Terrible conditions fail to cool the minds of parkrunners during the events of Lee-on-the-Solent, Southsea, Havant, Portsmouth Lakeside, Fareham and Whiteley
A strong wind was accompanied by persistent rains, but the seaside course still saw 318 finishers for the last part of their 5 km race on Saturday morning.
In fact, Lee’s popular course has now seen over 300 finishers in each of the previous four events.
In the last run-out before Christmas, 310 runners completed the course, while on Christmas Day (419) and New Years (434) there were over 400 runners.
This time around, in what was only the second leg of the 5k Lee parkrun in 2022, another strong contingent pulled through despite the appalling conditions.
Luke Willis of Gosport Road Runners clocked a personal best 17 minutes and 31 seconds as he was the first to return to the finish at the seaside.
While the Stubbington Green Runners’ team-mates Tim Rolfe (17:55) and Brandon Chaplin (19:08) were the next to complete the 5km course, coming in second and third respectively. Amie Morgan, a member of the Stubbington team, was the first woman to return in 22:36.
n Conditions were windy and wet on the Southsea parkrun course, but there was still a good turnout for the last race.
There was a high number of 460 finishers for the New Year’s 5k Waterfront and although finishing numbers were down from that total last weekend, they still managed to attract 351 on the course on Saturday.
Portsmouth pair of triathletes Ross Patridge (18:26) and Neil Collins (19:05) were first and second behind respectively, while Southsea debutant Neil Moffitt (19:29) followed club teammates.
n Fareham parkrun regular Thomas Wallace started running in 2022 and was the first to complete the Cams Hall 5k course for a second straight week.
After dominating the field of 207 finishers on New Years Day, Wallace was the first of 234 who walked out to Fareham last weekend to return home (17:57).
n Havant faced 192 finishers in the muddy conditions of Staunton Country Park in their second parkrun event of the new year.
Luke Brooks was the first to go through the test conditions and return (19:33).
n The Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun returned after a break over the holiday season, with 180 finishers completing what was the first installment of 2022 at this particular site.
Whiteley parkrun had just over 200 runners involved in their second parkrun of 2022 as 202 finishers returned home.