Warm bright sunshine greeted the 457 parkrunners who attended Winchester parkrun today. The trees surrounding the playing fields are turning into a medley of autumnal colours. You can probably tell it is one of my favourite times of the year! It was my 100th parkrun today.
I set off in November 2014 not thinking I could ever finish 5k let alone anything further but I felt instantly heartened by parkrun being for all ages, shapes and sizes. parkrun (and running generally) has become a much treasured time to pause the rollercoaster of work and a young family. Even if I cannot stamp out my worries, a run will always bring some clarity and peace. Along the way I've made some great friends - I always look forward to running banter with Ianthe, Eleni and Christina who were with me today, Katy far away in the distance! 28 minutes flies by with friends.
So a big thank you to my husband who encouraged me to do that first parkrun nearly 5 years ago, and the volunteers without whom parkrun is not possible. The Clarendon Marathon is still on my bucket list but will have to wait while I get some more miles in my legs! Good luck to all those taking part and enjoy the stunning autumnal colours on 6th October.
Personal statistics - 99 parkruns at Winchester, 1 at Southampton on New Years Day as Winchester was under water!
3 people completed their 50th parkruns today - well done to Colin Scott, Julia Scott and Julian Hamblin.
2 juniors completed their 10th parkruns today - congratulations to Benjamin Batho and Alex Whittaker who marked the occasion with a new PB!
There were 58 were first timers and 64 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Geoffrey MEADS • Sarah Rachel DENNISON • David HOWELLS • Rob PORTER • Henry LAU • Ann STANHOPE • James SALTER • Joe HEMMANT • Rachel BATCHELOR • Lynn MCKEAGUE • John LA TROBE BATEMAN • Alexandra CHESSUM • Peter HAWKER • Julia BROOK • Carol PUSEY • Claire HOLLICK • James WHITE • Michael COLEMAN • John GRIFFIN • Ian PARKER • Jennifer LEISHMAN • Charlotte COULSON • Sally WESLEY • Michael S HOLLIS • Ethan WEBSTER • Jacob PRIDDLE • Alexander MANSFIELD • Kate OFFER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Winchester parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Carmen SANCHEZ TORIBIO who recorded a time of 17:20 on 16th May 2015 (event number 112).
The male record is held by Andy GREENLEAF who recorded a time of 15:22 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 321).
The Age Grade course record is held by Denise TOBIN who recorded 91.18% (23:38) on 20th April 2019 (event number 307).
Winchester parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 11,389 participants have completed 82,319 parkruns covering a total distance of 411,595 km, including 13,835 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,042 individuals have volunteered 6,914 times.