by Roger Bradley
How has your running of the parkrun affected your family and friends?
Were you, like me, the first member of your family to take part in the Saturday morning 5K? Since my first parkrun at Eastleigh Lakeside Country Park, now at Fleming Park, an increasing number of my family have joined me at various times and at different events around the country including son, daughter, grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law to be. I have noticed running round our course week after week that husbands and wives have been joined by their partners, followed by their children. Let's hope that those children being pushed around today will be future runners joining the family group in years to come. One family who volunteered today by completing the course as tail walkers are the Mastersons, Jake and Marie. They helped Emma COLE to a respectable 54 minutes. Remember that there are many volunteer tasks on a Saturday that can be completed, as well as going round the course and getting another barcode registered.
In the wider send of the word, how about our wider families of the work-place and other leisure pursuits? Not long ago I was the sole representative of The Southampton Grad Band, a wind band, running on the Common, now the results show six finishers this week.
Runners form a community and in evidence of this, the Common parkrun was not the only running event in Southampton on the 19th as the Hampshire Secondary Schools Cross Country was being held at the Sports Centre. This event attracted a father and son, Mike and Martin, to Southampton early so that Mike could run the our parkrun instead of Basingstoke, with Martin supporting and then later in the day roles reversed as Martin ran at the Sports Centre with dad Mike on the side-lines. Of course the Sports Centre needed marshals just like the parkrun, and at least one, Eddie Oliver, having crossed the line was off up the road to assist with the Cross Country event.
More and more conspicuous on the Common are the T-shirts of 17 Port & Maritime of Marchwood, and among them was Simon Tapp running his 150th with Andy Simpson in support. Always have a good look around when you leave, as Lee MASON was lucky to get his gloves back in time for the run, as on returning to the cafe he spotted me on my way to hand them in to the Run Director.
In fact, the Run Director today and next Saturday was Luis WIEDFELDT, with Kate BUDD taking over for the first two weeks of February. 2019 is slipping away already, with or without Brexit. Saturday was Luis's first time as Run Director and he admitted to being a little nervous with regard to having enough volunteers on the day, so remember every time you volunteer it makes for a much more stress-free morning for a Run Director.
The rather damp morning must have put off a few of last week's record of 1,295 finishers, but with 1,126 crossing the line the total was still well over the thousand mark. Congratulations also to Edward HORABIN, Graham PETLEY and Simon TAPP on completing their 150th parkruns, and to first finisher Chris POWNER on setting a new VM35-39 course record of 15:32.
As usual a number of milestone T-shirts were achieved this week, with Phoebe RICHARDS gaining a 10. Marc COLE, hit 50 and now on one hundred runs is Terry GREENING. Congratulations to all, but especially on Eddie BULPITT joining the elite 250 group. Limping to the finish having pulled a muscle on the way round was Gareth Jones, who is only nine runs off the 400 mark. Like me Gareth has seen younger days. When you look back to the results of the first parkrun on the Common there were only 4 males aged 65-69 and one 75-79, compared with this week six 70-74, three 75-79 and too many to count in the 65-69 age group, while the women had just one 65-69 finisher in 2012 compared with eleven 65-69 and one 70-74 this time. Keep on running.
This week 1126 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 94 were first timers and 132 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 58 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 59 volunteers:
Gareth JONES • Roger David BRADLEY • Rob KELLY • Kim Diane KELLY • Roy S MCLOUGHLIN • Trevor Alan ELLERY • Luis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDT • Peter LEWIS • Tony LEES • Alex BEATON • Kate BUDD • David KEATES • Elaine June WINTER • Cary VARDY • Mary NIXON • Catherine CROCKER • Sue WILSON • James Richard Alexander CLARKE • Nic WOOLLARD • Sergio LOPEZ DE BUSTOS • Peter ROE • Kim BATTEN • Isabel HESSEY • Paul Henry ARMSTRONG • Kali BANDA • Zillah LEACH • Debbie LLOYD • Simon FITZJOHN • Emma COLMER • Emma BRADSHAW • Barbara COGMAN • Derek GIBBENS • Vicky TOOMEY • Phil BLAKE • Julian WALLER • Jo ROLFE • William VAN GRUNSVEN • Eva HUANG • Glenn MEDCALF • Kathryn STEPHENSON • Frazer BAILEY • Lois ELLIOTT • Nicky PUGH • Jake MASTERSON • David GRASMEDER • Zebe HARRIS • Glen BARHAM • David BALL • Michael HARTLEY • Aliaksei PILKO • Hannah HARTLEY • Marie MASTERSON • Caroline IRWIN • Will MCGUINNESS • Wenhao WANG • Hayley GATADE • Ian HAMBLY • Milz DECHNIK • Nicolas MOSKALA
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 Mahamed MAHAMED who recorded a time of 14:56 on 17th September 2016 (event number 221) and by Unknown ATHLETE who also recorded a time of 14:56 on 8th September 2018 (event number 323).
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 20,955 participants have completed 203,872 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,019,360 km, including 34,939 new Personal Bests.