Netley Abbey, our Number One!

Hi Netley Abbey parkrunners!

Saturday was my first venture to Netley Abbey, and my friends' too – thank you for having us! Individually, we're locals at Havant, Southsea and Southampton in fact, so when we mentioned a get together we thought, 'Why not parkrun?!' and be tourists to boot! A round trip of 64 miles, and it absolutely warranted the journey. The decision was unanimous...Netley Abbey is our favourite parkrun! The setting is beautiful (and the weather was stunning), the route is flat (always a bonus), there were gorgeous dogs a plenty(!) and everyone is incredibly friendly! We're on a mission to get our A-Z of parkruns, and if any of you are tourists too, I'd highly recommend the half an hour drive from Netley to Queen Elizabeth Country Park to get your tricky Q, our now second favourite! It's a beautiful course, within the South Downs National Park (though its gradient does rank highly at sub 400 feet!)

For July and August, I set myself the challenge of running every day to reach 200 miles to raise money for the rescue charity, Labrador Lifeline Trust, after my Labrador, Spike, passed away this summer. I've acquired a few injuries along the way, so with it being 1st September and my first official 'day off', I was keen to sign myself up to volunteer! I'd like to say a huge thank you to David Doling. After the race began, I felt a little daunted about the new role and not knowing anyone, but this gentleman completely put me at ease, clearly a volunteering pro, and it was an absolute pleasure doing finish tokens with him. Thank you, David.

Being at the finish line is the best seat in the house. It was incredibly humbling to watch each and every one of you cross the line, the parents and children, the PB bell ringers, the sprint finishers, the lone rangers and the supportive running buddies!

Congratulations to Carlo VAN LEEUWEN, Steven FURNISS and Isaac ANDREWS our top 3 gentlemen, and to Marie DRONIOU-BORDRY, Anna Rebecca WALKLATE and Anna SMITH-JAMES our top 3 ladies.

Thank you also to Run Director Chris Lewis. It was lovely to meet you, thanks for your help. And Netley parkrunners, I look forward to my next visit, hopefully as a runner soon, as I can't wait to get on that route!