What a difference a week makes, 399 people took part in this weeks' 150th Lee- on-the-Solent parkrun which was bathed in glorious sunshine.  All the runners seemed to have smiles on their faces and the volunteers looked as though they were having more fun than ever, long may the sun shine on LotS parkrun.  I also decided to keep my camera and running kit at home this morning so I could relax and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

Visitors from Norwich, Lakeside, and Fareham and 38 first timers joined other walkers/joggers and runners along the promenade in near perfect conditions.     Pete and Ruth running their very first parkrun seemed glad it was over but added what a lovely day it was, as they look to move up to a 10K run in Hyde Park.  Special mention to our parkrun chimp today, Paul Ryan, who looked very warm at the end.... rather him than me, but running for Macmillan Cancer, a fantastic cause and also to Pete Stubbings who completed his 100th parkrun today.

Well done again the to the Run Director and volunteers for giving up their time once again.

 

Foggy Lee parkrun #149

Saturday 14th April 2018 – event number #149

On a misty foggy morning in Lee-on-the-Solent 429 people got up early to go for a nice morning run.  52 of them were first timers, and there were visitors from Exeter, Didcot, South London and Dunfermline.  I’m going to have my 9th birthday this week, and this was my 9th parkrun.  I usually run at Eastleigh when I’m not at badminton club, but sadly the course at Eastleigh is swampy at the moment! Most of my other parkruns have been by the seaside, including one at Seaton, where you have to run around washing baskets on the pebbly bit at the turnaround point.

Well done to Neil Coulson for being the first finisher (whilst getting a PB!) and Nikki Moxham for being the first woman to cross the finish line. Big well done to William Campbell for completing his tenth parkrun finishing with a time of 20:35 minutes which was also a new PB.  And today was a good day for PBs as 83 people finished with a new time to beat.  Myself included!  Maria Gibbs completed her 50th so well done Maria. Paul Roberts did his hundredth parkrun today.  A big thank you to all the volunteers, for cheering us on, and helping us to not crash into things.  Looking forward to seeing the pictures in The Portsmouth News….I hope I was smiling for the camera!

Ian Savage

 

Run #145 and a first for LotS parkrun

The morning of 17th March 2018 dawned cold and reasonably windy. The previous day we'd basked in temperatures around 10 degrees, and as we drove down to Lee-on-the Solent the temperature was barely positive.  Arriving a bit early, as my husband had volunteered to give the first timers brief, our small daughter insisted on being tucked up straight away into the pushchair, and the odd snow flake started to fall. NOT typical weather for mid March.

We decided it was not the weather to join in with the running in nightwear theme of today but appreciated the effort of those who did. We had fun spotting nightwear and the odd cuddly toy.

A total of 254 people finished the run, the lowest number of runners since Christmas Day. There were only 4 people at the first timers brief. There were 39 new PBs, which I suspect may be spurred on by the thought of getting back into a warm car, home or café once they'd finished.

Congratulations to Angela Richardson, who was 1st today. I think this was the first time in Lee on Solent's history that a female runner has come 1st.

I was hoping to run Eastleigh 10k on the Sunday, so settled on a reasonably easy pace for me and my husband slowed down considerably to run with me, unfortunately the race was cancelled due to the forecasted snow!

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun
Event number 145
17th March 2018

This week 254 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Brian FISHER • Anna CLODFELTER • Gillian Sarah THOMAS • Andrew STOCKWELL • Austin GRAY • Mick WELLAND • Lynne Mabon SIMPSON • Richard MOSELEY • Chris STAPLEFORD • Rachael DURANT • Susan BARRETT • Rebecca WROBLEWSKI • Keith WROBLEWSKI • Louise BRIDGES • Maggie ATKINSON • Michael BOWERS • Marie BOWERS • Cliff SHAW • Janet SHAW • Richard LAW • Henry GILL • Bryan SIMPSON • Jacob BARCA • Geoff OFLANAGAN • Fran BENNETT • Brian HARRIS • Stuart WHITE • Paul TROTT • Angela PRICE • Henry PRICE • Rob REYNOLDS • Natasha WHITE • Richard MACKAY • Sam FURMAGE • Jacqui TORRENS • Peter STEWARD • Tina MACKAY • Brian WOODHALL

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

The male record is held by Richard WALDRON who recorded a time of 15:59 on 17th December 2016 (event number 78).
The female record is held by Jen ELKINS who recorded a time of 17:46 on 1st January 2017 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Penny FORSE who recorded 92.89% (22:30) on 3rd October 2015 (event number 14).

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun started on 4th July 2015. Since then 7,094 participants have completed 47,603 parkruns covering a total distance of 238,015 km, including 9,937 new Personal Bests.

 

The Whole 5K

I’ve been completing parkruns since May 2017. I started walking…slowly! Today was to be my 23rd parkrun but I have to admit, when I got up this morning, I didn’t really fancy it! I toyed with the idea of just volunteering, but eventually forced myself to get dressed in my running clothes.

After volunteering as Volunteer Co-ordinator I went and lined up in the starting pen, did you know there are some roles where you can volunteer and run?! I listened to the Run Brief given by Geoff and chuckled at the comedy moment when Geoff asked if anyone was running with a dog and a dog replied!

We were soon on our way and my slow plod began. At the moment I am a plodder. I have been able to run more and more since starting parkrun but have always had walk breaks. Some weeks more walk breaks than running it seemed!

As I turned at Browndown I saw a large boat out on the Solent and wondered if I’d overtake it or at least draw level with it at any point. I didn’t. As I turned at Browndown I was yet to take a walk break.

Once over the hill (I ran the hill this week!) a lady over took me and said she liked my cheer leaders. I know a lot of people at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun as I have been volunteering since Week 2 (pesky work made me miss week 1!) A lot of you know me by name due to this and me making semi regular appearances on top of that ladder. I know a lot of you by face rather than name but it makes me beam with pride when so many of you cheer me on by name. I always try and say thank you but sometimes I am pretty breathless!

As I headed towards The Shack I looked at the new work going on, on our beautiful beach. I then ran the shingle section, grateful that they’d cleared some of it to get their equipment on to the beach.

The turnaround at The Shack marked the start of the hardest bit for me as a slow runner. For some reason in my head this feels like the longest part even when in reality it isn’t. This is because I’ve already passed by most people. I look out for my friends in the crowd to make the time pass quicker. When you’re a slow runner at the back The Shack to the Finish can feel like a very long and lonely road.

The two little boys who were marshalling with their Dad at the end of the beach huts made me smile as I passed them. They were so enthusiastic and kept me going on the hardest part. The hardest part also involves the two mini mountains which I actually managed to run up this week.

As I reached the brow of the hill and ran back down the other side, with a view of the finish funnel, I thought “Hang on a minute, I’m actually going to do this” And I did. I ran all the way to the finish funnel and had run the whole 5K for the first time.

 

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun
Event number 143
24th February 2018

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Sarah BARRON • Rob GREENWOOD • Austin GRAY • Paul ADDERLEY • Emma ROBINSON • Lewis ROBINSON • Rebecca WROBLEWSKI • Maggie ATKINSON • Cliff SHAW • Janet SHAW • Richard LAW • Col COCHRANE • Liz REDPATH • Jacob BARCA • Geoff OFLANAGAN • Rachel HATTERSLEY • Jackie BRADY • Steph SUTER • Stuart WHITE • Paul TROTT • Hayley BAIRD • Angela PRICE • Henry PRICE • Natasha WHITE • Ian ROSS • Tamarinda PARRY • Thomas PARRY • Sam FURMAGE • Jacqui TORRENS • Peter STEWARD • Tina MACKAY • Paul HAILWOOD • Janet HAILWOOD • Kathryn COX-HOCKEY • Brian WOODHALL • Sam LE PEUPLE • Hayden YOUNG • Gavin BRIDGES • Jennifer MACKAY • William LE PEUPLE • Harrison LE PEUPLE

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

The male record is held by Richard WALDRON who recorded a time of 15:59 on 17th December 2016 (event number 78).
The female record is held by Jen ELKINS who recorded a time of 17:46 on 1st January 2017 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Penny FORSE who recorded 92.89% (22:30) on 3rd October 2015 (event number 14).

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun started on 4th July 2015. Since then 7,049 participants have completed 46,990 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,950 km, including 9,868 new Personal Bests.

 

Run # 142

Last Saturday the morning started cold and crisp, with the clear skies quickly turning into a cold, but beautifully sunny morning. When we arrived in Lee-on-the-Solent there was very little wind, the Isle of Wight was clearly in view, and the Solent was almost as flat as a mill pond.  By 11am the promenade at Lee-on-the-Solent was busy with people walking, cycling and scootering, and a lot of kids and parents throwing stones into the sea.

 Between these two times 464 runners and walkers completed the 5k parkrun. There were 52 people running their first run at Lee, including 19 people completing their first ever parkrun, welcome to all of you and I hope you liked it enough to come back. 124 people got a new PB, even more than the paced event last week, so I wasn't the only one to benefit from the great running conditions. 22 people with no barcodes, we hope you don't forget them next week.  This week's Lee parkrun was brought to you by 40 volunteers, including Gavin Llewellyn volunteering for his 25th occasion.

 I've recently discovered you can copy and paste the table of parkrun results into a spreadsheet, and had too much fun looking up different statistics this evening. (And avoiding housework and getting organised for Monday morning.) If anyone else is interested in the statistics of parkrun, you might like this website http://www.elliottline.com/parkrun/ . I have also recently been listening to More or Less on Radio 4 and been catching up with this discussion on the hardest parkrun in the UK. The input from the "correspondent for running around" was a nice distraction on a recent long run. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ppxc0

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