From 0-100 in 2 years!
I took part in my first parkrun at my hometown of Eastleigh on 23rd July 2016, and as with so many it became a life changing experience!
Having become hooked, & then completing the milestone of 50 parkruns just under 1 year later, I realised that I could, with some ambition and good luck complete my 100th parkrun sometime around my birthday in July 2018.
100 parkruns In under two years? Easy right? Wrong.
Looking at my diary, this deadline would only allow me to miss a few runs, which would be when I was on holiday in August, and two other non cancelable events. Holidays would have to be planned around parkruns. Injuries? Colds/man flu? Snow? Mud? Heatwave? No excuses. A target is a target.
So forward on to 9:00am Saturday 14th July 2018, & after 39 continuous parkruns without a Saturday off (including the infamous Christmas Day parkrun & a New Years Day tourism parkrun double header), I ran my 100th Parkrun (my 60th at Eastleigh), on their run number 412.
On a beautiful summers morning I joined the other runners at for the pre-run briefing and important announcements (housekeeping, tourists, and milestones – thanks Run Director Fiona Coull for drawing even more attention to me and the subsequent round of applause from everyone!).
The atmosphere was brilliant and I loved every moment of it. The whole morning was made even more special with a celebratory '100 t-shirt' cake and the fact that my two daughters and loads of friends came along for the first time to watch (big thanks to Kelly Hoad for organising this surprise). I walked with them all for a lap, before jogging on to run off the previous nights birthday celebration excesses for the final two laps.
The amount of congratulations and birthday wishes I received on the course was overwhelming and I would like to thank everyone and all the marshalls and volunteers for their support.
The other notable milestones this week came from Thomas Jones and Jasmine Pickwell, who both completed their 10th parkrun in the junior category.
During the last two years, I have also tried out some volunteer roles, and will certainly do more volunteering now that I have reached my 100. I would recommend everyone gives this a go as it is really fulfilling to see parkrun from the other side and give back to the parkrun community.
I also recommend parkrun tourism if you haven't tried this yet to appreciate even more the scale and greatness of the parkrun community. With the many Eastleigh parkrun cancellations earlier this year I managed to discover we have some great parkruns close by that you simply must try (there's no course jealousy or course envy at parkrun - each one is unique!) But always remember - your home parkrun is where your heart is.
I have met so many people as a result of Eastleigh parkrun. I simply love the atmosphere and community spirit that parkrun is all about. Parkrun is now, & will continue to be part of my weekend routine.
See you here again in 3 years for another run report after parkrun No. 250....!
This week 325 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:
Wendy Margaret COUPER • Angus COULL • Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Claire DEACON • Paul KEMP • Larry COOLEY • George HAMS • Ron TRODD • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Sandy WRIGHT • Robert BRYAN • Luke David TAYLOR • Yvonne GRANDON • Brian DRAYTON • Nickie BOWEN • Jenny LEE • Jeff DEACON • Fiona COULL • Harry KEMP • Max BAKER • Laurence WILKS • Michael LEE • Matthew SPRACK • Keisha ROBERTS-PENN • Glen ELLIOTT • Paul BREWER • Ioan ELLIOTT • Rita DRAYTON • Simon BETTERIDGE • Lauren HEADS • Adam BURT • Steve PENN • Sam FOSTER
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 9,672 participants have completed 73,231 parkruns covering a total distance of 366,155 km, including 12,663 new Personal Bests.