Lower Hutt parkrun, New Zealand, Saturday, December 1, 2012

Angela Coates and Paul Pascoe

As soon as we saw New Zealand were setting up a parkrun we knew we had to work our holiday around it. Brilliant we thought, the furthest travelled Striders to do a parkrun. Little did we know Adam’s Dad lives in New Zealand at the moment, oh well no worries still a fantastic chance to be a ‘parkrun tourist’. We arrived a day too late for the Auckland parkrun so decided to make our way down the country to do Lower Hutt parkrun, which is the first parkrun to be established in NZ anyway. We arrived early at the course and met the race director Kent who is really friendly and gave us a fantastic introduction at the start.

We were off, it’s a great course along the Hutt River, a bit up and down in places and headwind on the return journey but scenic and good paths.

Running down under ... Paul did a fantastic run with a new PB and I had a steady run which I was pleased with. 91 runners there today. After the run we had a quick coffee in the Caffiend 36 and a bit of chat to fellow runners.

We would definitely return if we come back to NZ next year and hopefully by then, there will be more parkruns around the country. Worth a visit.

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