Southsea parkrun # 293 – 20/04/2019

Easter Saturday arrives and with it glorious sunshine and temperatures!

Easter at Parkrun Southsea can only mean one thing: The ever chipper Debbie Pentland dressed as an Easter bunny! Nobody quite does fancy dress like Debbie and  today’s effort was no exception. Debbie loves vivid colours and holds a belief that they can help generate energy. Given her obvious energy levels and vivacious character, I’m not going to argue with her.

Anyone who knows Debbie will know she really is inspirational in every sense of the word. Her story of her life, illness and recovery is told in her book Mutiny In My Body which is well worth a read. If you ask her nicely she may lend you a copy.

554 Parkrunner’s turn out for today’s run and at the front of the pack was Adam Barlow running for the Royal Navy who ran 16.36(just 6 second’s short of his pb) pushing a double, yes double buggy with both of his young kids inside! A really amazing piece of running with or without a double buggy.

Was great to see plenty of Parkrun tourism too ; Exeter, Poole, Tipton ,Oxford and a group from Lordshill Runners to name a few. In this weather Southsea is a popular destination for tourist and I’m sure many spend some time here after the event to explore our seaside town.

Christopher Stocks and his team put on a really great Easter Parkrun with so many runners to manage and with unexpected gremlins causing a delay in the results’ Christopher and the team have done sterling work in rectifying the situation and giving up their free time on such a beautiful day to do so. So I’m sure you would all join me in thanking them once again.

Let’s hope for another bright and sunny day for next week’s run.

Happy Easter Parkrunner’s enjoy your well deserved Easter eggs!

Paul Wheeler