One crisp morning in Autumn – Porirua parkrun #395, 8 May 2021

It was 9 degrees Celsius at 6.15 am. I quickly turned off the alarm before I got told off by my husband. Though it feels very difficult to leave my warm bed, I must get myself very ready, to ensure I have the right apparel and I will not need to occupy a toilet at Bothamley park.  My level of cold tolerance is well under normal NZ standard. If it is not for parkrun, there is no way that I would be able to run in this cold weather.

By 7:30 am I drive around 18 km to meet the crowd. This is my Saturday morning ritual. parkrun consistently encourages me.  Regardless of any weather conditions, rain, shine or windy, nothing can stop parkrunners.  Except for times during the Covid-19 pandemic when NZ government announces lockdown or raise the alert level up, then we all then stay home.

At 8 pm, all park runners start moving, either running or walking. There are people from all walks of life, pet dogs and parents with strollers. Absolutely everyone can enjoy the run. Not only chasing your new PB, you will also enhance your spatial awareness.  The track has a great shelter feature.  Along the path, there are many curves that excite me as if I play hide and seek, little hills that play with your pulse rate and a stream alongside for you to enjoy sightseeing.  I have experienced many different running places.  By far, Bothamley park is my favourite one.

The first ever event of park run was originated on 2004 in UK. About 8 years later it started in NZ. Then 8 years after that, in 2020, I first came to know about it. Later is still better than never. This has opened me up to the world of people who love running.  I don’t feel alienated among my family and friends anymore.

For decades, I have enjoyed running alone at any pace I like, as far as I want and whenever I prefer.  I had been hooked on the solitude.  When I first heard about parkrun, I thought 5 km is doable and easy.  Most of running events use 5 km as a fun run. It is challenging distance for every level.  By joining parkrun specially, it is much harder than I thought.  In order to do well, there are 2 important components; speed and strength. I can tell from my pulse rate that is higher than ever before.  Because I am normally surrounded by people who don’t enjoy running, this makes me the fittest and strongest amongst these not-so fit people


The May Day parkrun Manifesto Report – Porirua parkrun report #394 – 1 May 2021

Celebrating all parkrunners. Through parkrun all will know true strength of human will.

parkrunners of all Countries Unite!

Each week the starting ceremony is observed. Regulations and resolutions are discussed. Newcomers wishing to find freedom from their aerobic struggles are briefed. Comrades whose achievements are mighty are celebrated. The blowing of the whistle signals that the week's labours start again.

The bourgeois runner wants all the advantages of the dedicated runner. Without the struggle and dangers faced by this hardy bunch. They desire the latest branded gear and running shoes that promise ease without struggle, but they shall not jog towards the finish line. They shall run with the proletariat runners and our struggle will be achieved together, as one.

Let us collectively unite. To rise within our group whatever that may be. The elite runners and the improvers to become one. Truly supporting each other for we are all equal and we at Poriura banish the phrase that some are more equal than others. Here everyone works to their capacity. And each week cries of “I will work harder”, ring around the Park.

Let us not forget the humble volunteers. The true power behind the struggle on parkrunday (formerly known as Saturday). They bring forth their labour as a foundation for others and are rewarded with a worthy and deserved round of applause. These are the true revolutionaries. Their labour supporting the others in their quest for freedom from the tyranny of lethargy.

Brothers and sisters let us remind ourselves of the glorious revolution and move towards a golden future. One in which all runners and walkers unite to free others from the struggle of getting out of bed early on a Saturday morning. A future where we are recognised as true Olympians, reaching our P.B’s together as one.

parkrunners of all Countries Unite! Happy May parkrunners Day everyone.

May 1st is May Day or International Workers day. Inspiration for the above is drawn from Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, George Orwell and Raymond Williams for their May Day Manifestos and socialist tracts.

My apologies to Jack of the Green for the earlier origins of the May Day celebrations in the Northern Hemisphere. It may not be spring in New Zealand, but it was a beautiful autumn day for running. Well done to all brothers and sisters for their achievements today.



This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

George VAN MEEUWEN • Astrid VAN MEEUWEN-DIJKGRAAF • Christine MCNAIR • Rosanna LONG • Jackie KNOX • Kelly ABBOTT • Greta ABBOTT • Maria WHITEHEAD • Julie SWINDEN • Saul BUTLER • Glenn HODGSON • Matt THOM • Kirsty HOSIE • Jenny BEATTIE


Some great milestone achievements this week: 200 - Bruce MORTIMER; 200 - Merryn JONES; 150 - Brian BERRYMAN; 100 - Jackie GARTELL; 50 - John ZHANG; 50 - Peter WITHINSHAW; 50 - Lara WILLIAMS.

A warm welcome to our newly minted parkrunners: Josh HAMILTON, Laszlo BOKANY, Lynette BOKANY, Danika VISKOVIC, Megan RAWIRI, Shannon PITTAWAY, Jennifer WARREN, Renee DONALDSON, Cameron ODELL, Clare ODELL, May MCFARLANE, Sid MCFARLANE, and Edie MCFARLANE.

New runners

Great to see these parkrunners giving the Porirua course a go: Tim GRIFFITHS, Jj (Jason) SHARROCK, Judd BAKER, Annalese LAPWOOD, and Emma ROSS.

Fabulous running – the fastest you’ve ever done the Porirua course – well done: Taro MORIMOTO, Regan STALLARD, Franklin GRIFFITHS, Roz GRIFFITHS, Yannick GRUNDY, Tommy ENTWISLE, Elizabeth DAINTY, Swetha YADAMREDDY, Janice TRUSCOTT, Merita LEVAVE, Deborah LEWTHWAITE, Hemalatha ASHOK, Rebekah WRIGHT, Bernard James MCMANUS, and Nicole HODGSON.

This weeks’ fastest men were:

1          Robert TANG; SM30-34; 73.45% age grade; 17:46

2          Juan KOEKEMOER; VM40-44; 76.10% age grade; Irene Road RC; 18:12

3          Justin LESTER; VM40-44; 72.64% age grade; 19:04


Fastest women were:

1          Larissa BLACK; SW30-34; 63.66% age grade; 23:18 (24th overall)

2          Roz GRIFFITHS; VW35-39; 64.44% age grade; 23:29 New PB! (26th overall)

3          Mary THOM; VW35-39; 64.27% age grade; 23:39 (29th overall)


Best age grades were achieved by:

1          Elizabeth DAINTY; VW65-69; 79.07% age grade; 26:26 New PB!

2          Rob JENKINS; VM55-59; 76.73% age grade; 20:12

3          Franklin GRIFFITHS; JM10; 76.56% age grade; 23:15 New PB!


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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:47 on 9th May 2015 (event number 98).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 27th May 2017 (event number 204).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pam GRAHAM who recorded 92.75% (22:32) on 3rd January 2015 (event number 81).

Porirua parkrun started on 6th July 2013. Since then 4,872 participants have completed 45,554 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,770 km, including 6,945 new Personal Bests. A total of 593 individuals have volunteered 4,468 times.


a 21st delight – Porirua parkrun event #393 24 April 2021

I came of age on Saturday - it was my 21st parkrun and my first at Bothamley Park.

What a wonderful spot for a parkrun, I’m sure the other 184 runners and walkers (and a few extra who forgot their barcodes!) would agree. It was a beautiful Saturday morning with the sun shining, the air still cool, the trees sheltering us from any wind as we ran and walked our way along the old farm road alongside the Kenepuru stream.

I love running outdoors (can’t stand the treadmill) and today is among my favourite runs of the year so far. It hit many points on my ‘good run’ checklist:

  • Good weather - not too hot, not too windy
  • Beautiful scenery - trees, a river and toadstools
  • Not too hilly - sneaky uphill on the way out leading to a very fun run on the way back
  • Friendly dogs - my dog loved saying hello to them all
  • Colourful outfits - I’m a recent convert to Zeenya leggings, love how colourful they are and how you’re instantly friends with the wearers!
  • Inspiring people - I’m in awe of the super-fast runners - the first 4 finishers this week were all sub-18 minutes and 2 PBs!! I’m so jealous of all the speedy children, wish I’d been introduced to running at such a young age rather than my late 20s. So, it’s also those that are a bit more like me, take a bit longer to finish, have time to enjoy the scenery and shout a cheery ‘hello’ that I love seeing out and about - I’m sure there was someone out there this week with her arm in a sling!
  • Most importantly - lovely volunteers - the most important people at any event, parkrun or otherwise, give up their time to make things happen for you. I arrived with moments to spare, so missed the race briefing, so thank you to the lady who pointed out where the path narrows, the lady and her children at the turn around to stop me running too far and the lovely man that I asked the same question I’ve asked at all other 20 parkruns - which barcode do you need first?’ You’d think I could remember by now!!

So thanks to everyone that made my 21st parkrun a great one, I’ll be back to see you all soon.



Injuries are a Pain in the $#*

Spare a thought for parkrunners with injuries which put a halt to their normal Saturday morning parkrun. If a parkrunner you know is injured. give them encouragement, a pat on the back, tell them they will be back 100% recovered soon. Injuries are literally a pain. if you haven't had an injury yet count yourself lucky.

Sometimes parkrunners get injured during a run when an injury suddenly flares up or a parkrunner can have a sudden horizontal meeting with the ground. Other parkrunners manage to injure themselves in more interesting ways, like cycling and slipping on Aotea Lagoon train tracks and almost falling into the lagoon.

I've learnt a lot of muscle names talking with frustrated/patient parkrunners. Niggly achilles tendons, runners knee, tight gluteous muscle, sore It Bands, hamstring pings, shin splints, dodgy calf muscles, the dreaded plantar faciitis/inflamed arch of the foot. You name it and someone at parkrun has had it and usually recovered from it.

How about some tips to avoid injuries.

What to do:

  • Arrive at parkrun 15 minutes earlier and do a warm-up run, definitely better than starting cold with 30 secs to spare.
  • Do some stretching after your parkrun or do a slow cool down run
  • Get yourself a foam roller or use a tennis ball to loosen tight muscles or join a yoga class
  • Do some low-impact cross training, such as swimming and cycling
  • Make sure your you have good running shoes and buy new shoes when your shoes start to wear out
  • Don't overtrain. You should only increase your running by 5-10% per week

May the force be with you and keep you injury free
Simon Derbyshire
Simon Derbyshire


Trailblazers (PORIRUA KIDS RUN CLUB) @ parkrun – Porirua parkrun Event 390 – 03 April 2021

Oma ngātahi ka puawai tatou – Running together we flourish


Trailblazers ‘Porirua Kids Run Club’ (Run Club) is a community-based prevention initiative developed and piloted in 2020/2021. The Trailblazers is designed as an evidence-based youth development programme providing young people with equitable access to physical activity through using trail running as a catalyst to transform lives.

Run Club combines personal challenges, social interaction and nature in a therapeutic and intentional way to help develop the whole child. We build resilience, develop social and emotional skills and enhance positive outcomes for rangatahi.

Running has been chosen because it is a type of movement that can have a calming, regulating effect with social benefits as ‘sideways chat’ encourages more relaxed communication. The trails and being in nature are proven to be beneficial to humans and we see this with our children at Run Club – and they just love it.

The programme builds resilience, tohungatanga and mana motuhake – achievement and independence as they train toward competing in wider community based trail running events where everyone can succeed, increasing self esteem and mana.


Having Porirua parkrun right there in our backyard at Bothamley Park, it was a no brainer that this was on the list of goals for our rangatahi at Run Club.

And the ethos of parkrun fits very well with our club:
“parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.”
This is very much the experience for our kids that have joined the parkrun whanau. They are welcomed and made to feel like they belong and they really enjoy the challenge. MY challenge is to get them all with barcodes so we can start tracking our progress. Many of the kids that come to parkrun have only recently started to run and they just love it.

We generally have around 8-10 kids coming to parkrun – transport can be a challenge for some of them and so this restricts our numbers at this stage … until I can buy a larger car … or maybe a bus!

For me, the Kids have helped me appreciate parkrun from a new perspective – I now enjoy a more relaxed (less painful) run - as opposed to striving for a PB. I now get to support the kids through the 5km and see the smiles on their faces at the end.

Thank you parkrun for providing the community with such a positive and accessible trail running event that everyone can enjoy and achieve at. If anyone is interested in getting involved with the club please contact me via messenger or call 021 1926674 – Jo RYDER


First Age Grade Finishers
1 Grant MCLEAN 18:29 VM50-54 81.79% (1st overall)
2 Saskia KNOX 20:50 JW15-17 79.70% (3rd overall)
3 Melissa BRAY 22:00 VM50-54 78.11% (23rd overall)

First Female Finishers
1 Saskia KNOX 18:58 JW15-17 79.70% age grade (3rd overall)
2 Melissa BRAY 22:00 VM50-54 78.11% (23rd overall)
3 Sarah BAKKER 23:23 VW45-49 69.99% (33rd overall)

First Male Finishers
1 Grant MCLEAN 18:29 VM50-54 81.79%
2 Justin LESTER 18:55 VM40-44 73.22%
3 James WEMBRIDGE 19:08 JM11-14 74.13% (4th overall)

This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Jo RYDER • Brenda GRAY • Stuart DANIEL • Amanda MACDONALD • Sue CUTHBERTSON • N U TANG • Mary THOM • Brian BERRYMAN • Eddy BRAY • Bruce INGLIS • Craig HOLDEN • David KNOX

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:47 on 9th May 2015 (event number 98).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 27th May 2017 (event number 204).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pam GRAHAM who recorded 92.75% (22:32) on 3rd January 2015 (event number 81).

Porirua parkrun started on 6th July 2013. Since then 4,814 participants have completed 44,896 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,480 km, including 6,892 new Personal Bests. A total of 584 individuals have volunteered 4,411 times.

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