Lower Hutt parkrun 342 – 13th October 2018

New Zealand has just marked Mental Health Awareness Week – a good reminder to look after ourselves and each other and to develop, extend and share strategies for maintaining wellbeing.

The theme for the week was Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing (Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga).

Research says there are five simple things we can do as part of our daily life to build resilience, boost wellbeing and lower our risk of developing mental health problems. They're known internationally as the 'five ways to wellbeing':

Connect – talk and listen, be there, feel connected
Give – Your time, your words, your presence
Take Notice – Remember the simple things that give you joy
Keep Learning – Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself
Be Active - Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood ...participate in parkrun 

You can maybe dabble in a bit of mindful eating, let someone out in traffic before you, sign up for a free online course or listen to a podcast on the way home – it's all good stuff.  But the evidence says these small daily actions really do have an impact on our wellbeing.

Well done if you participated in parkrun this morning– you deserve a medal – six degrees if not five... Super effort! (Ka mau te wehi whanau!).

Don't forget to look out for each other.

Kia pai to ra (have a great day)

Jill Grogan



Lower Hutt parkrun 341 – 6th October 2018

Today was International day at parkrun in recognition of the anniversary on the the 1st parkrun that was held at Bushy Park 14 years ago. In Lower Hutt this was celebrated with 200 runner and walkers attending and wearing their milestone T-shirts ranging from 50 through to 250.


Included in this number were many 1st timers - in total 26. Of these were 13 1st timers to parkrun and the rest made up of parkrunners from other New Zealand parkruns, and of course from the International parkruns. Hope you all enjoyed our course and either will return for your 2nd parkrun here or come back to our lovely course when you are back in our region.


The weather was dry and with little wind meant that 29 parkrunners gained PBs whether just 1 sec or bigger is worth celebrating the effort needed to go that bit faster.


Unfortunately there is still the Unknowns which numbered 5 this week so hope you all remember your barcode next time.


I can only see there were 2 milestone run achieved this week. Firstly GRETA WOOLLOFF ran her 100th parkrun so can now wear that t-shirt when she receives it which hopefully won't be a long wait for her. Then DECLAN RYNNE achieved his 150th run and although there is no t-shirt it is also worth celebrating that number.


I was happy to be back at Lower Hutt after being a bit of a parkrun tourist last month. As there were 5 parkrun days in September I was able to do a different parkrun on each of those. I started off at Lower Hutt on the 1st, followed by Porirua, Blenheim, New Plymouth and finally Hamilton last Saturday. Of these the last 2 were new parkrun for me. As always it is always lovely to be back home where I knew more parkrunners and got quite a few hellos while out running.


Of course parkrun can not be held with the awesome help from the volunteers each week. So thank you to Allan Hartley, Daxa Govind, Glen Warner, Heather Lewis, Jill Grogan, Judy Randall, Lizzi Elton-Walters, Maggie Davies, Margaret Donovan, Sam Visvalingam, Stu Chandler and Jan Cadwallender. So if you haven't volunteered in the past it is well worth doing as parkrun can not happen without this awesome group. Good if injured to put back into the event and to see everyone you have got to know while out either running or walking.


So until next parkrunday next week, I hope everyone has very good week


Jan Cadwallender




Lower Hutt parkrun 340 – 30 September 2018


Another Saturday morning at Lower Hutt parkrun. 229 runners and walkers, plus the usual assortment of pushchairs and dogs. Happy smiling faces all around. The weather played nice, though that North-Westerly was a bit of a surprise on the return journey, at least for some of us who were out there longer than others. Two of our regulars share a birthday and this year it was on parkrun day. They also shared birthday cake with us after the run – miraculously, there was still some for me when I finished with the tail end group. Thank you to Maggie DAVIES and Andrea RUGLYS and happy birthday from all of us.

19 people ran our Lower Hutt course for the first time – 12 of those were brand new to parkrun while the others were visiting from far and wide. 18 wonderful and hard fought new PBs were achieved - congratulations.

Helen BARROTT and Rachel TREVELYAN reached 50 runs this week and Paula DUNNE ran her 100th parkrun for a black t-shirt. Angela CAMPBELL, congratulations on your 150th parkrun.
It’s an incredible thing that we have people doing their first run at the same time as someone else is achieving a milestone, while at the opposite end of the scale, someone is ticking over another ordinary run but it is number 320.

Line Honours go to Josh CAMPBELL and Hannah GORDON, while Age Grade top scorer was Grant MCLEAN on 85.3%

Don’t forget your barcode #DFYB – every run should count.

4,762 runners have now completed 218,470kms including 6,680 PBs at Lower Hutt parkrun. It’s a special group of which to be a part.

The volunteers this week deserve our special thanks: Stu CHANDLER, Ian MORTON, Margaret DONOVAN, Gaby COWCILL, Colin BOYD, Cayden BOYD, Brian DUNNE, Andrew JONES, Christine OSULLIVAN-ROBERTSON, Neil HAXTON, Joce JONES, Sam VISVALINGAM. Don't forget, parkrun can't function without volunteers, so please do your part to help.

Hope to see you all next week.



Lower Hutt parkrun 339 – 22 September 2018

park run 22nd September (tutu September)

204 runners and a number of tutus turned up on this beautiful spring morning to meander their way over 5 km. We had a number of first timers (6 newbies, including our speedy first finisher) and 6 first time visitors from as far afield as the UK- welcome and we hope you enjoyed our course!

A special welcome to our new park run family in New Plymouth- good to see some regular Lower Hutt runners making the trip north for the inaugural run.

The weather today also inspired some great PB runs – well done to all 26 of you.

The tutus were treated to a best dressed prize donated by NZ Home Loans – thanks to Allan!

Do you look at your age grade score? – Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age 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. For me this is always quite interesting and I usually average around 55% - Our best age grade male today was Grant MCLEAN and female Nuala DUNNE – both scoring over 84% - great work!

Big thanks to all this weeks volunteers: Angela CAMPBELL, Stu CHANDLER, Mark COFFEY, Donald COLEY, Maria Jessa DE ASIS, Margaret DONOVAN, Marie GARCIA, Daxa GOVIND, Joce JONES, Andrew JONES, Heather LEWIS

Happy running for the week and hope to see you next all Saturday!

park runner


Lower Hutt parkrun 338 – 15 September 2018

This week it’s Māori Language Week, so I’m going to have a crack at introducing what te reo I can into our report to celebrate!

Mauri tū mauri ora

An active soul is a healthy soul.

Well I’m pretty sure that was the thinking of all 216 runners and walkers who got themselves out of bed to come be active at Lower Hutt parkrun for its 338th outing. While there were still plenty of long sleeved tops being sported, the noticeable decrease of woolly beanies and increase of bare legs would indicate we’re all thinking that summer is on its way! I pai ai – thank goodness!

It certainly proved to be a worthy outing for the 26 people who got new PBs:


And we had two people celebrating special milestones this week: Simon MAISTER completed his 100th parkrun today, and Lisa MAISTER her 10th as a junior. Ka pai, well done you two!

Nau mai, haere mai….. welcome to the six people who joined us for their first ever parkrun this morning: Joanna MARTIN, Nikhil PANDYA, Nicki FRANCES, Olivia ANDERSON, Caleb BOHNEN, Carl BOHNEN. We hope you enjoyed it and are keen to come back for more!

We also had two more who were first-time visitors to our Lower Hutt course: Michael SCOTT, Dave BARKER. Tēnā korua, hello to you both – we hope you liked our riverside course with its gentle stop-bank undulations, and will come visit us again soon.

Finally, a big thank you to our team of volunteers who helped make this morning happen: Donald COLEY, Brent FOSTER, Paul GORDON, Daxa GOVIND, Joce JONES, Andrew JONES, Andrew KERR, Heather LEWIS, Claire MUSSON, Cate SHAVE, Tamara THOMSON, and Tony TING. Mīharo! You did a wonderful job, team!

Remember, if each of us volunteers 4-5 times a year, then we all get to enjoy parkrun year round. So check the future roster and if you see a role you want to have a crack at, email lowerhutthelpers@parkrun.com

Before we leave, here’s one last whakataukī (Māori proverb) for inspiration to get you back along next week:

Tama tu tama ora, tama noho tama mate

An active person will remain healthy while a lazy one will become sick.

[That’s why you lot all look so healthy – keep it up!]

Cate Shave

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