Whiteley parkrun event 63 – Call the air ambulance!

Huge congratulations today to Wendy SINGFIELD, Andy WINWARD, Paul TURNER, Dave HARRIS, Ash BENNETT and Natalie FLACK from NATS, Swanwick who ran Whiteley parkrun today to raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the chosen charity for NATS, Swanwick.

Wendy and Dave ran their first parkrun and team members Ash ran with the weight of a medics bag (14kg) and Natalie ran the distance in a bright yellow helicopter outfit.

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To celebrate their achievements the team kindly provided cakes afterwards and raised over £70. If you would like to donate online you can do so at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nats-swanwick (please include donation for Swanwick ATC Park Run in your comments). image2

Well done to 46 of you that managed a PB today, that's an incredible number of improved performances and welcome to 19 runners who did their very first parkrun. We also say congratulations to Julie WARD on reaching the 200th parkrun milestone. Well done Julie. IMG_2108

Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers, if you would like to help please e mail whiteleyhelpers@parkrun.com anytime.

 

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Whiteley parkrun #60 – Sonia’s Special Day – Run report by Steve Cluitt

This weeks run report celebrates a fantastic achievement by Sonia CLUITT a member of Totton Running Club and a keen parkrunner. Her husband Steve CLUITT (her husband and driver) asked us to help Sonia mark this very special day and here's why in Steves words.

Almost 3 years ago Sonia set herself a challenge of trying to run 100 different parkruns before her 60th birthday. Now almost 3 years later and having travelled all over England, including holiday runs in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Sonias 100th different parkrun was a bit nearer to home in Whiteley on Saturday May 26th.

To help her celebrate this special achievement she was joined by her daughter Rachel, son Jason, several friends and 25 of her fellow runners from Totton running club. All cheered on by a large group of other family members, friends and well wishers.

sonia005Sonia's journey has taken her from Ashford in Kent to Preston in Lancashire and from York in Yorkshire to Minehead in Somerset. In getting to the runs she has had to use almost every kind of transport - walk, cycle, run, car, tram, boat and airplane. Along the way there were sunny runs, very cold runs, snowy runs and very foggy runs. Also, and almost by accident Sonia found herself completing the U.K. parkrun Alphabet - apparently there maybe a trip next year to Zary in Poland". sonia001

Now everyone knows that Whiteley parkrun has been blessed with magical powers but how about this for spooky! Sonia finished in 100th place on her 100th different event and it was her 60th birthday on the same day as Whiteley parkrun event #60! Now that's more than just a little bit strange eh!

 

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Whiteley parkrun #57 – This weeks run report is from Kieran, Helen and Grieg Benson

 

If you are a regular at Whiteley parkrun you will recognise Kieran with his mum and dad either running or volunteering. The team really appreciate their support and this week they get another volunteer tick for providing our run report. Thanks from us all!!
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PHOTO - Kieran in full flight with dad on his heels

We love living in Whiteley and our favourite activity to get Saturday mornings started is parkrun.  We have attended almost every week since Whiteley parkrun began last year, and we have enjoyed seeing it go from strength to strength. Every week we greet new runners embarking on this Saturday morning lifestyle-choice with eagerness, goals for fitness, fun, health and happiness.

This week at parkrun we had the debut of the 2018 Summer course. With new twists and turns and a change of course a good gathering of runners arrived ready for a new challenge.

One of the most prevalent things about Whiteley parkrun to us as marshals is the ethos of family and seeing more and more families taking part together is wonderful. This week was no exception. There were so many families taking part and more new runners this week.
This week’s run brief was delivered by Sadie BEDFORD, an inspirational run leader from Stubbington Green Runners. After the briefing, Richard JACKS, Run Director, announced the new course for the improving weather and his announcement was met with lots of ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’! After which the intrepid runners made their way to the start line.

 

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For me, parkrun is a chance to run with my 9-year-old son and enjoy being outside, especially on a day when the sun is shining across Meadowside.  My son, Kieran, has achieved his 10 run t-shirt but his big enjoyment comes from marshalling, cheering on the runners and of course hollering “KEEP RIGHT!”.  This weekend he ran and even in the heat, completed the course.  Next week, he wants to marshal. The atmosphere at Whiteley this week, as always, was amazing. People run, walk and jog their way round the course encouraging others no matter of their pace. Seeing others achieving against their personal goals is inspirational to see.

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PHOTO - Did you run past the new finish funnel? Some did!!

Thank you to all the volunteers, marshals and the run director, Richard, this week. We will be back next week ready for more. What a great start to the bank holiday weekend!

Kieran, Helen and Grieg BENSON

 

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Whiteley parkrun #56 – Run report by Kate Rant

“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.
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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

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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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