The one at the movies. This morning was a special morning at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun for one of the core team. Event Director Robert Alexander HALL has reached the unofficial milestone of 200 runs. Rob first appeared on the parkrun scene back at Havant’s 14th event on the 22nd September 2012 where he ran a respectable 25:06 finishing 36th out of 96 runners. On top of the 200 runs he’s completed over the 225 Saturdays since his first run in 2012, he has also filled no less than 108 volunteer roles over 75 events and set up this very parkrun you’ve attended today! Rob HALL, we salute you sir and thank you for your dedication to parkrun. Just 50 to go until you can claim that very special green shirt.
There was another unofficial milestone as well today and no less impressive than our ED’s 200th run. Junior parkrunner Alexander COLE completed his 100th occasion volunteering, simply amazing. Alex has performed a staggering 102 tasks at 100 events! Well done young man, you are a credit to parkrun. Alex today was our Run Director and did a sterling job standing up in front of a crowd of eager runners to deliver his pre-run brief. It’s not easy to stand up in front of a crowd and address them as an adult let alone at his age, fair play to him and thank you to all of those patiently waited and quietly listened to the brief.
As it’s a bit of a special occasion there obviously had to be a bit of a theme, fancy dress of course! Come and run dressed as a character from the movies was a message that Mr Hall had floated on the Facebook wall. It was nice to see a good collection of parkrunners getting into the spirit of things and attend in a variety of costumes. We had a seriously impressive viking, Indianna Julie, Jaws (totally Jawesome!), Batman, Hulk Hogan, Star Trek, Pink Ladies, Elvis *cough*, Dances with Wolves, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Toto from Wizard of Oz, John Travolta from Staying Alive, Chariots of Fire and many more that I can’t remember I’m afraid, sorry! All a bit of good clean fun on a Saturday morning.
On to official milestones, Sophie Pyman hit 25 volunteers today, Kevin Leighfield racked up 100 runs and Matt Lovesey hit 102 runs but celebrating his 100th due to this being the first Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun this year. There was record turn out with a whopping 207 people in attendance, a great showing for the first parkrun of 2017 at Portsmouth Lakeside. You splashed your way around the soggy Lakeside course this morning and 37 of you scored 37 new PB’s, you can’t have been skipping around those puddles! There were also 34 first timers welcomed, with just 7 of the first timers being completely new to parkrun, welcome to the parkrun family! The rest of the first timers all tourists from other events. Lots of local tourists from Southsea, Havant, Emsworth but also some from as far afield as Richmond, Killerton and Blickling parkruns. Thank you for making the trip down to visit us, we hope you enjoyed your run and popped into Starbucks for some apres-parkrun socialising, an essential part of any parkrun. There was also a stack of cakes and popcorn available as always supplied by the runners (thank you Havant Cake Club), you can see why some have affectionately nicknamed it ‘Cakeside’.
Next up, the results, today’s first finisher was Rebecca MOORE from Chichester over the line in 17:37. Second female finisher was Kate RICHARDS, followed by Emma DENHAM. The first male finisher was Adam BARLOW in 18:11, very closely followed by Rob WILSONand then Ainsley ROOD. See the results below for the full breakdown of times and the points table.
Once again a big thank you to all the volunteers who enable us to run. It’s a great fun thing to do and really is simple. Give it a go in 2017, get involved, it opens up a whole new side to parkrun and there is nothing difficult, all roles can be learnt on the day, you just need to arrive slightly earlier. Check out the future roster page in the volunteer page and drop us an email. It’s that easy.