Lower Hutt parkrun 423 – 25 July 2020

Kia ora parkrunners,

We’ve made it through July, four weekends back parkrunning in New Zealand. I did wonder if there would be a smaller turnout this week given it was a mere 4 degrees at 8am, yet we still pulled together a crowd of 223 keen, or not-so-keen-but-too-committed-to-miss-a-week participants to see out the last parkrun of the month. I had signed up to write the run report, and encouraged some friends and First Timers to come along so there was no sleeping in for me. We all agreed that we’ll take the cold if it means we can keep these calm wind-free Saturdays we’ve been having!

Before we get into the notable achievements of the week, let’s thank the volunteers for doing their bit to make the event happen:
Hailey BOUWMAN, Miringa BOUWMAN, Maria Jessa DE ASIS, Jonathan EWEG, Julia GORDON, Paul GORDON, Samuel HALL, Allan HARTLEY, Ann KING, Mark MALONE, Emily MUSSON, Ian SIMS, Walter SOMERVILLE, and Don STEVENS.

We had a couple of significant milestones with Tom BENNION on 100 and Simon REA on 300 parkruns! Well done to you both.  I’ll also mention Daniel RUSS who came two seconds shy of a PB on his 298th run - looking promising for 300!

Congratulations to all those who achieved Lower Hutt parkrun PBs:
Daniel ABEL, Sean PHEGAN, Mark MORRISS, Leo STOTHART, Ben WILLIAMS, Naiah LEALUGA, Jim VAN LEUVEN, Bec EDWARDS, Harrison SWALLOW, Marie OLESOVSKA, Evan WELLS, Steve BIDDLE, Lexi FALCONER, Natalie JAMES, Lisa CULLEN, Chris BOORMAN, Tracie HEALY, Carolyn VAN LEUVEN, Matthew THORNTON, Joel MILLER, Michael WALTON, Tbaba LIU, Olivia WILLIAMS, Sarah MCLEOD, Charlotte LEALUGA, Elliot MCLEOD, Leigh Anne JUPP, Cameron BEALING, Susan HAYNES, and Sarah JANTSCHER.

We welcomed the following 8 First Time parkrunners and 3 First Time visitors who we hope to see again:

Alex WILLIAMS, Eli SOUTHWARD-ELLIS, Andrew MARR, Christin BENTLEY, Graham HAMILL, Michelle HOLLMANN, Helena HAMILL, Kate LANGMUIR, Alex DISHER, Olivia DISHER, and Stephanie THOMPSON.

Samuel Hall captured great snaps of parkrunners and accompanying dogs this week, my personal favourite being this one:

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You can find all the photos on the Lower Hutt parkrun Facebook page or at https://photos.app.goo.gl/zFp6HyWNDURyMyj79 

Have a great week, all.

Ngā mihi nui
Emily MUSSON

 

Lower Hutt parkrun 422 – 18 July 2020

Event # 422 18/07/2020

Our third event back, since the Covid-19 enforced break and we had 244 people enjoy the calm 9 degrees parkrun along the Hutt river. I for one felt the “Ahh” like feeling of familiarity with my Saturday morning routine returning to normal, despite the rest of the world in varying positions of restriction.

24 people were able to achieve a PB this week, one of which was our 1st home in 15 minutes 37 seconds - Johnathan CRICKMORE (which is 20 seconds faster than his effort last week).

PB’s Aaron HISSEY, Aaron JOHNSON, Akira IMAZU, Ayano SAKAMOTO, Bronwyn RIDEOUT, Cameron BEALING, Carolyn VAN LEUVEN, Charlotte LEALUGA, Chris DAYRIT BADIOLA, Emiliia McDONALD, Jake LOWE, Jamie LOWE, Josh JORDAN, Kaitlyn McDONALD, Mark PEARCE, Michel WEBB, Nicholas O'BRIEN, Olivia WILLIAMS, Pawel KOTARBA, Robert FALCONER, Ross CAPILL, Sarah DWEN, Tracie HEALY.

Celebrating 300 events was Brent FOSTER, celebrating 250 events we had Chrissy ROBERTSON & Neil HAXTON. Glen WARNER also racked up his 50th event earning the red shirt. Well done everyone.

 

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Chrissy ROBERTSON not long after finishing her 250th Neil HAXTON just before completing his 250th

Our 1st timers this week were:

Anaiwan OJALA, Bec EDWARDS, Daniel ABEL, Ella PRIEST FORSYTH, Leo STOTHART, Lucas WINGATE, Manuel CAPINPIN, Naiah LEALUGA, Rachel SPAIN, Ryo IKETANI, Sinapi TAEAO, Tbaba LIU.

Welcome and we hope to see you all back next week!

Big thanks to all this weeks volunteers:

Helen BARROTT, Richard BRETT, Stu CHANDLER, Margaret DONOVAN, Lizzi ELTON-WALTERS, Bill EMMENS, Jonathan EWEG, Allan HARTLEY, Kirsty IMAZU, Ann KING, Glynis NG, Martin O'SULLIVAN, James OSULLIVAN, Graham WITTS

See you all next week!

Allan Hartley

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Lower Hutt parkrun 421 – 11 July 2020

RUN REPORT FOR 11 JULY 2020 - FEELING SMUG?

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Week 2 of parkrun Aotearoa’s return and into the new normal. How good does it feel to be doing this again? And to be the ONLY country in the world to be doing this! I must admit, I’m feeling a touch smug about that. Just one of the many benefits from what a team of five million working together and listening to their brilliant leader, can produce. So good!

And we have all returned with varying degrees of fitness – some have obviously kept up their training throughout lockdown and others wish they had done more during lockdown. I fall squarely (or plumply) in the latter category. parkrun couldn’t have returned at a better time!

With Jack Frost making his presence felt this week, came the somewhat difficult task of deciding how many layers to wear; whether to wear gloves?, a beanie?, tights? As always, I realise by the 1Km mark I have overdressed – which my mates Thomas WYNNE and Benny LAU took great joy in giving me some ribbing about!

To this week’s stats:-

VOLUNCHEERS!
National Volunteer Week was observed a couple of weeks ago. So a belated THANK YOU to all of our awesome volunteers over the past year. Huge thanks again to our team this week particularly on this fresh morning. Again ably led by Stu CHANDLER were Joanne NOWAK, Jonathan EWEG, Neil HAXTON, Tony TING (welcome back Tony!), Margaret DONOVAN, Colin BOYD, Ewen McDONALD, Bill EMMENS, Caroline BRAY, Ian SIMS, Helen BARROTT, Camilo ARDILES and Vatau SAGAGA.

TOP JUNIORS
Some rapid times from our lil uns this morning. Well done!
Girls
(134th overall) Ruby FALCONER (JW10) who also ran a PB!
(140th overall) Olivia WINGATE (JW10)
(147th overall) Kaitlyn McDONALD (JW11-14)

Boys
(42nd overall) Samuel LI (JM10)
(119th overall) Cameron BEALING (JM11-14)
(121nd overall) Toby IRELAND (JM11-14) who also ran a PB!

NEWBIES AND TOURISTS
We welcomed the following to the parkrun movement and to the Lower Hutt parkrun whanau. We hope you had fun and hope to see you all again:

Poppy WILKINSON -Mieke WOOD - Ayano SAKAMOTO - Manami MIYUKI - Jim VAN LEUVEN - Rachel KEEN - Ben WILLIAMS - Mandy HANCOCK - Jodie STEWART - Jen HALE - Anna GUY - Diane LIVINGSTON - Thomas ANDERSEN and Hirotaka TANIMOTO who casually rocks up and finishes first!

School holidays usually mean a tonne of parkrun tourists – even moreso now with the border restrictions. Supporting local tourism were visitors from the Waikato, Canterbury and Otago. Safe travels to you all.

PERSONAL BEST
On an absolute cracker of a morning, we had a whopping 21 PBs. Awesome work to:
Anthony JACKSON – Richard FARLEY – Paul MILLER – Toby IRELAND – Simon PALLIN – Richard BRETT – Andrew LESLIE – Harriet FITZPATRICK – Helena WOODS – Hellie HADFIELD – Peter SHAW – Carolyn VAN LEUVEN – Aaron HISSEY – Brenton VANNISSELROY – Adrian MARSDEN – Sarah DWEN – Andy FULBROOK – Steve BIDDLE – Ruby FALCONER – Marie OLESOVSKA – Natalie JAMES.

MILESTONES

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I felt for those who were sitting so close to their milestones before the lockdown. I myself would’ve had notched up #300 last week! Congratulations on their milestones and their patience to:

Lex CHALMERS (200) visiting from Mooloo Country
Kevin GRAY (150)
Briony HIBBERD (150)
Matt DURNEY (50)
Maree CARMAN (50)
Graham WITTS (50)
Brian RUSSELL (50)

I see we have a flood of milestones coming up in the next few weeks for the 350, 300, 250, 200 and 100 clubs. Don’t shy away during the briefing (as is the kiwi way!) – these are great milestones which we all love to celebrate with you.

DOUBLE TROUBLE? ☹
It was disappointing to read that there will be no more New Year’s Day Doubles. I loved this traditional event. It was unique to parkrun, there was a novelty factor about it and was a whole lot of fun for runners and volunteers. The fact it was happening while half the population were tucked up in bed feeling the effects from the previous night’s celebrations made it perfect – light traffic between Lower Hutt and Porirua; great business for the local cafes; and just a great way to start the year. Oh well, I guess I should be happy we even get one NYD parkrun, particularly when the rest of the parkrun world may still be waiting for their events to restart on New Year’s Day.

Happy running and have a great week all.

Vatau SAGAGA
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Lower Hutt parkrun 420 – 4 July 2020

We’re back!

So, after a period of 15 Saturday’s without a parkrun here we are back in business. How awesome was it to wake up this morning and resume our familiar parkrunday routine.? (hopefully, that was the case for the majority, others confessed that they had got used to their Saturday morning sleep in and struggled to get going).

It was fantastic to arrive at the normal congregational area and to see familiar faces once Heartfelt hugs and handshakes were shared, before Lizzi recorded a rousing cheer on her phone and RD Alastair welcomed us all back.

After the run briefing we were under starters orders and a very joyous throng that was the 227 of us gleefully set out.

How good was it to run with others instead of running on your own? It thought it was great to resume normal business, trying desperately and keep up with someone that just passed me and to attempt a strong finish once we passed those steps to the right, just 500 meters from home.

It was brilliant to see everyone mingling about at the finish, thankful that the awful weather from the week past had abated. Equally it was great to be part of the post parkrun coffee crowd that certainly brings the buzz to Buzz Café on a Saturday morning.

 

First Timers. 

The 10 people completing their first parkrun may not have understood what all the excitement was about but hopefully you enjoyed your experience and got a gist of what parkrun means to us all. Come back for another go and you’ll be hooked too, if you aren’t already.

Welcome aboard Mark MORRISS, Robert FALCONER, Lulu HARKNESS, Akira IMAZU, Andy FULBROOK, Marie OLESOVSKA, Ruby FALCONER, STEVE BIDDLE, Lexi FALCONER and Natalie JAMES.

Another 3 people were completing their 3rd parkrun and their 1st at Lower Hutt. Brenton VANNISSELROY, Natalie CARE and Rachel MILLER. Other visitors were Leo BRIDGMAN running his 9th. Savannah BRIDGMAN her 14th. Both Tom SAWYER and Elliot MCLEOD their 43rd.

Hopefully, you all enjoyed the Lower Hutt course on a typically calm Wellington day.

 

New Personal Best's.

Congratulations to the 27 who took advantage of the calm conditions to record a PB. Considering how boggy the turnaround area was a PB was very impressive. Obviously all that lockdown training paid off this week Marion DUMETZ, Beverly RICHARDS, Sarah DWEN, Stephem BASS, Jamie LOWE, Carolyn VAN LEUVEN, Aaron JOHNSON, Mark PEARCE, Peter KING, Hellie HADFIELD, Harriet FITZPATRICK, Jonathan CRICKMORE, Andrew LESLIE, Roy BLEWETT, Richard BRETT, Joel MILLER, Kevin MILLER, Brendan JELLEY, Paul MILLER, Tbaba LIU, Ian SIMS, Don STEVENS, Ray MANAHAN, Andrew KERR, Michel WEBB, Susan HAYNES and Anthony JACKSON,

Andrea RUGLYS was left stranded on 199 parkruns when the world stopped parkrunning. So, what a momentous occasion to clockup your 200th parkrun Andrea. Well done on that achievement.

 

This Week's Awesome Volunteers Were.

Run Director Alastair WILLIS

Timekeepers Margaret DONOVAN and Anne METCALF-MACDONALD

Finish Tokens Liz NEILL

Barcode Scanning Janette BECKETT and Stu LESLIE

Tail Walker Craig THOMPSON

Photographer Glynis NG

Lead Bike Anthony BECKETT

Pre-event Setup James OSULLIVAN

Post-event Close Down Neil HAXTON

Run Report Writer Bruce MCCARDLE

 

Podium Positions This Week.

Guys Jonathan CRICKMORE (New PB 15.57, 7th fastest time at LH), Anthony JACKSON (New PB 16.36, 26th fastest time at LH) and Grant MCLEAN (89.63% Age Grade)

Gals Laura ROBERTSON (19.02, 13th overall in a fast field. The 1st 18 runners were under 20 minutes), Marion DUMETZ (New PB 23.30) and Briony HIBBERD

 

Highest Age Grade Percentage this Week.

Grant MCLEAN 89.63% The 3rd highest Age Grade percentage at Lower Hutt ever.

 

parkrun New Zealand

On Saturday in New Zealand there were

29 Events

3,683 Finishers

315 Volunteers

263 First-Timers

As we are the first country of 22 parkrunning territories to recommence those are the parkrun global figures too.

The rest of the parkrun world are looking on, envious of our unique position. Hopefully, they see this as an incredibly positive first step on the long journey back to parkrun normality for the whole worldwide parkrun community.

 

Bruce McCardle

Grateful parkrunner

 

 

Lower Hutt UN birthday report

 

Here's a short report to mark Lower Hutt parkrun's 8th birthday /anniversary on 5 May.

5 May 2020 marks a special day in the history of Lower Hutt parkrun. Its "Happy 8th Birthday" and it will certainly be Many Happy Returns when we are all able to meet up again (hopefully sooner rather than late, with all things going well).

Event number 1 took place on 5 May 2012 with 84 participants and 5 volunteers. The first person in was Edwin Kaitany in a time of 15 minutes 25 seconds, and this is still the course record. This time was not equalled again till event 142 by Nick Horspool on 1 January 2015. So a longstanding time record is still waiting to be broken for anyone wanting a new challenge!

Dorota Eva Starzak was the first female runner in with a time of 20 minutes 49 seconds. The current female record holder is Phoebe McKnight with a time of 16 minutes 59 seconds,at event 306 on 3 February 2018.

Once a parkrunner, always a parkrunner (and that includes parkwalkers as well). Current Lower Hutt parkrunners who were at event 1, include Chris Speakman, Elaine Richardson, Alistair Willis, Tina Kerr, Bruce McCardle, Allan Hartley, Ian Morton and Andrew Crosland. Alistair, Tina, Bruce, Allan, Ian and Andrew all took part in event 419 on 14 March 2020, the last event before lockdown. The great thing about parkrun is that once you have your barcode, it's forever and you can use it at any parkrun anywhere. (Apologies if I have missed the names of people from event 1, who are active at Lower Hutt and/or other parkrun locations).

Lower Hutt parkrun is the  FIRST parkrun in New Zealand and our  first Run Director was Richard McChesney, who instigated the event here, after participating in parkrun while living in the UK.. The first ever parkrun was held at Bushey Park London on 2 October 2004. Richard is now based overseas, and active in  parkrunning . There are now 30 parkruns in New Zealand, and the worldwide parkrun movement is in 22 countries. Parkrun tourism is fast growing, and many Lower Hutt parkrunners have incorporated a parkrun elsewhere in their trips away.

Parkrunners at Lower Hutt have run a total of 302,985 kilometres in the last eight years ! That's equivalent to 7.6 times around the world. The largest number of participants has been 327 at event 410 on 11 January 2020. Since the beginning of January 2020, we have had an average of 270 participants every week. Volunteer teams have grown from 5 ,just 8 years ago, to 15. So when parkrun resumes, please have a go at a volunteer role, because no volunteers means no parkrun.

Hope everyone and your families are staying safe and well. The parkrun community at Lower Hutt (and all the other parkrun communities) will be back together in due course to enjoy fresh air, friendship and fun running/walking.

" Happy 8th Birthday 

 Lower Hutt parkrun"

parkrunner/parkwalker

Glynis Ng

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