Southampton parkrun #337 – 15th December 2018

by Nic Woollard

This week's report is brought to you via a little rhyme.


On Saturday morning, nine sleeps from Xmas, we lined up for event number - three, three seven,

Watching us on our way was our amazing volunteers together with our Run Director, Peat ALLAN.

The cold and wet meant only a hardcore set of people crossed the red markers by the start line,


But, despite the wet, soggy conditions, the finishers numbered four hundred and seventy-nine.

Kali BANDA & Sam COX ran, having just flown in from their holiday in the 30-degree heat of Thailand,

I'm sure that they wish they had checked the long-range weather forecast beforehand!

One stopwatch fell victim to the damp, which left the timing solely in the hands of Phil BLAKE,

With so many runners still to process, Phil could not afford to make a mistake.


Fortunately, Phil's frozen hands were able to survive the test,

With thirty-four parkrunners recording their new personal best.

As usual, we had our usual band of milestone T-shirts to award to those taking part,

Including, Wayne HOWORTH for finishing his 100th, and the 250th for a certain Ian HART.

50 red T-shirts will go out to Lorraine KELLETT, Philip GRAY, David MILLAR, Gisela HOPPE and Jack REED,

The latter finishing in 19:48; obviously with a sprint at full speed.


Thanks as always go to people like Eddie BULPITT, who was one of our blue tabarded pacers

And hopefully you caught up with them and passed them as they played "The Chaser"

We even had a small band run in fancy festive dress as Xmas Trees, Presents and a Snowman.

Although, with all the puddles on the course, I was half expecting to find a Frogman!


So, with just two sleeps before Christmas Eve night,

Your RDs for this Saturday's parkrun will be the marvellous Malcolm & Jill WHITE.

Then, we have our annual parkrun bonanza on Christmas Day,

When Santa's presents of new running gear and trainers will be on display.

Statistics

This week 479 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 55 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINMarc HOLMESMike MILLSLuis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDTPeat ALLANEddie BULPITTPeter LEWISLynne ALLANAngus ALLANDavid SINGERMANMary NIXONSue WILSONMarion HEDLEY LEWISNic WOOLLARDDaniel GOLDSTRAWMark CRAGGIan HARTJeremy John HOLLINSHEADPeter ROEPaul TONGSKim BATTENRob HEATHERIan HOWARDKali BANDAJane ROBERTSONZillah LEACHDebbie LLOYDPhoebe SHELLYJayanti SHAHJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANPhil BLAKEDavid CAPPSJulian WALLERElaine JEFFERYEmily BROCKENCatherine COOPERWilliam LAWLESSFrazer BAILEYPhilip GRAYMichael CARTERAlexander JOHNSTONJake MASTERSONAlison FARMERMelodie WALTERStuart FOSTERGlen BARHAMSarah BURNSMichael HARTLEYHannah HARTLEYMarie MASTERSONMilz DECHNIK

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 20,329 participants have completed 196,943 parkruns covering a total distance of 984,715 km, including 34,151 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #336 – 8th December 2018

by Jill White

Are you ready? Be prepared!

So, the question everyone is asking at the moment is "Are you ready for Christmas? Have you bought/written/sent your cards? Bought/wrapped/baked your presents/the mince pies/turkey" etc etc. Whilst some are more advanced in their preparations for Christmas than others, we will all get there in the end by the 25th. However, we know that wrapping your presents on the 26th is usually too late! Christmas only happens once a year and we put a lot of time and energy into getting it right.

A couple of weeks ago, I ran a cross country race and my shoe lace came undone, not just once but three times!! I clearly hadn't done it up properly before I set off and a couple of extra seconds getting that right would have helped my performance a great deal! Sounds obvious doesn't it?


So why is it that some of us go to parkrun every week so unprepared? Even if you do not go out on a Saturday hoping to run a PB, everyone should go out prepared to run and by this, I mean warmed up and ready to go and then afterwards be ready to stretch and cool down! Both these routines should be just that - a routine for a few minutes every week to help your body get ready for and then recover from parkrun. Have a look on line if you are unsure what to do but make sure you stretch all your legs from your hamstrings and quads to your calves and also your arms. Go for a little jog on the way to parkrun or gently jog back home. If you don't already do this, give it a go - you never know you might just feel a little less stiff and you might even run a PB next time! Look on the internet too, there are dozens of websites offering advice and suitable exercises.


Tragically last week we saw that the unexpected can happen. Have you updated your profile on parkrun - your ICE - in case of emergency - so that vital information about your medication or who to contact is available on your barcode. Again, it is all about being prepared but also ready for the exceptional event. If you do update your ICE details please reprint your barcode as they will appear on there. To update your information just click on "Manage my profile" in your results email. While you are there why not opt in to the volunteer emails under email options so we can keep you updated about rosters and also other issues such as the results problems we had this week.

We all need to be boy and girl scouts and guides and be prepared. So, what happened this week? As ever there were some great runs and well done to everyone who ran. Special congratulations to anyone who ran a personal best on a slightly breezy and chilly morning, notably Elizabeth ASHDOWN who knocked almost 30 seconds off her PB on her 138th parkrun (137 of them at Southampton too). It is certainly never easy getting a PB after so many runs. Similarly, for Chris COOK who after 76 runs has waited almost a year and a half to knock 2 seconds off his PB which just goes to show his patience has been rewarded. Also, well done to Steve LE PREVOST who ran a PB for the third time in a row and on his 50th parkrun. Congratulations too to the other milestone runners today - Kim BATTEN on her 250th run, Karen BRYANT on her 200th, Sarah SHERMAN on her 150th and red T-shirts will be on their way to George WOODWARD and Javier IBANEZ and a white 10 T-shirts to juniors Oliver ASHTON and Jonathan LAMBERT.

There were great runs at both ends of the scale today with Jonathan LAMBERT JM10 running 22.19 and Alan RUSHTON M75-79 running 23.25 (and the top age grade of the day) proving it is never too early to start and never too old to stop! Full results can be found on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southampton/results/ and a summary is given below.

Being prepared is also about being aware on the course - we've had a few incidents recently involving runners, bikes and dogs. Please be aware that we don't have exclusive access to the Common and we must remain polite and vigilant at all times. Finally, apologies to the delay in the publication of the results this weekend. The circumstances were beyond our control but they were published in the end! The important thing is, you were able to run on Saturday amongst friends so whatever your result was, it was between 16mins 27sec and 55mins 10sec well spent! See you next week for another chance at a PB and if you can, please think about volunteering over the coming weeks. Huge thanks to Peat and Lynne ALLAN our RDs this week, who had a lot of headaches to sort out and of course their wonderful team of volunteers!

Statistics

This week 819 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 68 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINMarc HOLMESTrevor Alan ELLERYNeil HOTSONLuis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDTGerry ROBSONMark STILEMANPeat ALLANTony LEESLynne ALLANJill Alison WHITEAngus ALLANElaine June WINTERCary VARDYBecky TOVEYSue WILSONCaro GARRETTNic WOOLLARDPeter ROEPaul TONGSKim BATTENPaul Henry ARMSTRONGRuihua HOUIan HOWARDJane ROBERTSONZillah LEACHVictoria ORBADebbie LLOYDSimon FITZJOHNHeather WRIGHTJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANVicki STACEYMaggie CHALMERSPhil BLAKEJulian WALLERElizabeth BAMBERJo ROLFEPolly WHITAKERWilliam VAN GRUNSVENEva HUANGElena CERDANJane OLIVERAnnabel HODGSONMichael CARTERDavid PETERSAlexander JOHNSTONNicky PUGHKonrad KORCZYNSKIDave JUSONIshwar MISHRAJoanne CRAIGDavid GRASMEDERZebe HARRISSarah WEBBAndy WALKERDominic MANNKerry SHAWJosephine HARTLEYHannah HARTLEYWill MCGUINNESSMike ELDRIDGEMilz DECHNIKMathieu HOURSEAUJianguan TANG

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 20,301 participants have completed 196,464 parkruns covering a total distance of 982,320 km, including 34,117 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #335 – 1st December 2018

by Gareth Jones

A few times, in Southampton parkrun's history of over six years, we have had to cancel an event at very short notice, in each case because ice had made the paths dangerous. This morning the weather was dreadful, but it was much a sadder circumstance which forced us to cancel.

At 9am, I had just finished the first-timers' briefing and RD Tamsyn SMITH was preparing to send us on our way, when we learnt that a man's body had been found in the boating lake, close to our 1K point, and that the police were cordoning off the area. Tamsyn went ahead with her briefing, but warned us that we would have to delay the start. An alternative route, avoiding the boating lake, was quickly worked out, but as more and more emergency vehicles arrived on the Common, including an ambulance and two fire engines, it quickly became clear to ED Rob KELLY and RDs Tamsyn and Stuart SMITH that the event could not go ahead. Runners took this cancellation in good spirit, and later reaction on social media indicated universal agreement that a difficult but correct decision had been made. Many thanks to all for their patience and understanding.

After the cancellation, a few runners went ahead with a freedom run. Kate BUDD rode off on her bike to alert the marshals, and the clear-up volunteers set to work rather earlier than usual. Commiserations to all who braved the strong wind and heavy rain in the hope of running today, especially those who travelled a long way or who were hoping to achieve a milestone run. For all of them, there will be another chance, another day, but for one unknown man, the future has come to a sudden end. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time for them.

On a more cheerful note, we can announce that, in addition to the usual Saturday events through the festive season, we will be putting on extra runs on Christmas Day at 9am, and on New Year's Day at 10:30. This allows superheroes, lunatics and masochists to attempt a New Year double, with events at Netley Abbey, Whiteley and Winchester starting at 9am. (Eastleigh will start at 10:30am.)

Statistics

This week 0 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 0 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 0 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 46 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYTrevor Alan ELLERYTamsyn May SMITHStuart SMITHSusan MADDOCKSColin DINWOODIEAlice JONESLaura MCKENZIEPeter LEWISElaine June WINTERLynne NEWSONPaul NEWSONSue WILSONNic WOOLLARDPeter ROEKim BATTENZillah LEACHDebbie LLOYDSimon FITZJOHNJulian RATHKEBarbara COGMANPhil BLAKEDominic WILLIAMSPaul LEEMINGJulian WALLERJo ROLFECathryn SIMONSClaire CANNONAndrea THORNENick THORNEEmily BROCKENEmma BARKERJane OLIVERAnnabel HODGSONAaron ROGERSDavid GRASMEDERLiz MERCERRuth MURPHYLorraine KELLETTMichael HARTLEYLiam BARRY-CARROLLAndrew TURRELL INGSHannah HARTLEYLakota CLOTHIERKirsten BISHOP

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 20,258 participants have completed 195,644 parkruns covering a total distance of 978,220 km, including 34,033 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #334 – 24th November 2018

by Gareth Jones

Two weeks ago we gave a heart-felt thank you to John GRANT for his more than three years service as our Event Director. Fortunately it's not goodbye, as he and Rachel GRANT, who has been Run Director many times alongside John, will still be running with us. Taking over the role of ED is Rob KELLY. Many of you will know him already, but for those who don't, here is a quick sketch.


Inspired by seeing the London Marathon on TV, Rob started running, aged 15, with 4:10 at the 1983 Southampton Marathon. He subsequently ran the London Marathon several times, together with numerous 10Ks and half marathons around Hampshire. Eventually a knee injury, family responsibilities and football took him away from running for a while, but after another injury he returned to running, including several New Forest Marathons. He joined Lordshill RR and trained to become a level 2 endurance coach; he now runs for Itchen Spitfires RC.

Rob's first parkrun came in 2010 at the second Eastleigh event. Within a few months he was a regular, running and volunteering there, then at Netley Abbey, and finally at Southampton when we started in 2012. Since becoming a Run Director in 2015 he has carried out that role, supported by his wife Kim KELLY, 31 times, together with many other volunteering roles (some of them unofficial, such as making the distance markers we use around the course).

Rob has run 342 parkruns, including 285 of them (more than anyone else) at Southampton, where he has a very useful PB of 18:42. He tells me that parkrun has truly changed his life. Asked for three words to describe parkrun, he said they would be friendship, family, and fun. Having known Rob for many years, I can guarantee that Southampton parkrun is again in good hands.


After a series of chilly but mercifully dry parkruns, we were greeted today with what the BBC weather forecast described as "light rain and gentle breeze". After two and a half hours out in it, the printable part of my less charitable description was "persistent cold drizzle". Not what most of us would describe as PB weather, but one runner who thrived in the conditions was Chris MORGAN, a first-time visitor to Southampton. He has 57 previous parkruns, all in Mbabane, which (as you all know) is the capital of Swaziland. It is a small event, with an attendance record of 139, so it's not surprising that Chris achieved a personal worst position today. However, he took more than two minutes off his parkrun PB to finish second VM70-74 with a very creditable 28:07.

Another runner with a (possibly) African connection was first-timer Ellie the Elephant (aka Jon FLYNN), running on behalf of Children's Intensive Care Southampton. Accompanied by her medical support team, she swept past me at the 1 mile point, and finished in 30:07, no doubt a course record for her particular category.


Another first-timer deserving special mention was Sue WILSON. Having volunteered for the 250th time the previous Saturday, she defied the conditions and fulfilled her promise to desert her marshalling post at the cross-roads (don't worry, daughter Kate and Mollie the spaniel stood in for her), walking and jogging the course for the very first time. After an impressive sprint finish, she declared that this was her first and last parkrun. We shall see!

Yet another first-timer of note was Shakira MOGHADAM, leading the women home in her first parkrun, while Trevor HILLIER, first over the line again, proved that age need not be an obstacle to fast running. Other parkrunners deserving our congratulations were Emma-Lee CHOON and Ian KNOWLES, qualifying for the 250 Club today, and Sarah BURNS, Joanne CRAIG and Lyndsey RICKMAN, qualifying for the 50 Club. Finally, a big thank you to all the volunteers who stood in the rain today so that the rest of us could run.

Statistics

This week 712 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 65 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYKim Diane KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINMarc HOLMESTrevor Alan ELLERYTamsyn May SMITHStuart SMITHMike MILLSLuis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDTBob FOWLERLaura TOMEIEddie BULPITTLaura MCKENZIEPeter LEWISElaine June WINTERCary VARDYMary NIXONMoira SANKEYKate WILSONSue WILSONMike SLEATHNic WOOLLARDPeter ROEPaul TONGSKim BATTENRosie ESSERYKaren PIGGOTTKali BANDADebbie LLOYDMichael SIMMSPhoebe SHELLYAlistair CHEESEMANJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANPhil BLAKEPaul LEEMINGJulian WALLEREmily BROCKENGlenn MEDCALFLouisa REAElena CERDANKathryn STEPHENSONFrazer BAILEYJonathan STANGERKatie STANGERDavid PETERSAlexander JOHNSTONHugh JENKINSONDavid POMFREYAlison FARMERDavid GRASMEDERMelodie WALTERGlen BARHAMAlison CATTDominic MANNNigel HEMSTEDJosephine HARTLEYHannah HARTLEYHayley GATADEMilz DECHNIKMathieu HOURSEAUGeorgina LODGEGeorgina MORGAN

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 20,258 participants have completed 195,644 parkruns covering a total distance of 978,220 km, including 34,033 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #333 – 17th November 2018

by Karen Hazlitt


Today was a pretty special day on The Common for all the 945 runners and the 70 volunteers, however there are two ladies who can call Southampton parkrun their home. This is because, out of all of the 333 events, Sue WILSON has volunteered 250 times and Caro GARRETT has run 250 times, all at our event. Congratulations to you both.

Sue WILSON can be found every Saturday (after she has helped Gareth JONES with the course set up as early as 8.15am) at Sue's Corner with her wonderful spaniel Mollie. I once made the error of shouting "Hi" to Mollie and was firmly asked by Sue "what about me?". Sue started volunteering in the early days of Southampton parkrun as her son, David, was running. Despite David only having 15 runs to his name, his mum continued to come long after David decided that his bed was preferable to a Saturday morning run! Sue has supported our parkrun in all weathers. I will never complain about the cold again as Sue is standing on her corner for at least an hour every week. She is a real local hero as after her parkrun stint she often goes on to volunteer in the cemetery as part of Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FOSOC) helping to keep the cemetery tidy.

I asked Sue why she keeps coming back; she told me, without hesitation, that she loves the parkrun community, it is fantastic. Also, a little bird told me that there is a rumour that Sue will take part in a jog/walk of the parkrun next week, so please give her the support and thanks for her efforts over the last five years.

Running today was a pretty amazing family who have clocked up 330 runs between them and they somehow coordinated to all have milestone runs together. Well done to the Fox Family - Nathan FOX (aged 11) 150 runs; Ellis FOX (aged 10) 50 runs; Joseph FOX (aged 8) 30 runs and Mum Louise FOX 100 runs.


Other milestone runs this week include Zahid NAWAZ on his 100th run. Robin LOVEGROVE, David BALL, David GLENN, John REEVE, Amy EGGLESTON, Ryan LESTER and Kelly HOAD all reached the fabulous 50. Finally, Lars FEYERABEND-POWELL, Jonas JOSIAH and Jacob HIBBERD all earned their 10 run T-shirts. Congratulations one and all.

Statistics

This week 945 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 143 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 58 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 70 volunteers:

Gareth JONESKaren HAZLITTJohn KEENANRob KELLYKim Diane KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINSimon HAZLITTTrevor Alan ELLERYNeil HOTSONDi MATTINGLYMike MILLSLuis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDTMark STILEMANClare SATTERLYLuana COXChristopher Edward BROWNPeter LEWISSteve JOHNSONTony LEESDavid KEATESGillam MCCLUREColin RICHARDSElaine June WINTERCary VARDYLynne NEWSONRhian COXPaul NEWSONSue WILSONNic WOOLLARDPaul BULLENIan HARTPeter ROEPaul TONGSKim BATTENKali BANDADebbie LLOYDMichael SIMMSPhoebe SHELLYSimon FITZJOHNDiane KITSONDominic ASHTONJulian RATHKEBarbara COGMANLiam BROCKENPhil BLAKEPaul LEEMINGJulian WALLEREmily BROCKENGeorge GILBERTKathryn STEPHENSONFrazer BAILEYLois ELLIOTTJane OLIVERAlexander JOHNSTONKatherine BARBOURJoanne CRAIGDavid GRASMEDERZebe HARRISSarah WEBBClaire TROMANSDominic MANNBullen's BUGGYWilliam HARTLEYLesley HUNTERHannah HARTLEYWenhao WANGHayley GATADEKrystal PATERSONApril MUNDAYJianguan TANG

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 20,210 participants have completed 194,932 parkruns covering a total distance of 974,660 km, including 33,944 new Personal Bests.

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