Southampton parkrun #351 – 16th March 2019

by Roger Bradley

Sighting of police vehicles yet again early on a Saturday morning did not bode well for the day's parkrun but the smiling police soon put runners at ease as they were there as part of 'Operation Sceptre', the ongoing national police response to knife crime. Lead by PCSO Louis De'Ath, a group of civilian volunteers and police personnel were to spend the day scouring the Common for any bladed weapons that may have been discarded and could be of danger to general public.


So once it was established that the Southampton parkrun would not be called off for the second time in a few months, Run Director for the day, Gillam MCCLURE, helped by signer Sarah WEBB, set the runners off across the flats in hot pursuit of lead cyclist Cy COLEMAN.

The local running club Itchen Spitfires has, over the last few weeks, organised a 'Couch to 5K' running course with this week's parkrun as "Graduation Day". Congratulations to those first timers taking part in this. And for those who enjoyed the parkrun for a little longer, they had a fantastic greeting at the finish by their fellow graduates before a celebration in the Bellemoor Tavern. Among other first timers were Christine and Garry GLASS who have run in the past but thought they would give parkrun a go. Welcome Christine and Garry.

Now that I am ageing and my finish time is gradually slowing I find the breath to talk to other runners on the way round and this week Joy GEDDES of Bitterne Park, who only started running this winter, came up alongside me and we helped each other to the finish. This spirit of help and cooperation is so important to our event.

We regular parkrunners on the Common all know the face of perennial volunteer, Sue WILSON, who is ever present at Coronation Crossroads, or "Sue's Corner" as we have come to refer to it. This week Sue, who was celebrating her birthday was helped by Adam WILLIS and family. Adam was having a rest day prior to running the Fleet Half Marathon on Sunday and maybe one or two others were also resting as the Reading Half Marathon is on the same day.


So, whenever I write the run report I always try and point out the importance of volunteering once or twice a year as without volunteers there would be no parkrun. Someone who does a bit more that once or twice a year is Paul TONGS who managed to have two celebrations on the same day, 250 runs and 200 volunteer occasions. Paul combines his running with volunteering by helping to set up the finishing funnels before crossing over to the start. After Paul has helped erect the funnel the tapes are taken over by a troop of funnel managers, among them were Paul LEEMING, Helen MALPUSS, JD NICHOLSON, Katherine BARBOUR and Vicky TOOMEY. Vicky feels that volunteering is essential 'because it would be unfair of taking advantage of other peoples kindness' if we did not all do our bit.

Along with Paul TONGS were another 25 runners with over 250 runs to their name. We have ten more runners due to reach that magic figure over the next few weeks. Celebrating reaching the hundred mark today were Isaac BENNETT, Ian ROBINSON, Neil TOWNS and Emily STOODLEY while the 50 mark was reached by Chris SETTERS, Kat BERRY, Luke ATKINS, Steven CANN and Katherine HOPPE. Congratulations all.

A good way to see the country and make new friends is to engage in parkrun tourism. We are fortunate to receive many visitors in Southampton. This week, visiting all the way from Essex were Danny, Jodie and Jodie's dad Frank. Clearly they were here just for the parkrun, but while they are in town they plan to visit The Mayflower Theatre to watch 'The Band', a new musical about the group 'Take That'. Frank's wife and Jodie's mum Marilyn gave all three runners support. Another runner from out of town was John PAICE of Manchester, studying for a PhD at Southampton University and soon off to India as part of that, may have misplanned his tourism as there are no parkruns there yet!

When we have done a parkrun PB and crossed the line, a little out of breath, the last thing we want to hear is a pleasant voice saying, 'keep moving', but due to the many participants every week on the Common it is important for all of us to move swiftly along the funnel so as others, perhaps attaining their own PB, can cross a uncongested line. So spare a smile for the 'Funnel Managers' and perhaps in weeks to come you may volunteer for that very important job.

While running the PB did you give any consideration about how safe the course is? This is due to the many volunteer marshals and to Gareth JONES who most Saturdays arises a little earlier that the rest of us to cycle the route looking for obstructions and putting out a few direction signs in case of a lack of marshals at any particular part of the course.

On a slightly damp but very windy Saturday morning, just short of 1800 runners, but more importantly many volunteers, rose from their beds to make the four local parkruns the great success they are.

Statistics

This week 1040 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 120 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 55 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 61 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRoger David BRADLEYIan GRASMEDERJames GAVINTrevor Alan ELLERYTamsyn May SMITHAlison CROOKSAdam WILLSEddie BULPITTAli AYRESTony LEESTheresa JURDICNicholas HAWKINSHelen LOVELLJonathan GRIFFITHSGillam MCCLUREClare FISHERElaine June WINTERHelen MALPUSSRob CALLENTimothy SLYSue WILSONNic WOOLLARDPeter ROEPaul TONGSKim BATTENPaul Henry ARMSTRONGSarah GOODWINSteven HAYES-ARTERKali BANDAKatalin SEBESTENY-GYOREConnie GREENDebbie LLOYDHayley NEWMANBarbara COGMANVicky TOOMEYPhil BLAKEPaul LEEMINGJo ROLFECatherine COOPERDavid COOPERDave ELGRAMAlexander JOHNSTONKatherine BARBOURKonrad KORCZYNSKIJake MASTERSONHayley OBEEPeter WATTLEBecky WARDSarah WEBBAlison CATTAmy NICEDavid BALLMarie MASTERSONCy COLEMANMilz DECHNIKJames DAVIDSONBolek KWIEKConnor BLOOMFIELDJd NICHOLSONTess WARD

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) and by Unknown ATHLETE who also recorded a time of 14:56 on 8th September 2018 (event number 323).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 21,615 participants have completed 211,494 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,057,470 km, including 35,944 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #350 – 9th March 2019

by Nic Woollard


As the saying goes: "A picture paints a thousand words."
Looking at one of the local history sites on social media this weekend, I came across this interesting photo showing groups of people out for a stroll and a couple of people riding their bikes. For those of you with an eagle eye, it is taken from a position somewhere near the Hawthorns Café, looking towards The Flats on Southampton Common and the start line of our parkrun event. The date of the photo is listed somewhere around the early 1900s and it just goes to show the popularity of our green and open space across the years. The two men in the bikes in their flat caps could easily have been auditioning for the volunteer role of Lead Bike!

In today's world, the path from the Bellemoor Road entrance to the Cemetery Road junction is a busy cycle commuter route as well as for pedestrians, dog walkers and fellow runners. We are lucky to have the use of the Common every Saturday morning, but we must be mindful that it is shared space for the benefit of all users. As one of the points of the parkrun code states, "Be mindful of your local environment and other users."


With over a thousand parkrunners navigating their way up and down the Common, we should always keep an eye out on the course and provide that bit of extra space, even slowing down or moving to one side if the need arises.

The parkrun community welcomes young and old and it is great to see plenty of people at both end of the age spectrum enjoying their Saturday morning exercise. Three female septuagenarians in the finishers were Jessie HEY, Jeanette PARKER from Halterworth Harriers and Barbara CLARIDGE who both clocked very respectable times of under 33 minutes. Dropping down into the next VW65-69 age bracket, Jennifer RICHMOND who has completed 188 parkruns came home in a great time of 27.05.

Among the ranks of our amazing volunteers who come along week after week is Barbara COGMAN. Since 2015, Barbara has volunteered on 176 separate occasions and is a real stalwart of the helpers either out on the course as a Marshal, handing out the finish tokens or barcode scanning. Even after the event has finished, Barbara's work is not done as she will be part of the team in the Bellemoor Tavern putting the tokens back in order ready for next week's event.


Looking down the male list, seven VM70-74 appear in the results. Special mention goes to Gareth JONES, David SINGERMAN and Roy MCLOUGHLIN who have clocked up an amazing combined total of 863 parkruns between them. Finally, we should not forget Keith WALKER from Billericay Striders AC in Essex with a fantastic finishing time of 26.17.

On the milestone front, congratulations are in order for Marley HARRIS and Fraser LE BAS who qualified for their white shirt following their 10th run. Jerry CROCKER and James MOORE completed their 50th to pick up their red shirt. Lastly, Philip LE and David SULLIVAN clocked up a century of runs each to join the 100 Club.

Statistics

This week 1054 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 107 were first timers and 136 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 60 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 60 volunteers:

Gareth JONESIan GRASMEDERKim Diane KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINTrevor Alan ELLERYJohn GRANTSarah WILSONPeat ALLANEddie BULPITTLaura MCKENZIELynne ALLANTheresa JURDICDavid KEATESAlan GRAHAMElaine June WINTERJennifer MARSHALLTimothy SLYRachael GOLDSTRAWSue WILSONNic WOOLLARDDaniel GOLDSTRAWMark CRAGGPeter ROERobert AGARPaul Henry ARMSTRONGSarah GOODWINRichard DIGGLEPedro TORRUELLA NARANJOSteven HAYES-ARTERIan HOWARDKali BANDAZillah LEACHDebbie LLOYDEmma BRADSHAWPhilip LESpencer SIMBarbara COGMANLucy FRASERPhil BLAKEJulian WALLERPhoebe ASHTONImogen ASHTONLucy ASHTONFrazer BAILEYPietro FRANCESCHINIJerry CROCKERDave ELGRAMAlexander JOHNSTONNicky PUGHDavid GRASMEDERHayley OBEEAlison CATTKate DALEKerry SHAWAndrew TURRELL INGSDaryus CHANDRAKirsty LLOYD-WESTMathieu HOURSEAUBolek KWIEKJd NICHOLSON

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) and by Unknown ATHLETE who also recorded a time of 14:56 on 8th September 2018 (event number 323).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 21,529 participants have completed 210,454 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,052,270 km, including 35,824 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #349 – 2nd March 2019

by Gareth Jones

Two weeks ago Paul and Jenny BULLEN noted the near-coincidence of parkrunday with St Valentine's Day by writing a run report on the theme of love. This was highly appropriate, since it allowed them to finish with a paragraph describing how they had met at Southampton parkrun, fallen in love, married, and produced a future parkrunner, their daughter Eva. This is just one of many similarly happy stories for which parkrun can take credit.


You may have noticed that Friday was St David's Day (or Dydd Dewi Sant, as we say in Wales), so I decided to follow Paul and Jenny's lead and devote this report to matters Cymric. Should I celebrate the daffodils that have just come into flower, recommend a diet of leeks and laverbread, or relive the latest rugby victory over the Old Enemy? No, this is supposed to be a run report, so instead I'll tell you about a Welsh running legend, with the excuse that the story contains a potentially useful health warning.

Guto Nyth Brân was an 18th-century Welsh runner, who won so many prizes that he retired early through lack of opposition. When a new challenger arrived, he was persuaded to come out of retirement for a 1000 guinea prize. After lagging behind as the finish approached, he won with a powerful uphill sprint. Unfortunately, an over-enthusiastic supporter slapped him on the back rather too hard, and he dropped down dead. Nowadays Guto is commemorated with the Nos Galan (New Year's Eve) 5K race through the streets of Mountain Ash. There is always a mystery runner, a sporting personality whose identity is secret until the start; local parkrunner (and UK 400m record holder) Iwan THOMAS has been honoured in that way. When I ran Nos Galan in 1988 it was timed to finish at midnight, but more recently the dense and well-lubricated crowds have forced the organisers to start earlier. The moral of this story is that if you are going to end a 5K with sprint finish, make sure it's one like Southampton parkrun that has a defibrillator!



Taking a prominent part in today's run were an inflatable chicken, duck and unicorn, a sight not often seen on the Common. They were part of a large contingent from Vegan Runners, the UK's fastest-growing running club, supporting plant-based eating and a healthy life-style. I was too busy clearing up signs to sample the goodies they were cooking up near the finish, but the smell was delicious.


Let's offer congratulations to Charles LAWSON on joining the 10 Club today, to Luke BURNETT, Andrew COLLIER, Sue GOODALL, Stephen HAYSOM, Stephen LASH, Louise RICHARDSON, Andrew RUSSELL and Russell SHEATH on joining the 50 Club, to Adrian LYTHAM, Emily RAWLINGS, Colin RICHARDS and Jo ROLFE on completing their 150th parkruns, and to Ruihua HOU on completing his 200th. Let's also congratulate former English XC champion Louise DAMEN, on improving the VW35-39 course record she set two weeks ago to a fabulous 17:20.

While all this was going on, 285 runners were taking part in the Mountbatten School parkrun inaugural, at Romsey. It's a flat 3-lap course, almost entirely on grass, which can be rough in places, with a few tree roots to watch out for. If you get tired of the crowds on the Common, this is yet another attractive local alternative.

Statistics

This week 1083 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 94 were first timers and 158 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 53 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 71 volunteers:

Gareth JONESJames GAVINKim Diane KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINMarc HOLMESJonathan James NORTHCOTTAlison CROOKSBob FOWLERPeat ALLANJonathan STEPHENSPeter LEWISLynne ALLANKate BUDDJoel KNOTTDavid KEATESElaine June WINTERLynne NEWSONJennifer MARSHALLTimothy SLYJonathan MARSDENPaul NEWSONSue WILSONIain TINKLERCaro GARRETTJames Richard Alexander CLARKEVicki Yvonne CLARKEEric ROGERSNic WOOLLARDLinden MCKENZIELee MASONKim BATTENRob HEATHERBridie COFFEYSamantha HOLLINSSteven HAYES-ARTERMartin SIMSKali BANDAMichael SIMMSPhilip LLOYDSpencer SIMBarbara COGMANLouise FOXJoseph FOXDerek GIBBENSKevin STOWMark HANDFORDJulian WALLERJo ROLFEEmma STEPHENSONKathryn STEPHENSONFrazer BAILEYJane OLIVERGemma BENNETTAlexander JOHNSTONNicky PUGHJulian SHEPPARDDave JUSONHelen LOTERYHayley OBEEBecky WARDLiz MERCERAlison CATTDavid BALLCy COLEMANMike ELDRIDGEMilz DECHNIKMegan FREEMANMathieu HOURSEAUNicolas MOSKALAConnor BLOOMFIELDJd NICHOLSON

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) and by Unknown ATHLETE who also recorded a time of 14:56 on 8th September 2018 (event number 323).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 21,422 participants have completed 209,400 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,047,000 km, including 35,688 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #348 – 23rd February 2019

by Peter Roe

Another "ordinary" Saturday morning in Southampton Common, and another "normal" parkrun to kick start the weekend. But what is "ordinary" about 1000 plus people of all ages and abilities turning out to run 5K at another parkrun? If we look a little closer we may find ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

In fact on a lovely spring-like, sunny morning 1066 ordinary parkrunners came to the Common to do battle; not with William the Conqueror, as at Hastings in 1066, but with their own physical limitations and the lure of a lie-in on a Saturday morning. This battle suffered no arrows in eyes as we all won at the 348th Southampton parkrun.


Some frustrations and concerns have been expressed in recent weeks about the congestion in the field of runners, particularly at the start of the parkrun. This was addressed in two ways today. Before the run, experienced pacer Nic WOOLLARD, gathered the volunteer pacers (in the light blue tabards with large time numbers on the back) and got them to spread out along the starting field of runners to give people a better chance to find their own pacer, and an appropriate place to start running from. Secondly today's Run Director Malcolm WHITE, as well as the usual pre-run briefing, gave a very reasonable and impassioned plea for people to be sensitive and thoughtful of other runners; especially at the start and the obvious bottlenecks, as we approach the first Bellemoor turn and the slight narrowing over the little stream bridge. If we all took this advice it would smooth almost all of the little niggles that a field of our size inevitably creates, as one of the great core values of parkrun is its inclusivity. So thank you to Malcolm for handling a sensitive issue with firm and radical (as in going to the root of a matter) diplomacy.


Talking of thank yous, a special round of applause must go to our almost resident volunteer Phil BLAKE, (the timekeeper with the Tilley hat) for 'clocking' up his 50th timekeeping role today. Thank you Phil for extraordinary dedication.

I always love to see parents and their children running together and today was no exception. Quite near the beginning of the run I observed one small boy who was struggling and had presumably been complaining to his accompanying dad. Then I heard the wise father encourage his lad with this apposite advice: "I know son, but we have to change your mindset from, 'I can't do this' to 'I can try to do this' ", which I thought was the perfect tone and not harsh or 'pushy'. To the anonymous father and son, well done!

For a few years now I've noticed another dad and his son running together, so today I wanted to know some more. It turns out that Josh SPRADBERY, who is 11 years old (12 next week, he was keen to insist!) has managed 138 parkruns and has a very respectable PB. Of 25:01. Last March Josh was all set to run his 100th parkrun on his 11th birthday, with cake and helium balloons and accompanying grandparents, but the run was cancelled because of the heavy snow borne by the "Beast from the East".

So all the celebrations happened the following Saturday, minus the by then deflated balloons. But there is an even more extraordinary twist to this family tale. Dad, Mike, has never got round to getting his own barcode, but making sure his son always has his, so Josh has 138 runs to his credit and dad Mike has nil! Well officially that is - in reality dad has done 135 runs! What great love and dedication; so we must take our hats off (Tilley or otherwise) to both dad and son. Nothing ordinary here then?

Milestones today were reached by Lauren SHERMAN NIAS and Carly BAKER for their 100th runs, and Greg STROUD, Graham PAVEY, Sam MARSH, Gordon COCKBURN and Peter BOUSTRED for their 50th completed efforts. Natasha FRASER-COXBRIDGE and Charlie CROSS completed their 10th runs in the junior category. Whilst not a T-shirt award, Steven HAYES-ARTER crossed his 200th finish line, which is no mean feat. Well done to all these "battlers".


With the Oscars this weekend, our own nominee for "Best Impersonation" has to go to tail walker Sam RADFORD (of Solent Running Sisters), who impersonated a fox with leggings adorned with little foxes and sporting a wonderful bushy fox tail from her tail walker jacket. Apparently no vineyards were ruined, nor chickens traumatised, but in a superb role reversal, the fox followed the hounds. So if you find anything boringly ordinary about parkrun at Southampton, please let me know, as I've yet to find it; because all this "ordinariness" will happen all over again, every Saturday at 9:00 am.

Statistics

This week 1066 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 91 were first timers and 146 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 59 volunteers:

Gareth JONESIan GRASMEDERKim Diane KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINMarc HOLMESTrevor Alan ELLERYPeter LEWISKate BUDDMalcolm John WHITEJill Alison WHITEElaine June WINTERCarrie FUNGTimothy SLYJonathan MARSDENSue WILSONNic WOOLLARDPaul EDMONDSIan HARTPeter ROESam RADFORDPaul TONGSKim BATTENPaul Henry ARMSTRONGKaren PIGGOTTSarah RUSSELLSheila FOXVi GONINJulie HUMPHRIESKali BANDAGuy RADFORDConnie GREENZillah LEACHLaura LEADebbie LLOYDBarbara COGMANPhil BLAKEPaul LEEMINGJulian WALLERJo ROLFETom RUSSELLGlenn MEDCALFMichael CARTERAlexander JOHNSTONNicky PUGHDavid BAKERGraham EVANSDave JUSONDavid POMFREYHayley OBEEMichael SWANNMichael DODDDavid BALLJosephine HARTLEYGavin MILLARMilz DECHNIKMegan FREEMANCharlotte TURNERNicolas MOSKALAConnor BLOOMFIELD

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) and by Unknown ATHLETE who also recorded a time of 14:56 on 8th September 2018 (event number 323).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 21,328 participants have completed 208,317 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,041,585 km, including 35,530 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #347 – 16th February 2019

by Paul and Jenny Bullen

The Love of parkrun

With Valentine's day only a few days ago we thought we would focus on a love theme for this week's report. The love of parkrun! People go running for many different reasons and we thought we'd ask some parkrunners why they love to get up early on a Saturday morning and run, here's what they said:


Sarah BURDON - 'There is a great sense of community and everyone is supportive of each other.'
Tony FLATMAN - 'This is my third time doing parkrun and I love the encouragement that has been shown to me.'
Wayne BURNS - 'It means I get a lay in instead of getting up at 5.30am for work!'
Helen OXLADE - 'parkrun has a great deaf community and today at my home parkrun; Guildford, they are doing a disability assessment, to ensure it is more inclusive.'
Lesley HUNTER - 'People are so friendly. I am surprised about how many people I know here from Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh and Southampton. I run, walk or volunteer and enjoy parkrun every week.'
Alex JOHNSTON - 'It keeps me fit.'
Graham EVANS - 'It gets me out of bed on a Saturday morning!'
Rob KELLY (Southampton parkrun Event Director) - 'Meeting up with mates on a Saturday and personally challenging myself each week.'
Luis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDT - 'Friendship - meeting friends (running buddies), who then turn into real friends. Also a sense of community, being part of something bigger and helping one another achieving personal goals.'
Katharina HOPPE - 'I love running with my Mummy and I have a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows afterwards!'
Lucy PHILLIPS (2nd Female 19:41 mins) Southampton Athletics Club - 'I love running and it's fun and a good atmosphere.'
Stanley PHILLIPS - 'I love beating my friends and getting a PB, which I got today; 20:14 mins.'


Happy 30th Birthday to Laura STANLEY-ADAMS today! She was celebrating with Sue STILEMAN's 'Couch to 5km' graduates and they were all looking forward to cake and bubbly after parkrun! Laura even had a bouquet of flowers and a 30-medal waiting for her at the finish line!
parkrun is loved by over a million people in the UK; because it gets people outdoors, it's fun, sociable, keeps you fit, is free, accessible and inclusive. Lots of love goes out to our amazing volunteers, who each week devote their time to support all the parkrunners through words of encouragement, claps and cheers. parkrun couldn't happen without you all!

Congratulations to Eden CLARK, David GRASMERE and Sebastian RICHARDS on joining the 10 Club today, to Laura BAKER, Gerard CATT, Ian DODKIN, Helen DOYLE and Helen MALBON on joining the 50 Club, to Ishwar MISHRA and Clare SATTERLY on joining the 100 Club, and to Chris BROWN and former ED Gary PAINTING on joining the 250 Club.? Congratulations? also to Jack LAWRENCE and Maria PERRY on completing their 150th and 200th parkruns, and to England XC international and former champion Louise DAMEN on setting a new VW35-39 course record of 17:33, who was the first female home in fifth place overall. Well done also to Peter Hart who finished first overall in an amazing time of 16.49. Congratulations to you all!


Just over 5 years ago Jenny and I met at parkrun and found love. Since being married we have had a wonderful daughter called Eva and enjoy pushing her around the parkrun course; where our love first started.

Statistics

This week 1114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 170 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 59 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 76 volunteers:

Gareth JONESIan GRASMEDERRob KELLYKim Diane KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINNeil HOTSONJonathan James NORTHCOTTMark STILEMANChristopher Edward BROWNPeter LEWISMalcolm John WHITEJill Alison WHITEDavid KEATESGillam MCCLUREElaine June WINTERJennifer MARSHALLTimothy SLYMary NIXONCatherine CROCKERSue WILSONNic WOOLLARDPaul BULLENPeter ROENeil WELLSPaul TONGSRachel NICERyan WILSONKim BATTENPaul Henry ARMSTRONGJenny BULLENSteven HAYES-ARTERKali BANDADebbie LLOYDEmma COLMERShane HEDGESSpencer SIMBarbara COGMANHelen FARRELLMaggie CHALMERSDerek GIBBENSKevin STOWPhil BLAKEJulian WALLERJo ROLFEWilliam VAN GRUNSVENEva HUANGAndrea THORNENick THORNEGlenn MEDCALFCathy ASIKIElena CERDANKathryn STEPHENSONFrazer BAILEYPietro FRANCESCHINIAlexander JOHNSTONNicky PUGHGraham EVANSDave JUSONHelen DOYLEJoanne CRAIGHayley OBEEZebe HARRISLiz MERCERMichael DODDAlison CATTEmily NICEDavid BALLWill MCGUINNESSBethany NICEBerni HARRINGTONMilz DECHNIKMathieu HOURSEAUNicolas MOSKALABolek KWIEKConnor BLOOMFIELDJd NICHOLSON

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) and by Unknown ATHLETE who also recorded a time of 14:56 on 8th September 2018 (event number 323).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 21,236 participants have completed 207,251 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,036,255 km, including 35,384 new Personal Bests.

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