Brockenhurst parkrun #248 – 21st April 2018

This week's run report is courtesy of Pippa White, a visitor from Queen Elizabeth parkrun. Thanks to Pippa and to all of the other volunteers for helping make everything run so smoothly today!

Spring is finally here - #248 Brockenhurst (at Wilverley Inclosure)

Dear Brockenhurst parkrun and Dear Spring,

Today is the best example of why run, at a most glorious place in the most glorious weather. A friend-made-through-parkrun and I had travelled from Gosport to *do* the winter route and we left with enormous happy smiles.

Spring, you have been very dilatory this year, much like my progression back to speedy 5ks. In fact, we have both gone backwards at times. However, the tiny, new green leaves on the trees were better than prosecco for the mood this parkrun morning. Thank you very much.

Brockenhurst parkrun, on your penultimate winter course run – thank you for being awesome. The directions to get to the parking worked beautifully. We paid the suggested donation into the ticket machine (parking money=money to maintain parking=ability to get out into the countryside) and then chatted gently underneath the bluest of skies whilst waiting for the pre-event set up to happen around us. In addition to the usual parkrun stuff, I really liked the map showing the contours (might borrow this idea for my home run) and it was lovely to have someone come over and describe the course as we stood around in the sun.

The start is unexpectedly congested. There didn’t feel like many people at the Inclosure until 3-2-1 surge; suddenly there were legs and arms everywhere. That did clear relatively quickly and it was a case of settle into the trot being mindful of instructions not to sprint down the first hill. The course is undulating with 2 hills of proper note, the first longer climb, then after the dog leg the drop and short sharp climb. It was, in fact, one perfect lap. I had trail shoes on but could have perfectly well worn road shoes. Sadly we didn’t have time to stay for coffee but I’d love to return again.

To the results.

164 parkrunners made it out in the sun. There were 8 runners on their very first parkrun – what a beautiful day to start. Do come back next time. 7 were doing their difficult second parkrun with 3 recording PBs today, and 6 completing their parkrun trio – with just one PB. May this sunny morning inspire all of you to continue.

Gail LYDFORD joined the 50 club by completing the sunny parkrun today – well done Gail, may your t-shirt claim be soon.

Adam JUNDI led the men in and Michaela STRINGER the women – well done for three first finishes in a row Adam and for a first finish in your first parkrun ever Michaela.

To all those who volunteered today, particularly those running in Southampton tomorrow, thank you for making the first warm parkrun of 2018 so very special: thank you too, as Run Director Steve WARDLE announced, to the #ForestryCommission for allowing the team to continue for the extra month while the college grounds are so muddy.

This week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

David MCELHENNY • Peter REJCHRT • Sarah Charlotte REJCHRT • Katrin PRITCHARD • Steve WARDLE • Karen WARDLE • Poppy WARDLE • Mike BRUCE-BURGESS • Pippa WHITE • Ellie PRITCHARD • Robbie PRITCHARD • Micky PRITCHARD • Glenda MONSON • Caroline BARNFIELD • Arthur LOMAX • Pamela PODESTA • Hilary BRUCE-BURGESS • Tanya BAILEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brockenhurst parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Ellie Marie MONKS who recorded a time of 17:53 on 29th April 2017 (event number 198).
The male record is held by Neil Robert BONIFACE who recorded a time of 15:59 on 29th July 2017 (event number 211).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.89% (22:30) on 1st August 2015 (event number 107).

Brockenhurst parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 6,109 participants have completed 25,603 parkruns covering a total distance of 128,015 km, including 4,330 new Personal Bests.