Lower Hutt parkrun 424 – 1 August 2020

Well done for participating today at this, our 424th parkrun along the Hutt River stop bank. It’s great to be out and about and enjoying parkruns. Early risers were treated to a magnificent pink sky and calm conditions, a reminder, albeit a chilly one, to be grateful while the rest of the world is still unable to enjoy the privilege. The field of 244 made the best of the continued good conditions, with 29 participants running their fastest times on this course. Today’s Milestones included Michel Webb completing her 100th  parkrun. With borders still closed, it is less likely we will have visitors from far flung corners of the globe, so this morning we welcomed parkrun tourists from Palmerston North and Sheffield (by heritage). It’s encouraging to see parkrun’s popularity on the increase and how our numbers continue to grow, but don’t forget to register and bring your barcode to avoid an “Unknown” result like 15 of our runners this week. Well done to the 11 new runners who completed their first parkrun ever and 7 who completed their first at Lower Hutt. Special mention to Callum Meehan who finished in second place at his first ever parkrun and Paul Newsom who finished with today’s highest age grade score - 76.23%. Thank you to our sponsors who keep parkrun free forever; today The Athlete’s Foot offered the opportunity for runners to trial a pair of their Under Armour Machina running shoes during the event and provided finishers with refreshing fruit bites. Gratitude to volunteers who make it all possible, especially Mark, our run director today, for his time and commitment at more than 400 Park Runs! 

Jonathan Eweg