Happy 15th Birthday Parkrun

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Happy 15th Birthday Parkrun

Paul Sinton-Hewitt has got a lot to answer for (and it’s all good!).

Every week 350,000 people congregate at their local Parkrun at 09:00 on a Saturday and run, jog and walk their way round the 5km course. Everyone that finishes gets a time, a record of the achievement kept and it’s all free. Some race it, some use it as part of training for other events, some use it for the social interaction that it brings, some for the mental and physical health benefits that sport gives and some just do it for the fun of it (hopefully that’s most of us).

Those taking part couldn’t do it without the dedication and enthusiasm of the Race Directors and volunteers who give up their own time to allow this to take place. We owe these volunteers a huge thank you.

15 years ago Paul and a few friends (13 runners I believe) hosted the first Parkrun, although at the time it was called the Bushy Park Time Trial and I’m pretty sure he couldn’t have predicted the Parkrun phenomenon that would follow.

We’re really lucky at Bayside Tri Club to have 6 different Parkruns within a 10km radius (7 if you include the Isle of Wight but that’s a little trickier to get to !) and we’ve started a monthly Parkrun Tour. The aim of the Parkrun tour is to visit a local Parkrun en masse, wearing club colours, have a warm up, encourage each other round the course, bring a few supporters with us and then go for a coffee afterwards.

This month we decided that we didn’t need to go anywhere other than Lee on the Solent (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/leeonthesolent/ ), our home Parkrun, as we wanted as many members as possible to help them celebrate the 15th birthday.

The weather was perfect and despite a number of Baysiders being away racing over the weekend we had a great turnout. We had 19 finishers, 2 first timers and 1 PB + some great support.

We’ll continue to support the local Parkruns, they bring so much to the local community with friendships made, encouragement given and so many other benefits.

Thank you Paul Sinton-Hewitt and all involved in Parkrun.

PstnNameTimeAge CatAge GradeM/FPB
6Tommy BLAKE18:29JM15-1774.12%MPB stays at 00:18:00
28Lee RHODES20:20VM40-4469.18%MPB stays at 00:19:36
29John BLAKE20:22VM45-4971.28%MNew PB!
38Hayden YOUNG20:49VM35-3965.09%MPB stays at 00:19:38
52Matthew EVANS21:39VM45-4966.51%MPB stays at 00:20:11
73Neil KENT22:50VM50-5464.60%MFirst Timer!
75James HOPSON22:53SM30-3456.52%MPB stays at 00:21:02
82Lara EVANS23:04VW40-4468.21%FPB stays at 00:21:45
84Philip MARTIN23:05VM55-5968.30%MPB stays at 00:21:07
114Sarah BORTHWICK24:12SW25-2961.16%FPB stays at 00:22:52
129Gary SOLLY24:38VM55-5962.92%MPB stays at 00:23:58
147Erika TAVENER25:43VW40-4460.73%FPB stays at 00:25:17
160Geoffrey COOK26:14VM55-5960.61%MPB stays at 00:22:55
192Lee JORDAN26:55VM40-4450.71%MFirst Timer!
247Amanda CROFTS28:43VW45-4956.41%FPB stays at 00:27:19
258Penny Nash29:05VW50-5457.65%FPB stays at 00:27:39
284Steve SAMWAYS29:48VM45-4948.71%MPB stays at 00:22:44
302Emma ADOLPHO31:00VW35-3949.03%FPB stays at 00:28:31
303Kev ASTON31:00VM40-4444.35%MPB stays at 00:26:52
Lee Rhodes

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