parkrun #113 Event Report

What would be a fairly ordinary day weather-wise at many other parkrun locations, was still gorgeous at Greytown Woodside Trail on the 113th parkrun. Though I’m now seven runs deep at our new home parkrun, I’m still wowed by the scenery. In fact, if you look carefully as I cross the finish line, you’ll often notice a tear in my eye. Is it the view of the hills, or because I’m horrendously winded by the last km of incline? I’ll never tell.


There were 56 finishers, With parkrun tourists Steven GREEN, Emma ROSS, Tia MCKENZIE, and Sheena KUMEROA braving the hill from Lower Hutt and Trentham respectively, and Johanna AITCHISON coming all the way from Palmerston North (and bringing her friend Katie BEATTIE along for her first ever parkrun). A huge welcome to you all, and a special welcome to Patrick BUTTERWORTH, who did his first ever parkrun! Only 49 to go until your first milestone shirt!


Massive congratulations to Destry GOURLAY, who took home first place on his 100th parkrun!

destry 100


Marcia HUNTER was our first woman over the line, and Joe MARTIN, Fritz COOKS, Amanda COULSON, Dave LUCAS and Dion MACGREGOR all smashed some incredible PBs. An impressive bunch, for sure.

And where would we be without our O for Awesome/orange team of volunteers?! This week, Di BAILEY , Addison BURLAND, Lenard BURLAND, Kim CATT, Robyn CHERRY-CAMPBELL,  Kim GOURLAY , Kate HARVEY, Billie MACGREGOR, Melanie MACGREGOR, and Bede STEVENS waved in our cars, scanned our barcodes, handed out tokens, tail walked, directed our run, papped our pics and timed us! Team work truly does make the dream work.

A friend at Acton Junior parkrun in London (where Chris and I used to spend our Sunday mornings, in orange vests), mentioned that her parents should be at Greytown next week. Not only does this prove that Aotearoa really is the country of one degree of separation, but also that the parkrun family is a unique, wonderful, and far-reaching thing. At the risk of sounding like a sop, I’m thankful Chris, Ren and I have not only found, but been welcomed into our new parkrun family at Greytown!

Thanks to everyone for making our move here so special. And to Jan and Ian, if you’re reading this – we owe Kate a photo!


Event Report #110

Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun
Event number 110
17th April 2021

This week's run report is brought to you by Bonnie Macbeth, but your Run Director Lew is the person responsible for the sideways photos and large spacing issues!

We are usually pretty lucky where weather is concerned for our Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun, and today was no different. We had heavy rain overnight, 11 degrees to start the run and sunshine to end the 5km. Kudos to all 61 park runners/walkers (and three dogs) who turned up for today's event.

We were briefed by our Run Director Lew Campbell who stood on the "stump" to explain the out and back course to our first timers. Catherine from Kahutara who is training for her first marathon in May and a special mention to our bride and groom of the day Dion and Emily (wearing white) from Auckland, who are getting married at the Racecourse this afternoon, best wishes for your future together and we hope to see you again at Woodside as Mr and Mrs O'Neale. Our visitors today came from Birmingham, Auckland, Lower Hutt and Kahutara.













Today's first place went to our visitor Nick MOORE from Auckland with a time of 16.52 mins. First female was Andrea COWLAM with a time of 25.36 mins.

Six personal bests were achieved today by:

  • Destry GOURLAY
  • Chris MEAD
  • Emily HARVEY
  • Joe MARTIN
  • Vicki WALLER
  • Kate HARVEY

Well done everyone – great effort!

Congratulations to Brent REGISTER who achieved his 50th Milestone today and finished in 7th place with a time of 21.22 mins, well done Brent.












We always value our volunteers (team orange) so a big thank you to:

  • James O'SULLIVAN
  • Trent O'SULLIVAN
  • Bede STEVENS
  • Pamela FEIERTAG
  • Rachel CLARK
  • Kim CATT
  • Bonnie MACBETH

You can register for a future volunteer position by sending a message to;

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 Nick MOORE who recorded 85.38% (16:52) on 17th April 2021 (event number 110).

Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun started on 3rd November 2018. Since then 1,001 participants have completed 4,818 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,090 km, including 761 new Personal Bests. A total of 141 individuals have volunteered 868 times.

Here is a photo of our Run Report Writer Bonnie MACBETH racing to the finish line.








See you for Parkrun 111 (all the ones) next Saturday 24th April, day before ANZAC Day.


Role of the month: “Event Report writer”

The Event Report is one of our main ways to capture the fun and energy of parkrun and broadcast it out to the worldwide parkrun family.  It is really important to get the tone and content right if we are to get the most benefit from this important weekly publication.

This document describes the way we approach writing the report each week and will help volunteers maintain the high standards and consistency that previous authors have set.

The report is set up on the back-end of the website as a "New Post".  Not everyone has the edit permissions to login and do this, so the report is generally prepared in MS-Word and then converted.  Most folk have access to MS-Word and it enables you to include photos, text and tables, as you require for your write-up.

Feel free to take notes before, after and even during the event, and especially at the Offering for coffee afterwards.  You will find your parkrun colleagues only too willing to suggest items to include in your write-up.


There is no pressure to get the report submitted on the same day as the parkrun.  It can take an hour or two to compile the write-up and get it looking right, so why not take your time?  We generally aim to share the report on either Sunday or even Monday - so please don't feel you have to rush it!


Please include pictures in your write-up.  They are so good for bringing the report to life and for drawing attention to people or things that happened.  You can drop pictures into your MS-Word document wherever you think they look best and we will endeavour to put them in the same place when we convert the document onto the webpage.

You can use pictures that folk have shared on Facebook or add any that you have taken yourself.


It is important that the write-up reflects your own style and doesn't become predictable.  We certainly don't need a prescriptive set of headings that you must cover.  However, we have found that it is useful to include the following as a minimum then add others as you need them:

Here's some hints about how to get started with the above sections.  Please feel free to build on this to make the report "your own".

In the guidance below, there are a number of references to "the results".  The easiest way to get to the results is to click on a link like this:

This will always take you to the latest set of results.

To find the results for a particular event, the link needs to look like this:

You can change the number at the end to jump to a particular event.

For a full list of every event we have held, go to:

First Timers

"First Timers" include all those who haven't run our trail before.  That's both first-time-ever parkrunners and visitors from out of the area.  You can spot "First Timers" on the results page as they are marked with a green leaf symbol.

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For each "First Timer", you can copy and paste their name from the results into your Word document.  That will usually bring the web link with the text, so that readers can click on the name and go directly to the record for that individual.

Here's an example pasted in from a recent result:

Personal Bests

It's great to celebrate personal bests and really encouraging for the runners themselves.  When a participant achieves a Personal Best (PB), they are identified in the results like this:

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As for "First Timers", you can copy and paste the name of each PB into your report.

Of course we want folk to read the report so we don't make it too easy to go straight to the results!  The link to the full results is therefore quite a long way down the document.  See above for the details of how to include the link.

Please bear in mind, if you use the link to "latest results", then the following week, your write-up will point readers to the following set of results - not ideal.  For that reason, please ensure you have used the link that includes the run sequence number.


Where would we be without the volunteers?

It's really important to continue to celebrate the role played by the volunteers and to encourage new ones to put their names forward.

The list of volunteers that support the particular event can be found below the full results.

Screen Shot 2021-02-13 at 12.59.59 PMAs you did for First Timers and PBs, you can include a list of the volunteers using "copy and paste" into your report.

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.

Upcoming Events

The event report provides a great opportunity to inform folk of the next few events.  This helps visitors plan their trips to the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun and also acts as a reminder to prepare costumes etc for a particular event.


parkdog of the week – Mary

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


How lovely to hear from you!

May I say how fine you looked today in you High-Visibility vest. Please say “hello” to the girls on Wards Line, I missed them today. I was hoping to chat with them about that lad from the valley, Scout and the newer dogs that turned up at parkrun today.


My dads rescued me - Mary, they call me - from Auckland and impending death. Since being enveloped in warmth and kindness, I’ve done my best not to be scared of men but, well, occasionally I still am and I get defensive.  “She’s got a mouth on her”, I hear most often when I’m frightened, but I say "The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Daddy".


Since you ask I’m 5 and a half and 11kgs (very proud of that).  I run with Daddy when he does 5km to 7kms.  If he goes for longer runs I wait and lick him when he gets back.  I walk with Dad (see what I do to distinguish between them?) and get a bit frustrated when we’re all together at parkrun cos’ I think I’m happy dawdling and smelling the Woodside pongs ‘till I see Daddy flying by and I want to run and run and run and beat him back to his friends and goad him that he was beaten by a hound (and a pram).


I must away. I don’t think I’ve been quite grateful enough to the old poofs today as I am a handful and I am damaged, and they try very hard to keep up with my fierceness. I love them for that.



From parkrun 1 to parkrun 100: a look back in statistics

The Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun began on 3 November 2018, with 42 participants completing the 5K course. Our first ever finisher was Josh Jordan; our first ever female finisher was Andrea Cowlam.

Since that time, we have had 935 individual finishers, who collectively have recorded 4,273 finishes. A parkrunner on our course has recorded a Personal Best time (PB) 684 times. Our highest total ever for participants was 81, on 18 January 2020. We've had 74 and 76 in the past two weeks, so we're getting close to breaking that record.

Out of the 100 parkruns that we have done, Flynn Register has finished first 30 times. The first time that Flynn finished first, on 6 April 2019, he recorded a time of 20:46. His PB now, achieved on 25 July 2020, is 17:56. He has also finished second 12 times. In fact, in his 57 times running on our Trail, Flynn has never finished lower than 9th and, since January 2020, never lower than 4th.

Walter Somerville with 12 and Matthew Moloney with 7 are next in line in that category. Moloney ran the fastest time ever recorded at our parkrun, finishing in 16:23 on 9 February 2019. (He safely beat the train.)

Lilla Csorgo has been the first female finisher 14 of the 18 times that she has run on our Trail. Amelia O'Connell with 10 and Ava Register with 8 are next in line in that category.

Our fastest finish ever by a woman was 18:19, clocked by Hannah Oldroyd on 8 December 2018.

Craig Ewing is not far off completing his 100th parkrun. He has finished 83, all at Greytown-Woodside. Melanie MacGregor is also chasing her 100 Club admittance, having completed 83 parkruns in all. Of those, she has completed 77 on our Trail.

In the very random stat category, these people were at both parkrun 1 and parkrun 100, in a participant and/or volunteer capacity: Di Bailey, Kim Catt, Di Chesmar, Phil Cox, Melanie MacGregor, Bruce McCardle, Sheryl Thomson, and Dave White



We will have a parkrun on New Year's Day 2021. We will start at our usual time of 8:00 a.m. We will not go to The Offering afterward.

We will gather for our regular weekly parkrun the following day, 2 January, because that is, of course, a Saturday.


Christmas 2020

We will have a parkrun on Christmas Day this year. We will start at our usual time of 8:00 a.m. The parkrun elves will decorate the start line, and a rumour of Christmas music to be played during the event has yet to be confirmed. Please dress up as you see fit. We will not go to The Offering afterward.

We will, of course, have a parkrun the following day, Boxing Day, which is a Saturday.


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.

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.



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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