Southampton parkrun #305 – 21st April 2018

by Karen Hazlitt

What a week it has been in the running world, from 30 degree heat on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Marathon last Sunday, to freezing temperatures and driving rain at the Boston Marathon on Monday, and now record temperatures predicted for Sunday's London Marathon. I thought that with 'summer' having made an early appearance in Hampshire this week that I would ask our parkrun community for their tips for running in the heat -

  • Father and daughter Jonathan and Sophie SWIFT suggested that you should adjust your goals, they did just that this morning and ran a little slower than they would normally and finished feeling great.
  • Lynne ALLEN also suggested running slower and to sweat the same amount as you usually do!
  • Now into 800m training David BLACKMAN said to dress appropriately for the weather, do your warm up in tights and a long-sleeved top, crucially worn over your vest and shorts to avoid wardrobe issues!
  • Sam PARKINSON and Simon FITZJOHN both advised you to start parkrun day hydrated (water not wine), for shorter runs there is no real need to carry water with you on the run but have a bottle handy for the finish.
  • One that will be difficult for most of us to replicate came from Vesna PERISIC, who advised me that the best thing to be is Croatian! She comes from the coast in Croatia where is used to running in hot temperatures.
  • Newbies to running in the warm are Neil BARTLETT, Laura BARTLETT, Amy and Lucy POWELL, all of whom agreed that they had overdressed for today's run, next week they'll be back in shorts and vests rather than black tights and two (!) long sleeved tops.
  • With tomorrow's ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10k firmly in their minds the WHITE Family (Malcolm, Jill, David, Rachel and Rachel COLLINS) had a wealth of advice for me - for the follicly challenged amongst us remember to apply sun cream to your head, indeed sun cream on all exposed parts for all of us is excellent advice. Don't aim for a PB, take it easy and wear weather appropriate clothing (shorts no matter how old you are!) Malcolm suggested sticking to your normal routine, he will be eating his porridge for breakfast tomorrow!


I did notice that today's route was mostly in the shade, so a good course for those of us who are not keen on running in the sun.

Good luck to all runners in other events this weekend, we look forward to seeing your race T-shirts and medals back at parkrun over the next few weeks.

[Extra text by Gareth Jones]
Congratulations to Emily NICE and Hayley LONERGAN, earning their white and red T-shirts today, to a platoon of centurions Cathy ASIKI, Kate HART, Rafael MELGAREJO, Alan RUSHTON and Ben WHETTINGSTEEL, to double centurions Vicki CLARKE and Nic WOOLLARD, and to junior athletes Lucy PHILLIPS and Stanley PARKINSON for spectacular performances at the top of the age-graded list.

Statistics

This week 824 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 91 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 48 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYTrevor Alan ELLERYJohn GRANTRachel GRANTLuis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDTGerry ROBSONLaura TOMEIChristopher Edward BROWNPeter LEWISDavid SINGERMANMelvin LEWISLynne NEWSONPaul NEWSONSue WILSONMarion HEDLEY LEWISMark CRAGGPeter ROENeil WELLSPaul TONGSRachel NICEPaul Henry ARMSTRONGKaren PIGGOTTSheila FOXAndrew WARRENJennifer RICHMONDDavid WHITEKali BANDADebbie LLOYDBethany KINGSTONJulian RATHKEBarbara COGMANSarah SHERMANJohn HARRINGTONVicky TOOMEYDavid CHALKTeresa ROBSONJohn MORRISONGeorge GILBERTLois ELLIOTTGeorgina DAVIESKatherine BARBOURDebbie ARMSTRONGClare FULLERNoel IFEJIKASarah WEBBTim PADLEYLesley HUNTER

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 18,240 participants have completed 170,289 parkruns covering a total distance of 851,445 km, including 30,168 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #304 – 14th April 2018

by Sue Stileman


It was a chilly eight degrees when I left home this morning and drove to Southampton through the mist. For once I'd managed to leave early, my plan being to get there in time to interview parkrunners before I ran, then catch my breath and talk to more runners afterwards.

I chatted to Robert Thompson and his friend Michael Smith to start with. These two friends have been running together for thirty years, sharing training runs and competitions. They told me they enjoy the social side of parkrun as well as the fact that it helps to keep them both ticking over. Robert, who has a 5k PB of 16:08, is returning from four months of injury and told me parkrun helps to keep him fit, while Michael, who has a marathon PB of 2:46 and a 5k PB of 16:30, says he enjoys the challenge it represents.

After talking to Robert and Michael (and feeling I had been in the presence of greatness in terms of their respective 5k times!) I chatted to Andrew, who was running his first parkrun today. He'd just started running as a way of keeping fit and told me he was enjoying it more than he'd expected. Today was going to be his first experience of running 5k, and he was hoping to do it without needing to walk too much.

I'd run out of time to talk to anyone else before the run started, so went off to warm up. While I was trotting up the hill I reflected that this was what parkrun symbolised to me: in the space of twenty minutes I'd chatted to two runners who'd been enjoying the sport for many years, clocking up some truly impressive times along the way and one who was just starting out and had it all before him, yet all three were running in the same event on an equal footing. I think this shows the great strength of parkrun: that diversity and inclusivity are celebrated and encouraged.

I enjoyed my run round and got back in time to put some warm layers on, grab pencil and paper and go off to talk to some more runners.

Liz Prinsep and her son Alex were waiting at the finish. Liz and Alex are my fellow Romsey Road Runners. Liz told me she does parkrun to keep fit and as a good example for her patients, whom she has offered to accompany round parkrun once they regain sufficient fitness. Alex uses parkrun to help with speed on longer races; this is definitely working as he's been clocking up some very impressive times recently.

Next I spoke to Dave who also uses parkrun for fitness, and as a way of encouraging his wife to run as well. He enjoys the atmosphere and the camaraderie, but feels the size of Southampton sometimes makes it a little less enjoyable. He's done some parkrun tourism at Whitely which he had enjoyed.

Grace is using parkrun to get into running. By going off the treadmill she said she was learning more about herself. Today was her second parkrun and she intended to come back again.

Her friends Becky and Georgia told me parkrun helps with their motivation and pacing. They were also relatively new to it but intended to come back again.

In comparison, Theo (aged 10) and his mum Vicki are old hands at parkrun. Theo has run over 50 and Vicki over 100. Theo usually runs with school friends but today he was chasing a PB. Vicki told me one of the joys of parkrun for her is being able to run with her son. parkrun got her into running and has encouraged her to set herself new challenges, such as doing the Southampton half marathon last year, and coming back to do the 10k this year.

Andrea and Mercedes are here for a month from their native Spain. They both enjoyed their inaugural UK parkrun which, being free, was unlike in Spain where they told me there were maybe six runs a year and you had to pay for them.

Solent Running Sister Chrissy does parkrun for the positive energy. Her fellow Solent Running Sister Cathy was doing her 99th parkrun today. She told me her experience of parkrun led to her joining the running club. Their friend Maggie looks forward to a cup of tea at the end. She told me she'd found lots of friends through parkrun. She hadn't been a runner before starting it and today she was on her 84th parkrun.


Lorna Digweed has been a regular at parkrun for a while and has been training for London Marathon since parkrun on the 1st Jan this year. She is running in support of Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity and sported her T-shirt at parkrun this week in her last one before the "big day". Best of luck to her.


I'm always struck, whenever I write the run report, by the diversity of people who do parkrun. For me it's one of its absolute strengths. But despite the differences in ability, in age, in reasons for running, there are things that everyone who does parkrun has in common: we all enjoy the camaraderie, the friendliness, the opportunity to keep fit and the positive energy generated when people gather together to run, and to encourage each other to run.

[Addition with credit to Gareth Jones]: Congratulations to those who completed their milestone runs this week: Lizzie Bosson and Jake Masterson on qualifying for the 10 Club today, to Tim Amor, Greg Lodwick, Lucie Myall, Lorraine Pell, John Stanley and Emma Wilson, on qualifying for the 50 Club, and finally to junior runner Ben Brown, taking a well-judged second off his PB and leading the field home for the first (and I suspect not the last) time.

Statistics

This week 989 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 97 were first timers and 128 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 58 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Amanda CHALKAminu YAKUBUAnna BURKITTBarbara COGMANBarbara KIDDCaro GARRETTCharlotte KELLYDaljit MALLIDaniel GOLDSTRAWDavid SINGERMANDebbie ARMSTRONGDebbie LLOYDElaine June WINTEREmily RAWLINGSEmma COLMERFrazer BAILEYGlen BARHAMJacob WARDJane OLIVERJohn GRANTJulian RATHKEJulian WALLERJulie FOLANKali BANDAKate BUDDKim Diane KELLYLuis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDTMarion HEDLEY LEWISPaul Henry ARMSTRONGPaul TONGSPeter ROEPhil BLAKERachel COOPERRachel GRANTRob KELLYStephen WALTERSStephen WELCHSue STILEMANSue WILSONTina STREETTrevor Alan ELLERYVictoria ORBAZillah LEACH

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 18,169 participants have completed 169,465 parkruns covering a total distance of 847,325 km, including 30,076 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #303 – 7th April 2018

by Simon Hazlitt

Southampton CommonWEALTH day




With the Commonwealth Games going at full tilt, we thought it would be fun to find tenuous links with the Commonwealth, The Games, Sports and/or athletes involved, the more tenuous the better. So in true Radio 2 style here's our Top Tenuous Links -

  1. Ricki PRINCE made the journey all the way from Calgary, Canada just for this week's run (OK, so he also had a wedding to go to).
    We also had a visit from Maureen SNOWDEN, visiting from South Africa and Wonky BEAR!
  2. Adam LAU, who completed the run in a respectable 21:30, hails from Brunei and has been blissfully unaware of anything special happening on the Gold Coast...
  3. Steve HAYES-ARTER who may be related to the English athlete Charlotte Arter, who may be running in the Commonwealth Games.
  4. The dads' buggy pacing group were out in force, with Jonathan MARSDEN and Paul BULLEN providing a great service to all those buggy runners out there. Paul even coaxed his uncle in law, Paul RAYFIELD round the course in under 25mins, smashing his PB in the process. Ought to be a Commonwealth Sport.
  5. Creds to parkrun tail walker Jacob WARD bringing in all the parkrunners, not quite at Tom Bosworth pace but you have to start somewhere.
  6. There are some apt (tenuous) name connections amoung today's runners, Donna PIKE (diving and gymnastics), Adele CHALK (gymnastics and weightlifting), Graham PAVEY (any relation to Jo?) and David BALL (hockey, netball, basketball and beach volleyball!)
  7. Personal gold medal winning achievements from Luis ROSAS WIEDFELDT running his 250th parkrun today adorned with blue helium balloons and Susan BRYAN running her 300th parkrun.
  8. Meanwhile earlier today over in Noosa on the Gold (err, Sunshine) Coast, Southampton parkrun regular Adrian FIELD ran his 250th parkrun, dedication to the cause, congratulations.
  9. Thanks to all the "Games Makers" aka our fabulous team of volunteers, without whom today's event could not have taken place.
  10. Frankie COLLING, who finished in 23:35, has a sister who is the Parish Clerk in Whiteley where silver medal winning gymnast Kelly Simm lives - wow, what a connection.


There was a bumper crop of milestone runners this week. On their 50th run were: Joseph BRYANT, Tony CURRAN, Nigel WAKEFIELD, Hannah LAWLESS, Sarah DAVIES, and Lisa HILL. Junior runner Cameron SOMMERVILLE-HEWITT clocked an impressive 100th run. Ae mentioned above, Luis ROSAS WIEDFELDT celebrated his 250th run today. Congratulations to all - T-shirts well earned.


A final special mention to Pyrate the Lurcher who ran his 50th parkrun today! I'm not sure they do dog parkrun T-shirts though.

Statistics

This week 823 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 101 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 50 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 53 volunteers:

Gareth JONESKaren HAZLITTRob KELLYKim Diane KELLYSimon HAZLITTTrevor Alan ELLERYTamsyn May SMITHJohn GRANTGerry ROBSONAlice JONESMeeje BRETTDavid KEATESGillam MCCLUREElaine June WINTERMary NIXONJonathan MARSDENSue WILSONMarion HEDLEY LEWISPeter ROENeil WELLSPaul TONGSRyan WILSONPaul Henry ARMSTRONGTom CANDYKaren PIGGOTTSheila FOXKali BANDADebbie LLOYDHeather WRIGHTJulian RATHKEBarbara COGMANSarah SHERMANVictoria COLLINSONSue STILEMANPaul LEEMINGJulian WALLERChris HEYTeresa ROBSONAmanda CHALKJohn MORRISONKatherine BARBOURHeather LEEMINGNicky PUGHDebbie ARMSTRONGDavid POMFREYHelen DOYLECoral BEALEMelodie WALTERFiona DONOVANNoel IFEJIKASarah WEBBAlison CATTJacob 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).
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 18,072 participants have completed 168,476 parkruns covering a total distance of 842,380 km, including 29,948 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #302 – 31st March 2018

by Peter Roe


What an unusual month it has been for running. It seems that spring failed to grasp the baton of season change - so winter ran a few more lengths with the two 'Beasts from the East'. The predicted third 'Beast' has gone further north this weekend, so Southampton parkrun could proceed today without any of the Siberian white stuff. I mean snow of course; what else? Surely spring is about to bounce out, and be here.

Whether spring's here or not, who can say? But what was here today in the common, is the annual Easter Fair, thus forcing parkrun to its older route, starting and finishing at The Cowherds. All the 'fun' of the fair. The rides, the stalls, the dodgems and the candy floss!

Of course parkrun has its own funfair every week; babies have lovely rides, very few runners 'stall', and weaving in and out of other people can feel like dodgems, but fortunately none of our buggy runners think they are Bumper cars! The effort and determination of all the runners, on this cold and a bit damp morning, had definitely nothing 'coconut shy' about it! The big 'Ferris Wheel' for milestones this week went to Annabel HODGSON, Adrian NORTON, and Robin STACY, all gaining their 50th air lifts, and to Nick THORNE and Eleanor JANSEN for their 100th runs, while Edie TOWNS put the icing of her 12th Birthday on the cake of her 100th parkrun. Well done to all.


I asked two of the volunteers this week what they liked about parkrun. Frankie LONGLEY said the sense of community, and the opportunity to train for events like the half marathons and the Great South run in the Autumn. Melodie WALTER, I discovered having overcome a slipped disc, finds herself motivated by other runners, and finds being part of a regular event both a good discipline and an inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration let me tell you about Dave POMFREY, who describes himself as "not a runner", having completed over 70 parkruns now. For many months I've noticed Dave as one of our bigger runners, often coming in towards to end of the field, still as strong as ever, and have been very impressed with his effort. He was very keen to share his story, so I found out today that as a type 2 Diabetic he came along to parkrun only 18 months ago to cheer on his already parkrunning son. Dave's first run was timed at 48 minutes; now his PB stands at 33:30 mins, and he has gone from 111Kg (17:5 stone) down to 85 Kg (13:3 stone) in weight - over four stone! Dave was happy to tell me that although not certain he'll be able to cut out all his Diabetes medication, he used to be on five prescriptions but has been able to drop three and is now only on two meds. How amazing. He also told me that on the B.M.I. scale he has gone down from 'obese', to 'overweight', and I could see the thrill and pride in his eyes and tone. It seems parkrun has been a part of all this. In our constantly doom-laden media pronouncements about the health of our nation, it's so incredible to reflect on Dave's story, and yes, be really inspired.


Finally did you hear about the run reporter who was running last week? Trying to gain a few seconds and avoid the congestion he ran off the tarmac and onto the muddy verge. It all looked so safe and even the large boggy puddle was there to be leapt, but alas, you know what they say about pride ... banana skin time and straight over on his back, bum, and head flat out in the aforementioned primordial soup. Yep, yours truly

The mud did wash off, but the nickname may take longer to dissolve: the muddy bum reporter. The moral for us all? Stay on the path. A huge thank you to the 42 Glasonbury like volunteers for making the parkrun Funfair possible. And special thanks to Edie and Dave for inspiring all the fun of the run!

Statistics

This week 871 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRoger David BRADLEYRob KELLYKim Diane KELLYTrevor Alan ELLERYJohn GRANTGerry ROBSONAlice JONESIan KNOWLESDavid KEATESGillam MCCLUREElaine June WINTERSue WILSONMarion HEDLEY LEWISNic WOOLLARDPeter ROENeil WELLSBeth FARROWRichard DIGGLESamantha HOLLINSKali BANDAConnie GREENChris HARGREAVESMark BROOKSDebbie LLOYDHeather WRIGHTJayanti SHAHJulian RATHKEFrankie LONGLEYVicky TOOMEYPhil BLAKEAmanda CHALKEmily BROCKENLiam WILSON-STOREYGeorgina DAVIESNicky PUGHDavid POMFREYMelodie WALTERGlen BARHAMRuth MURPHYAlison CATTTim PADLEYJacob 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).
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 18,001 participants have completed 167,653 parkruns covering a total distance of 838,265 km, including 29,847 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #301 – 24th March 2018

by Sean Ewings



Roll-up, roll-up! parkrun UK recently announced that the new milestone T-shirts, produced by parkrun themselves, are now winging their way to a distributor near you! Many of you will have been waiting months (if not, years!) to collect your T-shirts, whether for running or volunteering, and now there is light at the end of the T-shirt tunnel. All the news is here: https://www.parkrun.com/news/, but, in brief, you will receive an email from parkrun UK over the next couple of months; you then have eight weeks in which to place your order. Once they have taken stock of demand, orders will be placed as necessary.

In Southampton last weekend, there were eight runners who joined the T-shirt list: Mary COLLETT, Janice HILL, Tom HUNT, Eve BRIDEN, Tanya WILLIAMS and John ZOWNIR all reached 50, and Lorna BENNETT and Phil JONES reached 100. Congratulations all! Likewise, congratulations to Debbie LLOYD on reaching 150 and Jessica HAND and Jenny Clare BICKERSTAFF on reaching 200.

Remember: next week the Easter fair is in town, so we'll be using Route B (anti-clockwise) starting from the Cowherds.

Statistics

This week 858 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 102 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYTrevor Alan ELLERYLynda COXJohn GRANTMeeje BRETTMalcolm John WHITEJill Alison WHITESean EWINGSLynne NEWSONMary NIXONPaul NEWSONSue WILSONMarion HEDLEY LEWISSimon WILLIAMSONNic WOOLLARDPeter ROENeil WELLSPaul TONGSNiall SIMMONDSPaul Henry ARMSTRONGKaren PIGGOTTMartin SIMSKali BANDAZillah LEACHEllis FOXDebbie LLOYDMichael SIMMSJulian RATHKEEmma SANSOMBarbara COGMANLouise FOXPhil BLAKEJulian WALLERJo ROLFELeo WILLIAMSONLouisa REALois ELLIOTTAlan FRENCHNicky PUGHDebbie ARMSTRONGJessica REYNOLDSCoral BEALEMelodie WALTERDanny PRATTNoel IFEJIKALiz MERCERCatherine WILLISJacob 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).
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 17,922 participants have completed 166,782 parkruns covering a total distance of 833,910 km, including 29,768 new Personal Bests.

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