Netley Abbey parkrun #136 27th September 2014

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.

UK Athletics provides insurance cover for parkrun UK, and in order to ensure that all the health and safety guideline are being followed a team of volunteers, called event adjudicators, have been recruited to visit local events with a checklist and to report back on what they find. I'm one of these nosey people, and Saturday was my second such visit, after one at Winchester a few weeks earlier. As I had expected, thanks to the great job that Lisa and Gary Trendell are doing as Event Directors, and to Andrew Smith's very efficient work as the day's Run Director, everything was very much in order. Most of the guidelines (having a good first aid kit, well-briefed marshals, etc) are the responsibility of the ED and RD, but there are two where we rely largely on the runners themselves to obey the rules: if you run with a dog (not more than one, please), keep it on a short lead so that it doesn't inconvenience other runners, and if children under 11 take part, make sure that they are accompanied around the course by a responsible adult. This point is particularly important at a venue like RVCP, where runners can be out of sight of marshals for several minutes at a time. Of course, you can let the little blighters sprint away from you once they can see the finish (just try stopping them!).
The highlight of Andrew's pre-run briefing was the presentation of a pile of well-earned parkrun T-shirts, including black ones signifying 100 parkruns to Sandra Hook, Sheryl James, Jeff Scarle and Robson Trendell. The run itself was a great success, with 19 first-timers (we hope you enjoyed your run, and will come back soon), and 43 PBs, out of 196 runners. Prominent among the PBs were Mike Smith's 20:45, which put him at the head of the age-graded table with 81.61%, and Rebecca Lord's 20:35, which meant that she just edged Southampton AC clubmate Tracey Corker for the position of first woman. First to finish (for the third time at Netley Abbey) was Zippy Grice, comfortably clear of Stephen Bridger, a first-time visitor from Purbeck AC. Tracey Heath completed her 50th parkrun, while junior runners Mia Gardner, Jack Lynch, Joe Nice and Chloe Simpson all competed their 10th: congratulations and T-shirts soon for all of you!
Finally, may thanks to Andrew, Gary and Lisa, and to all the volunteers, for making this parkrun happen: without you, none of it would be possible.

Men's placings:
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.

Women's placings:
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.

 

Netley Abbey parkrun Event number 94 21st December 2013

Netley Abbey parkrun Event number 94 21st December 2013

Men's placings:

  • Jack WEBBfirst time in 10 appearances.
  • Sev ROBERTS34) of Stubbington Green Runners, was second over the line in 20:09.
  • Andrew STOCKWELL (VM40-44) of Stubbington Green Runners, was third over the line in 20:12.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • Jeff SCARLE (Lordshill Road Runners) 3501 pts.
  • David Hugh HAWKINS (Eastleigh RC) 3315 pts.
  • Tom CALLAWAY (Stubbington Green Runners) 3302 pts.

 

Women's placings:

  • Holly POWELL (JW14) of Southampton AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 22:16 - first time in 4 appearances.
  • Karen ANDREWS29) of Hedge End Running Club, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 22:21 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
  • Claire POWELL39) of Hedge End Running Club, was third (27th overall) over the line in 23:14 - was first to finish once before.

 

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Ali MORANT (Hedge End Running Club) 3334 pts.
  • Carol Leslie SERGEANT (Hedge End Running Club) 3232 pts.
  • Bethan Jane DAVIS (Unattached) 3089 pts.

 

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Steve GREENAWAY64) was graded 73.60% for the time 21:47 (17th overall).
  • Holly POWELL (JW14) was graded 73.13% for the time 22:16 (20th overall).
  • Charlie COOPER54) was graded 72.50% for the time 20:40 (4th overall).

 

This week there were 102 runners, of whom 6 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

 

Congratulations this week to Berni Dutton who completed his 100th parkrun, Jim Dunlop who completed his 50th parkrun and to Junior runner Jack Webb on reaching his 10th parkrun, topping it off on finishing in1st place.

 

Netley Abbey parkrun started on 17th March 2012, and since then 2,048 different runners, including participants from 119 athletics clubs, have completed 10,830 runs covering a total distance of 54,150 km, and there have been 2,371 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 Karen RUSHTON who recorded a 84.21% run (18:41) on 7th April 2012 (event number 4). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Netleyabbey parkrun Results Page.

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