Lower Hutt parkrun #417 – 29 February 2020

Tēnā koutou parkrunners,

204 walkers and runners made it to the Lower Hutt Leap-day 2020 parkrun. We had warm, humid conditions to begin the run, with wind and rain kicking in on the home stretch to cool us down. The fastest man and woman were Geoff FERRY, and junior runner Katie JORDAN, but players of the day go to Walter SOMERVILLE and Andy CROSLAND for “leap-frogging” to the finish-line.

A warm (wet) welcome to the 10 first-timers and the 20 tourists from Australia, UK, South Africa, and other parts of New Zealand who joined us today. Speaking of tourists, I was startled to see that a few events overseas were cancelled this week due to coronavirus concerns. I hope the global parkrun community stays strong. I must admit, I have a vested interest, as I am intending to join the 100 Club (14 runs to go!) at an exotic European parkrun event (TBC) in June. Touch-wood things settle down soon; I’m keen to add some new flags to my parkrun tally, and would love to hear from anyone who has a remarkable Italian, French or Finnish parkrun to recommend!

Back to local news. With Wellington Round the Bays over for another year (congratulations to everyone who participated last week!), the pressure to push a hard pace may have eased, as there were only 12 Personal Best times set this week. Congratulations to the following individuals who all overcame the ominous weather conditions to set a PB at Lower Hutt:
Travis SPEAKMAN •  Sharon LAPWOOD •  Lucas AKERS •  John HORNER •  Gemma BENNION •  Wendy APPERLEY •  Laura BELLUSCIO •  Anna BORNHOLDT •  Tracie HEALY •  Robyn MEYNELL •  Caitlin MEYNELL •  Susan EWART.

There were no significant milestones this week, so instead I’ll say that Alison SPEAKMAN looked great in her new green 250 shirt!

Well done to everyone on your efforts today, thank you to the volunteers, and see you all next week for the International Women’s day parkrun!

Claire MUSSON
parkrunner
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