Lower Hutt parkrun 433 – 14 November 2020

Today was a beautiful day at parkrun today with 200 parkrunners in attendance battling the tailwind on the course. It was a bright sunny day that did not stop the volunteers on helping out every Saturday. Whilst I was not at Lower Hutt parkrun today, due to the last minute changes to head north the day before. It was a good reminder to check the volunteer roster as sometimes people’s plans change, but luckily I was the run report writer for this week and it is one of the roles that you can do, even if you don’t attend a parkrun elsewhere.

Whilst navigating some of the parkrun facebook pages that I have done. There is one page that seems interesting to some people. The facebook page ‘Runs with a Barcode’ that is created by Alison King (one of the run directors at Puarenga parkrun) shares some interesting stories to each of the courses. If you wish to navigate to this page, please click on this link for more information. She also posts weekly stats for every parkrun too on this website. There is also a Facebook page for this one as well, it has adequate information about Alison’s parkrun journey and her ambitions to hopefully run all the parkruns in New Zealand one day. Please support her by liking her Facebook page and have a browse when you have the time.

To the stats for the week:

Debut and Tourists

We have welcomed 13 first timers to our course, 11 of those have made their parkrun debut today. Hope to see you soon. Congratulations to Luke OCONNOR, Jacob ANDERSON-WALLACE, Rebecca STOOP, Lizzie ZASLOW, Brad XIE, Amelia SOARES, Gideon SOARES, Michelle ZHAO, Michael WHITSON, Ella DANIEL and Erica BIDDLE.

The tourists are from Auckland and Palmerston North respectively.


We had the following people completing their milestones today. Congratulations to you all, they are as follows:
●    Charlotte LEALUGA completed her 50th parkrun
●    Joe EDE completed his 100th parkrun
●    Colleen CUMMING completed her 150th parkrun
●    Jan CADWALLENDER completed her 300th parkrun

Personal Bests

There were 12 personal bests today. They are as follows: Odette STRACHAN, Tarn CAREW, Poppy STRACHAN, James STRACHAN, Enrico MONTECLARO, Enrico MONTECLARO, Kelly BURDON, Rachael GIESBERS, Samantha MCCAW, Renier WOLFAARDT, Wilhelm POTGIETER, Herbert ZIELINSKI and Graeme RAILL.


Thank you to our 14 wonderful volunteers. Without your help, this event would not have gone ahead. They are as follows: Janette BECKETT, Caroline BRAY, Andrew CROSLAND, Maria Jessa DE ASIS, Lizzi ELTON-WALTERS, Jonathan EWEG, Gina FOSTER, Samuel HALL, Heather LESLIE, Anne METCALF-MACDONALD, Rob STEAD, Don STEVENS, Ellan YOUNG and Dan JOE.

Last week, a few of us in my parkrun group tried out the Greytown Woodside Trail parkruns course (photo on the left). It was great to try a different course every now and then as you’ll appreciate how wonderful each different parkrun is. If you have a chance to do a parkrun that is outside of your home parkrun, then you’ll see what I mean. One of my parkrun whanau buddies ran on the Kapiti Coast this Saturday as per the photo on the right.

report picAs per the recent sports news, the All Blacks lost to the Pumas for the first time in history on  Saturday night. It was disappointing news for the All Blacks fans, but at least we can see some games that are no longer a one sided test match. I wish the All Blacks the very best on their next test match and hopefully they can learn from their loss.

According to the future roster for Lower Hutt, there may not be a Christmas parkrun this year, which falls on a Friday (Editors note - it depends on the availability of our run directors). Porirua parkrun are planning a Christmas Day event for those who wish to get their parkrun fix in the morning. The Greytown run directors team said last weekend that they will be doing a parkrun on Christmas Day and on New Year's day, so this is another course that you can try too. It is still early days as to whether or not Lower Hutt will do a Christmas Day parkrun, keep your eyes peeled on the future roster.

Many Thanks,