Lower Hutt parkrun 430 – 24 October 2020

It was a wonderful warm sunny day today with no wind in sight. Today we had 229 runners who were so motivated to add a run to their record, every parkrun result is a step closer to a potential milestone! There were a few of the parkrunners today whose home parkruns is at Lower Hutt who were running at the new Owairaka parkrun in Auckland instead, which is about 4km away from Auckland Zoo and it is the home of Western Springs parkrun. Hope you had a great time there and also added the 31st course to your collection of New Zealand parkruns as the most different events done in this country.

After being absent from my home parkrun (Lower Hutt) during the past 10 occasions, I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the courses that I have done during that time, which included the debut parkrun for Whanganui Riverbank. This was a return to this course after the first global lockdown was enforced in March this year and closed all parkruns in every country as a result. You meet different people when you visit other parkruns and a chance to have coffee with the volunteers and parkrunners alike. Fingers crossed that we do have a Christmas and New Years double parkrun this year as well!

To those who went to Owairaka debut parkrun today, there is also another chance to do University of Waikato’s debut parkrun in Hamilton on Saturday 7th November. I am sure that we all know who will be doing this debut parkrun. Currently I have now done 17 of the 31 New Zealand parkrun courses (it will soon be 32 courses in NZ) and may aim to do all the parkruns here one day. Parkrun tourism is great and I plan to do some of the parkruns in the lower South Island in the foreseeable future. During early September, I wanted to add Queenstown as an official parkrun to my profile and had booked my holiday in advance. Sadly COVID Alert Level 2 happened then, therefore no parkrun and was quite disappointed that had happened. But I managed to do Wanaka and Queenstown as freedom parkruns so I had a good feel of what the courses were like. Looking forward to adding these courses in the near future.


To the stats for the week

Debuts and Tourists

We had 19 first timers to the course today, 10 of the first timers are doing parkrun for the very first time. Congratulations to Joel ELLIS, Tom QUINN, Molly CREAGH, Neranga JAYAWEERA, Ross KOLBE, Abigail KOLBE, Devuni WICKRAMASINGHE, Olivia STYLES, Nikki PAYNE and Susan BOLTON. The other 9 first timers to the course are tourists that came from Christchurch, Greytown, Gisborne, Tauranga and Napier. Hope to see you all again soon.

Personal Bests

Congratulations to 12 parkrunners who have achieved a PB today. They are as follows: Vanessa AINSWORTH, Martin COE, Theo GIESBERS, Adam MCLOUGHLIN, Vignesh SRINIVASAN, Marie OLESOVSKA, Brenton VANNISSELROY, Rachael GIESBERS, Tyler SHAW, Oliver WILKINSON, Simon WILKINSON and Connie REED


Congratulations to Mal LOCHRIE from Anderson parkrun in Napier on completing his 50th parkrun today. There are a few people in the coming weeks who will be celebrating their 50th and 100th parkruns respectively. Congratulations to you in advance. I am also not too far away on getting to my 100th milestone as well!


Thanks to our 15 volunteers for today, we appreciate your time to help out today. They are as follows: Hailey BOUWMAN, Miringa BOUWMAN, Colin BOYD, Margaret DONOVAN, Sandy HOOPER,Mark MALONE, Claire MUSSON, Liz NEILL, Joanna ROWE, Vatau SAGAGA, Vatau Junior SAGAGA, Rob STEAD, Alastair WILLIS, Ruby-Jean WILLIS and Dan JOE

Volunteering can help you both physically and mentally. For example, you could do a run from one of the following volunteer roles to get both a run credit like doing run reports, first time briefings, setting up the course before and after parkrun starts/ends and also the option of a pacer. Most other parkruns that people participate in do a mixture of the above volunteer roles as it helps fill the volunteer faster and they are able to do a run on top of that too. Parkrunners should be able to volunteer at least once every 3 months, so those who volunteer regularly can add a parkrun to their name and make everyone else happy. Every successful event relies on volunteers.


Also if you see any of us as per the photo below, please say hello either at our home parkrun or at any other parkrun that we visit.


Enjoy the long weekend and see you next time at any of the other parkruns that I visit.

Many Thanks,