Taupo parkrun is cancelled on 2021-09-25 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

Run report #215

Taupo Parkrun Run Report 14th August 2021
Welcome to event 215 – Saturday 14th August 2021.
Like all parkrun enthusiasts, I made sure to bring my family for our first trip to Taupo on a Saturday so I could participate in parkrun. Having moved to New Zealand a year ago, and slowly starting to travel around exploring the country, Taupo was my 11th NZ course and 39th different event. I love out and back courses, and this flat course with lake views is very picturesque. I’m thrilled to report, that whilst all events have their own distinct flavour, the one thing each event has in common is the friendly feel as we all run, walk or jog the 5km distance.
Today Run Director Alan gave his briefing and then set us off on our way. 40 people attended in cold, crisp conditions. Congratulations to Ivan Abele the first finisher today in the speedy time of 17:33. First female and second overall was Hannah Howell in a time of 18:52.
Of the 40 runners today, 6 participants recorded a personal best time. Congratulations Ollie Brazier, Andrew Scurr, Hannah Howell, Russell Watts, Jill Howard and Trevor Howard.
2 people Peet Oosthuizen and Shay Gardiner completed the course for the first time. Both Visitors today came from Auckland.
No Milestones this week.
A very big thank you to our fabulous Hi-Vis Heroes our volunteers this week. Led by Run Director Alan Milne. Volunteers were Louie Primeau, Hugh Gardiner, Isabel Hutcheon, Austin Hutcheon, Elias Drinnan, Paul Andrews, Colin Little, Wendy Milne, Andrew Milne and Shay Gardiner. Parkrun wouldn’t happen each and every week without our volunteers so please give them a wave and say thanks as you encounter volunteers and consider volunteering yourself from time to time. If you would like to register to volunteer please email taupo @parkrun.com
In the 215 events at Taupo, 3,208 participants have completed 10,902 parkruns for a total of 54,510km.
Thanks for having me Taupo parkrun! I enjoyed my morning and hope to return someday!



Run Report #213

Taupo parkrun
Event number 213
24th July 2021
This week 56 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers
A warm Taupo welcome to Sasha PARIZE-BAKER, Paul FITZMAURICE, Eion HEWSON, Julian BAUER, Claire DEVITO, Suzanne MOORE, Lianie VILJOEN & Phil BATTLEY.

1 recorded new Personal Best congratulations goes to Michelle COFFEY . Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Colin LITTLE • Andrew MILNE • Wendy MILNE • Alan MILNE • Andrew SCURR • Sarah WIWARENA • Elizabeth BAYLESS • Elias BAYLESS • Roel MICHELS

A reminder there will be NO parkrun this coming weekend 31st July due to the Taupo marathon course change clashing with our event. See you all in two week's time.

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:05 on 27th January 2018 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Bert PRENDERGAST who recorded a time of 16:10 on 5th June 2021 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue CROWLEY who recorded 91.63% (18:31) on 1st January 2021 (event number 185).

Taupo parkrun started on 21st January 2017. Since then 3,204 participants have completed 10,859 parkruns covering a total distance of 54,295 km, including 1,578 new Personal Bests. A total of 193 individuals have volunteered 1,396 times.


Run Report #212

This parkrunday was my fifth time running at Taupo but the first time I have stayed overnight and not driven over in the morning.

After hearing about the lights down at the domain I thought it would be a great school holiday outing. So on Friday after work we drove down from Rotorua, checked into a motel and then wandered through the light displays at the domain.

The forecast rain hadn’t yet appeared so I was hopeful parkrunday we would be equally fortunate.

Sadly that wasn’t to be!

I turned up to parkrun nice and early and to say the weather was hideous would have been an understatement. Not only was it pouring down, but it was windy too.

However, I’d made the commitment – I would be meeting the event director from Millwater parkrun for the first time (after being facebook friends since the Covid pause). Claire Taylor had also run at Taupo before and was in town with her family – and two others – for school holiday fun.

There was a gazebo, which was awesome, as it meant we could shelter from the elements, particularly for the run brief.

I’m sure many of us thought the weather was fine once we started, the rain had lessened (as had the wind). And then we turned around into a headwind!

There were 36 finishers at this event, with what seemed to be an even mix of locals and visitors.

Those visiting came from Auckland, Palmerston North, Tauranga and myself from Rotorua.

Cameron Paul brought the field home in 17:52, while Olivia Burne was first female in 18:27.

Two parkrunners recorded personal bests, well done to Claire Taylor and Hannah Howell.

We had no first timers today, maybe you could bring a friend along another time?

We welcomed 16 parkrunners visiting Taupo for the first time.

Welcome to Cameron Crabb, Claire Bently, Adam Bentley, Greg Cassidy, Stuart Eeles, Bronwyn Eeles, John Rushworth, Fiona Eeles, Elliot Keys, Caitlin Eeles, Olivia Burne, Kate Wanden, Hannah Rushworth, Chris Deere, Mike Wanden and Nia Keys.

We couldn’t do parkrun without the volunteers, so a big hand goes to: Rodel Fremista, Hugh Gardiner, Austin Hutcheon, Alison King, Colin Little, Malcolm Mayall, Alan Milne, Andrew Milne and Andrew Towers.

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.

After parkrun I headed to the sailing club for a coffee, before back to Lakeland Resort for a shower and check-out. We visited Huka Falls (again!) and then Lava Glass. If you’ve not yet visited then I highly recommend, especially if you’ve watched Blown Away on Netflix.

I write about parkruns and parkrunners over on my blog www.runswithabarcode.co.nz, so if you would like to read more stories I look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks again for the hospitality in inhospitable conditions!

Alison King


Run Report # 211

Taupo parkrun
Event number 211
10th July 2021
This week 40 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers:

A very warm Taupo welcome to Johan SMITH, Mark VAN WIJK, Ben & Aimee BONNE, Carly ARNOLD, Madeleine EVERY, Benedict BRANDIAL, Maryanne WARDLAW & Jeni HARRISON.

4 recorded new Personal Bests:
Congratulations to Steve McANENEY, Phil O'KEEFE, Dean SOUTHEY & Josh BLACKIE.

Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 7 volunteers:

Andrew MILNE • Wendy MILNE • Helen BOSTON • Christine HOSKING • Alan MILNE • Jill HOWARD • Trevor HOWARD

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:05 on 27th January 2018 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Bert PRENDERGAST who recorded a time of 16:10 on 5th June 2021 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue CROWLEY who recorded 91.63% (18:31) on 1st January 2021 (event number 185).

Taupo parkrun started on 21st January 2017. Since then 3,180 participants have completed 10,767 parkruns covering a total distance of 53,835 km, including 1,575 new Personal Bests. A total of 188 individuals have volunteered 1,377 times.


Run Report # 210

A beautiful morning for a parkrun.
A cool, calm and crisp morning greeted our 68 parkrunners. A morning to celebrate milestones. Our first congratulations goes out to Christine Hosking who completed her 100th parkrun, 99 of them here in Taupo and 1 at Puaraenga parkrun in Rotorua. Plus Christine has managed to do a little volunteering along the way.

Christine 100 Congratulations Christine.

Speaking of volunteers, what a milestone for Colin Little our Event Director who today volunteered for his 100th time. Thanks Colin for all the hard work, we have a great bunch of regular volunteers but you lead my example! Not bad for a Scotmans! Colin has also competed 96 parkruns and is looking forward to another excuse for cake in a few weeks time.


Conditions this morning were perfect for a number of runners and walkers who achieved PB's, well done to Dean Drayton, Kate BROWN, Pernille FLETCHER, William DUMBLE, Rae DRAYTON, Tami HEALY, and Diana SOUTHERN.
We also had a group from #sweat7 this morning, thank you Sam Warriner and Stephen Bradley for introducing some new people to parkrun. No doubt they will become regulars! around the country.
I have to say this parkrun rocked, we had milestones, PB's, a beautiful morning, an awesome backdrop, amazing people ,volcanic coffee, Cupcakes and Slice! plus a Baked with Love cake - Yummy
A perfect start to the weekend.

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Elias BAYLESS, Naomi BEGG, Rob BODEN, Colin LITTLE, Marcel MANDERS, Andrew MILNE, Frances OLIVER, Louie PRIMEAU

Why not get involved and volunteer?

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