Lee-on-Solent park run number 251 7th March 2020


What a day, today is my 52nd birthday, 48th park run, and what are my plans ask my family & friends ?  yes I am doing my park run … celebrating International Women’s Day,  it was good see so many people accessing the website to find out purple was the theme ,which meant we had  a wonderful wave of purple, I did invite my children to join me but no, they are not quite as active as me !!!

After the last few weekends of rain and storms, this week the  weather was good to us, cold but dry.

594 runners joined together  to make this another popular run, with visitors from Fareham, Eastleigh, Tunbridge Wells and Woking.

It was a good run today, I always try my hardest, some weeks are easier than others and today was one of them, it was a good way of starting my birthday celebrations, with everyone here so friendly, It was good to hear my birthday announced at the pre-race briefing, along those who were running their 50th 100th 200th and first ever run.

We always thank the volunteers, but it is not just a cursory thankyou it is a real heart felt thank you, without them we could not have this experience each and every week, I have volunteered and the good thing is there are volunteer roles which you can do and still run, and roles where if you are unable to run you still get to be part of this run community.

This week I would to thank one particular volunteer, the 40 mins pacer Nigel, he gave me great support and encouragement helping me to get under 40 mins this week.

We also had the Portsmouth News photographer join us who took a photo of my self and my brother Ian Harrison, a great bonus for my birthday. He said photos will be in the paper either Monday or Wednesday, but they will be uploaded on their website www.portsmoutheveningnews.co.uk

Kathryn Harrison




Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun news update & run report

We start off with a run report from the GRR takeover, written by Joanna Yorke

Well it was certainly a wet and blustery morning for our very special leap year and 250th park run event, we had tourists from Southampton, Fareham, Sunderland and Winchester. There were 26 first timers today.  Sophie judge was running her 50th park run on her 50th birthday along with Cathy Webb who ran her 150th park run. Today's run saw the Gosport Road Runners take over with a truly amazing show of yellow. Well done to all the high viz heroes who stood in the cold, wet and hailstones to cheer everyone on and keep everyone safe. What a great job. In total an amazing  468 runners and walkers finished the course today. Well done to everyone. There were even a few superheroes in the crowd too including superwoman aka Lucy May from Stubbington Green Runners. Stubbington Medical Practice also joined in the event along with Lee-on-the-Solent 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer group.

First Male today was Rob Morgan in 19.03

First female was Lucy may.aka superwoman  in 22.13
Amazing times in a difficult run. Well done to everyone .A very welcome slice of cake was available at the end of the run.
Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the cake table, also to Julie who manned it so well. Once again a huge thank you to Honor Reader Run Director today and all the volunteers who make this happen every week .Oh, and just a reminder that the next time parkrun can be run on a Saturday leap year is 2048. A date for the diary !!!! Let's hope the event is still as popular then as it is today .
Thank you
In other news:
This Saturday 7th March, we hope you will join us for a #IWDparkrun at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun, to celebrate a global female focused event for International Women's Day.
In England this will support the 'This Girl Can' campaign created by our partner Sport England.
We encourage you to bring along a female friend, family member or work colleague, especially one who has never been to parkrun before.
Our chosen colour for the day is purple so please feel free to join us and perhaps have your photo taken with our special parkrun selfie frame #IWDparkrun
The event is inclusive to everyone and we look forward to celebrating the day with you!


Many of you will have heard of LEE VE75,  Lee-on-the-Solent will be hosting the largest celebration in Hampshire to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, on 8th, 9th and 10th May.

Yesterday, I met with the event organisers and Lee parkrun will be joining in with the celebrations by getting as many people as possible to wear red, white and blue at parkrun on 9th May.  :)  There will also be some road closures in place, but more on that nearer the time.

There is lots of information on the event website, and the organisers are looking for some volunteers, you may also see some leaflets at parkrun in the coming weeks.


Maggie (Event Director)


February/March News

Good evening everyone,

Just to let you know we have 2 special events coming up, as well as our weekly runs:

FEBRUARY 29th - Our first club takeover of the year, Gosport Road Runners takeover, it is also our 250th event, and it is also leap day!! Will we get any ladies proposing to their men at parkrun? We will have to wait and see! To mark this special day, we have decided to have a Superhero themed dress up event, and would love to see lots of you dressed up as your favourite Superhero! Gosport Road Running club members will be filling the volunteer roster, providing a full set of pacers and hopefully  lots of cake!

MARCH 7TH -  parkruns all over the world are joining in a celebration of female participation by hosting a special event, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day. We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and walking, jogging, running or volunteering at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. There will even be a special selfie frame! You could even just come along to watch or cheer, we will be showing our support by encouraging as many women and girls as possible and everyone to join in with our purple themed event, we would love to see a sea of purple, whether it be wearing your volunteering vest, purple hair or carrying a purple balloon, lets see what you come up with! men too of course!

Just a small taster of what's to come in 2020, we have lot's more planned :)

Maggie and team

#IWD     #thisgirlcan     #loveparkrun



Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun #244 – 18/01/2020

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun #244 – 18/01/2020
It always intrigues me what makes us parkrunners take the plunge for the first time, and what makes some of us return again and again whilst others drift away. I can’t remember what made my daughter first give parkrun a go around 18 months ago, but I thought we were on to something when she did 3 weeks back-to-back. Then she stopped.
I’d occasionally ask over the following months if she’d like to join us again, but was always met with a polite “no thanks Dad!”. Roll forward to two weeks ago, when a friend out-of-the-blue asked her if she’d like to do parkrun last weekend. “Sure” was the instant reply. Lesson learnt about getting the right person to ask! After that comeback, she asked if we could follow up with Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun this weekend where we are occasional visitors.
We rocked up this morning to absolutely glorious conditions – sun, very cold, no wind – to what must be one of the larger turnouts Lee-on-the-Solent has seen. We were always somewhere near the middle of the 707 runners and somehow the relatively tight course worked despite the numbers.
So much credit has to go the well organised and numerous volunteers who absolutely nailed every role, including three hardy souls who turned up an hour early with brooms to sweep the path clear of shingle! We were also lucky to have Dianne Lawrence signing for the RD’s intro, making one of society’s most inclusive activities now even more so.
Hats off to everyone who ran or walked today, with PBs throughout the field. Honours for the quickest times were Richard Bateman (17:10), Rob Greenwood (17:23), Andy Simpson (17:43); and Katy Bradley (21:31), Amy Smalley (21:46), Matilda Charles (22:35). And particular congratulations to this week’s milestone achievers – Sue Rourke (100), Emily Murphy (100), Stuart Crisp (100) and Tony Ryan (50).
As for my daughter, she ran the whole way for the first time, picked up a 3m 20s PB, and was a staggering 20 minutes quicker than her chatty run/walk with her friend last week! Fingers crossed she’ll be back for more, as I hope will the 19 folk who completed their first ever parkrun today. The success story we’re all part of just keeps growing!
Mike Bridgeman


5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer – Join us for our 10th event!

5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer - Join us for our 10th event!

Hi Lee parkrunners!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer this year; particularly the Lee parkrun core team and volunteers who regularly promote the group, be it at the event or on social media. It’s very much appreciated.

For those of you unaware of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer, it’s a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month. Sue Rourke set up the south’s first event and we couldn’t be prouder that our home of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is Lee-on-the-Solent.

This initiative was founded by Lucy Gossage, Oncologist at Nottingham City Hospital, a 12 times Ironman Champion and Gemma Hillier-Moses, International Runner and Founder of MOVE charity who was diagnosed with cancer herself at the age of 24 in 2012. Lucy and Gemma are both hugely passionate about supporting people living with and beyond cancer through the power of movement, also supporting the wider cancer community.

This month, on Saturday 28th December, we at Lee-on-the-Solent celebrate our 10th event and we’d like to encourage anybody who is interested or intrigued to pop over and say hi beforehand, perhaps join us for part or all of the parkrun (we’re mostly walkers with some runners amongst us), or join us for some tea and cake at Leon’s Bistro afterwards.

We meet at 08.40 by the war memorial between Olympia Amusements and the short stay car park, for a pre-event briefing. You’ll see us by the benches all in blue!

As you may know and may have spotted us before, the ambassadors are myself, Sue and Jane and we are your 'go to' for each event and will run/walk with you if you wish. We have the loveliest group of regular attendees; some we already knew and some we have met along our 5k Your Way journey. It is always a pleasure to meet with friends, old and new and we welcome any newcomers with open arms. A special thank you and shout out to our now friends; those who were once newcomers, who were brave enough to give us strangers a hello at a tough time and we couldn’t have been happier to have bonded, listened and laughed over a leisurely strong or Victoria Sponge!

The 28th December probably isn’t the most popular day for parkrunning is it? Let’s be honest! But surely it’s the best time to get some fresh air, burn off the turkey and stuffing, make some new friends, invite your own friends and family to share the experience and get a headstart on your ‘keep fit’ new year’s resolution?!

Find us on Facebook and drop us a message: Lee on the Solent 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer (@lots5kyourway)

We hope to see some of your lovely faces at the end of the month and perhaps next year.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Have a great December, Lee parkrun family and thank you again for being the home of our 5k Your Way.

Becky Garnett


Normal service has resumed

Following last weekends double disappointment, parkrun number 232 finally took place this morning under the Run Directorship of Amelie Wallace.
Today, we welcomed tourists from Mile End, Bakewell and Wrexham as well as 12 first timers. Four runners were completing their 50th parkruns along with Chris Arkell who was running his 100th. There was also a belated 10th birthday shout out to Frank Shepherd who was running his 10th ( he did want to do it before his birthday but last weeks cancellation put paid to that). They were among the 410 runners/joggers/walkers who lined up at the start in near perfect weather conditions.
The first male to finish today was Aaron Burgess and the first female was Katy Bradley who finished 45th in a personal best time of 21:53. As well as Katy, there were 67 other participants who achieved PB’s today. Well done to you all.
Finally, a big thank you to Maggie and all her hi viz heroes who all looked resplendent in the sunshine this morning. Don’t forget to view the future roster if you would like to volunteer at a future event.

Alan Fleckney


150 Not out!


In June 2016 I completed my first parkrun at Lee-on-the-Solent after seeing the “caution runners “ sign at The Shack the previous week. I asked the Marshall what was going on and he told me all about parkrun. I registered and turned up the following week.
Today, I ran my 150th parkrun and my 150th at Lee In conditions one could only describe as challenging. Not only did we have the wind to contend with, there were also some scarily dressed individuals, including a skeleton running on his own as he had no body to run with. They were among the 342 runners/joggers/walkers who chose to take to the prom in preference to watching England in the Rugby World Cup Semi Final. [it .will be interesting to see how many turn up next week]

We were joined on the start line by tourists from as far away as Ripon and Kilmarnock and 28 parkrun first timers. Welcome to the family and hope to see you back soon. There were also 5 people who reached their 50th milestone. Congratulations to you all.
With pacers every two minutes a PB might have been on many people’s agenda but the stiff easterly quickly changed that, although 19 people did manage a personal best in those conditions and well done to them. I had planned to finish between the 27/29 pacer but ended up nearer the 31.

Biggest thanks must go to all the volunteers who, like today, stand out in all weathers to put this on for us. As one who has been soaked to the skin on marshalling duty, it can sometimes seem a thankless task so please thank them as they encourage you.
First male home today was james Teuten and the first female was Amy Smalley. But it is at the back of the pack where the real winners are to be found. Many, like the lady I run/walk paced to a PB last week have faced or are still facing personal life changing challenges and for them just getting to the start is a big achievement in their journey.
Finally, on a personal note, I would like to thank all the runners who knowingly or unknowingly have helped me negotiate the course for my 150 runs. As someone who is registered blind your help is invaluable especially negotiating the bollards and gravel. If any of you wonder why I wear my hooped top every week it is so my wife can find me at the finish. Also if you talk to me and you think I’ve ignored you it’s just that I haven’t seen you so please don’t feel offended.
I look forward to running with you all as I start my journey to 200.

Alan Fleckney


The Golden Girls – on tour



Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun – we loved you! The course is an out and back first towards Browndown and Lee-on-Solent Sailing Club, to a turn-around point, and then back, past the start, and out towards The Shack, crossing the Daedalus Slipway, to the second turn-around point, and then back again, along the prom to the finish line, which is near the start. We found it very easy to get to from Portsmouth – catching the ferry to Gosport, and then the X5 bus to Lee, which stopped very close to
the start of the run.
First and foremost, a big thank you to all of the hi-viz heroes – without whom the event would not have taken place.

So thanks to Maggie ATKINSON, Ray BARCLAY, Fran BENNETT, Mary
Rose GANT, Christine GANT, Nigel GIBBENS, Dee GREIG-DUNN, Karen HADLEY, Elizabeth
OMAR, Gilly OSTLER, Michelle PRINCE, Karl PRINCE,  Honor READER , Barbara ROBERTSON, Annette
ROBERTSON, Helen ROWE, Christine RUSS, Sally SADLER, Dominic SHEPHERD, Deirdre
It was a little bit windy (some may say bracing) being on the seafront, but otherwise it was a perfect day for it, dry and bright. Just right for blowing the cobwebs away. Cal and I had volunteered to write the run report, as we were touring, and some of the other volunteers were also tourists. There were tourists from Aylesbury, Chippenham, Coventry, Hemel Hempstead, Hull, London, Milton Keynes, Shrewsbury, Telford, Twickenham and Watford – many, like us, were down for the Great South Run the following day.
362 people ran, jogged, walked, pushed pushchairs, or were pulled along by dogs. First man home was Rob Arkell from Stubbington Green Runners with a time of 18:01, with an Age Grade of 72.80%, and in second place, the first lady was Rebecca Lord, also from Stubbington Green Runners with a new PB time of 18:08, with an Age Grade of 81.62%. Fantastic running both.
36 runners achieved a PB this week – well done to Rebecca LORD, Joe BARRETT, Harrison HOLLAND, Samuel WAIN, Kevin BUSCH, Joshua GRIMBLEY, Katy BRADLEY, Samuel JOHN, Joe FISHER, Mark SMITH, Thomas WILLIAMS, Trevor SMITH, Joseph GIBBS, Christopher HARRISON, Stephen ANDREWS, Andy METCALF, Emma HOWE, Edward CHAMPION, John ELSE, Sam PIERCE, Daniel HOTCHIN, Shelley STEWART, Phillip BERRY, Joanne CAIRNS, Frank SHEPHERD, Wayne POTTLE, Fiona OLDFIELD, Rebecca MORGAN, Jeni GRIFFITH, Lisa BRETT, Theresa COURTNEY, Barry COURTNEY, Sian SNOOK, Pauline CRISP, Lyn SAMLER, Wendy EDNEY, and Tracy LLOYD.
There was one milestone – Claire PEAL was running her 50 th parkrun – well done to Claire.
29 different Running Clubs were represented from across the country.
There were 14 very First Timers – welcome to the parkrun family to Sarah ACKLAND, Amets

Welcome back for their second parkrun to Robert OLDFIELD, John BATTEN, Joshua BATTEN and Teresa HALLUM. We hope you will enjoy being part of this family as
much as the rest of us do.
I would like to say a personal thank you to Tina BLACKBURN, of Solent Running Sisters, for keeping me company for the second half of the run. It was lovely chatting to you about parkrun tourism and other running events.

The volunteers were super friendly, as were the other runners.
Cal and I finished off by having a paddle in the sea (we feel we have to do this, no matter what the weather is like, as we live just about as far away from the sea as you can get). Then we made our way to Leon’s Café, which we had passed on the second leg of the run, for a hot drink (discount available to park runners) and a chat to some of the other park runners and volunteers.

Cal Oddy and Helen Rowe (aka The Golden Girls).



Special events at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun

Dear all,

It's hard to believe we are in October already! We have a number of special runs/events coming up, so here they are below, as always we rely on a number of volunteers to make these happen, so if you can help out please let us know by emailing the address at the bottom of this post.

26th October - Halloween dress up themed event, this is always very popular, we are also giving people a chance to pace, so are looking for pacers every 2 minutes from 19 - 39 and a run/walk pacer

9th November - Everyone has a pair of brightly coloured snazzy socks right? Let's brighten up a cold November day by wearing your most outrageous coloured socks!

21st December - Our main Christmas themed dress up event, and maybe a bit of music to get us in the Christmas mood :) we would also like to have a pacing event, this time even numbers every 2 minutes from 18-40 and a run/walk pacer

25th December (Christmas Day) 9am start - What a wonderful way to start Christmas day before tucking into the turkey and chocs! This is always a really special run with a fabulous atmosphere, a lovely way to start the day

28th December - Normal Saturday run

1st January (New Years Day) 10.30am start - What a brilliant way to start 2020, this is the only day of the year that you can run/walk at 2 different parkrun's and get results for both, please travel carefully if you are thinking of doing a double parkrun.

4th January - Normal Saturday run

Please find the link to the Christmas/New Year compendium, this is where events declare whether they are hosting an event on Christmas and New Years Day, there is no expectation from HQ, it is down to individual events to decide, and we have until December 17th to declare!


We hope you can all join us for some or all of these events, if you have any questions/would like to volunteer please email us leeonthesolent@parkrun.com

Thank you,

Maggie (Event Director)

#loveparkrun #newyear #christmas


Run Report 24th August 2019

Great job to everyone who did parkrun this morning. It was hot, with not much wind - as even the birds realised, so a big round of applause to the 32 people who got a PB today (which includes me).




My home parkrun is Woodley, that I run with my Dad, but I was visiting so I came to Lee-on-the-Solent – one of 11 park runs I‘ve done. Lee-on-Solent parkrun has changed a bit since I last came, in 2017.


Lee-on-the-Solent has a busy start but everyone spaced out quickly for space to run – and I took to the beach a bit at the start. I have been to some parkruns with even busier starts (like Dinton, which has narrow woods). Lee-on-the-Solent also has two different surfaces, a little shingle but mostly tarmac, so a pretty easy run surface (Prospect is almost all grass so slow). I love it when people cheer me on because it is so encouraging and will always gives you a slight sprint for the end you can always find a bit more energy! That’s why I almost always wear my vest with my name on – thanks to everyone who gave me a shout. Also dogs do parkruns and I LOVE dogs. It is good for them to get used to big crowds and it gives them lots of exercise which is so good for them too.


If it is hot you can go in the sea to cool off, you could even go for a swim! But it could be cold in there. If you forgot your barcode you will not receive a time.


I started running by doing kids parkruns 3 years ago, I found a talent and something I really enjoy. After a few months of running I’d started to do adult parkruns too and I’ve run 70 now, and I’ve recently joined an athletics club to improve even more. Do you have children? You can take them to junior parkrun! It is 2km run for kids from 4 years old to 14 years old. I did one on Sunday at Stokes Bay in Gosport and really enjoyed it. Adults can run with your children but don’t go through the finish funnel. Your children/child can’t be last because of the “tail walker”.

Remember your barcode for next week’s run.

Hope you enjoyed parkrun this week

By Katherine Thompson (age 10)




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