Eastleigh parkrun is cancelled on 27 January 2018: state of the course - route too waterlogged

Cancelled Runs 20th and 27th January 2018

We're sorry to report that given the state of the ground we have decided that we need to cancel the runs for the next 2 Saturdays. The ground is too water-logged and there is surface water.

Enjoy a spot of Tourism.

 

Saturday 30th and New Years Day parkruns

Following a course inspection this afternoon we have to announce the following:

1. The parkrun for Saturday 30th is, at present, on. Please do check for any last minute changes (and remember the wise runner will have a change of shoes should there have to be a last minute cancellation) - the weather forecast is not good.
Please also remember that Eastleigh offers the full off-road/off-tarmac experience. If you only have road shoes to run in then please do spare a thought as to whether you want to get these wet and muddy - other parkruns are available where the surface is less muddy.

2. We are sad to say that we have decided to cancel the extra run on New Year's Day. The course needs to recover and the most sensible thing to do is to cancel the extra one.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #386 – 11th November 2017

Come the Winter and come the general theme for Eastleigh's Reports.  The Bold Hippopotamus, from the 4th, would have been in his element: the mud was wetter, more slippery and there was a lot more of it. Having said that as on the 4th there were lots of smiles and it was fun. Two points do arise though:

Firstly, the Course Team are alive to trying to find a route that is safe and a route that allows the ground to recover. Please, if a line of cones are out keep to the line, don't cut corners (and that would be cheating anyway). The Course is likely to be tinkered with in forthcoming weeks so as to allow the ground a chance to drain, so do keep to the marked route.

Secondly, do consider footwear. Road shoes are very unlikely to provide adequate grip, plus are likely to be ruined by the mud. We fully understand that not everyone can afford shoes for every eventuality; if you can afford to invest in something that provides a better grip please do think of doing so. If that is beyond financial constraints Eastleigh parkrun genuinely won't mind if you go in for a spot of Tourism. Far better that you keep parkrunning than you stop because of the condition of the course - Southsea, Lee-on-Solent and Southampton are but 3 relatively local parkruns where you can leave about as clean as you arrived. The same can't be said for Eastleigh.

On the subject of footwear - would anyone be interested in a shoe amnesty? If anyone has unwanted, old, replaced or retired trail shoes would you consider donating these to other runners? Do let us know.

Putting aside the brown stuff, the theme from previous weeks continued - with many more runners reaching Milestones: juniors Adam JONES & Sanskruti MISHRA (turning 10); Martyn DRABIK-HAMSHARE (albeit he was playing away this week), Mathew PERKINS, Tyler ROBERTS-PENN and Olly JONES all getting to 50, and Sharon OLIVER her 100th.  Congratulations to you all.

At the other end of the spectrum, as those who follow the Facebook Feed will have noted, we had 3 First Timers whose Barcodes are in the 4,000,000s. That's over 4 million registered parkrunners around the world. Only 8,940 have ever run at Eastleigh. Maybe the mud scares them - or perhaps not as we also saw Liz and Andy ROBSON (with a combined 598 parkruns between them) visiting from Poole. Another non-muddy parkrun, but one with it's own slippery substances.  It was great to welcome them.

The stats will follow below. We have been asked why the content of the stats have changed. The stats are automatically generated by HQ in what is know as the Journalists' Report. The content of this Report has reduced as all the information in it is available through the various dropdown menus on the results page. Traditionally Eastleigh has added the Journalists' Report to the foot of the Run Report, the question is whether that should continue.

Parish Notices

1. Our sincerest thanks go to Eileen FITZGERALD who answered our call for a whiteboard - many thanks indeed Eileen. We hope to use it for announcements & notices, and to make it easier to volunteer. Simply write your name under the date and you're in.

2. Christmas & New Year Extras - we've announced that we're running on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, but we're in need of volunteers. As RD this week, Mark POCOCK, pointed out we rarely have to post out seeking volunteers, we had to this week - it would be  great to fill the Christmas rosters weeks in advance.

3. Post-Christmas parkrun party - tickets are still on sale for the 20th January. Please see Dave CLOTHIER.

The Stats:

This week 250 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Claire DEACON • Paul KEMP • Alison MEARS • George HAMS • Mark POCOCK • Frank LITTLER • Ron TRODD • Linda Mary WEBB • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Robert BRYAN • Ray WEBB • Frankie COLLING • Jo NASH • Naomi WATSON • Steven WATSON • Jenny LEE • Jeff DEACON • Indie NASH • Michael LEE • Kerry FOLGER • Kim FOLGER • Stephen PAYNTER • Jane KIANIZADEH • Simon BETTERIDGE • Susan BUNYAN • Steve PENN • Bibiana ACHBERGEROVA • Andrew TURRELL INGS

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 8,940 participants have completed 66,656 parkruns covering a total distance of 333,280 km, including 11,909 new Personal Bests.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #385 – 4th November 2017

A bold hippopotamus was standing one day

On the banks of the cool Shalimar

He gazed at the bottom as it peacefully lay

By the light of the evening star

Away on a hilltop sat combing her hair

His fair hippopotamine maid

The hippo-pot-amus was no ignoramus

And sang her this sweet serenade

All-together now...

And so it returned and we're back to cross-country running, puddles, slipping and sliding along with a few falls.  In case the message has not yet struck home trail shoes really are needed, spikes in the alternative.  A rumoured top-tip from experienced Eastleigh parkrunners is the removal of running gear in the shower so as to avoid domestic strife as dried mud does flake (of course don't turn the water on before you've disrobed).

The Volunteers were desperate to see splashing, a few obliged, a few slipped.. but and it is a big BUT there were very few, if any, glum faces.  Even, the brand spanking-new first timers appeared happy.  Eastleigh mud obviously has therapeutic qualities.

This was also a day of celebration: Simon HAZLITT (200) - not a T-shirt Club Milestone Run but a worthy boundary in itself)); Steve OLIVER & Jackie DUCKER (both turned 100); Nikki AYRISS, Debbie ASHTHORPE & Casie-Mae SWIFT (50) and Joshua LAKELAND (10).  We knew about some of these but not all.  We understand that some people don't like publicity, but please do let us know if you're reaching a Milestone run as you deserve a cheer - after all if parkrun can organise a t-shirt your parkrun can at least reward you with a vocal acknowledgement.

A few parish notices:

1. Well it's that time of year.  Marks & Sparks have had the Christmas display out for a few weeks; Waitrose are advertising edible baubles; pubs have been accepting bookings for months. Forget such trifles.  What you really want to know is how you can celebrate your Festive Fun with your Saturday morning chums.  Look no further:  The Christmas Compendium is up on-line.  In short:

Saturday 23/12 - parkrun as usual (though we are maintaining the annual tradition of  Festive Fancy Dress - and if anyone wants to make mince-pies or cakes, bring them on)

Monday 25/12 - where else would you want to be at 0900?  Get and extra calorific workout before the blowout.  We'll also need volunteers to help.

Saturday 30/12 - parkrun as usual.

Monday 1/1 - 0900.  We'll be there.  All juniors get in early and make sure your parents have agreed to take you.  Remember this is the one day of the year you can run twice (so look though other local runs to see where you can double-up).

2.  Post-Christmas parkrun party tickets are selling fast. Please see Dave CLOTHIER to book your place.  This is on the 20th January; that day to warm-up our Winter we going to be holding a Reggae Run.

3. Please do up date your ICE contact details (via your result email and Manage My Profile).

4. Please do consider volunteering. It helps to email in, but if you suddenly come free just turn up.  Gina RODBOURNE did just that today, though she initially she didn't seem to sure where she was!

5. A maroon/rusty red hoodie was left in the tent before the run, and on the owner's return it had gone. Someone's undoubtedly picked it up by mistake. The pockets contained tissues, a black Leica hat and car keys.

And so to this week's stats

This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Paul KEMP • David CLOTHIER • Gina Louise RODBOURNE • Deborah Gillian TYLER • George HAMS • Mark POCOCK • Elizabeth PRINSEP • Ron TRODD • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Robert WEBB • Robert BRYAN • Frankie COLLING • Nickie BOWEN • Moira SANKEY • Naomi WATSON • Jenny LEE • Jeff DEACON • Indie NASH • Derek PRYDE • Michael LEE • Jonathan KITCHEN • Kerry FOLGER • Kim FOLGER • Sarah ROBERTS-PENN • Keisha ROBERTS-PENN • Tyler ROBERTS-PENN • Glen ELLIOTT • Stephen PAYNTER • Simon BETTERIDGE • Daniel REES • Susan BUNYAN • Erin REES • Steve PENN • Tim PADLEY

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 so please note this was run on a wholly different course).
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 8,914 participants have completed 66,406 parkruns covering a total distance of 332,030 km, including 11,895 new Personal Bests.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #384 – 28th October 2017

Phew! That was a busy one. If you missed it you missed a lot, and I mean a lot.

So as they say...'in no particular order'.

The first two things that stood out were: the welcome return of music.  Dave CLOTHIER had very kindly agreed to bring his fantastic organ along and Daniel HILL rocked the top of the hill away.  Secondly, it was a Fancy Dress run and, as ever, Eastleigh parkrunners embraced the opportunity to dress up.

Were they the main attractions?

Well the Daily Echo was also in attendance.  So you may well find a Run Report appearing elsewhere, certainly they had uploaded an album of photographs to the paper's website by lunchtime.  That they were there also meant a somewhat lengthy telephone call from the Reporter to the new Event Diector as tried to understand quite what was happening as so much was going on.

Former RD Henry HOPKINS was back, great to see him and Yvonne once again, running his 250th.  We had known in advance that was happening.  His guest list had been kept somewhat of a secret though as it included Paul and Joanne SINTON-HEWITT (more of Paul in a moment).  Henry had encouraged along other Eastleigh original Mark SHEPHERD, who was the first finisher at event no.1; another running from that first event was Karen HAZLITT.  But Henry was not alone in celebrating milestone runs: Donna PIKE celebrated her 100th, Jacqueline SAVILL and son Thomas their 50th (Thomas by the way is 7-years old - now that's impressive) as did Gemma HARRISON.  Congratulations to you all.

Jackie DUCKER was due to be running her 100th, but an unexpected family illness meant that she was 'stuck' on 99.  Nevertheless she celebrated with other WADAC runners including Henry.  It also means, hopefully, that the party atmosphere will continue into November for if they can be enticed along (as Winchester parkrun is cancelled due to the Firework display next week) there should be another bumper crop of celebrations next Saturday: Jackie DUCKER and Steve OLIVER running their 100ths, Simon HAZLITT his 200th and two juniors Cassie-Mae SWIFT and Olly JONES their 50ths.

All this celebration meant that not only was a cake table required, that table itself groaned under the weight of the bakes.  The bread pudding was particularly tasty.  Hopefully we'll need the cake table again next week [hint hint].

Henry had also brokered Paul SINTON-HEWITT presenting a gift to retiring Event Director Louise DRAYTON.  The presentation was made all the easier, as indeed was the duty RD pre-run briefing by Fiona COULL, with the use of a borrowed PA system.  We've noted the comments and we're doing all that we can to source one - but should anyone have one languishing in the attic or shed please do let us know.  Louise had no idea what was going to happen, or even that PSH would be there.  The secret squirrels of the Core Team had managed to keep something a secret.

And whilst on the subject of innovations - the new PB/Milestone Run bicycle horn was quietly unveiled.  Please do give it a toot as you exit the Finish Funnel - but only if you qualify.

This Run Reporter also noted that quite a number of runners shamelessly sought selfies with PSH for Strava and FB.  Shame on you!

Then of course there was the Fancy Dress (we used to be able to insert photos into a Run Report but that's no longer an option).  Not only have you the Echo's photos to go through, but resident photographers Indie NASH and Paul HAMMOND were snapping away.  As ever if you use a photo please do credit the photographer.

You can perhaps see why the Echo's Reporter was, as perhaps so too were the 23 parkrun novices, confused.

After all that the parkrun itself went off without a hitch.  And I haven't even mentioned the weather - it was truly glorious.  The ground was good, not quite soft, so certainly trail shoes are to be recommended providing as they do that extra grip on the up and downhill of Mount Beastleigh.  The weather, music and cake meant that the post-run social time lasted longer than the pre-run and run itself.  If you had waited to the very end you would have seen that Dave CLOTHIER signed off in true original BBC fashion - the last tune on the organ was God Save The Queen.

And so to the stats

This week 373 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Paul HAMMOND • Angus COULL • Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Claire DEACON • Paul KEMP • David CLOTHIER • Larry COOLEY • Yvonne COOLEY • George HAMS • Mark POCOCK • Ron TRODD • Linda Mary WEBB • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Mark STILEMAN • Robert BRYAN • Ray WEBB • Deryck LEE • Katie RAWLINSON • Jenny LEE • Helen REES • Jeff DEACON • Fiona COULL • Indie NASH • Michael LEE • Stephen PAYNTER • Sue SIMMONDS • Simon BETTERIDGE • Daniel REES • Susan BUNYAN • Jonathan RIMMER • Mukund SRINIVASA RAGHAVAN • Nicolas RIMMER • Erin REES • Daniel HILL

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).  Please do note that the Course has changed since that time was run  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 8,865 participants have completed 66,120 parkruns covering a total distance of 330,600 km, including 11,881 new Personal Bests.

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