Run # 175

Today's weather was a funny one. Warm but windy and sunny but with dark clouds! Either way it was a good parkrun on the prom.

373 people took part. It was no one's 373rd  parkrun but it was Phil Downham's 73rd  parkrun. Today was run number 175. No one ran their 175th parkrun but Sophie Hurlo and Wes Clift ran their 75th parkrun.

It was a day for lots of milestones. Zachary Taverner ran his 10th parkrun. As he's a junior runner this means he qualifies for a white 10 milestone t-shirt. Only runners under 17 can get these. 6 people qualified for a red 50 t-shirt by running their 50th parkrun. A big Well Done to Paul Hammond, Stuart Crisp, Gaynor Heffer, James Eland, Anna Clodfelter and Cath Austin. 3 people qualified for their black 100 t-shirt by running their 100th parkrun. A huge Well Done to Darren Abrams, Nikki Moxham (who ran 99 of her 100 at Lee-on-the-Solent) and Alan Fleckney who ran all of his 100 parkruns at Lee-on-the-Solent!

There were 23 first timers. I hope all 23 of you enjoyed your first parkrun and that you'll keep continuing to attend. There were also 13 people who returned to run their 2nd parkrun. Well Done for coming back!

There were 32 new PBs set today. Well Done if one of those new PBs belongs to you. During Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun's existence there have been 11,774 shiny new PBs set.

Out of the 373 runners 14 of them have earned their purple 25 t-shirt.  This means they have volunteered 25 times (or more) at parkrun. There are lots of roles to try and the team are very welcoming. Not every role means you have to forfeit your run (like writing the run report, helping to set up or close down, giving the first timers briefing or pacing) so why not email the team and see how you can help and earn a point towards your purple t-shirt?


Upcoming Events

Please see below our calendar of events for the next few months


October 27th: Halloween fancy dress and pacing event, pacers will be every 2 minutes 19 - 39 and a run/walk pacer, this is your chance to have a go at pacing, we would love to see our runners and volunteers in some creative fancy dress too.


November 10th: Stubbington Green running club takeover, members of the club will take over the volunteering roles, and we will have another pacing event with even numbered pacers from 20 - 40 minutes

November 24th: Homeless Collection, more details to follow


Our main Christmas fancy dress run will be on 22nd December, it will also be a pacing event (odd numbers)

Xmas Day, Tuesday 25th, an extra run at 9am, before the turkey and chocolates!

Saturday 29th, normal Saturday run


New Years Day, Tuesday 1st, an extra run starting at 10.30am, our local runs Whiteley and Fareham will be starting at 09.00, allowing you to get to Lee-on-the-Solent to run a double ( the only day of the year you are allowed to get 2 counted runs) Please drive safely between events!

If you have any questions about any of the above or would like to volunteer, please email into the office:



The Proposal

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun number 171 was the parkrun with a difference that's for sure.

I met my partner Gareth 4 years ago yesterday and we have had an amazing 4 years. Life really is great with Gareth. A year after we met we moved in together and the same week we started running. A month after that we decided to give this parkrun we keep hearing about a try. That first one was at Lee-on-the-Solent and we were hooked.  We love to do a bit of parkrun touring these days, but now having run 89 parkruns, Lee-on-the-Solent remains our most frequent parkrun and a very special one to us.

It was a beautiful morning and the sun was out. Gareth decided he wanted to run to parkrun to clock up his mileage, so I was going to drive and meet him there.  Now knowing Gareth, he is a real romantic, getting up and going out without me on our anniversary just isn't in his nature. Particularly running off and forgetting to wish me a happy anniversary.  I could not help but wonder what was up his sleeve. Would he pop the question today? Mmm, possibly. Surely he wouldn't do it in front of people at parkrun? No, categorically not, Gareth is shy by nature he definitely wouldn't do that...

I arrive 10 minutes before the start as usual and see Gareth running in just before me. A few of our running friends are already there. Funny enough, a few of our best friends were walking their dogs at the seafront too! Well it is a nice morning and catching up for breakfast after didn't seem suspicious.

A couple more friends turn up who I wasn't expecting there this week.

Geoff starts the running brief and I can feel myself being coaxed closer to him. I clock my friends with their dogs and realise I've never seen them dressed and made up at 9am on a Saturday morning! Geoff then decides to do something "a little different" in his brief. Audience participation? You're kidding me, this is a setup, I can feel where this is going. I literally start to shake. I look at Gareth, prime spot to be next on the mic. Surely this is only going one way. Shall I back out now?

I swear it happened in slow motion. That mic moved over to Gareth and having blanked out what was being said I heard the words "Grand romantic gestures" in response to a question I was incapable of hearing. This IS happening!

So for those of you that witnessed, heard, or read since, Gareth uncharacteristically took the mic in front of 400+ runners and friends, and characteristically spoke some beautiful words and then asked me to be his wife... and of course I said yes.


Before I knew it I was wearing an engagement running vest, friends who had travelled down from Milton Keynes to witness the proposal had sprung out of the crowd and I suddenly heard 3,2,1... go!


This is an absolute whirlwind, Adrenalin is pumping and I've now got to run 5k! There's no way this week is going to be a fast run. Off in the crowd I've lost Gareth already (looking back it would have been nice to run together but I didn't have time to think about that) and I'm pretty sure I've got to keep some breath to thank everyone who was congratulating me round the course. Which of course being friendly parkrun was very often.

The congratulations continued throughout the run and it was just amazing. Gareth ran half the run with friends and ran in shortly behind me. Bubbles were poured shortly after the finish line, cakes were handed out, photos were taken and so many runners come over to congratulate us it was unreal.

Thank you to everyone that gave us a congratulations and to Lee-on-the- Solent parkrun for helping Gareth to arrange it all. It was an amazing and a very fitting proposal that will never be forgotten.

Now to stop talking about myself and talk about the rest of the 412 runners yesterday.

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun
Event number 171
15th September 2018

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Lee RHODES • Miranda CARRICK • Angela ELSHAW • Susan BARRETT • Thomas GRIFFIN • Lee WESTWOOD • Nick MACBEATH • David WALTERS • Jenny SHILLING • Cate MULLEN • Maggie ATKINSON • Donna GREENSLADE • Jacob BARCA • Geoff OFLANAGAN • Pearson ATKINSON • Fran BENNETT • Eileen BARTLETT • Jackie BRADY • Martin PEGLER • Stuart WHITE • Honor READER • Henry PRICE • Lola RHODES • Anne HEDGES • Jacqui TORRENS • Collin FRENCH • Laurie MULLEN • James MARTIN • Julie CLARKE • Brian WOODHALL • Lisa SAMWAYS • Andrew CLARKE • Jon FLYNN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Jen ELKINS who recorded a time of 17:46 on 1st January 2017 (event number 81).
The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 15:54 on 28th April 2018 (event number 151).
The Age Grade course record is held by Penny FORSE who recorded 96.26% (22:45) on 7th July 2018 (event number 161).

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun started on 4th July 2015. Since then 8,219 participants have completed 58,146 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,730 km, including 11,520 new Personal Bests.

Many thanks as always to all the Marshall's for making parkrun happen.



Junior takeover 18.8.18

Today we went to Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. Mummy and Daddy keep taking me to different parkruns.  I like this one best. I know how to get there and I tell mummy how to get there in the car. We saw runners before we got to parkrun. Why are they running but not parkrun? I shout to them that there was a parkrun, but nobody listened.
The car park was busy. Lots of cars and lots of camper vans. I like camper vans. There are lots of people.  1, 2, 3... more than twenty ten.
Sometimes my friend is here and her mummy is here and I get to play in the skate park with my friend and her mummy and wave to runners and eat snacks. Today they aren't here and mummy says I have to go in the pushchair, even if I am wearing my running trainers, because I am 3. When I am 4 I will be big and Mummy says maybe I can run too.
Today's weather was not rainy, and not very sunny, but mummy moaned because it was windy but it wasn't windy in my pushchair.
"Mummy, why is that BOY talking on a microphone?" "Today it's a special parkrun. Lots of the volunteers are junior parkrunners." "But why?" "Because it's fun, and lots of the volunteer roles can be done by anyone." "But why? Oh... 3, 2, 1. Off we go."
Mummy is running. Mummy said thank you Marshals, but Marshal is in Paw Patrol, not parkrun, silly Mummy. There was a grown up and a big kid, but not a Paw Patrol pup.
Mummy doesn't run fast like Daddy. I eat strawberries and talk to dolly and take photos with my phone and sing songs while Mummy runs. Wheels on the bus. I ask questions, but Mummy doesn't always answer. I like counting runners, and beach huts, and dogs.
"Mummy, why are you walking?" "It's the hill." "But you are walking." "It's a bit steep and you are getting heavier and heavier" "I am getting bigger and bigger every day." "Yep." Mummy is running again.


"Mummy, the park is here. Can we go in the park? Can we go in the park, can we, can we, can we. Pleeeeaaaaasssse. "After the run Eleanor". Mummy never stops parkrun to go to the park.
"All finished. Well done Mummy. All done. High five. I get out now?" Mummy let me out of the pushchair and some people were queuing and some co-op people were giving them boxes and Mummy said it was so we could try different, healthy foods. We got bread wraps and I like bread wraps and I got to eat a bread wrap sat on the beach.
I like parkrun and soon I will be a big kid and mummy might let me run too.
Eleanor Simpson, age 3 2/3, with a little help from her mummy

Run Report #159

I usually like to get a run report written the day of the run. When the days events are still fresh in my mind, and I so I don't feel guilty getting a volunteer credit for something I have not yet completed. My husband did the First Timers Brief, so his volunteer stint was over before he even started running. However, this weekend was my parents golden wedding anniversary, so we knew we wouldn't have long to sit in the café after parkrun, before we rushed off to join family for lunch, and hosted a barbecue into the evening, so I thought the run report could be fitted round the madness of the weekend. It was also our wedding anniversary on the Friday, so anniversaries are somewhat on my mind.


Each year each parkrun celebrates its anniversary. This year Lee-on -the- Solent will be celebrating its 3rd birthday on 7th July, with pacers, rio carnival fancy dress and cakes. Sadly we'll miss it due to an annual naval band contest, with an unfortunately early start. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos.


I've loved seeing the influx of new t-shirts celebrating 50, 100, 250 and 500 parkruns, as parkrun has caught up with the outstanding milestones t-shirts earned.  If you, or someone you know,  has a milestone run coming up, let the volunteer office know so they can give you a shout out. Nigel Bailey and Ian Ross reached 50 parkruns this week, and Thomas Harrison reached 10 parkruns. 23 people ran their first run at Lee on Saturday, and 44 people recorded a new PB.


For anyone interested in tracking their parkrun anniversaries, and stats in general, this recent extension for Chrome gives all kinds of information. I was interested to find that the average geographical coordinates of my parkruns was calculated, along with the furthest parkrun location from that, and the nearest parkrun that I've not yet done. I also like the map showing locations of the parkruns I've completed.


And will we get to celebrate Dame Kelly Holmes coming to visit? For anyone who missed this week, we started with a call out to see if she'd like to come visit.

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