Southampton parkrun is cancelled on 21 July 2018: The park is in use for another event

Southampton parkrun #315 – 7th July 2018

by Caspar Donnison

"I would never have started parkrun if it wasn't for people. It was my need, my search, my desire to be with people, and running is about people." - Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun founder.

parkrun has grown to become the biggest running movement in the world, successfully delivering its core principles of being free and welcoming to everyone. And perhaps the most important thing that parkrun has achieved is invigorating communities: helping us provide in our local parks the opportunity for people to come and meet in a shared experience of exercise.


We celebrated Southampton parkrun's 6th birthday this week. Looking around as hundreds of people gathered in the shade at the start line - the children, students, adults, pushchairs and dogs - and the chatter of the first conversations of the weekend, it reflected just how strong and valued a community our parkrun has become.

On the start line local student Elena CERDÁN was in a good mood: "There's good weather today, people are happy, and it's a great atmosphere. And of course PBs ahead!" she grinned. I'm pleased to report that Elena did go on to run a PB!


Our parkrun director Rob welcomed everyone, and gave special thanks on this 6th anniversary to those who do so much for our parkrun: the local council, the marshals arriving early each week to set up the course, and specifically to Sue, Gareth, and Barbara who have volunteered hundreds of times between them!
"Bring your friends, neighbours, colleagues - even if you don't like them! It's bragging rights on a Monday!" said Rob.


And so with the newcomers briefed on the course, pace-setters ready, and stopwatches primed, our parkrunners set off running, walking, and jogging into the Common! In six years we have grown to become the one of the biggest parkrun events in the UK. We are one of just four UK events that tops 1000 runners and we are fortunate to have such a large green space in our city that can accommodate this many parkrunners each week!

First over the line this week was Luke ROBERTS, in a cool 17:07, barely breaking a sweat it seemed. Local student Liam BARRY-CARROL came through in 2nd (17:55), feeling "amazing" to place so highly, and first timer Andrew PROCTOR dipped under 18 minutes (17:59) for 3rd place. Serena O'CONNOR was the first female parkrunner home, in an impressive new PB of 19:10. Natalya SMITH (JW 11-14) ran 21:01 for 2nd female home which is mightily impressive at that age, with Bernadette VERSEY just a few seconds behind in 3rd (21:13).

Mother and daughter Sharon and Katie were both first timers this week and really enjoyed the atmosphere: "We're definitely coming back next week" said Sharon. "But next time with your parkrun barcode?" I asked. She smiled in agreement. Our Tail Runners Jill CHOUDHURY and Beth FARROW (ensuring that no parkrunner comes 'last') brought a merry group home to the usual cheers from other parkrunners and volunteers.

Reflecting on the impact of the last six years of Southampton parkrun event director John cited the Christmas Day parkrun as one example, having increased from 92 runners in 2012 to nearly 600 in 2017, extending the parkrun community to offer company to those spending Christmas Day on their own. John encourages newcomers to "Come on down, meet new people, volunteer at first if you like, and then run the time after."

So, thank you to all of the volunteers from the past six years, from Event Directors through to marshalls, token sorters and pace-setters for making Southampton parkrun what it is. Here's to another great year!

Statistics

This week 685 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 69 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYKim Diane KELLYRobert BENHAMJohn GRANTJonathan James NORTHCOTTMike MILLSMike NEWMANLuis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDTEddie BULPITTDavid KEATESVicky PRATTDavid SINGERMANSean EWINGSCaspar DONNISONMary NIXONCatherine CROCKERSue WILSONTaylor COOPERNic WOOLLARDSergio LOPEZ DE BUSTOSIan HARTPeter ROEPaul TONGSRobert AGARKim BATTENSarah GOODWINKaren PIGGOTTJill CHOUDHURYBeth FARROWJoseph DIAPERHannah DIAPERIan HOWARDKali BANDADan SLAYFORDHeather WRIGHTLisa SMITHOllie WOODSLinda WEBBERRonin SMITHJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANNeil WILSONPhil BLAKEDominic WILLIAMSJulian WALLERJo ROLFEClaire CANNONGlenn MEDCALFLee WALTERSLouisa REAAmy FOWLERLois ELLIOTTHannah LAWLESSNick MALBONDavid PETERSAlexander JOHNSTONDavid POMFREYJoanne CRAIGMelodie WALTERRichard KNELLERFiona DONOVANMartin INGOEMichael DODDGemma WAUGHMANWenhao WANGBrigitte CARROLLBen CROUCH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
Southampton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lorna RUSSELL who recorded a time of 16:40 on 18th May 2013 (event number 46).
The male record is held by Mahamed MAHAMED who recorded a time of 14:56 on 17th September 2016 (event number 221).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zakariya MAHAMED who recorded 91.21% (15:33) on 26th September 2015 (event number 171).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 18,967 participants have completed 179,733 parkruns covering a total distance of 898,665 km, including 31,637 new Personal Bests.

 

30 June 2018

30th June 2018, we are cancelled due to another event in the park, we are back on the 7th July for our 6th birthday

 

Southampton parkrun #314 – 23rd June 2018

by Jill White

"There's more to parkrun than just running"

And it is true! Whilst running has to be the main reason why thousands of people turn out all over the country, no, all over the world, at 9am on a Saturday morning whatever the weather, there are other aspects to parkrun which make it invaluable. Only this week I was reading in the newspaper that GPs are being encouraged to 'prescribe' parkrun citing exercise as having a positive physical impact on health and wellbeing. We who are already converts to parkrun know this is true - how often do you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed on a Saturday only to bounce back home full of life an hour later?

Whilst the benefits of running are well known, there are also the fringe benefits of meeting up with a group of like-minded people - how many new friends have you made through parkrun? There have even been stories of couples who have met and wed through parkrun including a few at Southampton. It is nice to meet up with these new friends and acquaintances before the run and also afterwards for a post run coffee and a chance to analyse the morning's PB or nearly PB or nowhere near PB!

We are lucky here at Southampton to have two post run coffee venues to choose from. The Hawthorns opened its doors to us from the early days of Southampton parkrun whilst the Bellemoor Tavern pub has only been available for a year or so. Some runners prefer the slightly cramped noisy atmosphere of the Hawthorns which can get pretty hot and steamy on cold winter days whilst some runners enjoy bacon sandwiches and mugs of hot chocolate or the cool outside on nice summer days. Others enjoy the quieter and more spacious Bellemoor with the chance to catch up on some sport on the TV.


I've had post run coffee at many other parkruns both here in the UK and abroad and it is a great way to meet local people and find out about their run and their town and sometimes a chance to sample a local delicacy.
So, it really is true - parkrun is good for your health in terms of exercise but also for your happiness and wellbeing. So why not invite someone, especially a visitor or first timer, to one of the cafes today to meet a few of the locals?


How did you get on today at the pre-coffee parkrun? 835 runners arrived on a rather warm and sunny morning to run, walk and jog around the Route B? course. It isn't everyone's favourite route but needs must for a few more weeks. A friend said to me today 'no parkrun is a bad parkrun' and how right she is! The 130 runners who recorded personal bests certainly thought so, none more so than Sarah GOODWIN, Toffee the golden lab's owner (a former parkrun dog) who was thrilled to record a huge PB of 24 seconds.


Landmark runs today included Dave TURPITT (100th run), Joss WHALVIN, Jess GEALER and Andy MANSFIELD all running their 50th runs. Joseph WILKINSON and Samuel WILKINSON both earned their white 10 T-shirts. Also today was Sergio LOPEZ's 250th run. You can see him taking it gently as a tail runner today but he has been known to run a little faster on one or two of his 212 runs at Southampton. He has also run in Canada and Singapore.


A huge thanks to all the marshals today - Gil MCCLURE had a great team to support him today and the run wouldn't have happened without them. Gil seems to have got his priorities right though processing the results in the pub afterwards with his coffee.

The bad news is that there is no parkrun here in Southampton next week as the Common is being used for other runs. Shock and horror! However other parkruns (and cafes) are available locally - consider Eastleigh, Winchester, Netley or a trip to the seaside at Lee on the Solent or Poole. You could also visit a nice country park like Queen Elizabeth or go even further afield! The good news is that the week after is our 6th birthday! Hurray! Enjoy your parkrun holiday and see you in two weeks.

Happy running.

Statistics

This week 835 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 130 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 55 volunteers:


Gareth JONES
Rob KELLYTrevor Alan ELLERYJohn GRANTRachel GRANTMike MILLSGerry ROBSONLaura TOMEIGillam MCCLUREDavid SINGERMANJenny Clare BICKERSTAFFElaine June WINTERCarrie FUNGMary NIXONKatherine WILSONSue WILSONPeter ROEPaul TONGSKim BATTENPaul Henry ARMSTRONGCharles Edward ARNOLDBeth FARROWKali BANDADebbie LLOYDLisa SMITHRonin SMITHJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANMaggie CHALMERSDerek GIBBENSPhil BLAKEDavid CAPPSJulian WALLERPaul KENTJo ROLFETeresa ROBSONJill WHITEBeth CARROLLElena CERDANFrazer BAILEYAlexander JOHNSTONDebbie ARMSTRONGJessica REYNOLDSJake MASTERSONFiona DONOVANLiz MERCERAlison CATTLesley HUNTERAndrew TURRELL INGSMarie MASTERSONKathryn STEPHENSEllen WRIGHTDonald DONALDSONBen CROUCH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
Southampton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lorna RUSSELL who recorded a time of 16:40 on 18th May 2013 (event number 46).
The male record is held by Mahamed MAHAMED who recorded a time of 14:56 on 17th September 2016 (event number 221).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zakariya MAHAMED who recorded 91.21% (15:33) on 26th September 2015 (event number 171).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 18,936 participants have completed 179,048 parkruns covering a total distance of 895,240 km, including 31,555 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #313 – 16th June 2018

by Gareth Jones

I was sorry to have to miss last week's parkrun, celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS, as I have lately been particularly grateful to that wonderful institution. A few weeks ago, what I initially thought was a minor accident (falling off a ladder while trimming a hedge) rapidly turned into something quite serious and painful, requiring two operations, including a skin graft on my left leg. During my time in Southampton General Hospital I must have come into contact with well over 50 NHS workers, from cleaners to consultant surgeons, and they all impressed me with their dedication, their professionalism and their patience and good humour under great pressure. Conversations with them often turned to general fitness, and running in particular: even when under general anaesthetic, wearing a parkrun ID wristband is a bit of a giveaway, while a resting pulse rate under 40 also tends to provoke interest, and occasionally alarm! I was pleased to find that a number of the staff were parkrunners, and I hope to have recruited a few more among the others and their families. Nobody wants to suffer from illness or injury, but it's reassuring to know that if you do, such a great safety net as the NHS is there. Let us praise it, cherish it, preserve it, and above all fund it properly.

I'm now back home and on crutches, with mobility slowly returning. I hope to be running again later this summer, probably after a week or two of tail-walking to ease the transition. I've had to put off that blue parkrun T-shirt for a month or two, but it's still in my sights, and I hope to be able to continue running long enough to wear it. I'm very grateful to Mark CRAGG and David SINGERMAN (both of whom, in their very different ways, are also intimately connected with the NHS) for taking over my course set-up and clear-up volunteering while I've been out of action, and also to Sue WILSON for continuing to deal with the signs at the cross-roads and the top of the hill. To what extent I'll be able to resume that role as before is not yet clear: after doing it for eight years, at Eastleigh, Netley Abbey and now Southampton, I feel that the time has come to pass the baton on, at least partially. It's a role that allows you to run; if you are interested in helping out occasionally, please get in touch.

Enough about me, what about today's event? After a warm, sunny week, we had cool, cloudy conditions, with a light wind: good PB weather, and indeed 155 of our 901 runners achieved that satisfying target. Others with cause to celebrate today were Tom CORP, Andrew CROCKER, Richard CROXALL, Hannah DIAPER, Laura HARVIE, Eva HUANG, Danny PRATT and Martin SHIRLEY who joined the 50 Club, Paul MCMAHON, Paul MORGAN and Donna WAINWRIGHT who joined the 100 Club, and Marion HEDLEY LEWIS who completed her 200th parkrun. Marion is leaving us to be closer to her grandchildren, so farewell, Marion, good luck and thanks for sorting all those tokens (78 times!). We were joined by 57 first-timers today: if you were one of them, we hope you enjoyed your run, and that you will come back to run with us again.

Whether anything equally beneficial will transpire from my own injury is less clear. However, I have used this morning's enforced idleness to calculate that 18,886 different runners have now taken part in Southampton parkrun, and that if they were laid end to end the line would stretch from the Common to Salisbury Cathedral. ("What, will this line stretch out to th'crack of doom?") I hope you find that fact useful.

Finally, a warning that our event is cancelled on 30 June, so please take this opportunity for some parkrun tourism: we are very fortunate in having such a wide variety of different events within easy reach.

Post-script: On Wednesday 20 June Paul SINTON-HEWITT gave a fascinating lecture at Southampton Solent University on the history of parkrun and in particular of his involvement with it over its fourteen year life. As Paul freely admitted, the original time trial, as it was then called, had the rather selfish aim of persuading as many as possible of the injured runners' friends to come and have a post-run coffee with him, and it took about two years before he was persuaded to set up another event nearby. Gradually the concept spread, first to other parks near London, then to Leeds where lecturer Tom WILLIAMS was keen to involve his students in sports organisation and community participation, and then to the rest of the UK and beyond. Paul gave us some intriguing insights into how parkrun evolved, in particular on the pressures and tensions as sponsors came and went, as new countries joined and expanded (or failed to expand) in different ways, and as the internal organisation of HQ changed to deal with the growing size of parkrun and to focus more clearly on its aims. After speaking for nearly an hour, Paul dealt very effectively and diplomatically with a number of questions from the large audience, on topics including priorities for future development, use of personal data, and barcodes on mobile phones, and also a few slightly cheeky questions such as "What is your favourite parkrun?", "How does it feel having a CBE?" and "When are you going to do Southampton parkrun?" (The answer to the last one was encouraging but unspecific; in fact Paul has already done it as a freedom run, when we tried out the planned course six years ago.)

Statistics

This week 901 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 156 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Gareth JONES • Robert SPENCER • Rob KELLY • Trevor Alan ELLERY • John GRANT • Jeanette PARKER • Gerry ROBSON • Laura TOMEI • Peat ALLAN • Eddie BULPITT • Lynne ALLAN • Angus ALLAN • David SINGERMAN • Carrie FUNG • Rob CALLEN • Katherine WILSON • Sue WILSON • Caro GARRETT • Ian HART • Peter ROE • Neil WELLS • Paul TONGS • Holly O'ROURKE • Kim BATTEN • Paul Henry ARMSTRONG • Ruihua HOU • Steven HAYES-ARTER • Debbie LLOYD • Lisa SMITH • Ronin SMITH • Julian RATHKE • Samuel RICHARDS • John ROE • Derek GIBBENS • Neil WILSON • Phil BLAKE • Julian WALLER • David PETERSON • George GILBERT • Jane OLIVER • Alexander JOHNSTON • Jessica REYNOLDS • Capeson TSE • Anna PILGRIM • Glen BARHAM • Andy WALKER • Otis GASPARRO • Charlotte ATKINSON • Michael O'DONOGHUE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
Southampton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lorna RUSSELL who recorded a time of 16:40 on 18th May 2013 (event number 46).
The male record is held by Mahamed MAHAMED who recorded a time of 14:56 on 17th September 2016 (event number 221).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zakariya MAHAMED who recorded 91.21% (15:33) on 26th September 2015 (event number 171).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 18,886 participants have completed 178,213 parkruns covering a total distance of 891,065 km, including 31,425 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #312 – 9th June 2018

by Sue Stileman


Today's parkrun was a celebration of 70 years of the NHS, with many staff members taking part wearing their work clothes, and others who had benefited from the help offered by the service running in acknowledgement. There was a cake stand in honour of the occasion which many parkrunners were happy to take well-earnt advantage of at the end of their run.

Today was also a personal milestone for my husband Mark and myself: we were running our 100th and 50th parkruns respectively, in tutus. I find that Mark is very quick to put a tutu on if the occasion even slightly suggests it. We ran together, which was nice as he's usually miles ahead of me.

Julia Petherbridge was running her first parkrun today in honour of the NHS, having been both a nurse and a midwife. She is also a member of Romsey Road Runners' current couch to 5k course; as course co-ordinator, I was really proud of her fantastic achievement today. Well done, Julia! She told me she liked the idea of the NHS being a health service, not an ill health service, and that parkrun was the perfect celebration of that.


Dave Keates ran in nurses' uniform, out of solidarity for running friends who work for the NHS, and also because he knows how it feels to need their help, having had treatment for Lyme Disease last year. He told me he felt it was important to give something back.

Gus was also running in honour of the NHS which has helped him manage his cerebral palsy. He completed the Southampton marathon using sticks and will soon be doing the Great North Run in a racing chair, which puts him in the elite start, something he is looking forward to. I think he is totally inspiring.


Ben works for Southampton Hospital Charity and was busy handing out leaflets to the runners after running the course himself carrying an enormous hospital charity flag. He runs parkrun most weeks to justify eating cake and to catch up with friends, and just because he loves running.

Sarah, a trainee GP from St James' Runners who makes the most amazing cakes does parkrun because it's inclusive and fun and enables her to run with friends. She also recommends Couch to 5K and parkrun to her patients.

Zoe, a respiratory physician, was doing her third parkrun this year. She was very struck by the dedication of the volunteers who make parkrun happen and particularly impressed by the people running with buggies. She told me it was good to see the NHS being celebrated.

Aiman, a cardiac surgeon, was on his 155th parkrun today. He told me the spirit of parkrun is great, with people from all walks of life coming together to support one another and run together, and that Southampton parkrun in particular works well for him because of its proximity to the hospital.


RD Kim Kelly was on her 250th parkrun today, celebrating her new job with the NHS on a children's cardiac ward by having a gentle run round parkrun beneath a silver star balloon.

Of the other runners, Gerry Robson smashed a course PB on his 150th run, clocking a time of 18:26. Well done Gerry! Mark is starting to worry :o). Cameron (15) had aimed for his usual time of 19-20 minutes while his dad Marcus, who started running two years ago with his son, was glad to get his weekend off to a healthy start by doing parkrun.


I'm always inspired by the runners' stories whenever I write the run report. Today felt a bit more special than usual with so many people from the NHS taking part and I would like to add my own thanks for the work they do and the dedication they bring to looking after us all.

Statistics

This week 1007 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 91 were first timers and 147 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:

Rob KELLYTrevor Alan ELLERYJohn GRANTPeat ALLANLynne ALLANCraig LINTOTTAngus ALLANDavid SINGERMANElaine June WINTERRob CALLENMary NIXONKatherine WILSONSue WILSONMarion HEDLEY LEWISNic WOOLLARDMark CRAGGPeter ROEPaul TONGSHolly O'ROURKEKim BATTENPaul Henry ARMSTRONGKaren PIGGOTTRichard DIGGLEKali BANDAKatalin SEBESTENY-GYOREZillah LEACHDebbie LLOYDRonin SMITHJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANJohn ROEKerryne KRAUSE NEUFELDTDerek GIBBENSSue STILEMANPhil BLAKEAna BRANKOVICJulian WALLERMiguel XAVIERWilliam VAN GRUNSVENEva HUANGNick THORNECatarina MOURACaroline FISHERJames COSTONLuka EDWARDSAlexander JOHNSTONDebbie ARMSTRONGJessica REYNOLDSMassi SQUALETTISarah WEBBAlison CATTDominic MANNAndrew TURRELL INGSJon SMITHBen CROUCH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
Southampton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lorna RUSSELL who recorded a time of 16:40 on 18th May 2013 (event number 46).
The male record is held by Mahamed MAHAMED who recorded a time of 14:56 on 17th September 2016 (event number 221).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zakariya MAHAMED who recorded 91.21% (15:33) on 26th September 2015 (event number 171).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 18,828 participants have completed 177,312 parkruns covering a total distance of 886,560 km, including 31,269 new Personal Bests.

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