James Ashley brings up a parkrun century in first visit to Southsea

James Ashley had a late Christmas present to cheer this year.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 11:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 11:10 am
Southsea parkrun volunteers. Picture: Keith Woodland (281219-3)

The Bournville Harriers’ runner took a trip down to Southsea this weekend to reach a parkrun milestone.

On his first visit to the seafront course, Ashley brought up a century of parkrun events completed.

To mark what was a special occasion, he came home in sixth overall (18:03).

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James Ashley brought up his parkrun century in Southsea. Picture: Keith Woodland (281219-23)

It was a day for first timers in the Southsea parkrun.

Along with centurion Ashley, who was making his first appearance at the course, there were four other runners in the top 20 who were making maiden visits to the seafront event.

Max Cooper needed no time to adapt to conditions at Southsea.

Making his first appearance at the event, he came home first in a time of 16:35.

Runners take on the Southsea parkrun. Picture: Keith Woodland (281219-54)

The Bracknell Athletics Club runner was followed home by Luke Brocks, whose time of 17:22 was a new personal best for him.

Completing the top three was another first timer, Dan Celani, who completed the course in 17:27.

Defence Sports & Recreation runner Richard Adamson finished in seventh (18:38) on what was his maiden Southsea appearance.

John Philip Cooper, who came home in 20th (20:01), was also a Southsea first timer.

Max Cooper led the way in the latest Southsea parkrun. Picture: Keith Woodland (281219-19)

Chichester Runners’ Charlotte Reading led the way in the female section with a new pb (20:13).

n Experienced parkrun campaigner James Baker was first home in the latest event at Havant.

The Chichester Runners athlete broke the tape in a time of 16:46 to hold off Havant Athletics Club’s Alfie Moth, who finished second (19:04).

For Baker, who is a well-known name on the local athletics scene, it was parkrun number 234 that he has now completed.

Runners take on the Southsea parkrun course. Picture: Keith Woodland (281219-45)

Second-placed Moth entered the event having come home first on his previous visit to his hometown course.

However, this time he was forced to settle for a finishing spot behind the vastly experienced Baker.

Leighton Buzzard Athletics Club’s Andy Inchley was the third home (19:15).

In the female event, Saskia Oakley was the first to finish on her maiden appearance at Havant (22:13).

n Craig Berryman maintained his impressive form at the Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun.

The Havant Atheltics Club runner made it four first-placed finishes in his previous six visits to the course (18:45).

Kris Nicholson came home in second (19:18) and Liss Athletics Club’s Rob Fleming followed in third 19:24.

First timer Elly Sykes was the first female to complete the course (21:18).