Lower Hutt parkrun 452 – 4 April 2021

It dawned a cool and calm autumn’s morning after a week of wet and windy weather ideal for a parkrun.

A field of 182 started out with visitors from Auckland, Napier, and Wellington including Ben BROWN, Nate BROWN, Lila BROWN, Sara STRUCKMAN, Ana COCHRANE, Alyssa KIDD, and Megan BIGG.

First Timers included Matthew MASON, Paul NEASON & Michelle HUGHES.

Milestones today were Ruby FALCONER (Junior) 10 & Craig DUNCAN 50.

Plenty of runners took advantage of the conditions to record a personal best including: (Beware it is a long list - 29 - 15.8 per cent ! - I suspect the 0.8 was a junior (Ed))

Matt DURNEY with a FIRST Place as well, Pawel KOTARBA in SECOND Place, Miki SZIKSZAI, Jeremy BRAY, Gregor FOUNTAIN, Nicholas WALBRIDGE, Von Paolo GENTEA, Kelly FIELD, Elspeth KNEWSTUBB, Zoe CAREW, James McCAFFERTY, Susan WHITMORE, Helene WALTON, Philomena CHIN, Siobhan SIMPSON, Rebecca STOOP, Emily LESLIE, Brad ZIE, Steve BIDDLE, Louise HARRINGTON, Tarn CAREW, Meriel REYES, Mercedes GLOVER, Christina THOMPSON, Rebecca HALL-McCAFFERTY, Stephen THOMPSON, Cameron BUCKMAN & last but not least Mimi GARCIA. And a mention to local MP Chris BISHOP who equalled his PB.

Whilst walking with the Tail Walker I was surprised by the number of new faces, long may this continue.

Thanks to this week’s volunteers. Remember volunteers are always being looked for. It is a great way to meet fellow park runners and friendships that can follow.

My apologies if I have missed a milestone or PB.

Hope you all have a great Easter.



Event 451 – 27 March 2021

Kia ora whanau

With the arrival of autumn, we are about to enter the toughest part of parkrun’s 12-month season. When some of us have those moments at 7am on Saturday morning and ask ourselves, ”Should I go...Nah...Should I go...Nah...then as 0745 strikes oh come let’s do it, rush rush rush to the start line!”

Then there is the somewhat difficult task of deciding how many layers to wear; whether to wear gloves?, a beanie?, tights? a jacket? As always, I realise by the 1Km mark I have overdressed!

But even when the weather does get a bit rough, you can now still count on Lower Hutt to still have a hearty, crazy core group of over 100 runners.


The trifecta: Wind, rain and cold (15 October 2016: 51 hearty souls braved the tail end of Hutt’s winter. The worst conditions parkrun I have encountered – anywhere!)

To this week’s stats:-

Huge thanks to our team of volunteers this week. Led by Mark MALONE were Craig THOMPSON - Katie BENSON - Rob STEAD - Zoe CAREW - Quentin DUTHIE - Margaret DONOVAN - Martyn CHERRY - Liz NEILL – Peter MURMU – Gaby COWCILL – Sophie CROSLAND – Michael WOOD and moi!


1. (38th overall) Zara FIELD (JW15-17)
2. (60th overall)Mae STEWART (JW10)
3. (168th overall) Esme WILLIS (JW11-14) with a PB to boot! Congrats!

1. (16th overall) Jacob Anderson WALLACE (JM11-14)
2. (52nd overall) Oliver WILKINSON (JM11-14) with a PB to boot! Congrats!
3. (75th overall) Max PRITCHARD (JM 11-14) with a PB to boot! Congrats!


We welcomed eight people to the parkrun movement and to the Lower Hutt parkrun whanau. We hope to see you again: Christopher MITCHELL - Mark HARRISON - Emily DALY - Alex WINSLADE - Kate ASTON (who casually rocks up and is the second female home!) - Leanna RYNNE - Zara FIELD and Caroline RACHLIN.

We also had three parkrunners visiting us today from Canterbury and Waikato namely Hugh CONLY - Jane ROBERSTON and IAN ROBERTSON. Safe travels to you all.


Perfect conditions for a PB – mild with a hint of a breeze. 26 people took advantage. Congrats to you all!



Congratulations on their milestone runs to:

Anthony BLYTHEN (100) Tina KERR (50)

Ryan PIGOU (10)

You would have all caught up on the upcoming changes to the Milestone system which will now include a 25 milestone t-shirt and the volunteer milestone shirts will mirror the current running milestones. Also, all of our juniors will now get the milestone 10 t-shirt as modelled by Vatau Junior. These changes will take effect on 1 September 2021.


Happy running and have a great week all. Stay safe. Stay warm.



Lower Hutt parkrun 450 – 20 March 2021

Fascinating stuff, visiting a different parkrun and seeing how they do it. Lower Hutt runs like a well-oiled machine, being New Zealand’s oldest parkrun and all. For me, an Aucklander, it was a bit like doing my Bushy pilgrimage! I’d heard about Lower Hutt for so long, from fellow Western Springs run director, Kent Stead, and had heard of Richard McChesney, now walking crazy far in England, who was the original event director. So, earlier this year I was excited to find out that the professional development group I am
involved in through work was assigned to meet in Wellington, not once, but twice in 2021. I knew without a doubt that my first trip down would be a chance to pay homage to Lower Hutt. I was delayed two weeks by Covid rearing its ugly head, but luckily the work trip was postponed and so I quickly rebooked the hotel and packed my barcode!

A few days before leaving for Wellington I sent a message on Facebook to see if I could catch a lift with a parkrunner from the city centre. Thinking that plenty of parkrunners would live further south than the CBD and travel north to parkrun, little did I imagine that Peter Murmu, a recent addition to the run director team, would backtrack miles out of his way to pick me up AND be willing to drop me back again afterwards! Thank you so much, Peter, I enjoyed our parkrun-related and other chats. And that huge gesture of hospitality and generosity was not alone. While I got the feeling the core volunteer crew are very familiar and close, Mark and his team were certainly welcoming to a newcomer, and I felt right at home. I did get side-tracked admiring the sunrise over the river when I realised I’d almost missed the first timers’ briefing, but I dashed over and the volunteer was happy to repeat himself for my benefit.

After a newsy and informative run brief from Mark we set off, and I could see the use of a dual start line in action – very cool. A bit nervous about running the whole 5k, I set off at a steady pace thinking I’d walk later if needed. Enjoying the feeling of running in a crowd, I was jogging along when I was greeting from the side by a friendly runner with something like “You’re a visitor from Auckland, aren’t you?” I looked around and saw a young woman with a very friendly face. Yay, conversation! I’m always keen to pass the pain of parkrun with a bit of chatting and swapping of stories. Meeting Katie this way was a stroke of luck as we easily kept up a pleasant talk the whole time, under bridges, past the returning speedsters, across the grass to the turnaround, and back the way we came, even through the part when my knee started protesting at about 3.5k. We just kept up our conversation right to the end which took my mind off any reasons my brain was concocting to stop and walk! So I ended up with a much better time than expected, thanks Katie. At the finish I met her husband too, and we walked together over to the Buzz Café to enjoy a well-earned and tasty breakfast. I was humbled when Katie and Svend insisted it was their shout. Again, what a welcome from the locals!


I’d better write something about the parkrun itself as well! It was a huge affair for me, as I’m from Owairaka parkrun in Auckland which only started up on October 24 last year and is averaging just under 100 parkrunners per week. This week Lower Hutt saw 222 runners, walkers and joggers, and it was exciting to be in a crowd again. The flattish course provided a fast time up front with 17:02 by Andrew Rutherdale, who chose placing first as a unique celebration for his 100th run. A quick check of the stats shows this is actually his 10th time to head the field and only 4 seconds off his PB, so a smashing morning for him! He did well to hold off Walter Somerville in second place by 8 seconds, and Nathan Martin with a PB in third trailing by a further 10 seconds. A close finish for the men, but not so much for the ladies, with Sally Hale out in front at 22:03 followed by Holly Couch in 23:26 and the crazy-as fast under-10, Connie Reed, in 24:27 - a new PB to boot! Well done to all of today’s finishers, including all 33 with shiny new PBs!

A run report would not be complete without noting the milestones, of which there were many. Out of seven, though, the most note-worthy of all was undoubtedly Lizzi Elton-Walters achieving her incredible 400th parkrun. The lovely carrot cakes were in her honour, but it was a bittersweet celebration as it was also Lizzi’s second to last parkrun in NZ before returning to the UK. Go well, Lizzi. In addition, there were the following other milestone: previously mentioned first placer, Andrew Rutherdale (100), Caroline Williamson (100), Deanna Aguila (50), Lexi Falconer (10), Tabitha Zielinski (10) and Olivia Crosland (10). Nice to know those they will all, juniors included, be able to pick up their milestone t-shirts in due course from the UK for a reasonable price!

One last word of thanks to the volunteers, for they make it possible for the rest to run. They are the ones who are in on a little secret, that volunteering at parkrun gives you even greater warm and fuzzy vibes than running does! So don’t hesitate to give it a try. Appreciation and thanks go this week to: Martyn Cherry, Julie Collard, Andrew Crosland, Margaret Donovan, Naomi Dunwoodie, Bill Emmens, Mary-Ann Janssen, Alison King, Mark Malone, Ian Morton, Peter Murmu, Alex Turner, Robert Turner, and Glen Warner.

What a great weekend I had in Wellington and Lower Hutt. A friendly lift to take away the stress of getting to an unfamiliar place in time, an entertaining friend to converse with as we ran and take my mind off the hard yakka, and a wonderful time at the café after. The icing on the cake was that it was also my long-awaited 15th different event in New Zealand, which gets me on to the leader board, yay! So, while the weather at 8am was chilly and grey, the welcome for me at parkrun was anything but! This warm hospitality was unforgettable. I would love to see my newfound Lower Hutt friends at Owairaka parkrun in Auckland where I can repay the favours I was blessed with and show off the beautiful course and café there!

Julie Collard


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


Lower Hutt parkrun 448 – 27 February 2021

Two hundred and seventy-two parkrunners turned up on Saturday morning for the 448th Lower Hutt parkrun. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, and there was barely any wind. Perfect conditions for an incredible thirty-four people to get PBs:


Nikki EVERTON (19:47), Hayden KING (19:48), Miki SZIKSZAI (20:01), Paul TUCKEY (21:35), Anuj SHARMA (22:18), Tobi TREVENA (22:33), Gregor FOUNTAIN (23:40), Marcelo RODRIGUEZ FERRERE (23:43), Zachary BOYCE (23:47), Rami MOUNLA (25:00), Peter KING (25:16), Emily LESLIE (25:27), Brendan DUNN (25:42), Ross WELLS (25:53), Svend HANSEN (26:01), Freddie GILBERT (27:06), Nicola FOWLIE (28:33), Brigitta BARTSCH (31:11), Heather SINCLAIR (32:49), Sam MONTECLARO (32:57), Michelle STANYON (33:00), Lyna MARCHENKO (33:17), Miringa BOUWMAN (33:28), Fraser KIRBY (33:43), Maria DUNWOODIE (34:41), Alice ROBINSON (34:47), Susan WHITMORE (35:26), Euan MONTECLARO (36:47), Marina KAICHIS (38:44), Akshara RAVI (44:15), Emmanuel MONTECLARO (45:22), Leonie BOND (46:30), Tania JOVANOVICH (46:45), and Belinda TAYLOR (47:11).


It felt like a real family event today. There were multiple mums and dads out with their young kids. Even my mum and dad were out there today (though I wouldn’t say I’m that young anymore, haha!). Let me take a moment to give a little shoutout to them (Joe GLOVER and Ruth GLOVER). Dad had his ankles fused a few years ago, which means he can’t run anymore. But he makes sure he still gets out to challenge himself, walking parkrun at top speed. Mum had a double-knee replacement in recent years. She’s still healing and has to deal with a bit of pain, but she can now walk 5 km in less than an hour (an impossible feat a few months ago). Go, Mum and Dad!


I also want to give a shoutout to our amazing volunteers (without you, parkrun wouldn’t happen):
Martyn CHERRY, Andrew CROSLAND, Olivia CROSLAND, Maggie DAVIES, Margaret DONOVAN, Gina FOSTER, Mercedes GLOVER, Daxa GOVIND, Susan HAYNES, Marketa LANGOVA, Sush METIKURKE, Peter MURMU, Liz NEILL, Martin O’SULLIVAN, and Craig THOMPSON.


Peter MURMU welcomed everybody in his first stint as Run Director. We had quite a few first-time runners at Lower Hutt parkrun as well (twenty to be exact):
Riku KOYAMA (17:10) – first place too!, Aaron O’NEALE (21:48), Damian GURNICK (23:41), Jack WHITEROD (24:00), Colan BALKWILL (24:06), Peter WITHINSHAW (30:05), Emma ROSS (31:01), Anna SECKER (32:51), Fern ROMANOS (34:48), Siriluck TESANA (34:51), Maryam SHOJAEI (34:53), Luna KUTCHUKIAN (39:31), Kirsty TAMANUI (41:50), Mary GORDON (42:44), Annette MORAN (44:04), Frances POYNDER (45:17), Martin WARR (50:32), Lee-Ann WARR (50:33), Vrajesh RAVI (57:09), and Toby WILLIAMSON (57:17).


And finally, congratulations to Karl VAN POLANEN (21:27), who reached his 50th parkrun!


Well done to all participants. I assume parkrun won’t be going ahead next Saturday due to the change in COVID alert levels this week. So, please always remember to be kind, stay safe, keep scanning those QR codes, and hopefully, we’ll see you all again in a couple of weeks!

Mercedes GLOVER


Lower Hutt parkrun 446 – 13 February 2021

Beautiful Lower Hutt parkrun conditions today for the 228 folk who 
completed the course. Was also fab to see the kayaks out on the river again.

It always feels so good to get the weekend's exercise over and done with 
first thing on a Saturday morning!

I used to find running really useful for working through any work issues 
I was up against. But now I find my mind is often blank when I run. Not 
sure what that's all about, or if it's a good thing or not, but it's 
quite pleasant really, as is running along with a lovely friend and 
asking loads of open questions so she can do all the talking! All while 
I puff and pant.

An article I read a while ago suggested that running may help to develop 
new brain cells. I wouldn't mind a few more of those, I thought to 
myself... If that alone isn't a good enough reason to get into running, 
what is?

The experts also reckon that aerobic cardiovascular exercise sends more 
nourishing blood to our brain. Of all the types of exercise, running and 
walking rate pretty highly in terms of increased cognitive flexibility - 
with better ability to switch between mental tasks more flexibly. No 
wonder there are so many of us showing up each week.

And how good it is that we're able to attend parkrun, when our friends 
in loads of other parts of the globe have COVID-19 to deal with still.

Thanks to our helpful volunteers this week: Roy BLEWETT, Warren BURKE, 
Martyn CHERRY, Sharon CLARK, Simon EDWARDS, Julia GORDON, Jill GROGAN, 
Susan HAYNES, Ann KING, Moira LEDINGHAM, Mark MALONE, Peter MURMU and 

Well done for taking part today - in particular to Kirk OLSSON who 
celebrated his absolutely magnificent 350th parkrun and any others who 
achieved a significant milestone.


Lower Hutt parkrun 445 – 6 February 2021

Tēnā koutou and kia ora to all 249 parkrunners plus volunteers who showed up for Lower Hutt parkrun #445. We started our morning with a karakia by Liz Neill in recognition of Waitangi Day.

The karakia was written by Ben Ngaia during lockdown 2020 for Matariki, and speaks to bringing together people and places, acknowledging the importance of relationships, and the values that sit at the heart of our communities. It acknowledges where we came from and who we are today, collaboration and connectivity, and the sharing of each other's abundance. Very fitting for Waitangi Day and our parkrun community. Liz has shared a YouTube link of the karakia to the Lower Hutt parkrun Facebook page, and I’ve included it below if you missed it or would like to hear it again. Thanks Liz, and ka pai for reaching 200 parkruns! He Karakia mo Matariki \ Wellington City 2020

Speaking of community values, thank you to the wonderful volunteer team members for your time this long weekend: Floro ASTRONOMIA, Colin BOYD, Warren BURKE, Caitlin CAREW, Zoe CAREW, Stu CHANDLER, Mark COFFEY, Andrew CUSHNIE, Margaret DONOVAN, Emily Musson!, Peter MURMU, Liz NEILL, Rob STEAD, Alesha YUILE, and Dennis YUILE.

The warm, calm conditions called for 20 visitors and First Timers, and 43 PBs! Welcome and congratulations to you all. Our fastest female runner this week was Hinano ANDREWS with an aesthetically pleasing time of 20 minutes flat, and our fastest male runner was Andrew RUTHERDALE, with a PB of 16:58 on his 96th parkrun - impressive! Does anyone else ever wonder if there is a correlation between the speed of the lead bike and the first finishers across the line? (editor's note there has been an instance or two of the lead runner beating the bike!)

I see that our newest parkrun neighbours Trentham Memorial parkrun had 166 finishers for their 2nd event, a drop from the first week but a great turnout nonetheless. I’ll be sure to get out there as a parkrun tourist soon.

To finish, I’d like to give a shoutout to my sister Claire MUSSON, who introduced me to parkrun 2 years ago when I moved to Wellington, after having become hooked on it herself in 2016. Claire has been a regular at Lower Hutt for the last 4 years, has volunteered 12 times, and visited 9 other courses including London’s Bushy parkrun pilgrimage. Claire’s plans of ticking over her 100th parkrun in Europe last year were put on hold due to COVID-19, so she continued at Lower Hutt following our lockdown, and now has 98 parkruns under her belt. If you had blinked you would’ve missed it, but Claire and her husband Camilo also now have a two-month old baby, Sebastian, who has already completed our course in the buggy once! Keep an eye out for Claire as she completes her 100 milestone in the next few weeks.

Ka kite anō



Karakia link



Lower Hutt parkrun 444 – 30 January 2021

Hi there, and congratulations to the 158 runners, walkers and enthusiastic dogs who completed Lower Hutt’s 444th parkrun.  We totalled over 200 participants for the last three weeks, so our numbers this week were down a bit.  I haven’t stalked anyone to confirm, but I would guess this was not entirely due to the cool overcast conditions – but also because some Lower Hutt regulars took the opportunity to go to Upper Hutt and run the inaugural Trentham Memorial parkrun.  Exciting to have another parkrun near by!  Welcome to the ‘family’ Trentham Memorial!

As I noted, it was definitely cooler than usual; overcast and not very summery.  This was because of the ‘fresh’ (aka reasonably strong!) southerly wind.  So instead of flying out and then being smacked by headwinds on the return, we had the opposite.  It was a tough slog to halfway, then tailwind back – so I’m not sure about you but I had that rare thing – a negative split.  My second half was faster than the first half. \^0^/

So let’s have a look at how yesterdays run shaped up.  I’d like to welcome the following first timers to the parkrun family; Gareth Wilson, Kent Collard, Kayleigh Wilson, Rami Mounla, Trelise Morgan, Anne Hewson, Anne Robinson, and Rebecca and James Hall-McCafferty.  I hope you enjoyed your first parkrun experience and will be back next week for more!  When you finished your run, did you head to Buzz café for refreshments and conversation with your fellow runners?  It is my favourite thing to do after completing a parkrun… at least the weeks I am there and don’t have to dash off to dragon boat training!  For many of us, parkrun is not just a run, it is also a social outing.  Speaking for myself, connecting with my parkrun buddies is what brings me back week after week.  And this week was my 314th park run, so you can see it can be very habit forming!  And if you want to venture further afield, there are another 32 parkruns around New Zealand.

A warm Lower Hutt welcome to Alanna Furlan who completed her 20th parkrun, and her first outing at Lower Hutt.  I hope you enjoyed our riverside course.
Although the conditions were not especially ideal, there were 18 PB’s – personal bests.  Well done, Jacob Anderson-Wallace, Jeremy Bray, Adam McLoughlin, Nigel Elder, Vignesh Sivaraman, Aaron Morgan, Callum Skinner, Jan and Petri Le Roux, Sophie Powick, Michael Coffey, Sush Metikurke, Koko Imazu, Victoria Edwards, Lousie Harrington, Riyet Pelayo, Christina Thompson, and Erina Potter.  Note that as a general rule, the more parkruns you do, the less frequent the PB’s become.  For myself, my PB was run way back in 2013 – it is my lifetime best that I get further and further away from as the years go by!  So enjoy what you achieved this week!

Additional congratulations are extended to young Koko who achieved her latest PB on her 50th parkrun – very exciting as it is a t-shirt milestone run – you are eligible for the red shirt.  And all this in the week of your 10th birthday.  Happy birthday also, Koko! Talking about milestone tshirts – the red fifty shirt is the first, followed by the black 100 shirt, and you may notice there are also several people sporting the green 250 tshirts.  When looking at Lower Hutt parkrun statistics, I see that Mark Malone has completed 425 runs so he is well on the way to the 500 tshirt!

We had four ‘Unknown’ runners this week – that is people who did not bring their barcode.  Please remember to bring the barcode with you as Lower Hutt has a strict ‘no barcode, no time’ policy.  And it is a shame not to get an official time when you have done the run.

Finally, parkrun happens because of the team of volunteers who put it on for you every week.  It can be challenging for the Run Director to fill all the various roles every week – I signed up to do this run report after a Facebook post the day before our run looking for four more people needed to fill the volunteer roster for this week.  Please consider volunteering and give back.  It is actually fun, and you get to see the run in a whole new light.  So this week, a pat on the back to Floro Astronomia, Caroline Bray, Warren Burke, me, Andrew, Emma, Olivia and Sophie Crosland, Andrew Cushnie, Margaret Donovan, Oliver Dulton, Lizzi Elton-Walters, Mark Malone, Tony Ting, and Sam Visvalingham.

Have a great week.  I won’t be at parkrun next Saturday – I’ll be at Whanganui competing at the Masters Games.  Those of you travelling for the long weekend, stay safe and remember to scan those QR codes!  Where ever you are, you can be sure that parkrun will be there, same place, same time – 8am Saturday morning :)

Nga mihi nui

Winnie Cleary

Lower Hutt parkrunner #319257


Lower Hutt parkrun 443 – 23 January 2021

Greetings runners, walkers and huffers and puffers like myself.

On the 1st and 2nd of January I was fortunate enough to run two different parkruns in Auckland. They were picturesque runs through beautiful parks up there. One being Western Springs and the other Cornwall.

What was different was that one was a two lapper and the other a three lapper. This made me very nervous for the reason that I really didn't want to be lapped by another runner, let alone someone my age! It was cool that I could set a time for a lap and then try and run faster on the other laps. At Lower Hutt parkrun I always try and run the 2nd half faster. Yes, this is tricky with a fresh northerly but heaps of fun with a gale force southerly.

Looking through the results I noticed some interesting statistics, well to me as a geeky maths teacher. Terry McDonald was the first-person home in my age group (45-49 males) in 19:14. That is insane! I would have to go back to 2009 to run that time. Nikki Everton ran a 20:21. What makes this brilliant is that she is running 2 minutes faster than she did 3 and a half years ago, and it's her 4th parkrun. Well done Nikki, I need to train like you. Well done to all 209 runners out there giving it a go. Looking back over my history I see that this will be my 10th year running parkrun at Lower Hutt. I doubt I'll be able to beat my best of 20:49 set in 2013. What I am going to aim for is going under 25 minutes and hopefully completing my 200th parkrun.

To do this I'll have to run consistently and run a few sub-5-minute kilometres. Whatever your own personal goals and challenges this year I wish you all the best. I'll run with an orange bucket hat and shirt. So, if you are keen to try break the 25-minute barrier (I'm currently a 28-minute person) maybe say hi and we could try together...

Today there were an amazing 20 new parkrunners, and 24 park runners who ran Personal Bests (PBs).

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Camilo ARDILES, Janette BECKETT, Bryan Daniel BOTHA, Gary BRADDOCK, Stu CHANDLER, Andrew CUSHNIE, Margaret DONOVAN, Svend HANSEN, Sandy HOOPER, Ruth KERR, Peter MURMU, Andrew NG, Rob STEAD, Glen WARNER, Trevor WEAVER and Alesha YUILE.

Bryan Botha



Lower Hutt parkrun 442 -16 January 2021

Well I think this is becoming a bit of a trend with the run reporters not actually at Lower Hutt again. My excuse was that I was supporting a fellow parkrunner doing her 2nd tourist parkrun at Kapiti parkrun. So I was still at a parkrun just not lower Hutt. Anyway I think we both had very good conditions with a good cloud cover and not a lot of wind to battle against. The running surfaces at Kapiti are quite different to the smooth paths you all enjoyed yesterday. Good training though for anyone doing other running events later in the year like I will be doing.

So I see some of you would have enjoyed another warm up session with Nathan Martin taking that again. Not sure if he plans on doing any more at parkrun but if the numbers were encouraging he may return in the future.

Looks like 281 parkrunners got up early and started their Saturday doing a 5km run before enjoying the post run chat at Buzz. That's why a lot of us come to parkrun for the coffee and chat after, or at least I enjoy that part. Sadly we still seem to be getting the ones who do not have a barcode which is a shame that your efforts for running 5km can not go towards one of the milestone t-shirts.

Must have been good conditions for the 30 runners/walkers who got a PB so well done to Anthony JACKSON ( who also was 1st finisher), Aj SHAW, David HOOD, Jacob ANDERSON-WALLACE, Brett SHAW, Isham REDFORD, Adam MCLOUGHLIN, Brian THOMSON, Gen WEST, Anna WALSH, Terry ROSS, Svend HANSEN, Jenn BURRIDGE, Jonny DITTMER, Karen SIGLEY, Anna STUDDERS, Marjan VAN DEN BELT, Courtnay DITTMER, Simone DUGGAN, Mahia STEAD, Michelle SMITH, Fraser KIRBY, Lovey WAITOA, Ramya RAVISHANKAR, Joanna ROWE, Oscar HEARFIELD, Siobhan SIMPSON, Vanessa CREAMER. It doesn't matter whether your PB is by 1 sec or over a minute it will encourage you all to try a better your times in the coming weeks. I did manage a PB at Kapiti and it has taken me awhile as my 1st run there was 5 years ago and this was my 2nd run. So doesn't matter how long it takes to get another PB.

Welcome to all 19 First timers to Lower Hutt parkrun. Some of you may have travelled from parkruns all over the country or just visiting us from the parkruns within the Wellington region. Hope you enjoyed our parkrun and will return again. Florence REYNOLDS, Ashim GC, Harry JOSEPHSON, Rowan JACKSON-STEWART, Peter RAMAGE, Lei JU, Claire WALLS, Roger REID, Sophie POWICK, Ash KEOWN, Angela GRAHAM, Freddie GILBERT, Pramila THAPA, Gowri Shankar KALYANA KUMAR, Oliver FULLER, Ed FULLER, Tony JURY, Anna FIELD, Melissa MORGAN, Lisa CUMMINS, Haydee SY, Chris MUSSON, Belinda TAYLOR, Tracey MCFADYEN.

Congratulations to Anthony BECKETT for reaching his 300th parkrun, 284 of those have been done at Lower Hutt.

AustIn POWELL ran his 150th well done

There are a few others who are getting very close to milestone runs soon.

Lastly but most importantly are all the volunteers who gave up doing a run so others could do there's. Make sure you all give a Saturday run up so others can as it's the volunteers who are so important for a parkrun to go ahead. Alesha YUILE • Anthony BECKETT • Bill EMMENS • Bjorn WINTER • Christine OSULLIVAN-ROBERTSON • Colin BOYD • Jan CADWALLENDER • Maggie DAVIES • Margaret DONOVAN • Maria Jessa DE ASIS • Mark MALONE • Michel WEBB • Nathan MARTIN • Peter MURMU • Rob STEAD • Stu CHANDLER • Victoria LEE

Jan Cadwallender

parkrunner / Roving Reporter



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