Eastleigh parkrun #410 – 30th June 2018

Hi there! Adam here, and I'm your run report writer for Eastleigh Parkrun 410. I've been parkrunning for a few months now, still chasing my first t-shirt, and it's safe to say my motivation is... Sporadic. But given the beautiful weather and the promise of a high turnout, I donned my trainers and headed to the Pavillion on the Park to add another 5k to my collection.
The course at Fleming Park can be tough. It's three laps, grassy, has a tricky hill in it, and in the winter it gets muddy. In the summer, like today when there's not a cloud in the sky, the ground is hard and the running is hot. So why do we go? If I had to bet, I'd say it continues to be so popular because of the excellent community. Eastleigh always has the best volunteers, the best organisers and a fantastic social vibe.
That was on full display this week, which saw dozens of first timers descend on our little course due to the sunshine and some local parkrun cancellations. I'm not sure if this was a record turnout, but it felt like one. There was water on offer, plenty of incredible marshalls, and celebrations of some of our younger runners -one of whom was running on his 7th birthday, which is an amazing display of willpower if I ever saw one. In addition to a couple of T-shirt runs, we also welcomed Romsey's Couch to 5K crew for the first time, all of whom put in a great effort today.
As for me? Well, it wasn't exactly a personal best. The heat got to me, and it's been a few weeks since my last run, so I had to slow down to a walk a few times. I'm planning on running the New Forest 10k in September, so this doesn't bode well. I think I've got my work cut out for me... You know what that means... Same time next week?
Adam Burt

his week 451 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 101 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Claire DEACON • Paul KEMP • Alison MEARS • Larry COOLEY • Yvonne COOLEY • George HAMS • Fran PATTINSON • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Robert BRYAN • Luke David TAYLOR • Yvonne GRANDON • Frankie COLLING • Nickie BOWEN • Rosie SMITH • Jenny LEE • Jeff DEACON • Brett LYONS • Harry KEMP • Robert FINCH • Laurence WILKS • Michael LEE • Andy NYE • Keisha ROBERTS-PENN • Glen ELLIOTT • Dee-Dee HOLMAN • Ioan ELLIOTT • Emily MORRIS • Matilda HOLMAN • James HOLMAN • Simon BETTERIDGE • Graham KESLEY • Susan BUNYAN • Adam BURT • Martin COOK • Sam FOSTER • Tiberius HOLMAN

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 9,612 participants have completed 72,626 parkruns covering a total distance of 363,130 km, including 12,593 new Personal Bests.

 

150 + 50 – #409 23rd June 2018

Hello again dear reader, I've not written one of these for a while so my virtual pen may be a little rusty. I offered to write the report for this week as it coincided with a couple of personal parkrun milestones for me, but more on that later.

The last time I wrote back in March we were still struggling with the weather and a very soggy course that often resembled trying to run in treacle. What a difference three months makes as the route is now very firm underfoot and we are seeing PBs set on a regular basis. 332 runners assembled today which is an amazing turnout and the largest this year, and in fact the best for almost eight months stretching back to last October. Amongst them we welcomed 20 first timers to Fleming Park. The weather was just about perfect although maybe a little warm for some. An English summer can never be too warm can it?

After the usual pre-run briefing we made our way across to the start line and were soon off. My legs felt a little heavy after running the Eastleigh 10k last weekend and then playing one too many tennis matches during the week so I decided that today was not going to be PB material and took it easy. The course was tweaked slightly taking us slightly further on the first bend and through a small copse – the shade it provided was very welcome.

Today was a double celebration for me as I was running my 150th parkrun and also volunteering for the 50th time. Totally unplanned as I've been on 49 for volunteering for ages and wasn't just waiting for my runs to tick over. My parkrun career began in April 2013 and it took me a little over three years to reach the 100 milestone and almost another two to reach 150. At that rate it will be late summer 2021 when I finally get my 250 tee shirt so I am in awe of the select few who already sport the green tee as part of that exclusive club. Although given everything that life throws up I am quite proud of achieving an average of around 30 parkruns a year for the past 5 years.

As mentioned today was also my 50th stint as a volunteer which works out at one every 3 runs. Our weekly event is only made possible due to the crew of volunteers who regularly give up their time to ensure it is available for many to enjoy and as a general rule if everyone who comes to Eastleigh could volunteer 3 times a year we would always have enough to select from. There are many, varied roles and some of them even allow you to still run on the day so a win win. Why not give it a go if you haven't already? Drop us a line at eastleighhelpers@parkrun.com to get involved.

 Today was a good day for the 39 who managed to achieve PBs  - can you go faster next time? There were official and unofficial milestone runs for Julia RICHARDS (50), Pauline HERD (100), David BLAKEMORE (200), Karen HAZLITT (250) and me! Congratulations to all.

John  Kemp

 

See you next week.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #407 – 9th June 2018

Summer seems to have got off to a calm start so far with the weather for this weeks’ parkrun very similar to the last, albeit a little cooler. Not so many first timers apparently but still plenty from far and wide to add to the regular local stalwarts.

Another volunteer on the day was Daniel Jones who told me he had only done 4 parkruns so far and had decided to volunteer this time. He cycles from his home near Southampton Common and views it as “just something to do”!

Paul Eade , a fellow member of Eastleigh RC and well known as a Club Run Leader, was also there. He hasn’t been parkrunning very long but his times are all mid 20’s which is pretty good. In fact he did an Eastleigh PB today which makes me wonder if my encouraging chat with him had a beneficial effect!

My Marshaling point was again at the beginning of the hill so everyone got a clap and a shout from me!

After the race I met Eleanor & Ian Rodgers. I had noticed their Bishop’s Stortford club shirts and sat down to have a chat. Apparently they were going off on a cruise around the Baltic the next day. They are both experienced parkrunners but the fact that they were off to the Baltic really caught my interest as my Shetlander 2x gt grandad Master Mariner was grounded on an Estonian island in 1849. From this I was amazed to discover that Eleanor also had Shetland relatives…. talk about a small world & it’s also a tribute to the incredible diversity of folk Parkruns gather together!

Martin F. Slater

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Neil GROVES • Wendy Margaret COUPER • Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Paul KEMP • David CLOTHIER • Maria SPARKS • George HAMS • Mark POCOCK • Ron TRODD • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Sandy WRIGHT • Martin Gareth DAVIES • Nickie BOWEN • Harry KEMP • Max BAKER • Alan MEADEN • Keisha ROBERTS-PENN • Tyler ROBERTS-PENN • Ioan ELLIOTT • Sue ADAMS • Martin Francis SLATER • Sue SIMMONDS • John LEARY • Daniel JONES • Steve PENN • Harry ROGERS • Dominik KWARTA • 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 9,410 participants have completed 71,535 parkruns covering a total distance of 357,675 km, including 12,430 new Personal Bests.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #406 – 2nd June 2018

So, welcome to Summer (according to the Meteorologists at least!)  & the sun shone while a gentle warm breeze blew! Still, recent rain had ensured that the course was not too hard underfoot so excellent running conditions - well, definitely so when compared to the first few weeks of the year when continuous rain led this event to have innumerable cancellations.

Among the runners this week who declared themselves as visitors was Fred Guy from Sunderland!

When I heard him say this, my interest was immediately sparked as my paternal grandfather was also from the North East. Talking with Fred I discovered that it was surprisingly his second Eastleigh parkrun, but the first was way back in 2013. Now, the suggestion that Fred was not a frequent parkrunner could not be further from the truth as he is actually one of the very best, having run 268 times and also heroically  volunteered 47 times, these covering pretty well every function I, for one, can think of! This week he achieved a very respectable 169th in 30:38. He runs in my age group (60-64). My PB for this course is 30:29 but this was on 24th Feb this year when the ground was (very briefly!) frozen solid!

Anyway, Fred was down here because his daughter lives in Botley and, having made the 6hr journey down by train (fed up with driving!) our parkrun is the one most conveniently situated near a railway station (other potential visitors please take note of this bonus!).

One tangential fact that also now connects Eastleigh with Sunderland is that the (former) owner of Eastleigh Football Club, Stewart Donald, has sold up to take charge of Sunderland FC (the Black Cats). Fred was quick to point out that his team were definitely Newcastle’s Magpies!

My marshalling point this week was at the beginning of our (notorious?) hill up which I urged everyone with as much enthusiasm as I could muster. I have to say that the increasing temperature of the day caused many a sweaty brow, but the name of the game is “keeping that rhythm” going, isn’t it?

When all was done there was a tasty bonus awaiting all comers on the official table in the shape of crispy chocolate brownies in two flavours - Cherry & Almond & Maple & Raisin!!. For these delights we have to thank young Aeryn Hearst who had made them herself in celebration of completing her 60th parkrun today, coming 83rd in 26:53! (& still in JW10 category!!). A very big THANK YOU to Aeryn for this kind gesture and also to her father Aaron who is evidently her running inspiration!

I also met Jo Brooks (another visitor, based in Rickmanswoth, Herts) who told me she had just completed her “Compass Challenge” having been to “WESTmill”, “SOUTH Oxhey”, NORTHala Fields (near London) & now EASTleigh!! She came 188th in 31:42 today. Like Fred, she is a great parkrunner, having completed 253, with 23 diverse volunteers!

Finally, during my later walk around the park I heard 14 species of bird and saw a pair of Mistle Thrushes on the field near the Places Leisure Centre. As these are in serious decline in the UK that was the final bonus to finish a great day.

 I will be back again marshalling next week

 Martin F. Slater

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Angus COULL • Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Paul KEMP • Deborah Gillian TYLER • George HAMS • Linda Mary WEBB • Amanda SAYERS • Luke David TAYLOR • Ray WEBB • Yvonne GRANDON • Brian DRAYTON • Christopher STOCKS • Nickie BOWEN • Jenny LEE • Helen REES • Fiona COULL • Harry KEMP • Michael LEE • Dee-Dee HOLMAN • Ioan ELLIOTT • Rita DRAYTON • Matilda HOLMAN • Martin Francis SLATER • James HOLMAN • Simon BETTERIDGE • Daniel REES • Susan BUNYAN • Kate DALE • Harry ROGERS • 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 9,374 participants have completed 71,231 parkruns covering a total distance of 356,155 km, including 12,377 new Personal Bests.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #405 – 26th May 2018

Welcome to this week’s run report; I’m your guest author Chris. This week was my 96t hparkrun at a 42nd different UK venue which puts me 2047thon the global most events table (yes it’s sad that I went and worked that out). For me Eastleigh was picked this weekend as I was visiting family on the south coast for the weekend but mainly so I could complete the Compass Challenge where you run a parkrun with North, South, East and West in their names. This is one of several unofficial challenges that can be completed by parkrunners aside from the obvious ones like trying to complete all the parkruns in a region or a county and Stopwatch Bingo where you try and have a finishing time ending with every second from 00-59, this takes on average about 240 runs. The more obscure ones include Pirate Challenge where you do 7Cs and an R (Seven Seas and an Argh) and The Full Ponty where you run Pontypridd, Pontypool and Pontefract.

This week had near perfect conditions for a parkrun, not raining, not muddy, not too hot or too cold and no chance of sunburn however it was overcast and very humid.  262 runners from 27 different athletics club complete the course and with the great conditions there was 56 recorded PBs. There were 11 brand new first timers that had never done a parkrun before and 15 visitors from other parkruns. Our most experienced parkrunners were Paul Kemp (352 parkruns) Maria Sparks (345) Andrew Carter (340) and Karen Bolton (333). In fact these runners have as many parkruns between them as this weeks 122 least experienced parkrunners put together!

First Male was Tom Bray of Southampton Orienteering Club in 17:59, Tom looked absolutely effortless on course, as if he was just floating over the grass when he lapped me as he approached the finish. Next up finishing in 18:36 was Neil Jennings of Romsey Road Runners who I didn’t notice lapping me as I was too bust trying to lap the tail walker. Rounding out the top 3 men was Paul Ashley of Ordnance Survey Runners in 18:54.

First Lady and 9thoverall was Nicola Blandford of Southampton AC matching her PB of 19:59. Nicola is one of just 36 ladies to ever have run sub 20 minutes at Eastleigh parkrun which should tell you quite how impressive a feat this is! Next lady was Hannah Wilson also of Southampton AC finishing 23rd overall in 22:13 and third lady was Frankie Colling of Eastleigh RC finishing  58th overall in 24:19.

The 4th place Male, Rob Bentley deserves a special mention as being in the 50-54 age group and finishing in 19:17 means he achieves this week’s highest age graded percentage at 78.39%. This is a measure of how close you are to the 5km world record for your age and sex, it should also be considered that this 5km record was probably set on perfectly flat tarmac or similar not an undulating grassy hill meaning getting a high percentage at Eastleigh is even more impressive.

As always parkrun is only made possible by people giving up their Saturday mornings to help so please consider looking at our future roster and offering to help as all the roles are easy with training provided. This week’s run was made possible by 35 volunteers and so a huge thanks to: Simon Betteridge, Karen Bolton, Nickie Bowen, Haydn Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Susan Bunyan, Carolyn Cairns, Laura Dixon, Kerry Folger, Kim Folger, Katie Goddard, George Hams, Pamela Hatt, Pauline Herd, James Holman, Paul Kemp, Dominik Kwarta, Jenny Lee, Michael Lee, Alison Mears, Chris Millar, Malcolm Stuart Price, Jonathan Rimmer, Nicolas Rimmer, Harry Rogers, Robert Ryder, Moira Sankey, Amanda Sayers, Sue Simmonds, Martin Francis Slater, Mukund Srinivasa Raghavan, Max Toti, Ron Trodd, Ray Webb and Linda Mary Webb.

As for me I felt thoroughly welcome and really enjoyed the course. I was on target to go comfortably sub 30 after 2 laps but some old injuries started causing me trouble and I ended up walking most of the last lap. It was nice to be cheered on by everyone who passed me although still finished in 35:46.

Chris Millar

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