Brighton & Hove parkrun #536 Jan 13th 2018 by Lisa Elbourne

The one where the green van* was blocking the path. Again.

As we were setting up at the park this morning, we were trying to guess how many runners we would have today following last week’s epic number (601) and someone told me that, if one were to give up on a new year’s resolution, then statistically it was most likely to be today! Where do these facts come from?! However, 485 this week 485 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part. Not too shabby!

I feel I must thank parkrunners for being aware of the safety issues surrounding the said green van*. The Event Director is going to mention it to the Council, and perhaps suggest that it parks on the grass instead of the path at 9.00am on a Saturday morning?! In the meantime, thank you for bearing with us and being sensible when passing the vehicle.

Of course this week, and every week, the event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Richard A CARTER • Peter GOLTON • Michael COCKCROFT • John CHALLEN • Mike BALDWIN • Valerie POOLE • Joan LENNON • Kian DOYLE • Ronan DOYLE • Rosanna RAVEN • Carol KENNEDY • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Lorelei CLINTON • Fred DICKINSON • Diarmuid (Dee) O'HARE • Vandana JOSHI • Monty JACKSON • Elias COBURN • Amaliya COBURN • Abigail COBURN • Wendy NEWMAN • Daniel PORGES • Tania TINSLAY • Darragh FINN • Henry COPPARD • Cal CHESTER • Lisa ELBOURNE • Betsy BROOKS • Jessamy HIBBERD • Isobel BARDSLEY • Kai CHEUNG • Lucas TAI • George COATES • Jasmine ASSEFI • Will CROUCHER • Scarlett BENSON-HOLLIS • Freya MAINPRIZE • Oliver BRYANT • Maya JAMES • Eve WARNE • Rhiannon HAUGHTON • Nathan MCCONNELL • Holly NEWMAN • John ELBOURNE – a BIG thank you to you all.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page. However, here are the highlights:

Celebrating milestone runs today were Colin Knight (100) and Daniela Bonafe (50). In milestones for junior runners, Chloe Wood ran her 10th. Well done! Now to wait for those well-earned t-shirts…

Of course you all know that the female record is held by Caroline HOYTE who recorded a time of 16:43 on 30th May 2009 (event number 84). The male record is held by Charlie Maxwell GRICE who recorded a time of 14:25 on 25th November 2017 (event number 528). The Age Grade course record is held by Karen BOWLER who recorded 94.00% (20:51) on 20th August 2011 (event number 200). But this week, the first three to finish were Richard CLAYTON (16:48), Graham GODDEN (17:05) and Henry WILLIS (17:30). The first three women over the line were Rachel PHELPS (19:20), Lucy May RICHARDSON (20:03) and Freya LEMAN (20:17). Top of the pops for age gradings were Graham GODDEN (86.34%), Alexander SAVA (78.45%) and Miles WATERWORTH (78.39%). What a brilliant effort!

Brighton & Hove parkrun started on 3rd November 2007. Since then 17,039 participants have completed 167,187 parkruns covering a total distance of 835,935 km, including 29,294 new Personal Bests.

Have a good week!
Lisa

 

Brighton & Hove parkrun
Event number 534
1st January 2018

What a spectacular way to start 2018! Well done to everyone who donned their trainers, waterproof jackets and woolly hats to brave the elements and run with us in Hove Park on New Year’s Day. This extra special run was just as popular as the earlier event at Hove Prom – an incredible number of you participated in both events – indeed 496 people ran, jogged and walked the course – what a fantastic, positive running community!

Spirits were high throughout the morning and it was very heart-warming to hear so many greetings of ‘Happy New Year’ before, during and after running. It was particularly encouraging to see so many people joining us for the first time, despite pretty miserable conditions. Of the 127 first timers, we welcomed Niamh Hennelly from Galway who achieved a very impressive 20:35 and 2 runners from the British Airways AC – Caroline Cockram and David Duggan. Despite the over-indulgence of food, drink and bingeing on box-sets over the Christmas period, 44 runners recorded new Personal Bests; what a wonderful way to start the New Year.

At 3pm on New Year’s eve, only 3 people had signed up to volunteer - I would like to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers who sacrificed their own ‘double’ New Year run so that our run could also take place. I know that I speak on behalf of everyone when I say how much the volunteers are appreciated - especially the tail-runners.
Our team of volunteers included Stephen DENMAN • Michael MILLER • Holly FREEMAN • Peter GOLTON • Sean GIBSON • Valerie POOLE • David KEMP • Dave HAWKINS • Karen CLINTON • Lisa Catherine SWAN • Claire GILES • David Joseph SIMMONS • Carol KENNEDY • Nick HEARN • Sarah THOMAS • Dawn PAUL • James CORNFORD • Birgit MILLER • Mike MILLER – Thanks again for all your help – we really could not have done it without you!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.

It just leaves me to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year – I hope you achieve some of your personal running goals and enjoy an injury-free year.

Regards
Karen

 

Brighton & Hove parkrun #533 30th December 2017 by Claire Giles

The last one of the year, muddy grass so didn’t want the ladder to sink when I did the briefing, so I pitched up right at the front, and one of the event starter uppers ran his 100th

So, as I make my way down to HQ, was quiet – I started getting everything unpacked, Pete arrives then Paula & Richard..
Lovely to see friends after Christmas. Then the vols started to appear. Our VC extraordinare Pete checked them in and gave them their roles.

Our Brian did the new runners briefing, then we all made our way to the start.
I rocked up at the start, and started the announcements – think the front row was wondering if they might trample on me when I say go!

I don’t think Richard Carter heard me when I announced his 100th parkrun – but congrats to you well done! Thank you for all that you do with parkrun and thanks for helping to set it up – where would we be without it... :)

This week 398 people ran, jogged and walked the course. There were 28 first timers and 33 of you recorded New PB’s, and 31 different clubs took part. Well done all :)

The event was made possible by our fabulous 27 volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Richard A CARTER • Stephen DENMAN • Michael MILLER • Claudia MARSH • Peter GOLTON • Mike BALDWIN • Paula CHESSELL • Jan CARROLL • Valerie POOLE • Karen CLINTON • David SUTCLIFFE • Claire GILES • Kian DOYLE • Ronan DOYLE • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Alexander COLE • Fred DICKINSON • Monty JACKSON • Keavey DOYLE • Richard CHESSELL • Henry COPPARD • Isobel BARDSLEY • Anne BALDWIN • George COATES • Freya MAINPRIZE • Rhiannon HAUGHTON

Like I said in the announcements, if you haven’t volunteered before and you would like to then it is a great opportunity to see parkrun from a different view, and ‘behind the scenes’... You may be injured, poorly, running a race, or lost your running mojo, so volunteering is a good way to keep the running vibes going on.. So maybe this could be a New Years Resolution...

Great running, jogging, walking everyone – it was slippery out there with those wet leaves!
So the scores on the doors are –

First male in Tom Eames 15.35 (JM15-17) First timer Brighton and Hove City AC, second male in was Andrew Mccaskill 16.24 (SM30-34) and was followed by Tomer Tarragano 16.29 (JM15-17) Hercules Wimbledon AC and this was your New PB – well done to you all :)
First female Tara Shanahan 18.47 (VW45-49) Arena 80 AC, second female in was Ali Guihen 19.25 (SW30-34), and following her was Freya Leman 20.54 (VW40-44) Hove Hornets – well done to you all :)
David Kolakowski – it was his first time to parkrun - was lovely seeing him finish with the tail walkers – and also running  welcome to parkrun :)
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page

Looking at the times it is so great variations of times from 15.35 to 53.38. So no one should worry about times etc, as we all have our own goals and all have a running history. We are learning and practicing all the time – I know I do :) whether it’s pace, speed, breathing.

As you get older it is worth looking at But as you get older it is worth looking at your age category and the gradings as I said in the report the other week, it is a great way of measuring your performance on a level playing field, regardless of age and gender. It allows you to compare your run times to older and younger runners as well as those of the opposite sex. The higher the score the better the performance :)

Well done to Bethany Soliman and Richard Carter who ran their 100th parkrun.

Thanks to Alex Cole for directing people to the scanning area in the cafe just like the old days!

The female record is held by Caroline HOYTE who recorded a time of 16:43 on 30th May 2009 (event number 84).
The male record is held by Charlie Maxwell GRICE who recorded a time of 14:25 on 25th November 2017 (event number 528).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karen BOWLER who recorded 94.00% (20:51) on 20th August 2011 (event number 200).

Thanks John, Pete, and Richard for sorting the results. Thanks Karen & Claudia for token sorting and keeping John entertained!!! - Thanks for the coffee Mr & Mrs Chessell – now did we forget the sugar, extra milk, spoon ;) just teasing x

On this last parkrun of 2017 – just wanted to say on behalf of the Core Team – thank you for another fab year of parkrunning, many achievements, and support :)

We wish you a fabulous New Year 2018 of more parkrunning.....
Keep smiling, being positive and keep running & volunteering!

See you next year ! Monday for the Double Bubble – Hove Prom 9am, then leg it up to ours at Hove Park for 10.30am.. or see
you Sat 6th January...

#DFYB

Love RD Claire x

 

Brighton & Hove parkrun
Event number 532
23rd December 2017

What a wonderful way to start the Christmas festivities – congratulations to all 388 of you who made the wise decision to avoid the madness of the shops and chose to run, jog or walk around Hove Park instead! We welcomed 24 first timers, representatives of 44 different clubs and visitors from as far afield as Chorley, Aberystwyth, Newcastle and Australia.

We had a wonderful turn-out of 27 volunteers – thanks to everyone who gave up their time to allow everyone to run safely. It would be great to see 27 different names every Saturday…

John P DOHERTY • Paul RAWLINSON • Nigel SARJUDEEN • Peter GOLTON • Bernadette KIRRANE • John CHALLEN • Sean GIBSON • Jan CARROLL • Kelvin MACDONALD • Karen CLINTON • Geoff MANNS • Michelle Lorraine BLACKWELL • Claire GILES • John CARROLL • Andrew BROOKS • Carol KENNEDY • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Lorelei CLINTON • Monty JACKSON • Henry COPPARD • George COATES • Jasmine ASSEFI • Will CROUCHER • Freya MAINPRIZE • Oliver BRYANT • Maya JAMES • Eve WARNE

51 people celebrated new PBs including Jason Stoakley who has achieved 3 PBs during the last month, Charlotte Boden who sliced another 25 seconds of her best time and Anne Hagan who took her time down to 24:17 achieving a fantastic age-rating of 79.89%. Congratulations to you all!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Caroline HOYTE who recorded a time of 16:43 on 30th May 2009 (event number 84). The male record is held by Charlie Maxwell GRICE who recorded a time of 14:25 on 25th November 2017 (event number 528). The Age Grade course record is held by Karen BOWLER who recorded 94.00% (20:51) on 20th August 2011 (event number 200).

Have a happy and relaxed Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you all next Saturday. Remember that there are a number of extra runs over Christmas and New Year – do come and join us if you can!

Regards
Karen

 

Brighton & Hove parkrun #531 Dec 16th 2017 by Brian Russell

Tis Scottish Summer Weather…

Well the winter season is now well upon us and the elements did take their toll at the weekend, with over 150 parkruns cancelled nationwide. However, we had a full house of runs in Brighton & Hove, with all 4 passing early morning pitch inspections. As a Scotsman, I keep a close eye on the weather and as mother-nature had blessed us with a fine Scottish Summers Day, I donned the sun block in vast amounts to avoid burning to a crisp.

A hardy 375 of you braved the Alba conditions and were lined up at the start line in Hove Park raring to go, including a large contingent of runners from Arena 80 for their last Super Series race of the year.

As ever, our wonderful event cannot happen without our fantastic volunteers – thanks to them for braving the elements and making sure that things ran smoothly. Donning the High Viz this week were –
Matthew ANSELL, Isobel BARDSLEY, Oliver BRYANT, Kevin BUSH, John CARROLL, Richard CHESSELL, Kai CHEUNG, George COATES, Henry COPPARD, Fred DICKINSON, Jamie DOYLE, Keavey DOYLE, Ronan DOYLE, Sean GIBSON, Claire GILES, Peter GOLTON, Rhiannon HAUGHTON, Carol KENNEDY, Joan LENNON, Freya MAINPRIZE, Geoff MANNS, Paul RAWLINSON, David Joseph SIMMONS, Mark STEPHENSON, Lucas TAI, Jo Jo TAYLOR, Katherine WELLS, Beatrice WELLS

We had several milestone runs this weekend -
Virginia Ponsford and Craig Milne both doing their 50th run
Lorraine Hale, Matthew Ansell, Paul Merryweather and Rosanna Raven became centurions – thanks for the Prosecco Rosanna!

So onto the scores on the doors –
Ladies – Arena scored a 1,2,3 with Caroline Hoyte breaking the tape in 19:01, closely followed by Dani Tarleton in 19:13 and Tara Shanahan in 19:20.

Gents - Reuben Hoyte (Brighton Phoenix) hit the finish in a time of 17:01, Richard Clayton (Arena 80) finishing in 17:24, with Anthony Snelling (Arena 80) close on his heels in 17:28.

We welcomed 17 first timers to Hove Park – hope you enjoyed our parkrun and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. There were 23 recorded PB’s – well done to you all.

As the festive season is nearly upon us, those at parkrun towers give dispensation allowing extra events on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Preston Park parkrun will be running on Christmas Day at 9am. On New Year’s Day we are doing the “double” with Hove Promenade kicking off at 9am then a swift dash up to Hove Park, where we start proceedings at 10.30am.

If you are heading further afield over the festive season, here is a link to all the parkrun’s that will be running.
www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

Until next time, keep running, keep safe and enjoy your week. See you in Hove Park on Saturday.
Brian

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