Southampton parkrun Event #11 – 15th September 2012

Perfect running conditions -- imperceptible breeze, bright sun, mild temperature -- greeted parkrunners at event 11. Despite this, the attendance of 216 was a little below our average of 221. Perhaps some runners were saving their energy for the following day's Victory 5, or were visiting Eastleigh or Netley Abbey to celebrate Keith Whitaker's or Robert Spencer's hundredth parkruns. (Some people will go anywhere for a slice of Barbara Boshier's cake!) Of those who ran, an impressive 95 took advantage of the conditions to achieve PBs. Another 51 were first-timers, and we hope that they enjoyed their experience sufficiently to come back again for more.

The first two over the line, Southampton AC's Mahamed Mahamed and Iain Cross, ran PBs of 17:28 and 17:43, while third-placed Aiden Lennan was within two seconds of his in 17:46. In his first five parkruns, Mahamed has won twice here and once at Netley Abbey, and has also finished second here and at Eastleigh -- an impressive debut for a JM14! His Southampton times are about two minutes faster than those at Eastleigh and Netley Abbey. We know that we have a fast course, but most runners of his ability have a differential of about one minute, so perhaps our course suits his running style.
The first woman, in 20:49, was Winchester and District AC's Karen Hazlitt, a regular winner at Eastleigh, with Southampton AC's juniors Caitlin Stewart and Daena Bennett close behind in 21:04 and 21:07 (both PBs). Caitlin and Mahamed set age category records, and Mahamed topped the age graded list, with 81.20%.
Ally Clements leads the women's points table with 851, followed by Jenny Bickerstaff on 764 and Jill White on 749. Ally has run in ten of our eleven events, achieving six PBs and improving her times from 28:27 to 24:26; your training is obviously working, Ally! In the male points table, a gap of 69 points (and around 50 years?) separates leader Aiden Lennan (947) from Oxford City AC's Gareth Jones, with Hardley Runner Mark Aston third on 751.
Finally, a big Thank You to the day's RD Tamsyn Smith and her team of volunteers, who did their usual fantastic job of ensuring that we didn't get lost, and that our performances, impressive or otherwise, were correctly recorded. The hi-viz tabards may not be as stylish as the Olympic games makers' uniforms, but our volunteers are just as essential to the smooth running of our event, so why not, once in a while, email with those magic words "Hi, Tamsyn, I'd like to volunteer on ..."? It's enormously satisfying to know that you've helped to make a parkrun event successful, whether you've been doing a Wiggo on the lead bike, standing at the finish going click 216 times, or taking unflattering photos of your fellow parkrunners for our Facebook page (We really could do with a photographer.)

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mahamed MAHAMED (JM14) was graded 81.20 % for the time 17:28 (first overall).
Aiden LENNAN (JM15-19) was graded 78.33 % for the time 17:46 (third overall).
Gareth JONES (VM65-69) was graded 78.15 % for the time 21:40 (47th overall).

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012, and since then 996 different runners, including participants from 65 athletics clubs, have completed 2,437 runs covering a total distance of 12,185 km, and there have been 763 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Sandra BOWERS who ran in a time of 18:11 on 7th July 2012 (event number 1). The Men's course record is held by Matthew REVIER who ran in a time of 16:05 on 28th July 2012 (event number 4). The Age Grade course record is held by Malcolm RENYARD who recorded a 87.14 % run (19:26) on 18th August 2012 (event number 7).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southampton parkrun Results Page.