by Nic Woollard
As a regular marathon runner, I sometimes like to listen to music out on my long training runs and during races. Some races ban headphones on safety grounds; however, some will allow runners to wear open ear varieties that vibrate the sounds via bone conduction. I invested in a pair of these some time ago. I was running at the Brighton Marathon recently wearing these accoutrements in an attempt help combat the mental side of long-distance running. Just as I was hitting the 20-mile mark and flagging badly, I was amused that the shuffle on my playlist started playing "Help" by The Beatles. Was this coincidence or great timing? So, for this week's short parkrun report, fifteen song titles have been hidden in the paragraphs below. See if you can spot them all. The answers are shown at the bottom of the page.
On yet another breezy and beautiful day, 905 happy and contented parkrunners lined up at the start for today's run. As always, RD Luis provided the normal pre-event briefing and then it was on to the final countdown. At the off, 1800+ pairs of legs stormed, trotted and strolled away for the start of their 5k trip around our regular route. The timekeepers triggered their clocks and waited for the quicker runners to re-emerge some 16 minutes later. Our normal course is a loop of the main paths across the Common. As a result, running up that hill (as the path up from Coronation Avenue is known) only has to be completed the once. It is generally seen to be our quickest course so that you can push it for the last 2k on the downhill and flat, which makes it a great run for home. This is perhaps reflected in the fact that 162 people recorded new personal bests today. Also, 89 of our parkrunners were first timers today and we hope that parkrun provides them with the desire to keep on running with us in the future
Our 10+ funnel managers (does any other event have more?) did a great job to keep on movin' the finishers down the line so that they could receive their finish tokens. We must thank our A Team of our 70+ volunteers. As always, you are our hi-vis heroes and we couldn't continue to put on the event without you all. At parkrun, everyone's a winner, but congratulations go to all our parkrunners below for achieving their own personal milestones:
Lucie BURNAGE, Ian GRASMEDER and Richard BOURNE for a century of parkruns and qualifying for their black running tops. Clare JESSON, Imran BEPARI, Emily WYMER and John SALCZYNSKI on reaching 50 parkruns. Although no top is awarded for this mark, Heloise HUNT (Lawrence) completed her 200th event today.
There is always a common debate on social media and the internet about the benefits/disbenefits of running to music with headphones on. At parkrun, we would rather you didn't as it makes it difficult for our marshals to communicate with you. Our events have a special community feel, which you cut yourself off from when wearing headphones. However, we appreciate that some runners do feel naked without their music, so they are not banned outright. We do ask that as a courtesy to the volunteers, you remove headphones from your ears during the safety briefing before the start, and on approaching the finish area. Finally, please keep the volume at a suitable level to be able to hear any marshals' instructions out on the course too.
This week 905 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 89 were first timers and 162 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 54 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 73 volunteers:
Gareth JONES • Rob KELLY • Roy S MCLOUGHLIN • Emma LEE-CHOON • Trevor Alan ELLERY • Mike NEWMAN • Luis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDT • Christopher Edward BROWN • Daniel CAMPION • Eddie BULPITT • Laura MCKENZIE • Tony LEES • Helen LOVELL • Amanda HARRIS • Sean EWINGS • Rachael GOLDSTRAW • Susie BISSELL • Sue WILSON • Iain TINKLER • Caro GARRETT • Callum DAY • Nic WOOLLARD • Ian HART • Adam GATRELL • Peter ROE • Paul TONGS • Rachel NICE • Sheila FOX • Julie HUMPHRIES • Martin SIMS • Kali BANDA • Steve TAYLOR • Katalin SEBESTENY-GYORE • Zillah LEACH • Debbie LLOYD • Dominic ASHTON • Lauren SHERMAN-NIAS • Spencer SIM • Barbara COGMAN • Phil BLAKE • Julian WALLER • Jo ROLFE • Patricia BELL • Edward HORABIN • George GILBERT • Aron SEBESTENY • Philip MILLS • Annabel HODGSON • Saskia HARVEY • Dave ELGRAM • Alexander JOHNSTON • Lyn HATCHETT • Dave JUSON • Amy JEWELL • Sarah-Jayne ELLIOTT • Ollie HYDE • David POMFREY • David HARVEY • Maria WESTCOTT • Alan MCAULEY • Katie RENNIE • Michael DODD • Alison CATT • Emily NICE • Amy NICE • Gerard CATT • Lorraine KELLETT • Josephine HARTLEY • Adele FREEMAN • Kirsten BISHOP • Mike ELDRIDGE • Julia WEBB • Paul BARFOOT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
Southampton parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lorna RUSSELL who recorded a time of 16:40 on 18th May 2013 (event number 46).
The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 14:50 on 30th March 2019 (event number 353).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.55% (18:09) on 11th August 2018 (event number 319).
Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012. Since then 22,242 participants have completed 218,187 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,090,935 km, including 36,986 new Personal Bests.
Answers to the hidden song titles
- Beautiful Day (U2)
- Start (The Jam)
- Happy (Pharrell Williams)
- Run (Snow Patrol)
- Final Countdown (Europe)
- Legs (ZZ Top)
- Clocks (Coldplay)
- Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)
- Run for Home (Lindisfarne)
- Keep on Running (Spencer Davis Group)
- The A Team (Ed Sheeran)
- Heroes (David Bowie)
- Keep on Movin' (5ive)
- Everyone's a Winner (Hot Chocolate)
- Congratulations (Cliff Richard)