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 #149 – April 17, 2021

Kia Orana to all 135 PARKticipants and to our 18 volunteers that made today's 149th event such a gorgeous one.

The event was made possible by the following wonderful and supportive people.


Jo Fukuda achieved a very special milestone today. 100 parkruns completed! Jo is a regular at Invercargill parkrun along with her whanau and they volunteer regularly too. It's lovely to celebrate your achievement with you Jo!


A big welcome to the following13 first timers that completed today's event. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


14 PARKticipants got a PB today, well done.


We want to make sure everyone knows that parkrun IS for Everyone. You can walk. In fact, we have a strong walking contingent of regulars. They will always welcome more walking company or you're welcome to come along, pop on some music and enjoy a stroll through the park. We have a supportive group of volunteers who enjoy cheering on new and regular PARKticipants alike. Please don't feel shy to give us a try. We are free. We are timed. We welcome all. Dogs are allowed on a short lead. Tamariki are welcome. Strollers / prams are also welcome.

We also love our volunteers. We invite you to volunteer every couple of months so we can all enjoy participating and volunteering. If you can volunteer one Saturday soon please email us at, comment on one of our Facebook posts  or flick us a PM on facebook.

Please have a safe week, we hope the kids enjoy their school holidays and we will see you all at 8.50am for our briefings, ready for a 9am start!

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


Invercargill parkrun event #142 – February 20, 2021

Welcome to the run report for Invercargill parkruns 142nd event.

Moonshine was on this weekend but that didn't stop 96 PARKticipants from joining us,
4 of whom were first timers, so welcome team! Lovely to have you all.

22 Thank You's to each of our bright, chirpy and dancey volunteers! Cheers guys for helping us out and keeping our event running smoothly.


Aidan MCARA was our first male home and our first finisher for the day.
Debbie LANDREATH was our first female finisher. Great work team!

Check out our personal best achievers this week!! It's great to see so many working toward their own goals. Well done. We know some of you are working hard to beat your own time.


We have a number of unknowns coming up each week. Whilst that's fine, we encourage you to register for free (everything for parkrun is FREE) Once you register, you will be sent your own personal barcode that can be brought along to your parkrun event and you get a time next to your name. This can help you with goal setting and personal achievements! You only register once, and that barcode is yours forever that you can take to ANY parkrun event around the world!

Please remember we need volunteers to make our event run! It's easy, low maintenance fun that we will help and guide you to understand better. Anyone can volunteer. You do Not need to have any experience. Over the month of March, we need LOTS of volunteer positions sorted. Please help us. Have a look at our roster at
And then email us at
Or message us on our Facebook page.

We look forward to hearing from you! Enjoy your week, stay safe and we will see you next Saturday! Meet us at the cricket pavilion at 0750 for our first timers briefing, 0755 for our full briefing and 0800 we start!

Ma te wa
Ruth Prattley
Run Director



Invercargill parkrun event#137 January 16th 2021

Thank you 127 times to each of the wonderful people who walked or ran our course today.

We can thank the 21 fantastic high vis heroes for helping us to run the event, take the times of all our PARKticipants and help everyone around the course. Thanks volunteers!


What a great start we had to our Waihopai weekend! It started out a little overcast but that gave way to a very hot, very sunny, blue sky day.

Above all other announcements today, we will again make mention of one of our regular and always fabulous PARKticipants, Margaret Johnstone! Today, Margaret completed her 50th parkrun!! That's one of our milestones! Margaret is a positive,wonderful and caring soul, who 'plugs away' at her goals with a smile. We love having you as part of our whanau. Ka Mau Te Wehi Margaret!


14 PARKticipants achieved their Personal Best today!! Well done to each of you.


Hello and welcome to our 9 registered first timers!! We were so excited to meet you and thank you for your positive feedback. We look forward to seeing you again....and again!


An equally welcoming thank you to each of our first timers who haven't yet registered. You can do this by going to: and register. You only ever register once, and once registered you will be able to be timed at all parkrun events, worldwide! (Or for now, NZ Wide)

You will receive a personal barcode that is yours forever.

It's all FREE!

Jessica CAMPBELL was our first female home today!! Excellent effort Jessica.


Atlas KERR was our first male finisher today!! Well done Atlas.


We have our 3rd birthday coming up soon in February and would LOVE to see you all here to help us celebrate! Perhaps we can beat our own personal PARKticipant record of 200 people!! We will have more information closer to the time.

We are asking everyone to please assist us with our volunteering roster. We have a lot of positions available over the coming weeks. We have a few positions that can be done prior to the event which allows you to still walk or run that day.

We also have other positions available such as marshals, timekeepers, barcode scanners, finish tokens and photographer.

Your assistance is always welcomed and appreciated. Contact us on our FB page or here at:


We are looking forward to seeing you all again next Saturday, 7.50am for our first timers briefing. 7.55am is our full briefing for all participants, these are important to attend even if you are a regular, we often have little pieces of information that need shared en masse.

Our event begins at 8am sharp.


Any questions about our event can be asked at an event, or send us a message on our FB page or email us at:


Mā te wa!

Stay safe,

Ruth Prattley

Run Director





Invercargill parkrun event #135, January 2nd 2021

Welcome to the Invercargill parkrun run report for event #135.

We started 2021 with 2 parkruns! Today's event welcomed a fellow run director and former run directors from Puarenga parkrun in  Rotorua.  Alison King is also parkrun New Zealands social media ambassador  and has a page called "runs with a barcode" she was joined by Cate and Jeff (Jeff volunteered for us today). Welcome also to the Foster family from lower Hutt, and Chris and Jamie from Queenstown. We hope you enjoyed your time in Invercargill and safe travels for the rest of your journey.

63 people joined us today to run, jog and walk our event. 6 were first timers and 8 hard workers achieved their personal best! Well done!

We have 18 big Thank Yous to give to each volunteer that made our 2nd event for 2021 happen!! Thanks to these stars below.


We currently have a lot of empty volunteer spaces for the remainder of January. If you are available on January 9th, 16th, 23rd or 30th we Need You! If you would like to know what each position involves, please feel free to ask your Run Director at the event you are attending, message us on our FB page or email us at

Today's first female finisher was Kimberley IVERSEN congrats! Our first male finisher was Craig IVERSEN well done!

We hope you have all had a safe Christmas and new year and we look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming Saturday events.

We meet at the Cricket Pavilion Every Saturday morning at 7.50am ready for our event briefing - this includes information on our course and any safety information we may need to pass onto our PARKticipants.
Our event starts at 8am!

See you next week. Safe travels if you are out and about.

Ruth Prattley
Run Director


Invercargill parkrun event #131 – Dec 19th, 2020

Welcome and thank you to all 135 awesome people who came along to take part in our 131st Invercargill parkrun event today!! It was sooooo good to see you all!!

T-minus 5 days until Santa visits! T-minus 6 days until our next and very special Christmas Day parkrun. Thank you to all those who have volunteered on Christmas day and we so look forward to seeing you.

Today's event was made possible by 23 volunteers!! A massive thank you and round of applause to each of these stars.
Ross HENRY • Liz HENRY • Denise HARE • Leighton HARE • Ruth PRATTLEY • Linda TE AU • Sarah BIGGERSTAFF • Michelle CARTER • John MURPHY • Peter BIGGERSTAFF • Joanne FUKUDA • Linda COMPTON • Tatsuya FUKUDA • Ally FUKUDA • Emme FUKUDA • Cheryl DAHMS • Barry SMITH • Robyn SMITH • Carl JOHNSTONE • Kim HARTLEY • Bruce HARTLEY • Lyndal LUDLOW • Sander MEIJER

Our smile of the day is Linda Compton (pictured). Linda is a friendly and wonderful person, with a contagious smile.


Mr Whippy was a brilliant and delicious free treat today for everyone who participated or volunteered at parkrun today.
We can thank our local sponsor Mee & Henry Law for that!

We welcomed 5 first timers today! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again!

The following 10 stars earned themselves a Personal Best today!! Congratulations!!


It's a great idea to register (for FREE) for our event (also FREE) if you'd like to have your time officially recorded. What this means is, once registered, you'll be emailed your personal barcode. Take this barcode along to any parkrun event WORLDWIDE (for obvious reasons it's really just NZ Wide that we speak of for now!) we will scan your personal barcode along with the token you're given (the token gives you a placing) and voila! You can keep track of progress and even places that you have completed parkrun.
Today we had 20 unknowns! Thanks for coming along! We would love to give you a time and a shout out for your personal achievements in the future.


Please come along to our special additional Christmas Day event (Friday 25th) and our usual Saturday event (26th) next week! Dress up optional.

We also have a special New Years Day event (Friday 1st) and our normal Saturday run (Jan 2nd) coming up. We would love some more volunteers for these days please and we look forward to seeing you start 2021 on a great note!

Please have fun, enjoy your whanau time and please be safe wherever you are travelling. We will see you 7.50am Christmas Day - first timers briefing.
7.55am Full briefing
8am START.

With love from us here at Invercargill parkrun, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ruth Prattley
Run Director




Invercargill parkrun event number 112 – March 14th 2020

Nau mai, haere mai to Invercargill parkruns 112th event run report!

We were greeted with a beautiful morning and 170 enthusiastic parkrunners, walkers or joggers today!
Some came in their Scottish themed dress to support our event as Invercargill is hosting the 2020 New Zealand Pipe Band Championships!

A big thank you to Alasdair Henry, who was our piper today and got our event started! He also piped in our parkrun community as they approached the finish line!

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Liz HENRY • Riley FERGUSON • Ruth PRATTLEY • Regan PRATTLEY • Mark RYDING • Catherine PATTERSON • Mel LEMM • Aimee WITHINGTON • Craig SWENSSON • Tom MCSORILEY • Samantha LEMM • Bruce HARTLEY • Patria KERR • Darren LUDLOW

Thank you to those who continue to give up their walk or run for 1 week and share the volunteering roles around. Without volunteers, there is no parkrun.
If you haven't volunteered before, send us a message or talk to us about the different roles and we will be happy to ease your mind. None of the roles are difficult.

We have quite a few volunteer vacancies in April and would LOVE to have these filled by more of our wonderful community! You can see the dates and roles at

Message us on Facebook or email us at so we can add you to our roster. Thank You in advance.

Also thank you to those whom put their name on our roster today for me. We appreciate it and I'm glad my gentle nagging is productive.

Our first male finisher home today was Craig IVERSEN at a time of 17:38.
Our first woman home today, with a time of 24:24, and a Personal Best is Joyce WAKELIN! Congrats Joyce!

We had visitors from the UK, Balclutha and Dunedin today! We hope you enjoyed our event and safe travels as you journey on!
25 wonderful first timers joined us and 38 finishers recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to you all!

Smile of the day goes to Rowena HOWE who successfully completed her 50th parkrun milestone  today after taking 5 weeks off for travel. It was wonderful to have you back and safe journey as you travel on!


50 milestone run club:
Jo BROWN - well done!! and thank you for visiting us.

Rowena HOWE

April 11th we change to winter hours! 9am start time from April 11th! Mark it in your diaries.

Invercargill parkrun started on 10th February 2018. Since then 1,939 participants have completed 12,321 parkruns covering a total distance of 61,605 km, including 2,271 new Personal Bests. A total of 326 individuals have volunteered 1,661 times.

Have a great weekend and we will see you next week, at the cricket pavilion 7.45am for first timers briefing and 7.50am for our full briefing.
Our event will start at 8am and afterwards, please feel free to join us at the Cheeky Llama cafe inside the park for a chat and cuppa.

Nga mihi,

Ruth Prattley
Run Director


Invercargill parkrun run report – Event #104 – January 18th 2020

Today we were graced with 151 rad souls at Invercargill parkruns 104th event!

Hooray for a slightly overcast start, even if that meant the sandfly army were out in full force. First male finisher Alec BERESFORD and first female finisher Marika KNOETZE outran the sandflies though, well done team!

27 fab folks joined us today for the very first time!! Thank you for coming along and we absolutely look forward to seeing you again! And again! And again!

Personal bests were smashed out by 37 parkrunners today!! Well done, congrats and virtual high five!

Friends from Balclutha, Dunedin, Wollongong and the UK chose to spend their morning running, jogging or walking with us!

Ann WOOD (pictured below) joined us from Durham in England to complete her 200th parkrun!!!! What an absolutely AMAZING achievement! Ann said she decided to save her 200th parkrun for when her and her husband were in Invercargill and by doing that, has not run for 6 weeks! We were VERY honored and very grateful that Ann chose to spend her 200th parkrun with us here. She loved the course and even more than that, she said our volunteers and fellow parkrunners were easily the friendliest and most supportive she had met. So thank you for the kind words, and thank you to our 16 epic volunteers today and our awesome community of parkrunners!


Our volunteers, named below, included 3 pacers this week! Billy ran 25mins, Barry ran 27.5mins and Gary ran 30mins! Every 3rd week of the month, we have pacers aim to keep to a certain time to help other parkrunners reach a goal if that is what they would like.

Ruth PRATTLEY • Regan PRATTLEY • Liz HENRY • Linda TE AU • Mel YEO • Katrina MCGILLAN • Billy CARTER • Gary MIKKELSEN • Barry SMITH • Robyn SMITH • Aimee WITHINGTON • Alison SAUNDERS • Marise LANG  • Joanne FUKUDA • Tatsuya FUKUDA • Craig SWENSSON

The next few weeks are looking a little scarce on the volunteer board. We would truly appreciate some help with the various positions we have vacant. You can check the volunteer board here:
And email us here:
Or message us on our Facebook page
If you can volunteer for us please.

MILESTONES: Its always exciting to help our parkrun whanau celebrate their milestones. In the next few weeks we have some local champs achieving their 50 run milestone and some are close to the 100 run milestone! We look forward to sharing that with you!

OUR 2nd BIRTHDAY: on February 8th we celebrate 2 years of parkrun here in Invercargill.
After the event, we are having a picnic and have some prizes up for grabs. Please join us to celebrate this brilliant occasion. We look forward to seeing you then.

From us though, thank you for coming along today, well done for getting up and out and being awesome.
Enjoy the weekend, the sun and stay safe.

See you next Saturday, 7.45am is our first timers briefing.... 7.50am is our main briefing and 8am the party starts!!
Don't forget your barcode.

Nga Mihi
Run Director
Ruth Prattley

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