Mother Nature did us proud this weekend as the sun shone brightly across Hove Park.
We arrived at 8am to setup and to meet the team from the Co-op, one of parkrun’s partners. They are currently doing their own bit of parkrun tourism and are visiting many parkrun’s over the next few months. In conjunction with parkrun, the Co-op are promoting healthy eating and the importance of good quality, ethically sourced food.
Many of you picked up your free “goodie box” from the Co-op van and no doubt enjoyed making something healthy for dinner. Sadly, a personal request to have some deep fried mars bars included was politely declined so I had to resort to my classic fish finger sandwich recipe, which was a delight as always.
But enough of my culinary skills chat and onto the facts and figures for Saturday’s run. This was our 550th parkrun at Brighton & Hove where 454 of you joined us for the fun in the sun. There were a large collection of Brighton Marathon t-shirts on show – congratulations to you all for last week. Included in this total were 20 first timers – welcome to the parkrun family and we hope that you enjoyed our fabulous parkrun – we look forward to seeing you all again next week. A few tourists paid us a visit with runners from Eastbourne and Stirling amongst the ranks.
There were a few milestone runs this week, with 4 of you running your 50th parkrun - Ross McLatchie, Michael George, Julia Sandiford and Annie Peel. Special mention also to Julia Mason who ran her 350th parkrun – congratulations to you all!
As ever a shout out to our wonderful volunteers for doing an amazing job. We had 39 high viz heroes this week – a big thanks to you all for your efforts.
Alex BROTHWELL • Alison HOPKINS • Amanda WOODHAM • Andrew BROOKS • Bernadette KIRRANE • Betsy BROOKS • Brian RUSSELL • Carol KENNEDY • Claudia MARSH • David Joseph SIMMONS • Eve WARNE • Freya MAINPRIZE • Gary TIMMS • George COATES • Henry COPPARD • Holly NEWMAN • Jason STOAKLEY • Jo ELSDEN • John P DOHERTY • Julie DICKSON • Kai CHEUNG • Karen BURGOYNE • Karen CLINTON • Lewis RAWLINSON • Lucas TAI • Michele SILVESTER • Monty JACKSON • Neil WALFORD • Oliver BRYANT • Oscar BRADSHAW • Paul WINTER • Phil FANTHOME • Simon BATTLE • Steve SCOTT • Steve WOOD • Toby SIMPKIN • Valerie SPENCE • Wendy NEWMAN • Will CROUCHER
So onto the scores on the doors – it was a close run finish for the ladies with only 22 seconds separating the first 3 finishers. Freya Leman hit the tape in 20:18, closely followed by Camilla Bishop in 20:23, then Aislinn Darvell in 20:40.
Emil Pruden was first finisher in a time of 17:04, with Alexander John Rawlinson 2nd in 17:53 and a 3rd place finish for Tom Roberts in 18:15.
Have a great running week and see you in Hove Park on Saturday.