parkrun report 18th May 2019.

parkrun report 18th May 2019.

Another Saturday morning and once again runners from far and wide gather at Speakers Corner,

Southsea to get their weekly fix of parkrun. An eclectic mix if ever I saw one.
This week the local press are here and photos both posed and natural are taken for publishing in next weeks The News, so watch out, the camera never lies!

On a personal note for me, this week run will be more of a shuffle than anything else as I am still nursing a calf injury, hence the rather fetching compression socks.
The conditions were close to perfect today and this was proven by an amazing 79 PB’s out of 459 finishers. That really is a fair chunk of the field and it is great to see people making so much progress.

I hope no one minds me picking out Sam Trout who not only ran his 200th parkrun today (you kept that quiet Sam) but also celebrated with a pb.

We also welcome 61 first timers to Southsea. If you were a tourist I hope you enjoyed our seaside course and if it was your very first time at parkrun I hope we will see you again soon. It’s always good to have new runners to Southsea and in keeping with the parkrun ethos to get to know new people and welcome them to the phenomenon that is parkrun.

Thanks once again go to the volunteers (21 this week) who gave up their spare time on a Saturday morning to make this event possible. parkrun’s up and down the country rely on willing volunteers week in week out and are what really makes the parkrun scene such a community event. They assist to make the run safe and enjoyable for all participants so let’s never take them for granted and always be willing to show our gratitude be it a “Thanks marshal” or a high five.

See you all next week. Keep fit and healthy!