Fantastic Bayside Tri takeover at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun

The volunteers at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun on Saturday for the Bayside Tri takeover. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (171621-4544)
The volunteers at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun on Saturday for the Bayside Tri takeover. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (171621-4544)
Elliott Evans, coach Terry Price and Hollie Thurgood. Picture: Paul Smith

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The Bayside Tri club took on the volunteer roles at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun on Saturday.

It was another enjoyable event along the seafront at Lee as Bayside chairman Lee Rhodes and the team ensured everyone had fun.

Event director Maggie Atkinson was pleased with the takeover and the core Lee-on-the-Solent team provided support.

She said: ‘Everything went really well, there was a large volunteer contingent from Bayside Triathlon club. Lee Rhodes gave the main run briefing.

‘Everyone enjoyed themselves, with many doing roles for the first time.

‘As event director at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun, myself and the core team enjoy supporting local clubs taking over the roles, and are planning takeovers for 2018.’

It was quite a windy morning, meaning it was a challenge for those chasing personal bests.

Fortunately many excellent pacers were helping out from Bayside Tri and also from Fareham Crusaders.

They clearly did a great job as despite the tough breeze a fantastic 55 new personal bests were recorded.

The popular 5k event at Lee had 327 finishers on Saturday, with 28 first timers to the event and this included 16 who were doing their first parkrun.

Lewis Banner finished first on Saturday with a time of 17.14. Matthew Brown was second (18.34) with Neil Coulson in third (18.40).

City of Portsmouth’s Katie Simister was the first female finisher as she ran 20.05. Hannah Dodwell had a good run to finish second and set a personal best of 20.47.

Meanwhile, young Ben May completed his 10th run as a junior at Fareham parkrun on Saturday. Claire Wragg and Steve Wragg both completed their 50th parkrun.

It was a superb event on a lovely crisp, if a little chilly morning as 198 runners, joggers and walkers completed the 5k.

The amazing volunteers turned out despite the cold to ensure everyone could get their parkrun fix.

Fareham parkrun organisers are always grateful to the volunteers.

They welcome newcomers to join in, either with taking part in the 5k or helping out as a volunteer. It is great fun to help and the event has a friendly, fun atmosphere.

Robert Dempster finished first on Saturday (18.12).

David Fleet, of Fareham Crusaders, finished in second place after running exactly the same time as his course personal best (19.22). David Mallard took third position.

City of Portsmouth’s Nicole Ainsworth finished first female in 20.17 with her club-mate Eleanor Purdue second 21.48 and Susan Bryan third (21.50).