Hagley parkrun # 254 – 27th July 2019

It was a cold and foggy morning in Hagley Park where 280 people turned out to walk, jog, trot, wheel, run and gallop 5km.
We had an alternative start this morning as our usual starting point had mounds of gravel and mud from construction equipment being moved around the lake. Rumour has it that the finish line has been fenced off because some parkrunners (who shall remain nameless) were breaking the speed limit in the dash to the finish line down the gauntlet between the lake and the trees. Rumble strips are being installed in this area to ensure that a reasonable speed is maintained at all times!

Run Director Lindsay gave a very informative pre race briefing and did a great job of wrangling an extra volunteer out of the crowd this morning. In addition to the 280 humans there were also a number of canine companions, ducks and tiny humans on wheels who were shouting “Faster, Faster” to their panting, sweating, adult humans who were not only running as fast as their legs could carry them but also pushing these wheels ever forward while offering snacks, drinks and trying to keep hats, gloves, scarves, jackets and blankets inside the vehicle at all times. Hats off to the wheel pushers, I don’t know how you do it!

Obstacles this week included, ducks, fencing and road cones around the lake and even a botanical gardens ute that was lurking in the fog and picking its moment to navigate in between speedy parkrunners. The dense fog also kept things interesting!

Helpful tips when running in fog: 

-       If you find yourself having to cross a road with lanes of traffic – STOP! Turn back, you’ve gone to far.

-       Tuck in behind an Achilles park runner, who keep a great pace and with their fluro tops act like lighthouses in the fog, they will guide you safely to the finish line.

-       Remember, volunteers are on hand to ensure that no one gets lost and that no one is left behind, with a tail walker you can rest assured that you wont be left out in the fog.

Canine Companions:

Please remember to keep all canine companions on a short lead by your side to avoid any trips or falls during the run. Also, be mindful that other runners may have allergies or fears, keeping your doggo by your side will ensure everyone enjoys a happy and stress free run.

Despite the low visibility it was a great run overall, with a delicious fruity treat waiting for us at the finish line.

First Timers:

A whopping 43 first timers joined us today, 19 of whom chose Hagley for their first parkrun ever! A very warm welcome to you all, we hope to see you again next week or if you’re just passing through, we wish you a safe onward journey and hope that you will come back and visit us again soon.


This weeks visitors came from such far flung parkruns as Durham, Queensland, Leeds, York, Lower Hutt, Porirua, Western Springs, Puarenga, Churchill, GreenWay, Pegasus, Blenheim, Porirua, Wynnum, Newy, Invercargill and even the home of parkrun – Bushy Park (UK) where the first 13 parkrunners ran the first parkrun ever back in October 2004. Thank you all for including Hagley on your travels, we hope to see you again soon!

Personal Bests: 

In total there were 35 personal bests. Well done Team!


There were 250 runs worth of milestones this week. Huge congratulations to Peter, David, Rebecca and Guy on hitting their milestones.

50th - Peter OLDS

50th - David James DOWLING

50th - Rebecca MCGIMPSEY

100th - Guy DRYDEN


42 representatives of 25 clubs took part this week. Find the full rundown of results and the complete event history on the Hagley parkrun Results Page.

This Week's Heroes:

Parkrun would not happen every week without the tireless work of our amazing volunteers. This week’s parkrun was brought to you by these 14 fabulous people: Lindsay SANDFORD • Sinead IRELAND • Garth LOW • Brendon CHURCH • Big Dan FIDOW • Modecai NKHWAZI • Justin STEVENSON • Kim LAWLOR • Colin THOMS • Diana PHIPPS • Nette FLAWS • Susan MCCABE • Fiona RICE • Micheal HANLON. Thank you team!

Don’t forget to thank the volunteers as you pass by, they are giving up their Saturday morning (and possibly a run!) to make parkrun possible each week.

Have you volunteered yet? We are always looking for new volunteers, and would love you to join us. We are a very friendly bunch and there is a broad range of positions available from Barcode Scanning to Tail Walker, full training will be provided so you will know exactly what you need to do on the day.

Find out what is involved in each role here. Feel free to have a chat to any of the volunteers about what they do, they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Keen to give it a go? There is no better way to show your appreciation for parkrun than to give back through volunteering. Please click here to opt-in and receive email updates about the roles that are available each week. Did you know that there are some roles that you can do and still run? 


This week The Athletes Foot were on hand with some sock samples to test out and with lots of delicious fruit which was a delightful post-run treat. Many thanks to the team for sponsoring us and cheering us on from the side-lines, very much appreciated.

 Notes from the Field (via Strava App):

“First parkrun in months” – Welcome back Fiona

“First run since flu” – Glad you’re feeling better Liam

“Made Dad run 5km” – Awesome job Molly!

and “Hagley Parkrun 006” – We love that Pete is aiming for triple figures! 

Course Records:

The course records remain unchanged as follows:

·      Male - Michael KERNAHAN - 15m 08s - 23 Dec ‘17 (event # 170).

·      Female - Angie PETTY – 16m 40s - 23 Dec ‘17 (event # 170).

·      Age Grade - Loris REED - 96.65% (23m 25s) - 23 Mar ‘19 (event # 236).

Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 6,824 participants have completed 45,521 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,605 km, including 7,030 new Personal Bests. A total of 404 individuals have volunteered 2,397 times which is an average of just under 6 times each, we are very lucky to have such dedicated volunteers.


This week some participants adjourned to the Black & White Coffee Cartel on Peterborough Street where coffee was drunk, friends were made, and the problems of the world resolved. Feel free to join us for a coffee next week, with nearly 300 hundred people turning out you are sure to find some very welcoming parkrunners in the cafés closest to the park, Black & White being one of them. Pull up a chair and introduce yourself next time.

 “Sometimes, the hardest part isn’t the distance of your run. Sometimes, what’s most challenging is the distance from your bed to the door” – Michael D’Aulerio author of A Runners Secret: One Run Will Get It Done.

Until next time parkrunners,

DFYB (Don’t forget Your Barcode)