Invercargill parkrun Event number 117 1st August 2020

We had an amazing team of volunteers from Sport Southland do a volunteer takeover event this morning.
The team were excited for the opportunity to support parkrun and encourage Southlanders to be active. Jess Domigan, said that for Sport Southland "it also offered us a chance to walk the talk for our own wellbeing and in particular address to the five ways to wellbeing - to give, to connect, to learn, to be active and to take notice."

Thanks for your enthusiasm and support team!

A takeover is where a team/organisation fill all of the volunteer positions for a parkrun event. We welcome other businesses, organisations and sports teams to do takeovers, just let us know when you are available to volunteer. We love that through volunteering for parkrun you will see that the event is for everyone, and hopefully if you have been hesitant to come and join in, you will get the confidence to get started!

This week 126 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Liz HENRY • Denise HARE • Luciana GARCIA • Ruth PRATTLEY • Jess DOMIGAN • Kristen TODD • Helen STEWART • Lauren RICHARDSON • Tessa HEWLETT • Adele ORANGI • Brianne MCNAUGHT • Cass POKONEY • Courtney EGERTON • Carla WERDER • Brendon MCDERMOTT • Ross HENRY • Mel LEMM

We need plenty of volunteers over the next three weeks, Can you help? email is or message us on facebook.

Results summary:
First finishers this week were Craig Iversen (with a PB!!) and Kennedy Taylor.
We had some pretty good competition in the front group, with some of our competitive runners starting to peak in time for National championships, good luck to those who are competing!

Our top three males and female finishers:
Craig Iversen
Jareth Mccallum
James Mcleay

Kennedy Taylor
Kimberley Iversen
Sadie Wech

Congratulations to Glenda West for reaching her 50 milestone event!

Upcoming milestones:
name (number of parkruns)
Leighton and Denise Hare (98)
Erin Forde (49)
Peter Eastwood (48)
Ruth Prattley (48)
(There will be others, but these are the people that were parkrunning today)

PB's today:
Personal bests (PBs):
19:50 - m - Atlas Kerr
20:49 - m - Bevan Tait
28:43 - f - Cherie Champion
17:06 - m - Craig Iversen
25:20 - m - Daniel Harrison
31:29 - m - Fraser Hodges
42:56 - f - Glenda West
31:29 - f - Ini Gunn
21:31 - m - Jack Leadley
17:12 - m - Jareth Mccallum
53:28 - f - Joanne Williams
53:58 - f - Maree Haggerty
28:42 - m - Mark Faulkner
31:39 - f - Michelle Mcsoriley
50:18 - m - Neil Coaley
30:17 - f - Sanelle Du Plessis
21:11 - m - Simon Mckenzie
31:58 - f - Teresa Maloney

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

If you want to get more information from the results then check out this Chrome Extension:

Smile of the Day: James Mcleay - while James finished 3rd place today, he was super happy to be on the startline this morning. It was a real joy to watch as we prepared to the count down. Thank you James for bringing your enthusiasm to the course this morning!

Coming up:

August/September: Bring a friend to parkrun: We encourage you all to bring a friend or family member to parkrun over the next two months. Get them to register for a barcode before they come and join us for #parkrunday. Take your photo with flag at the start/finish line and share it with us on facebook, and go in the draw to win some spot prizes provided by our local sponsor Mee & Henry Law Limited.

15 August: Pacer Week.

The Stats:
The female record is held by Claire NICHOLS who recorded a time of 18:44 on 29th December 2018 (event number 47).
The male record is held by Lachie BAIRD who recorded a time of 16:29 on 29th February 2020 (event number 110).
The Age Grade course record is held by Debbie TELFER who recorded 90.36% (21:47) on 8th February 2020 (event number 107).

Invercargill parkrun started on 10th February 2018. Since then 1,981 participants have completed 12,926 parkruns covering a total distance of 64,630 km, including 2,343 new Personal Bests. A total of 340 individuals have volunteered 1,756 times.

Have a great week!

Liz Henry
Event Director


Invercargill parkrun, event 116, July 25th 2020

Welcome to Invercargill parkruns 116th event run report!!
We were pleased to welcome and encourage 110 people to walk, jog or run our event this week.
Welcome to our visitors from Dunedin! Safe travels back team!
A massive thank you to our 17 volunteers who helped this week's event go swimmingly.


We have plenty of spaces available for future volunteering opportunities. Contact us on Facebook or message us on to be added to a future event.

Even though our weather was a little damp, the following parkrunners managed to achieve for themselves a personal best. Great effort guys!

Personal bests (PBs):
21:06 - m - Bevan Tait

35:21 - f - Cherie Champion

25:28 - m - Corey Sutton

46:28 - f - Deborah Clearwater

31:40 - f - Julia Foster

37:52 - m - Matt Mckay

25:57 - f - Sonya Stewart

Milestones were achieved this week! Well done for completing your 50th parkrun Tim and awesome work for your 10 junior run milestone Zavior!!

Be on the lookout over the next few weeks for more of our parkrunners joining our 50 run milestone club and even some more junior 10 milestones!! Keep up the excellent effort team!

This weeks first female finisher was Joyce WAKELIN and our first male finisher was Lachie BAIRD. Top effort to you both.

If you haven't been along to parkrun yet, but would like to see what it's all about, we welcome you to come along and volunteer for an event to see and learn a bit about us. We are completely free. We welcome anyone, dogs on leads and prams are welcome.
We encourage you to register at:

Registration is free. You only ever need to do it once. You will enter some basic details and be emailed a unique barcode. You can print this barcode off and bring it along or download it onto your phone which we can scan from. Each time you complete a 5km parkrun event, you'll be given a token and you will then give this token, and your barcode, to our scanner. They will lock your time in against your barcode and you will have a running commentary on your completed events! Pretty cool right?!

Two of our Invercargill parkrun regulars are Kim & Bruce Hartley! They will be reaching the 50 run milestone together soon, but this week, for their ADORABLE cuteness, they take our Smile of the Week! Arohatinonui!! FB_IMG_1595726713179

On that note, have a fabulous week and we will see you next Saturday, 8.45am for the first timers briefing, 8.50am for the full briefing and ready for our 9am start! Stay safe!

Ruth Prattley
Run report writer,
Run director,
Coffee connoisseur


Invercargill parkrun event 115 July 18, 2020

Hello Earthlings and welcome to Invercargill parkruns 115th event!

Thank you to our 21 fabulous volunteers who braved a -5°C frost this morning to stand in the cold and guide and cheer on our 91 perfectly passionate participants!

Our 21 volunteers were:


This week we had the pleasure of congratulating a parkrun regular, Linda Compton on her brand new status as Grandma to her handsome wee Grandson, Carter. Congrats Linda! Enjoy those little snuggles and kisses!

We enjoyed celebrating with another parkrun regular today, Katherine Cambridge! Katherine achieved her 50th run this week and the cherry on top was she also achieved her 25th volunteer credit today as she was our 30minute Pacer! Awesome work and awesome commitment Katherine! Good luck for the half Marathon next month!

Sheryll Lindsay achieved her 50th run credit last week, congrats!! And today, Sheryll's faithful running companion, and parkdog Brax, achieved his own 50th run credit! Well done team!

We welcomed 6 first timers today and visitors from Porirua, Dunedin and Arrowtown! Welcome and we hope you enjoyed our event.
Well done to 11 participants achieved their personal best today, wondering if it was you? Check out the picture below!

Mary THOM from Porirua was our first female home today and Shyam PATEL was our first male home! Well done to you both!

Our smile of the day is Sumo KYAW, who pushed out a PB today and even posed for a #scottairplane! Well done Sumo!

We always appreciate our volunteers, and have LOTS of positions open throughout August for you to help us fill to keep our awesome event going. Any questions about the positions, feel free to contact us and we will fill those blanks.
Check out our roster at

to see what is available and when.

Note: August 1st we have some of Sport Southland volunteering for us. But we are always happy to accommodate anyone's availability and willingness. Thank you!

We look forward to greeting you next Saturday, at Queen's Park. Please remember your barcode, you need it to recieve an official time.
See you at 8.45 for our first timers briefing, 8.50 for our full briefing, ready for a 9am start!

Until then, be safe, have a great week and to kids and parents alike, enjoy the new school term!

Nga Mihi
Ruth Prattley
Run Director


Invercargill parkrun Event number 114 11th July 2020

G’day parkrunners and volunteers. It is my great pleasure to once again be part of parkrun, after almost 4 months since we have been allowed to do parkrun in our country, Australia.

My name is Anthony Paterson, and I am living at Moana, South Australia. For the past 17 weeks, we have had to change our ways on a Saturday morning. Normally we’d go to parkrun, but we now do midweek (not)parkruns (some on Saturdays), and various Freedom parkruns still.

We were in lockdown for awhile, and now have a very nice vegetable garden. I try to walk most days, unless the weather is a bit dodgy. I contacted parkrun NZ as a whole to see if I could help out today, SOMEHOW !!! Liz Henry, kindly agreed to let me be a “virtual” volunteer, as the Run Report Writer ….. so here we go ……

Today Invercargill parkrun completed Event #114. On a mild 4 degree, coolish day, partly cloudy with some beautiful blue sky, 119 enthusiastic parkrunners, ran, jog, walked or shuffled their way to complete the 5km in a variety of ways and times.

This event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Run Director – Barry SMITH.

Timekeepers – Peter BIGGERSTAFF & Bruce HARTLEY.

Finish Token Hander Outers – Glenda WEST.

Barcode Scanners – Liz HENRY & Leanne LIGGETT.

Marshals – Catherine PATTERSON, Erin BRADLEY, Linda TE AU, Anne SNODGRASS,


Photographer – Ross HENRY.

Tail Walkers – Cindy MULROONEY, Azaria DAVIS & Zaviour DAVIS.

First Timers Briefer – Billy CARTER.

Token Sorter – Mel LEMM.

Event Day Course Checker – Billy CARTER.

Run Report Writer from Australia – Anthony PATERSON.

Thanks once again to our team of volunteers. We always appreciate your help, and without it parkrun would not be possible.

Please let us know if you are able to volunteer in the upcoming weeks by emailing us at: or message us through Facebook Messenger with your preferred volunteer role and the date you would like to help out.

Adam COWIE was today’s first male across the line, with a new PB and a time of 19:32.

Mary THOM was today’s first female, with a time of 24:14.

Congratulations to the 15 people with Personal Best Times today.

They were:

Adam COWIE = 19:32.
Sam MUIR = 20:50.
Judah HOYLE = 22:46,
Steve OLIVER = 23:15.
Tane BOOTH = 24:53.
Aaron CAMPBELL = 25:48.
Diesel DOUGLAS = 32:08.
Maree SMALL = 35:02.
Sumo KYAW = 38:22.
Matt MCKAY = 39:51.
Karia KING = 41:19.
Cherie CHAMPION = 41:39.
Ali DAVIS = 50:31.
Nathan HERBERT = 50:32.
Maree HAGGERTY = 54:53.

We had 7 new parkrunners under the banner of “First Timers” today.

Welcome to:

Kate WILSON = 27:56.
Angela LAMONT = 29:10.
Tessa ORR = 33:53.
Zara ORR = 33:57.
Laura HEENAN = 42:52.
Robyn WILSON = 54:12.
Azaria DAVIS = 1:10:24.

The First Place List for each age category is listed below.

Congratulations to:

JM10 – Tane BOOTH = 24:53.
JM11-14 – Diesel DOUGLAS = 32:08.
JM15-17 – Judah HOYLE = 22:46.
SM25-29 – Joel STOTT = 24:53.
SM30-34 – Sam LEE = 21:51.
VM35-39 – Scott HODGES = 20:30.
VM40-44 – Billy CARTER = 20:25.
VM45-49 – Chris HANKIN = 22:54.
VM50-54 – Adam COWIE = 19:32.
VM55-59 – Peter EASTWOOD = 23:43.
VM60-64 – Lindsay KELLY = 24:02.
VM65-69 – Leighton HARE = 32:08.
VM70-74 – Paul HURLEY = 48:13.
VM75-79 – Carl JOHNSTONE = 56:30.
JW10 – Azaria DAVIS = 1:10:24.
JW11-14 – Tessa ORR = 33:53.
SW20-24 – Dana CAVANAGH = 26:30.
SW25-29 – Enya DOO = 25:18
SW30-34 – Jessica CAMPBELL = 24:58.
VW35-39 – Mary THOM = 24:14.
VW40-44 – Juanita THORNTON = 28:09.
VW45-49 – Julie JACK = 29:37.
VW50-54 – Carmen BUNGARD = 28:06.
VW55-59 – Robyn SMITH = 37:41
VW60-64 – Heather HACKETT = 32:12.
VW65-69 – Erin FORDE = 39:15.
VW70-74 – Margaret JOHNSTONE = 1:09:02.

Results are available here:
Congratulations to Sheryll LINDSAY on her 50th parkrun today.
Welcome to the Red 50 T-Shirt Club !!!
There was also another milestone to Junior parkrunner, Caitlyn MCDOWELL on her 10th parkrun in the JW11-14 Age Category. Great stuff !!!

Welcome to our visitors from neighbouring parkruns, Porirua and Pegasus.
It is always great to see some parkrun tourists come to Invercargill parkrun.

If you were at parkrun today and are NOT listed on the results list, please register FREE:
or remember to bring your printed barcode next time .... please !!!

The Female Record is held by Claire NICHOLS = 18:44 on 29/12/18 (Event #47).
The Male Record is held by Lachie BAIRD = 16:29 on 29/02/20 (Event #110).
The Age Grade Course Record is held by Debbie TELFER = 90.36% on 8/02/20 (Event #107).

A special mention must go to Barry SMITH who was very excited about wearing the new style Run Director vest, but then joy turned to despair when he realised the car keys were locked in the car.
You win some and you lose some !!!!

Well, I’ll finish up from South Australia now, knowing that somewhere in this big wide world, that there are some lucky people out there able to complete a 5km parkrun, which makes all of us Aussies very happy to know, and thankyou to Invercargill parkrun and to Liz HENRY for letting me get involved in your event, I look forward to visiting one day in the future.

By the way ...... Next week is PACER WEEK !!!

Enjoy your weekly parkruns !

Remember – ANY 5K IS A GOOD 5K.



Anthony Paterson

Moana, South Australia, Australia.


Virtual Volunteer

The parkrun Virtual Volunteer is our official timing and scanning application and is available free of charge from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
The Virtual Volunteer app was designed to replace timing and scanning hardware at parkrun events and is critical to maintaining our free-to-participate model across our rapidly growing event locations. All new parkrun events are now required to be ‘App-only’ and we no longer provide stand-alone timers or scanners.

The App has been designed specifically for parkrun events, is simple to use, provides accurate data, and works for any size of parkrun event.

The App has two functions to help parkrun teams generate their results:

Timing participants
Scanning barcodes after participants have finished
The information can then be easily transferred to the Results Processor using email, and we recommend that the Virtual Volunteer results are not cleared until results appear online.

Times can be recorded by tapping the split section on the screen of the device, in addition, either of the two volume buttons on the side of the phone, or on plugged-in earphones, may be used to record the time. One of the earphones may be placed in the ear to hear the beep. On a cold or wet day, for example, the Timekeeper could place the phone in their pocket and they will hear a beep to confirm each participant.

If raining it is strongly advised that the volume buttons are used or the phone is protected with a waterproof case as rain on the screen can cause extra times to be recorded accidentally.


On all screens touching Back in the top left will return to the first screen. The timer will continue in the background, even if the App has closed.
If sound and/or vibrate have been enabled in the device's settings it will beep and/or vibrate. Setting vibrate works particularly well as beeps from nearby devices may confuse.
Printed barcodes only will be accepted. Barcodes presented on mobile phones must not be scanned.
Sending data to the Results Processor...

Click on ‘export results’ at the bottom right of the screen. An option to choose the way that the data is sent will appear. Although there are several ways to transfer the files to the Results Processor, our recommended method is to send by email, either using the phone’s built-in email app or a third-party email app such as Gmail.
Enter the email address provided by the Run Director (for Invercargill parkrun the email is:

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