Incident at Lee parkrun

Most of you are probably unaware of the incident that took place this am.

A call came through from our Tail runner, Tonia Morrell about a runner complaining of chest pains. As it appeared to be much more than just requiring a 30 second breather, Tonia was fantastic in quickly passing it on to our run director, Pippa White.

What started off as a 3rd run for Paul Fleckney, soon turned in to something requiring the attention of an ambulance and a subsequent visit to A&E. The initial call started up a chain of events involving approximately 10 people.

Pippa quickly summoned Auz to assist with locating someone with 1st aid experience, with Andrea Edwards soon jumping in to help. We then had the likes of Jenny and Phillip Shilling, and Richard Law assisting with the proceedings too. With an ambulance on the way, would they know how to find the unfortunate soul waiting on a park bench? Richard was then replaced by Phillip, and took over the role of directing the ambulance team, when they arrive.

The RD is doing her role with perfection, making sure that support is in place, and parkrun can still proceed. Andrea was the initial 1st aid person on the scene, then moved on to constantly chasing the ambulance station requesting the latest ETA. Meanwhile, Pippa's car was not only parked in a charging zone, but the data equipment is safely locked away inside. Step forward Anna Clodfelter, so at least the car and equipment could be retrieved.

With Anna now on data entry duties, and ably assisted by Rebecca Wroblewski, the new OMG RD team took on the role without fuss.

On behalf of parkrun and also Pippa, we would like to take a moment in time to express our gratitude to all the people helping with this. I witnessed the core team and our wonderful volunteers mobilising in to action. I must admit, I was totally blown away by the speed, professionalism and care shown. I love what we have at Lee on the Solent parkrun.

We are now waiting on an update with how Paul is doing.



Council Email to LotS (April 2016)

For anyone not with us Saturday morning and to remind everyone to please be considerate to all. This is the exact email received with no edits.

We have had a complaint in from a member of the public regarding the Park Runs, please see below:

I'm contacting you to voice my concerns regarding the park run at Lee on Saturday mornings @ 9 am.

The promenade is being taken over by hundreds of runners who run along one side & back along the other forcing pedestrians off the path.

I have been shouted at, told to get out the way and had runners run at me only to dodge round me at the last moment. It is intimidating to say the least, it is a footpath for goodness sake not a running track.

I look forward to your response.

I have responded asking they to keep me informed should any future incidents arise.  I have also informed them that with the Fareham Park Run starting up it is likely that the numbers will be reduced.

I know you give a talk before each run but could I please ask you to re-iterate the need for general courteousness towards other users of the promenade.  If it is at all possible could you ask that there are no more than 2-3 runners, running abreast of each other.

If you have any comments on the above please let me know and I trust you will be taking the action suggested unless I hear otherwise.

Kind regards


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