Run Report #238 – 20th January 2018

What a day for a run/jog, maybe a bit of a walk in there too. Damp, drizzly and just generally yuck. Thankfully though we weren't one of the many parkruns that had to cancel due to snow and ice! Thank full for small mercies.

Just Run
"Its very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit."

I read this and thought how apt it is for many of us. It still amazes me how many of you show up week after week, no matter how you feel and do the 5K. Come rain or shine, you are all superstars!

Here's a couple of quotes to think about for the coming week;

'Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.'

'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'

'It always seems impossible until it's done.'

So 147 of you came today to join in the fun. It was lovely to see a good turn out from Saints and Sinners based in Crawley. They have decided to start a bit of tourism at other venues and apparently ours was the first! Not sure if they are mad or just insane??! Good you see you all!

First male today was Jason Harold with 18:18, new PB at Clair. First female is Lauren Kedar with 20:39, first timer at Clair Park. Well done both of you.

We had 5 completely new runners to parkrun today. Terrific to see as the weather was the best. You are all truly an inspiration. In addition, we had 24 PB's today. They must have all been good over Christmas and not eaten what the rest of us have! I envy you.

There were more than the two that put their hands up! So our round of applause goes out to the following:

Steve Mitchall on 50
Russ Bryan on 50
Tracy Swaffer on 50
Pete Francis on 100

Last but certainly not least, thank you to all of our volunteers. Without them, as you know these events cannot happen. Please come and give it a try! Trust me when I say you wont be disappointed and you will certainly get back what you put in.

Pauline : Run Director


Run Report #237 – 13th January 2018

Two Saturdays into 2018 and the numbers are still unbelievable. 184 this week following on from 186 last week. Is this New Years Resolutions?? Probably, but a big well done to all who took part. The atmosphere as always was fantastic, with loads of support from all of you to other runners/walkers who attended.

Although it was a grey Saturday, the rain stayed away and the temperature was perfect for our lovely 4.5 laps of Clair Park. To those of you who have attended for the first time, how did you find it? Were our lovely little hills kind to you? Whilst it might not be your favourite parkrun, it is one of the best for getting up the strength in those legs!, getting you ready for any Marathons, half Marathons or longer runs you maybe running soon. You should hold your head high and be proud of what you achieved today, whether that be completing the 5k distance for the first time or achieving a personal best.

Thank you also to the participants that stay until the end to support those that are a little slower on their feet. It does not matter whether your are the first through the finish line or the last, it still takes a lot of effort and that well done at the end makes it all worth while.

In my pre-run brief today I mentioned about volunteering. Even if you only do this twice a year, it helps tremendously! I've only been running since May 2017 and already, I've clocked up 12 volunteer roles against by 13 runs. I can honestly say and I've got back what I've put into the events. How many of you can? It was amazing to see new faces volunteering today, especially from people that do not run at all! They are giving their time up so you can all enjoy these events, please give a little bit back. If you are injured and cannot run or, are just taking a break from pounding the road, come and help! It was a pleasure to see that our rota for next week is already full! That is unusual. Please email us on if you'd like to take part.

The results are in:

With a new PB of 16.06 is Paul Navesey was first through the finish line. Amazing time, well done Paul.

First female finisher with a barcode is his sister, Emma Navesey, with a time of 20.10 which was also a PB!

Go team NAVESEY!

We had 13 of the finishers today with a new PB! I wonder how they will be celebrating.....

Even better than that was the amount of first timers to Clair Park. We had 14 today that have done their first ever parkrun. In addition we had 9 visitors.

A couple of milestones also today;

Ben Short at 100
Bernadette King at 50

Lastly, thank you volunteers! You are amazing as always. We hope you enjoyed our venue and look forward to seeing you all again.

Pauline Sutherland : Run Director


Run Report #236 – 6th January 2018

A cold but thankfully dry morning greeted the first Saturday parkrun of 2018 at Clair park. The Sussex county Cross-country Championships may have kept some runners away but the evidently “mince pie guilt” and similar New Year resolutions meant we had a really good turnout of 186 runners for our 236th edition. So many in fact that we thought for a moment we may need to break out token #201 for the first time – however that record still awaits another day. As organisers we had the solemn duty to remind everyone that the Pavilion has no running water...this means certain facilities don’t work.. Caz kindly explained what this means in almost too much detail, but please USE CLAIR HALL or poor Jay may not be allowed home if his plumbing duties have to be repeated.

Louis Taub was our first finisher, although George Adams was pushing him close for the first two laps.. this woke Louis up a bit we think to ensure he picked our token #1 for the 44th time. Kirsty Armstrong was first lady and we were delighted to see Helen Pratt and Paula Ridley celebrate their 50th parkrun together – Balloons and fancy dress of course,. Helen has clocked up 77 volunteer roles since 2013 so everyone is very indebted for her continued efforts. We had 10 people come for their FIRST EVER ANYWHERE parkrun - well done and we hope to see you again on our testing course, similarly the other 10 who made their Clair debut today. Whilst conditions may not have been ideal for fast cornering that didn’t stop 14 of you racking up PB’s - fantastic!

Once again many thanks to the all the marshalls who are absolutely key to making this friendly event happen. If you haven’t volunteered before, or haven’t “put your hand up” for a while then please do so: it’s what makes Clair parkrun work.

Mark Sykes : Run Director


Run Report #235 – 30th December 2017

148 runners turned up on a pleasantly mild morning for the last run of the year at Clair Park. 6 runners new to parkrun (perhaps getting ahead with new year's resolutions?), plus 9 for their first run at Clair Park. Special mention goes to the prolific runners, Brian Longman (315th run) and Carol Muir (335th run) who visited us for the first time, have phenomenal parkrun tourist records and who also have both volunteered lots at their regular runs.

The pacers were out in force and (hopefully) helped 16 runners to PBs - quite impressive considering the festive food that many of us have been eating too much of.

On a personal note, it was fantastic to turn up half an hour early and really see how many people put effort into making this happen every week - it really is a good experience and I would heartily recommend you sign up for a role if you've never done so before.

Now on to 2018 - may you all be blessed with good health and lots of PBs!

Paul : Run Director


Run Report #233 – 23rd December 2017

This morning at Clair parkrun we saw 124 warriors brave our beloved 5K challenge.
Whilst weather was unseasonably mild for the time of year, the results rewarded 14 people with new PB’s including regular volunteer Phil Latham finishing 2 minutes ahead of his daughter who vowed revert that next year!
First home was Jasper Baker looking unruffled at 19.11. And for the Women Miranda Skinner at 22.45min on her 95 th Parkrun
Congratulations to Zoe Billington today who completed her 100th Parkrun (all at Clair) with her family supporting her along, all cheering her home. Today we welcomed 7 first time runners.
Just in case you felt Clair park hills were a bit of a challenge then spare a thought for those at Bevandean Down, recent parkrun tourist, James Smyth, reliably informed our course is a ‘dream’ in comparison to their hike, so let’s be thankful for that!
Looking forward to Xmas day run 234 please be reminded the toilets at Clair Hall will be closed and the pavilion water has now been turned off for the winter - so please arrive prepared.

Ben Phelan : Run Director

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