parkrun NZ Stats 08/04/2023

parkrun NZ Attendance and Milestone Stats for April 8, 2023.

In New Zealand there were 41 parkruns with 5889 (+1069) parkrunners and 580 (+27) volunteers, plus any pending results.

In brief

797 (+395) people got their parkrun barcode this week

419 (+153) ran their first parkrun this week

849 (+175) achieved personal bests this week

58 (+20) volunteered for the first time

36 (-3) new age category records were set

11 (+9) runners recorded sub-17 finishes

The average finish time in New Zealand increased to 31:28.

There were two new course records this week. Luke Mitchell ran 15:58 at Wanaka and Poppy Martin ran 18:46 at Whakatane Gardens.

The top age graded runner was Colin Thorne at Whangarei with a time of 55:32, 108.43% in the VM95-99 age group.


17 parkrunners joined the J10 club

39 parkrunners joined the 25 club

17 parkrunners joined the 50 club

12 parkrunners joined the 100 club:

  • Anderson: Sally Houliston
  • Blenheim: Kerry Register
  • Cornwall Park: Kim Dirks, Jackie Vulinovich
  • Flaxmere: Alan Barnard
  • Hagley: Lindsey King, David Rice
  • Hamilton Lake: Brent Standon
  • Millwater: Karen Mumme
  • Owairaka: Carrie Austin, Tony Austin
  • Western Springs: Karl Crosby

4 parkrunners joined the 250 club

  • Barry Curtis: Gareth Jess
  • Cornwall Park: Tony Coombe
  • Foster: Allan Hooper
  • Hagley: Sophie Pitt

5 parkrunners joined the V25 club: Dwaine Faletanoai, Barbara Scholes, Penelope Burkhardt, Janet Shorland and Susan Harpur.

* V50, V100 and V250 milestones aren’t recorded in the same way, so if you know of others please let me know either in the comments below or email runswithabarcode@gmail.com.


Biggest New Zealand parkruns: Millwater (248), Cornwall Park (283), Hagley (505).

Smallest NZ parkruns: Gisborne (35), Russell Park (33), Hamilton Park (24).

Of the New Zealand parkruns that took place both last week and this week:

30 parkruns had higher attendance

11 parkruns had lower attendance

The biggest increase in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Hagley, with a change of 154.

The biggest increase in attendance (by percentage change) was Taupō with a change of 120%.

The biggest drop in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Gisborne with a change of -39.

The biggest drop in attendance (by percentage change) was Gisborne with a change of -53%.

Attendance Records

Anderson 171 (up from 161, February 15 2020)

East End 165 (up from 138, 21 September 2019)

Taupō 207 (up from 161, 7 January 2023)

Whanganui Riverbank 84 (up from 83, 11 July 2020)

NZ Anniversaries

Russell Park (1)



PBs & First Timers

The most PBs were at Hagley (68), Waitangi (47), Lower Hutt (41), Cornwall (34) and Hamilton Lake (34).

The most PBs by percentage of field was Hamilton Park (9 or 38%), Broad Park (33 or 28%), Greytown Woodside Trail (19 or 23%), Ara Harakeke (32 or 23%) and Waitangi (47 or 22%).

The most first timers were at Waitangi (135), Queenstown (85), Hagley (69), Taupo (64) and Cornwall (58).

The most first timers by percentage of field was at Waitangi (135 or 64%), Lake2Lake Trail (26 or 54%), Queenstown (85 or 45%), Western Springs (47 or 35%) and East End (57 or 35%).

The fastest among us

The 18 fastest females in New Zealand by age category, in pace order, were:

  1. Emily Roughan (SW25-29) running East End in 17:26 setting herself a new PB.
  2. Hannah Oldroyd (VW35-39) running Pegasus in 17:29.
  3. Harriet Kingston (SW30-34) running Hagley in 18:33 setting herself a new PB.
  4. Tina Cox (VW40-44) running Hagley in 18:44 setting herself a new PB.
  5. Poppy Martin (JW15-17) running Whakatane Gardens in 18:46 for the first time.
  6. Lisa Brignull (VW45-49) running Hagley in 19:38.
  7. Hannah Wade (JW11-14) running Ara Harakeke in 21:01 setting herself a new PB.
  8. Julia Tully (VW50-54) running Wanaka in 21:06.
  9. Betty Harp (VW60-64) running Waitangi in 21:17 for the first time.
  10. Naomi Richardson (JW10) running Waitangi in 21:21 for the first time.
  11. Michellie Gourlay (SW20-24) running Greytown Woodside Trail in 21:30 setting herself a new PB.
  12. Suzanne Mackie (VW55-59) running Hagley in 21:33.
  13. Michele Allison (VW65-69) running Waitangi in 21:36 for the first time.
  14. Haven Drinnan (SW18-19) running Pegasus in 21:41.
  15. Christine Sewell (VW70-74) running Hagley in 27:11.
  16. Diana Kittow (VW80-84) running Russell Park in 33:04.
  17. Jill Leemen (VW75-79) running Waitangi in 33:52 for the first time.
  18. Clasina Van Der Veeken (VW90-94) running Whangarei in 52:46.

The 19 fastest males in New Zealand by age category, in pace order, were:

  1. Oska Baynes (SM30-34) running Hagley in 14:56.
  2. Luke Mitchell (SM25-29) running Wanaka in 15:58 for the first time.
  3. Joel Carman (SM20-24) running Taupo in 16:37 for the first time.
  4. Mark Moore (VM35-39) running Waitangi in 16:42 for the first time.
  5. Aj Cornwall (VM45-49) running Palmerston North in 17:03.
  6. Ben Scott (JM15-17) running Invercargill in 17:05.
  7. Troy Harold (VM50-54) running Millwater in 17:06.
  8. Kelvin Meade (VM40-44) running Balclutha in 17:43 for the first time.
  9. Grant Mclean (VM55-59) running Waitangi in 17:50 for the first time.
  10. Nikko Kelly (JM11-14) running Tauranga in 17:59 setting himself a new PB.
  11. Oliver Young (SM18-19) running Dunedin in 18:51 setting himself a new PB.
  12. Bruce Edwards (VM60-64) running Puarenga in 18:57.
  13. Pablo Stewart (JM10) running Taupo in 20:04 setting himself a new PB.
  14. Keith Chapman (VM70-74) running Ara Harakeke in 21:05 for the first time.
  15. John Jinks (VM65-69) running Blenheim in 21:24 setting himself a new PB.
  16. Ron Crowhurst (VM75-79) running Whangarei in 24:58.
  17. Selwyn James Parker (VM80-84) running Lake2Lake Trail in 29:42.
  18. Neil Holland (VM85-89) running Puarenga in 53:53.
  19. Colin Thorne (VM95-99) running Whangarei in 55:32.

Record breakers

There were 34 age category records broken this week:

Top 100 Countrymen can be viewed here.

Thanks to Paul Ellis for extra stats.

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