The one with two parkruns, Record breaking numbers, 250 milestones, fabulous volunteers, Age Graded record, beautiful weather and fizz!
Wow what a morning we had across Brighton & Hove... It’s a new day, new month, and a new year! What a fabulous sky to wake up to as people were arriving at Hove Prom for the first of our double bubble...
Just wanted to say thank you to the team at the Prom for hosting a great morning, record numbers were there too, never seen it so busy! Well done on the finish funnel, and creating two lines – the queue was getting longer and you all handled the large numbers very well, with number writing on hands!
I sent a message up to our RD Richard to say large numbers here – over 700, a queue, so they can prepare ours..which they did
So back up to Hove Park for the second run of the morning – what a great way to start the New Year!
I just want to say on behalf of everyone THANK YOU SO MUCH TO RICHARD AND CINDY , David, and the Vols for setting up while we were down at the Prom XX You did a fabulous job..
Such a great atmosphere wishing everyone Happy New Year and having the weather with it
New Years Day parkrun wouldn’t be able to go ahead if we didn’t have the help of our hi viz heroes, so a BIG thank you to the team of 40 who made it happen!
Sarah ARJUN, Lisa ATKINS, Simon BATTLE, Michelle BLACKWELL, Andrew BULL, Richard CHESSELL, Paula CHESSELL, John P DOHERTY, Tracy Caroline EATON, John ELBOURNE, Lisa ELBOURNE, Christine GIBBONS, Michael GIBBONS, Claire GILES, Peter GOLTON, Matthew GREENALL, David GUNNELL, Lydia JORDAN, Carol KENNEDY, Stephen KING, Bernadette KIRRANE, Emma KNIGHT, Sheila O'TOOLE, Dawn PAUL, Katherine PERRIN, Alison PORGES, Daniel PORGES, Graeme POULTON, Stuart ROBERTS, Brian RUSSELL, David Joseph SIMMONS, Bethany SOLIMAN, Helen STAFFORD, Cindy STYLES, Hannah SWAN, Lisa Catherine SWAN, Sarah THOMAS, Lucy WALLIS, Robert WELLS, Caroline WOOD
Brian did the New Runners briefing and wow what a turn out – don’t think he’s had such a big audience
I was then approached by Paula, carrying a bag... ahhh I know what this is – my balloon for my 250 – and it was green (which is still standing) thank you so much x
We made our way to the start – was so lovely to see the volume of people – parkrun you have created such an amazing event for friendships, health & well being and training..
Richard made the announcement, and a great one at that :) First timers, visitors, milestones were read out – including one for me for my 250th.. was so lovely thank you all for your congrats at the Prom and the Park..
I did have to chuckle when I was in the start line with Bernie and Cindy, because Bernie turned to me and said whose 250th – I said mine (as I pointed out my balloon)!! Bernie ‘ahh didn’t realise’!
Time keepers ready? 321 Go!!! And we are off, round 2... wow what a crowd – was lovely listening to everyone, and just enjoying the run..
We made a loop in finish funnel, so that when all 826 finished we wouldn’t have too much of a back log at the finish... which worked well, the vols were directing people, to stay in order and to keep moving forwards... the atmosphere was great – no stress – no need anyway as we can all see how busy it is.. (in our core team meeting we will be discussing how to improve things for the future)
As soon as I finished and made my way through to collecting my finish token – I stepped out of the funnel to help with directing people through the finish. (with all that – I nearly forgot to get scanned that wouldn’t have been good!)
Well done to Simon and Alison who were the finish token giver outers and then handwriting 150 numbers on hands. Well done x
So the scores on the doors -
First male in Todd Leckie 16.01 (SM 30-34 New PB, Simon Heath 16.02 (SM 30-34) Richard Clayton 16.57 (SM 30-34) Arena 80 AC
First female in Tara Shanahan 19.12 (VW 45-49) Arena 80 AC, Cat Bounds 19.35 (SW 30-34) Hailsham Harriers, and third female in was Eadie Yelling 20.18 (JW 11-14) Brighton & Hove City AC and this was your first time to us.:)
Well done to all
The times ranged from 16.01 through to 58.35 – well done to everyone be proud of yourselves - it’s your journey
The full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brighton/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=587
We had 65 New PBs, 11 First Timers to parkrun (great way to start 2019), and 184 Visitors.
Good to see friends from my club there – Oliver, Jamie, Kevin, Debbie, Doug (New PB), Marie, John, Dave, Liz, Karen, David, and John.
A great day for milestones – I know we had some 50, 100, and 150s well done to you all There were three today who achieved their 250 - Kelvin Macdonald, Henry Miller and Claire Giles.. well done to you all
We had a Age Graded Record for Womens 70-74 Sue Garner – well done
A big shout out to the Token Sorters –great team - amazing job you did sorting out over 600 tokens :) it wasn’t an easy job so thank you :) I know Christine and Mike appreciated the fizz and cake I handed to them – to help celebrate New Year and my milestone
Results went well – all processed by 2pm and the 150 handwritten numbers manually inputted but all coped admirably. Well done team
And now for the Stat watchers out there -
We had 53 New registrations the week after Christmas
New Years Day –
787 Hove Prom 42 vols
826 Hove Park 40 vols
Elliott Line stats – Brighton & Hove made the top 20 on New Years Day we were 6th and Hove prom were 10th. 150 parkruns broke their attendance records.
We had 458 who ran both the Prom and the Park, 281 ran Hove Prom, 331 Hove Park
Last year we had 418 on New Years Day and 2016 we had 376
Last time we had a record number was on our 500th one 6th May 2017 with 633
So 2019 we had an extra 408 people! A-Ma-Zing!!
So there you are one amazing morning and two parkruns, Thank you to everyone for being there...
Here’s to another year of parkrun and volunteering. Whatever your goals are just keep moving and smiling
So from myself and the Core Team, we wish you a very happy, healthy, peaceful, and more achievements for 2019..
See you next week