A day of celebrations
What is Svend so happy about? Is it because:
- He just ran a PB on his 151st parkrun?
- Andrew Cushnie just ran his 150th parkrun?
- Being around 226 of our parkrun whānau who took part?
- 12 different clubs were represented?
- We had 18 first timers experiencing the parkrun energy?
- First timer Laurianne was in town just to run the Lower Hutt parkrun? Ok, not really but isn’t that a treat that she ran her first with us?
- 31 people recorded personal bests?
- The afternoon parkrun 9th anniversary celebration was going to be amazing?
- Or, just because...
Lower Hutt parkrun started on 5th May 2012. Since then 7,090 participants have completed 68,494 parkruns covering a total distance of 342,470 km, including 9,352 new Personal Bests! A total of 650 individuals have volunteered 5,200 times.
I couldn’t make the afternoon celebration fun but check out the awards for the incredible parkrun accomplishments for the two years since the last Lower Hutt parkrun anniversary celebration (2019):
|Most runs at Lower Hutt||Daniel Russ (82), Kirk Olsson (81), Deborah Blythen (78)|
|Most volunteer roles||Liz Neill (30), Jonathan Eweg (25), Stu Leslie (21)|
|Most junior volunteer roles||Hailey Bouwman (20 times), Miringa Bouwman (19 times)|
|Points table (F)||Deborah Blythen (6566 points), Daxa Govind (6083 points), Tamara Thomson (5906 points)|
|Points table (M)||Daniel Russ (7612 points), Patrick Donovan (6674 points), David Hibberd (5895 points)|
|Seconds Bingo||Kirk Olsson (46 seconds), Michelle Malone, Daniel Russ, Anthony Blythen (all on 44 seconds)|
|Position Bingo||Gary Braddock (55 positions), Michelle Malone (54 positions), Phil Henley (51 positions)|
|Endurance champions||Janette Beckett (55 Hours:12 Minutes), Shona Humphrey (48 Hours:19 Minutes), Richard Te One (44 Hours:5 Minutes)|
|Most consistent parkrun finishing times||Patrick Donovan (Standard Deviation of 19 seconds), Warwick Smith (SD of 22 seconds), Kelly Burdon (SD of 26 seconds)|
Arigatō gozaimasu and heartfelt gratitude to The Athlete’s Foot for starting off our morning with a free trial of ASICS shoes on hand. Always helpful, always encouraging and the post run/jog/walk sliced oranges hit the spot!
A big THANK YOU to this week’s volunteers for keeping parkrun on track, so to speak:
Susan HAYNES • Andrew CROSLAND • Mark MALONE • Martin O'SULLIVAN • James OSULLIVAN • Rob STEAD • Peter MURMU • Margaret DONOVAN • Liz NEILL • Rhys WINGATE • Stacy LABUSCHAGNE • Jay GREGORY • Jacob ANDERSON-WALLACE.
Friendly reminder that volunteers are always needed, no experience required. Besides, it’s a great way to meet fellow park runners. Talk to the Race Director or volunteers on the day for more information or check out https://www.parkrun.co.nz/lowerhutt/volunteer/ and the Lower Hutt parkrun future roster.
For me, volunteering gives me the ‘kick’ to get out to Lower Hutt. Living a bit further away than most, I’m a bit slack getting out of the house!!