QUEEN ELIZABETH PARKRUN #331 is ON !!

With lots of parkrun cancellations due to forecasts of gales and storms, it was a tense time this morning waiting to see whether Queen Elizabeth would be on or off. To everyone’s relief, especially those who had traveled quite a way to experience this course, the news came through that it was ON!

So 107 runners gathered on the start line to enjoy the Run Director being heckled by his own dog during the run briefing! Even in the wind and damp, the course was as special as its reputation (mind you, the hills lived up to their reputation as well!). I enjoyed the views of the rolling downs although didn’t spot the sea through the murk. Given the weather, huge congratulations and thanks have to go to the 11 amazing volunteers who got wet and blown about in order that we could run. Thank to you all. You were all so positive and encouraging. I would particularly like to thank Twig, the tail walker, for his company round most of the course - made being at the back a great experience!

Congratulations are also due to those achieving milestones. Steve Till was running his 450th parkrun, an impressive number. Paul Wainwright completed his 50th milestone run and will be able to wear his new red shirt with pride. In contrast to this, congratulations are also due to David Sumner and Harry Pereira-McFee who certainly chose a challenging course for their first ever parkrun ... we hope you enjoyed it and come back for more. 37 runners were visiting Queen Elizabeth for the first time from all over the UK and even a visitor from Perth in Australia ... I wonder how many of them were there to get their Q for their alphabet challenge. Despite the wind and occasional downpours, three runners achieved new PBs - Toby Lambert, Benjamin Clarke and Marianne Wilson. Indeed Toby was the first male back in an impressive 15:22 with the highest age grading of the day of 88.18%.(Toby was marked as assisted as he was running with his dog, who crossed the line first!!).
The first female back was Louise Pointon in 23:22 on her first visit to Queen Elizabeth. Well done to you all but we all achieved well on a beautiful course but challenging conditions. Sadly 4 runners forgot their barcodes. Thank you to the course team for your welcome on my first visit, and for allowing me to write this run report. I thoroughly enjoyed the run - the volunteers, other runners, the attractive course and the beautiful views all made it a very special morning and I hope I can return on a lovely sunny calm morning.

by Caroline Harvey

 

Caution: Slip Hazard – Queen Elizabeth parkrun #329

After a week of record breaking temperatures, it was a relief to wake up to a relatively cool morning at QE park and just a little rain and a little mud. It’s summer holiday season and of the 134 runners, a whopping 58 were first timers to QE with just two being very first time ever parkrunners. Welcome to Charo GARCIA and James NEAL on your first runs – please come again soon.

The lovely hot weather has allowed the clay to bake hard with the result that a couple of corners were somewhat slippery as the drizzle ran off the clay. Four years ago, when travelling in Ethiopia, we saw farmers threshing in baked earth circles. Ethiopia gets a lot of rain, mostly at the same time, so I was surprised to see that the circles survived… until Saturday.
Given the conditions and the sheer quantity of visitors, it is not unexpected that our PB rate was down, with just eight parkrunners improving on a previous time. Louise BURGESS has improved her time each visit. Of the others, the longest held PB was Jo PAYZE (April 2016) and the most consistent running at QE (and a PB today) goes to Joseph AMBER whose four runs are all within 20 seconds of each other.

Two clubs vied for the most visitors – Gosport Road Runners and Itchen Spitfires. The Itchen spitfires were all first timers to QE (Q hunting?) and the Gosport Road Runners were looking to learn the mud before the autumn’s cross country: what perfect timing to arrive and run at QE in the rain.

As a collective, this week’s runners combined have run 66325km, either 1.7 times around the world or for those who celebrated last week and the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, the collective has run over 6 times around the moon. Sometimes even 5km can feel a long way but the group running together can achieve so much.

Just one parkrunner joined a parkrun club today: Franklyn YOUNG completed his 50th run and qualifies for the red t-shirt. A relatively frequent visitor to QE, Jonathan PORTER completed a very arbitrary 99th run requiring a soft ice cream with a flake celebration.

A big thank you to the volunteers who had no idea quite what to wear as the weather broke – or didn’t quite – or did it ? Amelia NIGHTINGALE, Amelie LEWIS, Ben RICHES, Elliot LEWIS, Harriet WHITE, Ivor MCQUAID, Jamie LEWIS, Jill KAYE, Joel LEWIS, John ROBERTS, Megan MORRISON-CHAPMAN and Nick SIRS. Do consider a volunteer spot if around particularly over the summer – email in to queenelizabeth@parkrun.com and join the fun.

Report by: Pippa WHITE

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun #324 – No Longer the only Queen Elizabeth

Q (and Z) remain the most difficult letters of the alphabet to obtain, but this parkrun day saw another Q hit the alphabet and another Q that will resonate with the parkrun in Hampshire, UK.

Queen Elizabeth, Casino became the 7th Q in the world and the first that shares a name with us. In a wild flight of fancy, I think that makes us Queen Elizabeth (the first) and we need a Tudor fancy dress theme to go with it. The others Qs are Queanbeyan, Queen's, Belfast, Queens Domain, Queenstown and Quinns Rocks. The only other letters with fewer parkruns starting with the same letter are Z and Ö. We’ve always known we are rare – but this is even more exclusive than I thought!

So, how did Queen Elizabeth, Casino get on? They had 168 runners and 13 volunteers versus our 110 runners and 14 volunteers. 11 of their parkrunners forgot their barcodes – which might be expected at an inaugural, but sadly the first two runners didn’t scan so the event male record is held by unknown male in 17:12. We had just 4 parkrunners who ran the hills in QE country park barcode less and our first finisher came in in a storming 17:31. Well done to Jason SKIMMINGS, ED of the QEC team who, bundled up in layers of clothes, got our twin parkrun going. I’m sure we can post some equally bundled up pics on their facebook page in the next few months. Well done to all our QE volunteers who managed one of the more pleasing (in terms of clemency of weather) volunteer stints in a while.

Please make sure that you volunteer for the correct event. It might be an embarrassing trip and inexplicable ££££ on the credit card bill if you get it wrong. Challenge laid down for the first person to complete QE and QEII.

GLambert Queen Bee
Georgie LAMBERT and Queen Bee. First finishers in an all time fastest female time of 17:31 (assited)

To our event. Today we welcomed 14 dogs of different sizes, including a group from the Bandit K9 canicross race team. Those with enthusiastic dogs were pretty good at getting to the start line ahead of the run brief. We also welcomed a group from Jay Miller’s Circus who were camped out near Petersfield. One of the lovely chatty members explained that they had decided to get a parkrun in wherever they stopped. How lovely to have met you. Follow their parkrun and circus adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaymillerscircus/p/BzAesstAW-R/

We *only* had two milestones today: Harry WOODROOF and Emily STEVENS achieved their 50 logged runs. Congratulations. John MALTHOUSE is getting closer to parading the 250 flag around sometime mid September.
Thank you very much to the volunteers who stood in the sun this parkrunday and allowed us to have indulgent and steamy fun.

Report by: Pippa WHITE

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun #323

“We’ll that was a bloody tough course” - Laura STEVENS (me)

“Never again” - Hayley DUNFORD

These were two of the comments for our group of four that had tackled Queen Elizabeth this weekend on our tourist adventure. We were here this week on the hunt for a "Q" for our alphabet and boy did we have to work hard for it.

The course is undulating to say the least and with the torrential downpour that June has brought us for the last few days, it was a little slippy under foot. I had done some enquiring into what shoes might serve us best for our visit and the cries for wellies and tractors came in the thousands, prompting me to quickly go and invest in some trails.

What goes up must come down and let’s not joke there’s many an up to be had, however the views from the top are incredible! This parkrun should 100% should be on your list of places to visit.

Amongst the 105 runner this week there were tourists from Worcester, Crane park, Eastleigh, Harlow, Eastbourne, Southampton, Bromley, Bedfont Lakes and Maidenhead.

There were two people who were doing their first ever parkrun (you picked a toughie), 40 people were visiting Queen Elizabeth for the first time, and 11 new PB’s were recorded. Congrats to each and every one of you.

First male finisher this week was Stephen MASTERSON in a speedy time of 18:08 and our first female finisher was Clara JACKSON in a spectacular time of 24:00

I do enjoy looking through times for aesthetically pleasing numbers: Samantha WOOD ran a 29:29, Pherenice WORSEY-BUCK ran a 31:31 & Stacey JURY a 41:14.

This run was made possible by the following wonderful volunteers: Dwayne BARTRAM, Graham CLARKE, Martin GROOM, Amelie LEWIS, Ivor MCQUAID, Daniel PHOENIX, Sara RHIMES, Godfrey RHIMES, Ben RICHES, John ROBERTS, Emma ROSE.

Queen Elizabeth parkrun will test your sense of humour along with your legs, but it’s a beauty, I’m already planning my return – this time I had to have a little walk break, next time I need to run the whole thing. In the words of Arnie “I’ll be back” and so will Hayley – yes that is the one who said “Never Again”

Run Report by Laura STEVENS

 

parkrun day June 15 – South Downs Marathon. half marathon and 10k

This coming weekend (15/6/2019) QECP is playing host to the South Downs Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km Races. The full marathon starts at Slindon and ends at QECP so will not affect us. However, the Half Marathon and 10km races do share parts of our course in the opposing direction. If you are planning to attend Queen Elizabeth parkrun this weekend please be aware of the following points.

1. All participants in the full marathon park at QECP and are transported to the start at Slindon by bus. Busses will be shuttling runners from early on Saturday morning. There will be significantly more traffic in the park than usual on a Saturday morning. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and get parked.

2. The run (not the preamble) will start at 9AM on the dot. We aim to do this every week anyway but this coming weekend it is more important than usual that this happens. Again, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time.

3. There will possibly be conflicting signage and marshals on course. If you are new to Queen Elizabeth parkrun please pay attention to the first timers brief and follow the correct signs.

4. The first half marathon wave starts at 10AM on the Butser side. The runners then head directly down our finish straight in the opposite direction. If you think you will take more than one hour to complete the parkrun course please be aware that you may be confronted by a stampede of half marathon runners as you complete the course. As always, our finish team will remain in place until our tail walker crosses our finish line. However please be aware that we will need to begin the deconstruction of our finish funnel at 10AM in order that our bulky equipment is clear of the half marathon course before the lead runners arrive.

We thank you for your understanding.

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