A Conversation for parkruns of the Isle of Wight and Hampshire

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Post 1

Bluebottle

Curiously, Andover is this week's parkrun profile:
http://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/11/27/parkrun-profile-andover/
Though when I ran it we weren't allowed on the flat sports field in the top photo and had to run on the cambered slope to the right of where everyone is running.

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Post 2

Icy North

You might want to add that North Harbour was for many decades the UK HQ of IBM, and that it’s then-futuristic building was a filming location for Doctor Who on more than one occasion.


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Post 3

Bluebottle

I know it appears in 'Revelations of the Daleks'smiley - tardis:
http://www.doctorwholocations.net/locations/ibmnorthharbourbuilding
Talking of IVMI've run round the grounds of IBM Hursley a few times – they've got the grounds of a picture-perfect Queen Anne Mansion with an immaculate cricket pitch linked to concrete carbuncles. IBM Hursley has quite a debauched reputation locally, with rumours of wife-swapping and orgies happening in the 80s and 90s…

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Post 4

Icy North

I visited Hursley once, but I can't remember why - it certainly wan't for the activities you describe. Probably an interview.

It's funny how these places get reputations - probably perpetuated by those who live nearby and don't know what goes on behind the barbed wire, etc.

The Admiralty offices in Portland (now redeveloped) were forever associated with the spy scandal.


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Post 5

Bluebottle

In January 2019 RunBritain re-graded the UK's parkrun SSS scores, this time out of 580 (the previous rank was out of 513, with the lower the number the easier the course, the higher the number the more difficult).

Courses that stayed about the same: Andover, Fareham, Lymington Woodside, Rushmoor, Whiteley, Winchester
Courses considered easier: Basingstoke, Lee-on-the-Solent, Portsmouth Lakeside, Southsea
Courses considered more difficult: Medina IOW, Alice Holt, Eastleigh, Havant, Netley Abbey, Queen Elizabeth, Southampton

Medina I.O.W.
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.89, 347th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.27, 437th

Alice Holt
Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.47, 416th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 4.49, 541st

Andover
Average SSS & Difficulty: 3, 362nd
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.86, 363rd

Basingstoke
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.39, 230th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.25, 214th

Brockenhurst
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.47, 251st
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.83, 356th

Eastleigh
Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.32, 398th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.92, 509th

Fareham
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.61, 291st
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.56, 296th

Havant
Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.06, 374th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.62, 484th

Hogmoor Inclosure
Average SSS & Difficulty: (Unavailable)
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.51, 468th

Lee-on-the-Solent
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.12, 146th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 1.87, 111th

Lymington Woodside
Average SSS & Difficulty: 3.00, 364th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.96, 382nd

Netley Abbey
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.64, 299th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.79, 346th

Portsmouth Lakeside
Average SSS & Difficulty: 1.87, 87th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 1.70, 66th

Queen Elizabeth
Average SSS & Difficulty: 4.30, 449th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 4.68, 551st

Rushmoor
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.00, 116th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 1.93, 124th

Southampton
Average SSS & Difficulty: 1.64, 38th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 1.73, 70th

Southsea
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.23, 187th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.07, 164th

Whiteley
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.27, 195th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.31, 234th

Winchester
Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.24, 188th
2019 Average SSS & Difficulty: 2.25, 216th

If we assume courses ranked 1-150 can be considered particularly easy and those ranked 430-580 can be considered particularly challenging, on the whole the Isle of Wight and Hampshire has a good mix of easy, difficult and in-between courses:
Particularly Easy: Lee-on-Solent, Portsmouth Lakeside, Rushmoor, Southampton
Particularly Hard: Medina IOW, Alice Holt, Eastleigh, Havant, Hogmoor Inclosure, Queen Elizabeth

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