Southampton parkrun #327 – 6th October 2018

by Gareth Jones


A milestone used to mean a roadside boulder with a distance painted on it. Few of these have survived into the age of GPS, and the word now usually indicates a significant achievement, perhaps involving an anniversary or a large round number of something or other. For example, as Run Director Kate BUDD told us in her briefing, today we celebrated International parkrun Day, the 14th anniversary of that day when Paul Sinton-Hewitt put on a 5K time-trial for 13 of his friends in Bushy Park. A few days earlier, six nines rolled over to noughts on the parkrunometer at HQ, as the five millionth parkrunner signed up for a weekly dose of fresh air and fun.

Not to be outdone, we at Southampton parkrun passed our own milestone today (though almost unnoticed, and without the benefit of a write-up in the Guardian): we have now been running for just over ten years! If you find this statement incompatible with the fact that our inaugural event was in 2012, then think again more carefully: according to the statistics at the bottom of our home page, the total time we have spent parkrunning on the Common has just passed ten years. Having recently achieved my own milestone (or should it be kilometre marker?) of 250 Southampton parkruns, I estimate my contribution at about five days. Rob Kelly holds the record with 280, but he doesn't take as long over them as I do.


At parkrun there are usually plenty of personal milestones to celebrate, often involving coloured T-shirts, and event 327 was no exception. James CROZIER, Frazer HART, Samuel POWELL and Camilla WAKEFIELD are all to be congratulated on joining the 10 Club, while Scott AUGUR, Tony HEY, Paul MABEY and Helen MCGILL joined the 50 Club, Andrew POWELL and Perri SEYMOUR joined the 100 Club, and David CAPPS and Paul NEWSON completed their 150th and 200th parkruns. Jo ROLFE, a regular member of the set-up team, volunteered for the 100th time, while Keith HARRIS celebrated his 40th birthday with some very accurate pacing in the 40 minute vest, accompanied by a pair of gold balloons, and by sharing out some very nice cookies at the finish. As well as being a regular parkrunner on the Common, Keith is also Event Director for Southampton junior parkrun, a 2K run for those aged 4-14 which takes place every Sunday morning at Riverside Park. It started nearly five years ago, and next weekend it celebrates its own milestone, its 250th event.


A final word of advice: don't let an imminent milestone become a millstone. I've lost count of the number of times I've run when I should really have rested, just because I was approaching some milestone. I have great admiration for those who can resist the temptation to run, and can wait patiently to reach a milestone when they are ready for it. Of course parkrun is addictive, but there will be times when your body tells you not to run. On these occasions, you can satisfy your addiction, and get your dose of fresh air and fun by volunteering! And if you do it 25 times, there is a nice purple parkrun T-shirt to help you celebrate that particular milestone.

Statistics

This week 885 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 90 were first timers and 137 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 66 volunteers:


Gareth JONES
Rob KELLYKim Diane KELLYTrevor Alan ELLERYJohn GRANTGerry ROBSONEddie BULPITTPeter LEWISKate BUDDAmanda HARRISDavid KEATESGillam MCCLUREShell SMITHElaine June WINTERLynne NEWSONPaul NEWSONSue WILSONCaro GARRETTNic WOOLLARDAngela CORRIENeil PHILLIPSPeter ROESam RADFORDPaul TONGSRobert AGARNiall SIMMONDSPaul Henry ARMSTRONGCharles Edward ARNOLDSarah GOODWINDan RIDOUTKali BANDASteve TAYLORKatalin SEBESTENY-GYOREZillah LEACHPhoebe SHELLYEmma BRADSHAWJulian RATHKEBarbara COGMANSarah SHERMANMichael COLLETTAlan SHERMANKeith HARRISNeil WILSONLucy FRASERPhil BLAKEDominic WILLIAMSMark HANDFORDJulian WALLERJo ROLFEEmily BROCKENGlenn MEDCALFGeorge GILBERTElena CERDANFrazer BAILEYAlexander JOHNSTONJoanne CRAIGMelodie WALTERNick JOHNSONMichael SWANNSarah WEBBMichael DODDRuth MURPHYDominic MANNDavid BALLLesley HUNTERLauren FAIRBAIRN

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 19,784 participants have completed 189,630 parkruns covering a total distance of 948,150 km, including 33,135 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #326 – 29th September 2018

by Jill White

It's all about the volunteering!

parkrundays are certainly getting cooler as the weeks go by but our wonderful runners were rewarded with a super run in lovely sunny conditions. Great PB conditions - not too warm or windy or too cold - and indeed 865 people made the most of it including one for Al Wilkins as he zoomed over the line eager to be the first to scan his barcode. Thanks to the pace makers who helped encourage us all around the 5km.

It is always a magnificent sight to see the parkrun snake wiggle its way across the flats and today was no exception - all ages were represented - from J10 to V70-74 plus a variety of babies and toddlers in buggies and canine runners (on short leads!). Everyone has a parkrun story and an essential part of parkrunday are the discussions afterwards either at the funnel or in the cafes of what happened/what might have been followed by 'there is always next week' and of course that is true.

RD Kate BUDD and her excellent team of volunteers - over 70 of them this week - set the course up, cheered and encouraged us, helped pace us, timed us then packed up after we went home and sorted the tokens and all before 10.30! I've made it all sound easy but there are some members of our community that go above and beyond. One such person is Trevor ELLERY today notched up his 400th volunteer role; many of them have been as pre-event set up and post-event close down but he has also tried most of the other volunteer opportunities too. As a run director it is always reassuring to know that the course will be set up and ready to go without any issues. He really enjoys volunteering on Saturday and Sunday mornings and I asked him to tell us his story:


"I began my parkrun journey 8 years ago at Eastleigh's original Lakeside course, where I helped with set up of the course. I moved to Southampton when it started and have helped there, as well as at junior parkrun on a Sunda1y, ever since with lots of high fives from young runners.? Great fun! On Saturday I reached a total of 400 volunteer occasions. I still get to run though and I am approaching my 250th run. parkrun can only happen with its volunteers, whether it be on set up, as marshal, tail walker, etc. It is estimated that if all parkrunners volunteer just three times a year, then that is all any of us would have to do. You get to see the event from a different perspective; the really quick runners coming in and the cheering of runners throughout. So why not visit the website and volunteer for an event from time to time?"

Gareth JONES is another unsung hero at Southampton, he has chalked up 649 volunteer roles but today was his 250th run at Southampton. Other milestones today came from Emily SMITH for her 200th run and Sarah DAVIS for her 150th run. 100 T-shirts will be flying through the letter boxes of Richard DIGGLE, Maggie CHALMERS, John HORTON, Phil HEIGHS and John HARDY, 50 T-shirts to Andrew LOTERY and Jonathan CUTLER and a 10 T-shirt to Brandon COOMBS.


Two people tried to sneak under the radar today, our very own RDs Peat and Lynne ALLAN ran their 250th and 150th parkruns - well done to them both. You can see the full results on the website and a summary is posted below. Come back next week and try for that elusive PB or just enjoy a run with 800 friends oh, and don't forget to volunteer soon!
Happy running!

Statistics

This week 865 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 136 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 72 volunteers:


Gareth JONES
Roger David BRADLEYRob KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINSonia RUSHBYTrevor Alan ELLERYNeil HOTSONJohn GRANTJenny ASTALLLaura TOMEIPeter LEWISMeeje BRETTKate BUDDJill Alison WHITEColin RICHARDSMary NIXONSue O'DOWDJonathan MARSDENSue WILSONJacqui RAMMMartin PERRYNic WOOLLARDPaul EDMONDSNeil PHILLIPSPeter ROEPaul TONGSRobert AGARRyan WILSONPaul Henry ARMSTRONGCaitlin Louise RIPLEYLuke HALLSarah GOODWINSheila FOXJulie HUMPHRIESIan HOWARDKali BANDAZillah LEACHAmy MARSDENSarah WILMSHURSTClaire FOSBROOKMaria HARTLEY-OINNJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANNicole FRITHDerek GIBBENSJulian WALLERJo ROLFEEmily BROCKENGlenn MEDCALFKathryn STEPHENSONFrazer BAILEYJane OLIVERGill PERRYHelena SHAWDavid PETERSCaelainn BRINKLEYAdam PERRYJessica PERRYDave JUSONHelen DOYLEJulia HOSKENFiona DONOVANMichael DODDEricka HERONSarah BURNSDominic MANNDavid BALLAndrew TURRELL INGSCaroline IRWINLakota CLOTHIERCarl HALL

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 19,694 participants have completed 188,745 parkruns covering a total distance of 943,725 km, including 32,998 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #324 – 15th September 2018

by Peter Roe

Every so often you see something at parkrun that surprises you and even inspires you. Perhaps inspiration is often there if we only have the inclination and eyes to see it. Such was the case today.

A beautiful September morning brought a cooler 'nip' in the air. But that didn't deter 874 runners from assembling in the common for the 324th Southampton parkrun. After an unusual year of weather so far with two helpings of snow in March, electrical thunder storms in April and a blazing hot spell over summer, will there be any more surprises for Autumn parkrunners? Perhaps not a meteorological surprise today, but a surprise none the less.

Having led a small voluntary training session after last week's parkrun to help us understand the challenges faced by visually impaired runners, run directors Malcolm and Jill White unveiled the fruits of their labours today.

Around half a dozen running pairs tethered themselves together with one person wearing a blindfold to simulate visual impairment, and the other guiding and talking them through the run. Even some youngsters got in on the act, which was very brave and looked like good fun. Halfway round, some pairings changed roles. So the surprise today was ... more inspiration from parkrun ... as if that's possible!



It is clear that parkrun already has numerous benefits on top of physical well-being. Here was another one. This educational demonstration of practicality, trust, fun and inclusiveness was a humbling sight to behold. I can't speak for all 874 runners, but I think most of us felt lifted when we came upon these volunteers, like fairy dust for our tired legs. I spoke to several of the couplings, as we jogged round and discovered that the blindfolded runner found, perhaps not unusually, everything much louder. I also heard one leader relishing the chance to swap places as she found the guiding experience quite intense and said, "I'm exhausted!"" So a huge thank you to Malcolm and Jill and all their volunteers. Perhaps this has opened our own eyes are a little more and has helped us be a little more grateful.

Another inspiration today was talking to our own Dave KEATES of Itchen Spitfires running club. Dave does a lot of run pacing, some call him the "metronome", but I prefer "Time Lord". He was a pacer at the Southampton Half Marathon back in April (between thunder storms). I stuck with Dave and he delivered a cherished goal for me of a time under 2 hours. Although setting a new PB for himself at last week's parkrun, he spent today's event forgetting all about that by helping and coaxing a few friends to achieve their own good times for the month of September. Exemplary stuff!


There were milestone runs today for Luke STRAIN, Emma MACKENZIE, Dawid BILSKI, Tina DYER-SLADE and Lou SANDERS all collecting their 50th, and Lucy ASHTON and Mylene PLOYAERT gaining their 100th. Mylene actually ran her 100th last week, but forgot to mention it. So today's Run Director, Peat ALLEN, put that right in his announcements before we set off. Last but not least worthy of mention was my daughter Lizzie HOWARD, who recently joined Hedge End running club, and at this her second parkrun took 10 minutes off her previous time. Mind you there was two years between her first parkrun and this! Congratulations to all these determined runners.

Of course all these events, PBs, insights and inspirations were only made possible by the always visible but often unnoticed volunteers; 55 of them this week. As ever we are in their debt and very grateful. Who knows what we will see, and what will be in store for us at parkrun in the coming weeks; whatever it is let us remember today and keep our eyes and ears open.

Statistics

This week 874 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 138 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 55 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYJohn GRANTGerry ROBSONLaura TOMEIMark STILEMANPeat ALLANEddie BULPITTLynne ALLANIan KNOWLESAngus ALLANElaine June WINTERSue WILSONPeter ROEPaul TONGSKim BATTENPaul Henry ARMSTRONGKaren PIGGOTTSheila FOXAlex WEIGHTMartin SIMSKali BANDAAngela BARLINGDebbie LLOYDSimon FITZJOHNEmma COLMEREmily RAWLINGSLisa SMITHRonin SMITHJulian RATHKEBarbara COGMANPhil BLAKEJulian WALLERClare JESSONJo ROLFELorna BENNETTWilliam VAN GRUNSVENEva HUANGAisha MURPHYDavid PETERSAlexander JOHNSTONKatherine BARBOURKatharine HILLChristine HILLJane HODGERosemary HILLTom WATERSONJoanne CRAIGMelodie WALTERSarah WEBBCaroline IRWINIan HAMBLYStephen KEMPMathieu HOURSEAUAshley CHAPLIN

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 19,561 participants have completed 186,991 parkruns covering a total distance of 934,955 km, including 32,678 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #322 – 1st September 2018

by Roger Bradley

After Tamsyn and Stuart's tenure at the helm of Southampton parkrun Jill and Malcolm WHITE took up the reins today for the first of a two week run.

With Southampton's average numbers across the line increasing year by year, also increasing is the number of volunteers that are needed to make the morning a success. We had 67 parkrunners volunteer today to make sure everything went without a snag for the 879 finishers - up on last week by 35. This was a good turnout compared with Bevendean Down, Brighton that had just 10 volunteers looking after 32 finishers. Perhaps it is unsurprisingly that Bevendean Down is less popular: run the very hilly Bevendean and you will never ever moan again about running to the top of the Common!

Where barcode scanning used to be accomplished with just two helpers, six is now the order of the day. And where in the past two people used to easily sort the barcodes into numerical order, it now takes six or more so as to get the job done in reasonable time. Sue MADDOCKS and David PAYNE of Bitterne were among the scanners this week. We didn't even have funnel managers in the early days but now we have at least five volunteers every week keeping exhausted runners moving to make room for those behind. Thanks this week must go to Glen BARHAM who, among others, volunteers as 'Sign Language Support'. This is another increasingly important role as is those who volunteer to guide visually impaired runners.

There at the very beginning of parkrun in the Southampton and Eastleigh area and measurer of many a 5K, Gareth JONES took the 'First Timers Briefing' again this week after having put out signs before the event and then collecting them afterwards. Gareth even managed to do the parkrun in between all this!


On the way from Regents Park to the Common I met up with Eddie BULPITT of Millbrook who during his 232nd parkrun was intending to wear one of the new pale blue pacer 30 minute vests. Eddie has always been a keen runner and cyclist but this year is content to run at a slightly slower pace than he is capable of. The excellent pacing work from Eddie had him finishing on 30 min pace to the second. On the way home I spotted a host of St. James parkrunners clearly havely a lovely time celebrating outside the Bellemoor Inn thereby proving that parkrun is not all about running.


Among the many marshals out on the route was Kathryn STEPHENSON of Central Southampton, originally from South Shields. Having been a parkrunner for two years Kathryn has run the South Shields parkrun and of course the famous Great North Run. Alongside Kathryn at the important Bellemoor junction was Otis GASPARRO of Lordshill on his ninth week of his volunteering part of the Duke of Edinburgh award. Along the path from the Bellemoor Gate to the Coronation Cross Roads is the 'Bridge of Doom' guarded today by Liam BARRY-CAROLL, Southampton AC, of Portswood, four years a runner and Gabby O'BRIEN, Itchen Spitfires Runner of Woolston. As they got to know each other before the runners passed Gabby found out that Liam was running the Dublin Marathon in October and Liam discovered that Gabby was also running a marathon in October but at Abingdon.

Hurray, Sue was back at the (her) crossroads after a break. Alongside her were Katherine BARBER of Portswood a 30 time parkrunner and Emma COLMER of Shirley who has run the 5K ten times.
Running their 50th today were Michael STURLAND, John BODYS and Esther CLIFT while the 100 was reached by Aron SEBESTENY. The two hundred mark does not warrant a T-shirt but is still worth noting and among the celebrations today was the 200th parkrun of Sarah WILSON of Bitterne, a member of the local Lordshill Road Running Club. Sarah is spreading her wings and has completed her first Triathlon this year after having to learn to swim first.

Editor?EUR(TM)s note: The Visually Impaired Guide Running course will take place after parkrun next week on 8th September. This will last about one hour and will introduce the issues VI runners face and how to help them. All abilities are welcome and we will only be running very short distances in the session. Interested parkrunners please send an email to malcolm.white@parkrun.com

Statistics

This week 879 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 116 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 67 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRoger David BRADLEYJohn KEENANRob KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINTrevor Alan ELLERYNeil HOTSONStuart SMITHJohn GRANTSusan MADDOCKSGerry ROBSONMark STILEMANDani FIRTHEddie BULPITTMylene PLOYAERTHeather REIDMalcolm John WHITEJill Alison WHITETheresa CLARKColin RICHARDSElaine June WINTERJonathan MARSDENKatherine WILSONSue WILSONEric ROGERSPeter ROEPaul TONGSPaul Henry ARMSTRONGMartin SIMSKali BANDAAngela BARLINGZillah LEACHDebbie LLOYDMichael SIMMSHeather WRIGHTEmma COLMERGabby O'BRIENLuke BURNETTJulian RATHKESamuel RICHARDSBarbara COGMANChris HARNEYDerek GIBBENSSue STILEMANJulian WALLERDavid CHALKElena CERDANKathryn STEPHENSONFrazer BAILEYJane OLIVERPietro FRANCESCHINIJulie LAVINGTONLindsay BOWERSDavid PETERSKatherine BARBOURRachel COOPERChristopher HORNZebe HARRISGlen BARHAMDavid PAYNEGerard CATTJonathan BARNARDLiam BARRY-CARROLLOtis GASPARROJulie RICHARDSRosalinda GRISTBen 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 Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 19,454 participants have completed 185,234 parkruns covering a total distance of 926,170 km, including 32,391 new Personal Bests.

 

Southampton parkrun #321 – 25th August 2018

by Nic Woollard

Over the past few years, Southampton parkrun has always hosted regular pacing events, normally every two to three months and alternating between odd and even times. For those of you with eagle eyes, you may have spotted some new bib-wear on display in recent weeks with a number of individuals sporting light blue timing vests. Each week, these are available to anyone who would like to have a go at being a pacer. All you have to do is put your name onto the sheet, take the vest with the time you want to run to and off you go. Putting your name down means that you are included on the volunteer roster and counts towards a special volunteer 25 shirt. It's one of the roles that you can combine to run/volunteer on and means you don't have to miss your Saturday morning dose of exercise.

There is nothing to worry about being a pacer, the only additional equipment needed is a good watch, ideally with a GPS included to monitor your time, distance and average pace. It is also possible to do it with a stopwatch and check your cumulative split times at the kilometre markers dotted around the course. A bit of maths beforehand also comes in handy to work out your expected average pace per kilometre and lapsed time. Many pacers that I have run with either write the times on their arm, or put it onto a card for checking purposes as well to act as a reminder.

If you are reading this and thinking about taking up the pacing challenge at parkrun, a couple of useful tips that I have always offered are:

  1. Run to a target time that you feel comfortable at, maybe 10% slower than your PB.
  2. Encourage and talk to your fellow runners on the way round.

Saturday's parkrun number 321 was run on our alternative course D for the last time this year. We were blessed with the usual fine weather, although there a definite coolness in the air that made the normal climb up the first kilometre more bearable. Despite it being a Bank Holiday weekend with many other events taking place across the South Coast, a massive field of 880+ runners completed the course.


If you follow the parkrun social media, you will see that a number of Olympians/Paralympians join the events each Saturday across the country. This week we welcomed David HENSON who is a local man running for Southampton AC. David has enjoyed a successful period over the past two years with a Silver Medal in the T42 200m at the 2016 European Championships and then following that up with Bronze Medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the World Championships in London last year. Thank you David for coming along to see us and we wish you all the best for the future.

Finally, there were the usual plethora of milestones to announce. Kiera BESANT, Luka EDWARDS and Sophie SMITH ran their 10th event and qualified for their white shirt today. Hitting the 50 run mark were: Dave AFFY, Ben CLARK, Nicholas DAWKINS, Scott HARRIS, Brian LEASK, Ali PERRY, William POMFREY and Caroline TAYLOR. Last and by no means least, Richard HUNT chalked up his century to qualify for the 100 Club black T-shirt.

Statistics

This week 844 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 104 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Gareth JONESRob KELLYRoy S MCLOUGHLINMarc HOLMESTrevor Alan ELLERYTamsyn May SMITHStuart SMITHJohn GRANTSusan MADDOCKSHeather REIDElaine June WINTERMary NIXONNic WOOLLARDIan HARTPeter ROEPaul TONGSPaul Henry ARMSTRONGCharles Edward ARNOLDKaren PIGGOTTKali BANDAEmma HARTZillah LEACHGordon HARRISDebbie LLOYDLisa SMITHAlison WILSONJulian RATHKEBarbara COGMANDerek GIBBENSPhil BLAKEPaul LEEMINGJulian WALLERCathryn SIMONSNick THORNEJane OLIVERPietro FRANCESCHINIDavid PETERSSimon MASTERSONEsther CLIFTJoanne CRAIGMelodie WALTERAnna PILGRIMFiona DONOVANPeter MCCULLAGHNick JOHNSONSarah WEBBDonald DONALDSON

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 Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 19,372 participants have completed 184,355 parkruns covering a total distance of 921,775 km, including 32,275 new Personal Bests.

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