Invercargill parkrun event #159 – June 26, 2021

Invercargill parkrun
Event number 159
26th June 2021
Nau mai Haere Mai Welcome to Invercargill’s Parkrun report.
Kia ora whanau, today we are truly celebrating success today!!
Congratulations to Dwight Grieve who achieved a new Course Record for Invercargill parkrun at 16mins 23secs!!! A fabulous result in wet and very slippery conditions.



Plus 3 more reasons to celebrate today, 3 Milestones!! Congratulations Julie Adam who joined the 50 club, and Robyn Smith and Toni Green who joined the 100 club today!

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This week 103 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
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 Wahoo!!! (event number 159 today).
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 2,309 participants have completed 17,164 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,820 km, including 2,877 new Personal Bests. A total of 408 individuals have volunteered 2,510 times.
I am going to shine a light on our founder and greatest supporter of Invercargill parkrun. I know that she will be a little bit shy of the spot light, even so credit is warranted, so sorry not sorry!
What is a super hero? well according to Stan Lee: A superhero is a person who does heroic deeds and has the ability to do them in a way that a normal person couldn’t. So in order to be a superhero, you need a power that is more exceptional than any power a normal human being could possess, and you need to use that power to accomplish good deeds!
This is an adept description of our Event Director, Liz Henry, what is her super power? The ability to bring people together in friendship, laughter and fun together every weekend for parkrun. Her passion and tenacity to bring this event to Invercargill, and make it work was the reason she was first nominated for and then last night won the title for Southland Sports Award for Administrator of the Year - Liz Henry.  We salute you for your passion, and dedication to our parkrun whanau. So a hearty congratulations to you Liz Henry from your volunteers, runners, walkers, woggers and joggers from people and the dogs of parkrun. You accomplish good deeds every week and are so community minded. It was great to see this acknowledged by the judges. You are our true super hero!

On a side note, it was awesome to see everyone dressed up for the event. It took a moment to recognise people out of sportswear!
Have a great week.
Ngā Mihi
Kim Hartley


Invercargill parkrun Run Report event #153 – May 15, 2021

Welcome to Invercargill parkruns 153rd run report.
Let's start it with a celebration of one of our PARKticipants; Sarah Jantscher, originally from Austria and now living in Wellington, completed our parkrun, making ours the 33rd and last NZ parkrun Sarah needed to complete for her to achieve the Countryman status! How awesome is that! To add to her personal accomplishments today was her 302nd run!!  It was lovely to meet you today and thanks so much for coming along and sharing your story with us.
Thank you for your kind words about our event and park. We are pleased you enjoyed our community. Oh! And you're my Smile of the Day!


This week 87 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Welcome to the 7 first timers below. We will see you back here again!


Were you one of the 6 that achieved their personal best today? Have a look below.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:


A few volunteer vacancies open throughout the rest of May. Would be lovely to see these full. To add your name to our roster send us a message on our Facebook page or email - let us know the date and your preferred role.

Here is a break down of our roles:

You will need to use your fully charged Smartphone to carry out the following TWO tasks:
•Barcode Scanner

We provide equipment for the roles of:
• Photographer
• Finish tokens
• Pre Event Set Up (you'll just need to walk or bike around to set up the course with the appropriate cones/kilometre markers & have a keen eye for noticing potential hazards we can warn PARKticipants of at our briefing)

Roles that only require a smile & some cheering:
• Marshals (we always require 5, however more is always fabulous)
• Tail walker (a smile, walk and happy to be last)

Roles that still allow volunteer to participate in the event:

• First timers briefing (meet & greet first timers and take then through what they need to know about our course - we provide a prompt sheet)
• Barcode scanner - if you run and finish within the first 20-25minutes you can tap in and volunteer as another barcode scanner for the rest of that event

If you have a time you could pace for our other PARKticipants to help them achieve or beat their PB, then we have a pacer week every 3rd Saturday of the month. Our next pacer week is June 19th.

Next Saturday is May 22 - that means we are having our TUTU event! Come along in a Tutu and any other embellishments of your choosing for a fun and colourful 2 2 (Tutu) event.

Invercargill parkrun started on 10th February 2018. Since then 2,273 participants have completed 16,614 parkruns covering a total distance of 83,070 km, including 2,808 new Personal Bests. A total of 401 individuals have volunteered 2,411 times.

Stay safe,
Ma te wa

Ruth Prattley
Run Director


Invercargill parkrun event #145 – March 20, 2021

Welcome to our run report for event #145 here at Invercargill parkrun!

Today we had the absolute pleasure to host an Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) takeover! Allison Bishop organized over 12 ILT staff members and some of their tamariki to volunteer at parkrun this week! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all. What a wonderful and vibrant job you all did! Many thanks to you all for coming along. Great feedback from our parkticipants! ILT - for our community.


Invercargill parkrun invites all businesses around Invercargill to come along and do a volunteer takeover! We are always happy to show new volunteers how to do the various roles. We always enjoy meeting new people and it’s a great community connection here. You are also welcome to join in and walk, jog or run our weekly event!

We have had 14 parkticipants achieve a personal best today! We know how hard you guys and gals work to push yourselves, so be proud of your achievements!

New PB

Kimberley IVERSEN was our first wahine home today AND achieved our Female course Record with a galloping 18:43!! Well done Kimberley! Mighty good effort!

Kimberley achievement

James McLeay was our first male home today, good work James

We had a huge milestone achievement today! John MURPHY achieved his 100th parkrun event milestone today!! What a fantastic feat John! Well done!

John Murphy

Today we had 15 ‘unknowns’ – This means 15 parkticipants completed our event but didn’t have their barcode with them or hadn’t registered.

If you haven't yet registered for parkrun, its completely FREE! Its super quick and easy and only ever needs done once! You can register online at:

Once you are registered you will be emailed a confirmation and your own personal barcode. That barcode can be printed off and taken along to Any parkrun event in the world! Each time you complete a parkrun event, your time will be logged next to your personal barcode and placing token. (Remember, the tokens are ours, we need them every week) This allows you to monitor your own times/progress to help with making and achieving goals. It also allows us to add you to our volunteer roster when you volunteer with us.

Welcome and thank you to our first timers – we look forward to seeing you back.

First timers

We have quite a few volunteer spots open over the next few weeks! If you can please volunteer that would be so appreciated. We send volunteer reminders to you a few days before your chosen event. That has information about when and where to meet so we can take you through training. Every role is simple and we explain how to do the roles and show you what to do when using our virtual volunteer app. You will not be left in the dark.

Future roster

Speaking of, daylight savings ends on Sunday April 4th at 3am this year so; the following dates and times are important to add to your calendar.

--> Saturday April 3rd - Last 8am start

--> Saturday April 10th - 9am start time begins!!

We will add reminders about this as we get nearer the time. Lock it in now though. :)

Thank you all so much for a great event today. Enjoy your weekend!

Stay safe and we will see you next Saturday,

Ruth Prattley

Run Director

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