The one where the RD forgot some VIPS, and a slight technical hiccup, so had to be sent to the naughty step to write lines!, the weather fairy was kind, Horley Harriers came to visit and a few funnel duckers....
As I got down to our parkrun HQ, the weather was a bit chilly, but dry. Got everything out of the storage and went to set up the start. Said morning to people on route. As I made my way back down to the finish – it was so lovely as if by magic the funnel had been set up... thanks Pete:) the first of the vols arrived.
A few of the vols finished setting up the funnel while on of the DOE’s helped me set up the scanning area – thanks Freya you did well
We seem to have more vols than runners as it turned 8.45am!! but we know you you seem to just appear – I reckon you’re playing hide and seek!
The lovely Bri did the new runners briefing, and the lovely Pete briefed the volunteers.. Then we made our way to the start..
Thanks Monty for carrying the steps for me very kind another point to your DOE we were thinking that you are very good, and I said to Pete- Monty can be your second in command!! You might have been promoted!!!
As I stood on the steps and started to make the announcements – were you all asleep?!! The Richard said something and you seemed to wake up! I gather you couldn’t hear me – so I did apologise on our FB page... ( see the RD apology) but if I could say – you know we do the briefing at the start, so if you could all just stop, and listen that would be good I know you want to get going but we do have to do this for safety reasons..
So with some distraction I did forget the VIPS – I am so sorry to my team of volunteers – you know I love you and without you the event couldn’t run...x
So a massive thanks to these fab 39!!!
John P DOHERTY • Rick EVANS • Paul RAWLINSON • Ruth EVANS • Peter GOLTON • Jan CARROLL • Valerie POOLE • Eve CRUA • Karen CLINTON • Paul MORTIMER • Claire GILES • Kian DOYLE • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Monty JACKSON • Nick ELLIS • Steve TUFF • Richard CHESSELL • Daniel PORGES • Tabitha ELLIS • Henry COPPARD • Betsy BROOKS • Jay BISWAS • Jessamy HIBBERD • Cyril CRUA • Robin BISWAS • Phil FANTHOME • Isobel BARDSLEY • Kai CHEUNG • Lucas TAI • George COATES • Jasmine ASSEFI • Will CROUCHER • Freya MAINPRIZE • Oliver BRYANT • Eve WARNE • Rhiannon HAUGHTON • Nathan MCCONNELL • Holly NEWMAN • Zoe HEATH
So 321 go! And you were off!!! (the run started and you all finished)!
You all looked great out on the field – whether you were running, jogging, walking or all the above!!!
This week 502 people ran. We had 45 first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. We had 34 different clubs taking part. – awesome!! Well done
So the scores on the doors are -
First male in - Andrew Mccaskill 16.17 (SM30-34), Graham Godden followed in a time of 17.03 (VM50-54) Brighton & Hove City AC, and then our third male in was David Lawley 17.31 (VM35-39) Ranelagh Harriers and this was your first time. Well done to you
First female – Freya Leman 19.52 (VW40-44)Hove Hornets and this was a New PB!, Lucy May Richardson followed in a time of 20.09 (JW15-17) Hove Hornets, and the third female in was Katrina Cheeseman 20.32 (SW30-34) and this was your first time here – well done to you all
The other end of the field
Eve Crua 48.48 (SW30-34), Lyanne Robinson 48.48 first timer (VW45-49), Alan Viles and Stella Cross 44.55 (VW5-59) and thanks to our Tail team well done all
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.
Was great to see the Sapphire Blues – AKA Horley Harriers on their parkrun tour!
Our milestone runners were
50 club – William Tupman, Darren Elliott, Philip Clapp, Jane Burroughs, and Silvia Taylor. 100 Club James Cornford and Holly Dunkley – nice fancy dress James! Well done to you all..
I did make a special announcement as one of our runners / pacer Dave Kemp lost his daughter to cancer a few weeks ago. David has written the following paragraph for our report.
Dear Hove Park parkrunners,
Many of you will have heard the news that my daughter Josie died unexpectedly following a relatively small operation at the Royal Marsden, Chelsea. She had been battling with cancer during her teenage years and her death was two days before her 22nd birthday. She came along to Hove Park parkrun on 21 occasions when she was well-enough to do so as part of a build-up to do the Race For Life so she had won her 10 shirt. She struggled to break 30 minutes, but on one great day she managed a huge PB with 29:25! So on Saturday 3rd Feb, I am going to Pace 30 minutes and I am inviting any or all of you to join me to run at about 30 minutes. I am going to try to do the last K a bit faster to get close to 29:25 and you can all enjoy being beaten by her! I can just about squeeze into her 10 shirt and I am going to wear the home-made Bib number that I have attached here if you fancy printing it off to wear. (If you do, I suggest using parcel tape on the back so that it is strong enough not to rip when you put the safety pins in – I have done it before and it works quite well. Otherwise if you are really posh, encapsulation would work.)
There is also a move to make the Teenage Cancer Trust who were at the forefront of her treatment, the chosen charity for the St Patrick's Day Park Run. More to follow on that.
Just a few things that happened that we are aware of...
We had quite a few of you funnel ducking – even if you haven’t registered, forgotten your barcode, or simply don’t want a time – PLEASE take a finishing token, and drop it in the bucket with the scanning team. This helps to keep the results accurate, and we can process the results more quickly..
Please can you keep moving forward, and stay in your finishing position while in the funnel. I was in the funnel this week – and it was a bit manic at times hence why we do steer you into moving forwards as quickly as you can so please be nice!
This again helps the tokens being handed out in the right order of people finishing. We know you have just run, and are tired but if you could just keep moving and bunch up – as soon as you have that token you can make your way to the scanning area in any order!
We also had a complaint from two members of the public walking in the park, saying that a runner / few knocked into them – I can’t say for sure as I wasn’t there, but if you could be mindful of all park users – if this did happen then it isn’t good. The same for being mindful to each other – we are all here enjoying our run...
If you haven’t volunteered at all, or not for a while then perhaps you could think about it as it is good seeing parkrun from another side – and you can get a purple t shirt when you reach 25!!! Woohoo!!!
So, think that is enough from me... have a fab week – nearly the end of January, nearly pay day! We will see you next Sat – when we welcome a brand new month and celebrate Josie Kemps life.... lets get you to your 30mins
RD Claire x