Weather Warning

We are watching the weather forecast very closely as Storm Brian approaches. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for strong winds (40mph +) which are due to hit Southsea from 8am Saturday morning.

As it stands, we are currently planning to continue with the run, however if the conditions deteriorate rapidly where we believe there could be a significant risk to our runners and volunteers we may have to cancel at very short notice.

With that in mind, a decision will be made just after 8am Saturday morning following a route inspection as to whether it is safe to continue or not.

Please check our facebook page where any further updates will be posted.



Christmas Day & New Year’s Day parkruns


Southsea parkrun will be running special Christmas Day and New Year's Day parkruns, both starting at our usual 09.00am start time

Hope to see you there


Southsea parkrun #208 – a returning visitor from Lee

A lovely guest run report from Pippa from Lee on Solent parkrun, thank you Pippa

It was clearly a speedy week with 38 people doing their first run in Southsea and an incredible 70 pb's!


Apparently some people can miss a week

Firstly a huge thank you to Southsea parkrun volunteers, particularly those of you on the course who miss your claps and cheer given a couple of minutes before the start Thank you also to Southsea team for letting me swan in, run, scan, get a V point and scamper well before the end. Also a recommendation to Southsea runners to run and write it up - I love reading the news from my home run when I can't be there and the news at different runs that I've been to!
I understand that there are people who can miss a Saturday run. Sometimes this is because of volunteering or work... sometimes families are inconsiderate and plan holidays to non parkrun locations. This parkrun day I'd booked tickets for a John Rutter 'come and sing day' starting at 1000 in Portsmouth Cathedral. The only reasonable solution was to drive over, send the *doesn't get it but has worked out when to be tolerant husband* for sandwiches, run and then do a babywipe and clothes change. It all went mostly to plan!
For those 15 of you who came to Southsea prom for your very first ever parkrun, welcome. It's lovely to see people at the start of a parkrun journey. There may be a few hundred other parkruns to visit if so minded, but always lovely to come *home*. 13 of you came back for your second ever run and of those 13 running for the second time, 12 of you improved on last time. Well done.
Once settled in to regular running, each time you remember and get your barcode scanned successfully, you complete a run. For the 17 and under juniors the first award is 10 runs - well done Harvey.  For everyone the next 'award' is 50 completed runs, then 100, 250 and 500. Congratulations today to Steve O'SHEA for reaching 100, may the tshirt link become live very quickly. That is 500km of parkrunning and a massive 99 of those runs at Southsea.

Results aside, it was a lovely day to run, sunny but not incredibly hot and awesome yarnbombing on benches and bike racks. I'm not sure if there were any cycle path transgressions (don't do it  because it's not worth either injury or the council calling a halt to the run) but after the first few hundred metres there is a lot of space and nothing much to climb. No wind to speak of, just splendid.



Southsea parkrun #182 – Visitors from Lee

This week's fantastic run report comes from visitors Pippa & H from Lee on Solent parkrun - thanks both! 

From one prom to another!

Thank you to Southsea (prom) parkrun for a lovely welcome to two visitors from Lee on the Solent (prom) parkrun. A full roster at Lee meant that we could both be tourists with clear consciences. A quick email in with our barcode numbers so that we could be added to the volunteer roster and we had our roles. Harriet handed out tokens and I offered to write the report.

It's always a little nerve-racking to tour AND volunteer. There is an absolute obligation to be on time and while regular parkrunners know where their run starts and the drill, tourists have to read the website very carefully and be early rather than 'on time'.

Weather: a prom preoccupation. The wind was light, changing to interesting on the way back, dull and overcast, and unexpectedly warm when the wind stopped. It looked good on the way out for a run with a buggy – nice and flat, wider than we are used to, but it was a double workout on the way back with a sail in front. Ambience – great, not much chatting on the way around but enough marshals with a welcome clap and a happy funnel team. Just over 300 runners and it was all over and in the bag within the hour. A different view of the Isle of Wight but the same steely Solent.

Technically Southsea and Lee are only just over 8 miles apart but by road it takes a little longer to drive. We gulped at the cost of parking but wanted to make sure we were parked up safely for prompt arrival. Both parkruns are along the prom but Lee has two turns, some very narrow sections, a few metres of shingle and the small hill where Southsea has a tempting cycle lane to avoid, is really flat, runs past lovely cake and slushy stalls and there's a certain perfume of cooking fat that cuts through the smell of sweaty lycra. Neither have shelter and it was reassuring to see another RD brief where the wind is so key to hearing what's being said.

Bacon and egg sandwich and sausage sandwich for breakfast, a great post parkrun chat and some useful local knowledge to help us carry out the rest of the days' jobs. Both of us now have an 'S' in the unofficial parkrun alphabet challenge though Harriet is attempting hers entirely as a volunteer. We'll be back at some point, thank you for having us.

Pippa and H


An AED related Thank you!

Hello Southsea,

Back in September we launched an appeal to raise funds to install a public access defibrillator.

We were amazed at the community response to this appeal - our totalizer shot up at a remarkable rate!

you even responded in style to our cake sale

within no time at all we were able to purchase and install the AED and it's with great thanks to the following for your donations;

Alasdair McGregor
Alexandra Hipkin
Alice Hooley
Amanda Peart
Amy Hurley Dugdale
Andrew Seek
antony court
Billy Bilton
Brian James
Celia Oxley
Courtney Web Design
Daniel Del Piccolo
Daniel Tooley
David Aldred
David Moore
David Wands
Deborah Harmer
Elliot Webber
Gail Banks
Geoffrey Parsons
Grant Day
Hayley Newell
Ian Hayward
Janice Bell
Jean Riley
Jenny Campbell
Joanne Paige
John Scriven
Jonathan Isherwood
Kam Fan
Katherine Newell

Kevin Budd
Lee Waller
Loisa Hayward
Marion Moffatt
Martin Williams
Menno Groen
Michael Robinson
Michael Taylor
Neil Cater
Peter Hooley
Piotr Kazmierski
Rob and Kate Wilby
Robin Hall
Sarah Kitching
Shaun Poore
shelley cross
steve ayling
Steven Brooks
Steven Phillips
Thomas Worman
toby woodfine
Violeta Gonzalez-Perez

Runr of Southsea
Baffins Fit Club
Portsmouth Triathletes
Portsmouth Joggers

We were then supported in fantastic fashion from Trevor and the great team at TVR Electrical Services who installed the AED, donating their time and materials to allow us to finish the job

which left us with these glorious images..

Thank you so much  to everybody who supported this appeal.

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