This Saturday's parkrun brought dry conditions but a strong south-westerly cross wind that never really helped the 300 runners but hindered seemingly in both directions.
The highlight was Ben Stewart of Itchen Spitfires being presented with L-plates to attach to his shirt as he was getting married later that day at 2:30pm. Congratulations to Ben and now-wife Sharon from Best Man Paul and also Jessie, the Ritchie family and friends and all at Southsea parkrun. Respect is due to Ben for managing to do parkrun on such a busy day for him.
It was also the 50th parkrun for Jo Paige who has run all 50 at Southsea. Also reaching 50 and also all at Southsea were Debbie Sutton and Diane Hall. Benedict Deboo also reached this landmark. Watch out for some Southsea stalwarts reaching 100 in the next few weeks.
1st male was Denmead Striders' Jon Sullivan- welcome back Jon,
2nd was Chelmsford AC's Nathan Brearley who is in the 15-17 age group, and
3rd was Portsmouth Triathltetes' Piotr Meller
1st female was Emma Jolley after her success in the Duathlon last Sunday.
2nd was Katie Carew-Robinson of City of Portsmouth AC, and
3rd was Isabelle Brydon also of City of Portsmouth AC who is in the 11-14 age group. It is good to see Junior parkrunners like Isabelle and Freya Foord coming through and taking on the longer distances.
Best age graded times were:
1st Martin John Williams of City of Portsmouth AC 81.65%. (Martin is also way ahead in the male poimts table follwed by DavId Brookes and Daniel Shawyer).
2nd Reggie Ball of City of Portsmouth AC 79.21%
3rd Emma Jolley 76.09%. Emma is currently 3rd in the female points table behind Emma Williams and Gemma Brookes.
These percentages are of the world records for their ages and sexes so are an interesting way to compare performances.
There were 44 Southsea First-timers and 29 PBs .
Once again thanks to the wonderful volunteers who make the event what is is today. Volunteers are always welcome. Please consider helping out especially if you are out injured or have a race on the next day. Don't forget some of us have a coffee, tea or something to eat in Rocksby's cafe after and all are welcome.