Jolley: Super Southsea parkrun kick-starts my weekend

Emma Jolley starred in the Portsmouth Duathlon Series and is a Southsea parkrun regular. Picture: David Brawn
Emma Jolley starred in the Portsmouth Duathlon Series and is a Southsea parkrun regular. Picture: David Brawn
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Southsea parkrun

Emma Jolley completed her 100th parkrun and recorded an amazing 57th first place at Southsea on Saturday.

The wind was a bit gusty on the seafront so it made fast times difficult.

But Jolley, who has done 87 of her parkruns at Southsea, enjoyed the morning.

She said: ‘It was a tough wind out there so I’m still pleased with my time (19min 23sec) and consistency.

‘As always, the great team of volunteers and fellow runners were very encouraging and supportive.

‘Southsea parkrun kick-starts my weekends, whether I am running or volunteering, and has become a big part of my social life and training schedule too.

‘We also make it a family event and even when I go away, I try to do be a parkrun tourist.

‘Southsea is my favourite as not only is it a straight-forward and fast course (when there is no wind), but it is a very well organised event which is very welcoming to first timers, those new to running and tourists.

‘There is a very friendly, social and supportive attitude among all the regulars too.’

World para triathlon champion Lauren Steadman showed she is flying with a strong new personal best of 20.23.

Rhiannon Dunlop also managed a new best with her time of 20.01.

Southsea first timer Tim Grose, of Walton AC, enjoyed his run as he crossed the line in first place (18.03).

The parkrun takes place at Southsea Esplanade, starting at Speakers’ Corner near Rockbys Restaurant, Southsea, PO5 3PG, every Saturday (9am).