Lower Hutt parkrun 466 – 17 July 2021

Charge of the parkrun Brigade
Half a k, half a k,
Half a k onward,
All in the valley of Hutt
Ran the crazy fifty one.
"Forward, the parkrun brigade!
"Charge for the bridge!" Peter cried:
Into the valley of Hutt
Ran the crazy fifty one.

"Forward, the parkrun Brigade!"
Was there any person dismay'd?
Not tho' the jogger knew
Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and run:
Into the valley of Hutt
Ran the crazy fifty one.

River to right of them,
Fields to left of them,
Wind behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with gusts and mud,
Boldly they ran and well,
Into the jaws of turnaround bog,
Down to the mouth of the river
Ran the crazy fifty one .

Flash'd all their legs bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd at the sign,
Smiling at the other runners,
Charging a PB while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged into the northerly now
Right thro' their wall they broke;
First timers (#1) and Old Hands,
Public Milestones (#2) and Personal Bests, (#3)
Private Goals and Tourists alike,
Walkers and Runners,
Four footed and wheeled,
Striding ahead with passion asunder,
Sweating and straining.
Then they ran back, but not
Not the same pace.

Fields to right of them,
River to left of them,
Bridges behind them
Dipping and climbing;
Storm'd at with shout and encouragement yell,
While PB and hero intent fell,
They that had run so well
Came thro' the jaws of Hutt
Back from the mouth of River,
All that was left of them,
Left of fifty one dreams.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made,
Honour the parkrun Brigade,
Noble crazy fifty one.

(1) Welcome to Jens Liesebach from Anderson parkrun, and Tony Austin and Carrie Austin from Owairaka who made a quick detour from Porirua after the event was cancelled to enjoy the full Lower Hutt weather experience!

(2) Paul and Julia Gordon reached the unofficial 350 parkrun milestones.

(3) There were no PBs this week. It would be been impressive if there were!

Julia and Paul Gordon at their 350th parkrun

Thanks to the noble commanders (volunteers) who organised the charge this week, everyone was in awe of the stoic and noble resolve of those who saw us all home: Daniel BODERICK, Colin BOYD, Margaret DONOVAN, Wayne ENGLISH, Paul GORDON, Sandy HOOPER, Kokoro IMAZU, Marina KAICHIS, Peter MURMU, Liz NEILL, Martin O'SULLIVAN, and Sam VISVALINGAM.

Paul GORDON
parkrunner