Not really a Run Report but a short piece with some news, and as they say, in no particular order:
1. The post-Christmas extravaganza that is the post-Christmas parkrun party is this coming Saturday, you'll have to get in quickly if you want the past remaining tickets.
2. On the subject of the party if anyone would like to bring cake that would be extremely welcome - time was when there was cake at Eastleigh parkrun every Saturday, but whilst that has changed I doubt the standard of baking has.
3. 7/3/2020 is our 500th run (weather and course permitting). The Core Team are suggesting runners run wearing something blue.
4. The Course is challenging for all at the moment. It is especially challenging for two groups (a) those who have the wrong shoes, and (b) U11s, who are likely also to be in (a). Whilst you can't really have the wrong kind of mud, you can have the wrong kind of shoes. We are all acutely aware that January is a difficult month for many financial reasons: post-Christmas, tax due etc - but if you can afford to get some trail shoes you'll find your run transformed - it will also give you the chance to enjoy other local runs such as QE, Hogmoor, Moors Valley and Brockenhurst (the winter course) to a much greater extent. Of course that's not possible for all. Eastleigh parkrun will still be here come the dry, and no Eastleigh regular will think any the less of another runner who chooses to stay away whilst the conditions are as they are. Please remember if you are running in the wrong sort of shoes you won't have the grip. Please also think whether you really want your U11 to be doing Eastleigh as it is - it's fine for adults to get cold and wet, they can choose to do so, but do give your children the option. There are some really fun, non-muddy parkruns around - there are options other than Southampton - Whiteley, Poole, Southsea, Lee-on-Solent, Littlehampton spring to mind, or the slightly less muddy Netley, Moors Valley, Brockenhurst and Upton House. Come to think of it, if you took your youngster to each of those just once Eastleigh should have dried out by the time you finish that list.
This week 321 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:
Karen BOLTON • Pauline HERD • Claire DEACON • Paul KEMP • David CLOTHIER • Gina Louise RODBOURNE • Mike DUKES • Ron TRODD • Linda Mary WEBB • Amanda SAYERS • Katie GODDARD • Robert BRYAN • Ray WEBB • Yvonne GRANDON • Brian DRAYTON • Mark ANDERSON • Nickie BOWEN • Jo NASH • Katie RAWLINSON • Jenny LEE • Michael LEE • Matthew SPRACK • Kerry FOLGER • Kim FOLGER • Finnian BAKER • Rita DRAYTON • Ian ROBINSON • Karen CURTAIN • Susan BUNYAN • Jessica HEADS • Emma HAWKINS • Eileen DIXON • Martin COOK • Ethan HAWKINS • Amelia-Jane DYER • Georgia DANIEL • Leah BLACK • Margaret BEST
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Eastleigh parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Tom ANDERSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 19th November 2011 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Josie CZURA who recorded a time of 18:02 on 20th December 2014 (event number 235).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chris STEELE who recorded 91.78% (25:57) on 23rd November 2019 (event number 485).
Eastleigh parkrun started on 8th May 2010. Since then 12,520 participants have completed 96,943 parkruns covering a total distance of 484,715 km, including 15,659 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,255 individuals have volunteered 13,465 times.