Yesterday (Saturday 13th March) was the 52nd notparkrunday. That’s a whole year without parkrun. When Covid-19 caused parkrun to be suspended back in March 2020, Mrs Chippy and I decided we would carry on with our regular 5 km runs at 9 am on a Saturday morning. Originally, we called them Socially Distanced Runs, until the notparkrunday word was created. I don’t think anyone expected parkrun to be suspended for more than a few weeks – there was astonishment when we reached 13.
There have now been 23 Saturdays without a parkrun in the UK – or indeed most of the rest of the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that, for the first time since its inception in 2004, all events were suspended in March. Since then, only New Zealand has been able to restart (but has subsequently been re-suspended). Yes, we were 90% proud of New Zealand parkrun, but 10% jealous!
How have we coped? How have dedicated parkrunners managed without our weekly fix of running and camaraderie. [Read more…] about parkrun – it goes beyond running
If you were near Fleming Park last Saturday morning (21st April) you might have seen a number of tutu-clad people – both male and female – heading to or from Dragonfly Park. What was going on? Was it a flash-mob performance of Swan Lake? A group of half-hearted entrants to a drag-queen competition? Take-your-ballet-dancer to work day?
The reason was far more exciting than those possibilities. It was the occasion of the 400th Eastleigh parkrun, and the event organisers thought that a tutu-wearing event would be a good way to celebrate. [Read more…] about Eastleigh parkrun 400
A few years ago someone told me that a group of people meet in Fleming Park every Saturday morning to run 5 km. My first thought was “why would they do that?”, swiftly followed by an assumption that it was a training run for a local running club, and wouldn’t be open to non-runners like me.
That’s before I discovered parkrun. I ran my first parkrun – after over 25 years of not running – in March 2015 and since then have been back 100 times – pretty much every week. I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked. [Read more…] about parkrun 101 – a run (or walk) in the park
The Hendy Ford Eastleigh 10k Road Race 2016 will take place on Sunday 20 March (Palm Sunday).
This is the 32nd year of the event, which for many years has been sponsored by B&Q. And this year, one of Chandler’s Ford Today’s contributors will be taking part. [Read more…] about Support St John Ambulance: Hendy Ford Eastleigh 10k Road Race 2016
There were extra opportunities for a parkrun over the Christmas period in Eastleigh.
As well as the standard Saturday morning events, runs were also organised for Christmas and New Year’s Day mornings. In addition, the New Year’s Day events in Winchester and Southampton started 90 minutes later.
This gave the truly dedicated a total of five parkruns in nine days. I managed three of the five – so I must be semi-dedicated. [Read more…] about News from Eastleigh parkrun
Did you know that Eastleigh held its 250th parkrun last weekend?
We’re a quarter of the way through the year. How are you getting on with that New Year resolution to take more exercise? You didn’t make such a resolution? No, neither did I, but let’s just pretend that we did.
If, like me, you are not a runner, [Read more…] about Eastleigh: 250th parkrun