parkrun NZ Stats 11/03/2023

parkrun NZ Attendance and Milestone Stats for March 11, 2023.

In New Zealand there were 40 parkruns with 5300 (+178) parkrunners and 528 (-7) volunteers, plus any pending results.

In brief

434 (+29) people got their parkrun barcode this week

350 (+66) ran their first parkrun this week

840 (+154) achieved personal bests this week

45 (-) volunteered for the first time

22 (+1) new age category records were set.

6 (-5) runners recorded sub-17 finishes

The average finish time in New Zealand increased to 31:26.

There were no new course records this week.

The top age graded runner was Colin Thorne at Whangarei with a time of 53:53, 111.75% in the VM95-99 age group.


18 parkrunners joined the J10 club

35 parkrunners joined the 25 club

25 parkrunners joined the 50 club

12 parkrunners joined the 100 club:

  • Ara Harakeke: Michael Daffon
  • Blenheim: Jenny Owen
  • Broad Park: Toby Wales
  • Cornwall Park: Sian Dawson
  • East End: Daniel Coombes
  • Hagley: Hayden Walls, Andrea Katsipis
  • Hamilton Lake: Angela Clifford-Marsh, Peter Clifford-Marsh, Devon Bree, Delwyn McNamara
  • Lower Hutt: Samantha Bovey
  • Whangarei: Huriana Collecutt

2 parkrunners joined the 250 club

  • Barry Curtis: Erika Whiteley
  • Kapiti Coast: Tony Farmer

6 parkrunners joined the V25 club: Pam Shilton, Shelly Edwards, Denise Hare, Nathan Heaver, Michelle Knight and Annmaree MacGregor.

Jan Cadwallender achieved her v50 at Trentham Memorial, Dan Joe achieved his v100 at Lower Hutt.

* 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: Hamilton Lake (262), Cornwall Park (277), Hagley (536).

Smallest NZ parkruns: Russell Park (27), Lake2Lake Trail (26), Hamilton Park (13).

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

22 parkruns had higher attendance

17 parkruns had lower attendance

Tauranga had the same attendance as last week with 166.

The biggest increase in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Lower Hutt, with a change of 46.

The biggest increase in attendance (by percentage change) was Balclutha with a change of 54%.

The biggest drop in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Western Springs with a change of -34.

The biggest drop in attendance (by percentage change) was Hamilton Park with a change of -46%.

Attendance Records


NZ Anniversaries




PBs and First Timers

The most PBs were at Hagley (88), Lower Hutt (51), Millwater (51), Ara Harakeke (45) and Foster (41).

The most PBs by percentage of field was Ara Harakeke (45 or 32%), Whakatane Gardens (11 or 28%), Foster (41 or 25%), University of Waikato (18 or 25%) and Broad Park (26 or 24%).

The most first timers were at Queenstown (73), Hagley (66), Cornwall (42), Western Springs (42) and Palmerston North (31).

The most first timers by percentage of field was at Lake2Lake Trail (18 or 69%), Queenstown (73 or 57%), Wanaka (27 or 33%), Taupo (29 or 29%) and Broad Park (30 or 28%).

The Fastest Among Us

The 20 fastest females in New Zealand by age category, in pace order, were:

  1. Esther George (SW30-34) running Lower Hutt in 17:26 setting herself a new PB.
  2. Hannah Oldroyd (VW35-39) running Foster in 17:44.
  3. Sally Gibbs (VW55-59) running Whanganui Riverbank in 19:24.
  4. Louise Daly (SW20-24) running Hagley in 19:28 setting herself a new PB.
  5. Sophie Markwick (SW25-29) running Hamilton Lake in 19:39 for the first time.
  6. Denika Clooney (JW11-14) running Whangarei in 19:53.
  7. Louise Brabyn (JW15-17) running Whanganui Riverbank in 20:06.
  8. Angela Hawkes (VW45-49) running Hobsonville Point in 20:43.
  9. Becky Blay (SW18-19) running Pegasus in 21:26.
  10. Shamiso Mawer (VW40-44) running Barry Curtis in 21:28.
  11. Margie Peat (VW65-69) running Cornwall in 21:41.
  12. Shireen Crumpton (VW50-54) running Dunedin in 22:09 setting herself a new PB.
  13. Lucia Mclauchlan-hillary (JW10) running University of Waikato in 23:56 for the first time.
  14. Meg Christie (VW60-64) running Hagley in 24:00.
  15. Nuala Dunne (VW60-64) running Whanganui Riverbank in 24:00.
  16. Judith Stewart (VW70-74) running Whangarei in 25:54.
  17. Anna Reid (VW80-84) running Hagley in 33:29.
  18. Julie Boshier (VW75-79) running Russell Park in 38:35.
  19. Marion Griffith (VW85-89) running Owairaka in 39:11 for the first time.
  20. Clasina Van Der Veeken (VW90-94) running Whangarei in 52:47.

The 20 fastest males in New Zealand by age category, in pace order, were:

  1. Simon Heath (VM35-39) running Lower Hutt in 16:08 for the first time.
  2. Jamie Coulter-smyth (SM30-34) running Queenstown in 16:32 setting himself a new PB.
  3. Matthew Verran (SM20-24) running Queenstown in 16:45 for the first time.
  4. Hassan Mccall (JM15-17) running Lower Hutt in 16:57.
  5. Jonas Lehmann (SM25-29) running Lower Hutt in 17:04.
  6. Nathan Jones (VM45-49) running Pegasus in 17:19.
  7. Jack Murray-griffiths (SM18-19) running Hamilton Lake in 17:23.
  8. Matt Parsonage (VM40-44) running Puarenga in 17:25.
  9. Grant Mclean (VM55-59) running Greytown Woodside Trail in 17:59.
  10. Leo De Monchy (JM11-14) running Hagley in 18:14 setting himself a new PB.
  11. Alistair Crozier (VM50-54) running Hagley in 18:18 setting himself a new PB.
  12. David Creamer (VM60-64) running Lower Hutt in 18:53.
  13. Michael Pearce (VM65-69) running Kapiti Coast in 21:09.
  14. John Kent (VM70-74) running Whangarei in 22:22.
  15. Adam Larkin (JM10) running Lower Hutt in 22:40.
  16. Ron Crowhurst (VM75-79) running Whangarei in 24:48.
  17. Roger Robinson (VM80-84) running Trentham Memorial in 25:39 setting himself a new PB.
  18. Ben Youdan (SM—) running Western Springs in 32:59 for the first time.
  19. Graham Richardson (VM85-89) running Hobsonville Point in 42:53.
  20. Colin Thorne (VM95-99) running Whangarei in 53:53.

There were 19 age category records broken this week:

Top 100 Countrymen can be viewed here.

Thanks to Paul Ellis for extra stats.

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