Invercargill parkrun Event number 161 10th July 2021

When we were setting up for parkrun this week, the wind was a little concerning.  We went cones light on the course, worried they might get blown away.  But actually as the sun rose the wind did drop.

Despite the cooler winter temperatures it was a great morning to celebrate the end of our winter challenge!

We welcomed MrWhippy to finish line, and celebrated our Winter Challenge with ice creams.  It was a great way to celebrate the success of a weekly 5km effort.


This week 76 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 16 volunteers from the Southland Harriers Group who completed a volunteer takeover this week.  Thank you for your smiles and energy this week, and we hope your Cross Country event this weekend went great too!

Thanks to:
Jason CHAN • Karen LEADLEY • Linda TE AU • Debbie TELFER • Amy IVERSEN • Alison NEILSON • Grant R BAKER • Evan MACINTOSH • Margaret JOHNSTONE • Carl JOHNSTONE • Buddy SMALL • Maree SMALL • Atlas KERR • Teresa MALONEY • Jan TAYLOR • Marshall LIU

The results:

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

Congratulations to our first finishers:


Awesome work to those who achieved PBs this week:

personal best

And wonderful work to our milestone achievers this week:


207176471_3843346709122008_8701699324750374509_nHenry achieved his 50th milestone today, and came to Invercargill parkrun with a goal to get the JM10 age category record....while this week wasn't to be, Henry isn't too far off..10secs away!


We run our winter challenge series each year to motivate our community to get out moving even when the weather can be a challenge.  Great work to all those who have been working through the Couch to 5km program, and the strive for five parkwalk program.

Smile of the day:

Special mention to Donna and Deborah Clearwater who joined our winter challenge from Dunedin, and came to our event this week.  Congratulations Donna on your PB this week!  While Deborah didn't quite get the PB, her smiling face was a true reward for us at the finish line! - Deborah has cut off 8 mins on her best times from 2020 so that is a pretty awesome achievement!  Thanks for joining us!

Spot prizes and MrWhippy were donated by Mee & Henry Law Limited, thanks!!

Coming up:

17 July: Kids Rule parkrun:

We have children taking over the volunteer role this week and are excited to have them on board.  If you have children who are keen to take part please let us know (there is a hot chocolate for them at the Cheeky Llama after parkrun for their help!)

Also pacers.  We have Barry pacing at 35mins on the 17th of July.

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 2,321 participants have completed 17,329 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,645 km, including 2,896 new Personal Bests. A total of 411 individuals have volunteered 2,540 times.

Have a wonderful week!

Liz Henry

Event Director - Invercargill parkrun