Saturday 29th December saw 294 runners and 24 volunteers (which includes 10 who both ran and volunteered) come together for a post-Christmas parkrun. Or the last Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun of the year, if you prefer. A mild, overcast morning with just a gentle breeze and a course with only a few remaining puddles around the lake meant for pleasant conditions for Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun #139. RD Caroline welcomed 51 runners for their first visit here, with 10 of those doing their first ever parkrun (we hope you enjoyed the experience and will return next time). The 41 tourists travelled from far and wide, including from Gloucestershire, Whitely, Petersfield, Netley, Basingtoke, Winchester, Lee-on-Solent, Fareham, Havant and ... Cosham?
Today's milestones: Congratulations on your 50th parkrun go to Claire Murphy, Mark Smith and Steve Cross, and extra congratulations on your 250th parkrun go to, er, me! Thank you, thank you, thank you very much, you're too kind.
To celebrate my 250th I volunteered to be Tail Walker today for a more reflective view (talking of volunteering, why not make it your New Year's resolution to give it a go and see parkrun from a different perspective, I'm sure you'll enjoy it and it definitely adds to the experience). From the back you get to see all different running styles. The floaters and the plodders, the wheezers and breezers, the gazelles and the kangaroos, the tip-toers and the stompers, it's all there as a reminder of how inclusive parkrun is to all. There's the fast runners, the improvers, the social runners, the families, dog-walkers, buggy pushers (that's me), walkers and this week Sarah putting her new hip through its paces! parkrun really is completely inclusive for anyone regardless of their fitness levels!
When I first Tail Walked (Tail Runner as it was then), you'd expect to finish in 40 to 45 minutes, now it's more like an hour which is a good thing, it shows how much more variety of people are joining in, not just the traditional running group.
And finally, at the end of today's event, 42 people went home with a new PB. Well done to everyone who took part today and we look forward to seeing you all again many more times in 2019.
Happy New Year!