The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Lower Hutt, Wellington and run predominantly on sealed stopbank path, with approximately 100 metres on grass at the turnaround point. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.
Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.
Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.
The Lower Hutt parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:
- Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
- Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
- Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
- Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
- Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
- When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
- Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
- Remember to warm up before the run.
- If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
- If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
- It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
- Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
- Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Lower Hutt parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.
Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.
For more information, please see our Support
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The Lower Hutt parkrun is an out and back course along the stop bank on the eastern side of the Hutt River. Starting just south of the southern end of the riverside carpark, runners travel along the sealed path under the Ewen bridge and up onto the stopbank. Runners follow the stopbank south, under the Ava Rail bridge and down to a grass covered turnaround area just north of the Seaview bridge. A quick clockwise loop of the grass area and then runners head back north to finish just south of where they started 5km earlier. On a calm day this will be a fast and scenic course. On a windy day runners should expect to battle a headwind during either the first or second half of the run but will also have the luxury of a strong tailwind during the remainder of their run. Other than 100 meters at the half way turn-around, this course is completely sealed meaning you can leave your trail shoes at home. The course is closed to traffic but runners should be aware that other pedestrians and cyclists use the stopbanks as well.
Please note that there are no toilets at the start/finish area or on the course itself. The nearest toilets are a 600 meter jog from the start area, next to the Horticultural Centre in Laings Road (opposite the Lower Hutt information centre).
Car parking and Entraces
Free parking is available in the riverside carpark. This is limited to two hours - plenty of time to run and visit Cafiend for a coffee afterwards. Note:
When driving to the parkrun do not attempt to enter the riverside carpark from the northern end as this area is used by the local farmers market on a Saturday morning. The entrance to the southern end of the carpark is off Daly Street.
Location of start
Start is just south of the southern end of the riverbank carpark which is accessed from the round-a-bout on the junction of Daly Street and Andrews Avenue in Lower Hutt. The local landmark is the Lifestyle Gym which is immediately over the stop bank and across the road from the start/finish area.
Getting there by public transport
If travelling by bike, ride along the stop bank on the eastern side of the Hutt River until you find the south end of the riverside carpark, 100 meters north of the Ewen Bridge.
Getting there on foot
If travelling from Wellington or Upper Hutt by train, take the train to arrive at the Waterloo Interchange, no later than 7:15am. Then catch the number 160 Wainuomata to Lower Hutt bus from bus stop D to the Queensgate bus stop C in Bunny Street. From there, walk west along Bunny Street (south side of the Westfield shopping centre) and along Margaret Street to High Street. Turn left and walk down High Street to Andrews Avenue and then right into Andrews Avenue. At the end of Andrews Avenue walk up on to the stop bank and south 200 meters to the start/finish area. Note: The Melling train line from Wellington does not run on a Saturday.
Getting there by road
From Wellington or Upper Hutt, travel along State Highway 2 until you reach Melling. Drive over the Melling bridge and turn right at the round-about. Travel south along Rutherford Street through the first round-a-bout and turn right into Daly Street just after King Toyota. Follow Daly Street south until the next round-a-bout and then turn right up the short hill over the stop bank and into the riverside carpark. Park at the south end of the carpark. Note: Do not attempt to enter the riverside carpark at the first round-a-bout in Rutherford Street as this will take you to the riverside farmers market. On busy morning you may also find a small traffic jam at this round-a-bout due to the high volume of cars entering the farmers market carpark at the northern end of the riverside carpark. Delays are not normally longer than a minute or two and not normally until later in the morning. Please also see the Facilities panel on the left of this page for a note on parking and which entrance to use
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the nearby Cure Café - please come and join us.