parkrun NZ Stats 28/01/2023

parkrun NZ Attendance and Milestone Stats for January 28, 2023.

In New Zealand there were 29 parkruns with 3176 (-2278) parkrunners and 383 (-144) volunteers, plus any pending results.

In brief

426 (-120) people got their parkrun barcode this week

201 (-201) ran their first parkrun this week

429 (-261) achieved personal bests this week

27 (-11) volunteered for the first time

14 (-21) new age category records were set.

6 (-4) runners recorded sub-17 finishes

The average finish time in New Zealand increased to 31:22.

There were no new course records this week.

The top age graded runner was Colin Thorne at Whangarei with a time of 59:09, 101.8% in the VM95-99 age group.


2 parkrunners joined the J10 club

24 parkrunners joined the 25 club

15 parkrunners joined the 50 club

0 parkrunners joined the 100 club

1 parkrunner joined the 250 club:

  • Ara Harakeke: James Bond

1 parkrunner joined the 500 club:

  • Broad Park: Ria Trundley

4 parkrunners joined the V25 club: David Wain, Linda Compton, Mat MacMillan and Roslyn Frost.

Carleen Gibbons and Erica Perry achieved their v50 milestones at East End and Karina Ormsby achieved their v100 at Hamilton Lake.

* 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: Dunedin (205), Lower Hutt (237), Hagley (523).

Smallest NZ parkruns: Ōtaki River 28, Hamilton Park (26), Russell Park (17).

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

10 parkruns had higher attendance

19 parkruns had lower attendance

Foster recorded the same attendance as the week before with 141.

The biggest increase in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Hagley, with a change of 37.

The biggest increase in attendance (by percentage change) was Balclutha with a change of 47%.

The biggest drop in attendance (by number of parkrunners) was Anderson with a change of -112.

The biggest drop in attendance (by percentage change) was Anderson with a change of -71%.

Attendance Records

One parkrun set a new attendance record:

Hagley (529, up from 523)

NZ Anniversaries

Trentham Memorial (2)

Kapiti Coast (8)


Barry Curtis, Cornwall Park, Hobsonville Point, Millwater, Owairaka, Sherwood Reserve, Western Springs – extreme weather conditions in Auckland

Flaxmere, Puarenga and Whakatane Gardens – extreme weather conditions

Gisborne – another event in the park

PBs and First Timers

The most PBs were at Hagley (58), Dunedin (41), Lower Hutt (34), Broad Park (33) and Foster (32).

The most PBs by percentage of field was Broad Park (33 or 24%), Foster (32 or 23%), Ara Harakeke (25 or 21%), Dunedin (41 or 20%) and Hamilton Park (4 or 15%).

The most first timers were at Hagley (91), Queenstown (68), Broad Park (37), Ara Harakeke (34) and Wanaka (34).

The most first timers by percentage of field was at Lake2Lake Trail (15 or 52%), Queenstown (68 or 52%), Blenheim (25 or 40%), Wanaka (34 or 39%) and Hamilton Park (9 or 35%).

The fastest among us

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

  1. Hannah Oldroyd (VW35-39) running Pegasus in 16:56.
  2. Catherine Lund (JW15-17) running Dunedin in 18:51 setting herself a new PB.
  3. Sabrina Grogan (SW25-29) running Anderson in 19:11 for the first time.
  4. Nicola Corinne Handley (VW40-44) running Hagley in 19:39.
  5. Caroline Knight (SW30-34) running East End in 19:47 for the first time.
  6. Rain Milne (SW18-19) running Hamilton Lake in 19:49 setting herself a new PB.
  7. Zoe Hilton (JW11-14) running Trentham Memorial in 20:51.
  8. Teresa Blackmore (VW45-49) running Hagley in 20:51.
  9. Philippa Huse (SW20-24) running Queenstown in 21:08 for the first time.
  10. Bela Cameron (JW10) running Hagley in 21:40.
  11. Nerolene Free (VW50-54) running Hagley in 22:19 setting herself a new PB.
  12. Carolyn Marshall (VW55-59) running Kapiti Coast in 22:51.
  13. Marcia Hunter (VW60-64) running Greytown Woodside Trail in 23:32.
  14. Judith Bradshaw (VW70-74) running Whangarei in 25:38.
  15. Cilla Dickinson (VW65-69) running Dunedin in 26:15.
  16. Diana Kittow (VW80-84) running Russell Park in 35:06.
  17. Margaret Crooke (VW75-79) running Whangarei in 44:08.
  18. Clasina Van Der Veeken (VW90-94) running Whangarei in 01:03:13.

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

  1. Sam Hopper (SM25-29) running Wanaka in 16:26 for the first time.
  2. Hassan Mccall (JM15-17) running Trentham Memorial in 16:32.
  3. Sam Rout (SM30-34) running Whangarei in 16:34 setting himself a new PB.
  4. Chris Sanson (VM35-39) running Palmerston North in 16:41.
  5. Brian Garmonsway (VM40-44) running Trentham Memorial in 17:18.
  6. Mark Reid (VM50-54) running Pegasus in 17:43.
  7. Allan Staite (VM45-49) running Hamilton Lake in 17:59 for the first time.
  8. Daniel Wordsworth (JM11-14) running Pegasus in 18:05 setting himself a new PB.
  9. Aled Lees (SM20-24) running Whangarei in 18:05 for the first time.
  10. Grant Mclean (VM55-59) running Lower Hutt in 18:25.
  11. Ricky Gutsell (VM60-64) running Hamilton Park in 19:06 setting himself a new PB.
  12. Jonathan Jun (SM18-19) running Hagley in 19:34 setting himself a new PB.
  13. C J Iversen (JM10) running Invercargill in 20:07.
  14. Geoffrey Anderson (VM65-69) running Wanaka in 22:25.
  15. John Kent (VM70-74) running Whangarei in 24:25.
  16. Ron Crowhurst (VM75-79) running Whangarei in 25:52.
  17. Mike Stewart (VM80-84) running Lower Hutt in 27:33.
  18. Mike Batchelor (SM—) running Whangarei in 42:31.
  19. Colin Thorne (VM95-99) running Whangarei in 59:09.

Record setters

Top 100 countrymen can be found here.

Thanks to Paul Ellis for additional stats.

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