Tēnā koutou and kia ora to all 249 parkrunners plus volunteers who showed up for Lower Hutt parkrun #445. We started our morning with a karakia by Liz Neill in recognition of Waitangi Day.
The karakia was written by Ben Ngaia during lockdown 2020 for Matariki, and speaks to bringing together people and places, acknowledging the importance of relationships, and the values that sit at the heart of our communities. It acknowledges where we came from and who we are today, collaboration and connectivity, and the sharing of each other's abundance. Very fitting for Waitangi Day and our parkrun community. Liz has shared a YouTube link of the karakia to the Lower Hutt parkrun Facebook page, and I’ve included it below if you missed it or would like to hear it again. Thanks Liz, and ka pai for reaching 200 parkruns! He Karakia mo Matariki \ Wellington City 2020
Speaking of community values, thank you to the wonderful volunteer team members for your time this long weekend: Floro ASTRONOMIA, Colin BOYD, Warren BURKE, Caitlin CAREW, Zoe CAREW, Stu CHANDLER, Mark COFFEY, Andrew CUSHNIE, Margaret DONOVAN, Emily Musson!, Peter MURMU, Liz NEILL, Rob STEAD, Alesha YUILE, and Dennis YUILE.
The warm, calm conditions called for 20 visitors and First Timers, and 43 PBs! Welcome and congratulations to you all. Our fastest female runner this week was Hinano ANDREWS with an aesthetically pleasing time of 20 minutes flat, and our fastest male runner was Andrew RUTHERDALE, with a PB of 16:58 on his 96th parkrun - impressive! Does anyone else ever wonder if there is a correlation between the speed of the lead bike and the first finishers across the line? (editor's note there has been an instance or two of the lead runner beating the bike!)
I see that our newest parkrun neighbours Trentham Memorial parkrun had 166 finishers for their 2nd event, a drop from the first week but a great turnout nonetheless. I’ll be sure to get out there as a parkrun tourist soon.
To finish, I’d like to give a shoutout to my sister Claire MUSSON, who introduced me to parkrun 2 years ago when I moved to Wellington, after having become hooked on it herself in 2016. Claire has been a regular at Lower Hutt for the last 4 years, has volunteered 12 times, and visited 9 other courses including London’s Bushy parkrun pilgrimage. Claire’s plans of ticking over her 100th parkrun in Europe last year were put on hold due to COVID-19, so she continued at Lower Hutt following our lockdown, and now has 98 parkruns under her belt. If you had blinked you would’ve missed it, but Claire and her husband Camilo also now have a two-month old baby, Sebastian, who has already completed our course in the buggy once! Keep an eye out for Claire as she completes her 100 milestone in the next few weeks.
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