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!



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.
tailwalker mermaid

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


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.

first timers briefing

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


2nd 3rd


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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volunteers 1

volunteers 3

volunteers 4

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.


Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun # 72

International Women's Day

It was a chilly but sunny morning for the 72nd Greytown Woodside Parkrun. This was a special park run as it took place on International Women's Day. This involved the majority of runners wearing purple to support this cause and a lot of male volunteers.
purple volunteers IWD

Thank you to the volunteers:

A lot of PBs were achieved today and quite a few first-time parkrunners with 54 people competing today.

In addition, Kirsten earned her red t-shirt, having completed 50 parkruns!!
Kirsten Hunter 50

Full results are listed on the website.



Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun # 71

Fleet-footed Flynn Register Registered First...

...First Place this week went to Flynn REGISTER with a PB of 18:25 that beat the 8.17am Woodside to Wellington train into the station to boot!

Flynn was one of 53 participants this Leap Year Day who leapt into action at the start of the 71st Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun.


For the full results, please hop over to the results page.

In addition to Flynn’s remarkable PB, eight other fabulous fitness freaks filed Personal Bests. Well done to:

Vanessa was supported today by First Time Volunteers, Tilly, Jamie and David Mills; her children and husband!

Go the Mills’, for this week "The First Family of parkrun".

(I trust you are all celebrating in style today as it is Mum Vanessa’s birthday. Congratulations ‘Ness!).

In addition to the overachieving Mills family, the volunteer team today was fleshed out by:

  • Phil Cox,
  • Di Bailey,
  • Sheryl Thomson,
  • Bede Stevens and
  • Neil Scholes.

Thank you.

We missed Ash Walker’s 50th run last week as he ran it out-of-town but gave him a rousing cheer this week - the week of his 51st - as best we could over the "Loud Leapers" and "Deafening Dogs" (“SHUT-UP Riley!”).  Poor, enthusiastic Riley!

In all fairness to a 51st-er, lets celebrate a 49th-er...Well done Kirstin Hunter! We hope to see you next week to cheer you in for the 50th time too!

It was particularly lovely to see Kelly back after her marriage to fellow parkrunner Nathan. But wait. Where was Nathan? Kelly looked refreshed but Nathan was notable by his absence. Could he be exhausted?!

Next week we will be celebrating International Women's Day.  To help encourage the maximum turn-out of ladies, we are hoping that the men will step up and fill the volunteer roles.  Do drop us a line at to get your name in the frame.  You can find out all about volunteering and the different roles available at the volunteer page.  There is also a fancy new site dedicated to all things to do with parkrun volunteers at the volunteer hub.



parkrun #70 Event Report from Nigel Milius, Cooks Beach

Greytown, despite the somewhat uninspiring name, is a rather attractive little place. Indeed, in 2017 it was awarded the title of “New Zealand's Most Beautiful Small Town”, and toward the end of the following year, on 3rd November 2018, it got even better when parkrun started.

The railway branch line linking the town to the main line to Wellington operated between
1880 and 1953 and it is along the course of (part) of this that we have our parkrun. The first 2.5km of the railway from the town to Woodside Road opened, after much volunteer effort, as a walk/cycle trail in November 2011, the second stage, from there to Woodside Station in February 2013, and it is along the latter that our route lies. The full trail, at 5km, would make an ideal parkrun, though there would be logistical issues with a linear route leaving the start and finish 5km from each other! Therefore it sensibly takes an out and back from Woodside Station, first running toward town, then back.

Being along an old railway, it not that surprising it’s almost flat, though apparently the first half is downhill which may account for why it took me a minute longer on the return leg. It cuts through mainly agricultural land, though the verdant green fields one might expect were today showing a variety of yellows and browns, evidence of the long and dry summer that the whole North Island has been experiencing. A few cows grazed as best they could, whilst Magpies, House Sparrows and Spur-winged Plovers foraged among the dry grasses.


Waiting at the Finish Line

The fine gravel provided a good surface for running and marker posts pointed out each km and the turnaround point, the latter also marked by a red stripe across the track. The scenery was attractive enough on the outward leg, but on turning for home the views went up to another level with the magnificent Tararua Ranges now ahead. Looked much greener up there and we could even see rain, though a regular told me that had been quite common over the last few months without it ever reaching the plains. Today was nice for running, though I imagine it can get a little windy at times due to the open nature of the area.

This was Greytown's 70th parkrun, and was celebrated by another round number with 50 runners and walkers lining up on the start line today, many sporting brightly coloured tutus to celebrate the date – 22. Whilst on the subject of the number 50, congratulations to Di Chesmar and Michael Edwards who both reached the 50 parkrun landmark today, well done both of you.

Shout outs too for Trace Higgins, Kelly Warner, Mary Williams, Barbara Williams, Becky
Johnson and Andreas Dahlinger who were all taking part in their very first parkrun today, welcome to the family and may you get as much enjoyment from parkrun as I and many others do on a regular basis. The last mentioned was visiting from Germany (good news Andreas, they have them there too!) and there were other visitors from Brisbane Australia, Cornwall England, and various parts of the North Island, which probably account for most of the other 5 taking part here for the first time.

Amongst the regulars, Conor Turton led the field home, a speedy teenager indeed,
seemingly going as fast as the trains that once made their way along this route several decades before he was even thought of! Well done to him and to the 6 people who ran new PB’s.


Our awesome volunteers today

As always though, the biggest thankyou goes to Run Director Di Bailey and her team of volunteers. Her run brief this morning included an all too familiar plea for helpers. If you volunteered just 4 or 5 times a year it would make a huge difference, and what’s not to like about it? You can get free training in a variety of roles, all of which are transferable to almost 2000 venues worldwide, after just 25 times you qualify for free T-shirt (which is in a much nicer colour than any of those given out for simply completing a certain number of runs), the pay goes up 25% every time you volunteer, and most importantly, you can feel even more part of “the team”, not feel guilty every week when the plea goes out, and know that you’re doing your bit to keep parkrun “free, for everyone, for ever”.

Greytown Woodside Trail is a super friendly event, and quite a large proportion of
participants head back to town to “The Offering” for breakfast and/or coffee afterwards. It’s a tradition of parkrun to meet for a coffee after the run, though it’s quite unusual for the chosen café to be 5km from the start/finish. However, it’s well worth it! In just one visit you can’t try everything on the menu (though I made a good attempt!) and my plate provided a hearty meal of eggs, toast, mushroom, kumara rosti, tomatoes and sausage that was delicious. You also get 10% off on a Saturday morning on production of your barcode, another reason not to forget it!

Thanks to all at Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun for a most enjoyable morning.


parkrun #69 Event Report


Happy Valentines' weekend!

Love was very much in the air this week with 61 participants enjoying each other's company, and one couple announcing that they are getting married next week!  Congratulations!  You know who you are!


A big WELCOME to Paul and Izzie for completing your first ever parkrun, and thanks for choosing Greytown Woodside Trail to join the movement!

We also welcomed a number of visitors from as far afield as UK and US!  Our visitors included 6 who had not run our trail before.  Thanks all for making the trip to come and see us!

Personal Bests

We witnessed 9 participants setting new personal bests (PBs) this week.  Congratulations! For the full results, follow this link.

Team Orange!

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who made it possible to go out and enjoy ourselves this morning.

If you would like to have a go at volunteering and see your name in lights on this page, do drop us a line!


We always look forward to visitors and new runners joining our parkrun, but the results are very hard to compile if you don't have your barcode.  Please ensure you register (on this link) and bring a copy of your barcode so you can be scanned once you complete the event.  Thanks.

Next Week

Next week we will celebrate the date 22-02-2020 and each participant is invited to take part wearing a tu-tu.  In fact, wear several!  Naturally, you can keep them on when we go to the Offering Café for coffee and scones afterwards!

See you there!






parkrun #68 Event Report


Connor Turton completed his 10th parkrun as a Junior Male (congratulations!) and we had 10 volunteers (a surfeit!) at this past weekend’s ever-engaging GWTpr number 68. Thank you to Fiona McCardle, Di Bailey, Melanie McGregor, Sheryl Thomson, Lloyd Millar, Bede Stevens, Franky Spite, Craig Ewing, Heather Haines and especially Phil Cox whose excellent communication skills put three brand new volunteers; yes, first timers to the “other side”, completely at ease with their new power - oh, I mean, responsibilities...

Connor #10

Phil’s two dogs; both long-haired bitches, also exhibited guidance, albeit of the naughty kind. Dog Scout - having broken free of his master -  hooned towards the finish line, unencumbered by other participants with his tongue lolling and eyes bright clearly relishing a PB time mere metres away...when Maggie and Cassie (the aforementioned LHB’s) rushed him, sniffed him, distracted him and took him off to the grass verge for some rest and recreation. It was not unlike “Diana and the Golden Apples”.

Note to younger readers; ask your parents.

Eight human participants DID achieve Personal Bests:

Brenda Gray, Kelly Birch, Matt Jackett, Andrew Gray, Andrea Horsey, Tobias Collett, Robyn Lovewell and Jenny Duggan (again). Well done to these eight and all 64 who took part. The first home was a visitor from Wellington and a member of the UK running group “The Sittingbourne Striders”. He’s been singled out for a mention because GWTpr68 was Anthony Jackson’s 255th parkrun, his first time on this course and he ran one (1!) second behind his PB!

The principal plus two teachers and three students turned up from Carterton School to run. What excellent ambassadors for parkrun and excellent role models for other staff and students to give-it-a-go.

Ctn School2

A final word of fabulousness must go to a first-timer at GWTpr and a first-timer parkrun participant ever, who, in 18 months has lost 42 kgs and will run her first ever 10km this weekend in Wellington. Super congratulations Nikki King. Fabulous!


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