Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. This star cluster rises in mid-winter and for many, it signifies the start of the Māori New Year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki).
At the conclusion of the pre-parkrun trail check (which was completed in the dark, guided by the stars and headlamps) this morning's parkrun definitely felt like a mid-winter event, with a minus 2 temperature start.
For this event we had 37 brave individuals who ventured out of warm homes to face the very frosty morning to run, jog and walk the trail, some in woolen gloves, hats and thick jackets and some in shorts and singlets.
Some participants returning to parkrun for their first or second time since their lockdown experience.
Today we welcomed 8 first timers to Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun with visitors from Porirua, Lower Hutt, Palmerston North and Whangarei.
There were 6 different clubs represented.
Whakamihi (Congratulations) to Fiona McCardle - the only parkrunner to record their new Personal Best today
Another group at today's event, who braved the cold, by rugging themselves up, were the volunteers. We say “kia ora” (Thank you) to these volunteers who helped make sure this parkrun event happened efficiently and safely.
Ash WALKER • Rebecca EDGECOMBE • Di CHESMAR • Di BAILEY • Melanie MACGREGOR • Bede STEVENS • Sheila BUTLER Phil COX
As the Tail End Charlie/Mermaid crossed the finish line the sun was well and truly up, the frost had melted and we knew we were going to have a stunning blue sky winter day ahead of us all.
Some believe Matariki plays a significant role in determining when to plant and harvest food. Clear, bright stars indicate a good growing and harvesting season, whereas hazy and bunched together stars indicate a cold winter where planting and harvesting will not be so good.
So it was a very enjoyable way to round off event number 75 by visiting ‘The Offering’ in Greytown for the post-parkrun gathering, to eat some scrumptious food together, have a warm drink, tell stories and catch up with each other after the event.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun Results Page.