Owairaka parkrun – Event #39 – 7 August 2021

Owairaka parkrun
Event number 39
7th August 2021

What kind of parkrunner are you? Take this quiz to find out.

Collect one point for every question you answer yes to. Add up your total and check out your parkrun status at the end.

Have you ever:

1. Done parkrun even though it was raining and windy? Today 81 people did!

2. Run at all the Auckland parkruns? It was great to have other Auckland parkrun friends visiting Owairaka today.

3. Got a pb at parkrun? Today 21 people battled through the wind to record a new pb! Check out all the results here.

4. Volunteered at parkrun? Today a whopping 22 people did.

5. Encouraged a stranger during parkrun? Today we had 7 fabulous pacers. Chocolate fish goes to 1 of our run directors, Jon, who hit 22.30 right on the nose. Some other pacers offered some slightly creative pacing efforts but we will improve our accuracy as pacers volunteer on the first Saturday of each month!

6. Bought a wristband or tag or laminated your barcode yourself? After all, you need to protect your most important assets.

7. Let your weekly location be dictated because you needed it for "your Wilson index"?

8. Earned a free coffee from your local parkrun Cafe by getting clicks on your coffee card each week? Check out the cabinet at L'oeuf too. Delicious.

9. Arrived at parkrun without taking a car? It's great to see so many people utilizing our new portable bike rack that may or may not have taken 5 people to put up today. "3 easy steps" it says on the side.

10. Brought a friend to parkrun? Today we welcomed 7 first timers. Who could you bring next week?

11. Earned more than 1 t-shirt? You get these for smashing milestones: 10 for juniors, 50, 100, 250 runs and 25 volunteer efforts.

12. Planned a holiday or conference that "just happens to be right next to a parkrun"? Today we had visitors from as far away as Lower Hutt.

13. Made a new friend at parkrun? Why not try volunteering? You meet some stellar people who are as wonderful (crazy) as you are! It is fun and not too scary, we'll show you exactly what to do.

14. Done parkrun with a dog, pram or child? parkrun is for everyone and we love having kids and barkrunners who bring such joy to our community.

15. Forgotten your barcode? Oh the agony. In fact, have 2 points if you have never ever forgotten yours. You are a master.


1-5 THE RECRUIT: You are dipping your toes in the parkrun world. How excited we are to have you! Too excited perhaps you wonder. There is a lot of new language to learn. But now that you have shown up and figured out what to do with your barcode, you think you will come back. After all, the people were friendly and the coffee was good. And you are pretty sure you can beat that time you got.

6-10 THE REPRESENTATIVE: parkrun is no longer just a hobby, it's a habit. You love seeing your friends each week and all the new challenges of trying new parkruns and working towards milestones. You plan out regular volunteering efforts. Your family knows it is not "Will you parkrun this week? But where will you parkrun?

11-16 THE RADICAL: Go on, tell us your stats. How many parkruns?
Wow, phenomenal effort!
Which nz parkruns have you got left?
Should have known. After all, you know your barcode no. off by heart, you're an expert on every single volunteer job and you recite your Wilson index in your sleep. Face it, your heart belongs to parkrun. And what a wonderful, supportive community to call your own. We salute you, parkrun hero.

Thank you again to our wonderful volunteers:

Paul WHITE • Bazyl PIOTROWSKI • Sarah Jane SINCLAIR • Shay GARDINER • Craig LINDSAY • Bridget LAWRENCE • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jon TURNER • Abby ZHANG • Rebecca BERRY • Daniel ORGAN • Francis MCCORMICK • Joyce LEEVARD • Lucas MCDONALD • Kylie GREIG • Deborah TAIT • Kylie HOGG • Truda ZHU • Vesselina PETKOVA • Theo MOUSCARDES • Sarah MOUSCARDES • David DICKSON

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
The female record is held by Freyja PRENTICE who recorded a time of 19:27 on 10th July 2021 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Owairaka parkrun started on 24th October 2020. Since then 1,016 participants have completed 3,296 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,480 km, including 676 new Personal Bests. A total of 174 individuals have volunteered 611 times.

Bridget Lawrence


Owairaka parkrun – Event #38 – 31 July, 2021

Owairaka parkrun
Event number 38
31st July 2021

The day dawned with a calm and mild morning, perfect for running. 67 people turned up and ran, jogged, walked, pushed prams and followed their barkrunners around the course. It was great to have 12 first timers, including 5 brand new parkrunners. Welcome Mike, Elizabeth, Tulsi, Linda and Adeline!

The Olympics have been inspiring us all, including all the cyclists out this morning to be dodged on the cycleway. Despite the obstacles, 17 participants surged through to record new Personal Bests. Next week pacers will be on hand to help you meet a new goal whether it is 35 minutes or 18 minutes.

We had an exciting milestone for Owairaka parkrun today with our 1000th runner! Over our 38 events we have now had 1009 different people try our beautiful course! Since 24th October 2020, these 1,009 participants have completed 3,215 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,075 km, including 655 new Personal Bests. A total of 172 individuals have volunteered 589 times. We hope to see some more of the 1009 putting their hand up to volunteer.


The event was made possible by 15 wonderful smiley volunteers:

Stu MCGARVA • Shan LEE • Craig LINDSAY • Rosemary BYGRAVE • Owen MITCHELL • Bridget LAWRENCE • Abby ZHANG • Julie COLLARD • Winona LEE • James MCLENNAN • Francis MCCORMICK • Sandra HULSE • Leanne COMER • Gillian ROACH.
A very special thank you and congratulations is in order to John KELLY who celebrated 25 volunteer efforts and 50 runs as our tailwalker today. 1 milestone is not enough for some people! It takes some effort to organise to get them on the same day. Ros and Julie organised balloons, bikkies and even a cape to make the most of the special moment. If you haven't volunteered in a while, or want to earn your own double milestone, check out the future roster and get on board. It's lots of fun and we will show you exactly what to do.


Ben WATSON floated into first place today with a time of 18.58. Krystyna KNIGHT, the leading lady sped through in fourth place overall. She has now had 8 first finishes, more than any other female at Owairaka. Fantastic effort Krystyna! Our second place male (Sam Bowden) and female both had PBS today, Lauren KELLY shaving off an impressive 58 seconds! Laurinda LEWIS who runs for a very stately age category recorded a new pb of 28:20 and an incredible age grading of 81.24%! Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Owairaka parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
The female record is held by Freyja PRENTICE who recorded a time of 19:27 on 10th July 2021 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Have a great weekend and we'll see you next parkrunday!


Owairaka parkrun – Event #32

The sun streamed over Ōwairaka as this morning's parkrunners assembled in the crisp morning air of the 32nd Ōwairaka parkrun.

Conditions were perfect for running this morning, with a 13° temperature and minimal wind setting the scene for a great walk/run along Te Auaunga, no doubt those parkrunners who turned the alarm off and went back to sleep were kicking themselves when they looked out the window!

This morning we had 64 turn out to enjoy the course, with 14 setting a PB for the Ōwairaka course, including first placegetter Ben Watson and next weeks run director Roz Kelly.

We had no first time parkrunners or  milestones this morning, but we did have an international visitor from Sydney, hope you enjoyed your morning with us.

We potentially set a PB for number of volunteers with 21 people helping out! My inner run director hopes we haven't used up our quota for the month... 

Thanks to  Naomi MCGARVA • Sarah Jane SINCLAIR • Alan LESTER • Craig LINDSAY • Owen MITCHELL • Bridget LAWRENCE • Jon TURNER • Abby ZHANG • Alex VW • Krystyna KNIGHT • Christiana BARKER • Julie COLLARD • Rosalind KELLY • James PARKER • Karen WOODS • Francis MCCORMICK • Oscar ORELLANA • Ethan PRICE • Kylie HOGG • Jardine CHAPMAN • Matthew BARKER for your mahi out on the course today.

See you next week :)



Owairaka parkrun – Event #21 – 27 March, 2021

Perfect conditions once again for Owairaka’s 21st event. Well, perfect apart from a bit of a headwind breeze in the second half that is. Proceedings were expertly orchestrated by Bridget Lawrence, performing Run Directing duties for her 5th time. Thanks Bridget.




That breeze in the second half didn’t cause much trouble for our latest record breaker.

In fact, it wasn’t until the first turnaround point that 10 year old Louay Benaoum got serious, turning on the after burners to take an incredible 5mins 30secs off the previous JM10 record to come home in 19:58. You read that correctly, sub 20 at 10 year old.

JM10 record smashed by Louay Benaoum taking the record from 25:28 to 19:58!!!

And as if that wasn’t enough, just to prove that it was the 10 year olds showing the rest of us how it’s done this morning, Amelie Carmichael also smashed her course PB taking it from 31:25 to 28:51. Great effort, Amelie.


400th Owairaka PB
Mr ‘Scottairplanes’ himself, Scott Arrol, landed the 400th PB to be achieved at Owairaka parkrun. On his 10th run at Owairaka Scott improved his best from 26:32 to 25:41. Quite a chunky improvement but chances are that he still kept a bit in reserve to fit in a sneaky airplane photo opportunity!


400 PBs in 21 events just shows how the event is helping participants improve their fitness levels. Many more PBs are sure to follow over the coming weeks, months and years.


Positive Impact of Owairaka parkrun

This week 75 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.
Of these 75 participants, no less than 19 have run all their parkruns at Owairaka.
This shows that the efforts of Julie Collard and the team have genuinely made a difference, introducing significant numbers of people to the parkrun experience for the first time. This is great to see, suggesting a local participation momentum is growing. Arthur Lydiard would have been impressed.




It might, at first sight, appear as though it is the same people that are volunteering each week at Owairaka parkrun. Comments to this effect are  frequently heard the length and breadth of parkrun world.

However, this is almost always not the reality. As a good illustration of this, in the first 21 events at Owairaka 122 different people have volunteered across every age group. That’s getting on for twice as many unique volunteers than today’s entire field of 75 runners.

What this shows is that anyone can volunteer, the roles are easy and lots of people volunteering once or twice makes the whole thing work really well. It is usually a good idea to put your name down for an event in 2, 3 or 4 week’s time as this allows the person coordinating the volunteer roles to sleep more soundly at night


Owairaka parkrun – Event #16 – 6 February, 2021

He rā tino ātaahua tenei! It was a beautiful Waitangi Day parkrun at Ōwairaka today, with a bit of cloud cover keeping the temperature down as 109 parkrunners headed out along Te Auaunga Awa.  It is great to see us continually hitting the 100 runner threshold now, especially on consecutive long weekends. 200 next??

The cool temperature must have helped people felt extra speedy, with 29 people recording a new Personal Best.

We were also joined by 24 'first timers' to our event, with 6 people recording their first ever parkrun. It was great to hear talk after the event about how much they enjoyed the community feel, good course and top notch scenery.

Photographer Simon Aspden made his way around the course today with some great new angles to show off the course, this shot of the bridge being a particular highlight!



There were no milestones this week, although Lacey Thompson is very close to holding the shirt with an impressive 99 parkruns! Hope to see you next week Lacey.

How does parkrun happen each week at no cost to participants? It’s because parkrunners are so generous with their time and energy and take turns to step up and volunteer. Every parkrunday the whiteboard is there so you can see what roles are available and you can also check out the roster online, send us an email or comment on Facebook. Today’s awesome crew were: Keith BURROWS • Tony COUGHLAN • Brenda ROBINSON • Bridget LAWRENCE • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jon TURNER • Simon ASPDEN • Scott ARROL • Francis MCCORMICK • Jessie COLLINGS • Jennie PARKER • Max PARKER • Dan REYNOLDS • Yasmin LAKEMAN. Thank you so much for your great mahi out on the course today.

No changes to the records today, but some great age grade performances out on the course today.

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:31 on 31st October 2020 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 16th January 2021 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Owairaka parkrun started on 24th October 2020. Since then 719 participants have completed 1,534 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,670 km, including 299 new Personal Bests. A total of 103 individuals have volunteered 232 times.

Look forward to seeing you all out on the course next week, and I'm particularly excited about the Junior Takeover on February 20th! All the Volunteer roles will be handled by Under 18 year olds and I'm sure they will show us old folk up!

Ka kite anō au i a koutou - I'll see you all again.

Jon Turner, Event Director.


Owairaka parkrun – Event #15 – 30 January, 2021

If you haven’t tried the fantastic Owairaka parkrun yet, then you’re really missing out on a treat. What more can you ask for – an ideal location, excellent course (the only one in the world where you can run over the Auckland motorway – using an awesome looking bridge, of course!), plenty of parking, an excellent playground including a very fast flying fox (that has had the even faster Paul Martelletti enjoy the thrill), very good coffee and food afterwards at L’Oeuf café, and most important of all are the brilliant people who put on this event and the fabulous parkrunners (and barkrunners) who make this a special parkrun to attend.  Don’t believe me? Then check out this latest story that is irrefutable proof - Community, Connection And Coffee: The Secret Of Parkrun’s Success - Good Magazine

Today, 113 parkrunners took advantage of the wonderful Auckland long weekend weather to participate in event number 15 (yes, up until the new Trentham Memorial parkrun started today, Owairaka was the newest member of the parkrun NZ stable of 33 events).  Being a new parkrun has meant the number of participants has been steadily growing and it was great to have 29 first-timers join us today. A huge congratulations to the twelve brand new parkrunners who experienced their very first event today. It was also great to see those joining us for the first time who were from the other fantastic parkruns in the Auckland area, plus the parkrun tourist from Whangarei parkrun (the best parkrun in Northland).

There was a total of 33 PBs set, with comments overheard afterwards at the café that “it’s a fast course” so if you’re looking to set a PB then Owairaka is the place to do it.  11 different clubs were represented (amongst these being the indomitable Steve Darby hailing from the Airedale Dodgers). By the way, if you belong to a club (and that club is on the parkrun list) then make sure to register this in your personal parkrun details, so it shows in the results every time you participate. A fun new feature, just announced is that you can now add more than one club to your parkrun profile! Of course, it’s always important to bring along your barcode otherwise you risk being named as one of the 12 “unknowns” who put in the effort today but don’t have a time registered against their actual names.  Some of these may just have decided to turn up on the morning and give parkrun a go, so we certainly hope they take advantage of the free, one time only, registration process, print their barcode and we’ll see their full names in the results next time.

In terms of results, it’s important to mention the awesome time set by Ann Yates-Rose who was doing her first parkrun today and finished in 54.05.  Whilst it’s good to recognise the fast flyers, we know that nobody finishes last at parkrun and the most important thing is to participate, do your best whether that’s by walking, jogging or running and  (more importantly) have fun.  The tailwalker volunteer is the reason why nobody finishes last and a special mention of today’s volunteer, Yasmin Lakeman, who is a regular volunteer and today participated for the first time as a parkrunner.  At the other end of the results was Nick Moore who finished first in a cracking time of 16.26 despite carrying an injured thumb (perhaps suffered whilst hitchhiking?) and not far behind was the first junior parkrunner, William Johnston setting a new PB of 16.33.  What a difference 10 seconds makes as that was the distance between William and Tomas Barry who was 3rd over the line and 2nd in the junior category in 16.43, and a new PB for him a well.  A big congrats to Julia Averill who was today’s first female in 20.42, which was a new PB for Julia who was also participating in only her second parkrun event.

Another thing I’ve noticed about this parkrun is the high number of families participating and there were no less than 19 parkrunners today in the junior category (male and female combined).  parkrun is all about inclusivity, safety and diversity so it’s awesome that this is being manifested at Owairaka parkrun, as it is across all of the New Zealand Aotearoa parkruns.  Plus, there also has to be a special mention of the barkrunners who brought their human servants along to parkrun. There’s a noticeably high number of these at Owairaka, they’re all very well-behaved (the humans I mean) and ably led by the legendary Fudge who selfishly lets James Doherty slow him down on the course.


Finally (phew), a special shout-out to all the fantastic #scottairplanes that I saw out on the course today including the superb volunteer’s group Scottairplanes back at the finish line.  These are all about having fun, you can’t do them without smiling and sometimes they even make you go faster!  By the way, while we talk about the volunteers a special mention to the best volunteer team at Owairaka today under the leadership of Bridget Lawrence and included Simon Aspden, Rosemary Bygrove, Stephen Campbell, Julie Collard, Anahera Higgins, Yasmin Lakeman, James McLennan, Daniel Organ, Declan Organ, Jennie Parker, Sarah Yallop and Scott (airplanes) Arrol.  Holding a parkrun event is only possible because of the volunteers and we rely on all parkrunners to take turns to spread the load so please make sure to put your name down whenever you’re able.


Finally (yes, I know I said this before), but there was a big announcement today that the event on the 20th of February is going to be a special parkrun KIDS TAKEOVER event.  This means junior parkrunners will be the volunteer team for this event – all the high vis heroes will be under 18 years of age, so this is a great opportunity for them to give volunteering a try and a very good reason for the rest of us to turn up to support them.  Until next time – have fun, practise your #scottairplanes and keep smiling!







Owairaka parkrun – Event #8 – 12 December, 2020

Well, parkrun day dawned again and it was cloudy and cooler. It was a sure bet for some pbs… except that we have all been having so many Christmas morning teas and parties! 76 people made the effort of rolling out of bed and ran, jogged, pushed prams, pulled dogs and walked the course. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part. There were a whopping 26 first-timers which is very exciting. It was lovely to see some new locals coming to see what this parkrun thing is all about. You already know how lovely the path is, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and come back again. Thank you to our visiting Auckland parkrun friends from Western Springs, Cornwall Park and Hobsonville Point.

It was very exciting to have some out of town visitors from Dunedin and Napier parkruns. They were the first to arrive and there was much posturing about the different courses. The Napier flats got flatter and the hills in the Dunedin course achieved lofty heights. The Dunedin crew made a real effort to join us before flying out later this morning, happy to have an “O parkrun” in the bank for the alphabet challenge! We look forward to visiting you all at your home parkruns!


Once the clappers went off and the dogs yanked their owners out on the course, the sun came out and the wind picked up. Sweatshirts came off, sunglasses came out. The high vis heroes showed great tenacity and spirit chasing the sliding cones around. All of them generously got down on hands and knees in the finish chute looking for the run director’s earring in the grass (unsuccessfully).

Despite the wind and sun, 11 people recorded new Personal Bests. We salute you! One of these 11 was Keith Burrows who lead the runners in with a time of 17.21. Sonia Gordge looked very strong as the leading lady, in with a time of 25:44. It was great to see some new Juniors running today, headed up by Isaac Le-Grice with a time of 27:25.

In the precourse check, Julie had reported an exciting new yellow carpet put down by the council on the detour they have made for us, to add interest to the run. Next time we request a red one please. The run director threw down a challenge to the children: prizes for anyone who could name the colour of the carpet when they returned from their run. Unfortunately what she hadn’t realised was that there wasn’t just one coloured carpet. There were 4. All different colours. And not easy primary coloured ones either. This explains the apparently colourblind children that emerged from their run spouting all sorts of answers;

“Kind of light gray” 



Most of the toddlers were completely struck dumb at having to recall such complex information at the finish line. Thankfully prizes were given, regardless of the answer.

The event was made possible by 13 wonderful volunteers who got stuck right in with set up/packdown and generally making the event a lovely time for everyone:

Ben THOMPSON • Grant EDMONDS • Bridget LAWRENCE • Jon TURNER • Christiana BARKER • Bettina SCHWENGER • Jo MILLS • Mitch CANTLON • Kuldeep SINGH • Yasmin LAKEMAN • Sarah YALLOP • Raille THOMPSON • Lily ASPDEN

Owairaka continues on Saturdays through the holiday period. We encourage those staying in Auckland to pick one Saturday to take a turn to volunteer. Check out the future roster page here. It is a little scary the first time but it isn’t hard. Full training is given and the people are lovely. Come and make some new friends and get some warm fuzzies at the same time.

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:31 on 31st October 2020 (event number 2).

The male record is held by Jonathan JACKSON who recorded a time of 15:55 on 7th November 2020 (event number 3).

The Age Grade course record is held by Margie PEAT who recorded 93.47% (21:41) on 21st November 2020 (event number 5).

Owairaka parkrun started on 24th October 2020. Since then 470 participants have completed 802 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,010 km, including 125 new Personal Bests. A total of 62 individuals have volunteered 117 times.


Bridget Lawrence




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