Pegasus parkrun #243 – STAR WARS day

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

The starkly different efforts of the Galactic Empire, with an unprecedented 5 Sith Lords and the Rebel Alliance, numbering 4 Jedi Masters, Princess Leia, R2D2 and 4 Mandalorians were in full view of the remaining 77 non combatants at Pegasus parkrun today - an auspicious 92 participants completed the course under the watchful eye of the Run Director General and Starfleet Sub-Commander Volunteers.

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I can report that no confrontations between the GE and RA took place at any time.

There were, of course, conflicts elsewhere......the desire to earn a PB, the will to complete the course for the first time, or to add another venue to the collection, or another step closer to the next milestone, the freedom to Volunteer, or the need to start the weekend off with a free 5km walk or run - all of these took place.

To all 92 finishers and the 6 Volunteers who did not run or walk - The Force is strong in you !

So let’s get down to the bones of it all :

8 parkrunners picked up & took off with shiny new PB’s today, Congratulations to Harry and Giles Witt, Carlos Cowie, Brendon Lintott, Emelia Coster, Anthony Burgess, Deborah Clearwater and Tim Richards.

Ticking off their First Ever parkrun this morning were Sam Powrie, Kelly Bisset and John McColl, also our First Time Visitor Sharyn Bungard (Dunedin) - welcome all, we definitely look forward to seeing you all again [hmmm....all were at the FT briefing, were they not?]

Welcome also to that incredibly large and diverse family with the name of Unknown , 4 of you this week - join us fully, you should. Easy it is, but register you must. Don't forget your barcode! #DFYB

Topping the Age Graded Results today with 79.63% was John Marshall and joining him in the +70% group were John Durand, Gary Devlin, Nicola Whalley, Greg Jones, Paul Brouwers, Dave Collie, Alex Witt, David Wilmott, Mark Sissons, Marcus DAFF, Phil Lamont and Henry Gray. Getting so very very close to joining this group were Mervyn Burt and Darren Atkin - fantastic running all of you.

Henry Gray was our solitary Milestone runner today - achieving his 100th finish and the right to claim his black shirt, brilliant achievement Henry!

Standing tall atop their rightful places on the podiums various were, for the Junior Lieutenants - the inseparable pairing (& now sub20 runners) of Harry and Giles Witt, followed by Haven Drinnan. Taking on the roles of Armidala, Leia and Rey were Haven (Darth) Drinnan, Nicola (Winter) Whalley and Natasha (Mon Mothma) Mitchell while showing their lightspeed were Commanders Alex (Wookiee) Witt, Paul (Boba) Brouwers and John (Jedi) Marshall.

A universe sized thank-you to the Starfleet Sub-Commander volunteer crew of Marylyn TRATHEN, Geoff MCMILLAN, Jackie HANCOCK, Trudy DIGGS, Chris VAN DER LEER, David WILMOTT, Leigh HAMILTON, Pam FRASER, Claire HANSEN, Diane EVANS and Benjamin BRADY. 

Volunteering at parkrun is really fun and easy - and after volunteering at 25 separate events you even get a free t-shirt! Click here for more information on what the volunteer's do. Drop us message if you would like to help.

Finally - a huge thank-you to the mysterious ‘Henry’ who thoughtfully made a kind gesture at the coffee meet up at the Flat White Café afterwards.

Well, I’ve had some fun with our Star Wars themed parkrun & I hope you all did too, until the next time we meet...

You don’t know the power of The Dark Side...

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Pegasus parkrun 242 run report

Five experienced parkrunners made their debut at Pegasus today, eight others achieved parkrun PB’s, 86 completed the course and one well known Whangarei parkrunner “ticked” Hagley off his list and then drove out to Pegasus to meet up with us.

Every week we have a briefing for First Timers at 7:45a.m. this is for those about to start their first ever parkrun event and for those attending a different event than normal - for the first time. Important information is given out in this briefing, please attend it if you are new to Pegasus.

You may have noticed that we had a slight discrepancy with the results this week. This has now been resolved - thank-you to those of you who bought it to our attention.

First Timers this week were Tony Little (Harrow Lodge parkrun UK / Queenstown), John Wilson (Millwater),Esther Hughes (Hagley), John Worsop (Capalaba, Queensland) and Tracey Sully (Lower Hutt) - welcome all, great to see you & we hope to see you again.

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Our parkrunners eclipsing their previous quickest times, this week, were Aimee Green, Cooper Garrett, Dave Marsh, Diane Crawshaw, Giles Witt, Harry Witt, Rimu Barriball, and the big Sexy Racer himself Mark Sissons - outstanding, all of you!

VIP’s earning places on the Virtual Inspirational Podium this week, for the Juniors were Joseph Hansen, Joseph Matthews and Harry Witt - it was quite a tussle between these three to decide the honours. Our Blokettes were led in this week by Haven Drinnan, Kath Atkin and Adrienne Smith - Haven has now notched up 25 First Finishes and now sits in 4th position in that particular table! Bring the Blokes in and blitzing the field by almost half a minute was the BSR, Mark Sissons, he was followed by Paul Brouwers and then Joseph Hansen - great running from all of you.

In the Age Graded results we had Adrienne Smith achieving over 80% .

In other news, the Team results for The Quiz this morning was 13/15 correctly answered, that’s an 86% pass!

The Whangarei parkrunner? Who else but the effervescent Andy Mears who drove to Auckland airport, eventually boarded a flight to Christchurch (with tremendously poor service from the airline involved) , took part at Hagley - which he had never done before- then jumped into his rental car to visit with us, before flying home again in the afternoon, a fantastic effort Andy!!

Did anyone else notice that Lynnley Drivers 30 run today, also gave her the Age Group Record for VW70-74 ? Congratulations Lynnley, I think that had been one of our longest standing Age Category Records for Pegasus parkrun!

Thank-you to the volunteers who powered parkrun this week: Geoff MCMILLAN • John DURAND • Debbie WILSON • Trudy DIGGS • Vanessa NELMES • John KERRISON • Chris VAN DER LEER • Karyn TEMPLER • Claire HANSEN • Elodie DE LAPEYRE

Would you like to volunteer? Visit the roster to see open positions, or send us an email to for more details! Its really simple and full support is given.

As we move inexorably towards a massive parkrun Milestone - our 250th run & 5th Birthday is just around the corner, please remember to bring your personal barcode each week, not to take our Finish Token (they’re not a prize).

Next week is a Star Wars themed parkrun – Empire or Rebel Alliance dress up is encouraged! May 4 is often known as ‘Star Wars Day’. It is jokingly said: "May the 4th be with you", in reference to the popular phrase in Star Wars: "May the Force be with you." Is this too geeky? Yes and it is awesome!

Let’s do it all again next parkrunday! And Don't Forget Your Barcode! #DFYB


Pegasus parkrun 241 run report

A busy morning at Pegasus saw a pleasingly higher than average 107 parkmates complete the circuit (We're sitting just under 68 per week) including our two newbies, Carlos COWIE and Diane CRAWSHAW. We also had 11 wonderful visitors: Mike CLARK, Alistair MCALEVEY, Nick HYDE, Julian ADAMSON, Stephen GRAHAM, Andrew DURRAN, Ralph PAIN, Anna PUTU, Rosie HAY, Deborah ASHLEY and Clare PAIN.

A stunning morning gave us a delightful day for a moments silence for ANZAC day and for the parkrun and your joy at this was suitably captured in some fantastic photographs, available here on Facebook.

Pegasus parkrun 241 - 24 April 2021

Our most seasoned parkthletes were Marylyn TRATHEN and Geoff MCMILLAN who notched up their 232nd and 228th result respectively.

Bagging the right for new milestone t-shirts this week were Emelia Coster, wrapping up a white 10; Joshua SMITH and Albert COUPERUS racking up Red 50 and bagging a Black 100 was Kelly LAVALLEY.

PB was proudly placed after the following names today: Anthea KANE, Anthony BURGESS, Benjamin BRADY, Darren WATTS, Dave MARSH, David RICE, Fiona RICE, Giles WITTt, Greg BENNETT, Harry WITT, Luke WITTEMAN, Mike GIBSON, Robert TEMPLER, Sarah WILSON, William JENKINSON and Xavier LAVALLEY. Congratulations all!!

On the virtual podiums this week were:

  • Top ladies: Rosie HAY, Haven DRINNAN and Libica (Libby) HURLEY
  • Top gentlemen: Alex WITT (for the 8th time), John Marshall and Stacey Carrot
  • Top Juniors: Harry WITT, Giles WITT and Haven DRINNAN

Our only Unknown appeared at slot 43. #DFYB

Also: Please listen carefully to the run briefing, pay attention and avoid talking during this time. You may know the run brief but others might not. 

As more people come to Pegasus, some of them quite speedy, our benchmark for the 500 Hall of Fame gets a little bit more stretching and the entry level is now sub 23:30.
Our lists aren’t just about time. We do also have a Hall of Fame for the Top 1000 Age graded parkmates and the entry level for that is now sitting at 54.82%

We’ve had just under 2000 parkthletes here at Pegasus so about half of you are on that list.

This week’s top age grades were:

  • Women: Rosie HAY, Robyn DALY and Lynnley DRIVER
  • Men: John MARSHALL, Brian LAW and Stacey CARROT

Occupying position 24 today was SW25-29 Libby HURLEY, who joined us just before Christmas last year and has done all 10 of her runs here at Pegasus. Libby has shown consistent improvement and has tuned her time down to just over 23 minutes having started out at 27:32 on her first run and has notched up seven PB runs en route to today.

Meanwhile further down the list at 41 we find VM45-49 Brendan CHURCH who has recorded five results here from his 104 parkruns. He's had a hat-trick at Foster, a single at Paradise Point and 95 runs at neighbouring Hagley. He's notched up a few volunteer stints as diverse as Marshal, Timekeeper and Photographer.

Did you know that on average, our parkthletes run about eight events each here whilst our volunteers do an average of 10 stints?

There’s plenty of volunteering opportunities coming up, at least six slots next week and the great news is that volunteer t-shirts will be available for the same milestones as running from September. Nothing however, beats that first aubergine when you’ve racked up 25. Will you be one of the one in nine parkmates who volunteers? Do join in. Full training, a warm welcome and lots of gratitude awaits.

A big thank-you to this week’s volunteers: John KERRISON, Geoff MCMILLAN, Elodie DE LAPEYRE,  Leigh HAMILTON, Vanessa NELMES, Kerry 'Kevin' JENKINSON, Jackie HANCOCK, Claire HANSEN, David WILMOTT,  Debbie WILSON, Mark WILLIAMSON, Chris VAN DER LEER, and Trudy DIGGS.

For parkrun it feels like spring is approaching. Last week saw our highest post Covid attendance with over 60,000 parkmates taking part in 597 parkruns. Almost 30 more junior events will re-start this weekend and we now have our wonderful Saturday morning back up and running in New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Japan, The Falkland Islands, Guernsey and Jersey (Channel Islands between UK and France)
(not) parkrun is keeping many parkthletes occupied across the planet. Last week Worldwide 14315 parkrunners recorded 27275 (not)parkruns, with an average time of 35:45

Coming soon: May 4 is often known as ‘Star Wars Day’. It is jokingly said: "May the 4th be with you", in reference to the popular phrase in Star Wars: "May the Force be with you." Is this too geeky? Yes, but it is awesome! To celebrate we’ll be having a Star Wars themed run on 8-May – Empire or Rebel Alliance dress up encouraged, you might be Smokin’ Hot or you could just Chewbacca!


Upcoming events at Pegasus parkrun

Upcoming events - Pegasus

Saturday, 08-May - May the 4th be with you (Star Wars Day) - 7:45am

Star Wars themed run – Empire or Rebel Alliance dress up encouraged!

May 4 is often known as ‘Star Wars Day’. It is jokingly said: "May the 4th be with you", in reference to the popular phrase in Star Wars: "May the Force be with you." Is this too geeky? Yes and it is awesome!

Saturday, 26-June – Pegasus parkruns 250th run & 5th Birthday! – 7:45am

Pegasus parkrun joins the parkrun 250 club! It’s also our 5th Birthday and a celebration is in order!
Pegasus parkrun became a part of the community at Pegasus Town in June 2016. 5 years later and Pegasus parkrun has happened almost every Saturday – we have only canceled once for adverse weather and for the COVID-19 lockdown period.

We are still planning the event – but save the date for now.

Saturday, 31-July Mid-Winter Xmas at Pegasus parkrun – 7:45am

Brrr its cold! It must be mid-Winter – its time for the Mid-Winter parkrun at Pegasus!

Come along dressed in a Christmassy theme, silly outfits or just your normal walking / running gear (with bells on)!

Saturday, 4-September - Pacer week at Pegasus parkrun – 7:45am

It’s a drag stepping out for a run in Wintertime – it helps having a goal to keep you motivated in these cold, dark Winter months.

Fortunately, it is pacer week at Pegasus parkrun! A pacer is an experienced runner that runs at a set speed so then you don’t have to think too hard about your pace. In fact, the only thing you should focus on is keeping up with the pacer.

Pace times will be updated closer to the event.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to smash your 5km Personal Best at parkrun!


Pegasus parkrun #240 run report

The weather seemed to be holding for the start of Pegasus parkrun #240 today, however a rain squall came over as the first runners reached the 2km mark on the out and back course. Fortunately, the rain did not last long, and we were treated to a spectacular rainbow over Lake Pegasus and the suspension bridge. We are quite lucky that the Geoffrechaun was not in attendance today – who knows what might have happened…

The volunteers did an excellent job today in the wet and chilly conditions. Sometimes the runners have the better deal – at least they get to run and keep warm! Thank-you to Run Director Dean Wills and his team of Geoff Macmillan, Jimi Bowen, Vadim Rusu, Glen Foster, Diane Evans, Trudy Diggs, Trev White, Simon de Roo and John Marshall.

parkrun is powered by volunteers and we could not do it without them. Please consider helping us occasionally by volunteering an hour of your Saturday to help. After volunteering at 25 separate event you join the parkrun 25 club and are entitled to a free t-shirt. Check out the links below for more info:

Pegasus parkrun future volunteer roster:

What do the volunteers do?


Photographer Trev sheltering from the rain.

A huge Pegasus congratulations to Louise Sissons who celebrated her 150th parkrun today, and to Andrew Coster who joined the parkrun 100 club. Kelly Lavalley (99), Albert Couperus (49), Joshua Smith (49) and Emelia Coster (9) – all eyes are on you!

2 PB’s were achieved today by Ella Marshall and Liam Marshall. Nice!

The male with the most runs was Geoff Mcmillan (227); Marylyn Trathen (231) was the female with the most parkruns to her name.

We love seeing new faces at parkun. Giles Witt and Harry Witt – welcome to the parkrun phenomenon! And a warm Pegasus welcome to Martin Jones (142), Robert Dabb (34) and Fran Van Til (3) who all visited us for the first time today.

We had 74 parkrunners attend today, including 4 members of the elusive UNKNOWN family. Please Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance.

Top age graded results from the attending females were Lynnley Driver (71.96%), Natasha Mitchell (68.38%) and Fran Van Til (65.99%). Top for the men were Nathan Jones (79.89 %), John Marshall (78.45 %) and Robert Dabb (78.24 %).

Top finishers this week for the men were:

17:29 - Nathan Jones
18:35 - Alex Witt
19:06 - John Marshall

Top finishers for the females were:

22:40 - Natasha Mitchell
23:24 - Aliena Gray
26:24 - Savannah Hyssong

Top finishers for the juniors were:

Giles Witt
Luca Fleck
Emelia Coster

Photos from this weeks parkrun can be found here:

Pegasus parkrun 240

Last weekend saw over 550 parkrun events take place, with over 64,000 people walking, jogging, running, or volunteering. At this point just over a quarter of all parkrun events around the world have restarted, with that figure set to increase significantly with the planned return of 5k events in England on 5 June.

We LOVE themed events at Pegasus parkrun! The next one is Star Wars Day on the 8th May where everyone is encouraged to celebrate Star Wars Day! May 4 is often known as ‘Star Wars Day’. It is jokingly said: "May the 4th be with you", in reference to the popular phrase in Star Wars: "May the Force be with you." Is this too geeky? Yes and it is awesome!

We also have the 250th run and 5th Birthday event coming up in June – watch this space for more info!

We are lucky enough to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED, or Defib) available at the scanning table at every Pegasus parkrun event. This device should be used on those who have experienced a sudden cardiac arrest, are unconscious, not breathing and have no pulse. Using our Heartsine AED is simple - it verbally steps the user through every action.

This video explains how to use our AED, please take a moment to watch the instructions up to the 03:15 minute mark

I had great fun today at Pegasus parkrun and hope you did too. Have a great weekend!

See you next week at 7:55am!

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