The sun was out, there was a nice chill in the air and 286 runners, along with 31 volunteers, gathered around Portsmouth Lakeside. There were a lot of tourists running today. They came from far and wide. There were runners from Surrey, Manchester and Sheffield, for example. However, special mention must go to the parkrunner from South Africa.
After a detailed briefing, we were off. Lakeside is a lovely course. There is plenty of choice and variety here, if you're looking for it. Part path, part gravel, this course is for everyone. As the course goes out and back in two different directions it never gets boring. There are also the picturesque surroundings, once you're running alongside the lake.
In a bid to set myself a challenge I have been running a different parkrun in Hampshire every month this year. After 10 events, this rates highly in the view-factor for the surrounding area. A special mention goes to Brian Millo, who paced me for the last part of course.
Statistics of the day: today there were 48 new PBs set. There were 49 first timers to the course, with 14 of these running their very first parkrun. Steve Searle ran his 100th event today. George Sutherland manage to not only run his 50th event today, he also placed 50th overall. That's some pacing! First male home was Gary Armstrong and the first female was Emma Montiel. For the juniors, Callum Millard came home first for the males and Annabelle Sibley was the first female.
Run Report by Danielle Ward