The Number 35!

Yesterday's parkrun was on my 35th Birthday so below is a dedication to the number 35.

Yesterday's parkrun should have been event number 135...however we put on two extra events (Christmas Day and New Years Day) so it bumped it up to 137.

7 people completed their 35th parkrun. So Well Done Paul Trott, Terry Moore, Mel Maloney, Donna Davy, Mel Seddon, Elaine Chapelhow and Taraminda Parry.

Mark Miller collected token number 35 this week.

The 35th female to finish was Cath Austin whilst the 35th male to finish was Marc Miller.

The 35 minute pacer was the lovely Louise Bridges.

14 people completed their parkrun within the 35th minute so Hello and Well Done to Liz Macenri, Marie Bowers, Louise Bridges, Nadine Ricketts, Pam Beeby, Ian West, Emmeline White, Emily Hassan, Anita Titcombe, Caroline Ward, Biddy Russell, Denise Wardle, Sally Cope and Sarah Rodgers.

Steve Bradley, David Guyett-Smith, Matt Earp, Stewart Thomson, Michael White, Kendrick Mallard, and Natalie Keyte all finished with a time ending in 35 seconds.

There were 25 runners today in the 35-39 age category. I was the newest member to this group.

6 of the people that ran yesterday have a PB of 35:XX so a virtual high 5 to Ann-Marie Bonwick, Michael Bowers (a special thank you as well for being my pacer yesterday), Vicky Marshall, Caroline Ward, Lydia Maher and Sean Lynch.

It was somewhere around the 35 minute mark that I turned around at The Shack and my Birthday balloon made a bid for freedom! I hope it enjoyed its journey over to the Isle of Wight!

A big thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday during the run but more importantly, and as always, a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped the parkrun happen. If it weren't for the volunteers the run wouldn't happen, so please, if you're well overdue a turn at volunteering email in and come and help! You'll not regret it.

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Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun
Event number 137
13th January 2018

This week 391 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Geoffrey COOK • Laura COOK • Austin GRAY • Kim CARTER • Andrea EDWARDS • Angela ELSHAW • Jenner MOORE • Andrew MCMILLAN • Susan BARRETT • Rebecca WROBLEWSKI • Louise BRIDGES • Sian KELLY • Kieran SLADE • Philip OWEN • Jenny SHILLING • Michael BARKER • Peter NASH • Maggie ATKINSON • Richard LAW • Peter SMITH • Steve WOOD • Henry GILL • Angela LEWIS • Jacob BARCA • Fran BENNETT • Eileen BARTLETT • Jackie BRADY • Brian HARRIS • Angela PRICE • Phil DOWNHAM • Henry PRICE • Amy GOWER • Ian ROSS • Tamarinda PARRY • Jacqui TORRENS • Peter STEWARD • Nicola COLES • Brian WOODHALL • Jennifer MACKAY

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 6,756 participants have completed 44,426 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,130 km, including 9,334 new Personal Bests.

 

After the excitement of Christmas and two parkruns on New Year's Day, it was nice to get back to "normal" on 6th January and the first Saturday parkrun of the year.

The weather was seasonally quite cold and a little windy and a little wet, but fortunately much drier than New Year's Day. The turnout was high, the 4thhighest in Lee's history. It also seemed to be a good week for milestone runs, with 6 people running their 50th parkrun on Saturday, Scott Jenkins, Jonathon Hodgson, Lois Than, Paul Atkinson, Phillip Shilling and Jason Williams. Another milestone was reached by junior runner, Mathilde Dillon, who ran her 10th parkrun.

My run was significantly warmer in a new long-sleeved tshirt, but not so quick. I'm partly using the occupant of my buggy as an excuse, as it definitely gets harder as she grows bigger. On Saturday she reached the milestone of 3 years old, leaving me wondering how much longer she'll be happy to sit in the pushchair for half an hour on parkrun day. Running 20k of parkruns in 8 days left me wondering what running goals to set this year, wondering if maybe I could reach 1000k in a year, or should I aim for a half marathon, or both? Meanwhile I am enjoying running for fun, and some peace and quiet. And one of the people reaching 100 runs was a good friend, a nice excuse for a celebration breakfast at Leon's.

Thanks to all the volunteers this week, and good luck to all the runners with goals for 2018.

P.S. For anyone interested in statistics on the double parkruns on New Year's Day, I really liked this map presentation of attendance (not officially parkrun affiliated, just for fun)! 140 runners ran both Fareham and Lee on Solent this year.

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Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun
Event number 136
6th January 2018

This week 477 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Brian FISHER • Sarah BARRON • Austin GRAY • Lynne Mabon SIMPSON • Andrea EDWARDS • Richard MOSELEY • Jenner MOORE • Andrew MCMILLAN • Susan BARRETT • Kaarina MAY • Kieran SLADE • Maggie ATKINSON • Charissa BARCA • Peter SMITH • Peter STODDARD • Julia MARWOOD • Jacob BARCA • Gavin LLEWELLYN • Fran BENNETT • Eileen BARTLETT • Jackie BRADY • Katja REIPERT • Steph SUTER • Honor READER • Henry PRICE • Sophie PRICE • Tracie PRICE • Richard MACKAY • Janet SMITH • Jacqui TORRENS • Peter STEWARD • Christopher HORSCROFT • 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 6,718 participants have completed 44,035 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,175 km, including 9,277 new Personal Bests.

 

 

How it all works!

A little bit about behind the scenes each Saturday, you may wonder why you get shouted at to stay in order, take a token, don't cross the line twice, and please do not duck out of the funnel before taking a token!!

 Well here's how the parkrun magic works.

You'll notice at the start line and at the finish line that there will be two people with stopwatches.

The stopwatches start when the Run Director shouts GO at the beginning of the run and every time someone crosses the finish line our timekeeping volunteers click a button to record a time and a finish position.  This is why we ask people not to cross the line twice, or we end up with more finish times/positions than we should have.

Next you make your way along to the finish token volunteers who will hand you a token with a position number on it.  This number *should* correspond to the position on the stopwatch when you crossed the line.  This only works if you stay in your finish order until you have collected your token, and if everyone that crosses the line takes a token.  

If someone refuses to take a token (it happens!) then it can cause a problem.  Let's say someone finishes in position 30 with a time of 24:15.  They don't take their token.  The next person finishes in position 31 with a time of 24:20 but because the last person didn't take their token they get token 30.  This means that later on they will be assigned the time that goes with position 30, not with their correct time in position 31.

 So please, even if you know you have forgotten your personal barcode, take a token and just hand it back to the scanners further down the line.  It's really important.

 Occasionally someone with a clipboard might ask your name at this point.  We try to write down a finish time and a name for every 20th or so runner - this allows us to check that the tokens and finish times haven't got out of sync.  We can adjust the results later where we find a discrepancy, but we don't always know exactly where the problem is.

 After you have collected your finish token you head off to the barcode scanners.  Here you will be asked to produce your personal barcode and your finish token.  Both of these are scanned and it is this process that ties you to your finish position.  It is really important that BOTH barcodes are scanned - don't throw your finish token back in the tub until it has been scanned as the scanners get very upset if they only have half the data they need.

 Once everyone has finished, the stopwatches and scanners are handed over to the core team and we start processing results. We plug in the scanners and the stopwatches and upload the data to the parkrun website where it matches the times to the runners.  So if you see a bunch of people huddled round a laptop mumbling swear words and possibly crying softly while you are eating your post run bacon butty you will know that somebody somewhere didn't take a token or threw it back in the tub before it was scanned and now the results have gone haywire!

 Firstly we add in the ones whose barcodes didn't scan.  Each of these has to be typed in manually. That is why we have the 'no barcode, no result' rule.  Even if you know your barcode number, it takes time to type it in and search for the correct runner - the parkrun website is pretty busy around 10am on a Saturday and it can be a tad slow! If everyone did that we'd be there all day.  The manual entries are strictly for people who did bring a printed barcode but for whatever reason the scanners were unable to read it.

Next we go through and check the spot times, making sure that the people whose names we wrote down match the finish time we wrote down for them.  If they don't, we can add / remove blanks until they do match up, though we won't know exactly where the problem occurred.  Using the example above, if we had written down spot times for the runners in position 20 and in position 40 but there was a problem at position 30, we would only know that the error had occurred somewhere between 20 and 40 and would make the adjustment at position 40, the first one we know for sure is wrong.  Which means that everyone in positions 30-39 would have the wrong times.

Once we are happy that everyone is more or less where they should be in the results we click the button to send them off and the whizzy parkrun UK computers send out your text messages which, hopefully, has the correct time on it.

 Please remember that parkrun is run by volunteers who give up their time each Saturday to provide this event.  There are little things you can do to make life easier for the volunteers and help make sure the results are as accurate as possible:

  • Don't cross the line twice - duck out to the side if you have already finished and you've gone back to support someone else
  • Stay in your finish order until you have got your token.
  • Please take the tokens even if you don't want a result - just hand them back to the scanners
  • Make sure you get both your own barcode and your finish token scanned before you throw your token in the tub.
  • Please don't ask our volunteers to take your name if you have forgotten your barcode - no barcode, no result.

Thank you for reading :)

Our first takeover event will be on 10th February, by Fareham Crusaders Running Club, all volunteer roles will be filled by the club members, and they will provide even numbered pacers, we hope you can join us.

 

New Years Day

A few of the regulars at Lee parkrun had been talking for a while about doing a double run on New Years Day, including my husband. I was Run Director at Lee, and our event was starting at a later time of 10.30am, I decided there would be enough time to go to Fareham first to watch him run then set up for Lee.

We arrived at Fareham and there were lots of familiar faces, we mingled a bit, and overheard some conversations from people heading to Lee afterwards.

As the runners set off, the rain started, and it lashed down! the first finishers arrived back muddy and soaked, hubby finished, jumped in the car and he realised he needed a dry top, quick pit stop at home for this and then headed to Lee for set up.

 

We are lucky to have a bit of dry shelter to give out the kit, and busied ourselves doing this, i poked my head out to announce the first timers briefing, still raining!! not many people, we carried on welcoming marshals and trying to keep the equipment dry as long as possible, and it was great to see some new faces volunteering.

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It was time to give the safety briefing and I had a shock when coming out of the shelter, the start area was packed, in total 404 of you ran/jogged or walked the course, it was an amazing site. We welcomed tourists from Frimley, Yeovil, Eastleigh, Nottingham, Fareham, Southwick, Epsom, Netley, Shrewsbury, and Australia! There were 107 first timers!!

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It didn't stop raining, but despite this the volunteers were in good spirits, cheering and clapping and shouting Happy New Year to the runners and walkers, it was a fantastic atmosphere. When I gave my speech I said that we would love to see some new faces volunteering in 2018, all the roles are easy and full training is given, if you are interested please drop us a line at leeonthesolenthelpers@parkrun.com, we would love to have you join the team.

We have some exciting club takeovers planned for 2018, and other fun events, we hope you can join us, I cant promise it wont rain, but I can promise that everyone of all abilities will be very welcome at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun.

Happy New Year!

Maggie  -  Event Director

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun
Event number 135
1st January 2018

This week 404 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 107 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 53 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Brian FISHER • Andy SIMPSON • Paul ATKINSON • Austin GRAY • James YEO • Kaarina MAY • Sian KELLY • Tracy SLADE • Kieran SLADE • Dee UPSHALL • Nadine RICKETTS • Maggie ATKINSON • Keith BARRON • Phillip SHILLING • Kate STUBBINGS • Pete STUBBINGS • Alison WILLIAMS • Eileen BARTLETT • Honor READER • Henry PRICE • Isabelle RICKETTS • Anne HEDGES • Richard MACKAY • Leanne SEARLE • Tina MACKAY • Nicola COLES • Janet HAILWOOD • Christopher HORSCROFT

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 6,672 participants have completed 43,558 parkruns covering a total distance of 217,790 km, including 9,212 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

Christmas Event 23rd December 2017

Saturday 23rd December  was officially my 100th parkrun (technically it was my 101st but i forgot my barcode on my 51st run!!!) It was a fancy dress event for Christmas too.  Perfect. I had worked out in advance how many runs I needed to miss to make Christmas my 100th and planned my costume too so I was slightly peeved to get a chest infection just in time for Saturday.
  My inflatable reindeer/Santa suit wasn't going to allow for a PB anyway so off to parkrun  I went.  What a fantastic turn out of fancy dress.  There were Santas,  Christmas trees, elves, presents, reindeer and many more.  The atmosphere was great and the band made it even more special.

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Cliff and his band

My run buddy, who was also poorly, came dressed as an elf and gave me a balloon.
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I'd had a while to plan my 100th and knew what I wanted to do so Santa's sack was full of presents. Before the run began we gave presents to the timekeepers as they were likely to be busy at the end of the run.

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Pearson and Tanny

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Surprise!

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Kim and Carts

 We all listened to the run brief and then off we went. My costume and wheezy chest meant it wasn't the easiest run but excitedly my elf and I ran to the first marshal but we were unable to pass them their present. We were overtaken by a pacer pushing a buggy but we're unable to pass the present to them either.
 Our first running gift was given to the turn around marshal . I sent the elf ahead to catch the pacer and then we managed to also pass presents to the bollard marshal and the slipway marshal.  Soon we had worked out how to run and pass presents to marshals who weren't expecting gifts and who didn't always take them straight away.
 We managed to pass a gift to the tail runner and when Cliff and Janet (members of the band) went by we passed them presents too.
 Seeing the smiles on the faces of the volunteers was brilliant. I wouldn't have been able to have run 100 if people didn't turn up to volunteer so the least I could do was give those who volunteered a cracker and a chocolate lolly!
 It should have been easy to recognise volunteers as they are the high vis heroes however Shona and I were a little over enthusiastic in our present giving. There was a very surprised cyclist just watching the runners but because he was wearing a yellow jacket he got a present too.
  Presents were given to all volunteers in the funnel and the barcode scanners at the end. We tried to give to the pacers who were still around too but I fear we may have missed the very fast ones as we couldn't pass to them when they were running and couldn't find them at the end.
  Thank you to everybody who volunteered on Saturday and to those who volunteer every week. We runners really do appreciate all you do.

 

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