Hamilton Lake parkrun is cancelled on 2021-09-25 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

Crazy Hat parkrun – Crazies Volunteer Take Over

This morning we had a group of 'crazy' friends take over the volunteer roles.  They are all regular parkrunners who enjoy training and completing other events together.  Today they celebrated with a crazy hat parkrun.  Thank you Heather Bouda, Jono Bouda, Janine Buckley, Dave Buckley, Natasha Smith, Cherie Clark, Hayley Oulton, Blake Oulton-Hewitt, Sheryl Peters, Antinea Chilese, Simon Popplestone, Myles Ormsby and Karina Ormsby.  It was so great to see all the runners and walkers who also came dressed in theme.

Congratulations to Harvey Williams first male in, 16:43. Unfortunately our first female was 'unknown'. A good reminder to make sure you are registered and that you bring your barcode so we can scan you in for results.

We had 22 people achieve personal bests9 first timers at parkrun, and 2 first timers at Hamilton Lake parkrun.

Congratulations James Neale who completed his 50th parkrun today.  We look forward to seeing you at parkrun in your red parkrun milestone t shirt in the near future.

Have a great week everyone and we look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Run Report Written by: Karina Ormsby

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Official Goose Apology Received…


To whom it may concern

From Gavin the Goose
3rd mud hole on the left
Lake Domain drive
West side of Hamilton Lake


Regarding the unfortunate incident at Hamilton Lake dated 24 July 2021.
On behalf of all the geese at Hamilton Lake, I would like to formally apologise for the event as dated above.

To add detail, my sister Glenis had been slightly separated from the gaggle and was solely focused on her breakfast of grass and assorted seeds. When at this time a flock of humans surprised her by running at her at speed. In her surprise and confusion Glenis thought she was under attack by the humans and incorrectly launched her own counter attack.


With this incorrect assessment of the situation, she reacted incorrectly and launched an attack on the humans.

Discussions with Glenis following the event concluded that Glenis had recognised her obvious error in being separated from the gaggle, being too focussed on
her breakfast, and losing situational awareness of her surroundings, thus leading to her over reaction and subsequent human contact.


The overall confusion was not helped by the humans hi vis clothing (very frightening) and non bird like smells. Why would a human want to smell like flowers?

In conclusion, we all regret the incident and wish to return to the status quo as soon as possible.

Kind Regards
Gavin the Goose

(Many thanks to Andrew Bloodworth of Glenview for the preparation of this document, as when I try typing I often hit two keys at the same time with my beak.)


parkrun report 7 August #393

Hamilton Lake parkrun Run Report Event #393 07/08/2021

The morning tempted us with 11 degree weather, however when we got to parkrun there was the familiar lake wind, or what Wellingtonians say, “did you feel that light breeze?”

Gathered in the winter parkrun starting point in front of the yacht club, our numbers swelled to 166, including 22 first timers (welcome!), some travelling from as far as Dunedin, and 12 volunteers.

RD Gary had recently visited Western Springs and thought he would try out a new trick, so to warm up the punters this morning he got them to jog on the spot and clap as he named the volunteers. Thanks Gary, but everyone else, please don’t let that put you off volunteering!!!

13 Personal Bests were hit which is awesome to see, even if it is a few seconds it still counts! Battling against the “light breeze” this AM to get a PB is a job well done, I hope you treated yourself to a well earnt hot bevvy after.

Congratulations on the following milestones; Nigel Dowdeswell getting 50, and Henny Swinkels with 250 today! That is 1,250 km worth of parkrunning! No small feat. Great outfit too, I am always a fan of people dressing up for the occasion!!

There are a number of people who are nearing close to milestones in the next few weeks so keep an eye out, I encourage you all to plan your outfits, or at least what shade of tutu you need to source.

Now I cannot speak for the people at the front of the pack, but where I was (not too far ahead of the tail walker) I did not see any geese! Have they chosen to keep their distance, or do the front runners give them a few words as they cruise past. Regardless, the footpaths were a lot less caked in bird poop which was lovely. A great morning, thank you Hamilton Lake!

This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Karina ORMSBY • Rose-Marie GOODRICK • Gary FIELDES • Geoff GOODRICK • Rebecca YEOMAN • Lance LANGLEY • Ben DYSON • Sue BEALE • Clementine ANNABELL • Lauren ROWE • Shelly EDWARDS • Leon HENRY

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

The female record is held by Lesley VAN MIERT who recorded a time of 16:58 on 8th February 2014 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:57 on 27th February 2021 (event number 371).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally GIBBS who recorded 99.63% (18:10) on 26th October 2019 (event number 318).

Hamilton Lake parkrun started on 19th October 2013. Since then 6,268 participants have completed 60,812 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,060 km, including 8,707 new Personal Bests. A total of 642 individuals have volunteered 3,963 times.


parkrun Run Report #392

Woof woof,

Hello, I am Hera. I am the sister of Sam Sam, please be gentle with me I am still learning how to be social, so just ignore me as we will be fine. I have got my instructions from Sam Sam. I am working with oomans, you are so weird walking and running on 2 legs how inefficient.

So anyway 136 people this week, set off on an awesome morning around the lake. Ducks and geese seem to have avoided you oomans. Pukekoes, however, with their long skinny legs, well they are just weird and seem to be everywhere and they will not get out of your way at all.

There, were 7 new parkrunners. Welcome to the party that never ends! Also welcome back the 4 people who completed their second parkrun.

1st Male: Harvey Williams in a sizzling 16.26.

1st Female: Jemima Antoniazza in a strong time of 18.25.

A huge woof woof to the following people, the amazing volunteers that make this great event work week in and week out, Anneliese CLARK, Bruce CLARK, Cherie CLARK, Scout CLARK, Pam HILTON, Jason MCCARTHY, Karina ORMSBY, Cath REIMER, Noel RICHMOND, Raewyn RICHMOND, Brent STANDEN, and Rachel STANDEN

A huge bark for Dean King he ran his 350th parkrun. A couple of unusual facts about Dean, he has run at every parkrun event in New Zealand, and a few other parkruns around the world as well. He has also volunteered over 70 times.

Another quiet achiever is Sue Beale who snuck in her 100th parkrun. Great work Sue!

So a big woof woof from me and ooman in training, till next week.
Hera (The queen of the Greek Gods)


391 Hamilton Lake parkruns

138 runners and walkers came along for the Hamilton Lake parkrun, event 391 this morning.

This morning we did the out and back course which is completely grass free…. yay! The weather was good, chilly to start off but by about 2km the body had warmed up. Ideal running conditions.

The lake was generally quite quiet with other lake users, but there were a few people out on the lake that made for some entertainment whilst we were running around it.

There were two first timers - Tyler EMERY and Samuel DYER who both kept it to themselves that it was their first time. Well done for coming along into the cold, and hopefully you enjoyed this morning as much as I did. There were no visitors from other parkruns which was quite surprising as it is still the school holidays.

Well done to our first placer Al BREARS - a personal PB and coming in almost 2 minutes ahead of the other runners.

A few milestones were also achieved this morning, Esmé achieved her 150th parkrun and Jason his 350th. What inspirations.

Thank you to everyone who came along, and the volunteers Karina ORMSBY, Tau HOLDEN, Geoff GOODRICK, Lance LANGLEY, Sue LANGLEY, Chris KEITH, Janine HAWKINS, Samantha HALL, Georgia GEMMELL, Clementine ANNABELL, Anna MEGAFFIN and Margaret DRUMMOND who made the event possible.

Run Report Written by Samantha Hall (who has completed 169 parkruns and volunteered 46 times)

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