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!
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.
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 JONES • Rob KELLY • Trevor Alan ELLERY • John GRANT • Rachel GRANT • Luis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDT • Gerry ROBSON • Laura TOMEI • Christopher Edward BROWN • Peter LEWIS • David SINGERMAN • Melvin LEWIS • Lynne NEWSON • Paul NEWSON • Sue WILSON • Marion HEDLEY LEWIS • Mark CRAGG • Peter ROE • Neil WELLS • Paul TONGS • Rachel NICE • Paul Henry ARMSTRONG • Karen PIGGOTT • Sheila FOX • Andrew WARREN • Jennifer RICHMOND • David WHITE • Kali BANDA • Debbie LLOYD • Bethany KINGSTON • Julian RATHKE • Barbara COGMAN • Sarah SHERMAN • John HARRINGTON • Vicky TOOMEY • David CHALK • Teresa ROBSON • John MORRISON • George GILBERT • Lois ELLIOTT • Georgina DAVIES • Katherine BARBOUR • Debbie ARMSTRONG • Clare FULLER • Noel IFEJIKA • Sarah WEBB • Tim PADLEY • Lesley 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.