parkrun NZ Stats 25/02/2023

parkrun NZ Attendance and Milestone Stats for February 25, 2023.

In New Zealand there were 35 parkruns with 3864 (-1300) parkrunners and 490 (-5) volunteers, plus any pending results.

In brief

386 (+24) people got their parkrun barcode this week

228 (-71) ran their first parkrun this week

549 (-198) achieved personal bests this week

28 (-23) volunteered for the first time

25 (-) new age category records were set.

8 (-1) runners recorded sub-17 finishes

The average finish time in New Zealand remains 31:24.

There were three new course records this week. Juliet Moorhead ran 19:47 at Ara Harakeke. Matthew O’Connor ran 16:35 at Broad Park and Jamie Coulter-Smyth ran 16:11 at Foster.

The top age graded runner was Colin Thorne at Whangarei with a time of 56:58, 105.71% in the VM95-99 age group.


15 parkrunners joined the J10 club

30 parkrunners joined the 25 club

19 parkrunners joined the 50 club

7 parkrunners joined the 100 club:

  • Broad Park: Shannon Mason, Stephanie Gandy
  • Cambridge: Dave Prestige
  • Hamilton Lake: Gordon Speirs
  • Hobsonville Point: Bob Brown
  • Wanaka: Karl Buchanan
  • Whanganui Riverbank: David Mellsop

4 parkrunners joined the 250 club

  • Blenheim: Bill Hunter
  • Hamilton Lake: Simon Popplestone, Jill Sklenars, Sue Langley

3 parkrunners joined the V25 club: Pauline Robinson, Donald Coley and Jeremy Browne.

Sarah Begbie and Gary Crilley both achieved their V50 at Kapiti Coast.

* 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 (199), Broad Park (261), Lower Hutt (303).

Smallest NZ parkruns: Flaxmere (24), Balclutha (24), Hamilton Park (15).

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

10 parkruns had higher attendance

21 parkruns had lower attendance

The biggest increase in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Broad Park, with a change of 129.

The biggest increase in attendance (by percentage change) was Broad Park with a change of 98%.

The biggest drop in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Hamilton Lake with a change of -93.

The biggest drop in attendance (by percentage change) was East End with a change of -70%.

Attendance Records

Broad Park 261 (up from 239).

NZ Anniversaries

Wanaka (5)


Cornwall Park – Waterlogged course

Hagley – two concerts in the park, paths blocked.

Gisborne – Course slippery/unsafe due to silt from flood/rain

Palmerston North – significant silt residue left on path – slip hazard

Taupo – 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup event

PBs and First Timers

The most PBs were at Broad Park (52), Ara Harakeke (43), Lower Hutt (42), Foster (33) and Pegasus (31).

The most PBs by percentage of field was Ara Harakeke (43 or 29%), Pegasus (31 or 22%), Whakatane Gardens (9 or 21%), Sherwood Reserve (19 or 21%) and Flaxmere (5 or 21%).

The most first timers were at Broad Park (122), Queenstown (64), Lower Hutt (54), Wanaka (44) and Western Springs (40).

The most first timers by percentage of field was at Queenstown (64 or 50%), Broad Park (122 or 47%), Wanaka (44 or 40%), Lake2Lake Trail (12 or 39%) and Blenheim (13 or 32%).

The fastest among us

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

  1. Hannah Oldroyd (VW35-39) running Foster in 17:31.
  2. Rachel Mcguinness (SW30-34) running Wanaka in 17:39 for the first time.
  3. Karen Donaldson-barron (VW40-44) running Millwater in 18:15.
  4. Sally Gibbs (VW55-59) running Whanganui Riverbank in 19:03.
  5. Juliet Moorhead (JW11-14) running Ara Harakeke in 19:47 setting herself a new PB.
  6. Lorna Pairman (SW20-24) running Foster in 20:13.
  7. Krystyna Knight (SW25-29) running Owairaka in 20:13.
  8. Becky Blay (SW18-19) running Pegasus in 20:28.
  9. Angela Hawkes (VW45-49) running Owairaka in 21:23.
  10. Emme Faith Sunderland (JW15-17) running Wanaka in 21:33 setting herself a new PB.
  11. Michelle Van Looy (VW50-54) running Lower Hutt in 22:26.
  12. Christine Adamson (VW65-69) running Western Springs in 22:31.
  13. Jane Pairman (VW60-64) running Foster in 22:48 setting herself a new PB.
  14. Lucia Mclauchlan-hillary (JW10) running Hamilton Lake in 23:22 setting herself a new PB.
  15. Jennifer Smith (VW70-74) running Millwater in 25:54.
  16. Diana Kittow (VW80-84) running Russell Park in 32:33 setting herself a new PB.
  17. Julie Boshier (VW75-79) running Russell Park in 39:25.
  18. Clasina Van Der Veeken (VW90-94) running Whangarei in 52:14.

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

  1. Eric Speakman (SM30-34) running Lower Hutt in 15:21 for the first time.
  2. Fionn Cullinane (SM25-29) running Hamilton Lake in 15:55 setting himself a new PB.
  3. Andre Mckay (SM20-24) running Owairaka in 16:51 for the first time.
  4. Nathan Hey (VM35-39) running Foster in 17:25.
  5. Josh Jordan (JM15-17) running Trentham Memorial in 17:35.
  6. Cameron Potts (SM18-19) running University of Waikato in 17:35 setting himself a new PB.
  7. Andrew Boyd (VM40-44) running Wanaka in 17:47 setting himself a new PB.
  8. Nic Ratcliffe (JM11-14) running Anderson in 17:52 setting himself a new PB.
  9. Ben Winder (VM45-49) running Whangarei in 17:56.
  10. Grant Mclean (VM55-59) running Lower Hutt in 18:01.
  11. Troy Harold (VM50-54) running Millwater in 18:02.
  12. Mike Trees (VM60-64) running Hobsonville Point in 19:22.
  13. Michael Pearce (VM65-69) running Kapiti Coast in 21:00 setting himself a new PB.
  14. Tadhg Pierse (JM10) running Lower Hutt in 21:41.
  15. Kevin Rolls (VM70-74) running Whanganui Riverbank in 23:05 for the first time.
  16. Tony Farmer (VM75-79) running Kapiti Coast in 26:49.
  17. Mervyn Burt (VM80-84) running Pegasus in 29:50.
  18. Garry Humpherson (VM85-89) running Whakatane Gardens in 32:39 setting himself a new PB.
  19. Mike Batchelor (SM—) running Whangarei in 39:10.
  20. Colin Thorne (VM95-99) running Whangarei in 56:58.

Record Setters

There were 23 age category records broken this week:

Top 100 countrymen can be found here.

Thanks to Paul Ellis for additional stats.

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