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


Whangarei parkrun #285

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 285

18 June 2022

It's (Nearly) All About Colin!

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The big story this week at Whangarei parkrun was clearly all about our legendary Colin in his 98th year completing his 98th parkrun. Who would have believed he could add to his story by calmly walking in and collecting finish token number 98?His  An absolutely magcal moment to witness! Fortunately it was all closely followed by local radio dj , and fellow parkrunner, John Markby, who interviewed our man immediately after he crossed the finish line. That interview will be broadcast at some point on John, Flash and Toast's Breakfast programme on Monday morning, but we will also try to get a copy so that parkrunners who miss it will still get a chance to hear it later. Clearly no promises can be given however!

Let's not forget a couple of other things.. Mandy Edge completed her 50th parkrun here , thus earning her red milestone shirt. Mandy is a very familiar figure, having been with us since the start-indeed she was first lady home in Event #5. Important to ensure this achievement is recognised, so congratulations Mandy!

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Secondly , just after Colin finished in walked another amazing , if somewhat younger, man. Of course that was Tyler Watson accompanied as ever by mum Emma.He was finishing his 49th parkrun which means next week will be a big milestone one for him, another claimant for a red shirt. Please Whangarei parkrunners, make a big fuss of this young man next week, even more than usual. Emma says it's the suppport he gets that brings him back each week, which is wonderful to hear. so let's show him lots more on his special day..

Finally, just want to wish Jim Kettlewell well-a brave effort to walk with colin , sadly curtailed due to his injury. Wish you well Jim, and hoping you will be able to get back to walking round the parkrun you kicked off..

The weather didn't really play ball with the occasion, but spirits weren't dampened! 104 walkers, joggers and runners were there at the brief to hear Run Director Dennis set the scene and congratulate Colin on 98 @ 98. What a roar that got from everyone present! Our leader for the day acknowledged the support of all of his fellow volunteers:Joshua CALLAN, Lea CALLAN, Ron CROWHURST, Janet DALE, Maria EASTERBROOK, Corrine LANGFORD, Dennis LANGFORD, Mark LEWRY, Michelle LEWRY, Inthia LINDBERG, Annmaree MACGREGOR, Grant MACGREGOR, Andy MEARS, Peter MINSON, Darren NISBET, Max SMITH, Alesha WALL, and Ricardo ZUCCHETTO .,

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Thanks one and all! Special note to Michelle who stepped in to cover photographer duties for Jan who was away for the day. Great work Michelle!

Maria Easterbrook briefed the First Timers. There were 3 of them, but none were running their very first parkrun! Adam Sigley running number 111 is a Porirua based tourist! this was his 19th NZ venue. Matt Doherty was runnng number 129 and is a serious tourist! He has 9 NZ venues, around 60runs in the London area and many visits elsewhere! He was 5th home at Whangarei..well run! Sophie Dean became an International parkrunner here! She celebrated by taking 4minutes off of her previous best, possibly because Whangarei is a little flatter than Hampstead Heath where she has previously run in London! Sophie was second lady home too-congratulations!



1. Denika Clooney

2. Sophie Dean

3. Anna Gray

Incredible to note that Denika and Sophie have just 7 parkruns between them! Denika finished in fourth place overall and is running as a junior-outstanding running! Congrats to all three ladies, Sophie mentioned above, and Anna a second consecutive 'podium 'finish..


1: Ben Watkins

2. Pat Kalin

3. Nigel Gilmour

The guys determined to outdo the girls-the first two home have just 5 parkruns between them, and Ben like Denika , runs as a junior! Maybe it's fitting that in the week a 98 year old is at the forefront, a couple of juniors are stating their case too! You know Colin would be totally happy with that too!!!

Age Grade Performance:

1. Colin Thorne      101.36%

2. Judith Bradshaw  88.7%

3. Denika Clooney   85.00%

Just extraordinary! What can you say about the man? But also, that third place number, for a junior is amazing too, huge credit to Denika. (Judith, you are not being ignored, well run!)

Personal Bests:

It seems Colin's achievement inspired a whole lot of people, which is just as he would like it. 22 new personal bests were achieved and surely Colin's favourite will be grandson Cameron Dinsdale. Going it alone without her walking buddy Sheryl and despite the rain , well done to Jane Winton for a PB all of her own making! Birthday girl today is Dianne Zucchetto who celebrated early-well run you! Where's Wally's alter ego Maria Easterbrook wasn't hanging around hiding, she ran faster than she has  before..!

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But how about this..9 of the first 10 home earned PBs! The one who didn't? He couldn't! He was Matt Doherty, a first timer. Call me lazy, but if you want to check out the first 10 home , look at the results list -congrats all of you on achieving PB's..

Then there is: Hamish Land; Bart Van Derr Meer; Cecilia Vorster; Brighton Mutepfe; James Macken; Poppy Smillie; Ava Van Den Broek (that's 4 in 9 runs!) ; Kathy Bennett; and Donna Zappelli.

Congrats to everyone who notched a new personal best at event #285.

'The Milestone'

98@98 is not a real milestone as defined by parkrun. But is anyone really arguing? The full formal parkrun tributes will come in a couple of weeks when (all being well) Colin completes his 100th parkrun to finally gain that well deserved black milestone shirt. But that doesn't mean a few informal words can't be posted now...does it??

Jim Kettlewell hit the nail on the head in a conversation on Friday.' He's an absolute pleasure to walk with'  he said, and of course he was talking about Colin. Post an article about him on our Facebook page, with a photo, and watch 'likes' fly over 100 in no time! you never hear a negative word!

Jim's words echoed as we walked the course yesterday. Time doesn't drag when you are in his company. The biggest challenge to any conversation is that people are constantly yelling greetings at him. Everyone says hi! Or waves, or something-and gets that wonderful smile in return! There is such an aura about this modest  man. He is so determined to keep going too. To walk with him is inspiring, indeed it's a privilege and as Jim says 'An absolute pleasure' Congrats on 98@98 Colin. Here's to your well earned black milestone 100 shirt my friend. I will miss #99, but aim to be right there walking #100 alongside what I imagine will be a large number of others!

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Thanks to all the rainbow shirt people!


Whangarei parkrun report #284

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 284

11 June 2022

'It was the best of times,

It was the worst of times..'

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Though not necessarily in that order, and in hindsight Whangarei did not get the worst at all, although at 6:30am you could be forgiven for expecting the worst! A swift review of Run Reports from elsewhere in the country provides some perspective. Starting with the party people at Queenstown ..Their 4th anniversary celebrations (congrats to all  involved!) were greeted by...snow!! A little further North at Lower Hutt things were clearly challenging: no PB's were reported, and writer Brent Foster calls it a 'roller coaster morning"...'The finish chute had one last surprise, more surface water, just finishing the job to completely soak the shoes and socks' Reading the report you get the impression of a tough morning..and yet his positive enthusiasm for parkrun shines! 'Once we had all finished it didn't seem that bad after all. What was all the fuss about eh.' Love it Brent!  Nearby Porirua got cancelled due to fallen trees! Trentham had issues with some serious puddle obstacles around Barton's Bush section of their course. So from the deluge that was threatening early morning, to the bright sunshine that developed Whangarei had probably the best of times!!

Was it Fancy Dress Day at The Loop? Dennis The Menace was there..He was masquerading as Run Director for the day! (Does a grand job to be fair!) Jennie Wellbrook had threatened to come as the Michelin Man , but actually all she had done was to wrap up warm in several layers to keep warm while volunteering as a barcode scanner...and even then she didn't look nearly as rotund as that tyre man-thanks for volunteering Jennie!! Was there a pieman somewhere too?

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Then  of course there was the absolute star of the show! Typecast? There couldn't possibly be any comment, but Maria does slip very easily and naturally into playing the part of Wally! She dressed up as the cartoon character 'Where's Wally' following a midweek discussion.. The joy she showed in distributing bars of chocolate to volunteers and anyone else who correctly claimed them was wonderful to see. It all formed part of an initiative which will help Matarau School where Maria teaches-they should be very proud of her! (Thanks M!..or is it W??) She volunteered for that role, as well as being a tail walker on the day and in another challenge on Sunday she along with several of our parkrunners will be heading North to run in the Sport Northland event at Paihia-go well everyone, and enjoy the day!

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The High Viz Heroes

On a day like this the volunteers need extra thanks-one look at poor, cold Jackie, as she returned from her Marshall post on the far side of the river, said it all really!

So Run Director Dennis was leading the team that included: Darren Nisbet; Max Smith; Sean Kemball; Corrine Langford; Jim Kettrlewell; Jennie Wellwood; Jacke Grant; Kathy Morgan; Shannon Morgan; Maria Wally-Easterbrook; Jan Sherley; Ricardo Zucchetto; Ron Crowhurst; Tony Hill and  Andy Mears.

Thank you everyone!

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First Timers and Visitors:

James Kettlewell carried out the First Timers Briefing this week, and there were 3 people taking their first  paces at a parkrun event..anywhere! So welcome along Michael-James Leseur; Samantha Jones ; and Joan Lascuna. Hopefully you caught the parkrun bug and will be back for more!

Also visiting Whangarei for the first time, but not first time parkrunners were:

Graeme Olliver from Palmerston North completing his 7th  different NZ parkrun.

Valentina Missen from Millwater, completing her 4th different NZ parkrun

Pauline Fitzsimmons also from Millwater, this is Pauline's first 'away' run!

Among other runners , David Everest was visiting from Barry Curtis and ran in to finish in second place overall on what was his second visit to Whangarei-well run David!

Whangarei parkrun welcomes all visitors, and would love to see you again...and again!

Personal Bests:

The not so secret seven! Congratulations to: David Everest; Corbett Rumney; Nikki Van Den Broek; Brighton Muteppe; Ellen Maindonald; Joel Garces; and Kathy Bennett who all achieved new personal bests on a day when there were not many around-well done you seven!!

Speedy Girls

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1. Anna Gray

2. Dianne Zucchetto

3. Nikki Van Den Broek

Groundhog day for Anna! Although her placing was 12th this week, compared with 24th last time out her time of 23.43 was exactly the same! Even more bizarre, the week before was 23.34!!

Speedy Guys

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1. Sam Rout...

2. David Everest

3. Tim Goodwin



Age Graded Performance

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1. Judith Stewart                   88.92%

2. Clasina Van Der Veeken   80.98%

3. Tim Goodwin                     74.53%

So good to see the return of Judith following an achilles injury which has kept her away for so long.. This is Judith's first run here since July 2021, so a big welcome back!!


No formal milestones this week.

Mandy Edge will be running her 50th parkrun next time out..

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There is also a need to issue a belated acknowledgement of a volunteer having achieved the 50 mark. The fact that he has now reached 58 and this has only just come to light is not good, but the hope is that on the premise that 'better late than never' if the right thing is done now, he may forgive us!

When the person in question is our very talented and innovative photographer Ricardo, readers will understand the embarrassment felt. Sorry sir, and congratulations on a hard earned and thoroughly well deserved red v50 milestone shirt!

Next week will see the return of Colin Thorne as he nears his milestone 100th run. He runs his age next week.. Run 98 at 98 years!! So we may have to start some celebrations a little early! It's a unique achievement by any measures.. If we have an attendance of 158 or more next week it will take Whangarei through the 25,000 total to date . A great way to  celebrate! Let's hope for good weather next weekend...


Finally on milestones , I wonder how many saw the note about NZ parkrun volunteers who have reached 250 and earned the green milestone shirt? At the moment only 5 have achieved it. Our own Jan Sherley is not far off though! Jan currently  has an amazing 236 volunteer credits, so watch this space.(I'm making no predictions , fearing jinxes like Covid etc..)

That's enough for this week. Thanks everyone for a wonderful parkrunday . It was pretty

special for me to walk/run a fastest time since those modifications in March. Enough said!


Andy M


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Whangarei parkrun report #283

Whangarei parkrun report #283

Queens birthday weekend! Happy Birthday “Mrs. Queen” …..

This week looked as if it was going to be a very wet day with a forecast from about the middle of the week that it was going to be very wet, windy and thundery. It was a little wet or should I say damp at the start. Our lovely Run Director was getting the proceeding off just before eight and the rain started, along with a double rainbow that made it all worthwhile! Pauline was skilfully assisted this week by the following: Joshua CALLAN, Ron CROWHURST, Martin HARRAP, Katrina HOLDER, Jim KETTLEWELL, Dennis LANGFORD, Kay LENGYEL, Mark LEWRY, Michelle LEWRY, Peter MINSON, Nadia MORGAN, Darren NISBET, Jan SHERLEY, Max SMITH, and Ricardo ZUCCHETTO.

It was great that we had all these volunteers on board well before the end of the week. Before we had even started yesterday’s run next week was ALREADY FULL!

First timers to our parkrun.

Of the 146 participants this week, YES 146, that up by a massive 34 from the previous week! We had the following 10 first timers   Brighton Mutepfe, Conrad Burson, Eric Burson, Graham Green, Jeff Burson, Joanna Wheway, Kate Burson, Phoebe Coers, Vivien Morgan and Whitney Coers. Welcome to parkrun. You know have a free ticket to any parkrun not only in New Zealand but the world.

Tourists: Being a holiday weekend we normally find a few of these “humans” around and we were not disappointed, this week with six at this week’s parkrun. Bruce Jenkins (207) who has mainly run at Kapiti Coast parkrun with 194, but I see that Ōtaki River parkrun is starting to add up. Olivia Krakosky (73) mainly a Lower Hutt runner, Darius Simpson (5) and Megan Simpson (5) who have done three others at Porirua parkrun, and welcome back after a break. Ruby Coers (4) welcome back after a long break its great to see you return to parkrun, and finally Holger Fiedler on three parkruns, good to see you all up at Whangarei.

Fastest times Male.

17:31 Darius Simpson

17:39 Allan Staite

18:14 Dwayne Collecutt

Fastest times female.

21:03 Denika Clooney

22:18 Ruby Coers

23:06 Kate Bajczyk

Top age grade male.

92.97 % Colin Thorne

Top age grade female.

76.18 %, Jill Sklenars

Most runs.

The numbers are getting up there with the number of runs they have done with the following way over 150 runs, 230 Jill Sklenars, 218 Andy Mears, 207 Bruce Jenkins, 195 Simon Charles, 176 Inthia Lindberg and 173 for Maureen Kettlewell.

The PB’s this week were achieved by the following 17 people,

19:07 Ben Watkins

20:46 Mark Turner

23:06 Kate Bajczyk

23:23 Shane Brearley

23:46Ruby Gray

24:46 Jill Sklenars

25:25 Katie Griggs

26:13 Maria Easterbrook

26:18 Bart Van Der Meer

30:14 Nadia De La Guerre

31:23 Elizabeth Cullen

31:46 Rebecca Rooney

33:56 Jen Mills

34:31 Ellen Maindonald

34:56 Lea Callan

42:39 Jessica Rooney

46:01 Tracey Clooney

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

Milestones go to Shane Mcinerney on 100, and Katie Griggs and Cecilia Vorster on 25.

Under the category of I am nearly there we have Simon Charles (195), Rob Dinsdale (97), Colin Thorne (97), Grant Macgregor (48), Tyler Watson (48) and Jack Koenen (24)

The following seven clubs were represented Athletics Masterton Inc, Athletics Whangarei Inc, Calliope Athletic & Harrier Club Inc., Hamilton Road Runners Inc, Hatea Run, Kapiti Running and Tri Club Inc, New Brighton Athletic Club Inc and parkrun World tourists.

Our 7938 parkruns this week between us, that 39690 km which is 9.922 times across Australia.

Other numbers this week relevant to the runners and volunteers this week we have

13 people in the Volunteer 25 Club

3 people in the Volunteer 50 Club

2 people in the Volunteer 100 Club

35 in the 50 Club

31 in the 100 Club

Finally, this week I wish to make reference to Andy Mears who will be your Report writer for the next couple of weeks and this week’s participation took him to 149 runs at Whangarei. Next time out he will be at 150 at Whangārei and on top of that he will soon be able to sport a 250 shirt. Well done I look forward to your words of wisdom next week.

If you wish to volunteer, please have a look at what is available and send an email to whangarei@parkrun.com

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



Whangarei parkrun # 282

Whangarei parkrun # 282

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I am reading a book called “The Lost Art of Running “at the moment and I wonder if it’s a case that we have lost the art of many other things in life? This is neither the forum and I really do not have time to worry about it because I have a number of other things, I wish to write about………………….

The return of Helen of the South Island………………..

The continued achievements of Colin………………….

How to be a good pacer…………………and not forgetting what makes you get out of bed on a Saturday morning?

More on all that later. Firstly, Saturdays parkrun here in Whangarei was attended by an incredible 112 runners, walkers and joggers. They all turned up to be greeted by Pauline Dinsdale as she took on the reins of the Run Director. This was her 37th time in this volunteer role, so one could say she knows what she is doing! She certainly does, with a good strong voice (who needs the microphone) she announced that the first timers and tourist briefing was about to start.

Dennis LANGFORD was up and ready to greet a total of nine first timers to our parkrun and hear what happens here on a Saturday morning, namely Amelia Brearley, Bart Van Der Meer, Jordyn Adams, Kevin Hart, Max Haberkorn, and Tracey Hale, welcome to parkrun. May this journey continue next week!

As for tourists, we had Emma Ross (18) who mainly runs at Lower Hutt, Alex Nicholson (3) who has done two others at Barry Curtis, we see it’s a case of welcome back after a long break, finally Taylor Reedy (2) who started their parkrun journey at Millwater. This week was just ONE SECOND slower than that run, not bad on a brand-new course to have almost the same time

Those of you that are regular parkrunners, know that parkruns cannot take place unless we have volunteers. These are great roles to take on and if you have never tried any or even wish to try a new one, remember the team can give you “training”. With technology these days it’s very easy to feel that you cannot do it, so have a look at a volunteer role and maybe “piggyback” for a week. The group this week was quite large as we had pacers and they included the following: Colin SMITH, Corrine LANGFORD, Darren NISBET, Dianne ZUCCHETTO, Geno MILNES, Jan SHERLEY, Jennie WELLWOOD, Jim KETTLEWELL, John KENT, Joshua CALLAN, Judith BRADSHAW, Kim CAIRNS, Maria EASTERBROOK, Martin HARRAP, Max SMITH, Michelle LEWRY, Rachel MILLER, Ricardo ZUCCHETTO, Ron CROWHURST and Shannon-Leigh WALKER.

On the last Saturday of the month, we have pacers and this week we had at 23 minutes (6 seconds over, times over or under) Geno MILNES, on 25 minutes (3 seconds under) Shannon-Leigh WALKER. Dianne ZUCCHETTO was at 28 minutes (12 seconds under) and finally Colin SMITH on a special time of 29.599 (14 seconds under)! They all did well, remember that the timing is done by two humans as they see you go past the two cones at the end and are not done by a computer chip on your bib number. That’s because parkrun is free and we do not have bibs.

Being a pacer is these days made a little easier with watches that can be set to times to suit the field. If you would like to have a pacer for other times so that you can improve, these can be arranged. Just send an email to whangarei@parkrun.com and we will work these in. You may even find that one of the parkrunners that you made friends with will work with you and create a “one on one” pacing session for you at any time. Plan, pace and perform!

Top age grade male

94.56 % Colin Thorne

79.43 % Allan Staite

73.34 %, Ian Birch

Top age grade female

75.29 % Jackie Grant

69.28 % Sarah Gibby

64.79 %, Debbie Monaghan

Most runs

Numbers are getting up there for these incredible runners 217 for Andy Mears, 194 Simon Charles, 189 Neville Bassett, 175 Inthia Lindberg, 164 Donna Bird, and 135 Antoinette Smith.

The PB’s this week were achieved by the following 16 people,

20:36 Alex Lang

21:30 John Benson

21:38 Al Aldabbagh

22:28 Glenn Fulton

23:42 Mark Callan

24:26 Erin Fowler

25:03 Peter Dixon

25:32 Nikki Land

26:17 Martin Harrap

27:13 Sean Kemball

27:18 Meltem Lang

27:30 Cecilia Vorster

27:43 Marcel Versfeld

32:14 James Macken

33:50 Shaun O'shea

36:21 Jen Mills

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

Well done to the following who achieved milestones; we had Dave Campbell (100), Sean Kemball (50), Shaun Fisher (25)

We have quite a few Up-and-coming milestones over the next month, be there to see them achieve these milestones. Namely Rob Dinsdale (96), Colin Thorne (96), Tae Chol Kim (95), Teresa Dunn (95), Tyler Watson (47), Shannon Leigh Walker (46), Margaret Crooke (45), Debbie Monaghan (24) and Cecilia Vorster (24).

At the beginning I posed a few statements that need answering,

The return of Helen of the South Island. She returned just for a few days and managed to get a run in. In fact, it was her 99th run at Whangarei out of the 102 so far achieved. Being in Nelson at the moment it is very difficult to do a parkrun as the nearest is Blenheim some 115 kms and 90 minutes one way! We look forward to seeing you back here soon to complete your 100th at your home parkrun.

The continued achievements of Colin! We have in the main two Colins at parkrun. I have already mentioned one, this time I wish to mention Colin Thorne. Colin is certainly a man to look up too, this Saturday was unfortunately the first anniversary of the passing of his wife. Time to reflex and we thank you Colin for coming along again taking the 5km in your stride. With only four “runs” to go towards the achievement of 100 and the Black shirt we look forward to this moment. With an age grade percentage sitting at 95.45% and the oldest parkrunner in NZ, we look forward to this achievement.

You are certainly and inspiration to every one of us young and old.

Dear friends thank you for reading and we hope that you have a great week in what is “Your world”.

Hoping that whatever makes you get out of bed on a Saturday morning, that you wake up in time to be part of Whangarei parkrun as we have a long weekend, coming up, see you 4th June ready for an off at 8am.

If you feel that its your time to volunteer send an email to whangarei@parkrun.com

As I write this report, we only need two marshals for the coming week!

More update news and this week’s pictures can be found on https://www.facebook.com/Whangareiparkrun a total of Four hundred and seventy-one shots by our two photographers!


Whangarei parkrun # 281

Whangarei parkrun number 281

It was just one of those days when a selection of humans arrived at Te Mate A Pohe Bridge Whangarei. Some arrived early at 7am to sweep the path, chalk a few messages and in general set up for the day. So that people can run, jog and walk around the 5km route that makes some people, turn up every week! On other occasions they go on holidays and of course see what they can achieve at other parkruns, (more on tourists later). This week we have a selection of not only runners, joggers and walkers, but also a selection of colour and monochrome photos. It’s great that the monochrome ones came out so fast, and we did not have to wait three weeks for them to be processed at the chemist and then find they were all out of focus! Our photographers, always get our good side, or as some people think “their more expressive side”!

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How was your day today? After last week’s rip-roaring successes with the rally cars, it was a little subdued, a cool start, that warmed up as the morning came to life. Kim CAIRNS, was again the Run Director and was assisted by Darren NISBET, Helen SMITH, Ines NEUBERT, Jan SHERLEY, Jennie WELLWOOD, Jim KETTLEWELL, Katrina HOLDER, Lea CALLAN, Maria EASTERBROOK, Martin HARRAP, Maureen KETTLEWELL, Michelle LEWRY, Rachel MILLER, Ricardo ZUCCHETTO, and Ron CROWHURST.



This was Kim’s second time as the RD and already well into the roll, getting the ball rolling with the welcome to our parkrun at 7:50. Maria, (a pro at the role), welcomed Erin Fowler to her first every parkrun and came in at 25:53. Well done see you next week we hope. Maria also introduced Jacques Poot (62) most runs at Hamilton Lake and a good selection also at University of Waikato, Isabel Buerschgens (61), mainly a Barry Curtis runner and just 9 seconds off her PB! Finally, Ben Buerschgens (53) also a Barry Curtis runner. Thank you to all for coming up to see us today.

It was then a case of the “formal” briefing by the RD, talking about all the normal stuff! That normal stuff is so important as we need to be reminded to say thank you to the volunteers, as we pass them, to keep left and take care as we pass others that maybe have no idea why there is suddenly a large group of people descending on them at speed! Its off to the start for the 115 participants and 3,2,1 and a push of the air horn...……. No Shout "START" instead, the air horn needs to be replaced for next week!

Fastest Males this week

Shiloh Rumbal 17:19 (Shiloh was just three seconds off his PB)

Allan Staite 18:04

Dwayne Collecutt 18:15

Fastest females this week

Bella Earl 20:55

Kate Bajczyk 23:19

Anna Gray 23:28

Fastest age grade Male

Colin b and W

94.25 % Colin Thorne

79.06 % Allan Staite

77.50 % John Kent

Fastest age grade Female

85.10 % Judith Bradshaw

75.15 % Jackie Grant

73.15 % Bella Earl

Most runs this week goes to Simon Charles just seven off the magic 200!

PB’s this week

21:58 Jack Whiting

23:19 Kate Bajczyk

23:21 Al Aldabbagh

26:21 Maria Easterbrook

26:24 Martin Harrap

27:55 Meltem Lang

27:56 Sean Kemball

28:13 Cecilia Vorster

30:14 Francesca Peacey

32:39 Rebecca Rooney

34:33 James Macken

38:07 Cindy Scholtz

43:05 Jessica Rooney


Mark Turner run 5km and achieved a very nice black T shirt and Michelle Lewry completed a fabulous 50 to be able to ordered a red T Shirt well done to you both.

Up and coming milestones

All being well next week Dave Campbell will be able to order his black T shirt as he got to 99 “not out” today and Sean Kemball will also be able to order a T shirt but it will be a Red one. Look forward to seeing you at parkrun next week

There were some regulars missing this week, the ones I know about are Dennis Langford who wandered off to Millwater down in Auckland. His 9th different parkrun and also Haydon Bell who was at Millwater again after some two and half years. We must not also forget Andy Mears; he has been back at Whangarei for the past three weeks and started on his “tourist” trail again by opting to go to Sherwood Reserve parkrun this week to be tail walker. But I understand that he may not have fulfilled the post according to some people on social media; I expect it’s all lies!

Hoping you all enjoyed yourselves. Its always good to go to another parkrun and if you see or hear something that you think would assist Whangārei, do not be afraid to talk with the Event Directors. We are all family and can assist each other to make the parkruns in New Zealand the best they can be.

We saw Jennie WELLWOOD back as a volunteer today, thank you for taking the time to volunteer after such a long break and we wish you all the very best as you venture back into the parkrun volunteering arena. Hoping to see you walking the 5km again very soon.


Today we saw that the participants  have completed “7107” parkruns that's 35,535km or seventeen times up and down NZ and 10% towards the moon! Whichever way you choose, then the team at Whangarei parkrun wish you all the best for the upcoming week. Do what you have to do; do the best you can and see you for an eight am start again next week!


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Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’ – the answer is usually YES.

Quote by Paul Tergat a Kenyan long-distance runner.


Whangarei parkrun #280

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 280

14 May 2022

The Whangarei Rally..All getting airborne! And A New Age Grade Record for Colin!!

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It all kicked off on Friday evening on Pohe Island amidst much excitement..but not many seemed to have been told about the early morning event in the Whangarei Rally this morning which also started at Te Matau a Pohe Bridge. After investigation, the stewards inquiry concluded that the maintenance work done was satisfactory and therefore it was safe to return to the normal route , thus avoiding all those horrible undulations that caused so much vexation to some last week.(No names mentioned MMM)

Before the starting grid could come into operation a new Run Director needed to be introduced. Kim Cairns was making her debut today, although not as a volunteer-in fact she earned her milestone shirt for having volunteered on 25 parkrun occasions today, so congratulations on that achievement, as well as becoming our latest RD Kim.

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Of course she is no stranger. Her flamboyant outfits on any opportune occasion are well known, as befits a lady with strong theatrical and musical connections-indeed she has worked as a volunteer at Forum North for some 25 years! Kim has been with us since 2016 with 66 runs here, and 72 in total. She has also run at Palmerston North, Gisborne, East End and Wanaka-where she enjoyed the beautiful scenery until the hill at the end of the run! Good luck in the new role Kim.

Helping Kim with everything around the starting grid, marshalling, equipment, finishing area aspects, results, photography etc were a well drilled team of high-viz heroes we also call volunteers. We thank you: Chris Bates; Ange Brearley; Joshua Callan; Simon Charles; Ron Crowhurst; Maria Easterbrook; Bevan Hand; Helen Jagger; Jim Kettlewell; Charlie Land; Nik Nisbeki Land; Michelle Lewry; Darren Nisbet; Max Smith and finally of course our two superb photographers Jan Sherley and (welcome back!) Ricardo Zucchetto. Run Reporter is Andy Mears, handing over next week to the older and wiser Martin Harrap.

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With a flurry of late pitstops, and a very clear briefing from the debutante RD 114 starters were on the grid ready to go. Conditions were excellent, visibility was good, although we did have assistance for Steve Bradley ( a visually impaired runner) with his guide dog, provided by Ron Crowhurst. There was no need for a safety car, and even Uncle Colin , so effective last week did not have to get on his bike again!

Environmentalists will be delighted to know that noise levels were kept to a minimum..Well, there may have been some huffing and puffing here and there but..least said about that the better I feel. Moving swiftly on.. Fuel consumption?

Again this seemed very efficient! All models came  readily fuelled and took advantage of the opportunity to take on board extras immediately after they completed their 5k circuit at Christies Pitstop. Varied amounts of supplies were involved.. all were very conscious of tidiness and recycling.

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No crashes or accidents were reported on the circuit

Among the teams represented, we welcomed back Team Zucchetto: Dianne running, Ricardo snapping with his camera. Among the missing were Team Smith-Greenwood.Helen and Paul were continuing their NZ tour exploits, today they were in Otaki completing their 30th of 37 NZ parkruns! That was great timing too, because it meaant they were there for Event director Mark O'Sullivan's 400'th (yes!, 400th!) parkrun. Congrats all round seem in order..! Team Earl were also missed today

First Timers

Welcome to Meltern Lang ; Al Aldabbagh; Ben Watkins;Matthew Watkins; Malcolm Wade who all took the brave step of running their very first parkrun and collecting their first finish token here at Whangarei ..now what happens? Hopefully we, or one of our sister parkruns see you again because you enjoyed your morning! It can be habit forming..

Welcome also to Blair Tupp who was running his 136th parkrun, but his first here. Normally he runs at Hamilton Lake, we are the 4th NZ venue he has visited.Hope it was worth the journey North Blair.


Ange Brearley and Maria Easterbrook completed their 50th parkruns this week.

Ange first ran with us in 2020 and has 19 parkruns at Whangarei, having previously run in Queensland , Australia.Sorry about the picture Ange-only one on the day I could find!!

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Maria just recently earned her 25th volunteer  shirt and is thrilled to earn her red milestone for 50 parkruns, especially having done so with a PB today!

Congratulations ladies, now for that black shirt!!

Personal Bests

13 speedsters achieved new PBs today.Maria has already been mentioned, and the Brearley name too-but not Shane! He ran a best today while Ange was tail walking..

Already also mentioned Steve Bradley, but happily going to mention him again as this was his first outing for a few weeks, but he now has 3 successive personal bests. Great work!

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Good to see Cindy Scholtz achieving a new best too, although it's only 5 weeks since the last one!

Denika Clooney led the ladies home in only her second run here, and did so with a best time, well run!

Jen Mills also on her second run here improved her time., congrats Jen.

Congratulations also to Alex Lang; James Macken; Kayden Kim; Marcel Versfield; Mark Callan; Rhys Angelo Jones; and Sean Parker who all improved their previous bests.

 The Models Made For Speed

The Rally makes no distinction, it's open to all. We always stress that it's not a race, but inevitably there is always interest in who got home first. To satisfy curiosity then, the details are as follows:

The Ladies Models:

1. Denika Clooney: Running as a junior, in just her second parkrun but first lady home!

2. Debbie Monaghan: Welcome back! First run here for a year, and second lady home!

3. Shannon-Leigh Walker: Running just her 5th time at Whangarei, another podium!

Very impressive performances from all three ladies.

The Male Models:

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2. Ben Winder: Back after a 44 week gap, straight into second place..

3. Ben Watkins: Another impressive junior-first time out, third home!!

Not to be outdone, the men produced some impressive performances too!

Age Graded Performance:

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2. Judith Bradshaw                 84.88%

3. Clasina Van Der Veeken      84.53%    (76.52%)

The two 90plus runners refuse to yield! Colin set a new age grade record for Whangarei!! Both improved on last week too! Let's not forget to congratulate the ever consistent Judith too..

'Re-Conditioned' Models

Out there in our rally whether participating or volunteering, there were a number of parkrunners who are at various stages of comebacks  from lets call it 'repairs and maintenance' of some sort. Apologies if you get missed out, but ones I know of who I'd like to give a shout to include : Teresa Dunn; Maureen Kettlewell; Jim Kettlewell; and Emma Watson. Also a mention for Jennie Wellwood who was around today and has volunteered for next week and is also in the process of recovery. Best wishes to all those mentioned ! Jennie is pictured with daughter Dianne.

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The End Of The Rally

Co-Driver Martin Harrap resumes control of the wheel for the next three weeks, although he has kept his hand in-he wrote the Run Report for Millwater parkrun yesterday-blind! Well done M for volunteering and helping out a fellow parkrun in need. Their message yesterday showed it was clearly much appreciated.You can find him in the photo below..somewhere.. I leave you in his good hands-no curved balls from me!

#Love parkrun

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Whangarei parkrun #279

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 279

7 May 2022

NZ parkrun's Tenth Anniversary

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Little Miss parkrun had had such an exciting day, despite everything they did to try and spoil it, the meanies! The thing was, it was her big cousin's 10th birthday in Lower Hutt today, but it was imposssible for all the whanau to go there, so it was agreed that we would stay home and celebrate at our own places-all 37 of them!! Party across the nation..

Little Miss was so excited about having all her friends to dress up in bright colours and come and run riot round the loop.. Then Uncle Martin got sick! Sadly he would not be able to come. Little Miss was very sad to hear that because she knew her Uncle really wanted to be hear for a big 100th celebration as well as the 10th one!

Then came news that maintenance men were causing a nuisance on the little bridge that was usually on the first part of where Little Miss's friends run! They had fences that were like chicanes! only one runner at a time could  get through the gap! Oh no! What now? But Uncle Ron wasn't going to have Little Miss's day ruined! He spotted the problem , and made some calls and he had 'plan B': 'The Alternate Course'. He called Uncle Colin, the younger Colin, and told him to get on his bike! He needed him to lead the runners round the route, using his electronic bike- he should be able to stay in front..Colin agreed to take up the challenge.Uncle Ron got up with the sparrows and , armed with coloured chalk, he marked the route for the riotous runners to follow..

By the time Simon Charles RD called 'Lets get this party started' (or words to that effect) the course was marked out, marshalls were in place , timekeepers were ready, token givers, barcode scanners, they were all ready to party...even Colin was on his bike! Jan was under bigger pressure than usual because Ricardo had disappeared off to Blenheim wine tasting...no, sorry, watching Dianne run in the St Clair event. By coincidence Helen and Paul Smith were also in Blenheim, but they were at the local parkrun.

Simon's party army of volunteers consisted of:Kim Cairns;Joshua Callan;Lea Callan; Ron Crowhurst; Pauline Dinsdale; Bevan Hand; Jim Kettlewell; Andy Mears; Peter Minson; Nadia Morgan; Shannon Morgan; Darren Nisbet; Jan Sherley; Colin Smith; Max Smith and Colin Thorne. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Little Miss did notice one gap in the volunteer roster, maybe because of what she's noticed on her travels. There were no cakes for the anniversary!! At Sherwood Reserve, she has her Aunty Helen who always bakes amazing cakes. At Queenstown there's Aunty Wendy who is so amazing she's been on Bake-off on Tv!! Anyone else agree that Whangarei needs a cake volunteer plan..?

So with no first time visitors this week, 117people Little Miss' and friends set out when Simon RD said we could! 62 men and 55 ladies.

Personal Bests

These suffered today, probably .because of those maintenance men! Sneaky Uncle Ron sent all the riotous runners round the alternate course  with all those undulations and it seems to have taken its' toll!!  Interestingly none of those who achieved a PB have run more than 7 times here at Whangarei before! Anyway congratulations to the 13 who did, they were:

-Allan Staite, running for the fourth time here scored a PB and was first home! Well run! The remaining 12 split as follows

-Second run:Barry Mills;;Alex Lang;Johannes Van den Broek;;Juanito Bergado

Third run:Shaun O'Shea ; Corbett Rumney; Jessica Rooney

Fourth run:Joel Garces; Elizabeth Cullen

Fifth run: Dion McCracken; Sherie Pullman

Seventh run: Marcel Versfield

Well done to all of you who conquered what Maria thought was a hilly course..(Don't worry M hopefully the maintenance men will be finished during the coming week and we'll be back to the normal course for your milestone run. Speaking of which..



On a big birthday for New Zealand parkrun, one of our 'real characters' was celebrating a big one too: Mark Lewry reached 100 this week and celebrated by running with his friend Maria Easterbrook who will be celebrating her 50th next week. She nearly paced him under 29 minutes, but maybe he's saving that for next week? So they will be claiming black and red milestone shirts respectively. Congratulations Mark on lots of hard running...literally!!

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Age Graded-Guests of Honour!

Little Miss would like to thank a couple of special guests who came to her party. The top lady in Age Grade Performance was Clasina Van Der Veeken, scoring 76.52 %..running in age group 90-94!! That's her first outing since April 2021 and we're delighted to welcome her back! Here's to many more!!

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Top male was the evergreen Colin Thorne (85.73%)  who was tail-walking this week on his 93rd parkrun with daughter Pauline.He's now just 7 away from his much sought after black milestone. Go Colin!

Has any other parkrun got two amazing athletes to match Clasina and Colin? 2 very special guests at our celebration.

John Kent (81.07%) and Allan Staite were second and third in age grade listings.

Little Miss parkrun's  Fast and Furious friends...

The Girls:

1. Bella Earl..who else, 4th overall.

2. Kim Westbrook

3. Shannon-Leigh Walker

The Boys:

1. Allan Staite: 4th run her, first home, and a PB-awesome!

2. Francois Joubert

3. Patrick Dravitzki .only his second run here, but finished third overall

Little Miss noticed some of her younger friends doing some amazing things and wanted to mention them..In the youngest age group, both Benjamin Oxford and Ava Van Den Broek whizzed round-congratulations both of you! She was also impressed at the number of people who took up the invitation to dress up in colours for the occasion, and has selected some of her favourite pictures from the day of some personalities who made her day!

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Congratulations to Lower Hutt parkrun, several of whose runners we know, right back from the inaugural run here. congratulations on your 10th anniversary and on being the place where it all started here in NZ..

We missed co- Event Director  Martin who was very sad to miss the 10 year parkrun anniversary, as well as his good friend Mark's 100th run due to health reasons. Get well soon Martin, wee hope to see you back very soon, fully restored to good health!

Footnote: Little Miss may have been a little confused: For the avoidance of any doubt, please be clear that the 100th and 50th referred to in respect of Mr Lewry and Ms Easterbrook refer to the number of parkruns completed, not birthdays. sorry for any confusion...

The Respectful Martin will be back run Reporting VERY soon. Do not fret.


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Whangarei parkrun #278

Whangarei parkrun
Event number 278

30 April 2022

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Father McKenzie
Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near….

Actually he wasn’t really even writing a sermon!  That was the least of his worries. The truth is he was a volunteer and he’d promised to write the Run Report for the week. He was nervous about producing within the required timescale. He had only volunteered to do the job because the usual prominent writer , Brother Martin, was going away to spread the word in another parkrun parish called Owairaka who were apparently celebrating their 50th event. That meant Whangarei needed to send someone important to say congratulations in person. He excelled himself, gave them his best, and achieved a personal best for himself-congratulations bro! Brother Martin sets a high standard of writing and timeliness..Consequently  the poor volunteer substitute's nerves were frayed already. Don’t forget there was also Cardinal Ron to contend with…!!

The pay wasn’t good for being a volunteer..in fact you do the role for love, for pure enthusiasm. In fairness he did know that beforehand and he wasn’t alone! Oh no, others took on far greater responsibility as volunteers too. Take the Revered Simon Charles for example: he had overall responsibility for all things Whangarei  parkrun on the day! He was supported by: Ian Birch; Damian Mills; Mark Anderson; Katrina Holder; Samara Holder; Helen Smith; Lea Callan; Joshua Callan; Michelle Lewry; Janet Dale; Maria Easterbrook; Dennis Langford and Andy Mears; photographers Jan Sherley and Ricardo Zucchetto; and of course Cardinal Ron. Blessed are the high viz orange crew...we are eternally grateful..

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In addition at this time each month it is felt that the flock will benefit from guidance given by pacers, for blessed are the pink (and apricot!) clad, provided this month by Dianne Zucchetto; Shannon Leigh-Walker and Dennis Langford. The pink group are official pacers, but he apricot Cardinal makes  up his own rules and if he chooses to help pace the flock, he is free to do so, and often does because he's helpful and caring.. like Cardinals are!

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We are of course very appreciative of our volunteers-no volunteers, no service! The list is full for next Saturday which is wonderful . Please do consider putting your name down on the roster for future weeks.

Rev. Simon’s responsibility cannot be underestimated! With 12 non-running volunteers and 126 runners/Joggers Walkers he was carrying pastoral responsibility for a flock of  138 yesterday .The job is not without challenges..

How could  he solve a problem like Maria? Well, start by giving her a job to do! Sister Maria Easterbrook volunteered to do the First Timers  Briefing (thanks!) We had 5 new ‘parishioners’ arriving for their very first visit as well as 4 visitors from other parkrun parishes. Those who were completely new were:Barry Mills Duncan Innes, Jace Griffin, Lydia Aydon, and Pat Kalin. Hopefully you enjoyed the morning, because we would love to see you come back and join us again on another Saturday in the future.

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Four visitors from other parishes were:

Rosamund Britton and Raymond Lucas from Hobsonville; Allan Staite who has attended both Hagley and Pegasus; and Sue Pothecary from Gisborne. Again, welcome to Whangarei, the Northernmost parkrun in NZ with a unique bridge that behaved itself for you this week! We hope you enjoyed your visit..


The Revered Simon called for silence from the congregation and delivered a few notices , which included certificates for milestone achievers.Carolyn Smith running her 50th and earning her red milestone shirt. Janet Dale was completing both her 50th parkrun and her 25th volunteering stint thus two shirts, red and purple,  in one swoop.Finally Ruby Peterson was completing her 10th parkrun meaning she earns her white milestone shirt. Congratulations ladies!

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It should also be noted in passing here that Cardinal Ron and Brother Martin organized a trial run of an alternate route for our parkrun last Monday afternoon which attracted several interested runners and walkers. That was appreciated by the parishioners, thank you!. Feedback has been generally positive.

Ultimately at around 8am Revered Simon said ‘Vamos’ (or words to that effect) and the weekly procession began. Please be sure to note it would be most unseemly to call it a race..

It is always good to provide encouragement to parishioners, so when they achieve new personal bests it is important to recognize and give praise! Congratulations then this week to the 12 men and 6 lady achievers…

Personal bests (PBs):

20:29 - m - Ben Jagger

22:50 -  f  - Caroline Baddock

24:28 - m - Casper Kandori

25:30 - m - Christopher Delos Santos

28:49 - m - Corbett Rumney

27:40 - m - Eden Fifeland

32:17 -  f  - Elizabeth Cullen

40:23 -  f  - Inhee Kim

22:42 - m - Jacob Mills

40:36 - m - Joel Garces

21:52 - m - John Benson

20:13 - m - Joseph Oxford

17:45 - m - Joshua Thorburn

21:59 -  f  - Kay Lengyel

26:45 -  f  - Maria Easterbrook

35:46 -  f  - Ruby Peterson

28:06 - m - Shannon Morgan

34:35 - m - Shaun O'shea

Congratulations to all! Cardinal Ron (The secret apricot pacer) successfully coached and coaxed Sister Maria (Easterbrook) to another PB. He was also the fastest of 4 men running in his age group, while Sis Maria was fastest of 8 ladies in her age bracket Praise be!! 4 out of the 5 Earl family members were fastest in their respective age groups..

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Young Eden Fifeland made great use of 28min pacer Dianne Zucchetto, tracking her round the course then  with a late burst grabbed his PB. Well run Eden, and good pace work Dianne!

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For Parish Record purposes, the processions were led home by:


1. Bella Earl

2. Kaylee Earl

3. Kay Lengyel



1. Joshua Thorburn

2. Alan Staite

3. Francois Joubert


Age Graded Performance

may22 121. Judith Bradshaw                             86.14%

2. Bella Earl                                       85.79%

3. John Kent                                       80.95%



Other Parkrun News

-Sherwood Reserve parkrun, one of the nearest parkrun parishes to us restarted this week, meaning all 37 New Zealand parkruns are now back fully operational. Welcome back to our friends at Sherwood, which is of course home to Scott Arrol who is responsible for introducing Scottairplanes to parkrun.

-At Lower Hutt, Martin O’Sullivan completed his 450th parkrun. One year or so away from earning his blue 500 milestone shirt. Congratulations Martin!


And there endeth what was mistaken for the sermon.. Its the first one written for a while, so probably a bit rusty. Sadly the collection plate went missing at the end of the procession, so if anyone saw it please let Cardinal Ron know..

It isn't until you are away from parkrun that you fully appreciate it's magic, its people, its pure happiness..Thanks!

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Fret not readers, for Brother Martin will be back writing soon and salvation from this waffle will be swift ..well, after two more episodes.

If anyone is scratching their heads about those opening lines, they are of course from The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby.

See you next week..



Whangarei parkrun 277 the story continues……

Whangarei parkrun # 277

This eBook is a continuation of a very successful story written by, many over the years. This short but comprehensive work will cover the following; Chapter 1 Todays run, Chapter 2 Our People and finally the Epilogue

Chapter 1 Todays run

A beautiful start to the two hundred and seventy-seventh start of the Whangarei parkrun. This long-standing event was already when I arrived at 07:10! Yes, already set up by Dennis Langford our RD for the second week running. He loved it so much that he got up early to retrieved a barcode that was “magpied” off site last week. (Editors note, think we should put GPS trackers in these to stop people taking them more that 100 metres from the finish!)

Along with all the parkrun “stuff” the Hatea Harriers where also setting up as a promotion of this very successful group. If you did not have time to catch up with them today, have a look at either or both of these websites. https://hatea.run/ & the Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/HateaRun

It now 7:50 and it’s time for Dennis to announce that the first Timers briefing is about to take place Janet DALE was the volunteer in this role today and she had a busy time with the following new to parkrun, Andrew Botha, Chloe Ann Botha, Corbett Rumney, Denika Clooney, Heston Clooney, Jane Atkinson, Jane Hazelton, Joe Walker, John Easterbrook, Juanito Bergado, Liam Botha, Natalie Willcox, Sean Parker, Shaun O'shea and Yvette Ferreira Botha. Welcome to your first parkrun and we look forward to seeing you next week as you start your journey into parkrun. Remember the ticket you have (The Barcode is a world-wide FREE ticket to any parkrun in the world).

We also welcomed the following from other parkruns namely, Rob Pidgeon (51) who mainly runs at a beautiful place called Curl Curl parkrun. 18 km North of Sydney and more about Rob later in the chapter. Stacey Pidgeon (35) also mainly at Curl Curl. Ashley Petherick (51) just 5km West of Bristol (UK) who has mostly run at Ashton Court and finally Kylie Hogg (41) who runs mainly at Cornwall parkrun but seems to also like Owairaka parkrun. Thank you for choosing Whangarei to add to your tourism of the many parkruns around the world.

Dennis continued his second session as the RD, by getting us to stand of the grass and be briefed in the only way Dennis can with some serious bits and some not so serious bits. It was sad that we had to remind people that although you may have heard the same stuff for 276 other times some people have not. Please be kind and refrain from discussing things just for the five minutes so that the RD can remind us all about the bridge, the dogs, the prams, the under elevens, the crossed arms, the volunteers, the sponsors and of course the beverages at the end.

Talking of volunteers, we also had the following to assist Dennis today, Cindy SCHOLTZ, Clinton MCGREGOR, Darren NISBET, Ian BIRCH, Ian DALE, Ian KLEINGELD, Jan SHERLEY, Jeremy BROWNE, Katrina HOLDER, Martin HARRAP, Michelle LEWRY, Ricardo ZUCCHETTO, Ron CROWHURST, and Samara HOLDER.

Special mention should be made of Clinton MCGREGOR who normally takes part at Logan River just outside Brisbane. He happened to be visiting people in Whangarei and could step in as a Timekeeper, we thank you for the expertise in this position that allowed us to have a parkrun today. More on this later, but remember one timekeeper is getting a bit tight as if something goes wrong then EVERYBODIES TIME COULD BE 59:59!

It now 07:59 and Dennis gets the 136 to the starting grid. (Yes, One hundred and thirty-six runners the highest since 14th August last year and another rise on last week. Long may this continue!)

We are at the start, a little bit of jostling for “poll position” and its Go, Go, Go (To those of you who did not have any idea of the start procedure today have a look at this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EHIHoAh6Rs, it will explain everything you wished to know about Formula One!)

Is it going to be one of those days will the bridge stay, down, how many PB’s will we have who will be trying to trip up Scott!

The numbers this week

Top three men were as follows

Rob Pidgeon 18:05

Ryan Gray 20:01

Tommy Earl 20:01

I told you earlier that Rob would pop up again, what a speed machine, just 26 seconds outside his PB, which he achieved on the 5th March this year at his home parkrun, well done.

Top three woman were as follows

Bella Earl 19:48

Ange Brearley 23:19

Denika Clooney 24:00

Top males by percentage

Colin Thorne 88.17 %

Steve Fairley 83.21 %

Adrian Earl 75.02 %

Top females by percentage

Bella Earl 77.27 %

Jackie Grant 73.62 %

Janet Dale 73.22 %

Most runs

213 Andy Mears

184 Neville Bassett

169 Steve Fairley

161 Pauline Dinsdale

160 Donna Bird

158 Sarah Garner

Personal bests this week:

23:19 Ange Brearley

29:05 Cecilia Vorster

26:15 Christopher Delos Santos

34:55 Harry Easterbrook

22:58Jacob Mills

20:49 Mark Turner

52:13 Sherie Pullman

48:20 Tracey Clooney

A PB is about YOU and its great that you achieved it, well done.

This week’s Milestones in a Kilometre world!

Francois Joubert (150)

Brad Gray (150)

Corrine Langford (50)

The following will soon gain new t shirts namely Mark Turner, Mark Lewry, Ange Brearley, Janet Dale, Carolyn Smith and Ruby Peterson

The runners “run” the jogger’s “jog” and the walkers “walk” and folks that’s about it. It all gently glued every week together by VOLUNTEERS.

Chapter 2 Our People.

Over the years we have seen people come and go at parkrun. It all depends on where “you” are at when you wish to start your journey and if that journey is from week to week with little or no breaks or a journey that has many ups and downs.

We ALL, come to a point about exercise that can make other people think, wow, I wish I could do that. But please remember, that its about you, you may have somebody at parkrun or in life in general, who you look up to and want to be like them. You see them running away from you each week and although you try and get the edge on them it does not happen. With some extra running/walking you can achieve; it takes time and determination. There are many members of Hatea Harriers and Whangarei parkrun, who have helped me over the years, with my breathing, how to run, what they feel are the best running shoes etc. One only has to listen, take out of it what you want, but remember to listen.

At this point I want to name a few people, firstly Ron Crowhurst, as an Event Director, he has a passion to assist people through their “running career” (I use the word running to cover running and jogging as it may be a case of jogging first followed by running).

Then we come to Colin Thorne, now you talk to Colin and you find out that he has run, many marathons and half marathons. Colin turns up and walks the 5km with passion, that goes way passed his “age”! Readers I mentioned that word “age” it is really just a number, and as long as you respect it and work on it, then you too can keep going.

Next, I wish to mention Andy Mears, when I first started on my parkrun journey, Andy had many “runs” under his belt and although we had differences with who we support in the EPL, it was a case that Andy has a passion about parkrun.

Being a “parkrun Countryman”, goes to show that he has loads of knowledge about parkruns not only in NZ but across the Ditch and in a few other countries as well. He can tell you about this route and that route and is well known at many of the runs that I have been too. A few weeks ago, he was whisked off to Auckland to have major heart surgery.

The last run he did was back on the 22nd January 2022; a lot has happened since then and we have all missed many parkruns because of Covid. Talking with him last week he walked about 2 km from the start to the turn around point and back to the start………………… this week he walked all 5km! To say well done is not really cutting it, that is a fantastic achievement and I trust that you have a great rest this afternoon. As a true parkrun man, I can announce that at least for the next two weeks you will have his skills with the “key board” to write the Report. He has many words of wisdom under his belt and I feel sure that there are many more to come.

The last person I wish to make comment about is a young mum, who was at parkrun today, (I do not wish to name her as I have not asked permission to write anything), I just wanted to say it was fantastic to hear that she returned to parkrun just a few days after having a baby!

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, THERE IS NO EXCUSE NOT TO BE AT NEXT WEEKS parkrun!

See you at Whangarei parkrun, or wherever you heart desires to complete your goals in you parkrun journey.


An epilogue is a section of writing at the end that takes place outside of the setting, perspective, or frame of the story. It’s often intended to provide closure and resolution by explaining what happens after the main narrative arc has come to an end. As it’s in the main body of the text, the epilogue is still part of the story.

This part will be published over the next few days as the writer has to work on some research!

All I can say is it’s about Volunteers.

Thank you for the last few weeks as your Report writer and I leave you in the hands of Andy Mears for the next few weeks.

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