Event Report: parkrun #79

This morning we had perfect timing (weatherwise) for today's parkrun at Greytown Woodside Trail, as just prior to parking our cars and gathering for the 8am start, the rain was falling.
Luckily the rain cleared in time for us to enjoy a cool morning, with pretty good conditions for running and walking the trail.

Today we had 31 dedicated participants who ran, jogged and walked, including six first-timers. One of those was Peter Besseling, who was with us on his trip round the country.
Peter used to live just down the road and has just discovered parkrun. Safe travels and best wishes, Peter!

It was a good turnout considering the weather may have put off some participants from attending.

We welcomed a few out-of-towners at today’s parkrun, including a couple from Brisbane and Rob Hammington, who helped set up the Hamilton Lake parkrun.

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We are certain they enjoyed the trail, especially the cows watching them go past.

Despite the cold wind we had some achievements this morning. We saw two PB’s. (Maybe they were running or walking faster to keep warm in the slight southerly cool breeze on the return trip to the finish line). Congratulations to Robyn Green and Dominic Green.

A full set of results can be found on the website.

Today's conditions certainly made us look forward to being in the warmth of The Offering Cafe, where we enjoyed our hot coffees, scones, and bagels (especially our barcode scanner – who had cold fingers due to not bringing gloves and may or may not have been Kim Catt).

Our perfect timing continued when we entered the cafe, as it started to rain again.
Once again we say a huge “thank you” to this week's volunteers. We really appreciate your dedication to parkrun:

  • Di Bailey
  • Kim Catt
  • Kelly Daley
  • Ali Lang
  • Greg Lang
  • Melanie MacGregor
  • Lloyd Millar
  • Dave White

We're always looking for new volunteers. There is a page on the website that shows the roster for the next few weeks. If you would like to volunteer for a particular role, please contact us.

Next week we enter the 80s bracket with parkrun #80.


parkrun #78 Event Report

Thanks to Ava Register for this week's Event Report:

Well done to the people who came out to parkrun today.
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It was a pretty fresh morning starting off; but as you got started, it warmed up pretty quick. In all, we had 53 finishers today. Well done to all!

We welcomed some people from outside the area, including from Rotorua and Ashburton (my grandma!).

We celebrated some milestones today:

  • Jenny Duggan and Flynn Register completed their 50th parkruns today.
  • James O'Sullivan recorded his 25th time volunteering today.
  • Alison King completed a parkrun at her 50th different location today. (More on that below.)
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Well done to those who got parkrun PB’s today:

  • Bianca Green
  • 1 (2)Robyn Green
  • Emily Harvey
  • Ali Lang
  • Bonne Macbeth
  • Tilly Mills
  • Dion O'Neale (right)
  • Christine Voelkerling

Good job to all the volunteers this week:

  • Phil Cox
  • Fiona McCardle
  • Nneka Okonta
  • James O'Sullivan
  • Lucy Smith
  • Dave White
Thanks, Ava!

One of our volunteers (and, indeed, one of our runner-walkers) was wearing a Cow onesie today. Although that might not be out of place in our part of the country, the people who wore them did so for a specific reason. Joining us today was Alison King from Rotorua, who took time out from running at Puarenga, her local parkrun, to run in Wairarapa.

Today, Alison ran at her 50th different parkrun. For doing so, she joined a club. You might be aware of the parkrun challenges. One of those is to join the Cowell Club, so named for Chris and Linda Cowell, the first man and first woman to record a finish time at 100 different parkrun locations. And if you join this Club, you can say that you have completed a Cowell. So half of 100 is 50 and so half of a Cowell is, naturally, a Cow. Today, Alison achieved her Cow, here in Wairarapa. We are happy to report that the cows along the course gave Alison a shout-out. So Nneka Okonta and Paul Gibbons, regular visitors to our fine part of the country, knowing this, dressed up to help Alison celebrate. Well done, Alison. Please let us know when you've done a Cowell.

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By the way, Alison has been chronicling her journey on her way to the Cow. You can read all about it here.


parkrun Profile: the Catt family



Familiar faces now at our parkrun are the Catts. From left are Harrison, Kim, and Connor.


Here is a bit more about each of them, including their answers to our Five Profile Questions: 

Connor, who is 12, has some soccer and hiking in his sporting background. At school, he enjoys woodworking and science. When he's not working toward his career goal of being a builder, he enjoys going fishing, kayaking, and swimming.

  1. What do you like about parkrun?
    I like the exercise. I like that I see my friends there.
  2. How did you find out about parkrun?
    Mum took me.
  3. What motivates you to come out to parkrun?
    The promise of chocolate cake and hot chocolate at the cafe, after I have earned them by finishing parkrun.
  4. How would you convince someone else to join you at parkrun?
    I would say you will make a lot of friends there, especially at Greytown parkrun.
  5. What's your preference: cheese scone or date scone?
    Neither. It's EXTREME chocolate cake all the way. I will try a cheese scone one day, when they have no chocolate cake left.

A keen mountain-biker, Harrison, 15, also has a bit of football in his sporting background. When he's not getting fit at parkrun, he likes to go hunting, fishing, and diving. He hasn't chosen a career yet but does enjoy the field of Technology.

  1. What do you like about parkrun?
    It's good exercise and features good, fun people.
  2. How did you find out about parkrun?
    Through Mum.
  3. What motivates you to come out to parkrun?
    The exercise and The Offering.
  4. How would you convince someone else to join you at parkrun?
    Tell them you get food afterwards.
  5. What's your preference: cheese scone or date scone?
    Cheese scone

The 45-year-old Kim has netball in her sporting background and now enjoys walking, especially with the Soul Mates group. When she's not walking, she's working as a finance manager for an insurance broker and helping out at school events. She says she's particularly looking forward to the Year 8 challenge at Powell Hut. When not doing any of that, Kim says the family looks forward to time at Ngawi, where they enjoy fishing, diving, hunting, kayaking, walking, and just relaxing in the sun.

  1. What do you like about parkrun?
    I like that it gives me purpose to get up early on a Saturday morning, and meet with friends, and enjoy some banter and exercise, and it is FREE! 
  2. How did you find out about parkrun?
    Through my Walking Group, before it started. We were at the first one.
  3. What motivates you to come out to parkrun?
    Meeting up with other like-minded people to enjoy some exercise and sometimes the hope you might beat your PB and also to work towards my Red 50 T-Shirt and my Purple 25 T-Shirt. Did I mention it is really addictive? My walking group often organise events around the possibility that we can do a parkrun somewhere else on our way or way home from an event.
  4. How would you convince someone else to join you at parkrun?
    I would tell them about the friendly bunch at the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun and just how good they will feel afterwards. I would also tell them that you don’t have to run; despite the name, parkrun, you can walk and it doesn’t matter how long it takes, and you will never be last (unless you are the Tail Walker, of course.)
  5. What's your preference: cheese scone or date scone?
    Definitely Cheese, and it has to be toasted.

parkrun #77 Event Report

Our first "Sub-zero" event!

How low can you go?!


Well, it was fresh one this morning as we chipped away at the perma-frost to get the flags in the ground!  Oh, OK - maybe -4 degrees at the start...

We were blessed with beautiful sunshine and a great crowd who seemed very keen to get under way!  We welcomed visitors from as far afield as Liverpool and Hutt Valley.  It was great to see parkrunners from such a well-known sporting and cultural centre....  and we made the visitors from Liverpool feel welcome too!

Despite the cold air, we saw some great achievements this morning.  Four visitors completed their first Greytown-Woodside parkrun and were very pleased with our course:

And the conditions must have been particularly invigorating for two of our parkrunners as we saw 2 new Personal Bests.  Congratulations on a great performance to:

Flynn's new best time would have easily beaten the train, but this week we didn't get one so we had to pretend.


You can find a full set of this week's results on the website.

Joel also did particularly well considering he was "running for two"!


We are very keen to ensure that everyone who takes part benefits from their own set of  results and has a family member identified "In Case of Emergency".  This is achieved by registering your details and being issued with a barcode and runner number.  Please remember to bring your barcode with you so we can scan you each week.  No barcode, no run.

Thanks as always to "Team Orange", our wonderful volunteers who selflessly ensured the event went ahead.  This week, we are indebted to:

  • Craig EWING
  • Frances SPITE
  • Guy FISHER
  • Kirsty HULL
  • Melanie MACGREGOR
  • Phil COX
  • Sheila BUTLER
  • Sheryl THOMSON

If you want to join the volunteers to support the event one week, please identify an empty slot on the roster, then drop us a line to let us know how you would like to help.  There is free training and lots of help to ensure you know what to do!


Next week, parkrun #78!



parkdog of the week – Zoe

As part of our occasional series on parkrunner's best friend, we wrote to Zoe to ask her to tell us a bit about herself.


Hi my name is Zoe, I am 7 years old now and my Mum and Dad took me away from my brothers and sisters when I was just 10 weeks old.  I am a chocolate Labrador and people always say I am gorgeous.

My Dad "Paul" is my main human as he trained me and he feeds me and the best part is he takes me hunting, and for 9 weekends each year I get to swim in the icy cold lake and fetch his ducks for him.  But my Mum human "Kim" is the one who takes me on lots of walks, around the Streets, up Mt Dick, in the Tararuas and of course to parkrun.  I love bringing my Dad's slippers to him when he gets home from work.  I also have 2 human brothers Harrison and Connor.

I love when Mum brings me to parkrun and all her human friends just love me and I get lots of pats and scratches and I also get to meet some other dog friends too.  I love playing with other dogs, but Mum always keeps me on a leash.  I get to smell all the fresh smells and sniff out the rabbits along the trail.  Luckily, although Mum sometimes gets dressed up, all I have had to wear was a pair of Reindeer antlers one Christmas, how embarrassing!

I have only attended Greytown Woodside parkrun, I have done quite a few now, but not as many as my Mum as sometimes she leaves me at home.



parkrun #76 Event Report

Thanks Flynn for this week's write-up.


It was a still, calm morning for the 76th edition of the Greytown-Woodside Trail Park run. There were a few out-of-towners for today’s parkrun which added a good atmosphere to the run.  We welcomed visitors from the Hutt Valley, Palmerston North and the the UK!

A particular Greytown welcome to Lew and Judy Campbell who have moved to the area so that they can join our parkrun every week!

It was a great turnout for another fantastic parkrun given it is the school holidays and some regulars are away.  This week 45 people ran, jogged and walked the course, including 3 first-timers.  With not much wind around, there were plenty of fast times and 5 new PB’s:


The full set of results can be reviewed at leisure on the website. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.  It was great to see a buggy being pushed around the course today.


And we also had 6 dogs taking part - plus Scout looking after us at the finish line.  A reminder perhaps that it is time to re-start the "parkdog of the week" feature - watch this space!


Thanks as always to our wonderful gang of volunteers. This week the team looked like this:

  • Ash WALKER
  • Michael EDWARDS
  • Phil COX
  • Melanie MACGREGOR
  • Jenny DUGGAN
  • John DUGGAN
  • Flynn REGISTER
  • Bede STEVENS

We're always looking for new volunteers.  There is a page on the website that shows the roster for the next few weeks.  If you would like to volunteer for a particular role one week, simply drop us a line.

The conditions outdoors certainly made the after-run coffee at the Offering Café even more appealing.  Thanks to the team at the café for sorting our regular "centre table" booking!!  We certainly filled it this week!


Matariki Weekend Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun # 75

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). Matariki

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

We also had six kuri (dogs) joining us for a walk or run today. All kuri were adorable, well behaved and the frosty start to the day did not seem to be phasing them one bit. dog

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.


Today our Tail End Charlie, who always wears a mermaid tail, developed mermaid legs and walked comfortably across the finish line.
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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.

Nga mihi,

Melanie MacGregor


Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun QR Code

We were very excited to reopen our New Zealand parkrun events on Saturday, 4th July.

Thank you everyone for your support and patience during this challenging and uncertain time. The reopening of events in New Zealand is not only an exciting time for people in New Zealand, but provides hope and encouragement to the rest of the global parkrun family.

Each parkrun event will display a NZ Ministry of Health QR code poster to help walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers keep track of where they have been. The QR code can be scanned by the individuals using their own NZ COVID Tracer app.

Scanning the QR code poster helps with contract tracing and will be presented at the event, and also on the event Facebook page, and here on the news section of the event website, should you not take your smartphone to parkrun.

Information and links to download the NZ COVID Tracer app can be found on the Ministry of Health website. If you don’t have a smartphone you can still register online with the Ministry of Health to share your latest information.

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Welcome Back Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun # 74

A cool, still winter morning was put on for the much anticipated return of the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun. This week 39 people ran, jogged and walked the course. A lot of the regulars were back after the 3 and a half month break as well as some newcomers. There were 5 first-timers.

Welcome Paul THOMPSON, Jake ROOS, Bianca GREEN, Sally TITMUS and Sam ROSSITER-STEAD.

And 7 different clubs were represented.

For me personally, lockdown was a great opportunity to build on my fitness. It was great to have a break and New Zealand handled the situation superbly. Like most people, I am very glad to be back at school and have returned almost back to normal. I loved the return of parkrun today and it felt like nothing had changed as the same happy smiley people were there just like before lockdown.


Also a big thank you to our 8 volunteers today

Dave WHITE • Fiona MCCARDLE • Di CHESMAR • Phil COX • Di BAILEY • Kim CATT • Flynn REGISTER • Connor CAT

who made sure the run could take place like normal.

Congratulations to the 4 who recorded new Personal Bests

Flynn REGISTER, Brian DUNNE, Graeme TINDALL and Rebecca EDGECOMBE.


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

And THANK YOU to The Offering for their wonderful hospitality as always for our post-parkrun coffee.

The Offering

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 766 participants have completed 3,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,395 km, including 565 new Personal Bests. A total of 112 individuals have volunteered 562 times.


parkrun 73 Event Report

A cool clear Autumn morning with little to no wind greeted the 60 people who ran, jogged and walked the trail this morning. Proving to be ideal conditions for the 8 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to:

David FRENCH, Izzie EDGE, Frankie SPITE, Penelope HILL, Dave TURTON, Tilly MILLS, Milly FLETCHER and Barbara SCHOLES

We welcomed 16 first timers to our parkrun coming from far and wide - England, Northern Ireland, Australia, Porirua and Lower Hutt and those enjoying their very first parkrun.

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Our parkrun tourists outran the locals to be the first three finishers. Well done:


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

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who made today's parkrun possible


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We have a strong core of volunteers at Greytown Woodside Trail but are always looking for others to join the team. It is easy to volunteer - just take a look at our Future Roster page on our website and let us know which role you would like to do. And you earn points to the coveted V25 milestone top.

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See you all next week.

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