Lower Hutt parkrun 443 – 23 January 2021

Greetings runners, walkers and huffers and puffers like myself.

On the 1st and 2nd of January I was fortunate enough to run two different parkruns in Auckland. They were picturesque runs through beautiful parks up there. One being Western Springs and the other Cornwall.

What was different was that one was a two lapper and the other a three lapper. This made me very nervous for the reason that I really didn't want to be lapped by another runner, let alone someone my age! It was cool that I could set a time for a lap and then try and run faster on the other laps. At Lower Hutt parkrun I always try and run the 2nd half faster. Yes, this is tricky with a fresh northerly but heaps of fun with a gale force southerly.

Looking through the results I noticed some interesting statistics, well to me as a geeky maths teacher. Terry McDonald was the first-person home in my age group (45-49 males) in 19:14. That is insane! I would have to go back to 2009 to run that time. Nikki Everton ran a 20:21. What makes this brilliant is that she is running 2 minutes faster than she did 3 and a half years ago, and it's her 4th parkrun. Well done Nikki, I need to train like you. Well done to all 209 runners out there giving it a go. Looking back over my history I see that this will be my 10th year running parkrun at Lower Hutt. I doubt I'll be able to beat my best of 20:49 set in 2013. What I am going to aim for is going under 25 minutes and hopefully completing my 200th parkrun.

To do this I'll have to run consistently and run a few sub-5-minute kilometres. Whatever your own personal goals and challenges this year I wish you all the best. I'll run with an orange bucket hat and shirt. So, if you are keen to try break the 25-minute barrier (I'm currently a 28-minute person) maybe say hi and we could try together...

Today there were an amazing 20 new parkrunners, and 24 park runners who ran Personal Bests (PBs).

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Camilo ARDILES, Janette BECKETT, Bryan Daniel BOTHA, Gary BRADDOCK, Stu CHANDLER, Andrew CUSHNIE, Margaret DONOVAN, Svend HANSEN, Sandy HOOPER, Ruth KERR, Peter MURMU, Andrew NG, Rob STEAD, Glen WARNER, Trevor WEAVER and Alesha YUILE.

Bryan Botha