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.