Lower Hutt parkrun 467 – 24 July 2021

EVENT #467

Tenā koe whānau,

At some point during the week a bloke named Daniel JONES decided he would go and check out what all this parkrun fuss is all about. He came, he saw, and he left the course in a trail of flames! The men’s course record of 15:25 which was set in 2012 (Edwin KAITANY) then equalled in 2015 (Nick HORSPOOL) was finally broken by eight seconds. Congratulations and of course - welcome to parkrun!


Last week I was one of the 51 runners crazy enough to run in those challenging conditions. It was also my 200th run at Lower Hutt. So I treated myself to a cheese scone at Buzz Café and to also celebrate Team Gordon’s 350th parkrun. Having shared stories about how crazy we were turning up in such weather; how we all agreed it wasn’t the worst conditions we’ve encountered (it wasn’t as cold as this morning!); how we didn’t all come prepared with a change of clothes – I realised the significance of the company I was in. At our two tables were many of the champions of Lower Hutt parkrun. The table of ten amassed a total of over 3,000 parkruns! To take a phrase from the American vernacular, it was like the Lower Hutt parkrun Hall of Fame! At one end of the table Bruce McCARDLE (377), Paul and Julia GORDON (350 each) and Ann KING (131); and at the other, Michelle MALONE (402), Mark MALONE (443), Liz NEILL (221), Tony TING (279), Peter MURMU (272) and me (317). Three of the group have completed all of New Zealand’s parkruns. I thought I was a parkrun tragic but I quickly learned that I was not even close with the many parkrun challenges the table had already done P-Index, Compass etc.

To this week’s news:

Massive cheers to the volunteer crew led by Run Director, Peter MURMU. Thank you to Paul and Julia GORDON, Emma ROSS, Sam VISVALINGAM, Claire MUSSON, Shona HUMPHREY, Daniel BODERICK, Colin BOYD, Ann KING, Matthew RUGLYS, Jay GREGORY, tourist David McNAUGHT and moi!

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Welcome to the parkrun whānau, Daniel JONES, Jackson TU’INUKUAFE (related to All Blacks prop??), Lucy HOUGHTON, Paul KENNETT, Cath MOSER and Gemma GRANT. We hope you enjoyed it and do come back soon.

And we trust the parkrun tourists all enjoyed their visit to Lower Hutt: David McNAUGHT (UK), Stephanie RJ (Hamilton), Pascale BOWIE (Whanganui) and Simone ROBBERS (Hamilton). Safe travels to you all and we hope to see you again soon.

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The following flew around the course today:
1st Daniel JONES and Ayesha SHAFI
2nd Chris WHARAM and Niamh CAREY (with a PB to boot!)
3rd Andrew RUTHERDALE and Michelle ASHLEY (with a PB to boot!)

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Special mention to Malcolm SIME who ran in the 75-79 category; and Craig THOMPSON and Mary Field DODGSON who ran in the 70-74 category. Well done to you all.

I have said before how our “experienced” runners have inspired me since my very first parkrun in Maidstone, Kent. I say thank you and please do keep on inspiring us all.

The perfect running conditions brought 11 PBs. Well done Niamh CAREY Michelle ASHLEY, Gabriel Joshua HEPI, Justin GUNTER, Oscar HEARFIELD, Caroline RACHLIN, Flora KAY, Emma SCHRADER, Helena WOODS, Katherine WOODS and Tony WEIR.

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Stay safe whanau. Keep warm. Keep moving. Enjoy the Olympics!

Nga mihi,

Vatau Sagaga