Can you believe we are only 30 parkruns off our 600th run here at Hove Park?? Where has that time gone? and something else worthy of note is that one of our regular runners, Roger Foord, is now only NINE runs away from completing his 500th run, and another regular runner, Dave Harvey, is only 18 runs away from completing his 500th!! All this means that by the time our 600th run comes around we should have two of our parkrunners proudly sporting the very desirable and hard to get 500 club t-shirts. Well done to both of you on being so close to achieving this amazing goal.
So, what was new for today? Well, the first surprise was the presence of a rat (not a huge one, but it was definitely a rat) running around the area where we store all our parkrun kit. Claire got very excited as she hadn’t seen one before, and it was darting back and forth about 10 metres from us, for quite a while. Doing a few warm-ups perhaps for today’s run? I know we are always told that we are never very far from a rat, but personally I don’t see one very often, thank goodness. We hope it doesn’t decide to make its home in our parkrun storage box……….
The other slightly disturbing thing about today’s run is that, for the first time (so far as I am aware) a few parkrunners had items of clothing stolen from where they had left them before the run. This is not a normal occurrence at our parkrun and is a bit worrying. The three items were left by a bench near the start line, and someone walked off with them. One of the affected runners reckoned she saw the person who did it. Now, we have no responsibility for parkrunners’ personal possessions but we do recommend that no items are left near the start area as we do not remain there once the run has started. There is always a presence of a lot of people in Hi Viz jackets by the large tree just before the finish line throughout the run, and if you do want to leave items of clothing or bags, that is the best place to leave them – not under the conifer by the toilet block, as that is where we leave our equipment boxes and where the volunteers and managing team for the day keep their stuff. But please be aware that we cannot guarantee the safety of your items and so do not bring anything of value with you. Bring old clothes, jackets, fleeces, and collect them promptly after the run. parkrun is such an open and welcoming start to the Saturday and it is upsetting to learn that someone is taking advantage of it in such an unpleasant way. Be vigilant!!
We had our usual lovely band of volunteers helping today; thanks so much to Peter GOLTON • Carol Ann GRANT • Michael COCKCROFT • Amanda WOODHAM • Bernadette KIRRANE • Eve CRUA • Kevin PRICE • Joan LENNON • Michael HOWARD • Claire GILES • John CARROLL • David Joseph SIMMONS • Kian DOYLE • Ronan DOYLE • Rosanna RAVEN • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Fred DICKINSON • Alison PORGES • Keavey DOYLE • Toby SIMPKIN • Daniel PORGES • Euan HANNA • Derek RAVEN • Jon BINNEY • Eddie MEEGAN • Zoe CHERRYMAN • Rachael TODD • Betsy BROOKS • Elsie PRICE • Chris MORGAN • Luke CARTER • Guy TIPTON • Cyril CRUA • Ben BROOKE-TAYLOR • George WALLACE • Freya MAINPRIZE • Frank SERADI • Daniel GENT • Dorian COTTAM • Isobel MACKENZIE • Eddie LYMER. Without all your help the run would not take place.
We had a couple of milestone runs this morning – Darragh FINN completed his 100th run in a not too shabby time of 22:21. Well done Darragh. And Jethro ATHERALL completed his 50th run in a new PB time of 18:18. Excellent! Jethro runs most frequently at Hastings parkrun but today’s time is his PB across all of the parkruns he has done anywhere.
So until next week, keep well, enjoy your running in this lovely late summer weather and see you next week.
This week 439 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
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).
Brighton & Hove parkrun started on 3rd November 2007. Since then 18,275 participants have completed 181,129 parkruns covering a total distance of 905,645 km, including 30,871 new Personal Bests.