Southampton parkrun #129 – 6th December 2014

by Sue Sleath

I worked at the Ordnance Survey until 2007, when I left to retrain as a primary school teacher and I have many friends who still work there, so it was good to see them out in force yesterday marshalling parkrun number 129 and to have the opportunity to celebrate some of their many running achievements.

The Ordnance Survey has always had a very positive attitude to running and other outdoor activities, so I guess it is not surprising that they have so many talented runners. Run director Peat ALLAN, who came along with wife Lynne and daughter Isla, is a case in point. With a parkrun PB of 18:31 and membership of the Bob Graham Club to his name, he clearly has talents at both ends of the distance spectrum.

Another OS family are Viv and Dennis ALEXANDER. Viv ALEXANDER not only works at the OS, but is also currently training as a Sports Massage Therapist and leads the OS running group.

John HORTON, an occasional parkrunner, was also there helping with the volunteering. With our easy to follow course, John doesn’t need to use his exceptional talents as a navigator but, if there ever was any doubt about which way to go, I know who I would choose to follow! John is another member of the Bob Graham Club and has won many awards in orienteering and mountain marathon events over the years, including the KIMM/OMM; he recently led an OS team to victory in the Dell Corporate Challenge.

At the back of the field was another OS employee, tail runner Tara ANGLIM. I overtook her on my second run down the hill with partially sighted runner Khalid ELKHEREIJI. Last time I ran with Khalid was when he made his parkrun debut back in February. Then we took about 30 minutes to complete the course. This weekend, he completed it in 22:56, making it his 3rd PB in four weeks. A pretty impressive improvement! These statistics were pointed out to me yesterday evening at a Hardley Runners Christmas ‘do’ by Tara’s dad, Mick. Mick was another OS employee until earlier this year when he retired. Amongst the many other ways in which Mick contributes to the local running scene, he is a frequent run director at Brockenhurst parkrun - he clearly spends far too much time studying run results!

All 502 runners and the many volunteers who came along yesterday were treated to glorious sunshine and still, if rather chilly, air. This, no doubt, contributed to 84 people running a PB. Of these, possibly the most impressive was Alec RAMSAY who ran his PB of 21:31 having already run 86 previous parkruns.

First to finish was Matthew EMERY in a time of 17:15 with Andy GRIGGS hot on his heels in second place. First woman home was Emma HOPKINS in 21:03.

Congratulations to Phil WORRALL, Richard CHARNEY, Rachel SMITH, Jonathan SMITH, Wendy BRENT and Inez WALKER who all completed their 50th parkrun.


Men's placings:

  1. Matthew EMERY (SM25-29) of Southampton AC, was first over the line in 17:15 - 4th time in 11 appearances.
  2. Andy GRIGGS (VM35-39) of Lordshill Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:17 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
  3. Damon ROBERTS (SM18-19) of Southampton AC, was third over the line in 17:19.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  1. Tim HART (Lordshill Road Runners) 5878 pts.
  2. James HOWELLS (Unattached) 5260 pts.
  3. Sam GRANT (Unattached) 5128 pts.

Women's placings:

  1. Emma HOPKINS (SW20-24) of New Forest Runners, was first (46th overall) over the line in 21:03 - third time in 46 appearances.
  2. Katie Elizabeth PONTIN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (61st overall) over the line in 21:30.
  3. Sheila FOX (VW60-64) (Unattached) was third (80th overall) over the line in 21:57.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  1. Debbie LLOYD (Lordshill Road Runners) 6138 pts.
  2. Karen PIGGOTT (Unattached) 5231 pts.
  3. Emily SMITH (Lordshill Road Runners) 5158 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  1. Sheila FOX (VW60-64) was graded 87.17% for the time 21:57 (80th overall).
  2. Michael SMITH (VM65-69) was graded 83.88% for the time 20:22 (32nd overall).
  3. Jennifer RICHMOND (VW60-64) was graded 78.58% for the time 25:03 (197th overall).

This week there were 502 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.

Southampton parkrun started on 7th July 2012, and since then 6,938 different runners, including participants from 306 athletics clubs, have completed 49,227 runs covering a total distance of 246,135 km, and there have been 11,235 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Lorna RUSSELL who ran in a time of 00:16:40 on 2013-05-18 (event number 46), and by Lorna RUSSELL who also ran 00:16:40 on 2013-07-20 (event number 55).
The men's record is held by Alex WALL-CLARKE who ran in a time of 00:15:09 on 2013-12-14 (event number 76).
The Age Grade course record is held by Richard NERURKAR who recorded a 90.68% run (16:16) on 19th April 2014 (event number 96).

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