New Years Day 2018 parkrun

There are only two days of the year where we allow extra parkrun UK events to take place - Christmas Day and New Years Day.

This year New Years Day falls on a Monday so, following on from the precedent set in previous years, we will be putting on an additional run starting at 0900.

 

Christmas Day 2017 parkrun

There are only two days of the year where we allow extra parkrun UK events to take place - Christmas Day and New Years Day.

This year Christmas Day falls on a Monday so, following on from the precedent set in previous years, we will be putting on an additional run starting at 0900.

 

Run Report 21/01/17 by David Hawkins

The 21st January 2017 saw my 250th parkrun and my 216th at Netley. Thank you to all those who shared my day - great fun. A special thanks to those who undertook some parkrun tourism to support me. It was great to celebrate landmark runs with my running buddies - Tracey Corker (100) Gerry Robson (100) and Pete Costley (200) - the latter two normally run at Southampton, so thanks for sharing guys.

Despite the novelty, I dont necessarily recommend wearing 3 balloons, especially if its windy. I had visions of a late January day being bleak and blustery - starting my run at Netley and finishing in Fawley. Fortunately, we were clear and calm. There must be a market for 250 balloons somewhere?

You may be surprised to hear that I didnt get parkrun when I first started. I didnt see the point, running round in circles each week and to what ends? I started at Lakeside in Eastleigh and ran 3 in 2010 and stopped because I got bored and then ran one, not sure why, in Nov 2011. Then, with Olympic excitement building, I decided to turn over a new leaf and commit to losing weight and getting a bit fitter. Start date - 1st January 2012. 264 weeks later, 246 parkruns and 750 miles on, I am stilling running around in circles trying to understand why I do it. In that time, I lost nearly 5 stone (put some back on though - love my biscuits), lobbed minutes off my time, became a qualified coach and enjoy being part of various local events, large and small. But, most importantly, I have made numerous friends. None of this would have happened without that first step at Lakeside.

So, if you are new to parkrun and are beginning to wobble, keep persevering, it is worth it in the end. If its any consolation, the running, the reason for joining parkrun, becomes secondary and it is the chance to meet up with friends that drives your attendance, and oh yes, to beat the person who was in front of you last week.

Happy running.

David

 

Run Report 21/01/17 by Karen Andrews

324 runners braved the sub zero temperatures this morning for Netley Abbey's 263rd parkrun. This probably equated to 648 gloves, at least 900 layers, and a handful of very chilly, but ever cheerful marshals!

This morning saw significant milestones for some Netley Abbey regulars. Obviously the most important element of such occasions is post run treats, and they didn't disappoint! Rebekah Collins and Jonathon Brothers celebrated turning 50 (in parkrun terms) today, while Gerry Robson and Tracey Corker earned their 100 Tshirt today. Eclipsing them all, however, was David Hawkins who, with the assistance/ hindrance of celebratory balloons, completed his 250th parkrun today.

Joining him and boosting today's numbers were lots of his running friends, many of whom were visiting from Southampton parkrun. 250 is a massive achievement, and is well deserved for a man who volunteers nearly every week with set up and close down, constantly encourages others and is always a friendly face at parkrun. David's parkrun journey has seen him run Netley 216 times, and taken him as far north as Glasgow. David's first parkrun was at neighbouring Eastleigh on 15/5/2010, and he was at Royal Victoria Country Park for the very first Netley Abbey parkrun.

Well done to all those who have reached a milestone this week, and the many who already wear their milestone Tshirts with pride.

Also worth a mention today are those with another very important milestone: their first parkrun. Well done to the 24 first timers today and welcome to the parkrun family!

 

Run Report 17/12/16 by Josh Buckle

The Netley Abbey Parkrun today was a huge success as 195 runners from all walks of life and clubs such as the Hedge End Running Club and the Southampton running clubs took part in the event in the wake for the Christmas holidays.

People came to spectate the runners and the runners wore festive jumpers and shirt's today in addition to one of the volunteers was playing Christmas music on this occasion who is one of the regular volunteers as the energetic runners crossed the finish line.

In addition, there was festive food like brownies and traditional cakes for everyone to grab a bite at by also one of the volunteers, in addition to the many people went to the café afterwards located in the park to gain energy from the run.

Everybody enjoyed themselves today seeing in the happy faces of people and accomplishing their set goals completing them using their watches.

The volunteer group and the Parkrun wants to wish you a very happy Christmas and a happy new year from the whole Netley Abbey Parkrun team and will be looking forward for seeing you next week.'

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