Why do I do it? That's a question that we have all asked ourselves at some point. It's a question that we ask about work, about eating habits, about life choices and of course about sport. Let's focus on parkrun. There are loads of reasons to do a parkrun! It's good for you, it gets you up and starts the weekend well, it's fun, you meet new people, it burns off the excesses of the night before, it means you can have that slice of cake.
But more than that, it's just what I do. It's a habit. Every Saturday morning come rain sleet hail or snow (and occasionally some sun) I get up and I go to parkrun. Sometimes I run, Sometimes I walk, Sometimes I volunteer, Sometimes I Run Direct. I always have fun. Now I'm not saying that I'm perfect, I do miss a week here or there as we all do, but it's a habit and a Saturday just doesn't feel right without it.
I hated running. Back before parkrun I wouldn't ever run, I didn't think it was fun, I didn't see the point. Oh how wrong I was. I started parkrunning in 2012 to impress a girl and I fall in love, and fall in love I did (with the parkruns, not the girl) . I moved back to University, found a local parkrun, got my 50 Shirt, kept running and going to parkrun after graduation when all my friends from uni moved away. I made new friends and fell further and further in love with this crazy, free, weekly, timed 5k. I got my 100 shirt, I started this very parkrun with a little (ok a lot of) help from my parkrun family (they stopped being parkrun friends and became a family) and here we are today. I recently finally got my 250 shirt delivered.
I'm currently on 261 parkruns and today Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun has just held its 141st event. It was also the first time that I have been Run Director where we have had a serious injury incident occur. I have to say a huge thank you to the team and to everyone who helped with the incident - Without you wonderful people there to help, manage and support I wouldn't have been able to manage myself!
It's an incredible feeling to be part of something this big, this fantastic and this welcoming. I love it and I wouldn't do anything else with my Saturday mornings. Would you?
And now, Some stats!
This week 382 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Kiernan EASTON • Tony CONWAY • Sophie EASTON • Robert Alexander HALL • Mike CREEDY • Jennifer WILKINS • Jane STRICKLAND • Dan SLAYFORD • Eleanor NEWMAN • Andrew HEATHCOTE • Margaret HEATHCOTE • Colin EDWARDS • Charlie WATTS • Jackie HILTON • Clare BELCHER • Lee GILBERT • Imogen BELCHER • David NEWMAN • Carol WILSON • Edricka LEWIS • Samantha BRAND • Carrina WHITWICK • Kev R THORNE • Matilda HUMPHRIES • Colin FELL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 17:07 on 23rd July 2016 (event number 13).
The male record is held by Lachlan WELLINGTON who recorded a time of 15:43 on 4th November 2017 (event number 80).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen DEAN who recorded 88.66% (22:12) on 28th April 2018 (event number 104).
Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun started on 30th April 2016. Since then 5,384 participants have completed 29,896 parkruns covering a total distance of 149,480 km, including 5,612 new Personal Bests. A total of 448 individuals have volunteered 2,758 times.