Eastleigh parkrun #492 – 11th January 2020

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.

 

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·         Mud
·         Muddy
·         More Mud
·         Squelch
·         Grass
·         Fleming Park
·         Eastleigh
·         Running
·         Barcode
·         Finish Funnel
·         Volunteer
·         Marshal
·         Cakes
·         Out of Breath
·         That Hill
·         Three laps
·         Age Grading
·         T Shirts
·         Points Table
·         Run
·         Four Hundred
·         Fifty
·         Family
·         Park
·         Snow
·         Bell
·         Tutu 
·         Did I mention we run?

 

“Naked parkrun in the Buff” 23/09/2017

This Saturday, 23rd September, is the "Naked Run in the Buff".

For those that don't know the "Naked Run" is to encourage runners to run without devices - so no music, watches, phones etc - simply running to your own rhythm.

Now we recognise that many will like to record their run, especially as some Apps now reward runners for regular running. So the "In the Buff" is to allow for the watch being covered. Put a Buff over the watch and turn off the sound.

To make it more interesting we encourage runners to predict their time and then compare it to their actual finish time. Either go to the FB page and add your time to the Post, or there will be sheets for you to sign up for on the morning.

 

Eastleigh parkrun #232 run report – Sat 29th November

The course was tweaked slightly yet again this week as we took a different line around the first corner and also up the hill. As was mentioned in the run briefing we do have an alternative winter course planned which we hope will avoid most of the worst areas of the park throughout the winter months. We are currently discussing amongst the RD team about when to switch over and welcome any feedback from runners on what they think of the course conditions over the next few weeks.

We had to put out one of our rare calls for volunteers this week. Due to a fantastic core team we very rarely have to do this. A good number of you responded and we were abe to cover all the key roles as well as having several marshalls out at key points on the course. If you do find yourself not running an a particular Saturday but still able to turn up to parkrun then please decide to volunteer and get your email in to eastleighhelpers@parkrun.com nice and early to make our volunteer coordinators job that much easier.

Those that joined us for a post parkrun coffee enjoyed some very nice cakes while having a chat and processing the results. Everyone is welcome to come over to Fleming Park leisure centre after the run and see how the results and volunteer information gets into the system or just to have a natter with fellow runners.

The run briefing was given today by our run director Chris STOCKS. The observant among you will have noticed him wearing a Strava T-Shirt. Earlier this week parkrun announced a new partnership with Strava.

For those of you that already use Strava then I would recommend that you go ahead and link your Strava and parkrun profiles together. Once you have done this you will see a Strava icon appearing in the parkrun results table and also on the page showing all your runs. It would also be great to get as many of you as possible to join the Eastleigh parkrun group which I set up on Strava.

For those of you that don't know what Strava is then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about? It would be good to read the parkrun article I linked to above. This Telegraph article may be useful too.

At its basic level Strava is a free means of recording your runs and being able to see how far you ran and how fast you did it. You can also record cycling and swimming as well. You can upload data from all the major GPS sports watch brands. If you don't have a GPS watch then you don't need to go out and spend a lot of money to get one. Most of us have smartphones nowadays and Strava have a free app available which you can use in conjunction with the GPS capability in your phone to record and upload your runs. Just this basic ability to know how far you have run and what your pace was like can make a massive difference if you want to improve and either run further or faster (or both). I expect most parkrunners will start their weekly parkrun too fast and try to keep going as fast as they can for as long as they can. That approach makes it very hard work to get a new PB and you will always really struggle on the last lap and especially on the hill for the third time. Hearing advice of "slow down to go quicker" is hard to take in as it doesn't appear to make sense but once you can actually see on Strava exactly how you ran throughout the 5k and try to make a change to start off slower the results are obvious.

Strava is a social application. You can follow other runners you know as well as professional athletes and see what runs they do. You can also give kudos (same as liking in Facebook) and comment on peoples runs. Seeing what others are doing can help to give you some inspiration on different places to run throughout the week.

Another key feature are segments. These are small run sections (there are cycle ones too) that can be created by anybody. Once created there is a league table showing the fastest times of everyone that has attempted that segment. There are several segments that make up our parkrun course and there are lots of segments around the local area. Searching for segments can also be another good way to explore new run routes. Pick a few segments fairly close together and then work out a route to get between them all.

Strava does also offer premium facilities which you have to pay monthly for. I personally do not use them but there are many regular parkrunners that do. The premium facilities revolve around increased motivation and information to help with your training. There is certainly no reqquirement to use these features and you get a lot of benefit out of the basic Strava capabilities.

If you have any further questions about this then you can talk to me or Chris any Saturday morning.

Mark POCOCK
Run reporter

Now for the stats...

Men's placings:
Matthew James WEST (SM30-34) of Winchester and District AC, was first over the line in 18:42 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
James JOHNSON (SM30-34) of Eastleigh RC, was second over the line in 19:02 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Peter COSTLEY (VM50-54) of Southampton AC, was third over the line in 19:24 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
James JOHNSON (Eastleigh RC) 2788 pts.
Ian STREET (Unattached) 2083 pts.
Michael SELBY (Unattached) 1889 pts.

Women's placings:
Sonia RUSHBY (VW40-44) of Eastleigh RC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 22:21 - 21st time in 62 appearances.
Frankie COLLING (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (33rd overall) over the line in 25:09.
Fay ABRAMSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 25:39.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen BOLTON (Solent Running Sisters) 2456 pts.
Maria SPARKS (Hedge End Running Club) 2186 pts.
Claire DEACON (Solent Running Sisters) 2124 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Peter COSTLEY (VM50-54) was graded 76.03% for the time 19:24 (third overall).
Martyn WEST (VM60-64) was graded 75.98% for the time 21:18 (13th overall).
Rob BENTLEY (VM45-49) was graded 73.53% for the time 19:54 (4th overall).

This week there were 131 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Eastleigh parkrun started on 8th May 2010, and since then 4,832 different runners, including participants from 280 athletics clubs, have completed 30,829 runs covering a total distance of 154,145 km, and there have been 6,463 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Jo MEEK who ran in a time of 00:18:18 on 2014-10-04 (event number 224).
The men's record is held by Tom ANDERSON who ran in a time of 00:15:18 on 2011-11-19 (event number 80).
The Age Grade course record is held by Josie CZURA who recorded a 85.61% run (18:39) on 5th April 2014 (event number 198).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Eastleigh parkrun Results Page.

 

Naked parkrun Results (at event no 210)

Well the results are in.

The winner of the Eastleigh Naked parkrun is/are...

Eastleigh parkrun Naked predictions
Athlete Name Time Actual Diff.
Greg Cox 25:54 25:53 00:01
Chris Goodhead 21:47 21:46 00:01
Pete Watts 22:29 22:26 00:03
Bill Davies 31:00 31:03 00:03
Mark Heneghan 24:45 24:38 00:07
Christopher Stocks 20:59 20:50 00:09
James Heneghan 18:57 18:48 00:09
Dave Clothier 28:03 27:52 00:11
Gina Rodbourne 34:00 33:49 00:11
Holly O'Rourke 26:30 26:42 00:12
Frankie Colling 25:20 25:07 00:13
John Horton 22:10 22:24 00:14
Daniel Forshaw 24:59 25:16 00:17
Robert Bryan 20:14 20:34 00:20
Mark Anderson 26:00 25:38 00:22
Margaret Mcgilp 28:59 28:35 00:24
Geoff Orme 22:45 22:21 00:24
Julian Middlewick 19:25 19:00 00:25
Pauline Herd 30:00 30:36 00:36
George Hams 23:20 22:43 00:37
Alasdair Marshall 18:36 19:13 00:37
Callum Edwards-Wilson 25:18 24:41 00:37
Colin McManus 23:00 23:38 00:38
Tony Osbourne 28:00 27:22 00:38
Andrew West 27:12 26:28 00:44
Myles Haskell 30:27 31:12 00:45
Andrew Gould 22:40 21:53 00:47
Peter Morgan 29:29 30:22 00:53
Jeff Morgan 29:32 30:25 00:53
Rendel Ingram 28:45 29:39 00:54
Raymond Bryan 24:03 23:05 00:58
Emily Bradshaw 23:50 22:45 01:05
John MacInnes 22:59 21:54 01:05
John Kemp 26:38 25:28 01:10
Nickie Bowen 43:23 42:05 01:18
Isobel Haskell 30:28 31:50 01:22
Oliver Bryan 34:30 33:02 01:28
Paul Hammond 34:16 35:51 01:35
Alan Haskell 27:14 29:05 01:51
Aiman Alzetani 31:00 29:02 01:58
Carlo Van Leeuwen 19:01 21:07 02:06
Mo Alzetani 33:00 35:14 02:14
Paul Kemp 30:20 33:50 03:30
Ali Solomon 26:05 30:10 04:05
George Solomon 36:00 41:28 05:28
Tom Alexander 30:00 41:05 11:05

So well done Greg Cox & Chris Woodhead. Thanks to the 46 runners, that's 27% of all the runners this week (which obviously includes new parkrunners), who took part.

For those who have not seen the link elsewhere.  The photographs from this week's run, taken by Susan Bryan, can be found on her Flickr Page.

 

Christmas Day run CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to the excessive rain we have had over the last 48 hours we are cancelling the extra run scheduled for Christmas Day. We apologise for the inconvenience, but we have made the decision with runners safety as a priority. With more rain forecast over the next 24 hours we have tried to make the right decision with as much notice as possible.

There are other local parkruns holding Christmas Day runs, details of all are available at the Christmas compendium.

We will be reviewing the course again later in the week and will post updates for Saturdays run.

Best wishes and Merry Christmas

Louise Drayton
Event Director

 

Eastleigh parkrun no150

Eastleigh parkrun no. 150, what a special run:

(i) The last run of our 3rd year;

(ii) 4th May, or May 4th allowing Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul (and associated Siths), an Ewok and a Stormtrooper to wield their lightsabres;

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(iii) Several dozen of Claire REED’s friends, family and supporters all running in her memory clad in commemorative pink t-shirts.

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The rain just about held off, slightly damp to start with, but spirits were not dampened. With Star Wars characters mingling with those in pink a cheerful crowd gathered to hear what the run was all about. Andrew REED explained the reason why those in pink were running: that sadly his wife, Claire, had died in March aged just 22 of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, and this was run to fundraise for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young); he is hoping to raise money to set up a screening service in the South. Both Claire and Andrew were local parkrunners so Eastleigh parkrun were only too happy to lend support. What might have been a sad occasion seemed to have been enjoyed by all.

 

Those in pink swelled the ranks to 180 – the largest field for sometime – yet the 6 non-running volunteers coped magnificently.

 

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Kieron BATT completed his 100th parkrun (of which 92 have been run at Eastleigh); Ian BOSHIER and Andrew GOULD each ran their 50th. Congratulations to them. There was an issue with one of the scanners which was only discovered after the event – so 34 runners including Andrew – are down as Unknown. Do contact eastleighhelpers@parkrun.com and we’ll see what we can do to rectify the situation.

 

Paul HAMMOND was on hand to take 1,248 photos which can be found on his Flickr page; the Echo were also along today so do keep an eye out for their photos and report.

 

Next week 11th May is Eastleigh’s 4th Anniversary. It would be great if some of those who ran at event no.1 returned for event no.151, we know that Henry HOPKINS intends to return and run his 100th parkrun at Eastleigh. It will also be the Annual Awards presentation. We know that from time to time parkrunners run in non-parkrun t-shirts. For next week it would be super if all those who have white, red or black shirts ran in them. We’d also love to encourage along a bumper crop of volunteers, especially those who would also like to take some photos. To volunteer contact eastleighhelpers@parkrun.com.

 

As this year’s points table has concluded, we’ve deliberately left out the Annual Points Competition from the stats.

Chris WOOD (SM30-34) of Wimborne AC, was first over the line in 18:41 - second time in 4 appearances.
 Max COSTLEY (JM15-19) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:48 - Was first to finish once before.
 Mark Robert STILEMAN (VM45-49) of Hardley Runners, was third over the line in 19:03 - Was first to finish once before.

Women's placings:
 Karen RUSHTON (VW45-49) of South West Veterans AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 21:05 - 11th time in 31 appearances.
 Georgia MORRIS (JW15-19) of Winchester and District AC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 21:18 - Was first to finish once before.
 Michele JACOBS (SW30-34) of Totton Running club, was third (19th overall) over the line in 22:15.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
 Karen RUSHTON (VW45-49) was graded 75.34 % for the time 21:05 (9th overall).
 Mark Robert STILEMAN (VM45-49) was graded 74.45 % for the time 19:03 (third overall).
 Peter Alan Stewart WATTS (VM55-59) was graded 72.04 % for the time 21:42 (16th overall).

This week there were 180 runners, of whom 50 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

Eastleigh parkrun started on 8th May 2010, and since then 3,482 different runners, including participants from 203 athletics clubs, have completed 19,589 runs covering a total distance of 97,945 km, and there have been 4,380 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Sandra BOWERS who ran in a time of 18:12 on 29th October 2011 (event number 77).
The Men's course record is held by Tom ANDERSON who ran in a time of 15:18 on 19th November 2011 (event number 80).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ian READE who recorded a 85.36 % run (16:44) on 30th April 2011 (event number 51). Please note that none of these records were set on the current course.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Eastleigh parkrun Results Page.

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Extra festive parkrun CANCELLED

 

Just a reminder that we'll be holding additional festive parkrun on the following date:

* Christmas Day (25th) at 9am

 

This is in addition to the normal parkruns being held on 22nd Dec and the 29th Dec.

 

This event will count towards the points competition and runs completed.

Please note that we'll need volunteers to support each of these events. If we do not find enough of the core volunteer roles, we may not be able to provide results and this will affect the points competition and 'number of runs'.

 

Finally, a quick reminder that there will be no parkrun at Fleming Park on the 5th January due to the Saucony Cross Country Championship.

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