Event 310: 22 May 2021

Today 96 people (and a few four legged friends) ran and walked Kapiti parkrun number 310.

There were few visitors from other parkruns, including one person from Australia – overseas visitors are quite rare these days so they always get a big welcome cheer.

There were seven first timers and 11 people completed PBs – congratulations to all!

I’m based in Wellington so it was a fairly early start for me but it was a perfect morning worth turning up for.

It started off very crisp and my hands didn’t warm up until after the halfway mark.

It’s a lovely track along the river so it’s very peaceful and you always see lots of birds and ducks.

The photographer was about 400 meters from the finish line today getting lots of great action shots.

Once I crossed the finish line and got my breath back I watched the rest of the pack come in.

There were a few little ones in buggys and lots of kids racing parents in a sprint to the finish line.

I realised how cold it was when I looked around and saw steam pouring off everyone as they finished.

There was a coffee car supplying the post-run energy and helping keep people warm.

Another Saturday parkrun ticked off and one more closer to the next milestone for everyone.

As always, big thanks for all the volunteers!

 Olivia Fountain


Event 311: 29 May 2021

The rain managed to hold off during our run today, although it might have rained for those who were still walking on the track. As well as the nice trail course for my friend and ex-colleague Benny Lau who I took with me on our way to parkrun this morning. It was a new parkrun course for him and also my seventh visit to the course. Another nice trail run makes the slippery conditions favourable for those with light speedy feet to race themselves to the finish line.

Although there was a smaller attendance than usual, I suspect that the rain would have put people off from going to the parkrun and it is also our last autumn parkrun for 2021. We were grateful that parkrun is a great way to exercise and to continue with the rest of our day. The weather was very calm, not too cold and windy either, so it is perfect for 6 parkrunners who managed to get a personal best, which I will mention later in this report.

The temptation of having coffee was great and I believe it is the first time that I have seen the coffee van at this parkrun. Although it is the usual gathering point for a post run coffee, maybe the next time I come here I should try the coffee out! It is good to see other runners having a great catch up afterwards and getting to know one another.

Today we had 5 first timers to the course. 3 of which ran their parkrun for the very first time. We do hope to see you again. Congratulations to Jed SEXTON, Yvonne VAN LEEUWEN and Graham COLE. The other two first timers were from Rotorua and the great Wellington region. There were some travellers from Hamilton who have done the course, so welcome back.

Benny Lau also managed to beat his overall personal best across all of the courses that he has done at this course today. So big congratulations to him. The below photo is Benny and I with the parkrun flag at the start/finish line.



This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Sarah BEGBIE • Sylvia MEAKIN • Karien POTGIETER • Michael MEAKIN • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Lucy LAWLOR • Bruce ALLEN • Ariki VERTONGEN • Michael PEARCE • Dan JOE • Karli POTGIETER • Joshua POTGIETER • Robert CROCKER

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:30 on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 88.06% (15:30) on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 2,703 participants have completed 24,599 parkruns covering a total distance of 122,995 km, including 3,693 new Personal Bests. A total of 379 individuals have volunteered 3,091 times.


Event 308: 8 May 2021

Today we completed our 7th Parkrun! And still loving it. I first heard about Parkrun when I was in Australia in 2019, as a Victoria friend on the course was always talking about a community run thing she volunteered at. It sounded fun! And coming out of a year of Covid, I decided it was time to get into some more fitness, and into more group activities. I was very excited to find there was a parkrun near me, and I could bring the pooch along too! She loves it (a bit too much) and it is such a great start to the weekend.

This Saturday's run conditions were calm and balmy, and it is a blessing to have such a pretty (and sheltered) place to run. I always tell myself that I am running downhill after the turn around, as rivers run downhill right? This week we had a few more visitors from other parts of NZ and even an international runner! Which is a nice sign that travel is starting again.

I'm fairly sure my dog thinks we are all hunting something (Our Personal best perhaps?!) and goes from her normally calm self to a baying manic as we all line up to start the run. As everyone else takes off, I try to distract her with treats till her barking subsides, and we too head off, the runners, the walkers, the sprinters and we. I was pretty happy with my pace the whole run, and definitely beginning to feel a bit fitter, although, there was still that moment, 3/4 in where, on finding no-one ahead of me, and no-one behind, I thought to myself maybe I could stop, have a little break... no-one would know. But I would know! So onwards I run, enjoying the sun, and the birds and the blue morning sky.



This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Victoria PINFOLD • Bruce JENKINS • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Kate JENKINS • Jacinta STRAKER • Michelle HOLMES • Graeme CROMPTON • Kimberly TAYLOR • Esther RICHARDSON • Alan REYNOLDS

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:19 on 17th February 2018 (event number 157).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:30 on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 88.06% (15:30) on 1st January 2020 (event number 257).

Kapiti Coast parkrun started on 24th January 2015. Since then 2,688 participants have completed 24,356 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,780 km, including 3,674 new Personal Bests. A total of 370 individuals have volunteered 3,056 times.


Event 306: 24 April 2021 – Hayden’s report

Kia ora and welcome to this week’s Kāpiti Coast Run Report, with tourist writers Hayden King and Annalese Lapwood (visiting from home runs Lower Hutt and Dunedin respectively). Please excuse all the Coast and Run based puns below, we really shouldn’t be trusted with all this power… that’s foreshore.

ANZAC weekend was a little getaway, up the coast from the capital city. For us, Kāpiti rounded out a different parkrun event each weekend of April. As we hunkered down in our little hut on Te Horo beach Friday night, listening to the rain pummeling the roof, we were left wondering what sort of condition that would leave the track in the next day. Thankfully parkrun day was a beautiful crisp morning, (very humid too!), and the aftermath of last night was displayed only on the track. The morning started off a bit unnervy with missing timekeepers and barcode scanners — but full credit to the Kāpiti Coast faithful who put their hands up at the last moment to volunteer and make this event sail smoothly.

This allowed 112 people to run, jog, walk, dodge and side-step the puddles to cross the line. Shout-out to the first male and female runners who did this so effortlessly, Jeroen MATTHEUS and Lucy LAWLOR.

Of that group we had 15 first timers, 4 of whom ran their first ever parkrun! Welcome to the Parkrun whānau.

Dave OLIVER • Hayden KING • Anthea OLIVER • Mike PROUDFOOT (first ever) • Nick BALL (first ever) • Allan CAMERON (first ever) • Annalese LAPWOOD • Alex TURNER • Aimee PROUDFOOT (first ever) • Florrie KERR • Joanne MAGILL • Alison KING • Megan BIGG • Lara GEHLEN (first ever) • Aschwin GEHLEN (first ever).

We also witnessed 9 new personal bests – congratulations to:


Another massive congratulations to the milestone runners that were recognised this week who we think truly embody the phrase: “Been there, run that, got the t-shirt”. Karen POTGIETER smashing 250, Michael PEARCE hitting 100, and Anna PATTERSON reaching 50 last week, and coming back for 51 this week!

Thanks again to the Kapiti team for allowing us this opportunity to write this report – it’s been a bundle of run... Just another reminder that these events can’t happen without the support of our active volunteers. There are various roles where you can still participate and volunteer at the same time too. Why not get involved and volunteer?

Sea you next Saturday!

Hayden KING and Annalese LAPWOOD



Event 306: 24 April 2021 – Alison’s report

This parkrunday was my first official visit to Kapiti Coast parkrun, but I was already familiar with the course.

Last month I was one of the bus load of parkrunners on what’s known as the longest day, or Bruce’s Bus.

We started at Lower Hutt parkrun and finished at Trentham Memorial, running and walking at four others along the way.

Kapiti Coast was our third that day.

I’m trying to complete all of New Zealand’s parkruns (on a Saturday and with a recorded time) so I had to return to Otaihanga Domain.

The rain overnight was an ominous sign but we awoke to sunshine and a glorious autumn day.

There were 112 finishers at this event, with a mix of locals and visitors from Wellington, Napier and myself from Rotorua (my home run is Puarenga parkrun).

There were nine in all visiting this parkrun for the first time. As well as myself, Megan Bigg, Florrie Kerr, Joanne Magill, Annalese Lapwood, Hayden King, Alex Turner, Anthea Oliver and Dave Oliver were visitors.

There were six parkrunners using their barcode for the very first time.

Welcome to Aimee Proudfoot, Allan Cameron, Aschwin Gehlen, Lara Gehlen, Mike Proudfoot and Nick Ball.

Congratulations on your first finish, may your Saturday mornings never be the same again!

Nine parkrunners achieved personal bests.

Well done to Fiona Rowan Thomson, Jeroen Mattheus, Jordan Horrell, Laura Milestone, Lynne Russell, Mari Davenport, Oscar Clark, Zamira Hardy and Zane Wakeling.

It was great to see a range of milestone shirts, and today we celebrated Karien Potgieter achieve her 250 milestone and Michael Pearce who has run 100 parkruns.

To those who are only just starting their parkrun lives these numbers may seem out of reach, but all you need to do is be consistent – show up as often as you can and you will get there too.

We can’t do parkrun without the volunteers, so a big hand goes to Brittany CALDER • John GLYNN-BEGBIE • Joanna JENKINS • Lucy LAWLOR • Gary CRILLEY • Alison KING • René GREYLING • Sandy CHAN • Graeme CROMPTON • Bruce WILSON • Hayden KING • Aimee PROUDFOOT.

There is a milestone shirt for those who have volunteered on 25 occasions, from September 1 there will be shirts to match the running milestones.

Volunteers don’t do it for the shirts, if you’ve not yet volunteered give it a go.

You can download the Virtual Volunteer app and have a play at home so you can confidently give it a go in the field.

The beauty of parkrun is that once you have registered you can run anywhere. I’m on a quest to complete all in New Zealand and I hope to achieve that this year.

I’ve written a book about all the New Zealand runs to share their origins and help parkrunners get the most of their weekends.

parkrun tourism is a huge passion of mine, some parkrunners combine parkrun with other passions. I like to tell stories – or at least, I collect stories to share on my blog.

You can find out more about parkrunners I’ve come across on my travels over at www.runswithabarcode.co.nz and if you want to share your story I’d love to hear from you.

Alison King A2147564