“What Parkrun shall we do this week?” Is the question usually asked in our house by at least Monday. There are several factors that tend to determine our answer. As a couple, we started running parkrun two and a half years ago. And like many, that first one sowed the parkrun seed and we haven’t looked back.
Whiteley was chosen this week and it was my 77th parkrun. As a running couple with a blended family we regularly get a child free Saturday morning to tour different park runs although today we had the kids.
I don’t like to drag them along in cold weather just so that we can enjoy a morning run but come springtime Whiteley is perfect for a family early morning stretch of legs. Gaz, my partner, was marshalling at marshal point 1 by the childrens park and the kids get 45 minutes in the park and can pop in and out to cheer the runners along as and when they please.
Numbers looked good today and the temperature was cool. A huge contrast to last weekends heatwave for the London and Southampton Marathons. It was great to see lots of runners sporting their finishers T shirts including myself in my Southampton Half top.
Our RD this week was Danielle CRANSTONE but before the usual announcements Jack GOOZEE spoke about the runner Matt Campbell who tragically collapsed and died at mile 22 of the London Marathon on Sunday. An awful tragedy that shocked so many this week, particularly in the running community.
Matt was running for his late father and we have seen his justgiving account soar to over £250k with donations. Along with thousands finishing his 3.7 miles with the Hashtag #finishformatt in his memory.
Many Whiteley parkrunners today ran a further lap after the 5k course to make the 3.7 miles and finishing the part of the London Marathon Matt sadly did not cover, it's such a fantastic tribute to our fellow runner.
There were a massive 71 PB’s amongst our 286 runners today and as well as 48 first timers! John BRIMECOME of City of Portsmouth was 1st finisher today finishing in 18:23 and a first timer and the 1st female was Bryher BOWNESS from Southampton in an impressive 19:32. Well done to both of you on a busy course.
PHOTO: Kate and friends and family are regular visitors to Whiteley
Thanks as always to all our volunteers for making it happen, we are lucky to have so many volunteers who regularly help. A special mention today to our volunteer and regular runner Hannah MITCHELL who completed her 100th parkrun and to Miles HORNER and Sheldon FORD for reaching milestone run number 50!
Whiteley parkrun - Event #56
This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 fantastic volunteers:
Hannah MITCHELL • Geoff COLLINS • Jon LEIGH • Andrew STOCKWELL • Marie MCDONALD • Sadie Lee BEDFORD • Danielle CRANSTONE • Geoff COLLINS • Ian PIERCE • Ryan GRANGER • Alan COWAN • Kate RANT • Gareth CHARLES • Steve WHITELAND • Scott SPAFFORD • Richard JACKS • Hazel WHITELAND • Charlotte SMITH • Thomas WHITELAND • Andrew CLARKE • Henry KNOX-JOHNSTON
Whiteley parkrun - every Saturday - 9am start - Run, Jog, Walk, Volunteer, Support, Enjoy!