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.



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.'


Run Report 10/12/16 by David Hawkins

I always have mixed feelings about missing a parkrun. I feel guilty. Today was one on those days, but I did have a good excuse. Over the last year, or so, I have struggled with a developing cataract, that has made life very lop sided and has made running more challenging than it should be. Perception of distance has become difficult. I can only describe a cataract as looking through a window with a blob of vaseline smeared across it - everything is blurry. Anyway, today was op day. So come 9.00 am whilst you were having your pre brief, I was being prepared for surgery. I know where I would rather have been!

What did I miss? Nothing out of my left eye, but my right tells me the ever popular Mr Unknown was first (DFYB) in an unknown time, so I guess technically Tim Doran was the first park runner who conformed to the rules to cross the line. Well Done Tim. Karen Andrews was first lady with Tracey Corker topping Age Rated - well done both. Beyond that, there were some notable landmarks. Whilst it is always good to see and welcome first timers and visitors to Netley, today I will applaud the regulars.

So, congratulations to Jessica Collins (JW11-14) on reaching 50 parkruns. At the other end of the spectrum, my old mate Rob Thompson (VM50-54) chose Netley for his 100th - well done Rob, along side Beth Nice (JW15-17) - great running. Weighing in with 150 parkruns, Isaac Andrews (JM15-17) has now committed three years of early starts (and volunteering) to parkrun - fabulous, but this week Isaac is pipped by Bethan Davis on 200 (JW50-54) - superb. Sorry I wasnt there to celebrate with you and I bet I missed cake.

These achievements confirm what parkrun is all about - inclusivity. With two over 50's and three under 18's achieving landmarks this week, where else would you find an event that will allow men, women and children to run together and against one another, in the same place, at the same time, on the same course, where equal support is offered and given? I cant think of anywhere else.

Next week, I hope to be back with HD vision and looking at the world in glorious technicolour.

Happy Running

Cyclops Hawkins.


Run Report 26/11/16 by Karen Andrews

Netley parkrun number 253 saw 201 runners descend on Royal Victoria Country Park for the weekly 5k run.

Today Netley welcomed five parkrun first timers, and a few tourists visiting our parkrun for the first time. Welcome to all!

PBs were the reward waiting at the finish line for 16 of this mornings runners - nice work!
This morning saw six new members of the 50 club, who will be wearing their nice red t-shirts in the near future. Well done to Tony Easterby, Hannah Collins, William Gill, Steven Brown, Celia Brabazon and Simon Avery for reaching that milestone.

Our most experienced parkrunner this morning was John Tussler, who has notched up 259 parkruns. John did his 175th Netley parkrun this morning.

This morning it's super-duper event director Geoff Collins' turn to let our parkrunners get to know him a bit better. So Geoff, pom poms at the ready for a spot of cheerleading...!

"Give me a P P is for participating in a weekly parkrun.
"Give me an A?" A is for all the wonderful directors and volunteers.
"Give me an R?" R is for running a weekly friendly 5k event.
"Give me a K?" K is for Karen Andrews' great run reports. (Why, thank you Geoff!)
"Give me an R?" R is for recognising first timers and improvements.
"Give me a U?" U is for Unbelievable dedication of everyone involved.
"Give me an N?" N is for never give up.

And on that note, we will see you all next week! Don't forget your barcode!

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