If you went down to the park on Saturday (16 June) you were in for a big surprise as there were record attendances at Worthing (667) and Horsham (655) parkruns. Both venues were celebrating milestones and with 1,322 participating and 74 volunteers supporting their efforts, Sussex was a beacon of success for parkrun.
With more than 2,000 charities expected to gain in excess of £50 million through the efforts of the 40,000 runners in Virgin Money London Marathon this year, we take a look at fundraising events in runABC South race listings this weekend.
Visually impaired Noel Thatcher MBE has attended six Paralympic Games and won five gold medals, including breaking the 5000m world record at Sydney 2000 with a simply astounding 14:56. Despite ending his Paralympic career at Athens 2004 with fourth places at 5000m (15:16.59) and 10,000m (32:20.76) he is still an active and inspirational figure in the sport.
Barely has the smoke cleared from the fireworks after last month's brilliant Night of the 10,000m PBs at Highgate before we have the announcement of another festival of 25-lap running, this time at Ladywell Arena in South London. So is 10,000m on the track the new 10K...?
More than 2,000 runners contested the Havens Hospice Southend Half Marathon on Sunday (10 June) with victories in the main event going to Phil Dickens (Cambridge Harriers) and Lithuanian athlete Ginte Bailey (Havering AC).
Oh, the irony! As I struggled to walk with a swollen foot, sporting an ankle support, I felt like part of the furniture at Maidstone parkrun where I was volunteer timekeeper on Saturday morning (9 June) for the special #NHS70 run, writes runABC South reporter Alan Newman.
It may just be putting one foot in front of the other in a repetitive manner but the sheer variety of running events available to anyone with a competitive bone in their body never ceases to amaze us at runABC South – as a glance at this weekend's race listings will confirm...
Karibu is a trail running club with a difference. Launched in March 2017, KARIBU has just celebrated its first year by building a loyal membership and now delivers 12 stunning trail runs every month throughout Sussex and Surrey.
So you have completed numerous parkruns and people keep talking about something called the marathon. You are tempted but it seems like a heck of a long way on your own. What you need is a few friends and the Barratt Homes Romsey Relay Marathon is ready to be conquered!
There was beer, cake, sunshine and the small matter of five miles to run at the succinctly named and perfectly formed Romsey 5 Mile Beer Race on Sunday (3 June). Southampton AC provided the first two men's finishers and Lordshill Road Runners claimed first place in the women's race as the Hampshire neighbours dominated this much-loved local race.