University of Waikato parkrun is cancelled on 2021-09-25 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

Run Report#40.14 August 2021

The morning of parkrun #40 started with showers but by the time runners arrived the sun began to come out and turned into a nice morning for parkrun at the University.

It was a good turn out with 52 participants. It was the morning for personal bests with 11 runners achieving this, a big congratulations to Ben Bidois who set the new course record that he held previously with an impressive time of 16:00 minutes, well done Ben. There were four first time attendees to the University of Waikato parkrun with two of these being first time to parkrun overall. I hope you enjoyed your parkrun experience, and would love to see you again.

Congratulations to Mark Cornaga who reached 50 parkruns, and Deonne Taylor for volunteering 25 times. Thanks to all the volunteers Lynda BRAHNE, Quentin CLARKSON, Keith FLOCKHART, Mathew HARTY, Jacques POOT, Billie PUHIPUHI, Jane ROBERTSON, Lauren ROWE, Devon SHIRLEY, David TAYLOR and Deonne TAYLOR.

Amazing work everyone, see you all next week at Village Green at 8am for parkrun#41.

By Devon Shirley


Run Report #39. 7 August 2021

Today we had some brand-new permanent signs out on the course along with our km markers to help our runners and walkers around the course.  A big thankyou to the University of Waikato for putting them up for us.

Today we started on the concrete section as the grass was still a bit wet from all the rain we have had. Some of you had really fast finishes today while enjoying the pavement on the last 100 metres.  Congratulations to Christiaan and Tanja for bring the first finishers.

We had one milestone with Marlin Fisher celebrating a double achievement with doing his 100th run today and also doing his 25th volunteer with doing one of the pacing roles today. Thanks Marlin.

We had a good turn out today with there being pacers to help everyone get a  Pb. Thanks to Marlin, Dean, Darren and Phil for helping out today you are awesome. Also to the rest of the volunteers thank you so much for helping out.

It was a good day for parkrun with the temperature being just right and the rain staying away. There was one visitor from Anderson parkrun (Napier), Jarrod Popplestone we hope you enjoyed the course and gave your brother who is a local a run for his money!

We had 10 people recording PB’s, that’s awesome.   We had 1 brand new park runner, welcome to the parkrun family and we hope to see you again in the coming weeks. We also had another 5 park runners/walkers visiting University of Waikato parkrun for the first time. Come back soon.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics this morning we had the women’s marathon happening just after parkrun finished.

60 people ran, jogged or walked our parkrun that is the 13th biggest attendance at University of Waikato .Great work everyone.

By Michael Robinson


Run report #38. 31 July 2021

I turned up for my 11th parkrun at the University of Waikato and my husband’s 13th. We were also volunteering so we arrived just after 7am for course set up. Nicola and our brand-new Run Director Lauren were there nice and early as well.

parkrunners and walkers were a bit spaced out in arriving this morning, about 7.45 am Nicola assured us that they would all turn up and sure enough parkrunners arrived. Taupo marathon was also on so some of our regular park runners would have been away for that. We still had 55 parkrunners which is a good turnout.

Lauren did her 1st timers briefing, we had 3 brand new park runners and a further 7 new to the University parkrun. Amazingly we had no one from out of town.  Lauren said that the Rewind Hospice shop was opening early for parkrunners to have a look in after and we also had some spot prizes which consist of 5x$10 Vouchers.  One went to a volunteer, Haylie Kangere, and others to parkrunners. parkrunners found some good bargains.  Thanks Rewind Hospice!

We had some speedy youngsters, well done for coming out this morning. 10 new pbs and there were 3 in the top ten finishers. Awesome work.  Well done to our top 5 speedy finishers today, you did great.

Thank you to this week’s volunteers and Lauren. Our brand new run director was really nervous beforehand but she did amazing and had a loud voice and was really chatty and friendly to everyone.

We had Jane Robertson doing her 25th park run and Marlin doing his 99th, come and celebrate Marlin’s 100th parkrun and 25th volunteer role at the University of Waikato parkrun next week.   An interesting fact about people doing 25 park runs is that parkrun will be adding in a shirt for 25 runs in September this year.

After we had all finished, done our shopping and packed away the course, Jack's Coffee Lounge was waiting for us. Our hot drinks and light snacks went down a treat.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics and seeing everyone do so well.  An interesting Olympics fact for this week, is that we had 3 parkrunners competing in the Triathlon. Hayden Wilde (Tauranga course record holder) and Nicole Van Der Kaay (Gisborne Course record holder) and one South African Simone Ackerman competing (Whangarai Course record holder).

Thank you for all coming and we will see you all again next Saturday at the Village Green.

By Hayley Robinson


Run Report#37.24 July 2021

It was a long time coming but finally we made it to the University of Waikato parkrun. We couldn’t make it to the inaugural (which seems such a long time ago) and other happenings conspired against us to prevent us from getting here sooner. We were particular keen to see the course having been involved on the periphery in helping to design it. Should say it was very much on the periphery as all the hard work was done by Nicola and her team. But it was well worth the wait. What a stunning course! We were a little nervous listening to the course brief as Lex was talking about baby bear, daddy bear, and mummy bear. So there we were thinking that the University of Waikato had a bear problem lol! Not really ‘onest! That was Lex’s way of describing the course; one lap of the small lake, two laps around the campus then one lap around both lakes. Easy as really and not difficult to follow at all as the course laps were all marked very well.

Louise and I drove over from Raglan in the early morning mist and a full moon showing to join 40 other people running, jogging, and walking the course. Four of us were first timers and were amongst the 10 who recorded new personal bests – you always get a personal best when you run for the first time at parkrun. The Waikato is as well known for its fogs as Wellington is for its wind so we were not disappointed there. I think we would have felt cheated had there been no fog in the morning. But it did clear and beautiful morning unfolded as Lex started the parkrun a little later than 8am. It really is a beautiful run as it loops around the lakes on a mix of boardwalk and paved surfaces, amongst trees and shrubs, alongside water and then out into the open for some great views across the campus. We met some wonderful people while we parkrunning and shared some great stories over coffee and breakfast afterwards.

As usual the volunteers are the great people that make all parkrun events possible. The event this week was made possible by these10 volunteers: Lex Chalmers • Lynda Brahne • Helen Clarke • Mark Goble • Philip Shambrook • Chris Biddulph • Deonne Taylor • David Taylor • Haylie Kangere • Yi Zhang without whom none of us could have parkrun today. Many thanks to you all for giving up your parkrun so that we could. parkrun cannot happen each week without volunteers and rely on parkrunners to step up and help. All the volunteer roles are easy and any necessary training is available. Indeed everything about parkrun is easy including putting your name down to volunteer. You can add it to the whiteboard that is on the start line at every parkrun, you can look on the Future Roster page on the website then email the team at, or you can comment on the Facebook page. And you get to wear a funky hi-vis vest which a perfect fashion accessory for anything you could possibly wear to a parkrun event.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the University of Waikato parkrun Results Page. The male record is held by Ben BIDOIS who recorded a time of 16:07 on 3rd April 2021 (event number 21). The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:38 on 15th May 2021 (event number 27). The Age Grade course record is held by Judith STEWART who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 13th February 2021 (event number 15). University of Waikato parkrun started on 7th November 2020. Since then 713 participants have completed 2,165 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,825 km, including 464 new Personal Bests. A total of 103 individuals have volunteered 404 times.

And finally, the majority of parkrun events in England will start again this weekend after a 16 month hiatus. When you see it like that you can really appreciate how fortunate we’ve been to have only lost a few months of parkrun events. So, while many parkruns across in Australia will be pausing for a few weeks while they deal with the latest Covid surge, there is some great news for parkrunners in England. Saying that I did hear someone at parkrun this morning saying that Goole parkrun has been cancelled as an unexploded bomb has been found on a neighbouring development. That is so unfortunate after finally getting the greenlight to restart. What a bombshell!

Many thanks for hosting us.  All the best Louise and Philip


Run Report#35. 10 July 2021

The weather forecast looked like it was going to start with some showers, parkrunners came prepared.  But luckily the rain stayed away. It was a cool start but the sun peeked through the clouds and once we started we all warmed up.

Nicola was our Run Director today and she did her first timers briefing to a very first timer to parkrun and to the University, so welcome and we hope you enjoyed yourself today.

We had visitors from Flaxmere parkrun, Napier. Thank you for joining us and please come again.

Nicola did the usual briefing and asked if people could volunteer. We had no milestones today.

There were four Millers in the top 10 finishers today. Charli was 1st female finisher, 2nd overall. 1st Male finisher was Al Brears  in a time of 17.28 which is a PB  for him, well done. Charli’s time was 18.06 which is also a PB and coming in 3rd finisher was Michael Robinson in a time of 18.42.  Zachary Miller (aged 11-14) came  5th, and Dad Les came 6th and Mum Tanja 7th. Awesome work.

We had 5 PBs today, well done everyone. There were 39 parkrunners, all happy that the course is all on concrete now - no grass. Happy dry feet , Happy parkrunners!.

Thanks to the volunteers, including 2 junior recruits – Liam Miller and Brook Fisher.  They both did an excellent job.

Jacks Café was popular afterwards with everyone having a nice warm coffee and a muffin or something to eat. Remember you get 10% discount if you show your parkrun tag.

We will see you all again next Saturday at the Village Green.

By Hayley Robinson

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