Event 77

On Saturday, we held our last Eastleigh parkrun at Lakeside Country Park before we return to Wide Lane from the 5th November. It was a special parkrun also as many had decided to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in suitably scary costumes. As usual, Lordshill Road Runners got into the spirit (see what I did there!) of the event fielding a large number of scary looking runners; some of whom were even dressed in fancy dress ;0)

Due to the no-dog policy at Wide Lane, it was great to see Sandra Bowers and her huskies at the event. Not only did Sandra come first for the ladies but also beat the course record. We look forward to welcome Sandra and her furry friends back to Lakeside when we return next year. On a related note, a hungover Jim Davies decided that the only remedy for his sore head was ‘hair of the dog’ and might have missed the point by proceeded to spend some time stroking the huskies!

Whilst on the subject of LRR, we’d like to congratulate Kevin Yates for running his 50th parkrun on Saturday. We’re even more delighted as Kevin has run each of the 50 runs at Eastleigh! Thanks Kevin!

With the Great South Run being held the following day, we were expecting a low attendance. However, many decided to use their Saturday morning parkrun to warm themselves up for the following day’s race.

Following a miserable week weather-wise, the morning was cool and this made conditions great for running. The rain during the week had meant that several patches of the course were wet and muddy and this served as an ideal reminder that the return to Wide Lane was well-timed.

Ron Trodd was unable to attend this week but was replaced by Neil Garton and his son Harry. Harry was doing his ‘good deed’ for the week for Beavers and we hope to see him follow in his Dad’s footsteps in years to come and enjoy parkrun. Who knows, he could be marshalling the first railway crossing when he’s 82 years old (in about 2086!!)

The atmosphere at the event was very good as usual with lots of runners and spectators encouraging others as they battled the 5K course. This is one of the real highlights of parkrun and there’s nothing quite like the shouts of encouragement that echo around the finish line area as our not-so-nippy runners head for the line.

And now to the results.

Scott EDGINGTON (SM20-24, Totton Running Club) took his first win at his 8th appearance in 17:28. In second place, Michael BISSON (SM30-34, Lordshill Road Runners) recorded a finish time of 17:41. Andy GRIGGS (SM30-34) was third in 17:53.

Ably assisted by her huskies, Sandra BOWERS (VW35-39, Winchester & District AC) was first (4th overall) in 18:12 (her 9th win in 9 appearances). Karen RUSHTON (VW40-44, South West Veterans AC) was second (34th overall) in 21:20. Sonia RUSHBY (VW35-39, Eastleigh RC) was third (35th overall) in 21:23.

The current standing in the Men's annual points competition is as follows:

·         Andrew KING (Unattached) 1969 points

·         Peter COSTLEY (South West Veterans AC) 1857 points

·         Richard James ALDERSON (Totton Running club) 1717 points

The current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

·         Kathryn STEEL (Unattached) points

·         Tamsyn May SMITH (Lordshill Road Runners) 1842 p points

·         Karen BOLTON (Southampton Running Sisters) 1805 points

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

·         Sandra BOWERS (VW35-39) was graded 82.69 % for the time 18:12 (4th overall).

·         Alan Michael RUSHTON (VM65-69) was graded 78.77 % for the time 22:08 (46th overall).

·         David COLE (VM55-59) was graded 77.67 % for the time 19:47 (17th overall).

This week there were 192 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Eastleigh parkrun started on 8th May 2010, and since then 2,077 different runners, including participants from 124 athletics clubs, have completed 9,609 runs covering a total distance of 48,045 km, and there have been 2,461 new Personal Bests.

When we return to Wide Lane on Saturday, we’d like to still encourage runners and spectators to join us in the Lakeside Café after parkrun (the Pavilion bar is no longer open). Over the last few weeks, we’ve built up numbers in the café week on week and it would be great to maintain that over the coming weeks and months; particularly through the winter when the café might otherwise struggle a little for business.

As mentioned a few times above, we move back to Wide Lane on Saturday. There is plenty of parking available at the Sports Ground so please make use of that rather than using the car park at Lakeside.

The male event record is held by James Baker who ran 15:54 on 06/08/11, event number 65. The female equivalent is jointly held by Claire Nichols and Barbara Hosack who ran 18:19 on 22/05/10 (event number 3) and 19/06/10 (event number 7) respectively. Husky-assisted Sandra Bowers ran in a time of 18:12 on 29th October 2011 (event number 77).   Ian Reade holds the age graded record with a hugely impressive score of 85.36%.