Mighty Malaya – A message from Mark Douglas

We are always keen to support our amazing runners at Whiteley parkrun and this week Mark DOUGLAS sent us this message about his fund raising for a young girl that needs an operation to help relieve some of the symptoms of her cerebral palsy. Here is Marks story...

I pledged back in June to run 20 park runs in 20 weekends to raise money for Mighty Malaya who is a young girl with a Quad Spastic cerebral palsy. Sadly the NHS currently does not fund the surgery which can vastly improve Malaya’s life.

A lot of you have seen me running in my pink Mighty Malaya top and a lot of you have commented on the top and or her! I have had numerous questions about sponsorship so hopefully this post will allow you amazing people to do it! I have completed 20 park runs in 21 weekends (only missing one due the birth of my gorgeous son). I have completed 17/20 at Whiteley with the other three being completed in Cornwall (whilst away on holiday), Lee On Solent and Scotland (6 hours before doing the three peaks challenge to raise more money for this cause). I have seen my time come down from 35 minutes to a PB of 28:45!!!

Malaya

I completed my twentieth park run Saturday the 24th November and would love it if you could donate! My link is www.justgiving.com/20204500

Thank you for all the support, Whiteley really has the best community and some really amazing volunteers! Here is to lots of volunteering in the future!

MarkDouglas

Congratulations Mark and the best of luck to you and Malaya.

 

 

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Whiteley parkrun #80 – Run report by Simon Bittlestone

There were absolutely perfect running conditions for the 193 runners that took part in Whiteley parkrun number 80, which perhaps accounts for why nearly half of the field recorded new PBs (when you include first timers)! Let’s hope similarly pleasant conditions greet runners in Sunday’s Great South Run, the last two miles of which are normally an icy headwind along the seafront!
When I started park-running in 2011 down the road at Eastleigh I recall the run directors’ pre-race briefing would include some random facts about the corresponding event number. So, in that vein, here’s some things about the number 80 (thank you Wikipedia).
The traditional gift for a couple’s 80th wedding anniversary is Oak.

80 years is the upper age limit for cardinals to vote in papal elections.

There’s a song on Greenday’s 1991 album Kerplunk named “80” but I’ve no idea if it’s any good.

Children’s comic The Beano is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2018.

Famous people that are 80 include Gordon Banks, Anthony Hopkins and Jane Fonda.

 

Special mentions for Sarah HARDIMAN, who was 80th across the line today, and Colin White, who completed his 80th park run, though this was Colin’s first at Whiteley.
Now, from 80 to 180. 180 degrees that is! The Whiteley course is unique amongst those I’ve run locally in that it has a u-turn which requires you to come to a dead stop.

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Winchester parkrun, for example, has a u-turn, but that one is slightly gentler because it takes you around the circumference of a big old tree. The Whiteley u-turn is merely the width of a cone! This got me thinking about whether there are any advised techniques for how to undertake such a turn without losing too much speed or momentum. There are various tips out there on the internet, which seem to involve phrases like ‘plant your foot and pivot’ or ‘swing wide and lean into it’, and also ‘take care of your knees’. Some people even suggest running backwards for a few strides before the turn, so you are then facing the correct direction out of it. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone try that one at Whiteley…yet!

 

One thing’s for sure is that I am very impressed by those runners that negotiate the turn with a pushchair – that must take a bit of careful manoeuvring!
Many thanks to all the volunteers that made this morning’s parkrun possible.

Simon BITTLESTONE

 

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Christmas and New Years Day – Announcement

CHRISTMAS DAY -

Our first Christmas Day parkrun at Whiteley was such a fun event last year your core team have decided to do it all over again. We would love to see you on Christmas Day for a 9am run, jog walk or stumble! Fancy dress optional! Go on be daring!

NEW YEARS DAY -

You'll also be pleased to know that at 9am on New Years Day we will be offering you the chance to do the DOUBLE! Choose Whiteley at 9am for your first parkrun and then pop along to Lee-on-Solent and do it all over again at 10.30am.

We do hope you can join us!

From your core team, Jack, Scott, Richard, Danielle, Geoff and Martin

 

 

 

What is the Big Collection? – A message from Amanda

We are so lucky to have some lovely runners and regular volunteers at Whiteley parkrun who are members of the Salvation Army. Andrea STILL you'll probably know and their friend Amanda SHORT who dropped us a line to ask if we would publicise their lovely event The Big Collection.

Salvation Army Runners

On Sunday 30th September 7 people from their church will be running a relay race in aid of the Salvation Army's Big Collection. Six of these runners are Whiteley parkrun runners and they will be starting at Eastleigh Salvation Army and will run past all of the 12 Salvation Army corps/centres between there and Portsmouth Citadel. In total they will be covering approximately 36 miles. So what is the Big Collection?

This September, Salvation Army members, friends, and volunteers will be collecting in their communities to raise money for the annual Big Collection. Every penny donated will be used to support people who are vulnerable or marginalised across the UK.

For more information please visit - https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/big-collection

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-short

Thank you from all of us! - Amanda SHORT

We send you our best wishes from Whiteley parkrun and if you want to know more we can put you in touch with Amanda.

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Whiteley Parkrun #75 – Stubbington Green Runners takeover

Whiteley Parkrun is a local event that takes place every Saturday morning at 9.00am where people can run, jog or walk round a 5km course. On Saturday 15th September, the Green Army, also known as Stubbington Green Running club, took over Whiteley parkrun, organising all the volunteers, marshals, pacers, set up and most importantly, the choice of cakes at the end.

With the organisation from Simon GIBBON and Run Director for the week, Richard JACKS, the Stubbington Green Runners (SGR) assembled on Meadowside field ready to be given their instructions of where to marshal, what pacer number they were wearing, laying out cakes and ensuring Whiteley parkrun was set up ready for all the runners.

SGR takeover

We even managed to organise sunshine, ready for the start of the run.

With all marshals in position and pacers wearing their high-vis jackets, the new runners briefing took place, welcoming new runners to parkrun and a few tourists too. More people started to gather ready to run then Richard then started the main briefing, introducing the club to other runners before going through the safety aspects particular to Whiteley parkrun.

SGR takeover

We were ready to begin. TImekeepers - ready. Pacers - ready. Runners - ready. 321 go!! Watches started and runners were off.

SGR takeover

Throughout the parkrun, cheers and claps from the friendly Stubbington Green volunteers could be heard, encouraging people on and helping them get to their end of the 5k run. Pacers were pushing people on to achieve a personal best and the reward of cake at the end.

SGR takeover

The atmosphere was buzzing throughout, with so many of the runners thanking the volunteers at the end for their support and encouragement. By the time the runners had gone home, there were not many cakes left! Once the tail walker was through, it was time to close down parkrun for another week.

Join us at Whiteley Parkrun every Saturday at 9.00 by Meadowside Leisure Centre.

If you would like to know more about Stubbington Green Running Club, please find us on the Internet or the Facebook group 'Stubbington Green Running Club'.

SGR takeover

Run Report by Helen Benson, Stubbington Green Runner.

There were an amazing 60 SGR members at Whiteley on Saturday either volunteering, running or both. Thank you to everyone!

More photos taken by Chris Stapleford here https://www.flickr.com/groups/whiteley-parkrun/pool/

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