Great takeover as Stubbington Green Runners visit Whiteley parkrun

Whiteley parkrun held a brilliant event with Stubbington Green Runners taking over the volunteer roles. Picture: Chris Stapleford
Whiteley parkrun held a brilliant event with Stubbington Green Runners taking over the volunteer roles. Picture: Chris Stapleford
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A big turnout from Stubbington Green Runners helped ensure Whiteley parkrun held a fantastic 75th event on Saturday.

The club members took on the volunteer roles, including providing a team of pacers.

Stubbington Green Runners at Whiteley parkrun. Picture: Chris Stapleford

Stubbington Green Runners at Whiteley parkrun. Picture: Chris Stapleford

It was an excellent showing and lots of people were helped to get new personal bests or achieve target times for the 5k course.

Support was excellent around the course which is at Whiteley Meadowside.

The location for the parkrun is really nice with a good mix of path and a nice short wooded section on each lap.

There are a couple of inclines, just enough to test the legs, while the nice downhill on each lap is a very welcome chance to pick up speed, or recover.

Before the 5k started Simon Gibbon helped to organise the Stubbington (SGR) presence with Richard Jacks the run director.

In total an amazing 60 SGR members were at Whiteley on Saturday either volunteering, running or both. As well as pacers they also provided lots of cakes for the finish.

It was a good total of 222 finishers for event 75 and conditions were excellent with a nice sunny morning. There were 36 first timers and 62 people recorded new personal bests.

Iain Cross finished in first position with a time of 18min 17sec.

Katie Leatherland had a brilliant run to get a new personal best of 19.24 and she finished first lady.

Richard Bowpitt and Martin Read both completed their 50th parkruns.

Young Aidan Hull did his 10th parkrun to join the junior milestone club.

For more information about how to get involved with Whiteley parkrun see the website parkrun.org.uk/whiteley/

The Stubbington 10k race will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2019.

This is a good course and always a hugely popular event at the start of the year.

For entry details see the website 

The run begins in the heart of Stubbington village, with a nice a loop of country lanes, around the fields and scenic coastal roads.