Run Report for November 24

Today saw my second visit to the picturesque setting of Netley Abbey parkrun. The last time had been in the August of 2016 when I was four away from my 50th milestone run and it was only my ninth different event. I’d chosen today’s venue in the hope that I could record my fourth consecutive parkrun PB, more about that later.

Anyway, my journey over there was bathed in glorious sunshine, and on entering the Royal Victoria Country Park, dappled light danced through the avenues of trees on my way to the car park.
Just in case you think I’ve lost my marbles, that was my first visit, today couldn’t have been more of a contrast if it had tried.

I’ve chosen to give my Thesaurus a dusting and flood the description of today’s parkrun with a deluge of adjectives… squishy, squelchy, slimy, sloppy, squashy, sodden, saturated and soggy—absolutely great fun; you really can’t beat a wet and wild parkrun!

I arrived with little time to spare; it’s always deceiving just how much further it is from junction 8 of the A27 down to the park. I managed a warm-up and realised there were an abundance of puddles, so it was good to know Doctor Foster wasn’t taking part today (apparently he was running at Gloucester and has since reported that he has no intentions of going back there).

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the history of Royal Victoria Country Park, here are some incredible facts about it.

The whole area spans 200 acres of mature woodland, grassy parkland and also has a small shingle beach which overlooks Southampton Water. The site, acquired by Hampshire County Council in 1969, was opened as a park to the public in 1970. Prior to that, it had been home to the Royal Victoria Hospital from 1863 until 1966; a large military hospital in Netley. Queen Victoria suggested it be built and construction started in 1856, though its design caused controversy, especially from Florence Nightingale.

It became the 28th US General Hospital, in the midst of the invasion of mainland Europe in the Second World War, and was often visited by Queen Victoria during that time. At the time of completion, it was the world’s longest building and, unsurprisingly, the world’s largest hospital, yet in 1966, everything except for the chapel and the former YMCA building, was demolished. The chapel itself has a 150ft (46m) viewing tower, providing 360° views over the park and across to Southampton Water to Hythe.

So there you have it, a brief bit of history about this incredible park… moments ago, I mentioned 360 and it just happened to be Netley Abbey’s 360th event today, so what better way to carry on with today’s run report?

Today saw 183 parkrunners take part in today’s run, of which there were nine first timers, three of those were running their first ever parkrun, so well done and welcome to the parkrun family (it doesn’t always rain, I promise).

15 runners managed a PB at this course. Only one person was celebrating a milestone run today, and that was Lewis RANGER, so well done on your 50th!

One of the first timers to the course, James LEWIS, managed to finish first in 18:43, so a huge well done to him. Other notable times, just because some numbers look good, are Alistair GARMENDIA in 23:00, Tim FORD 23:32, Mike TAYLOR 25:00, Marc HARDER 25:25 and Steve SLADE 29:00. Runners representing 16 different clubs is the final statistic of today.

There is a café within the grounds that sells yummy cakes, delicious lunches, tasty snacks and a wide range of hot and cold drinks, plus there are plenty of activities for children, including a Story Trail, a play area and a miniature steam railway; it’s a great park, whether it be for a fun day out with your family, walking your dog or visiting for a parkrun.

Finally, I did manage my fourth consecutive parkrun PB, knocking 1m:36s off my previous time, finishing in 23:40, so I was and still am, a very wet, happy bunny.

Finally, a huge thanks to every single marshal who stood in the rain and the cold giving motivation to everyone running.

 

New Years Day 2019 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 Tuesday so, following on from the precedent set in previous years, we will be putting on an additional run starting at 0900.

 

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

 

Netley Abbey, our Number One!

Hi Netley Abbey parkrunners!

Saturday was my first venture to Netley Abbey, and my friends' too – thank you for having us! Individually, we're locals at Havant, Southsea and Southampton in fact, so when we mentioned a get together we thought, 'Why not parkrun?!' and be tourists to boot! A round trip of 64 miles, and it absolutely warranted the journey. The decision was unanimous...Netley Abbey is our favourite parkrun! The setting is beautiful (and the weather was stunning), the route is flat (always a bonus), there were gorgeous dogs a plenty(!) and everyone is incredibly friendly! We're on a mission to get our A-Z of parkruns, and if any of you are tourists too, I'd highly recommend the half an hour drive from Netley to Queen Elizabeth Country Park to get your tricky Q, our now second favourite! It's a beautiful course, within the South Downs National Park (though its gradient does rank highly at sub 400 feet!)

For July and August, I set myself the challenge of running every day to reach 200 miles to raise money for the rescue charity, Labrador Lifeline Trust, after my Labrador, Spike, passed away this summer. I've acquired a few injuries along the way, so with it being 1st September and my first official 'day off', I was keen to sign myself up to volunteer! I'd like to say a huge thank you to David Doling. After the race began, I felt a little daunted about the new role and not knowing anyone, but this gentleman completely put me at ease, clearly a volunteering pro, and it was an absolute pleasure doing finish tokens with him. Thank you, David.

Being at the finish line is the best seat in the house. It was incredibly humbling to watch each and every one of you cross the line, the parents and children, the PB bell ringers, the sprint finishers, the lone rangers and the supportive running buddies!

Congratulations to Carlo VAN LEEUWEN, Steven FURNISS and Isaac ANDREWS our top 3 gentlemen, and to Marie DRONIOU-BORDRY, Anna Rebecca WALKLATE and Anna SMITH-JAMES our top 3 ladies.

Thank you also to Run Director Chris Lewis. It was lovely to meet you, thanks for your help. And Netley parkrunners, I look forward to my next visit, hopefully as a runner soon, as I can't wait to get on that route!

 

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.

 

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

 

Christmas Day 2016 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 Sunday so following on from the precedent set in previous years we will be putting on an additional run starting at 0900.

 

Netley Abbey parkrun #216 12th March 2016

Netley Abbey parkrun
Event number 216
12th March 2016

Male placings:
Wayne ANDREWS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:06 - third time in 105 appearances.
Carlo VAN LEEUWEN (VM35-39) of Hedge End Running Club, was second over the line in 18:09.
Andy HERMAN (VM35-39) of Itchen Spitfires Running Club, was third over the line in 18:14.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David Hugh HAWKINS (Eastleigh RC) 4637 pts.
Nicholas HAWKINS (Eastleigh RC) 4532 pts.
Max ANDREWS (Unattached) 3878 pts.

Female placings:
Rebecca Margaret LORD (SW20-24) of Stubbington Green Runners, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:52 - 37th time in 70 appearances.
Tracey CORKER (VW45-49) of Southampton AC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 20:10 - has been first to finish on 24 previous occasions.
Kirsty CARTWRIGHT (VW45-49) of Hedge End Running Club, was third (31st overall) over the line in 21:45.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kelly MILNER (Hedge End Running Club) 3910 pts.
Verity HORNER (Unattached) 3541 pts.
Anna SMITH-JAMES (Hedge End Running Club) 3539 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Tracey CORKER (VW45-49) was graded 80.33% for the time 20:10 (18th overall).
Rebecca Margaret LORD (SW20-24) was graded 78.45% for the time 18:52 (7th overall).
David Hugh HAWKINS (VM50-54) was graded 77.16% for the time 19:07 (9th overall).

This week there were 242 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

 

new year

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