Southsea parkrun #120

This week's run report comes fresh of his 100th parkrun - Great effort Brett

This morning saw much more typical cold weather conditions for January with a lot less wind but some frost on shaded parts of the course. Good PB potential? It also saw my 100th parkrun and 96th at Southsea. It was great to see all the familiar faces down there that I have got to know over the last 2 years or so. I have really met some great people who are now friends in that time. Saturdays would not be complete without parkrun and a tea and bacon sandwich in Rocksby's afterwards. It was much more enjoyable than my first (no. 2) when I pulled a calf muscle just 2 weeks before the Great South Run in 2013. I took today a little easier as I have the Stubbington 10k on Sunday.

344 runners started, the 3rd highest ever. There were 55 Southsea first-timers of whom 34 were running in their first ever parkrun. Let's hope they enjoyed it and will be back.

The first male was Lordshill's Danny White (17:20) who smashed 15 seconds off his PB after 32 Southsea runs. 2nd was City of Portsmouth's Robert Weeks (17:56) and 3rd was Southampton's Robert Dempster (18:06).

The first 3 females were all regulars. First was Emma Jolley (19:25) with Portsmouth's Emma Willams (20:25) 2nd with a new PB after 61 Southsea runs and 3rd was Hayley Newell (21:44).

There were a whopping 95 PBs. Some Southsea stalwarts achieved some great PBs today including Anthony Court after 87 Southsea runs, Harold Price after 78, David Brookes after 61, Warren Barker after 43,  Freddie Marshman 41 and Fran Marshman after 34.

Susie Tebbutt of Baffins Fit Club knocked an amazing 1 minute 8 seconds off her best (2 minutes 43 seconds in the last 2 weeks) and George Collins 66 seconds. It was good to see old work colleague Tim Hill running his fastest since his long injury lay-off too. Hayley Richardson (also Baffins) who has volunteered a massive 38 times beat 30 minutes for the first time at Southsea after 32 runs.

Top age grades were from Martin Williams, Alex Thomas and Emma Jolley.

Special mention to Brian James who first told me about Southsea parkrun  way back in October 2013 who has completed 105 runs and 102 at Southsea, and to Grant, Andy, David, Peter and Paul who set the whole thing up with great determination. Parkrun has helped my running at all other distances.

Thanks as always to the wonderful volunteers who had to stand around in the chilly conditions whilst we enjoyed our run.

Please keep an eye on the website and facebook page as it looks like we will have a change of route for the next 2 weeks, going back to the other side of the pier due to the coastal defences work being done in front of the shelter.

Thanks & see you next week hopefully with no wind!
Brett Rumfitt