by Gareth Jones
Today, on a bright but chilly morning, we had 925 runners. Among those achieving parkrun milestones were junior runners Oscar DAVIES and George GIBSON, earning the white T-shirts of the 10 Club (Oscar with a PB), Sarah FITTON (also with a PB), Tom HEARN, Rachel NICE and Sian SELWAY, joining the red 50 Club army, and centurions Mike GORDON, Andy MACKENZIE and Frans ROELOFSE, qualifying for black T-shirts. No green ones this time, but my fellow-scribe Roger BRADLEY notched up his 200th parkrun, while Alison CROOKS and Patrick JANSEN were probably unaware that their 257th parkruns represent the second largest known Fermat prime, the sort on number I'm more interested in. (The next one is 65537, so I don't expect any of us to manage that.)
We had the usual gathering of visitors from distant parts. Prominent among these, in fourth place, was Andy GARDINER, with 366 parkruns at nearly 100 different venues. Andy runs with San Domenico RC. You might suspect that San Domenico is a Caribbean island, or possibly that the club consists of athletically-minded Dominican friars, but I'm afraid you would be wrong: the club is based in the leafier suburbs of Cardiff (these do exist - it's not all Tiger Bay there, boyo!). Although I come from Cardiff, I have never understood how the club got its name: possibly something to do with a musical instrument shop of the same name within the city. (Cardiff also has a running club called Les Croupiers, which requires some explaining: early sponsorship by a local casino, in this case!)
Other long-distance visitors included Tom HEARN, who runs with Swansea Harriers, and Frans ROELOFSE, with Bellahouston RR in Glasgow, though his name and parkrun CV suggest a South African connection. Fifth-placed Richard ANDERSON is with Holmfirth Harriers, in Yorkshire, though he does most of his parkrunning in the Lake District (lucky man).
Last week, Jill WHITE reported here on Alex TEUTEN reducing our course record to 14:50, but what about the women's record? Lorna RUSSELL's 16:40 has stood for nearly six years. Ceri ADAMS came close with 16:43, but since 2014 no woman has run under 17 minutes. Louise DAMEN and Sarah KINGSTON have both run sub-18 this year, but unless we get a very fast visitor I can't see those times of Lorna and Ceri being challenged. Two weeks ago I predicted here that Alex was capable of breaking our record, and a week later he did just that. Maybe I should stick my neck out again and predict that in a couple of years Annie MANN (a JW11-14 with current PB 18:02) will be capable of taking the women's record. If she does, I can say I told you so, and if she doesn't, you will I hope have forgotten my prediction.
Finally an early warning: on Easter Saturday (April 20th) and the following Saturday (27th), our start/finish area of the Common will be devoted to entertainment of a less athletic nature, so we will move to our reserve course, starting and finishing just north of the Cowherds car park.
This week 925 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 165 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:
Gareth JONES • Rob KELLY • Kim Diane KELLY • Tamsyn May SMITH • Stuart SMITH • Adam WILLS • Peter LEWIS • Jenny Clare BICKERSTAFF • Elaine June WINTER • Rob CALLEN • Sue WILSON • Nic WOOLLARD • Ian HART • Peter ROE • Paul TONGS • Ryan WILSON • Paul Henry ARMSTRONG • Karen PIGGOTT • Kali BANDA • Guy RADFORD • Alison COOPER • Jennifer BALL • Spencer SIM • Barbara COGMAN • Sarah SHERMAN • Kojo AMOASI • Charlotte HIPKISS • Phil BLAKE • Julian WALLER • Jan BRAY • Sarah MUSKETT • Elena CERDAN • Kathryn STEPHENSON • Saskia HARVEY • Alan FRENCH • Alexander JOHNSTON • Dave JUSON • David HARVEY • Fiona DONOVAN • Zebe HARRIS • Glen BARHAM • Ruth MURPHY • Alison CATT • Lorraine KELLETT • Daryus CHANDRA • Flynn MURPHY • Isla MURPHY • Mike ELDRIDGE • Milz DECHNIK • Evie WILLS • April MUNDAY • Nicolas MOSKALA • Jd NICHOLSON • John LAVINGTON • Cevn VIBERT • Ceri VIBERT
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 21,870 participants have completed 214,380 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,071,900 km, including 36,437 new Personal Bests.