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.
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.