Thank you for our report below from Mark Galpin:
Well today I ventured to the New Forest National Park to continue my tourism streak, this being number 16 on my tour of Southern England. Yesterday I contacted Gail and offered to be the run reporter for the run. If I can manage this job anybody can.
On Thursday I had a couple of words on facebook to see if I could muster a friend or two to join me of which one decided to join me on our short trek from Poole. I was advised about the oncoming weather that was forecast and it might not of been my brightest idea on what turned out to be a rather chilly but sunny morning also seeing my first real ice in a couple of places. Fortunately the wet stuff arrived after our run was completed.
Having said hello to Sue (the first time Run Director) just to say that I was here I tried my best to get/keep warm also hearing from one of the other volunteers about how hard it pinning the notices around as it was so cold on their fingers.
I am a lazy runner, in that I hardly ever do any stretching exercises before I run. Well today that included stretching the 50 year old hamstrings (that surprised them) and even a little jog over Wilverley Plain. I was even tempted to retire back into my warm car.
There was a little warning about a couple of sticks on the course from the course checker and also that the hills might be a little slippery. After the introductions we were off, well I had a slight delay as early in the run I thought it was a good idea to step on a Nordic Walkers pole (sorry again). As the sides of the trail were a little muddy I should of worn my other trail shoes as I went past a number of runners going through a bit of mud.
Once I got going and easily passed my friend early on I enjoyed the course amongst the trees and the hidden secrets of two hills, what do you expect when you go down a couple of them you will have to go up again at some point! The one thing that got me was how cold it was even after running for 2 miles all of my finger tips were blue; I only wish that I was kidding in this! My gloves were keeping nice and warm on the radiator at home.
I had seen the map but not really looked at the summary online and I thought the first turn was a right one; imagine my surprise going round the course in what I thought was the reverse direction. Have to say that I am happy to of completed my 3rd quickest parkrun ever, except for my poor fingers. i came home in 99th place smack in the middle!
My friend that I brought along agreed that he will be coming back too even with the couple of hills that he’s not a fan of. Due to a number of things he is not able to get out as often as he would like, there was a time that I was always following Matt across the finish line. It was a surprise to bump into a runner I’ve not seen since the summer at Upton so great effort Clive.
Congratulations to our First lady home, Gemma Russhard from Lymington Tri Club (20:39) and to our First runner home Philip Moseley (17:13) from New Forest Runners who had the top Age graded score of 81.7% today.
This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Sue TIZARD • Sarah Charlotte REJCHRT • Charles Bartlett FOX • Katrin PRITCHARD • Pauline BREEZE • Mike BRUCE-BURGESS • Robbie PRITCHARD • Glenda MONSON • Chris APLIN • Rosemarie OSBORN • Steve WILKS • Gail LYDFORD • Marion OATES • Mark GALPIN • Hilary BRUCE-BURGESS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brockenhurst parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Ellie Marie Monks of Southampton AC who ran a time of 18:29 on 18th February 2017 (event number 188).
The fastest dog-assisted female time is held by Sharon Louise Singer of Canicross New Forest in a time of 16:58 on 20th October 2018 (event number 274).
The male record is held by Simon Heath of Brighton Phoenix who ran a time of 16:13 on 13th October 2018 (event number 273).
The male Buggy record is held by Phil(ip) Mosley of New Forest Runners who ran a time of 20:03 on 09th January 2015 (event number 123).
Brockenhurst College Records:
The female record is held by Ellie Marie MONKS of Southampton AC who recorded a time of 17:53 on 29th April 2017 (event number 198).
The male record is held by Neil Robert BONIFACE of Horsham Joggers who recorded a time of 15:59 on 29th July 2017 (event number 211).
The male Buggy record is held by Andrew Boyd of Dulwich parkrun who ran a time of 19:05 on 11th May 2019 (event number 303).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC who recorded 92.89% (22:30) on 1st August 2015 (event number 107).
Brockenhurst parkrun started on 25th May 2013. Since then 8,967 participants have completed 37,876 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,380 km, including 5,981 new Personal Bests. A total of 439 individuals have volunteered 4,552 times.