For the love of parkrun!
New Years Day is extra special for those of us within the parkrun community as we get the chance to run not one but two parkruns and not even on a Saturday! This means laying out the kit the night before and setting an alarm, two things which I was sort of grateful I had done.
The weather forecast was pretty shocking so with a change of top and some towels we headed to Fareham parkrun with New Years Eve partying still ringing in my ears and through my veins! This parkrun is a lovely, friendly parkrun and the course is a nice out and back and there are lots of places to park, normally! The car park was full and there were volunteers directing us to alternative places which were also busy. This was an indication of how popular this 9am start parkrun was going to be.
The runners collected in the car park with the rain taking a break for 5mins. New Years greetings were exchanged and it certainly had a unique feel to it. As some of the local parkruns had been cancelled due to the adverse weather (lots and lots of mud!) I recognised faces from Eastleigh parkrun core team and further afield too. There were over 80 first timers to Fareham which is great and I hope that they enjoyed all that Fareham parkrun has to offer.
The rain started as we lined up by the start so with the usual safety briefing given timers were started and we were off. The first part of the course is on grass and this gave an indication of how the run was going to be, it was full of puddles and the only way was just to go straight through them. The course follows a path the is sandwiched by the creek on one side and the golf course on the other, we had been reminded to take care and look out for other park users. Funnily enough I didn't notice any in the torrential downpour and there wasn't too much chatter going on either.The marshals on the course were fantastic as the rain just got heavier and heavier and colder and colder and they didnt stop smiling or cheering the long line of 286 runners as we splashed, huffed and puffed our way along. There were many parts of the course were there puddles were the width of the path and once the initial one had been done it was actually quite funny to run through them, we couldn't really get much wetter. The poor dog that was with the marshal at the turn point didn't look too impressed!
The finish line was arranged to cope with the extra numbers and had plenty of volunteers to guide you through. There were several barcode scanners who had to deal with soggy barcodes and barcode readers that quite frankly are not designed for such weather conditions. They coped really well and it didnt take long to get through which for lots of runners meant that they could carry on to one of the next parkruns in the area, some on foot and some in cars.
Amazingly there were new personal bests set by many runners yesterday which is fantastic, I can only imagine it was a case of run as fast as you can to get out of the rain. Sadly for 8 runners they forgot their barcode so the run did not count towards anything.
Thank you to the core team at Fareham for deciding to put on a New Years Day run and to all of the volunteers who signed up and didn't let the team down, they turned up and stood in the rain for an hour or more. Another mention for the team who had to spend hours sorting out our results as the equipment played up in the processing of our results.
Happy New Year.
Event number 95
1st January 2018
This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Julie SALT • John SALT • Clare ARMSTRONG • Alison MACSWAYNE • James YEO • Slavena JENSEN • Anastasia JENSEN • Peter ADAMS • Liz WEIGHELL • Peter STEWART • Ian WRIGHT • Carol WRIGHT • Melissa BARHAM • Ann MCCARTNEY • Nicolas MCCARTNEY • Louise STEWART • John FAIRHURST • Debbie CUNNINGHAM • Anne FAIRHURST • Phil BRIEN • Andrew BRAY • Andy BAKER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fareham parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Lachlan WELLINGTON who recorded a time of 15:47 on 31st December 2016 (event number 40).
The female record is held by Jen ELKINS who recorded a time of 17:31 on 29th April 2017 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Penny FORSE who recorded 95.49% (22:34) on 15th July 2017 (event number 69).
Fareham parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 3,541 participants have completed 17,032 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,160 km, including 3,745 new Personal Bests.