Southsea parkrun #131

Southsea parkrun #131

A beautiful morning greeted the 310 runners today which was a relief after the troubles caused by Storm Katie last week. Most of the stones had been cleared from the promenade by the council for which we are grateful.

This was Southsea stalwart Katherine Newell's 100th parkrun (98 at Southsea) and there was a large round of applause after the run briefing. As she suspected, she had to run with balloons attached to her! Watch out for a couple of other 100th parkruns in the next few weeks.

There were 38 Southsea first-timers today of whom 23 were running their first ever parkrun. I hope you enjoyed it and will be back next week.

First male home was Denmead Strider Julian Manning in an excellent 16:32 over a minute ahead of team-mate Gary Armstrong (17:51). Julian has won all of his 5 runs at Southsea. 3rd was Lordshill Road Runner Danny White (17:55).

1st female runner was Emma Jolley in 19:19, with 2nd was Emma Williams of City of Portsmouth AC missing her PB by an agonising 1 second in 20:26, and 3rd was her team-mate Katie Carew-Robinson in 22:19.

There were 56 PBs today and notable ones for Matthew Smith, after 36 runs at Southsea, Courtenay Bridgeman after 28, Jenny Curwood, after 18, Portsmouth Jogger Davina Glading also after 18 and John Gosling after 16.

The highest age-graded percentages achieved today were 1st Martin John Williams 83.94%, 2nd was Julian Manning 82.56% and 3rd Emma Jolley 77.14%.

The three leaders in the men's points total are still Martin John Williams, David Brookes and Daniel Shawyer.

The three ladies points leaders are Emma Williams, Gemma Brookes and Emma Jolley.

Thank you as always to the great volunteers. We still have a few vacancies for the next few weeks. Next week and the week after it would be really helpful if someone could volunteer as funnel manager or photographer or marshal. Also if someone could write a run report on the 9th that would be much appreciated.