Lower Hutt parkrun 148 – 7 March 2020

Today we celebrated International Women’s Day, with (almost) an all women volunteer team. I’m proud to be associated with these strong, confident and caring women. It was a day for wearing purple, the colour associated with IWD as well as our parkrun volunteer 25 shirts. Thank you to all the men who wore purple today to show their support as well. It was a brilliant sight.

The weather played its part too, as it often does in early autumn, with a fine and cool morning with no wind to speak of. 258 runners and walkers, plus babies in pushchairs and dogs on leads, all completed their outings in less than an hour. Our Lead Bike today was 9 year old Sophie Crosland, who was wearing borrowed gloves and struggling to change gears, but fortunately Dad Andrew Crosland was leading the field and I found him pushing Sophie up the ramp at the fourth kilometre before storming home in 17:57 followed by first timer John Hartevelt in 18:36 and Darren Gordon in 18:42. Katie Jordan was first woman home today in 20:27, followed by first timer Katie Topham in 23:33 and Gaby Cowcill in 23:38.

In all there were 35 First Timers today, with 17 genuine first time parkrunners. Hope you all had a great time, and are looking forward to returning next week to see if you can make some improvements on those PBs that you set today. We had visitors from Whangarei, Kapiti, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. We hope you enjoyed our course.

41 wonderful and hard fought new PBs were achieved this week- congratulations. Too many to mention individually. PBs usually become harder to achieve, the more runs you do, as effectively you reach an efficient running style etc. So, I always like to mention those people who have been around a long time and managed a PB. This week they are Shane Devitt 116 runs, Briony Hibberd 141 runs and my nephew James O’Sullivan 158 runs. This was in fact James’ 8th PB this year, run at various courses, but each one improving on his previous record at that course. Very proud of you James.

Gary Maxwell and Tim Mellsop both completed their 100th parkrun today. Joel Waters completed his 50th run. Congratulations to all of you.

Next week, Mark Malone will reach 400 parkruns. A wonderful achievement. While other people in NZ have more runs than Mark, none of them started their parkrun journey in NZ. Hoping to see a good turn out at Lower Hutt. Only 100 more after that until you get your blue shirt

So don’t forget your barcode #DFYB – every run should count.

6,531 runners have now completed 301,480kms including 8,516 PBs at Lower Hutt parkrun. It’s a special group of which to be a part.

The volunteers this week deserve our special thanks:  Sharon CLARK, Gaby COWCILL, Sophie CROSLAND, Maggie DAVIES, Lizzi ELTON-WALTERS, Gina FOSTER, Jill GROGAN, Mary-Ann JANSSEN, Ann KING, Natalie MCNAUGHT, Liz NEILL, Christine OSULLIVAN-ROBERTSON, Andrea RUGLYS, and Martyn CHERRY.
Don't forget, parkrun can't function without volunteers, so please check the volunteer roster and join in on the fun sometime.

Hope to see you all next week.

Christine O'Sullivan-Robertson