Invercargill parkrun Event number 105 25th January 2020


It started out as a WET WET Day! Barry as Run Director had checked the rain radar prior to event setup and claimed that rain was due to stop for our 8am start, but with the intensity of the rain falling and the colour of the sky I really didnt believe it. We got soaked setting up the course, but we also got to see how many of our parkrunners were already running in the park as the start of their long run day, it is great to watch them join us for part of their run.

Despite our initial concerns, the weather did indeed clear!! And out of the woodwork this week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:


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

First parkrunner home was Alfonso SIMMONS and Alfonso also achieve a New PB! Congratulations!
First female parkrunner home was Debbie LANDRETH great work!

Congratulations to the PB Crew this week:

Michele FREY
Gillian ROBBIE


The Invercargill parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.

Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.

Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!

When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.

Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
Remember to warm up before the run.

If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.

If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.

It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.

Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.

Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

Walkers, please remember that when you are three abreast it can be difficult for others to pass you. If you hear the call "runner passing" or "walker passing" from behind please try and move over to accommodate that person passing.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Invercargill parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.


We welcomed parkrunners and walkers from Balclutha, Australia, South Africa and the UK Welcome!! we hope you enjoyed our beautiful course despite the wet condition of it!

Smile of the day and Thank You to Corina GUTSCHLAG who volunteered for us this week in the role of timekeeper. Despite feeling concerned about the role, she did a wonderful job! Corina has registered with Invercargill parkrun as her home parkrun, but has been travelling around the Country in her motorhome, so isn't often home. But she choose to volunteer this week while she was around! You did an awesome job! Thanks Corina!

Head Office are looking for ladies who parkrun to feature in an article they are writing for International Women's Day on 8th March.

They are on the lookout for women and girls up to the age of 29, and in their 70s and 80s, who do parkrun in NZ who would be willing to share a few paragraphs of their parkrun story and a photo of themselves at parkrun to feature on our blogsite, preferably people who weren't a runner previously. - Let us know if you would like to be part of this by emailing us:

Coming up:


8 February 2020 - 2nd Anniversary parkrun - Picnic after parkrun outside the Cheeky Llama (or inside if wet) our local sponsor will provide some food (you can get some drinks at the Cheeky Llama!) and there will be some prizes also. Bring a picnic blanket or chair. (Starts after parkrun finishes so between 9:10- 9:15am - 11am. You have to be there to get prizes).

22 February 2020 - TUTU event

29 February 2020 - #Scottairplanes Leap Event

14 March - Scottish themed parkrun - to celebrate the National Pipe Band Championships taking place in Invercargill on the 13th and 14th of March (You may want to park for parkrun that day at the Cheeky Llama carpark or the one on Queens Drive as the competition is at the Cricket Pavilion)

As usual we have heaps happening at parkrun, themed events are always encouraged but also optional, we look forward to seeing you at our events.

The stats:

The male record is held by Dwight GRIEVE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 19th May 2018 (event number 14).
The female record is held by Claire NICHOLS who recorded a time of 18:44 on 29th December 2018 (event number 47).
The Age Grade course record is held by Debbie TELFER who recorded 89.00% (22:07) on 30th November 2019 (event number 95).

Invercargill parkrun started on 10th February 2018. Since then 1,813 participants have completed 11,181 parkruns covering a total distance of 55,905 km, including 2,059 new Personal Bests. A total of 308 individuals have volunteered 1,534 times.

Have a wonderful week!

Liz Henry
Event Director
Invercargill parkrun