five new parkrunners today. Welcome! We hope this is the first of many at Woodside:

Ben and Julie did particularly well on their first parkrun with Julie achieving "first lady" and Ben coming first overall.


It's also interesting to note that this is our first event in which both first- and second-placed finishers beat the train!  Congratulations, guys!


New Personnel Bests

Pleased to see the wet, chilly conditions a few weeks ago for your first parkrun, have not put you off, Rachel.

And congratulations, Kim on achieving a new PB and still having the energy to prepare this great write-up!


Thanks to the Volunteers

As always, we are very grateful to Team in Orange who made this event happen:

  • Dave WHITE
  • Paul GORDON
  • Phil COX
  • Vivienne HAWKEN
  • Sheryl THOMSON
  • Lisa FLEMING
  • Bede STEVENS

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, and how to snag a role, have a look at the "Volunteer" page.


To see the full list of results, please follow this link to the results page.


Event Report #123

Event Report # 123

A crisp and frosty Wairarapa winter's morning

As we drove to Woodside Greytown on this frosty morning from Masterton, the temperature gauge dropped below zero. There was a stunning full-moon still on display and baby lambs were curled up next to their Mums. A mist had settled over Woodside Greytown and the lyrics of Mull of Kintyre entered my head.

63 Runners were huddled up in their gloves, hats and winter coats, many dressed up as their Olympic heroes as the Tokyo Olympics get underway. There was a lot of support for Team New Zealand.

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There were plenty of four-pawed "bark runners" trying to make more noise than Phil during his race briefing.  Note that "barkrunners" can enter to win an Eukanuba™ activity pack.  Click on the picture:



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We had six new parkrunners:

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

10 New Personal Bests

Of the 63 finishers on Saturday 10 were inspired by the Olympics and bettered their previous times and set themselves a new PB. Congratulations to:

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This week's results

This week’s results can be viewed here.

Thanks to the volunteers

As always we are very grateful to Team Orange who made this event happen:

  • Di BAILEY,
  • Miranda BARTON,
  • Judy CAMPBELL,
  • Phil COX,
  • Rebecca EDGECOMBE,
  • Vivienne HAWKEN,
  • Ian HUNTER,
  • Joe MARTIN,
  • Fiona MCCARDLE,
  • Bede STEVENS,
  • Dave WHITE

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.


Following parkrun, most parkrunners visited the Offering Café in Greytown, which offers parkrunners a nice discount and a debrief on the mornings parkrun and the week gone by.
On the way home the sun was thawing the frost, the baby lambs were frolicking and the balance of the day awaited.

See all the results from every Greytown-Woodside parkrun at:

Dates for the diary:

7th August - first parkrun of Spring

6th November - our 3rd Birthday

Details to follow

Report written by Rebecca EdgecombeEukanuba


Event Report #122

Do or do not? We do

There's a bit toward the end of the lovely film Four Weddings and a Funeral in which the male and female protagonists are sorting out their future together, and it's raining. You remember the bit, and the Andie MacDowell character, Carrie, utters the famous line, "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed."

That encapsulated this week's parkrun experience on the Greytown Woodside Trail, otherwise known as the 26 Club. A hardy 21 of us ran and walked the 5k course to get an official result; a hardy five others of us did the volunteering in order to facilitate those results. A special shout-out to Paul Furkert, who was on Marshal duty this week.


As Tail Walker Robyn Cherry-Campbell could tell us, the Tail was a mermaid's tail, a thing that was no stranger to being wet. Saturday's weather didn't disappoint in that regard, as our walkers and runners battled through a whale of a wind on the return journey, complete with a pouring rain. Everyone arrived safe, soggy, and sound, and the usual quorum turned up at The Offering to warm up, dry out, and have a bit of nosh and natter.

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The usual stuff, right? Well, nearly. You see, it was still raining, when people began to turn up. It was still raining, when the runners and walkers set off. It was still raining, when people returned, after slogging their way back, into a brutal headwind, up the slight incline that functions as the final kilometre of our home course. But as usual, a handful of finishers stayed around at the end–to greet others coming in, to have a bit of a catch-up, to revel in the part that they had played in doing something that would make a lasting memory. A wise man once said of such achievements, "These are the kinds of things that they write songs about."


Speaking of memories, we celebrated two milestones on this soggy, windy day:

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  • Rachel Millar (above left), who lives just down the road from the Greytown Woodside Trail, joined us for her very first parkrun. She was one of the ones who stayed for a bit afterward, soaking it all in, as it were. She promised to return, whatever the weather.
  • Lexus Hunter (above right), who is all of 8 and therefore a Junior parkrunner, completed her 10th parkrun. She wasn't about to let a little bit of weather keep her from reaching her first milestone.

Full results

We recorded no Personal Best (PB) times this week, unsurprisingly. Matt Durney (below), our first finisher, went 2 minutes slower on his second time running our course than on his first attempt, back in May. It was that kind of day.


Personal Bests are all well and good. We all love to record them. But that's not why we're really out there, pounding the crushed gravel path between Woodside and Greytown, is it? Not totally, anyway. I would suggest that we're out there for the sheer enjoyment of being out there–no matter the challenge. It's always a challenge, to one degree or another:

  • Some days, it's a bit hot; other days, you don't warm up until the turnaround.
  • Some days you feel great and then you don't, all in the span of a few kilometres; other days, you start out with a whimper and wind up in a sprint.
  • Some days, you get a shower while you're doing the 5K.


That's the nature of it, really. But we keep on doing it because we like it, because it challenges us, because we like seeing similarly minded friends, because we know that it's good for us on several different levels.

Do I think it's worth it? To quote Carrie, I do.

See you out on the Trail!

Dave White
Event Director

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