Hagley parkrun # 252 – 13th July 2019

Saturday 13th July was a crisp, cold, 2 degree morning in Hagley Park. At 7.45am things were relatively quiet with more volunteers than runners milling about, but the volunteers were confident, they knew the hardy parkrun regulars would show up – rain, hail, sleet or snow! And they were right, numbers were up significantly from last week with 257 dedicated humans (and a few canine companions) bounding out of their warm cozy beds to walk, jog, trot, wheel, run and gallop around the well worn path of Hagley parkrun

Run Director Brad expertly hushed the exuberant crowd for the pre-run briefing and we welcomed 28 first timers, 14 of whom were running their first parkrun ever! Welcome to the parkrun family team, we hope that you enjoyed your run and will be back for more next week (be careful, some say it’s addictive!).

Brad making sure everyone gets to hear the briefing

Brad making sure everyone gets to hear the briefing

We welcomed visitors from such far away places as Rolleston, Pegasus, Dunedin, Kapiti Coast, Australia, Scotland, Parramatta, Cornwall, Wales, and even Northern Ireland! Welcome to you all and thank you for including Hagley on your travels. We wish you a safe onward journey and hope to see you again soon.

We congratulated Anna REID on her 100th run and her supporters were on hand with clackers to ring in this fantastic achievement. Well done Anna!

After the promise of a glorious sunrise and a reminder to keep left Brad sent us on our merry way, the start had the usual obstacles of tree roots, lake and trees to navigate and today there was a dash of mud to keep us on our toes too.




The doggos of parkrun were chomping at the bit, barking and running circles around each other in the excitement of the off but they were soon brought to heel by their humans who were focused on the task at hand - a new PB perhaps?

We rounded the lake and hit the path and the lilting refrain of a steadfast volunteer rang out “KEEP LEFT” and “Don’t mow down the other park users!” the response from one courageous parkrunner was “Why the hell not?”. But it wasn’t this volunteers first rodeo and his instant reply was “BECAUSE I SAID SO!!!” Nothing like a bit of banter and a giggle to set the tone for the run and the day ahead.

As we made our way around the park, the sun rose and the birds fluttered up into the safety of the trees, startled by the sound of 514 feet pounding in their direction. The time ticked by, the muscles ached in memory of last weeks run and we pushed on, ever closer to the finish line.

Before we knew it, the finish line was in sight and we steadied ourselves to run the final gauntlet between the lake and the trees, we knew that we needed to be swift and steady on our feet, there was no time to waste slipping in the mud. And … We did it! One by one we crossed the finish line. We were sweaty and we were panting but we were home and feeling very accomplished! Another run closer the next milestone and another PB perhaps? – time to head home to hit refresh on our emails until the official word came through from parkrun HQ.

In total there were 44 personal bests. Well done Team! And not only did Anna run her 100th, she also recorded a new PB, huge congratulations Anna, a great way to celebrate the milestone!

Parkrun # 252 was made possible by 16 volunteers:  Brad HENDERSON • Lindsay SANDFORD • Sinead IRELAND • Garth LOW • Mattias WIELAND • Brian TYRO • Victoria SAMUEL • Hank VAN TIL • Kim LAWLOR • Lisa MCGONIGLE • Colin THOMS • Garry SOTHERAN • Diana PHIPPS • Margaret FISHER • Anna DOWLING • Micheal HANLON

Representatives of 16 clubs took part this week. Find the full rundown of results and the complete event history on the Hagley parkrun Results Page.

The course records remain unchanged as follows:

Male record - Michael KERNAHAN - 15:08 on 23rd December 2017 (# 170).
Female record - Angie PETTY - 16:40 on 23rd December 2017 (# 170).
Age Grade record - Loris REED - 96.65% (23:25) on 23rd March 2019 (# 236).

Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 6,757 participants have completed 45,061 parkruns covering a total distance of 225,305 km (over half ways to the moon!), including 6,983 new Personal Bests. A total of 400 individuals have volunteered 2,371 times.

"I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run… to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that." - Dean Karnazes

Until next week parkrunners,

DFYB (Don’t forget Your Barcode)


Hagley parkrun # 251 – 6th July 2019

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Siobhan PALMER • Brad HENDERSON • Sinead IRELAND • Rachael SEXTON • Chris AVERILL • Matt DINNISS • Anna DOWLING • Craig STOCKDALE • Mark BOON • Simon RELLS • Brooke TAYLOR • Neave WYBER-BELL

This week we welcomed The Athlete’s Foot as one of our national sponsors. It was great to have the team along as volunteers this week. We are as ever grateful to Rachael and Allan of NZHL who offered us all encouragement around the course this week also.

The roster is looking very light over July please do let us know if you are interested in helping out at all.

Congratulations to Robyn Calvert and Jill Hall on milestones this week.

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

The male record is held by Michael KERNAHAN who recorded a time of 15:08 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170).
The female record is held by Angie PETTY who recorded a time of 16:40 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170).
The Age Grade course record is held by Loris REED who recorded 96.65% (23:25) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 236).

Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 6,729 participants have completed 44,804 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,020 km, including 6,939 new Personal Bests. A total of 397 individuals have volunteered 2,355 times.


Hagley parkrun # 250 – 29th June 2019


At parkrun everyone loves to celebrate runners persistence and the achievement of reaching significant milestones. Today we celebrated 250 events at Hagley parkrun and what a day it was!

While the city centre recorded a temperature of -5 at 7am this morning the temperature had risen to a balmy -1 by 8 o’clock. 285 braved the frosty conditions and either ran, walked or jogged the course.

21 outstanding individuals volunteered. Of those a brave 14 were either marking the course or waiting at the finish area. Thank you for your amazing efforts and for withstanding the cold. Another 7 individuals paced the course, in what was our second ever pacer event. Thank you all for giving our participants this fantastic experience. It was wonderful to receive such positive feedback and to know that it contributed to so many individuals runs.

Today’s volunteers were:

Amelia HINTON, Barry WILLIAMSON, Bartosz MORAWIEC, Bruce WOODS, Claire HORNCASTLE, Colin CHIN, Colin THOMS, David SCOBIE, Heath TAYLOR, Jean WILLIAMSON, Jonathan GIBBONS, Maria AMOS, Micheal HANLON, Modecai NKHWAZI, Rachael SEXTON, Robyn DALY, Ross MACKAY, Sinead IRELAND, Stephanie RUMBLE, Yvette TUCKER

Thank you all for your contribution to this special event.

To add to the celebration everyone was greeted with cake and cookies. Thank you Original Foods for the kind and ever so yummy donation of chocolate cake it was a massive hit!

We welcomed a number of parkrun tourists today, including Julia and Paul Gordon from Lower Hutt who ensured that our event was not absent of a Green 250 Club T-shirt, or two. Another group visiting from the UK managed to cram in two PBs, a 50th milestone and make their 10am flight! Great going team! We also got to welcome back Greg Petersen, a recent Run Director of Hagley who is now Event Director at Foster parkrun.

Other important numbers today included:

  • 61 PBs including all three of our first finishes.
  • 33 people visited Hagley parkrun for the first time, 20 of those experienced their first ever parkrun.
  • 21 clubs were represented
  • 4 people recorded milestones. One 100, Two 50’s and a Junior 10! Congratulations Glenda, Charlotte, Greg and Stewart (also on your PB).

Today is also a great opportunity to extend an extra thank you to all our past, and present, Run and Event Directors. They all work extremely hard behind the scenes each week to make sure we can all turn up to run, walk, jog or volunteer. Thank you! Over the last 250 events so many people have contributed to Hagley parkrun, whether you’re a parkrunner or a volunteer you've made it happen and made it the fantastic community it is today. Congratulations to everyone at Hagley parkrun!!!



Pacers 29th June Hagley’s 250th

It’s been a few years since we last had a pacer event so to hopefully guide some of you lovely people to a PB we have decided to do one as part of 250th celebrations.

We are so grateful to those who have volunteered so far to pace this weekend. We have a few gaps so do let us know if you’re happy to volunteer for any other slot, we just need to know your barcode number and the time you are willing to pace for (hagleyhelpers@parkrun.com).  As a guide this should be at least 2 minutes more than you are capable of running a parkrun in. You will get a volunteer credit in addition to participating in your favourite Saturday morning pastime.

We will pacing the following times:

20.00 Ross Mackay

22.30 Johnny Gibbons

25.00 Richard Knott

27.30 Colin Chin

30.00 Stephanie Rumble


35.00 Yvette Tucker

If you’re out there running, walking or run/walking and you would really like some support to complete the run in a particular time let us know. We will do our best to find a volunteer to pace that time too.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday for the 2-5-0!





Hagley parkrun # 249 – 22nd June 2019

We were all up before the sun this morning, on what was the shortest parkrun day, but what a beautiful sunrise it was. The colourful sky seemed to fit our ‘purple for parkrun’ theme perfectly! It was also great to see so many of our participants don purple including a number of Volunteer Club t-shirts.

278 people ran, jogged and walked the course, on what was a fairly crisp Christchurch morning. 26 of whom were first timers and a staggering 51 people recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations!

Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

One of our junior runners joined the Junior 10 Club and set himself a new PB, well done Finn! Jason Shaskey, Vaughan Morrison and Bartosz Morawiec all completed their 50th milestone today. It was great to see these milestones celebrated, we all especially enjoyed the pyrotechnics!

Today we recognised National Volunteer Week and all of the wonderful volunteers around New Zealand. Thank you to all those that volunteer, either within parkrun or other organisations in New Zealand, for the valuable contribution you make to our communities. We extend an extra big thank you to those 13 individuals who made today’s event possible:

Rebecca THOMS • Sinead IRELAND • Jeremy DUGGAN • Brian TYRO • Rachael SEXTON • Dave CANDY • Modecai NKHWAZI • Colin THOMS • Ross MACKAY • Rory CROSBIE • Mary-Clare DELAHUNTY • Richard ANNESS • Mark BOON

At Hagley parkrun an incredible total of 387 individuals have volunteered 2,321 times. Thank you all. For anyone who is interested in volunteering for the first time, please do not hesitate to be in touch. We will provide lots of detail about the role along with support and training.

We look forward to seeing you all for our 250th event next week 29th June! We will update our news section soon with full details of the event, including pacer times.

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

The male record is held by Michael KERNAHAN who recorded a time of 15:08 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170).
The female record is held by Angie PETTY who recorded a time of 16:40 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 170).
The Age Grade course record is held by Loris REED who recorded 96.65% (23:25) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 236).

Hagley parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 6,672 participants have completed 44,318 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,590 km, including 6,852 new Personal Bests.