Today we were all ‘first timers’ as it was the first time parkrun has been held on a Leap day! Congratulations to everyone that took part whether running or volunteering. If you want to run a second one, you will need to wait until 2048.
With Storm Jorge, threatening to bring high winds and more bad weather, the course recce was done at 7am this morning to check it would be OK to run. Clear course, very settled weather, no problem whatsoever. The rain held off until after the run got underway, so most of our runners were under cover of the trees. And yippee, the sun did show itself towards the end of the run.
With other local parkruns cancelled due to saturated courses we had our 4th largest attendance as 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom an impressive 82 were first timers! Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
This was the view from the rear of the Start courtesy of Russ Lomax:
Congratulations to the 17 who recorded new Personal Bests and to first time visitor M25 Thomas Niner from Brighton and Hove City AC who led the field home in 17:46. That swift time is over 2 1/2 minutes slower than his Worthing PB!
The ladies were led home for the 8th time by W35 Gemma Russhard of Lymington Tri who celebrated with a 20:10 PB.
Both First Finishers were beaten however on Age Grade scoring by W60 Jane Hodge of Hardley Runners who set 76.18%.
Our first Junior male was M15 Matthew James Bree, also of Hardley Runners and our first Junior female was W15 Charlotte Welch.
We had two 100 Milestone runs today from New Forest Runners including our own Volunteer Coordinator Gail Lydford:
and Martin "The Frog" Baker:
We also had three 50 Milestone runs including a very special one for W16 Emily James running her 50th parkrun on her 4th Birthday! Yes Emily is a Leap baby. What an honour to be able to host a Leap baby at a Leap parkrun. Hope you are still running on your 11th Birthday to get your 2nd birthday parkrun Emily:
The other two 50 Milestones were from M55 Mike Brierley and first time visitor M45 Roger Kirkham with both evading the Milestone Selfie frame.
First time visitor M15 Jake Buckwell was the only Junior to earn his 10 Club T shirt today.
There were also two unofficial 150 Milestone runs from M45 Jason Oakley and regular W45 Carin Dear who has run more than half of hers at Brockenhurst.
If any of our Milestone runners took photos please email them to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include them in this Report.
Our thanks go to the 17 volunteers who made this morning’s event possible:
Steve HULL • Sue TIZARD • Teresa HULL • Marian OATES • Mike CLARKE • Yvonne PADDY • Graham PADDY • Mike BRUCE-BURGESS • Marlene LETHEREN • Gail LYDFORD • Steve ANDREW • Elissa FORDHAM • Tim NORTH • Peter WILSON • Hilary BRUCE-BURGESS • Carl HUSSEY • Eloise EDGAR
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brockenhurst parkrun Results Page.
Wilverley Inclosure Records:
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 9,661 participants have completed 40,922 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,610 km, including 6,268 new Personal Bests. A total of 464 individuals have volunteered 4,807 times.