Lahlal leads the way with new personal best at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun

Lakeside parkrun held their first event on Saturday, April 30
Lakeside parkrun held their first event on Saturday, April 30
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Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun - Event number six saw 129 runners completed the 5k course.

After a friendly run briefing from Dean Crispin they were soon away on the scenic course at Lakeside, North Harbour.

Well done to Victory runner Zack Lahlal who was first finisher on Saturday with a time of 17min 18sec – a new personal best for him on the course.

Anne Buckley was the first lady to finish, recording a time of 21.34.

It was a special occasion for Sophie Easton who celebrated her 50th parkrun with a new personal best time for the course.

Two new runners to Lakeside have both completed more than 300 parkruns.

Neil Chapman finished his 375th event with Pat McGrath completing his 331st.

There was a big turnout from Portsmouth Joggers with Kiernan Easton, Laura Diamond, Mike Collins, Julia McGrath and Sarah Thompson all recording new personal bests for the Lakeside course.

The volunteers were great and helped to make it a superb, friendly atmosphere.

For Saturday they still need some help to fill all the positions.

Some of the roles can be filled by people who are also running the event like report writer, briefing for new runners and course set-up.

For more information about the parkrun see the website

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University of Portsmouth runner Ryan Whatling finished first in the 140th event with a time of 18min 05sec.

Matthew Salt, of Dacorum & Tring, finished next in 18.14 with Emma Jolley first lady (19.36).

It was another big turnout with 320 runners finishing the 5k on Southsea esplanade.