Massive congratulations to the 168 runners (47 first timers) and hardcore volunteers who braved the bitterly cold temperature for yesterday’s Lakeside Parkrun.
Yesterday was my first time at Lakeside and it certainly won’t be my last – whilst writing this report, I was surprised to learn that this is the 31st week at Lakeside. As a Fareham Crusader, a few of us met there to celebrate Allie Hodgson’s 50th Parkrun. Upon arrival I was delighted to be able to find the ‘start’ location without any delay due to its luminous sign. I sat in my car with my heated seats on for as long as I could get away with!
Soon it was time to leave the warm comfort of the car and join the debrief for first timers at Lakeside. Having just returned from injury with a strained hip flexor, I was slightly nervous, I need not have worried, everyone at Parkrun is so friendly and there is such a mixture of age group and abilities – everyone is so welcoming. The only competition is with yourself.
Soon we were directed to the start line and we were off. It was a rather steady start for me and my usual 9mm pace had dropped to 10.45mm. I think this was a mixture of the cold and my hip taking its time to warm up. It was nice to not run competitively and just enjoy the atmosphere, and chat to other runners. It was also lovely to see a mixture of other club runners there including Stubby’s and Gosport runners – despite being in different clubs- we are all very supportive of each other.
The first mile led us towards the under path and back on ourselves towards the path (which seemed to last forever). I seemed to have warmed up after the first mile and gave Jessica Masey (a fellow Crusader) a tap on the bottom as I passed her. We ran all the way to the waiting photographer, gave a big thumbs up, and looped again… more high fives to fellow Crusaders. I saw a couple of runners who I usually run with, running their home stretch to the finish line. It made me feel a bit sad – but then I thought -how lucky I am to be able to run at all.
I loved the Lakeside Parkrun, the settings are beautiful and you seem to be shielded from the wind which is a bonus! It’s also nice and flat which means that there is massive PB potential for the more competitive runner!
I knew that a PB was not in sight for me today, but I still managed to get my signature sprint in at the end… albeit, I did get overtaken by an 8 year old and thanked my lucky stars a photographer wasn’t there to capture the magic moment.
There were a massive 45 PB’s this week which is just incredible. Perhaps everyone was running harder to keep warm?!
I thanked the volunteers at the end and ate some of Allie’s biscuits, I then made my way to Starbucks for a signature hot choccy! Until next week Parkrun!
Have you ran Lakeside?
What’s your favourite Parkrun course and why?