(not)parkrun 18 September 2021

Hi team,

We have two very different (not)parkrun stories to share with you today:


Vicky Brewin

It was a glorious day at today’s (not)parkrun.

Since moving to NZ Invercargill parkrun has been on my list to visit, but with that not happening anytime soon I decided to do a bit of (not)parkrun virtual tourism and set my parkrun location to Invercargill.

Today’s course was a visit to a lockdown 2020 course. A 2 lapper around Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.

The course was chosen as it is simple to follow, just keep turning right until you get to 5km, and it’s near a really good cafe too!

A few people from Hamilton Roadrunners came out to take part too, some representing Hamilton Lake and The University of Waikato. We kicked off with a warm up to Footloose and off we ran, walked and jogged.

I had a new pair of trainers to try out and see if I could beat my course time from last year and I did by 2 seconds!

I’d also forgotten my headphones but it was really nice running listening to the birds.

We then headed to the cafe for a post (not)parkrun hot chocolate and cake to celebrate my birthday yesterday. It was very much needed.

Well done to the 17 Invercargill parkrunners, so far, who have got out and braved the elements this week and logged a (not)parkrun.

For those struggling to get out I’d recommend keep the parkrun routine. Aim to go out at your usual parkrun time and even go with a few friends if it helps. A course near a good cafe is also a good motivator so you can grab that post (not)parkrun drink as a reward for getting out there!

Melanie Ryding:


This is Melanie in her brand new made to measure wheelchair! In the customary red-white-blue colour scheme! It was delivered to Melanie today, she says "it only seemed right to get out and use it the very same day I had it delivered!"
"I have never ever completed a parkrun - even when I had two feet. Today I did my first - (not)parkrun."
She did her (not)parkrun on our course (but later in the day)
We are looking forward to Melanie joining us for a parkrun one day soon, and she will join the ranks of a select few who have self propelled their way around our course!
Great effort today Melanie, we are sure you are only going to get faster as you master your new chair!
Have you logged your (not)parkrun this weekend?  Remember you can do that at www.parkrun.com/signin
Have a great weekend!
Liz Henry
Event Director
Invercargill parkrun

Event currently paused

Hi Team,


As you may appreciate given our Covid-19 Alert Level 2 status we remain paused.

We can continue with our event when we reach Alert Level 1, provided there are no mass gathering restrictions.

In the meantime we encourage you to complete (not)parkruns.


Walk, jog or run a 5k route of your choice, on any day & submit your time online
We hope you are having a safe and physically active pause from our event!
Have a great week!
Liz Henry
Event Director
Invercargill parkrun

Invercargill parkrun Event number 166 14th August 2021

I was a bit nervous early this morning listening to the hail thinking about what it will be like at parkrun, but thankfully the weather was kind to us, and the sun even made an appearance.  There were 76 park runners, walkers, and joggers who made their way around the course today, seven were first timers to Invercargill parkrun.

parkrun is made possible by our amazing volunteers who each week help to guide us around the course, ensure that our times are taken, our positions and times are recorded against our names, that nobody comes last as the tail walker always walks at the back and of course, and that there is photo evidence that we actually did do parkrun. This week our hi vis heroes were

Michelle Carter, Riley Ferguson, Melanie Ryding, Ruth Prattley, Tobias Prattley, Marcia Ferguson, Liz Henry, Amy Iversen, Grant Baker, Cheryl Dahms, Regan Prattley, Bruce Hartley, Amiee Withington and Aria Ferguson.

We always need people to volunteer, it is a great way to give back to parkrun, cheer on your fellow runners and walkers and you get a free coffee. Just email invercargill@parkrun.com to put yourself down as a volunteer one week.

Congratulations to our first placer Aidan McAra who also got a PB today of 17:20. Also to our first female home was Debbie Telfer for a time of 24:49.

Five people received PBs today, they were: Aidan McAra, Pippa Brown, Donald Wang, Mitchell Powell, and Victoria Powell.

We had one overseas visitor to our parkrun today, Gilly Cross, who is visiting from London. This was Gillys first parkrun in 18 months due to the UK being in lockdown. It was also her 50th Parkrun today so congratulations to Gilly and what a great feeling it must have been to be running in parkrun again.


Smile of the day also goes to Denise Hare. Denise has had a few enforced weeks off parkrun, but yesterday was given the all clear to return. Lovely to have you back at parkrun Denise.  It was very emotional at the finish line!  We are so proud of you for completing parkrun today!!



The weekly stats:


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

The female record is held by Kimberley IVERSEN who recorded a time of 18:43 on 20th March 2021 (event number 145).
The male record is held by Dwight GRIEVE who recorded a time of 16:23 on 26th June 2021 (event number 159).
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, 2,415 participants have completed 17,577 parkruns covering a total distance of 87,905 km, including 2,915 new Personal Bests.

Michelle Carter

Run Director

Invercargill parkrun


Invercargill parkrun event #165 – August 07th, 2021

Invercargill parkrun
Event number 165
7th August 2021

Kim Hartley foreword: Nau mai Haere Mai Welcome to Invercargill’s Parkrun report.
What crazy weather today, it felt like four seasons in one Parkrun!
52 hearty souls took part today and I heard a mutter as we walked and talked our way around the course that maybe being a runner wasn’t a bad idea as they were back and dry before the worst of the weather!!!

Out on the course, we had blue sky, followed by rain, and then hail. A bit like life you never know what to expect and like life we had a group of us a cheer squad to help us through. It was such a pleasure to share this morning with good company laugh and walk. Another feature of today’s parkrun was listening and watching as the park is waking up for spring, such a stirring of our souls to hear the birds in full song. It is the magic of our parkrun to be able to share this magnificent park every Saturday.

A big thank you to the Parks Department of Invercargill City Council, the new path is a real pleasure to run and walk on. We appreciate all that you do to make our parkrun run so smoothly, including sweeping our start line for us.

To the volunteers,  Aria FERGUSON  •  Bradley LEONARD  •  Brendon CORBETT  •  Jared STUART  •  Karen LEADLEY  •  Katrina MCGILLAN  •  Kylie BONIFACE  •  Leon HARTNETT  •  Marcia FERGUSON  •  Mary MARSHALL  •  Melanie RYDING  •  Peter BIGGERSTAFF  •  Regan PRATTLEY  •  Riley FERGUSON  •  Ruth PRATTLEY  •  Sarah BIGGERSTAFF  •  Vicki SHAW

thank you for all your support today, it was great to see all your smiling faces on the course, no matter the weather, you always bring the sunshine.
until next week,
Haere rā, keep warm and safe whānau.

Our first finishers today were: Corvin O'ROURKE and Helen STEWART - congrats to you both.

Considering the weather conditions today, the following people managed their personal beats! Great job guys! received_342468370855960

High five to those whom braved the cold today. We will see you again next week, same time, same place.

Ma te wa

Ruth Prattley

Run Director











Invercargill parkrun Event number 164 31st July 2021

TheWeather Slab

After a forecast suggesting a fine but cloudy morning, it was a surprise to be setting up for parkrun this morning in misty and reasonably wet conditions.  It was wonderful to see all the parkrunners who joined us despite the weather!

We are here every week, and it definitely helps the volunteers knowing that we have many other parkrunners, walkers and joggers with us on the course.

This week 95 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Liz HENRY • Alexandra HENRY • Amy IVERSEN • Aimee WITHINGTON • Cindy MULROONEY • Sandra SWENSSON • Craig SWENSSON • Cheryl DAHMS • Robyn SMITH • Barry SMITH • Brendon CORBETT • Kim HARTLEY • Melanie RYDING • Helen BRUNNER • Cam NELSON • Mackenzie VAUGHAN

The volunteer board is looking quite bare.  Can you help us out?

You can find the roster here:  www.parkrun.co.nz/invercargill/futureroster 

Here is how the board is looking at the moment:

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summary stats

Congratulations to our first finishers this week:

fastest times

Some great PBs!  After two weeks detouring, it was nice to back to the usual course.  Congratulations!


The Age Distribution:

distributionandfastest by age

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

We welcomed a few visitors this week, and hope you enjoyed your parkrun this morning:


Smile of the Day:

Smile of the Day goes to Mackenzie Vaughan, who took this weeks photos.  Mackenzie was a first time volunteer and did a great job of the point and shoot role this week!  Thanks Mackenzie and we hope to have you join us again soon!

Events coming up in Southland:

Southland Harriers is proud to bring you the



Have you got your entry in yet?
There are four distances to chose from

The Ascot Park Hotel Southland Marathon

The Shoe Clinic Invercargill 10 Miler

The Southland Harriers 10km Run / Walk

​​​​​​​the Ronald McDonald House 5km Run / Walk

There is  something to suit everyone in the family.

​​​​​​​Sunday 10 October 2021

For more details and to register: head to the website:


The Stats:

The female record is held by Kimberley IVERSEN who recorded a time of 18:43 on 20th March 2021 (event number 145).
The male record is held by Dwight GRIEVE who recorded a time of 16:23 on 26th June 2021 (event number 159).
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 2,344 participants have completed 17,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 88,000 km, including 2,922 new Personal Bests. A total of 418 individuals have volunteered 2,609 times.

Have a super awesome week!

Liz Henry

Event Director

Invercargill parkrun

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