Crane parkrun #422 – 11/09/2021

It was another lovely Saturday morning in Crane Park today for Crane parkrun #422.

There was a slight delay to the start because of a council bin lorry which was blocking the route, and a number of people still coming from the direction of the old start (when will we all get used to the new one?!) but soon enough the run briefing was happening and the timers were started.

As Tail Walker I set off at the back and chatted briefly to local celebrity Dennis Smith for the first 200m or so, before he sped up and said over his shoulder with a smile "I hope I don't see you again!" Many locals and other runners along the route waved and said hello to Dennis - he may well be the most popular person in Crane Park :)

Congratulations to the 138 runners & walkers today and a huge thank you to the 21 volunteers who made this event happen!

There were 17 PBs today and 14 First Timers at Crane including 4 people doing their first ever parkrun. Keep up that brilliant effort everyone.

There were no milestone runs completed today at Crane and given that it was run #422 it may have been auspicious if there had been statistics such as finishing in 4:22 (!), or in position 422 or completing a 422nd parkrun today but we didn't have any of those numbers. However there were a few notable finishers with the numbers 4 and 2 in them:

  • Jonathan COX ran in 24:23 minutes
  • Jeannie BARRETT finished in position 22
  • Graham PROBETS finished in position 24
  • George PRIOR finished in position 42
  • John COLLIN finished in position 242

Finally, here are a couple of photos for you to enjoy. The first one is the snail at the new start location - we should adopt him/her as the Crane parkrun mascot! If you have any suggestions to name the snail please send them in to us ....

The second photo is the front and back of the field as they passed each other - Lars Blumenthal and Dennis Smith. Strong running from both of them! And a final special mention to today's first lady Claire Arnold who just missed out on her Crane PB by 2 seconds.... you'll beat it next time Claire!

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Crane Park parkrun event statistics

Events: 421
Finishers: 7,225
Finishes: 60,500
Average finishers per week: 143.7
Volunteers: 676
PBs: 8,322
Average finish time: 00:28:04
Average finishes per participant: 8.4
Clubs: 547
Female record: Isabel CLARK – 17:30 – Event 352 ( 1 Jan 2019)
Male record: Rowan AXE – 15:48 – Event 185 ( 5 Dec 2015)
Age graded record: Phoebe WATERS - 94.22% 21:56 – Event 130 (29 Nov 2014)

Crane parkrun #413 International womens’ day

Today we made the earlyish start at 7:30 from Eastleigh up to crane with the car full, four of us plus two little ones. Ready and Raring to get to the start line at 9am. It’s a rare opportunity for us to all get together to do a bit of touristing.

Although it was a cold start to the day, the weather was on our side and it stayed dry, and there was not a puddle to be seen anywhere. This was my second time running crane parkrun (the first being an extremely blowy day). It’s a beautiful course one and a half laps winding through paths beside the river. Although the shot tower is a lovely landmark to look out for as you run up and around the bend. It has a very empowering size compared to its surroundings, as it peers down at you whilst running past.

Today 290 people ran jogged or walked crane parkrun, being paced by the all women’s pace team in aid of international womens' day. 10 people were completely new to parkrun and we hope to see you all over and over again on future Saturdays.

37 people ran crane parkrun today for the first time and we had 53 pbs set.

We had representatives from 34 clubs.

Well done to Barrie Day who completed his 100th parkrun today.

The first male today: Robert Eveson 17.30

The first female today: Madeleine Casey 20.25 and a new PB set.

Today wouldn’t have been made possible without all these amazing volunteers. Without them parkrun would not be able to run each week.

Abhijit SHIDLAGATTA • Alun THOMAS • Anne BOXILL • Celine Laura Nadege MULLER • Charlotte Rachel MULLER • Charlotte THOMAS • Christine LEE • Claire WARNER • Clare FOWLER • Edina BYE • Grace GILBERT • Heather MARTINGELL • Jacob HILL • Jason NOBLE • Jenny HEWETT • Joe HAINES • Kathy ASPINALL • Kit MALVISI • Laura STEVENS • Lizzie PAWSEY • Melanie THOMAS • Michelle BEAUMONT • Nicola Martine NOBLE • Noah MATTHEWS • Piers ALLEN • Roshmi ACHARYA • Ruby RIDD • Sophie NOBLE • Verka LAFEUILLE • Veronica STEVENS • Vicky SANDAPIN

Written by tourist Hayley Dunford from Eastleigh


We will be celebrating International Women’s Day on March 7th

Along with many other parkruns globally Crane parkrun will be joining them in celebrating the day and shouting out to all our female runners and volunteers who help make our weekly events what they are.

Bring a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for #IWDparkrun





Crane Park Christmas and New Year runs

Hi gang

We are planning to run on Christmas Day 2019 and New Years Day 2020 - both Wednesdays and with both special runs starting at 9am. Previous New Years Day runs for us have been at 10:30am but we're moving to 9am this year to keep the number of runners we get to a reasonable number for our small park (for logistical and safety reasons).

Subject of course to having a lovely gang of volunteers to help on both days. We already have Run Directors for both days (thanks guys) and a couple of volunteers.

Santa and other Christmas themed costumes very welcome of course and there will be mince pies!


Crane Park parkrun 376 – by Laura Stevens

Crane Park parkrun is my home run, and after a recent spate of tourism boy was it nice to be home. I have run 47/117 runs at Crane with my first ever on 06/02/16, and since then I’ve celebrated both my 50th and 100th run along with an actual parkrun on my birthday but today I was to celebrate something else. My oldest friend was celebrating her Hen Do, and when I was made Maid of Honour there was no way that parkrun wasn’t how we were going to start the day. Donned with matching purple hen party t-shirts we along with 170 others walked through the park to the start line.

Amongst the 174 runner this week we were joined by a large group from Sandhurst Joggers, 21 if them in fact. First male finisher this week was Graham N ROBINSON in a speedy time of 17:23 and our first female finisher was Sarah Elizabeth HYATT in a spectacular time of 22:15.

I do enjoy looking through times for aesthetically pleasing numbers: Mark HARRISON ran a 23:32, George GREEN ran a 24:42, Roy BENTLEY ran a 25:25 & Heather MARTINGELL
ran a 25:52.

There was one first timer to parkrun congratulation Shontelle HARRIES & 32 people ran
their first ever Crane Park parkrun. 2 new PB’s were recorded this week.

This run was made possible by the following wonderful volunteers: Haya ALHAFEZ, Leah
ASH, Grahame AVERY, Michelle BEAUMONT, Anne BOXILL, Sophie COTTER, Gavin
COWLING, Sophie COWLING, Lucy DEAN, Michael ENGLISH, Brooke HENDER, Jenny
HEWETT, Erin HOUSTON, Richard HURDLE, Deon LOMBARD, Alice RAY, Vicky

Crane Park parkrun is a 1 ½ lap course with some very small undulations, but with a very
friendly community and a big heart, I’m happy to call it my home run. The first Saturday of every month is our pacer week and we welcome everyone to come and join.

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