Southsea parkrun fast show provides personal bests aplenty 

The start of Southsea parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
The start of Southsea parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
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It was a good show at Southsea parkrun on Saturday with lots of new personal bests set.

Craig Berryman, Dan Slayford and Adam Chant all beat their previous fastest times for the course.

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The unusual weather conditions certainly required a change of tactics.

The breeze was from the east meaning runners were battling against it on the way out but it then provided a welcome push as they stormed back along the promenade during the second half of the 5k.

Normally it is the other way around and the second half of the parkrun is tougher.

Havant athlete Berryman has already clocked some of his best cross-country times for many years and he’s now back under 17 minutes for the 5k for the first time since 2011.

He took first place with a time of 16min 56sec.

Slayford has been competing in the Hampshire Cross Country League and he’s a regular at the front of the parkruns. He finished second in 17.19.

For Chant the parkrun times have been getting quicker and he set his new Southsea best of 17.33 on Saturday in third position.

He’s been getting guidance from Denmead Striders maestro Julian Manning in training.

Some hard sessions alongside Manning and club-mate Gary Armstrong are paying off.

Taunton’s Kate Drew made her first visit to Southsea parkrun and she finished first lady with a time of 20.25.

She did Pontypridd parkrun last weekend in a quick time of 18.37.

Kelly Tingey-Russell finished second lady and it was her maiden appearance at the parkrun.

In total 66 people beat their personal bests on Saturday and 428 people completed the 5k.

Esme Webber and Steven White both completed their 100th parkruns.

It was the 269th event along the promenade.

Matthew Madill was right on time as he finished first at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun.

The Denmead Striders ace clocked 18.50 which equalled his personal best for the 5k around the lake.

Bournemouth AC junior runner Amelia Reynolds was the first female finisher as she completed the course in 20.16. It was her first time at the Lakeside event.

Rowena Barker made it two juniors at the front as she ran 20.57 and finished second female.

Lynn Hansell completed her 100th parkrun.

Sandra Hill, Jamie Palmer and Andrew Flynn all joined the 50 milestone club.

The 220th Chichester parkrun saw James Baker finish in first position with a time of 17.40 with Max Costley second in 18.17.

Alice Wright, who runs for Buckinghamshire club Vale of Aylesbury, was the first female finisher.

She completed the course in a time of 19.35.

Bethan Everson was second lady as she ran 21.05.

The 5k at Oaklands Park had 193 finishers with 16 volunteers.

Ellen Douglas finished her 50th parkrun.

The course is three laps of Oaklands Park.

It is undulating, predominately grass with a compact gravel path and tarmac section.

All the parkrun events rely on volunteers to ensure they can go ahead each week.

They start at 9am on Saturday mornings.

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