This year so far has been a great journey for some and unlucky for others. Last weekend, I completed 50 parkruns at Lower Hutt and it was something that it might not have achieved. Saying that, there was Rachel STEVENS who celebrated her 50th birthday to achieve her 100th parkrun milestone on the parkrun week of Lower Hutt Parkrun #412 - 25th January 2020. That is one awesome achievement. Today we had our previous Wellington mayor Justin LESTER in attendance, it was great to see different people attending our parkrun event.
Lower Hutt & Greytown Woodside Trail parkrunner Bruce MCCARDLE is doing a freedom run of five events again in the lower North Island at the end of April as a repeat of last year’s successful event. If you would like to know more, please contact the Lower Hutt parkrun team who will get in touch with him for you. The courses are Lower Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North and Greytown Woodside Trail in this order.
We also had Athletes Foot as one of our previous sponsors in attendance with their marque. parkrunners and volunteers took the opportunity to have some fruit and had a look at the shoes that were on display after the event. As for those who are not aware, Whanganui has announced their official launch date for their first official parkrun on Saturday 4th April. I am assuming that there will be a large attendance of parkrunners attending the course for Whanganui Riverbank parkrun that date. So try and get there early, if you want to add the very first parkrun of that course to your name! parkrun tourists are guaranteed to be there on the official launch. Course details can be found here.
First Timers & Tourists
We had 17 first timers who made their parkrun debut today. We hope to see you again soon.
There were a mix of tourists from the United Kingdom, Australia and other parts of New Zealand who visited this course today. We hope you liked this course as part of your parkrun touring.
We had 42 personal bests today. Congratulations to Iain SHAW, Anthony BLYTHEN, Rhys WINGATE, Briony HIBBERD, Tyler BAIN, Anna WELLS, Emma WICKENS, Nadia SORENSEN, Paul SUMNER, Susan HAYNES, Sarah GUINEY, Oliver WILKINSON, Simon WILKINSON, Stephen HARROP, Benny LAU, Kane KENCH, Renier WOLFAARDT, Doug WATSON, Sarah INGLIS, Rhys SCANNELL, Liam MCEWAN, Yvette OLSEN, Anne EAMES, Sarah DWEN, Brent HARDY, Dianne TENNENT, Les EAMES, Paul WONG, John STUBBINGS, Lianna PRATT, Clare BIRCH, Louise HARRINGTON, Samantha MCCAW, Heather SINCLAIR, Thomas VAN DER GULIK, Anna BORNHOLDT, Naga GORLA, Michael WALTON, Jackie PIGOU, Neve GROOM, David MOORE, Emiliia MCDONALD, Natthakarn SRIYAPHAN
There were some milestones today. Congratulations to Jane Campbell from the United Kingdom on completing her 50th parkrun as a first timer on this course.
Deborah BLYTHEN, Gina FOSTER and Maria Jessa DE ASIS completed their 200th parkrun today. 50 more to go before obtaining the green shirt. Keep it up ladies.
Lower Hutt’s event director Mark MALONE completed his 400th parkrun today. Mark started parkrun during Lower Hutt’s second event in 2012. Only 100 more to go before getting the nice blue 500 shirt. Martin O’SULLIVAN is not far behind on getting his 400th parkrun too, this also depends on where he celebrates this unofficial milestone of course!
Thank you to the 14 volunteers for making this event happen. They are as follows: Amy BEALING, Hailey BOUWMAN, Miringa BOUWMAN, Martyn CHERRY, Margaret DONOVAN, Alison EDWARDS, Jonathan EWEG, Dan JOE, Andrew NG, James OSULLIVAN, Vatau SAGAGA, Vatau Junior SAGAGA, Nina SIMMONS and Alastair WILLIS.
As we are going through some tough times as per COVID-19, please look after each other and listen to those around you. If you are unwell to attend a parkrun, please stay at home and rest up. Keep yourself proud by following the correct protocols during this tough time. We will get through this together. Follow the hygiene standards and protect yourself well.
Dan Joe (A4225353)