Run report, event 236, 17 April 2021

An autumnal feel greeted our parkrunners/walkers this morning. It was a mild, windy morning, but certainly one eye was being kept on the looming dark clouds hovering in the distance. Fortunately the rain kept away whilst 124 came out this morning (double last week’s participant numbers)!

A few milestones were celebrated. Congratulations to Jenny PEARSON who reached her 100th parkrun and Daniela SALZMANN who completed her 25th volunteer role. Sarah LEE did her 150th parkrun in Tauranga earlier in March and today we were able to capture her photo.

Keith VINCENT, who did his 150th parkrun last week, today celebrated a big birthday so congratulations again Keith. Enjoy your new elevated status.

Welcome to parkrun first-timers Drew PORTER, Renee NICHOLL, Elsie LUCAS and Jordan FONTAINE. Drew set a cracking time of 21:51. Welcome also to Angela NEILSON who joined us at Anderson parkrun for the first time today, having done most of her parkruns in Melbourne, and also to Hannah JAMES-JOHNSON, a well-travelled parkrunner.

Conditions proved to be very good for setting PBs, with 21 achieving new best times today. Congratulations to Brendan PHEASANT, Paige GEAR, Daniel SPARLING, Mark BOYD, Ken MACLAREN, Adam SPENCER, Luke HAWKINS, Rachel O’SULLIVAN, Anna DAWSON, Nic DURKIN, James WAKEFIELD, Nadia LIESEBACH, Larissa FONTAINE, Febe OPPERMAN, Adair OOSTERBROEK, Edmund FISHER, Gayle SIMON, Liam HOULISTON, Steve HOULISTON, Larry CRABTREE and Yoshie ONUMA.

First men over the finish line were Chey DEARING in 18:38, Brendan PHEASANT 19:03 and Kieron BATT 19:45. Brianna LEE was the first female to finish (and third overall) in 19:18, followed by Paige GEAR 20:50 and Nikita WAIN 23:22.

There were two people on the course today with quite large ‘total parkruns’ to their names. Alison SPEAKMAN and José JONES (now a ‘local’) have both done over 200 parkruns at Lower Hutt and they have both notched up many different events. Alison’s total is 279 and Jocé’s is 278.

Congratulations to young George Fisher who last Sunday ran all the trails in Te Mata Park to fundraise to plant native trees in the park. He raised over $1000 towards this project – well done George!

Without the volunteers, parkrun would not be possible so thank you to Dave BARKER (Run Director), Deanne ARROWSMITH, Megan BIGG, Trish CUMMINS, Peter EDMEAD, Sally HOULISTON, Andrew JONES, Maria MCLEOD, Nneka OKONTA, Eric OPPERMAN, Eric PHIMISTER, John RHODES and Daniela SALZMANN.

Enjoy your weekend, see you all next Saturday.

Sally Houliston