Whangarei parkrun #286

Whangārei parkrun event #286, 25th June 2022

Inclusion is intentional. It is about identifying and removing barriers so that everyone can participate to the best of their ability.
parkrun is about inclusion “practices which ensure that everyone belongs”. Last week we had the news that Colin Thorne was taking part in his 98th parkrun at 98! This week we move down the age scale a bit and I would like to mention Tyler WATSON.

He started parkrun on 15th February 2020 and today completed his 50th. It is without a doubt a pleasure to see him taking part and on asking Emma. She said …” that they would like to thank the volunteers for their patience and also everyone for the support vocal or otherwise as Tyler appreciates it and it is quite something to see Tyler involved in parkrun and the enjoyment he gets from participating.”

Fellow runners, joggers, and walkers that’s what its all about the enjoyment of every moment we see a fellow human (and dog on a short lead) take part in a parkrun, be they completing the 5km for the first time, gaining a new t-shirt for a milestone and of course volunteering, it’s all about inclusion.


A slightly chilled day not just for the weather but for the Run Director Darren, a man with a mission. His first in the position and like any job when one is the “one “who is in the keystone, one wants to get it right and from what I hear, no problems. Well, none that came to the surface I am sure that we will hear about it at some stage. Darren well done on all fronts.


Being our first Matariki long weekend we were guarantee a few tourists. That we certainly had namely Anna Harding (65) thank you for coming to see us, Anna has been a bit of a tourist recently, Belinda Walsh (16) another Hobsonville Point parkrunner, but been on a bit a tourist session I see recently. Finally, Marion Hammond (8) mostly at Western Springs but again a bit of a tourist it seems.

Now to go to your first parkrun can be intimidating but for this these thirteen, we hope that it was so much fun that they will return. Welcome to your new Saturday life from now on Amy Van Kalken, Dion Robinson, Dyanne Kokich. Ian Gale. Kartik Ghansela, Katrina Walker, Maia Thorburn, Michelle Thorburn, Rose Peters, Samantha Graham. Sienna Learmond, Tafi Manjala and Trista Comer.

Being the end of Volunteers week, it was great to see that the roster was filled up this week with the following: Joshua CALLAN, Delwyn COOK, Ron CROWHURST, Ian DALE, Rob DINSDALE, Maria EASTERBROOK, Martin HARRAP, Izzy HILL, Jim KETTLEWELL, Dennis LANGFORD, Mark LEWRY, Michelle LEWRY, Nadia MORGAN, Scott MOYSE, Darren NISBET, Helen SMITH, Max SMITH, Dawn SPENCE, Dianne ZUCCHETTO, Ricardo ZUCCHETTO.

Fastest Male.

17:52 Pat Kalin

19:28 Ian Gale

19:46 Tim Goodwin

Fastest Female.

22:11 Shannon Leigh Walker

23:12 Anna Gray

24:08 Trista Comer

Top age grade male.

96.08 % Colin Thorne

80.99 % Ian Gale

78.87 % John Kent

Top age grade female.

84.77 % Judith Bradshaw

83.70 % Clasina Van Der Veeken

75.46 % Janet Dale

Most runs.

193 Neville Bassett

143 Dennis Langford

The PB’s this week were achieved by the following twelve people.

48:35 Jasmine Manga

32:54 Samara Walker

32:48 Jen Mills

31:01 Jeff Burson

31:01 Conrad Burson

28:34 Olie Bradley

27:35 Rob Peterson

25:38 Maria Easterbrook

24:58 Peter Dixon

24:28 Nikki Van Den Broek

20:31 Mark Turner

17:52 Pat Kalin

Well done to you all, be you surpassing your previous time by a lot or a little or that you have taken a long time or a short time, we hope that you feel you have made yourself a little better by achieving this. To some it’s a hurdle, to some it’s an achievement after a long illness or similar. But in the end, you did what you had to do when it felt right!

Milestones this week and those soon to gain a t-shirt.

We will soon be seeing some red t shirts for Shannon Leigh Walker and Tyler Watson and a white one for Nicholas Dawson.


Now the upcoming, we have of course a very special one for next week that being Colin who will be getting the black shirt with one hundred on the back and we will say more about that achievement next week. But safe to say that the following are not too far away with new coloured tops namely Teresa Dunn on 98, Grant Macgregor on 49 and Margaret Crooke just two runs away on 48.

Number of finishers?

The 52th person this week achieved the Whangārei title of being the 25,000 finisher at our parkrun! That goes to James MACKEN. James managed a PB last week and this week was in position 52. Well done.

Age Category Records for Whangarei parkrun.

This does not happen every week and when it does its great to see that in the VW75-79 age group that Margaret CROOKE gained a 64.07 % running in at 37:51

The following clubs where represented this week at Whangarei: Athletics Whangarei Inc, Hatea Run, New Brighton Athletic Club Inc and Port Hills Athletic Club Inc

The runners, joggers and walkers this week have covered a total 6271 parkruns between them.

At this point I think one should go to https://www.facebook.com/sportnorthland and look at the two of our special volunteers Ron and Jan. All the news is on there I will not repeat, but safe to say Congratulations on be recognised.

You missed out on volunteering this week? Would love to assist then email to whangarei@parkrun.com

More update news and this week’s pictures can be found on https://www.facebook.com/Whangareiparkrun