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
BRADDOCK, Dan BRADDOCK, Kara BURGESS, Cheryl BURGESS, Alan FLECKNEY, Jon FLYNN, Mia-
Rose GANT, Christine GANT, Nigel GIBBENS, Dee GREIG-DUNN, Karen HADLEY, Elizabeth
LLEWELLYN, Gavin LLEWELLYN, Graham MEPHAM, Lucy MORGAN, Cate MULLEN, Cal ODDY, Philip
OMAR, Gilly OSTLER, Michelle PRINCE, Karl PRINCE, Honor READER , Barbara ROBERTSON, Annette
ROBERTSON, Helen ROWE, Christine RUSS, Sally SADLER, Dominic SHEPHERD, Deirdre
SIMONS, Peter STEWARD, Paul THOMPSON, Jacqui TORRENS, Lee TORRENS, Amelie
WALLACE, Cathy WEBB, Brian WOODHALL
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
ECHEGUREN-HARDMAN, Joshua BAKER, Claire ROBERTS, Isaac BOURNE, Zoe SINGFIELD, Jacob THOMAS, Danny PLEWS, Finley HARRIS, Ben HARRIS, Ethan VILLIGER, Dawn GUNNELL, Samuel GUNNELL, and Kian WARNER.
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).