Lower Hutt parkrun 370 – 20 April 2019

Easter Saturday, We had 207 Finishers inclusive of one bunny Stew, I mean Stu, he seemed to be having a good hare day. It was an egg-cellent effort! You crack me up!

pasted image 0

We must thank all our eggstraordinary volunteers: Bryan Daniel BOTHA, Jared BOTHWELL, Caroline BRAY, Brent FOSTER, Abby FOSTER, Gina FOSTER, Allan HARTLEY, Joce JONES, Andrew JONES, Ann KING, Sam VISVALINGAM, Rhys WINGATE, Carole WRIGHT.

Now I can't take full credit for my Easter puns as all my best yolks, I’ve poached!

Gilbert Ford a first timer took out this weeks top spot with a time of 18:01 - hope you found the chocolate at the finish line!

31 first timers to our course this week, which included 20 tourists from other parkrun locations around New Zealand and the world - Australia featured a lot, 2 from South Africa, and 2 that perhaps Lower Hutt could claim as Kali VENTER has 4 runs all in different locations, and Jeremy 2 runs in two NZ locations.

Our first timers, we welcome Gilbert FORD, Spencer FOULKES, Scott BROWN, Ollie WHELAN, Susanna BILARDO, Simon HANSEN, Sharlene MEYER, Louis VENTER, Jacky COX, Euan GARBUTT, Cathy SMITH.

18 finishers took home PB’s for their Easter parkrun, Alastair STEPHENSON, Thomas HUMPHREY, Adam SIGLEY, Lucy MILLER, Tom ELLIOTT, Steph FAIRLESS, Dave BEALING, Jay GREGORY, Emily MUSSON, Lydie COLLARD, James PRESLING, David WOOD, Alex TURNER, Annalisa DEVITT, Cody SMITH, Michelle HEREMAIA, Nilsa SURGEY, Kirsten LAWSON.

We did have 15 unknowns this week, so remember to stash those spare barcodes in the car, in your wallet, in your running shoes so we can record your result!

Claire MUSSON and Amanda LEWIS both ran their 50th Parkruns - Well done!

Hope you all had a great Easter and see you next week!



Lower Hutt parkrun 369 – 13 April 2019

Tēnā koutou parkrunners,

This morning’s 178 runners and walkers were awoken to the ominous sound of a torrential downpour. Fortunately, the rain was short-lived, the sun came out, and we were treated to a brisk but (mostly) dry spell between 8 – 9am. We were joined today by 9 first timers and 9 new parkrun tourists. Hopefully you enjoyed the course and will come along again!

Congratulations to our first (unknown) finisher, closely followed by Liam CARSON and Henry BELIVEAU. Congratulations also to the fastest three women: Jayme MAXWELL, Kristin STOKES and Rachael CUNNINGHAM, and to the 18 individuals who managed to achieve PERSONAL BEST times on this cold autumn morning.

Five significant milestones were also achieved at Lower Hutt parkrun today: Lucy BEST completed her 10th (junior) parkrun, Natalie MCNAUGHT joined the 50 Club, Deirdre RYNNE joined the 100 Club, Neil HAXTON ran his 200th parkrun, and Mark MALONE ran his 350th! I looked up some global parkrun statistics, and saw that as at 1pm NZ time on 13 April, there are 121,184 members of the 50 Club, 66,111 members of the 100 Club, and 5,246 members of the 250 Club worldwide. However, only 50 individuals, in the entire world, have run 500+ parkruns. Now that’s a goal to strive for (only 150 to go, Mark)!

Thank you to today’s volunteers who helped the event take place: Bryan Daniel BOTHA, Jared BOTHWELL, Caitlin CAREW, Colleen CUMMING, Margaret DONOVAN, Geoff FERRY, Brent FOSTER, Bex HOWELLS, Andrew JONES, Stu LESLIE, Emily MELLSOP, and Lucy MELLSOP. Volunteering is fun and a great way to get to know other members of the parkrun community; email lowerhutthelpers@parkrun.com or put your name down on the volunteer registration board at the end of the finish chute if you would like to give it a go.

Well done to everyone on your efforts today, and see you next week!


parkrunner ᕕ( ՞ ᗜ ՞ )ᕗ


Lower Hutt parkrun 368 – 6 April 2019

In anticipation of the end of daylight savings, and the promise of winter to come, a bitter southerly greeted the 137 parkrunners who braved Saturday’s conditions. This was a sharp contrast to the previous week's sunshine and 255 participants. Thankfully, it stayed dry, and with the wind on their backs on the return leg, runners stripped themselves of their extra layers and 8 achieved a PB. Congratulations to David Drummond, Paddy Ou, Anna Wells, Amanda McCaw, Holly Jones, Judith Van Zyl, Daniel Coronno and Kaitlyn McDonald.

Milestones of note, Caitlin Carew completed her 50th run and Bryan Botha his 150th. Well done to both of you.  Of note, Mark Malone will be running his 350th parkrun next time!! I look forward to being there to celebrate that achievement.

Five people participated in their first parkrun on Saturday; Chris Kerr, Paula Powlesland, Alice Chamberssmith, Gabrielle Driscoll and Nate McDonald. And we had 12 parkrun tourists do their first Lower Hutt parkrun, Michael Paterson, Lynne Benton, Holly Olsen, Dylan Young, Joshua McGettigan, Ginny Thomas, Neil Jones, Edward Drummond, Jenny Drummond We hope you all felt welcomed and that we see you back at Lower Hutt parkrun soon.

Of this week’s137 participants, 10 have completed more than 250 parkruns! But more importantly 22 (16%) have volunteered in excess of 25 times. And of course without our volunteers there would be no parkrun. Thank you to this week’s volunteers; Mark Malone, Margaret Donovan, Donald Coley, Angela Campbell, Rob Stead, Ross Smith, Megan Ferry, Colin Boyd, Ann King, Geoff Ferry, Celia Biggs and Colleen Cumming.

Mary-Ann Janssen



Lower Hutt parkrun 367 – 30 March 2019

A beautiful morning on the riverbank this week, which saw 255 runners and walkers out at Lower Hutt.  Whilst the finish time is important, I thought I’d have a look at some other times which are a key feature to our weekly exercise:

First Timers
Hello and welcome to the 14 brand new parkrunners this morning. It was a great morning to be outside, any regular runners will tell you that the weather isn’t always that perfect but in the spirit of enticing you back, I am willing to lie!

Best Timers
There were 31 new PBs recorded this morning, almost perfect conditions. All PBs are worth celebrating, but getting under a new minute mark always makes them feel all the more worthwhile. Special mention to my former running buddy and fellow UK Islander Victoria who left me for dust at about 1km today and cracked a sub-26 minute time in the process. Well done!

Many Timers
We had one milestone today (and even that nearly went under the radar), so well done to Gaby COWCILL who clocked her 50th run in style with a new PB of 22:51 and coming in as third placed woman.

Old-but-young Timers
The WAVA age grade percentage tracks your progress against the world record for that age category. Our top placing male and female were also our highest age graders today, Andy CROSLAND at 77.63% and Jayme MAXWELL in 75.59%. An age grade over 70% is something I can only dream of!

Actual Timers
We had 2 actual stopwatches on the go today, complete with some lovely volunteers operating them! We had a total of 13 volunteers which is lucky for us as they selflessly gave up their opportunity to run to enable us lot to do so. Thanks to all. Have a look at the future roster on the parkrun website, or sign up on the whiteboard at the end of the run if volunteering is something you’d be interested in.

Different Time-Zoners
Ok, so the heading here is a bit tenuous, sure, but the sentiment remains: 10 people visited our lovely parkrun from elsewhere in New Zealand (Dunedin, Hamilton, Auckland, and Tauranga) as well as visitors from the UK (Basingstoke and Cardiff).

Multiple Timers
There are still 4 seats available on Bruce McCardle’s magical mystery tour bus – a day trip around all 5 of the ‘local’ parkruns (Lower Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North and Greytown) on Sunday 29th April. Tickets are $45 and multiple coffee and food breaks have been rostered into the day’s plan. Please message Bruce directly to secure a seat.

Until next time!

Lizzi Elton-Walters


Lower Hutt parkrun 366 – 23 March 2019

Congratulations to all 242 parkrunners on a lovely morning outing.  There were some noticeable events this week, firstly there was a large number of red shirts in attendance, showing support for Christchurch, plus led by Lieutenant Commander Amanda GREEN, a group ran 50km - one kilometre for each person killed in Christchurch last week - in order to show their support for the victims, their families, and the community.  A reminder donations can be made at : https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/christchurch-shooting-victims-fund

There were 2 milestone events this week: Michi IMAZU (100) who turned up despite being injured and Mele SAGAGA who completed her 50th parkrun – get those t-shirt orders in!

Welcome to 18 first timers at Lower Hutt- our weather really is always this nice! The lovely weather also helped with a massive 32 PBs this week!  Special mention to Jan CADWALLENDER who is now on a 4 in a row PB streak!

Our top 3 males this week all went under 18min: Kalib GUY, Geoff FERRY and Andrew RUTHERDALE.  Our top 3 females were: Jayme MAXWELL, Charlie SKLENAR and Holly COUCH. Congratulations!

One of the things I love about our course is that being an out and back run you get to see everyone who has turned up – it always helps shut out the pain of running by waving at friends and this week I spotted one very cool thing which I think I need– Batman sunglasses!  Definitely a very trendy fashion item!

Thanks as always to this week's volunteers:


Don’t forget you can add your name to the volunteer board sitting at the finish each week.

Happy running
Angela CAMPBELL (Batman wannabe)

⇐ Newer Posts