Christmas Day Run Report by Steve Whiteland

Merry Christmas from Whiteley parkrun, where 110 runners dragged themselves away from presents and Buck's Fizz to tackle a festive 5km.

When it was first mentioned that Whiteley was staging a special Xmas day race, many may have scoffed at the idea, however as a regular most Saturdays, it didn't surprise me at all to see so many familiar faces out there this morning, including Danielle (RD today), Jack, Dave, Richard and of course Martin, who have chosen to spend many Saturdays since our inaugural event back in April putting on our very own parkrun.

We have a fantastic event and the volunteer spots were quickly filled despite the date, testament to the community spirit of parkrun. It's said each week, but particularly poignant today, a massive thank you to the volunteers that made today possible.

The typically British Christmas weather didn't put a dampener on the festivities today. We kicked off with a rare group photo and you will see the plethora of costumes and Christmas attire on show, from Santa hats to Christmas jumpers, bonus points to those of you who completed 3 laps in full costume, thankfully the rain did hold off! Now to the fun part, the stats!

It's always great to welcome new people to parkrun and fantastic if rather strange to see 9 of you this morning, on Christmas Day!! A further 4 doing only their second parkrun. We also had tourists join us from Crystal Palace, Wimbledon and Frimley to name just a few. (Not forgetting the North Pole of course). In fact 30 of you joined us in Whiteley for the first time, we hope you enjoyed our event! 11 runners claimed a new PB today, well done to all, clearly the indulgences of the season have not got to you yet, for the rest of us, there's always next Saturday, our final event of the year to start burning off those mince pies and turkey.

Finally, congratulations to Richard Evans who completed his 50th parkrun today. Richard's home run is Crystal Palace where he has completed 33 of his runs. This was his first at Whiteley and 12th different parkrun, well done! Christmas is a time for family and friends and we can all agree we spent this morning amongst good company today, let's make it a new tradition. Merry Christmas all.

 

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Buggy Mummy! – Run Report by Charly Maisey

Whiteley parkrun - Event number 38   Today's parkrun was whiteley's 38th and the first of the 2 Christmas specials. I ran today with my 2 boys, Joseph who is 7 and on his 9th parkrun and Arthur who is 2, who has ran numerous parkruns with me in his buggy. We love how parkrun is a family event and can all take part with a friendly welcome each week.

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Today the weather was a lot milder than it has been in previous weeks which made it easier encouraging my boys out the house. We had planned to run it steady and not chase a pb but to my amazement Joseph was flying and managed his first sub 30. I was obviously super proud of him.

He normally plays football on a Saturday morning so doesn't get to come to parkrun much but I love it when he does. I'm sure it won't be long and I'll no longer be able to keep up with him. I feel that exercise in general is so important to keep fit and healthy and I love the fact I'm setting my boys a good example by running. It's great to see that they enjoy it as much as me.

I've been running with Arthur in the buggy since he was 6 months old and he's so aware of other runners. He loves parkrun seeing all the runners and loves how friendly they are to him. I'm looking forward to when he's old enough to give junior parkrun a go.

Whiteley parkrun is especially great for running with the buggy as it's all footpath. I've been to other parkruns on grass and when it's wet and muddy it's all quite messy as well as a harder workout. Today we saw another buggy runner as well as a couple of dogs. All great entertainment for Arthur whilst he's enjoying the atmosphere. The cheers from the volunteers during the 3 laps are always a boost to increase the pace and keep it going and with a friendly 'well done' at the end makes it all worthwhile.

Today was my 51st parkrun and my 25th as a volunteer. As well as running parkrun I enjoy volunteering when I can. Without our volunteers our local Whiteley parkrun wouldn't exist. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and it's lovely feeling like part of a parkrun family.

Thank you to Martin and all the volunteers at Whiteley Parkrun and Merry Christmas.

This week 154 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Geoff COLLINS • Jacqueline HEALY • Robbie MACNAB • Jon LEIGH • Lucy MAY • Martin DE WIED • Sadie Lee BEDFORD • Ian PIERCE • Ryan GRANGER • Harvey SPAFFORD • Tiffany SKERRATT • Greig BENSON • Charlotte MAISEY • Franio VAN WYK • Scott SPAFFORD • Kieran BENSON • Kim ACHURCH • Richard JACKS • Suzanne JACKS • Jamie EARLEY • Julie MERRETT • Charlotte SMITH • Lauren SMITH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Whiteley parkrun Results Page. The female record is held by Jen ELKINS who recorded a time of 17:09 on 22nd July 2017 (event number 16). The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:00 on 16th September 2017 (event number 24). The Age Grade course record is held by Penny FORSE who recorded 96.29% (22:02) on 8th April 2017 (event number 2). Whiteley parkrun started on 1st April 2017. Since then 2,129 participants have completed 6,921 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,605 km, including 1,728 new Personal Bests.

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Whiteley parkrun from the eyes of an 8 year old…

I liked running today’s course and it was pleasure to see how fast people are. Today, when I ran with Mummy, I saw a man who was about 56 (later discovered to be Keith WHITAKER VM65-69, he obviously looks very good for his age! - Mummy) and he was running nearly as fast as me! He was a very nice man and I thought he was a great runner, he was helping me push on to the finish on my 3rd lap. Today was my 3rd time at adult parkrun as I normally go to junior parkrun. I am very proud because I got a PB today! I am also very proud because I only had to walk a little bit on the 1st lap and ran the last 2 laps completely! I then went straight to football training afterwards! I love running with my Mum at parkrun, the approximated 210 people (actually 141! - Mummy) and all of the marshals are kind-hearted, happy, funny and responsible. Today’s course was amazing!

Run Report by: Archie [Aged 8]

Event #35, 2nd December 2017

This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Hannah MITCHELL • Tom M SWIFT • Geoff COLLINS • Jon LEIGH • Dave ROBBINS • Del GRANGER • Ryan GRANGER • Harvey SPAFFORD • Michele WEBB • Alan COWAN • Dorinda LEWIS • Charlotte MAISEY • Jack GOOZEE • Remi VAN WYK • Franio VAN WYK • Scott SPAFFORD • Mark TUCKER • Julie MERRETT

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

The female record is held by Jen ELKINS who recorded a time of 17:09 on 22nd July 2017 (event number 16).
The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:00 on 16th September 2017 (event number 24).
The Age Grade course record is held by Penny FORSE who recorded 96.29% (22:02) on 8th April 2017 (event number 2).

Whiteley parkrun started on 1st April 2017. Since then 2,076 participants have completed 6,509 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,545 km, including 1,627 new Personal Bests.

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A Buggy Runners parkrun – Run report by Lynne 25th November 2017

I have always wanted to be "a runner" but despite 50 parkruns last year, mostly at Lee on Solent, I still didn't quite feel that I was. Running the Eastleigh 10k in March finally convinced me that maybe I am a runner, and I am starting to enjoy running and to enjoy running in different locations. So we (my almost 3 year old and I, and husband when he is not working at sea) have been doing a bit of parkrun touristing. There is a proviso that the run needs to be possible with a buggy, but there some good tools to help find nearby and buggy friendly courses. The Facebook group "parkrun – buggy and wheelchair friendly courses" and the tourist tool https://touristtool.mybluemix.net/ have both been really useful. After running at 3 parkruns on holiday with my husband in September (Cambridge, Keswick and Wyre Forest) I tried Royal Tunbridge Wells while hubby did a Maverick trail run nearby, then we both ran at Salisbury in October before visiting friends nearby and then popped to Gunpowder Park just off the M25 on the way to relatives. I like the idea of a cow cowl and have recently discovered the other un-official parkrun touristing targets. http://paul-jeffrey.com/2017/11/25/parkrun-milestones-official-and-unofficial/

All this has got me wondering what local runs we could do. Living in Wickham we are lucky to have a large of choice of relatively local parkruns, and I hope Whiteley will be the first of many. As the current winter route is almost all on tarmac it seemed an ideal time to visit. We also needed to get the toddlers feet measured, so the nearby shops were ideal, and I'd spotted a friend on the volunteer roster and it is always nice to see a familiar friendly face.

When I scraped the ice off the car this morning and saw the forecast claiming "feels like -3" I had the usual parkrun second thoughts, but the drive was very pretty, with fields and trees covered in frost and glistening in the low sun. Parking was easy and the short walk to the parkrun start was cold but cheerful, with lots of others heading in the same direction. As we reached the assembly point the sun was out. The new runners brief was very welcoming, but the prospect of 3 laps was a little daunting. I needn't have worried as it was very clearly marked and the marshals were very helpful and friendly. The path was a little too twisty to be ideal with the buggy, but I enjoyed seeing the other park users playing football, walking dogs and probably heading towards work in the centre. I smiled as we joined the crowd puffing warm breathy air out in the path under the oak trees and used my usual tactic of picking a nemesis to try to keep up with or overtake. I like listening in to the chatter around me, when my toddler stops singing long enough to hear it!
My daughter wasn't chuffed when the trees dripped on her, and was somewhat convinced it was snow! She was also a little miffed to run past the playpark 3 times, but we spent about almost an hour in the park afterwards and she left Whiteley with new shoes, so she's decided we can do this one again. She also enjoyed the wafer biscuits in Costa afterwards.
All in all we really enjoyed going to "this is a different parkrun mummy". Thanks to all the volunteers, and to other parkrunners, and we might well be back.

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Helen breaking it to the first timers gently! YES, three laps!!!!

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New Years Day

Hi runners, the Whiteley team will be having a well earned rest on New Years Day but there are plenty of other local events that will be holding a parkrun at 9am, 9.30am or 10am. If you search for the 'parkrun compendium' every event is listed along with the time of their event on Christmas Day and New Year. Is it too early to wish you a Merry Christmas?

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