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 – Coconut

0FDAA6BC-A7DC-4BA5-8B85-41A4F0E88E66_1_105_cMy name is Coconut and in a couple of weeks I will be 1 year old! I am 3/4 Japanese Spitz and 1/4 West Highland Terrier.

I first went to Park Run last year in November. My mum was recovering from surgery and because I was too little to do 5km back then, she took me because she was volunteering. This is where I learnt to dig and Dave had to keep covering up my holes! We had to hide it from Phil so he didn't tell his mates at the Greytown Woodside Trail Trust!!
When I got a bit older my mum would take me but I was still a bit little and got very distracted on the course. Now I am big enough to run and the last two park runs, mum and I have done it in 30mins!
Our goal is to beat Bede and Rachel, and then we want to beat Craig (mums park run rival). I still get a bit distracted, especially by Mary, Maggie and the Carterton Mayor's dog. I also like Scout and Kenny very much, but they don’t like me as much as I like them. Maybe I will grow on them if I can get a bit faster! One day I might be the fastest Parkdog at Greytown woodside!




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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parkrun Profile: the Mills Family



Familiar faces now at our parkrun are the Mills Family: Jamie, Ness, Tilly, and David.

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


In the sporting realm, Tilly particularly enjoys tennis and swimming. She also likes dancing and riding her bike and scooter. She's 7 and enjoys studying reading, writing, and art. When she's not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing cards and other games and going to the pool and to the beach.

  1. What do you like about parkrun?
    That it gets you fit.
  2. How did you find out about parkrun?
    From my mum and dad.
  3. What motivates you to come out to parkrun?
    My mum and dad get me out of bed and I try and get a PB so I can go to the Lolly Jar.
  4. How would you convince someone else to join you at parkrun?
    It's really fun because it makes you feel happy and it's nice when people cheer you on.
  5. What's your preference: cheese scone or date scone?
    Cheese scone AND a strawberry milkshake!

In the sporting realm, Jamie particularly enjoys running, cycling, swimming, doing triathlons, and playing cricket, football, and tennis. He's 9 and enjoys studying maths, he says, "because now I'm onto the more confusing stuff that takes a while to get the hang of". When he's not at school, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing games like Monopoly and chess and Yahtzee and going on bike rides.

  1. What do you like about parkrun?
    How it's a challenge to get faster and beat my PB. It's kind of like a mini race, and lots of people round the world do it.
  2. How did you find out about parkrun?
    My mum told me about it.
  3. What motivates you to come out to parkrun?
    I want to get fitter and exercise.
  4. How would you convince someone else to join you at parkrun?
    It's pretty easy. It doesn't matter if you stop and walk as long as you make it over the finish line.
  5. What's your preference: cheese scone or date scone?
    Cheese scone, but a milkshake is better!

The 40-year-old Ness (who just "aged up") is an early childhood teacher at Greytown Early Years. She was previously a primary school teacher. When she's not working, she's at the library (feeding her love to read) or going on bush walks and camping with family and friends, enjoying a wine or two now and then. She enjoys running several times as week, she says, "especially since I discovered the best app in the world - Charge Running - which host live runs all through the week. I've met people from all over the world and enjoy running "with" them cause #runningalonesucks !"

  1. What do you like about parkrun?
    I love the community aspect. The support from other runners is incredible, and our family has been welcomed at Greytown and other parkruns we've been to. I love how everyone cheers on the kids and knows their names now. I love how everyone is encouraged, from the speed demons to the amblers. Everyone is equally important, and this is so great for our kids to see. It's a perfect family event: kids, adults, prams, dogs!
  2. How did you find out about parkrun?
    I had heard of the concept for a while but saw the Greytown event on Facebook. Now we try to get everyone we know to come!
  3. What motivates you to come out to parkrun?
    Knowing I can start my weekend well: it gets me out of bed at a decent time on a Saturday morning.
  4. How would you convince someone else to join you at parkrun?
    Tell them they'll be welcomed into the family and they'll feel fantastic for starting their weekend off with some exercise on a beautiful trail.
  5. What's your preference: cheese scone or date scone?
    Toasted cheese scone all the way, but you have to be quick at the Offering because they're popular!

The 46-year-old is a piano tuner and technician who also works for Rival Wealth financial advisors. When he's not working, he likes spending with the family and getting his exercise. A keen runner and cyclist, he also enjoys triathlon and is training for a charity bike ride from Sydney to Canberra to raise awareness for Stillbirth and SIDS.

  1. What do you like about parkrun?
    Watching the improvement in my kids running and the constant amazement at how well they do.
  2. How did you find out about parkrun?
    Through a friend.
  3. What motivates you to come out to parkrun?
    Kids and a great way to start the weekend.
  4. How would you convince someone else to join you at parkrun?
    I've convinced a few already. I tell them it's about getting out there. Whether you walk or run, it's something you can do with your kids or parents. It's suitable for all ages and fun.
  5. What's your preference: cheese scone or date scone?
    Cheese scone!
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