Fareham parkrun #150 by Alan Bullock

The first thing I saw on my laptop at 7am on Saturday was a tweet from @parkrunUK saying “everyone is welcome to parkrun whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer … nobody finishes last … a 60-minute 5k is just as far as a 15-minute 5k”.

I read it out to my wife Carolyn who was getting ready for her third parkrun. She’s in the 60-64s with a bit of arthritis setting in, so she power-walks it but says she feels self-conscious about being at the back. I’m ashamed to say that, apparently, I’ve made her feel even worse because of my lack of empathy. So today I chatted to a few other people who recently started at Fareham and it made me look at parkrun in a new light.

But first, the run itself. And once again the course record was smashed, with a stunning 382 runners, joggers and walkers. I always get a good sense of how I’m doing when I first reach the pylon and today just one runner passed the other way before I got there. I assume that was Martin who finished 1 minute 42 seconds ahead of the field and seemed to be gliding effortlessly. As always it was lovely to get a wave or a “well done Alan” from other front-runners like Dan, Dave, Tawanda and Paul as they passed by and also from people who overtook me like Sarah, John and Brendan. I don’t reply because I can’t run, puff and speak simultaneously, but I really appreciate it, even when Julie called out “Keep going, Puffing Billy” and gave me a high-five. Then when I passed Carolyn power-walking through the woods, I high-fived her too, hoping she would feel inspired and empowered by my empathy.

At the end, I love the banter when you share your post-run emotions with people you know, and even with people you don’t. Today I made a point of chatting to some recent parkrun converts who finished further down the field, like some of The Highlands Practice team. As well as enhancing their health and fitness, they say parkrun has been a great way to bond at work and, in turn, it helps them to inspire their patients too. One of them is Vicki who has improved her time by more than 19 minutes since the first of her 24 runs. That’s incredible and it also really brings home to you what a great contribution parkrun makes to the NHS preventative agenda. Vicki made the point that her times are even more important to her than the fast runners’ times probably are to them. I had never looked at it that way before. Like me and Carolyn, she gets inspired by the encouraging words of faster runners passing by too. Vicki also attends one of the local WW groups (it’s the new name for Weight Watchers) led by another recent parkrun convert Di, who encourages her members to come to parkrun because she says “anyone can do it, whatever their level”. Di herself has recorded a PB in each of her 9 runs so far and has knocked almost 11 minutes off her first time.

In the pub afterwards, I was chatting to Julie and Ali about whether the growth in numbers is sustainable. They think it is, provided people adhere to the rules: listen to the briefing, keep off the road and KEEP LEFT, only overtake when appropriate, respect all other parkrunners and be nice to each other. A couple of the walkers told me today that they had to take evasive action when runners coming back bore down on them whilst overtaking, to the extent that one walker had to jump into a hedge to avoid a collision. Someone else mentioned that some people don’t keep left between the pylon and the halfway point and won’t give way. I’m aware of the new Facebook thread about the start too, so I expect there will be a bit of ongoing discussion about that.

Meanwhile Carolyn was one of the 70 people to get a PB today and I’m now hoping that, as a walker, she no longer feels quite so self-conscious about being slower than the runners. In that context, the following short conversation took place when we got home:

Me: Did it inspire you when I high-fived you in the woods today?

Carolyn: No.

However, what did inspire her was Mike, our legendary marshal at PJ’s Corner, calling out “Well done, young lady” when Carolyn emerged from the woods near the end. He found the perfect words and she loved it.

Fareham parkrun

Event number 150
12th January 2019
This week 382 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Margaret MCGILP • Angus MCGILP • David MACSWAYNE • Alison MACSWAYNE • Slavena JENSEN • Anastasia JENSEN • Malcolm RICHMOND • Ray GUNNER • Trina READINGS • Paula WILLIAMS • Mike SHAW • Melissa BARHAM • Ann MCCARTNEY • Nicolas MCCARTNEY • David HUGHES • Susan BOVINGDON • David FRITH • Chris REES • Paul RAYNER • Alexandra BRANNIGAN • Alan BULLOCK • John FAIRHURST • Anne FAIRHURST • David MORRIS • Michael MOODY • Phil BRIEN • Sally LINDSAY • Chris BARRON • Lisa DELICATE • David DELICATE • Joanne SMITH • Dorian KANHUKAMWE • Denise PERRETT • Toni STEED • Victoria ROWE-SHAWYER • John LOWDELL • Hayley BARKER • Wendy BARKER • Dean DOLMAN • Rachel DOLMAN • Philip STEED

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 5,234 participants have completed 29,996 parkruns covering a total distance of 149,980 km, including 5,884 new Personal Bests. A total of 521 individuals have volunteered 3,533 times.

 

Fareham parkrun #148 by David Duggan Tuesday 1st January 2019

 

Welcome to the first run report in 2019 for Fareham parkrun! I’ll start by saying this was my first visit to Fareham parkrun, however I’ve enjoyed over 50 different parkruns in my 250+ runs – and each of them have been enjoyable in their own individual way. New Year’s Day at Fareham was part of a new event double for myself and friends – after the Cams Estate adventure, we joined others by making the short journey to Lee on Solent for the second half of the double. It appears we were amongst over 170 people who headed to Lee after their run – last year 133 people did both and this year over 50% of those with Fareham finish tokens continued onto Lee (after they’d handed them in, of course). Having driven to Fareham from south west London, it was satisfying to see others running and cycling the 4 miles between the two events, as well as recognising plenty of the familiar faces there….more about that later!

Every parkrun morning, a number of individuals give up their time to ensure parkrun operates smoothly in order that those who run can do so safely and receive their results through what appears to be a completely professional system - this week thanks should be given to:

Alexandra BRANNIGAN  •  Alison MACSWAYNE  •  Andrew SMITH  •  Angus MCGILP  •  Ann MCCARTNEY  •  Carol WRIGHT  •  Cathy GLENDINNING  •  Chris REES  •  David DUGGAN  •  David MACSWAYNE  •  Deborah CASPER  •  Denise PERRETT  •  Ian WRIGHT  •  Karen GUNNER  •  Kay WALKER  •  Kelly CREEK  •  Luke THOMPSON  •  Margaret MCGILP  •  Mike SHAW  •  Nick MACBEATH  •  Nicolas MCCARTNEY  •  Paul RAYNER  •  Phil BRIEN  •  Ray GUNNER  •  Rose HEANEY  •  Slavena JENSEN  •  Steven LIFF  •  Suzanne RAVENHALL  •  Trina READINGS  •  Wendy SMITH

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email farehamhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested.

Having approached the core team in advance and asked to write the run report, I didn’t anticipate so much to be happening this week, along with so many records being broken!

  • Prior to this week, the highest attendance since the first event was 342….this week 343 people completed the course!
  • This week, Brian Milo broke the age grade record in the VM75-79 category, with a grading of 75.72% and a time of 25:28.
  • Eighteen people made their parkrun debuts….five of them going on to do a double!
  • Only six people didn’t bring a barcode – a brilliant statistic on a day when the attendance record was broken.
  • Last, but by no means least, parkrun founder Paul Sinton Hewitt ran at Fareham for the first time. There may have been a record number of selfies taken with Paul, who happily chatted with volunteers and fellow runners throughout the morning before heading to Lee on Solent to complete his double.

As mentioned above, eighteen people made there parkrun debuts at Fareham, however special mentions need to go Jason Campbell, Darren Gamblin, Ian Pike, Recara Wharton and Caroline Miller who definitely ‘dived in at the deep end’ by completing two parkruns in one day, having not done one before – let’s hope they realise it’ll be a full year before they can do it again!

Having the opportunity to run two parkruns within the space of a couple of two hours provides its own personal challenges, and knowing you’ve another 5km to run can mess with your head at 9am on New Years Day, especially if the evening of New Years Eve has been indulged in! For those that ran the Fareham/Lee double, I take my hat off to Recara Wharton (first time parkrunner & 1 second), Caroline Cockram (1 second), Mark Hargreaves (2 seconds), Cathy Pittick (3 seconds), Nadia Shepherd (5 seconds) and Richard Haydon Jones (5 seconds) who all ran their second part of the double within five seconds of their first time…great consistency!

This was my 5th New Years Day double, and one of the things I enjoy is seeing people on the second run who I ran close to on the first run! I must give a personal mention to Alison MacSwayne who I toed and froed with on both runs and afterwards realised we finished 13 seconds apart at each course, and are both volunteer coordinators! Thanks to all the people I ran with and the volunteers out on the course who made my run so memorable!

Volunteer Coordinator at Bedfont Lakes parkrun

David Duggan

 

 

Fareham parkrun
Event number 148
1st January 2019

This week 343 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 95 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

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 5,116 participants have completed 29,247 parkruns covering a total distance of 146,235 km, including 5,758 new Personal Bests. A total of 515 individuals have volunteered 3,455 times.

 

Fareham parkrun #146 Pingu Poulson’s PB on Christmas Day

This was the second time I have taken part in the Fareham parkrun as a guest of David and Alison MacSwayne. Lovely day and a turnout of over 200 runners many of whom had donned their festive gear. We were treated to Mike's Xmas music at the start and finish and mulled wine and chocolate at the half way point. Does it get any better than this?

David was run director and entertained us with his wit during the announcements, we had a 50 (Robert Kirby) a 100 (Nick Readings - the park run baby Dad) and 200 (Alison MacSwayne) milestones on the day.

Anyway Alison dressed me up as the Fareham Penguin and I am pretty sure all you guys (and girls) who commented were laughing with me not at me? A great time thank you, may I wish you all the best for the New Year.

Now you have finished your Christmas Day festivities, my current favourite cracker joke: Why didn’t Santa Clause manage to sell Rudolf and Prancer on eBay?

Because they were too dear!!!

Of course the more observant of you will know that you cannot sell anything that breathes or has a pulse on eBay but that is not Christmas cracker funny as an answer.

Very Best Regards

John Poulson

There is one personal black mark, I mailed a picture of the suit to a work colleague, apparently my nickname for 2019 is Pingu Poulson!!!

Fareham parkrun
Event number 146
25th December 2018

This week 219 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took
part. The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Julie SALT • Angus MCGILP • David MACSWAYNE • Alison MACSWAYNE • Slavena JENSEN • Anastasia JENSEN • Edward WILLMOTT • Elisabeth Alice Kirby POULSON • Samantha POULSON • Ian WRIGHT • Deborah CASPER • Phillip PROPHETT • Hannah HOLLIDAY • Melissa BARHAM • John POULSON • Brendan TUTTIETT • Ann MCCARTNEY • Nicolas MCCARTNEY • Sue BADDELEY • Jodie ISHERWOOD • Jane BASCOMBE • Paul RAYNER • Alexandra BRANNIGAN • Georgina HUTBER • David MORRIS • Mike TUTTIETT • Phil BRIEN •  Suzanne RAVENHALL • Ellis RAVENHALL • Joanne SMITH • Kay WALKER • Max BASCOMBE

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 4,984 participants have completed 28,639 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,195 km, including 5,667 new Personal Bests. A total of 511 individuals have volunteered 3,401 times.

 

 

 

 

 

Fareham parkrun #145 by Denise Perrett

(With a nod to Clement Clarke Moore, out of copyright)
'Twas the run before Christmas and all through the park

the tinsel was stirring, with joy the dogs bark,

The lights were hung on the bushes with care

And Santas of all sorts were certainly there.

The children were ready with lots dressed in red
While visions of presents danced in their heads
RD Safety in Turkey hat, 'Elf's pointed cap
Up bright and early, no deep winter's nap.
When out on the grass there arose such a chatter
Chris from the news with his long lens and shutter
Blond Rosie Cockapoo Santa coat flash
Black one in matching coat cutting a dash.
Run off through the mud, no new-fallen snow,
Low sun on the water made a beautiful show
When, what by the trees to my eyes should appear
Emlyn leading them back so give him a cheer.
And first woman Sarah, so lively and quick
And someone being carried along by St Nick
More rapid than eagles the themed T-shirts came
Red 50 park runs and more to their name.
At the turn-around Karen with tinsel all bright
High-fives every runner a wonderful sight
Now, Emma! Now, Jenny! Now, Zara and prancer
On, Tawanda! On, Mark, on Paul and dancer.
Oh dear, no, I can't keep this up – the return half is always a blur but memorable nevertheless were all the little encouraging decorative signs, Mike's music, the cheering supporters at the finish, the caped Fareham Crusaders, Georgina's sparkling earings as she did her mashalling role and some other Christmas tree ones spotted over coffee, Harry, who volunteers for his Duke of Edinburgh award handing out the tokens, Anne being back on the barcode support, two beautiful sleigh pulling huskies, the hot coffee and Cams Mill welcome, the reindeer antler headband on Laura with Wendy, her Mum, all those arriving from very busy weeks finishing up work for Christmas and travelling, all those dashing off to do more shopping and preparation – a great morning!
And finally from the Run Director:- Chris the photographer's report should be in the Wednesday or Thursday news, there will be runs on Christmas Day and New Years Day
and "Nice to see you finish the course, Alan!" :)
Happy Christmas, Park Runners all.

Fareham parkrun
Event number 145
22nd December 2018

This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Margaret MCGILP • Angus MCGILP • David MACSWAYNE • Alison MACSWAYNE • Slavena JENSEN • Zoe MORRALL • Ian WRIGHT • Mike SHAW • John SAUNDERS • Hannah HOLLIDAY • Melissa BARHAM • David HUGHES • Rachael HUGHES • Louise STEWART • Jane BASCOMBE • Peter BASCOMBE • Paul RAYNER • Alexandra BRANNIGAN • John FAIRHURST • Georgina HUTBER • Anne FAIRHURST • David MORRIS • Mike TUTTIETT • Phil BRIEN • Karen HEAD • Denise PERRETT • Kay WALKER • Harry JONES
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 4,947 participants have completed 28,420 parkruns covering a total distance of 142,100 km, including 5,636 new Personal Bests. A total of 508 individuals have volunteered 3,367 times.

 

Fareham parkrun #144 by Anastasia Jensen

Today’s parkrun was cold, windy and wet but, the spirits of the runners changed it completely. There were large puddles along the course and the wind was relentless (if we had umbrellas we could have been Mary Poppins). It was great to see all so many lovely volunteers cheering the runners on. It’s a mystery how they managed to stay warm after being drenched by a few drops of water LOL. Wasn’t it marvellous that our friendly parkrun director Jane did the briefing inside Cams Mill so we could keep warm? And again, at the finish we could go inside the warm and cosy pub to scan our barcodes after our refreshing run. It all worked like a well-oiled machine.

Today was a special occasion for our youngest park runner and volunteer (In training) Dillon, who turned one today. We were delighted as his loyal supporters to share the hugest first birthday cake ever, while enjoying the company of fellow park runners. The cake and coffee brought warmth after the freezing run. Thank you for all the volunteers, runners, joggers and walkers for coming. Only seven more sleeps until we meet again….
Yours in running
Sia

Fareham parkrun
Event number 144
15th December 2018
This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Margaret MCGILP • Angus MCGILP • Alison MACSWAYNE • Eleanor COUTTS • Slavena JENSEN • Anastasia JENSEN • Michael JOHNSON • Sarah MOULDING • Oliver MOULDING • Ian WRIGHT • Jessica MOULDING • Mike SHAW • Hannah HOLLIDAY • Andy DONN • Melissa BARHAM • Peter STODDARD • Jessica CREEK • Lee PADDICK • Sue BADDELEY • David HUGHES • Rachael HUGHES • Louise STEWART • Jane BASCOMBE • Peter BASCOMBE • Paul RAYNER • Alexandra BRANNIGAN • Sarah LOUDON • Georgina HUTBER • David MORRIS • Phil BRIEN • Jake LARDER • Mark LOUDON • Steven LIFF • Dorian KANHUKAMWE
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 4,917 participants have completed 28,156 parkruns covering a total distance of 140,780 km, including 5,609 new Personal Bests. A total of 508 individuals have volunteered 3,339 times.
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