Netley Abbey parkrun
Event number 136
27th September 2014
This Saturday was a great day for running (dry and mild, with no wind), and also a great day for me to revisit Netley Abbey parkrun, after being away for too long. Back in 2012 I ran 13 of the first 15 parkruns at RVCP, including the inaugural (on a course which we immediately abandoned, as the path up to the cemetery proved to be too narrow and dangerous). I also spent a fair number of hours walking round the park with a surveyor's wheel, measuring and mapping the variety of courses now available. I loved running at Netley Abbey, and setting up the course each Saturday with Geoff Collins, Kenny Oloro, Sev Roberts, Robert Spencer, Aurelio Bello and anyone else we could rope in, but when Southampton parkrun started, almost on my doorstep, two years ago, I took over set-up there, and have been doing it ever since. I made a return visit on New Year's Day 2014, when a gale driving the rain in from the Solent made running almost on parts of the course, but this time my tourism was of a more official nature.
Zippy GRICE (VM40-44) of City of Portsmouth AC, was first over the line in 18:12 - third time in 8 appearances.
Stephen BRIDGER (VM50-54) of Purbeck Runners, was second over the line in 18:38.
Nicholas HAWKINS (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:40.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Wayne ANDREWS (Unattached) 2440 pts.
David Hugh HAWKINS (Eastleigh RC) 2317 pts.
Jeff SCARLE (Lordshill Road Runners) 2110 pts.
Rebecca Margaret LORD (SW18-19) of Southampton AC, was first (25th overall) over the line in 20:35 - 8th time in 25 appearances.
Tracey CORKER (VW45-49) of Southampton AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:36 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Karen ANDREWS (SW30-34) of Hedge End Running Club, was third (27th overall) over the line in 20:37 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Dorte BARKLEY (Solent Running Sisters) 2463 pts.
Kelly MILNER (Lordshill Road Runners) 2182 pts.
Sandra HOOK (Unattached) 1946 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Michael SMITH (VM65-69) was graded 81.61% for the time 20:45 (29th overall).
Stephen BRIDGER (VM50-54) was graded 79.79% for the time 18:38 (second overall).
Robert THOMPSON (VM50-54) was graded 79.22% for the time 18:46 (4th overall).
This week there were 196 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.
Netley Abbey parkrun started on 17th March 2012, and since then 2,777 different runners, including participants from 163 athletics clubs, have completed 17,443 runs covering a total distance of 87,215 km, and there have been 3,451 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Emma ROGERS who ran in a time of 00:18:20 on 2013-08-24 (event number 77).
The men's record is held by Matthew James WEST who ran in a time of 00:16:06 on 2012-04-14 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth BOWERS who recorded a 89.61% run (21:39) on 12th April 2014 (event number 112).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Netley Abbey parkrun Results Page.