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 email@example.com if you'd like to get involved.
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.