Whiteley parkrun – Event #54 Report and photos by Ryan Granger

Whiteley’s 54th parkrun saw an incredible 280 runners complete the course on Saturday 14th April - with 54 first timers. After last week’s great first birthday, today did not disappoint either. This was only my second time running the Whiteley course, and my 5th run at any parkrun. I’ve volunteered so many times purely as an excuse to avoid the run, but today was a really nice run and I managed to have the team’s very own Hannah Mitchell cheer me on as we ran the course together.

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A big thank you to those who were up early to set up the course: Geoff Collins (who’s never had a lay-in since the beginning of parkrun), Ian Pierce, Jack Goozee, Jon Leigh and Hannah Mitchell. Today’s Run Director was everyone’s favourite Event Director Martin de Wied, welcoming everyone warmly and congratulating our regular group of volunteers and the core team, Danielle Cranstone (token sorter for the day), Richard Jacks (on finish tokens), the iconic father and son duo Scott & Harvey Spafford (timekeeper and barcode scanning) and also Natasha Cowan (timekeeper) and Lucy Collins (also on finish tokens) and Lisa Collins (Scanning). Today’s First Time Briefing was done by Helen Benson who also marshalled at the turning point with her son Kieran.

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The first person to cross the line was Mark Chamberlain who finished in an incredible 18:00 and managed to confuse everybody by presenting his young sons barcode and obtaining a world record time for an under 10 year old! The first lady was the great Nikki Roebuck of Stubbington Green who finished in 20:06.

Big thanks to Nikki’s daughter Freya Roebuck and dog Rocky who cheered everyone on at the finish line as everyone was finishing their first and second laps.

We started exactly at 9:00am and luckily by then the fog had gone away and the course was clear. Everyone started well including tailwalker Hazel Whiteland (a RunVerity member like me) alongside her son Thomas Whiteland. A big thanks to all the marshals including Liz Roberts and Sue Smith, and especially our mate Kieran Benson who is a regular junior runner at parkrun and did a great job with his mum.

It’s sound to see how many families run this course and how many junior runners there are, as well as junior volunteers. My dad Del Granger ran with a buggy holding my younger siblings Jake (age 2) & Skye (age 4) Granger, managing to achieve a time of 27:26.

Whilst Martin was introducing the “parkrunners on tour” from other parkruns (whether they be Netley Parkrun or somewhere not so local), a good mate of mine Harvey Spafford and I jokingly put our hand up to point out that we’d travelled all the way from Caraway and Lovage Road (roughly 100m away). Whilst this was a joke, we are very lucky to have such a popular and family-friendly 5K right on our doorstep.

Today was a great run and I managed to get my Whiteley PB of 31:27 which I’m buzzing with. After everyone had finished Jack & Rachel Goozee, Geoff Collins and I closed the course down. By the time we’d finished I had to run off to Coast to Coast to grab my bacon butty. Sorry guys.

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Well done to everyone who ran today - see you all next week! Ryan!

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Whiteley parkruns 1st birthday – Report and photographs by Julie Ward

 

Saturday 7th April was the official date for celebrating Whiteley parkrun’s first birthday (although the actual birthday was 1st April) and this was my 193rd parkrun and my 31st at Whiteley. Having been involved with the initial organisation and setting up of this parkrun I am proud to be writing the first birthday report.

The event has gone from strength to strength due to the commitment of Martin de Wied (Event Director), Danielle Cranstone, Jack Goozee, Richard Jacks, Scott Spafford (Run Directors) and Geoff Collins (Course Manager). This core team together with a larger team of regular volunteers have ensured that Whiteley has become a firm favourite with experienced runners, joggers and walkers alike. On Saturday, Jack Goozee was the run director and thanked everyone who has given their time to volunteer at the weekly events, particularly the younger volunteers.

 

thumbnailPHOTO Saturday’s run director, Jack Goozee, and event director, Martin de Wied.

The course at Whiteley is reasonably flat and thankfully after all the rain we’ve had this year it stays dry! Luckily the rain held off for the birthday run on Saturday and Whiteley welcomed 275 parkrunners which included 12 people totally new to parkrun events. So many people begin their fitness journey with a parkrun and what better way to start your weekend than with a 5K run! Many people like to do a bit of parkrun tourism and 41 parkrunners visited Whiteley for the first time for this anniversary event. 51 people recorded PBs so it’s great to see so many people improving their times!

James Clarke was the first man over the line in a time of 17:34 and Nikki Roebuck was the first lady to finish with a time of 20:35.

It was lovely to see Mike Houston as a volunteer out on the course. Mike has been Whiteley’s parkrun ambassador since the early days and has been a great support to the team with his wealth of knowledge. He has now handed over the role of ambassador to Peter Ingason - welcome Peter! Peter and his wife Beth have recently become proud parents and it was great to see Beth returning to parkrun for the first time as a mum together with baby Oliver taking part in his first ever parkrun!     thumbnail1PHOTO Peter Ingason, Whiteley parkrun’s new ambassador, with wife Beth and 9 week old Oliver

Whiteley parkrun has become a real family event and is widely recognised as being very friendly. Every week many families come along to run together or volunteer as marshalls and participants are always making new friends. Whiteley is a 3 lap course and while some people may prefer a single lap, what I particularly like about the multiple laps is that you get the opportunity to see everyone on several occasions.

I’m usually running somewhere well down the field but I love the opportunity to cheer on the front runners as they lap me or to shout out words of encouragement to fellow runners as they pass in the other direction after the turning point on each lap! Another thing that I like about Whiteley parkrun is its proximity to my house! Being located in the middle of a residential area, many people are able to walk to the start of the parkrun and enjoy a little warm up before the event!

 

thumbnail2PHOTO Some of the volunteers at Saturday’s parkrun

At the end of Saturday’s run there were lots of cakes on offer and also some bubbly kindly provided by Yvette Spafford, Danielle Cranstone and Yasmin and Martin de Wied.

Congratulations on your first birthday Whiteley parkrun! Many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation week after week. Here’s to many more years of a fantastic event! We love parkrun and it seems you do too!!!

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Tuckers on Tour

Kate and Mark are regular runners at Whiteley so when they told us they we going on tour we asked them to write about their overseas parkrun experience. They kindly agreed and here it is.

Singapore

We ran Singapore's East Coast Park parkrun in 39:40 in 25C and 85% humidity even at 7.30am. This was after our unexpected 3k warm up when the bus driver misunderstood us and dropped us 3k from the start so that we had to run to the start and then complete 5k. It’s a totally flat run along a path a short distance up from the beach. I came 2nd in my age group and Mark came 5th in his with more men than women running. At the after run gathering at Starbucks in East Coast Park we met a lovely family from Kent who were also on holiday and an older Australian man who walks the parkruns all over Australia as he travels around. With so many overseas postings to Singapore this really was a wonderfully international grouping.

http://www.parkrun.sg/eastcoastpark/

 

New Zealand

Next stop was Napier, New Zealand. The run is in the very attractive Anderson Park which offers a flat run and often under trees which offer much needed shade on hotter days. Not unexpectedly there was a good contingent of British runners taking part. Temperature is one thing but the intensity of the sun in New Zealand can make running a bigger challenge for those of us not used to it. We both wore a sun cream with an SPF of 50 for all our runs overseas. This was a lovely 8.00am run (31:19 so a new PB for Kate), followed by a breakfast in a rather chic café inside the Greenmount New World supermarket and it was good to find out about all the other overseas runs others had participated in.

http://www.parkrun.co.nz/anderson/

 

North Wollongong, NSW, Australia

In very Australian style the run starts outside the Surf Lifesaving Club at the head of the beach. It then runs through some native and planted woodland which offers much needed shade and after a road bridge into a park, around an end marker and all the way back again. Even in what was now autumn it was a rather warm 27C so it was a slower run for us (35:55). At least we left Wollongong before it hit 41C the following day!

It was easy to find a parkrun local to us on each country’s website. The route and how to get there information proved extremely useful. So it's a thank you to all who ensure this information is kept up to date and to all those who marshalled these runs. We will definitely be looking to be parkrun tourists again!

 

http://www.parkrun.com.au/northwollongong/

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Thanks Kate and Mark for a lovely insight into the world of international parkrun tourism and if any of you have parkrun stories to share please e mail us. Details below.

 

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Whiteley parkrun – Event number 49 – 10th March 2018

Whiteley parkrun - Event number 49 - 10th March 2018

We are back! How strange it was to have to cancel last weeks event. Saturday is just not the same without parkrun. April 7th will be our first birthday and we are beginning to think about how to celebrate this lovely achievement. Certainly cakes and a few drinks after the run if the weather permits but if there is anything else you can bring to the party just e mail us with your ideas to whiteleyoffice@parkrun.com.

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course and we welcomed 14 people who did their very first parkrun! Well done all and we hope to see you again next week. 38 of you recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

As ever we would like to thank our 19 fantastic volunteers because without them parkrun would not exist!
Take a bow Hannah MITCHELL • Geoff COLLINS • Mark SMALLWOOD • Martin DE WIED • Jill CHOUDHURY • Ryan GRANGER • Mark FROST • Helen BENSON • Greig BENSON • Paul MUDDLE • Charlotte MAISEY • Sophie HURLO • Scott SPAFFORD • Kieran BENSON • Kim ACHURCH • Richard JACKS • Hazel WHITELAND • Lauren SMITH • Thomas WHITELAND

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Whiteley parkrun Results Page.

 

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Event #44 – Run report by Sophie Hurlo and Perry the whippet

Hi everyone, this was Whiteley's 44th and mine and Perry's 43rd parkrun.

From being at the first Whiteley parkrun it was lovely to see so many runners and visitors, 272 to be precise. Visitors from all over including Chichester, Havant and Eastleigh and the first timers and visitors brief was given by Helen BENSON to a large group which was lovely to see. All those people wanting to join our Saturday morning running party.

Richard JACKS our RD gave his brief to the rest of us and as always, right on cue he mentioned "1 dog per runner" and Perry shows his excitement with a barking frenzy. Then we all lined up ready to go and with the usual butterflies in the belly it was "3, 2, 1, GO", we're off.

The pace was nice and steady to begin with but then the leaders began to break away and leave us stragglers to eat their dust. Running round Meadowside we came across some great support from the High Viz Heroes (who we all know and love) and even some Saturday morning walkers. Everyone greeting us with a smile and a clap.

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Mike HOUSTON is our parkrun Event Ambassador

First lap done and Perry had marked most of the lamp posts along the course (which seemed to make everyone passing us grin) so second lap we could get a bit more of a steady pace. Crossing paths and exchanging smiles with the tail runner every lap, good to know I wasn't going to be left behind.

Final lap, avoiding the puddles, the cheering was directed more to my dog than me. I must remember to put my name on my running tops!!

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Sophie HURLO and Perry the whippet

The drizzle starts but now we're passing everyone one last time "thanks marshal, see you next week", pushing myself from one to the next trying desperately not to stop. Then the final push up the last incline and dragged through the funnel by a bonkers Perry.

Token were given with a smile and we were directed to the barcode scanners.
'Bleep, Bleep' and we're done! Now to wait for the notification of my time.

Will it be slower or faster this week? I'm more about finishing lines than finishing times so as long as I cross the line I'm happy.

I started my first parkrun in 2017 and have not looked back since. In 2018 I'm running every Saturday parkrun without fail (4/52 so far)(even the day before the London Marathon) for Alzheimer's Research UK (proud sponsors of parkrun) and I'm hoping to raise some money for them on my Just Giving page.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SophiaHurlo

Don't get me wrong, there are weeks that I walk a lot more than others but there hasn't been one week that I've not smiled all the way round. If I could recommend a free, friendly activity with no pressure, I would suggest parkrun. Come along, you won't regret it.

Thank you Sophie for this weeks report.

Thank you as usual to our fabulous volunteers, Ryan and Nicola looked after the turn point for you this week.

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A few people to mention as well CONGRATULATIONS TO Jane KIANIZADEH who was a first timer at Whiteley and completed her 100th parkrun! We have Del GRANGER and Nikki ROEBUCK our Whiteley regulars close on her heels with 99 parkruns each. Also congratulations to the 35 juniors all 14 years old or under who joined us this week.

If you would like to write next weeks run report please e mail us at whiteleyhelpers@parkrun.com

HAPPY RUNNING!

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