Landmark business destination, Lakeside North Harbour Portsmouth, has teamed up with local schoolteacher Rob Hall, to launch the latest parkrun in Portsmouth. parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
With parkrun recently making headline news, the team at Lakeside North Harbour were delighted to welcome the latest route in the parkrun family, joining over 450 other parkruns in the UK. The first parkrun took place at Lakeside on Saturday April 30th and attracted over 165 runners. Karen Andrews recorded the fastest female time of 19:47 and Julian Manning recorded the fastest male time of 16:28.
These events mainly take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and the organisers of parkrun encourage a wide range of people to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; everyone is welcome.
Rob, a keen runner as well as a teacher, approached Lakeside after being involved in another event that used Lakeside as a venue. “The free timed 5k run takes place every Saturday morning at 0900, tied in to all other parkruns across the UK. Over 85,000 parkrunners took part across the UK last Saturday, and Lakeside will help swell that number. Lakeside is an ideal venue with loads of free parking and a fabulous scenic route, ideal for participants at all stages of fitness.”
Karen Tyrrell, Client and Communications Manager at Lakeside North Harbour, says: “parkrun is the ideal way to get you fit. We are already used as a venue for Portsmouth Joggers, so Lakeside is perfect for a fun event like parkrun. We are very pleased to be able to offer events like these to the Portsmouth community.”
Rob says: “If you would like to sign up for parkrun at Lakeside North Harbour, you just need to register online at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/portsmouthlakeside/ and download and print a barcode which you take along with you when you run. If you don’t take your barcode then you don’t get a time. All the details can be found on the website, so make sure that you follow the instructions – and we look forward to seeing you on a Saturday morning soon!”