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 email@example.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.