Last week we saw that, while spring was still hedging her bets, there was an inevitability in the buds poised to erupt. In many respects it wasn’t an auspicious start. We left the house in thick fog with the sound of the Solent fog horns ringing in our ears and it was only as we got to the signs for Horndean that the fog vanished and the sun broke through. This week Andrea BUDDEN, lured by the promise of spring, returned to trot around the country park. In addition to Andrea running for the 58th time, there were two newbies, Lucy DEARY and Teresa ENCKE and fifteen other first timers. 102 people took part today, which included 8 non-running volunteers, 3 running volunteers, and 91 running for the joy of it. Well done, welcome and thank you. You know the drill, if you are injured, or saving yourself for a race, then email in so you can say hello from the other side.
Conditions update: the mud is down to something somewhat sticky and is no longer as slippery. There are still a few puddles but it is getting more complicated for the 4 legged parkrun chaperones to take on water.
In addition to signs of new life in the trees and plants, Harriet WHITE (Finish tokens) ran around the small loop first thing and disturbed three beautiful deer busy working out which bits of spring were edible. Spring makes everything somehow better and now it’s time to dust off resolutions, review those PBs and see what, if anything, needs to be done to smash them.
To the results. There were 10 official PBs and a running-alone-not-assisted PB (mine). Well done to Andy LUCAS, his third parkrun (the one that makes the habit) with each run faster than the last. That’s a super stat – shall we keep an eye on next week?
Jennifer ARTHUR joins the 50 club – that’s fantastic. It is lovely to welcome you to the red shirt gang and I hope your link goes live shortly. The median runner was Hannah JOLLY (28:52) and with a mean runner time of 29:31, the meanest runner was Dave COLENUTT (29:36). The mode is 23:50 (David Duncan JONES and Philip STUART) and that is my extent of showing solidarity to GCSE revision.
Next week will be yet more spring-like, probably drier, and perfect for running. I’m off to Brockenhurst for one of their last winter course runs but back shortly to see if the hills have got any flatter and the clay puddles any drier. Happy running.
Report by: Pippa WHITE
This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
San CLARK • Ivor MCQUAID • Dwayne BARTRAM • Amelie LEWIS • Jack BARTRAM • Beverley TUNE • Robin GREENFIELD • Pippa WHITE • Harriet WHITE • Steve BOND • John ROBERTS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Queen Elizabeth parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Fay CRIPPS who recorded a time of 20:13 on 17th May 2014 (event number 53).
The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 83.38% (19:45) on 10th June 2017 (event number 217).
Queen Elizabeth parkrun started on 18th May 2013. Since then 4,468 participants have completed 20,253 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,265 km, including 3,206 new Personal Bests.
We now have an online roster showing you the roles we need volunteers for - click here to view.
|In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly each week, we rely on volunteers. If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. All roles are simple and we offer full training in the use of the gadgets (stopwatches and barcode scanners). If you’d like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign the volunteer board on a Saturday morning. Thanks in advance.
We love seeing people running with their dogs at parkrun, but in the interests of safety for all our runners, our volunteers, spectators, other dogs, and members of the public using the park, we insist that dogs are kept under firm control, on a short lead or harness, thank you.
Further information on running with dogs can be found in the parkrun Dogs Policy.
Post-run meet up for food and beverages:
Please do join us in the cafe at the visitor centre for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience.