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·         Muddy
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·         Squelch
·         Grass
·         Fleming Park
·         Eastleigh
·         Running
·         Barcode
·         Finish Funnel
·         Volunteer
·         Marshal
·         Cakes
·         Out of Breath
·         That Hill
·         Three laps
·         Age Grading
·         T Shirts
·         Points Table
·         Run
·         Four Hundred
·         Fifty
·         Family
·         Park
·         Snow
·         Bell
·         Tutu 
·         Did I mention we run?

 

Eastleigh parkrun #399 – 24th March 2018 – Falling Down

So I guess it had to happen eventually. After 139 successful runs across 4 different events covering 2 different time zones today was the day I took a tumble out on the course. I wasn't trying to negotiate the slippery uphill section or worse the extremely tricky downhill when I lost my footing, it was the simple act of rounding the bend just after the finish line. No doubt due to the ultra high speed I was running at rather than me not paying attention to where I was going but fall I did and in doing so showed great restraint by quietly muttering 'oh dear' rather than a couple of other, shorter, phrases that would usually have sprung to mind.

Despite the snow at beginning of the week it had been a fairly stable pattern of weather for the rest of it and we should all have been able to look forward to improved running conditions. That was until the rain moved in early on Friday evening and was still going when I got up today. With no time for the rainwater to drain away the course was very waterlogged, and where there wasn't water there was mud – I am sure there had been a fair amount of sledging on parts of the course that contributed to it being very cut up in places.

An indifferent week of training for me with only a single run and one night of tennis in the previous seven days that left me raring to burn off some energy – which is probably why I fell over. Anyway 151 other similarly eager folks lined up alongside me including 12 first timers at Eastleigh. After the usual run briefing we were off and although I got held up towards the back of the pack during the long opening straight it was soon obvious that for the third week in a row it was going to be about staying on your feet rather than beating any records.

The legs got a very good work out as it was heavy going right from the start and unsurprisingly the hill section was particularly difficult. As mentioned far too many times already I stumbled just after completion of the first lap. I was soon back on my feet and it was lovely that a couple of fellow runners checked to make sure I was OK. A quick medical check once back at my car revealed nothing worse than a slightly bruised ego.

The rest of the run proved to be uneventful and I was grateful to finish it without going over again. Despite the conditions I finished 35 seconds quicker than last week and indeed my last three runs have all been completed within 38 seconds of each other and I have placed 41st, 44th and 45th. Consistent if nothing else. Amazingly there were no milestone runs completed. Here's to better conditions and faster times starting next week!

I am sure you are aware that the clocks change tonight so that we Spring forward and lose an hour in bed tomorrow. However the upside is the beginning of much lighter evenings so surely a price worth paying?

Thanks as always to our excellent team of volunteers who supported the event today and special mention to the set up team who managed to navigate a route avoiding the worst of the conditions. If you'd like to take a turn at helping out drop us a line at eastleighhelpers@parkrun.com

 See you next week.

 John Kemp

This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Paul KEMP • David CLOTHIER • Larry COOLEY • Yvonne COOLEY • George HAMS • Mark POCOCK • Ron TRODD • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Robert BRYAN • Yvonne GRANDON • Nickie BOWEN • Jenny LEE • John KEMP • Brett LYONS • Michael LEE • Matthew SPRACK • Jamie TURNER • Kerry FOLGER • Kim FOLGER • Hayleigh GASCOIGNE • Finn COBB • James MUNN • James HOLMAN • Simon BETTERIDGE • Simon TARRANT • Susan BUNYAN • Eileen FITZGERALD • Harry ROGERS

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

The male record is held by Tom ANDERSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 19th November 2011 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Josie CZURA who recorded a time of 18:02 on 20th December 2014 (event number 235).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucy ELLIOTT who recorded 89.23% (18:34) on 20th June 2015 (event number 262).

Eastleigh parkrun started on 8th May 2010. Since then 9,153 participants have completed 69,318 parkruns covering a total distance of 346,590 km, including 12,107 new Personal Bests.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #398 – 17th March 2018 “You’re as Cold as Ice!”

Someone once told me that their favourite job would be a TV weather forecaster as it appears such a simple task to make inaccurate predictions and blame them on shifting weather patterns after the fact. I am guessing there must be some science involved after all as my bold statement last week that my trackies would be going back in the drawer until next winter sadly proved to be wide of the mark.

Parts of the south enjoyed Spring like temperatures of 14 degrees on Friday afternoon however that changed dramatically to a mere 3 degrees this morning according to the reliable outside temperature gauge in my car. The wind-chill reader was an optional extra I chose not to take up when I bought the car but I feel confident enough to say that the gusty winds all around made it feel more like zero or even -1. There were a few snow flakes in the air but hey, at least it wasn't raining!

We are surely very close to the days of better weather as the Spring equinox occurs on March 20th however did you know that tomorrow (Sunday) is the equilux when the hours of day and night become exactly equal?

My attempt to return to fitness has progressed well this week with two runs and four tennis sessions completed in the past seven days. I played three sets lasting almost two hours on Friday evening which is not the best preparation for a run the following day and legs definitely felt heavy just walking across from the car park.

We usually see a drop in attendance the day before a major local event such as the Eastleigh 10k but the weather obviously played a part too as the total of 133 brave souls who turned up this morning was down on last week, and our lowest since April 2014. First off a brief word on RD Alison who welcomed us all – today was her 100thofficial parkrun volunteering milestone which is a magnificent achievement. Alison is one of the many stars of the Eastleigh team who ensure we always have a run to join week in week out and is a shining example that its possible to combine running and volunteering and get equal enjoyment from them both. I first spotted her as a galloping Princess Leia on a May the 4th themed run a few years back and we became friends shortly after I started this long running series of rambling run reports. I wanted to remain anonymous, but she boldly approached and asked if it was me who was the scribe - she was dressed as a T-Rex at the time so I found it difficult to deny. Anyway, well done Alison and here's to many more.

Conditions out on the course could at best be described as challenging. Although we had seen much less rain than the previous week the foot traffic from the last time out had churned up a lot of mud so there were tricky patches all over but especially at the first bend and the bottom of the hill section. To compound matters there was a very strong cross wind at the summit of the hill so even the usual downhill freewheeling to catch your breath was not possible. There were 4 first time parkrunners who joined us today so welcome to you all.

I found my Friday tennis opponent shortly before the start and we agreed to run together. The aforementioned mud made it very heavy going on already tired legs, even with trail shoes on. A slow and steady pace was the order of the day with zero chance of a PB although remarkably two runners achieved just that.  I managed to keep up for the first couple of laps but was fading fast by the third – I tried to catch him on the final long straight but couldn't do it. No idea where he got the energy for such a strong finish and so can only assume he didn't run as much as me the previous evening!

There were milestone runs today for Isabelle-Grace WEST (50) and Martyn WEST (100) – congratulations.

 Big thanks to the volunteers today – it can't have been much fun standing out on the course in the wind and cold but as always their enthusiasm for the task provided a welcome boost to those of us running. With the onset of warmer weather from next week why not give it a try? Drop us a line at eastleighhelpers@parkrun.com if you'd like to get involved.

John Kemp

This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Karen BOLTON • Stephanie COOLEY • Pauline HERD • Claire DEACON • Paul KEMP • David CLOTHIER • Gina Louise RODBOURNE • Alison MEARS • George HAMS • Frank LITTLER • Ron TRODD • Linda Mary WEBB • Amanda SAYERS • Luke David TAYLOR • Ray WEBB • Yvonne GRANDON • Nickie BOWEN • Jenny LEE • John KEMP • On-Nei DEANE • Michael LEE • Michael SNOWDEN • Lesley TURNER • Matthew SPRACK • Annie JONES • Jamie TURNER • Kerry FOLGER • Kim FOLGER • Kate ROBINSON • Jono HARVEY • Ioan ELLIOTT • Jane KIANIZADEH • Karon JONES • James HOLMAN • Lucie MYALL • Amy SAVAGE • Susan BUNYAN • Mukund SRINIVASA RAGHAVAN • Andrew JACKSON • Harry ROGERS • Dominik KWARTA

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

The male record is held by Tom ANDERSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 19th November 2011 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Josie CZURA who recorded a time of 18:02 on 20th December 2014 (event number 235).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucy ELLIOTT who recorded 89.23% (18:34) on 20th June 2015 (event number 262).

Eastleigh parkrun started on 8th May 2010. Since then 9,141 participants have completed 69,166 parkruns covering a total distance of 345,830 km, including 12,105 new Personal Bests.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #397 – 10th March 2018. There will be mud

Today saw a welcome return to my own parkrunning career after a short winter break, and it was lovely to be able to do it at Eastleigh which has had a similar 'rest' in recent weeks. I'm afraid I don't really have a valid excuse for my lack of Saturday runs since the turn of the year – there is the usual business travel which has kept me away for the odd weekend but in truth I've just been a bit lazy and that's alright isn't it?

Looking at my stats today was only my second official run this year, the other being at the Crissy Fields event in San Francisco. I've been lucky enough to attend this one several times now and if you ever find yourself in that part of the world I can thoroughly recommend it. It's a completely flat course almost entirely on a firm path alongside the Bay waterfront and apart from a couple of sharp turns has the potential to be very fast indeed. I haven't managed a PB there yet as my attention always wanders to the surrounding scenery rather than concentrating on my own pace – the event is literally in the shadow of the Golden Gate bridge and is quite stunning. I'll stop going on about it now.

Anyway back to Eastleigh and after a late course inspection on Friday the go ahead was given for today's event. The rain arrived later in the day yesterday and continued well into the night so the course was much wetter than it would have been during the inspection and given the amount of standing water dotted around I think we were fortunate to be given the go ahead. Kudos as always to the set up team who made a few tweaks to the route to avoid the worst of the mud and water.

The big decision for me this morning was whether to run in shorts or tracksuit bottoms. The outside temperature on the drive over to Fleming park showed as 9 degrees which after last week felt positively balmy and so I eventually decided on shorts. This proved to be the right choice as I was certainly warm enough by the time I reached the top of the first hill. Hopefully the tracksuit bottoms can now go back in the drawer until next winter.

The rain was still around upon arrival but despite the poor conditions 139 runners lined up at the start which is the fewest we've had in almost two years. Amongst them were 18 first timers – welcome to you all. It was clear there were going to be no PBs set today and indeed the main target was probably just to stay on your feet and not take a tumble. Ah well, no pressure then and all about just getting round in one piece and enjoying some exercise. I've written before about the course being reminiscent of school PE lesson cross country runs from back in the day which you either loved or hated and today was definitely a throwback! I loved it although it was pretty hard going on the legs.

There were milestone runs today for Helen REES (50) and Stephen PAYNTER and Virginia COLLINS (both 100) – congratulations.  Indie NASH completed her 25th volunteer so will soon be receiving her purple volunteer t-shirt

As always the event would not be possible without the aid of the volunteer team. There are numerous roles available every week, some of which enable you to complete a run as well as helping out (report writer being one). If you'd like to get involved then drop us a line at eastleighhelpers@parkrun.com we'd love to hear from you.

John Kemp

This week 139 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:
Paul HAMMOND • Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Claire DEACON • Paul KEMP • David CLOTHIER • George HAMS • Linda Mary WEBB • Amanda SAYERS • Robert BRYAN • Luke David TAYLOR • Yvonne GRANDON • Nickie BOWEN • Jenny LEE • John KEMP • Indie NASH • Mia NASH • Lily COULL • Michael LEE • Jamie TURNER • Kerry FOLGER • Kim FOLGER • Kate ROBINSON • James MUNN • Ioan ELLIOTT • Becks PORTER • James HOLMAN • Simon BETTERIDGE • Simon TARRANT • Susan BUNYAN • Christopher LEARY • James HENDERSON • Lynn PARKER • Harry ROGERS • Dominik KWARTA

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

The male record is held by Tom ANDERSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 19th November 2011 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Josie CZURA who recorded a time of 18:02 on 20th December 2014 (event number 235).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lucy ELLIOTT who recorded 89.23% (18:34) on 20th June 2015 (event number 262).

Eastleigh parkrun started on 8th May 2010. Since then 9,130 participants have completed 69,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 345,165 km, including 12,103 new Personal Bests.

 

3rd February cancelled

We're sorry to say that the Course is still too muddy and waterlogged to run.  So there is no parkrun on 3rd February at Eastleigh.

Enjoy another spot of tourism.

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