Lower Hutt parkrun 449 – 13 March 2021

Return to Alert Level 1 meant a recommencement of parkrun

Following last week’s forced cancellation of parkrun due to the country being in Alert Level 2. It was great to have our normal Saturday morning activity reinstated. We were greeted with ideal running or walking conditions, cool - but not cold, no wind and even freshly mowed grass.

Our local Athlete’s Foot’s store probably appreciated the calm morning when they setup their tent and display. It was great to have our national sponsors along once more to showcase their latest and greatest running shoes. As well as the right shoes they provide expert advice when it comes to things such as different lacing techniques and choosing the right socks. As we all know the correct footwear is crucial to our ongoing enjoyment of parkrun so thanks Athlete’s Foot for your continued support in this regard.

4 First Timers:
Emily REDMOND, Nathan SANDFORD, Samuel ROLLINGS and Sarah BELL picked a great day to join us for the very first time. Hopefully, you enjoyed yourselves and we get to see a lot more of you in the future.

We also welcomed first time visitors, Bernard James MCMANUS from Kapiti Coast parkrun and Deidre EWART from Tauranga parkrun. We hope you both enjoyed your parkrun tourist experience.

33 New Personal Best's

33 of the field totalling 192 achieved a shiny new PB this week. Warmest congratulations on this great achievement Rupert NELSON, Fern ROMANOS, Lee-Ann WARR Martin WARR, Gareth WILSON, Ann TYLER, Miki SZIKSZAI, Courtnay DITTMER, James MCCAFFERTY, Maria DUNWOODIE, Valentinas BAKAITIS, Daniel ABEL, Michael WALTON, Riyet PELAYO, Garry PELAYO, Christina THOMPSON, Fraser KIRBY, Susan WHITMORE, Joanna ROWE, Samantha MCCAW, Mark HUTCHINGS, Paul HEWSON, Jacob ANDERSON-WALLACE, Peter KING, Erwin KRATZ, Susan CHISNALL, Oliver WILKINSON, Helene WALTON, Kashif IMTIAZ, Rhys WINGATE, Chris DAVRIT-BADIOLA, Jo BUCKHAM and Connie REED.


Jo MCDONALD completed her 100th parkrun this week. Jo has run the Lower Hutt course 95 times and has run at both Porirua and Trentham Memorial twice and once at Taupo Congratulations on earning yourself a well-deserved black shirt.

Marketa LANGOVA completed her 200th parkrun this week. Marketa started her parkrun journey in the UK but now has 65 Lower Hutt parkruns next to her name as she continues to progress towards a green shirt. Well done.

This Week's Volunteers Were.
Run Director Peter MURMU
First Timers Briefing Paul GORDON
Timekeepers Margaret DONOVAN and Victoria LEE
Finish Tokens Tony TING
Barcode Scanning Holly COUCH and Jay GREGORY
Funnel Manager Mark MALONE
Tail Walker Craig THOMPSON
Photographer Sophie CROSLAND
Lead Bike Colin BOYD
Pre-event Setup Martyn CHERRY
Post-event Close Down Bill EMMENS
Token Sorting Liz NEILL
Run Report Writer Bruce MCCARDLE

With a few old hands moving on to Trentham Memorial parkrun (which is maybe closer to home) the pool of volunteers for Lower Hutt parkrun seems to have diminished somewhat. So, new volunteers are urgently needed. We all know how dependent we are on volunteers so please consider putting your name down lowerhutt@parkrun.com The roles are not difficult, it’s the best way to get to know like minded individuals and of course you’ll have a great time.

Podium Positions This Week.
Guys Andrew RITHERDALE, Walter SOMERVILLE and Tbaba LIU
Gals Sally HALE, Gen WEST and Connie REED

Highest Age Grade Percentages this Week.
Tbaba LIU 77.50%, Karl VAN POLANEN 77.21% and Andrew RUTHERDALE 75.95%

parkrun New Zealand
On Saturday in New Zealand there were
33 Events
3,717 Finishers
368 Volunteers
190 Completed their 1ST parkrun
36 people volunteered for the 1st time

Next week is Lower Hutt’s 450th event.
At #450 Lizzi ELTON-WALTERS (previously one of our hard working Run Directors) will be running her last parkrun before returning home to the UK.
This will be Lizzi’s 400th parkrun. It’s very sad for us that have got to know Lizzi over the last 4 years that we won’t see her smiling face on parkrunday any time soon. We wish Lizzi well, wherever life takes her in the future.
We’ll be watching Lizzi’s progress from afar as she heads towards a blue shirt once parkrun restarts in the UK, which is hopefully only a few weeks away.


Bruce McCardle