Southsea parkrun # 260 – 15/09/2018

This week's run report comes from visitor Karen Cole, Thank you for your report Karen

Southsea parkrun #260
15th September 2018

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning.  The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided beautiful blue skies and sunshine which was a welcome sight after the grey gifts of late.

Thank you to Elliot for the new runner's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout.  We were warned about other events also using the seafront today and indeed got some cheers of support from the massing Pride rally that was taking place after parkrun. Southsea also provided our younger members of our parkrun community or indeed the young at heart somewhere to burn some energy off before our run started as they were running along the beach and throwing stones into the water. Your course is a very pleasant one being in and out along the seafront and were warned about the street furniture as with the volume of users can make it a challenge to spot them. This type of course provides lots of opportunities for the faster runners to overtake and to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals.

Today, tourists from Havant, Portsmouth Lakeside and Malden Prom were using Southsea as their tourist venue.

Grant, our RD for the day gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshalls out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Southsea parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don't Forget Your Barcode! many of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That's one run less to count towards those milestone tees. That's the great thing about parkrun isn't it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were teas and coffee and very delicious looking cakes available in the Rocksby cafe for our apres parkrun, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.

Thank you again Southsea parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun


NO PARKRUN 21st July 2018

Just a wee note to remind all that there is no parkrun on the 21st July 2018 as our course options are limited due to the regatta and the Thai festival. Take a break and enjoy all that Southsea has to offer.  If you can't cope without a parkrun fix don't forget there is Havant, Lakeside, Lee-on-Solent and so many more in our local area.

Southsea parkrun team ;-)


Southsea parkrun #244

Southsea Parkrun 244 run report, courtesy of Paul Wheeler:

What a beautiful day for a Royal wedding and indeed a parkrun! A couple of park runners turned up in regal dress in recognition of the big day for Harry and Meghan.

After Kev’s pre- race briefing we trot off east bound for Southsea Parkrun number 244.
For me, as per usual I have a tune fixed in my head which is on repeat. Every week is different song and this week it’s ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Bee Gees which at least has a upbeat pace to it! Where the ‘earworm’ comes from I’m unsure but maybe it’s a tune from my radio alarm.

As we head out in the hazy sunshine, ships horns out at sea sound at regular intervals as a mist creeps across The Solent toward Southsea. At halfway Sam offers masses of enthusiastic encouragement for flagging runners which spurs me on into the second half and into a much needed cooling breeze.

Running ‘home’ is always a great feeling at Southsea and this week is no exception. The pier is usually a landmark to aim for in the distance knowing it’s close to the finish line, but this week it’s barely visible from along the prom, as the mist has shrouded it in its grey cloak.
I run stride for stride alongside a fellow park runner in almost perfect unison, we don’t actually speak, but I can almost feel the park run spirit between us as we gently increase our pace along the seafront. Hardly Chariots of Fire stuff but you get the idea!
We all make it home safe and sound to Speaker Corner and another park run is done. By now the mist has hit land and the temperature dropped accordingly, so much so that, despite a warm start in lovely sunshine, peoples breathe can now be seen as if it were a winter’s day.

447 runners and walkers took part this week with with over 50 pb’s!!.....7 sleep’s until the next one!


Southsea parkrun #243 – Run Report from Paul Wheeler

thank you Paul Wheeler for a fantastic run report!  - GD


Two weeks ago I can remember moaning to myself about the unseasonably low temperature and chilly wind. Last week I was moaning to myself again, this time about the unseasonable heat and, you guessed it, lack of wind to cool me and the fellow parkrunners down. This week everything was just about perfect.

Well over 400 people turned up for the 243rd edition of Southsea parkrun. Speakers Corner was alive with colour and chitter chatter and whilst warming up snippets of conversations could be heard, from in depth discussions about previous park runs and races to comparisons of injuries. Group selfies are taken and banter and giggling is prevalent from a huddles of running clubs such as Portsmouth Triathletes and Baffins Fitclub.

Willing volunteers line the route donning the hi vis and with beaming smiles. This is what makes parkrun so special, a genuine community spirit and camaraderie that makes Saturday morning such a joy. In my opinion there really is nothing not to like about it.

Shouts and cheers from customers at The Coffee Cup, as we head out, are gratefully received as is the sight of the turn- around marshal!

As runners pass each other on the out and back course shouts of encouragement for each other can be heard all along the promenade. ”Well done Pete” ,”Looking good Sue” or “You’ve got this Tim”are prime examples of the support parkrunners have for each other be they young,old,novices or old hands like me!

Somebody asked me once “What is parkrun,is it a race or what?”I replied “its what you want it to be” and it really is just that.

Most runners look spent at the end and join the winding queue, hands on hips , checking watches comparing times sharing their latest parkrun stories .A quick scan, thank the volunteers again and its all over for another week.

Sounds a bit extreme but I really can’t imagine Saturday mornings without parkrun now…..Roll on next week!



Southsea parkrun #242 – a tourist’s perspective

Sun and a Seafront full of parkrunners - a view from a visitor. Southsea parkrun #242, 5th May 2018, Run Report by Peter Chiverton. I was travelling from home in Basingstoke for a day trip to visit my parents on the Isle of Wight, to celebrate Dad's 91st birthday. I could have decided to run Medina parkrun (it was at Appley, Ryde this weekend so was easy to get to from the ferry), but I have run Medina more times than any other parkrun other than my home run and I fancied something different. But I do like Appley's sea front course so thought immediately of Southsea. My plan was to get the train to Fratton and then walk/ run to the start of Southsea's course on the far south of Portsea Island, do the parkrun and then catch the 10am hovercraft to Ryde. Easy I thought. My only worry was that the last time I ran along the piece of coastline where the parkrun is, was during the Great South Run of 2013. If you remember this, it was the event hit by extremely high winds. The first eight miles of the GSR (not coastal) were protected by buildings and the run was calm and straightforward. The last two miles after turning onto the seafront, I remember feeling like running through treacle as the gales were hard to penetrate. I was hoping very much that the parkrun would not present a repeat this on this my second run along this coast. And it wasn't. Walking from home to Basingstoke station was a little concerning as there was quite thick mist. IMG_9072But as I headed south this gradually cleared and we had a lovely sunny day. The train down to Fratton went as planned and I walked through the town to appear suddenly at a gorgeous seafront sparkling in the sunshine. I met up with today's Run Director, IMG_9080 spoke to a couple of other parkrun tourists visiting from Bracknell parkrun, IMG_9076and also to a couple of volunteers, who were so excited to be part of making today's parkrun happen. IMG_9078 All I spoke to made me feel very welcome. There was going to be no repeat of my 2013 experience as there was hardly a breath of wind. And the lovely weather (plus dare I suggest the excitement of the recent London Marathon) had brought out the crowds, waiting at the start. IMG_9083Suddenly we were off, and the sight of so many runners running, jogging and walking with buggies, dogs, and friends and family was so impressive, as we eased around others using the sea front path. IMG_9089 The friendly marshals cheered us all the way, especially the marshal at the far end of the course who made sure we didn't just keep on running to the end of Portsea Island. IMG_9101So what happened in today's run? A new attendance record happened 497 parkrunners completed the course today, beating the previous record of 483 only set on 21st April this year. IMG_9086 There were twenty-eight people running their first ever parkrun today. We hope you enjoyed your run along the seafront and that you'll be back to join us very soon. Twenty-three of us were first time visitors to Southsea having run parkruns elsewhere. Once again we really hope you'll come back and visit again very soon. I mentioned visitors from Bracknell and myself from Basingstoke, but there were other first time visitors from Banstead Woods, Lee-on-the-Solent and Southampton. IMG_9103There were sixty-nine PBs set today. Obviously the warm weather helped a lot of you to speed your way along the course today. Milestones: Well done to Timothy Pilkie-Rogers who reached his 10th run so will be able to order a white milestone T-shirt (only for juniors I'm afraid (adults who have reached ten runs will need to press on to fifty!). Congratulations to Craig Winter, Matthew Littlejohn and George Summerskill who each completed their 50th run, now being entitled to a red milestone shirt. IMG_9091 Hi vis heroes: well done and THANK YOU to the volunteers who made your parkrun happen today. Step forward and take a bow Dan BAILEY, Alice BIRD, David BRINDLEY, Nick CHARLTON, Peter CHIVERTON, Tracey DEAN, Kathryn HAMMOND, Ian HAYWARD, Tim HILL, Peter John HOOLEY, Cath LONGHURST, Cristian LOPEZ, Ben NASH, Debbie PENTLAND, Claire TOVEY, Mark TOWELLS. We always need volunteers each week to make the event happen so please consider joining the hi-vis crowd by checking the future volunteer roster at and email with the role(s) you'd like to do maybe a new one tha you haven't done before, full training will be given and none of the roles are very hard. And if you've never volunteered or it's been a while since you have, please think about being one of those who make your parkrun happen. Thank-you-to-volunteersWe hope to see lots of you back next week to enjoy the next Southsea parkrun! Thatsallfolks

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