by Sean Ewings
So is this the new norm? Just two weeks after a record-breaking turnout, Southampton parkrun recorded its second highest ever turnout with a huge 1137 in all. This maintains the run of 1000+ parkrunners for each event this year. This increase in numbers is perhaps not unexpected: in previous years we have seen a sharp increase in January, perhaps owing to the power of all that food related guilt from Christmas and New Year's resolutions. If the year follows previous patterns, we might now say "so long New Year's resolutions" and see a bit of a drop through February and March before coming back up again in April and May to coincide with the warmer weather (remember that?) and the Southampton half-marathon.
Of course, in amongst all those people there are many different stories. Firstly, the milestones: congratulations to Joshua MERRITT, Logan AXFORD-MEENS and Callum TRUEMAN (who all ran their tenth run); Louisa REYNOLDS, Ian Leary, Gemma WAUGHMAN and Agnieszka GRABOWSKA (running number 50); Elizabeth WHITE, Mark WAUGHMAN, Dave CHURCH and James GIBSON (100); and to those reaching the unofficial/T-shirtless milestones of 150 (Beth KEENAN, Lucy COWLIN, Hayley NEWMAN, Richard JACOB) and 200 (Teri PRAGNELL).
Secondly, welcome and well done to all the first timers, 109 in total - 64 brand newbies and 45 visitors. We hope you will all be second timers very soon!
Thirdly, a well done to the 170 of you who nailed a PB and set the bar for the rest of the year. Also, a mention for Chris POWNER, who again, set a new age-grade record as he cruised home as first finisher.
Last, but not least, a huge thank you to the 67 volunteers. It takes a huge effort each week to shepherd such a large group of people around the common: from those you can see and thank as you run round the course, cross the line and get scanned, but also those who do all the unnoticed work in pulling the volunteers together to begin with, those who re-sort the tokens, those who set-up and take-down the ever-increasing finish funnel, and more besides. The biggest thank you that you can offer is to return the favour, so please do consider volunteering!
This week 1137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 109 were first timers and 170 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 67 volunteers:
Gareth JONES • Rob KELLY • Kim Diane KELLY • Roy S MCLOUGHLIN • Trevor Alan ELLERY • Russell FINN • Susan MADDOCKS • Luis Adrian ROSAS WIEDFELDT • Laura TOMEI • Eddie BULPITT • Peter LEWIS • Alex BEATON • Elaine June WINTER • Sean EWINGS • Lynne NEWSON • Stuart Peter MELLOR • Stephen NOTON • Paul NEWSON • Sue WILSON • Marion HEDLEY LEWIS • Caro GARRETT • Nic WOOLLARD • Sergio LOPEZ DE BUSTOS • Ian HART • Peter ROE • Kim BATTEN • Stewart GALE • Paul Henry ARMSTRONG • Martin CANSDALE • Brandon MULLINER • Hannah DIAPER • Kali BANDA • Debbie LLOYD • Michael SIMMS • Simon FITZJOHN • David DUGGAN • Derek GIBBENS • Phil BLAKE • Paul LEEMING • Jo ROLFE • Glenn MEDCALF • Elena CERDAN • Lois ELLIOTT • Jane OLIVER • Jonathan STANGER • Katie STANGER • Michael CARTER • Alexander JOHNSTON • Nicky PUGH • Christine HILL • Dave JUSON • Rosemary HILL • Maria WESTCOTT • Alan MCAULEY • Sarah WEBB • Ruth MURPHY • Alison CATT • David BALL • Liam BARRY-CARROLL • Josephine HARTLEY • Hannah HARTLEY • Isla MURPHY • Caroline IRWIN • Mike ELDRIDGE • Milz DECHNIK • Je-An SHIELDS • 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 21,064 participants have completed 205,009 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,025,045 km, including 35,109 new Personal Bests.