Lower Hutt parkrun 425 – 8 August 2020

08082020 – interesting date! Lower Hutt parkrun offers an opportunity for all the community, male or female, young or old, locals or visitors to come together on a regular basis to enjoy our beautiful Hutt River Trail and adds getting physically active into the bargain.

This week was our 425th Lower Hutt parkrun. A field of 136 enthusiastic runners took up the challenge, braving the wet start and strong southerly. It is encouraging that even though the weather wasn’t great, six were first timers. Shout out to our milestoners, there were quite a few big achievements: a 100 (Rachel Bouwman); two 200’s (Matthew Ruglys, Mary-Ann Janssen); and two 300's (Winnie Cleary, Daniel Russ). Kudos to the top three guys ‘n gals and those who are first in their age category. Well done to the four who achieved PB’s despite the conditions. It was great to see AJ and Joce Jones – parkrun stalwarts, now based in the Hawke’s Bay, and to welcome other visitors.

We want to encourage people to walk or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE! It is not a race against other runners, but a 5km timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan. Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm (probably the hardest part – the rest is easy) for Saturday morning and get yourself there. The other great thing is you get emailed results and all sorts of interesting stats within a couple of hours. No barcode, no result; so don’t forget your printed bar code.

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Buzz Cafe -  you are welcome to come along! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this running community.
So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, join us again.

Appreciation to all the volunteers who are there come rain or shine, some of them having clocked up multiple volunteer days as well as their logged runs. Volunteers are needed every Saturday, no experience required and first timers always welcome please see the future roster and contact the team at lowerhutthelpers@parkrun.com

It's worthwhile volunteering and you get to meet some great people. Thanks to Andrew Crosland our race director today. It was great to have AJ (Andrew Jones) put in a guest appearance as our lead bike too.

See you all next week for the third parkrun of the month, and the seventh since lockdown. Hopefully the global parkrun community in every time zone can join us again soon. For additional detailed info check out our facebook, website and results pages.

Jonathan Eweg


Lower Hutt parkrun 424 – 1 August 2020

Well done for participating today at this, our 424th parkrun along the Hutt River stop bank. It’s great to be out and about and enjoying parkruns. Early risers were treated to a magnificent pink sky and calm conditions, a reminder, albeit a chilly one, to be grateful while the rest of the world is still unable to enjoy the privilege. The field of 244 made the best of the continued good conditions, with 29 participants running their fastest times on this course. Today’s Milestones included Michel Webb completing her 100th  parkrun. With borders still closed, it is less likely we will have visitors from far flung corners of the globe, so this morning we welcomed parkrun tourists from Palmerston North and Sheffield (by heritage). It’s encouraging to see parkrun’s popularity on the increase and how our numbers continue to grow, but don’t forget to register and bring your barcode to avoid an “Unknown” result like 15 of our runners this week. Well done to the 11 new runners who completed their first parkrun ever and 7 who completed their first at Lower Hutt. Special mention to Callum Meehan who finished in second place at his first ever parkrun and Paul Newsom who finished with today’s highest age grade score - 76.23%. Thank you to our sponsors who keep parkrun free forever; today The Athlete’s Foot offered the opportunity for runners to trial a pair of their Under Armour Machina running shoes during the event and provided finishers with refreshing fruit bites. Gratitude to volunteers who make it all possible, especially Mark, our run director today, for his time and commitment at more than 400 Park Runs! 

Jonathan Eweg



Lower Hutt parkrun 423 – 25 July 2020

Kia ora parkrunners,

We’ve made it through July, four weekends back parkrunning in New Zealand. I did wonder if there would be a smaller turnout this week given it was a mere 4 degrees at 8am, yet we still pulled together a crowd of 223 keen, or not-so-keen-but-too-committed-to-miss-a-week participants to see out the last parkrun of the month. I had signed up to write the run report, and encouraged some friends and First Timers to come along so there was no sleeping in for me. We all agreed that we’ll take the cold if it means we can keep these calm wind-free Saturdays we’ve been having!

Before we get into the notable achievements of the week, let’s thank the volunteers for doing their bit to make the event happen:
Hailey BOUWMAN, Miringa BOUWMAN, Maria Jessa DE ASIS, Jonathan EWEG, Julia GORDON, Paul GORDON, Samuel HALL, Allan HARTLEY, Ann KING, Mark MALONE, Emily MUSSON, Ian SIMS, Walter SOMERVILLE, and Don STEVENS.

We had a couple of significant milestones with Tom BENNION on 100 and Simon REA on 300 parkruns! Well done to you both.  I’ll also mention Daniel RUSS who came two seconds shy of a PB on his 298th run - looking promising for 300!

Congratulations to all those who achieved Lower Hutt parkrun PBs:

We welcomed the following 8 First Time parkrunners and 3 First Time visitors who we hope to see again:


Samuel Hall captured great snaps of parkrunners and accompanying dogs this week, my personal favourite being this one:


You can find all the photos on the Lower Hutt parkrun Facebook page or at https://photos.app.goo.gl/zFp6HyWNDURyMyj79 

Have a great week, all.

Ngā mihi nui


Lower Hutt parkrun 422 – 18 July 2020

Event # 422 18/07/2020

Our third event back, since the Covid-19 enforced break and we had 244 people enjoy the calm 9 degrees parkrun along the Hutt river. I for one felt the “Ahh” like feeling of familiarity with my Saturday morning routine returning to normal, despite the rest of the world in varying positions of restriction.

24 people were able to achieve a PB this week, one of which was our 1st home in 15 minutes 37 seconds - Johnathan CRICKMORE (which is 20 seconds faster than his effort last week).

PB’s Aaron HISSEY, Aaron JOHNSON, Akira IMAZU, Ayano SAKAMOTO, Bronwyn RIDEOUT, Cameron BEALING, Carolyn VAN LEUVEN, Charlotte LEALUGA, Chris DAYRIT BADIOLA, Emiliia McDONALD, Jake LOWE, Jamie LOWE, Josh JORDAN, Kaitlyn McDONALD, Mark PEARCE, Michel WEBB, Nicholas O'BRIEN, Olivia WILLIAMS, Pawel KOTARBA, Robert FALCONER, Ross CAPILL, Sarah DWEN, Tracie HEALY.

Celebrating 300 events was Brent FOSTER, celebrating 250 events we had Chrissy ROBERTSON & Neil HAXTON. Glen WARNER also racked up his 50th event earning the red shirt. Well done everyone.





Chrissy ROBERTSON not long after finishing her 250th Neil HAXTON just before completing his 250th

Our 1st timers this week were:


Welcome and we hope to see you all back next week!

Big thanks to all this weeks volunteers:

Helen BARROTT, Richard BRETT, Stu CHANDLER, Margaret DONOVAN, Lizzi ELTON-WALTERS, Bill EMMENS, Jonathan EWEG, Allan HARTLEY, Kirsty IMAZU, Ann KING, Glynis NG, Martin O'SULLIVAN, James OSULLIVAN, Graham WITTS

See you all next week!

Allan Hartley










Lower Hutt parkrun 421 – 11 July 2020


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Week 2 of parkrun Aotearoa’s return and into the new normal. How good does it feel to be doing this again? And to be the ONLY country in the world to be doing this! I must admit, I’m feeling a touch smug about that. Just one of the many benefits from what a team of five million working together and listening to their brilliant leader, can produce. So good!

And we have all returned with varying degrees of fitness – some have obviously kept up their training throughout lockdown and others wish they had done more during lockdown. I fall squarely (or plumply) in the latter category. parkrun couldn’t have returned at a better time!

With Jack Frost making his presence felt this week, came the somewhat difficult task of deciding how many layers to wear; whether to wear gloves?, a beanie?, tights? As always, I realise by the 1Km mark I have overdressed – which my mates Thomas WYNNE and Benny LAU took great joy in giving me some ribbing about!

To this week’s stats:-

National Volunteer Week was observed a couple of weeks ago. So a belated THANK YOU to all of our awesome volunteers over the past year. Huge thanks again to our team this week particularly on this fresh morning. Again ably led by Stu CHANDLER were Joanne NOWAK, Jonathan EWEG, Neil HAXTON, Tony TING (welcome back Tony!), Margaret DONOVAN, Colin BOYD, Ewen McDONALD, Bill EMMENS, Caroline BRAY, Ian SIMS, Helen BARROTT, Camilo ARDILES and Vatau SAGAGA.

Some rapid times from our lil uns this morning. Well done!
(134th overall) Ruby FALCONER (JW10) who also ran a PB!
(140th overall) Olivia WINGATE (JW10)
(147th overall) Kaitlyn McDONALD (JW11-14)

(42nd overall) Samuel LI (JM10)
(119th overall) Cameron BEALING (JM11-14)
(121nd overall) Toby IRELAND (JM11-14) who also ran a PB!

We welcomed the following to the parkrun movement and to the Lower Hutt parkrun whanau. We hope you had fun and hope to see you all again:

Poppy WILKINSON -Mieke WOOD - Ayano SAKAMOTO - Manami MIYUKI - Jim VAN LEUVEN - Rachel KEEN - Ben WILLIAMS - Mandy HANCOCK - Jodie STEWART - Jen HALE - Anna GUY - Diane LIVINGSTON - Thomas ANDERSEN and Hirotaka TANIMOTO who casually rocks up and finishes first!

School holidays usually mean a tonne of parkrun tourists – even moreso now with the border restrictions. Supporting local tourism were visitors from the Waikato, Canterbury and Otago. Safe travels to you all.

On an absolute cracker of a morning, we had a whopping 21 PBs. Awesome work to:
Anthony JACKSON – Richard FARLEY – Paul MILLER – Toby IRELAND – Simon PALLIN – Richard BRETT – Andrew LESLIE – Harriet FITZPATRICK – Helena WOODS – Hellie HADFIELD – Peter SHAW – Carolyn VAN LEUVEN – Aaron HISSEY – Brenton VANNISSELROY – Adrian MARSDEN – Sarah DWEN – Andy FULBROOK – Steve BIDDLE – Ruby FALCONER – Marie OLESOVSKA – Natalie JAMES.


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I felt for those who were sitting so close to their milestones before the lockdown. I myself would’ve had notched up #300 last week! Congratulations on their milestones and their patience to:

Lex CHALMERS (200) visiting from Mooloo Country
Kevin GRAY (150)
Briony HIBBERD (150)
Matt DURNEY (50)
Maree CARMAN (50)
Graham WITTS (50)
Brian RUSSELL (50)

I see we have a flood of milestones coming up in the next few weeks for the 350, 300, 250, 200 and 100 clubs. Don’t shy away during the briefing (as is the kiwi way!) – these are great milestones which we all love to celebrate with you.

It was disappointing to read that there will be no more New Year’s Day Doubles. I loved this traditional event. It was unique to parkrun, there was a novelty factor about it and was a whole lot of fun for runners and volunteers. The fact it was happening while half the population were tucked up in bed feeling the effects from the previous night’s celebrations made it perfect – light traffic between Lower Hutt and Porirua; great business for the local cafes; and just a great way to start the year. Oh well, I guess I should be happy we even get one NYD parkrun, particularly when the rest of the parkrun world may still be waiting for their events to restart on New Year’s Day.

Happy running and have a great week all.



Lower Hutt parkrun 420 – 4 July 2020

We’re back!

So, after a period of 15 Saturday’s without a parkrun here we are back in business. How awesome was it to wake up this morning and resume our familiar parkrunday routine.? (hopefully, that was the case for the majority, others confessed that they had got used to their Saturday morning sleep in and struggled to get going).

It was fantastic to arrive at the normal congregational area and to see familiar faces once Heartfelt hugs and handshakes were shared, before Lizzi recorded a rousing cheer on her phone and RD Alastair welcomed us all back.

After the run briefing we were under starters orders and a very joyous throng that was the 227 of us gleefully set out.

How good was it to run with others instead of running on your own? It thought it was great to resume normal business, trying desperately and keep up with someone that just passed me and to attempt a strong finish once we passed those steps to the right, just 500 meters from home.

It was brilliant to see everyone mingling about at the finish, thankful that the awful weather from the week past had abated. Equally it was great to be part of the post parkrun coffee crowd that certainly brings the buzz to Buzz Café on a Saturday morning.


First Timers. 

The 10 people completing their first parkrun may not have understood what all the excitement was about but hopefully you enjoyed your experience and got a gist of what parkrun means to us all. Come back for another go and you’ll be hooked too, if you aren’t already.


Another 3 people were completing their 3rd parkrun and their 1st at Lower Hutt. Brenton VANNISSELROY, Natalie CARE and Rachel MILLER. Other visitors were Leo BRIDGMAN running his 9th. Savannah BRIDGMAN her 14th. Both Tom SAWYER and Elliot MCLEOD their 43rd.

Hopefully, you all enjoyed the Lower Hutt course on a typically calm Wellington day.


New Personal Best's.

Congratulations to the 27 who took advantage of the calm conditions to record a PB. Considering how boggy the turnaround area was a PB was very impressive. Obviously all that lockdown training paid off this week Marion DUMETZ, Beverly RICHARDS, Sarah DWEN, Stephem BASS, Jamie LOWE, Carolyn VAN LEUVEN, Aaron JOHNSON, Mark PEARCE, Peter KING, Hellie HADFIELD, Harriet FITZPATRICK, Jonathan CRICKMORE, Andrew LESLIE, Roy BLEWETT, Richard BRETT, Joel MILLER, Kevin MILLER, Brendan JELLEY, Paul MILLER, Tbaba LIU, Ian SIMS, Don STEVENS, Ray MANAHAN, Andrew KERR, Michel WEBB, Susan HAYNES and Anthony JACKSON,

Andrea RUGLYS was left stranded on 199 parkruns when the world stopped parkrunning. So, what a momentous occasion to clockup your 200th parkrun Andrea. Well done on that achievement.


This Week's Awesome Volunteers Were.

Run Director Alastair WILLIS

Timekeepers Margaret DONOVAN and Anne METCALF-MACDONALD

Finish Tokens Liz NEILL

Barcode Scanning Janette BECKETT and Stu LESLIE

Tail Walker Craig THOMPSON

Photographer Glynis NG

Lead Bike Anthony BECKETT

Pre-event Setup James OSULLIVAN

Post-event Close Down Neil HAXTON

Run Report Writer Bruce MCCARDLE


Podium Positions This Week.

Guys Jonathan CRICKMORE (New PB 15.57, 7th fastest time at LH), Anthony JACKSON (New PB 16.36, 26th fastest time at LH) and Grant MCLEAN (89.63% Age Grade)

Gals Laura ROBERTSON (19.02, 13th overall in a fast field. The 1st 18 runners were under 20 minutes), Marion DUMETZ (New PB 23.30) and Briony HIBBERD


Highest Age Grade Percentage this Week.

Grant MCLEAN 89.63% The 3rd highest Age Grade percentage at Lower Hutt ever.


parkrun New Zealand

On Saturday in New Zealand there were

29 Events

3,683 Finishers

315 Volunteers

263 First-Timers

As we are the first country of 22 parkrunning territories to recommence those are the parkrun global figures too.

The rest of the parkrun world are looking on, envious of our unique position. Hopefully, they see this as an incredibly positive first step on the long journey back to parkrun normality for the whole worldwide parkrun community.


Bruce McCardle

Grateful parkrunner



Lower Hutt UN birthday report


Here's a short report to mark Lower Hutt parkrun's 8th birthday /anniversary on 5 May.

5 May 2020 marks a special day in the history of Lower Hutt parkrun. Its "Happy 8th Birthday" and it will certainly be Many Happy Returns when we are all able to meet up again (hopefully sooner rather than late, with all things going well).

Event number 1 took place on 5 May 2012 with 84 participants and 5 volunteers. The first person in was Edwin Kaitany in a time of 15 minutes 25 seconds, and this is still the course record. This time was not equalled again till event 142 by Nick Horspool on 1 January 2015. So a longstanding time record is still waiting to be broken for anyone wanting a new challenge!

Dorota Eva Starzak was the first female runner in with a time of 20 minutes 49 seconds. The current female record holder is Phoebe McKnight with a time of 16 minutes 59 seconds,at event 306 on 3 February 2018.

Once a parkrunner, always a parkrunner (and that includes parkwalkers as well). Current Lower Hutt parkrunners who were at event 1, include Chris Speakman, Elaine Richardson, Alistair Willis, Tina Kerr, Bruce McCardle, Allan Hartley, Ian Morton and Andrew Crosland. Alistair, Tina, Bruce, Allan, Ian and Andrew all took part in event 419 on 14 March 2020, the last event before lockdown. The great thing about parkrun is that once you have your barcode, it's forever and you can use it at any parkrun anywhere. (Apologies if I have missed the names of people from event 1, who are active at Lower Hutt and/or other parkrun locations).

Lower Hutt parkrun is the  FIRST parkrun in New Zealand and our  first Run Director was Richard McChesney, who instigated the event here, after participating in parkrun while living in the UK.. The first ever parkrun was held at Bushey Park London on 2 October 2004. Richard is now based overseas, and active in  parkrunning . There are now 30 parkruns in New Zealand, and the worldwide parkrun movement is in 22 countries. Parkrun tourism is fast growing, and many Lower Hutt parkrunners have incorporated a parkrun elsewhere in their trips away.

Parkrunners at Lower Hutt have run a total of 302,985 kilometres in the last eight years ! That's equivalent to 7.6 times around the world. The largest number of participants has been 327 at event 410 on 11 January 2020. Since the beginning of January 2020, we have had an average of 270 participants every week. Volunteer teams have grown from 5 ,just 8 years ago, to 15. So when parkrun resumes, please have a go at a volunteer role, because no volunteers means no parkrun.

Hope everyone and your families are staying safe and well. The parkrun community at Lower Hutt (and all the other parkrun communities) will be back together in due course to enjoy fresh air, friendship and fun running/walking.

" Happy 8th Birthday 

 Lower Hutt parkrun"


Glynis Ng


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Lower Hutt parkrun – no events taking place currently anywhere in the world...

Kia ora e hoa, I hope everyone is keeping well and safe.

April 4th 2020 – I'm on the roster for the Lower Hutt parkrun report, and I chose this date for a reason. 04/04/20 was 5 years to the day since my first parkrun. I was surprised to see that come around on a Saturday again. It would have been my #177 if parkruns were still happening, but instead I completed #174 before parkrun was cancelled for a while. Writing this report would also have been my 21st volunteer, as I was on target to join the Volunteer #25 club soon. Soon! It's all quite surreal really hey...

In early 2015 I decided it was time to challenge myself to get running. I'd been a hockey player since I was 11, and had played other sports along the way, and I love to swim, but there was no way I was a runner. No way! Definitely not a runner... A friend in Melbourne, was doing the Couch to 5k programme and encouraged me to join her. I'd never heard of it before but gave it a whirl. I followed the programme on time rather than distance, and not being fast I didn't quite make it to 5k in the 9 weeks, but got to about 4.7km. When I was drawing close a friend here said Well you better go to parkrun on Saturday then! Um, an event, like an actual running thing, with other people! Yup... So there we were. My first ever running of a solid 5k was also my first parkrun. Saturday April 4th 2015. Five years on, mid March I was to do my Melbourne buddy's local parkrun with her – but I didn't go... Travel may well be off the cards for lots of us for a while yet...

What an amazing five years it has been. Thanks to all the fabulous people who have challenged and encouraged me along the way! I'm still not sure I call myself a runner but I can consistently complete the 5k parkrun each week. Many weeks that's all I do in a week, so it's great to have parkrun to keep me moving. I'm incredibly lucky to travel around NZ with work and family and over 4 and a half years I had completed 23 different parkrun events, 21 in NZ, and one each in Australia and Canada. I planned a busy summer of parkrun tourism and from Nov 2019 to Feb 2020 I completed 15 different events, with a couple of volunteer breaks, including 8 venues new to me. That completed the NZ circuit of 29 parkruns. What fun! I met so many awesome people, and visited some parts of Nz I wouldn't have got to otherwise.

April 4th 2020, was also to be the day that NZ's 30th parkrun event had their inaugural. We look forward to joining you at some point Whanganui Riverbank. Some parkrun communities around the country are having virtual coffee meetups after parkrun time on a Saturday morning. Check out the facebook groups for the different events to see what the parkrun community is up to.

Kia kaha! Hang in there New Zealand. Stay safe, and we'll see you again soon at a parkrun nearby... Ngā mihi nui koutou

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takimano e. 

My strength is not mine alone, but that of many.

Liz Neill


Lower Hutt parkrun 419 – 14 March 2020

Hello all,

This year so far has been a great journey for some and unlucky for others. Last weekend, I completed 50 parkruns at Lower Hutt and it was something that it might not have achieved. Saying that, there was Rachel STEVENS who celebrated her 50th birthday to achieve her 100th parkrun milestone on the parkrun week of Lower Hutt Parkrun #412 - 25th January 2020. That is one awesome achievement. Today we had our previous Wellington mayor Justin LESTER in attendance, it was great to see different people attending our parkrun event.

Lower Hutt & Greytown Woodside Trail parkrunner Bruce MCCARDLE is doing a freedom run of five events again in the lower North Island at the end of April as a repeat of last year’s successful event. If you would like to know more, please contact the Lower Hutt parkrun team who will get in touch with him for you. The courses are Lower Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North and Greytown Woodside Trail in this order.

We also had Athletes Foot as one of our previous sponsors in attendance with their marque. parkrunners and volunteers took the opportunity to have some fruit and had a look at the shoes that were on display after the event. As for those who are not aware, Whanganui has announced their official launch date for their first official parkrun on Saturday 4th April. I am assuming that there will be a large attendance of parkrunners attending the course for Whanganui Riverbank parkrun that date. So try and get there early, if you want to add the very first parkrun of that course to your name! parkrun tourists are guaranteed to be there on the official launch. Course details can be found here.


First Timers & Tourists

We had 17 first timers who made their parkrun debut today. We hope to see you again soon.

There were a mix of tourists from the United Kingdom, Australia and other parts of New Zealand who visited this course today. We hope you liked this course as part of your parkrun touring.


Personal Bests

We had 42 personal bests today. Congratulations to Iain SHAW, Anthony BLYTHEN, Rhys WINGATE, Briony HIBBERD, Tyler BAIN, Anna WELLS, Emma WICKENS, Nadia SORENSEN, Paul SUMNER, Susan HAYNES, Sarah GUINEY, Oliver WILKINSON, Simon WILKINSON, Stephen HARROP, Benny LAU, Kane KENCH, Renier WOLFAARDT, Doug WATSON, Sarah INGLIS, Rhys SCANNELL, Liam MCEWAN, Yvette OLSEN, Anne EAMES, Sarah DWEN, Brent HARDY, Dianne TENNENT, Les EAMES, Paul WONG, John STUBBINGS, Lianna PRATT, Clare BIRCH, Louise HARRINGTON, Samantha MCCAW, Heather SINCLAIR, Thomas VAN DER GULIK, Anna BORNHOLDT, Naga GORLA, Michael WALTON, Jackie PIGOU, Neve GROOM, David MOORE, Emiliia MCDONALD, Natthakarn SRIYAPHAN



There were some milestones today. Congratulations to Jane Campbell from the United Kingdom on completing her 50th parkrun as a first timer on this course.

Deborah BLYTHEN, Gina FOSTER and Maria Jessa DE ASIS completed their 200th parkrun today. 50 more to go before obtaining the green shirt. Keep it up ladies.

Lower Hutt’s event director Mark MALONE completed his 400th parkrun today. Mark started parkrun during Lower Hutt’s second event in 2012. Only 100 more to go before getting the nice blue 500 shirt. Martin O’SULLIVAN is not far behind on getting his 400th parkrun too, this also depends on where he celebrates this unofficial milestone of course!



Thank you to the 14 volunteers for making this event happen. They are as follows: Amy BEALING, Hailey BOUWMAN, Miringa BOUWMAN, Martyn CHERRY, Margaret DONOVAN, Alison EDWARDS, Jonathan EWEG, Dan JOE, Andrew NG, James OSULLIVAN, Vatau SAGAGA, Vatau Junior SAGAGA, Nina SIMMONS and Alastair WILLIS.


As we are going through some tough times as per COVID-19, please look after each other and listen to those around you. If you are unwell to attend a parkrun, please stay at home and rest up. Keep yourself proud by following the correct protocols during this tough time. We will get through this together. Follow the hygiene standards and protect yourself well.



Dan Joe (A4225353)



Lower Hutt parkrun 148 – 7 March 2020

Today we celebrated International Women’s Day, with (almost) an all women volunteer team. I’m proud to be associated with these strong, confident and caring women. It was a day for wearing purple, the colour associated with IWD as well as our parkrun volunteer 25 shirts. Thank you to all the men who wore purple today to show their support as well. It was a brilliant sight.

The weather played its part too, as it often does in early autumn, with a fine and cool morning with no wind to speak of. 258 runners and walkers, plus babies in pushchairs and dogs on leads, all completed their outings in less than an hour. Our Lead Bike today was 9 year old Sophie Crosland, who was wearing borrowed gloves and struggling to change gears, but fortunately Dad Andrew Crosland was leading the field and I found him pushing Sophie up the ramp at the fourth kilometre before storming home in 17:57 followed by first timer John Hartevelt in 18:36 and Darren Gordon in 18:42. Katie Jordan was first woman home today in 20:27, followed by first timer Katie Topham in 23:33 and Gaby Cowcill in 23:38.

In all there were 35 First Timers today, with 17 genuine first time parkrunners. Hope you all had a great time, and are looking forward to returning next week to see if you can make some improvements on those PBs that you set today. We had visitors from Whangarei, Kapiti, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. We hope you enjoyed our course.

41 wonderful and hard fought new PBs were achieved this week- congratulations. Too many to mention individually. PBs usually become harder to achieve, the more runs you do, as effectively you reach an efficient running style etc. So, I always like to mention those people who have been around a long time and managed a PB. This week they are Shane Devitt 116 runs, Briony Hibberd 141 runs and my nephew James O’Sullivan 158 runs. This was in fact James’ 8th PB this year, run at various courses, but each one improving on his previous record at that course. Very proud of you James.

Gary Maxwell and Tim Mellsop both completed their 100th parkrun today. Joel Waters completed his 50th run. Congratulations to all of you.

Next week, Mark Malone will reach 400 parkruns. A wonderful achievement. While other people in NZ have more runs than Mark, none of them started their parkrun journey in NZ. Hoping to see a good turn out at Lower Hutt. Only 100 more after that until you get your blue shirt

So don’t forget your barcode #DFYB – every run should count.

6,531 runners have now completed 301,480kms including 8,516 PBs at Lower Hutt parkrun. It’s a special group of which to be a part.

The volunteers this week deserve our special thanks:  Sharon CLARK, Gaby COWCILL, Sophie CROSLAND, Maggie DAVIES, Lizzi ELTON-WALTERS, Gina FOSTER, Jill GROGAN, Mary-Ann JANSSEN, Ann KING, Natalie MCNAUGHT, Liz NEILL, Christine OSULLIVAN-ROBERTSON, Andrea RUGLYS, and Martyn CHERRY.
Don't forget, parkrun can't function without volunteers, so please check the volunteer roster and join in on the fun sometime.

Hope to see you all next week.

Christine O'Sullivan-Robertson

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