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:


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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.


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...

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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.

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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!



parkrun 67 write-up

Our 67th parkrun drew 49 participants to Woodside; 12 first timers to the spot - one who remarked the course was “gorgeous” and went on to come in first, and two other first timers to GWTpr who were FIRST EVER parkrun participants. Good for them!

Olive was also a first time visitor . Though she didn’t register or complete the course she made a great impression, and if her master was suitably taken with the warmth generated (each and every Saturday) by our regulars perhaps Olive the Vischeler puppy will become as regular a “participant” as the dogs Kenny, Scout and Mary.


We’ve a variety amongst the human contenders too. The Race Director welcomed back a regular visitor from Hawke’s Bay who, it was noted, was not accompanied by the crutches that have dogged him for six weeks, however she stole a glance at someone who was wearing slippers (a sartorial shocker - gasp) and quipped “we get all sorts here”! To give credit both the crutchless and the slippershod were two of the eight volunteers that helped this event happen. Thank you Fiona McCardle, Di Bailey, Bede Stevens, Paul Gibbons, Vivienne Hawkins, Miranda Barton, Lisa Fleming and Andrea Cowlam.

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It’s just as much fun to volunteer as it is to run or walk parkrun (both long term commitments yield commemorative tee-shirts) so do think about helping out. parkrun doesn’t run without volunteers or, er, runners.

Personal Best times were achieved by Connor Turton, Nathan Daley, Michael Duthie, Franky Spite, Morgan Davis and Jan Ward. And special mention of Connor Turton and Becky Holmes setting age group records for our parkrun on Saturday. Congratulations to you all. And well done to all 49 that gave-it-a go, whether for the 1st time or the 11th time or 324th time this past weekend.


Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun #66

“Clickity click, all the sixes, 66”
66 people, plus half a dozen dogs, turned up on a gorgeous, sunny, breezeless morning to run, walk or amble the 66th Greytown Woodside Trail Parkrun today. We had visitors from Lower Hutt, Porirua, Auckland, Taupo and a couple from Brisbane joining family from Wairarapa swelling the Duggan’s to four.12, 11, 10, 9.
Another pattern of numbers emerged amongst the stats for the day;

12 Personal Bests were achieved by:
Charlie Matthews
Josh Cameron
Connor Turton
Lloyd Millar
Guy Fisher
Phil Bartlett
Lyndal Kate Duggan
Lorraine Bartlett
Penelope Hill
Wendy Turton
Dave Turton and
Rachel Clarke
Congratulations to all! (What’s with the name Turton? I’ll have what they’re having...)

11 Running Clubs were represented by today’s participants,
10 First Timers took part today (see you again and, soon) and
9 volunteers ensured the 66 at the 66th had an enjoyable, safe and fabulous outing.
Dave White
Ian Ward
Melanie McGregor
Sheryl Thomson
Sam Gawith
Jan Ward
Bede Stevens and
Andy Walmsley who lugged his huge equipment (ooh er) up and down the course. Stop that! He’s an Official Parkrun Photographer whose efforts today you can see here.
A special mention of volunteer number 12 the Race Director, Di Bailey who endearingly addressed the 66 strong at the 66th that “ if you overshoot the red turnaround bar at the 2.5km mark just carry on and we’ll see you in Greytown for coffee”(complete with instructions on how to receive a discount at the cafe)!

Volunteering is fun and necessary for Parkrun to operate. Please think about joining in to help make the Greytown Woodside Trail Parkrun the joyful experience it is. For now the 101st person to volunteer at GWTPR is signing off.
Perhaps we’ll have 67 participants at the 67th event next Saturday 1st February?

See you

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

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 679 participants have completed 2,648 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,240 km, including 508 new Personal Bests. A total of 101 individuals have volunteered 497 times.


parkrun #65 Run Report

Another cloudy morning , with a chance of drizzle.  However the drizzle held off and there was no wind at all for a fantastic turnout at parkrun #65.


There was a number of “out of towners” representing 11 different clubs, some from South Africa and some from Darwin and Canberra as well as our neighbours from Upper Hutt, Wellington and Porirua.
It looked like we beat last weeks most competitors, with families, friends, pushchairs and dogs all very welcome and an offical number of 81 people running, jogging and walking the course, of whom 21 were first timers to our course.
Josh CAMERON from Darwin set a fast pace and was first home followed closely by Juan KOEKEMOER.
15 recorded new Personal Bests.  Congratulations to:

Congratulations to Lilly and Jamie MILLS who earnt there Junior 10 parkrun certificates today by finishing 10 parkruns.

Congratulations on your Junior 10 certificates

And congratulations to Melanie MACGREGOR sporting her 50 parkrun top.
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The event was made possible by our 9 Hi-Viz heros:

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


Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun # 64

This week's Event Report is from Kim Register:

What a stunning morning we woke to for competing in our largest ever turn out, reaching a record number of 72 participants!!


There appear to still be plenty of holiday-makers about in Greytown, which was lovely to have so many out-of-towners joining us, as well as new park runners who are eagerly beginning their 2020 on the right note by signing up to parkrun.

It was awesome to see a large number of kids running this week, with enthusiastic parents running along side with support & even a playlist blasting to keep them in the zone.


Mum Sarah, with Olivia and Eoin

Congratulations to all who competed this morning. Full results are here.

We hope to see all our new parkrunners back again next week.

Many thanks to ever enthusiastic volunteers, who are so encouraging and committed to keeping the runners & walkers pounding out the 5ks.

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