Run Report #275 – 13th October 2018

The morning of Clair parkrun number 275 was an unusually warm one, totally at odds with the trees’ autumn colours. 142 runners completed the 4.5 laps of beautiful Clair this week.

Only one milestone this week with Sophie Walton in the JW10 age category completing her tenth parkrun in an amazing 32.02. Well done Sophie!

First in this week was Gareth Allen of Orion Harriers at 18.07, closely followed by Jamie Gibson of Haywards Heath Harriers with 18.20 and Clair’s very own Pete Francis came in third with 20.23. First for the women this week was Nikki Kindon of Uckfield Runners in 25.09 with Abbey Filsell second in 25.23 and Ro Morris in third with 25.42.

20 of our runners set new PBs this week with seven people running at Clair for the first time and a further eight running their first parkrun. We also had some impressive performances from the younger runners with Harvey Alcock, Jacob Roderick, Ralph Bessant, Ollie Bennett, Freddie Barry, David Burke, Jessica Sams, Carsten Hirt, Sophie Walton, Isla Armstrong and Charlotte Jones all putting the adults to shame.

No race briefing would be complete without thanking the core team and volunteers. parkrun couldn’t happen without these amazing people and there’s a role for everyone – whether it be marshalling and offering some much appreciated words of encouragement, scanning barcodes or timekeeping – volunteering is a real feel-good thing to do so if you fancy it, be sure to email

And remember, whether it’s a 14 minute mile or a 7 minute mile, it’s still a mile.

See you next Saturday
Rebecca : Run Director


Christmas parkrun 2018

It may seem a long way off, but it will be here sooner than you think! It is just 10 weeks until Christmas will be upon us again. AND what better way to start the day than with a bonus 5k run around your favourite park?

Yes, due to a very positive response to our facebook pole (71% in favour), we are going to be staging a Clair Park Christmas parkrun again this year! Hooray!

So come along at the normal time of 9:00am in your tinsel and Christmas attire and spend a little time with your best running buddies before you spend the rest of the day with your friends and families.

If you fancy, bring a mince pie or two along to share, or just come and soak up that special Christmas feeling that Clair parkrun always has.

Just remember that being Christmas Day, Clair Hall will not be open and so we will not have access to any toilets (so 'go' before you come)!

We will need our festive volunteers to help out too, so if you are free, please let us know.

See you there.


Run Report #273 – 29th September 2018

158 runners made a bee-line for Clair Park for the eagerly anticipated weekly event. By nine o’clock it was a hive of activity as they swarmed to the start line.
There was a buzz in the air as the runners were cheered around the hilly course. Some were stung into action as they tried to keep up with the pacers dressed in their honey coloured T-shirts.
First man home was Andy Hind in a time of 19.43, and first lady home, Isobel Russel in 22.17. As always the buzz-words were ‘PB’ and ‘Milestones’. Congratulations to the 22 runners who achieved their fastest times to date. Well done to Mark Craigs and Sam Gilson for completing their 50th parkrun and to Mark Pearson for his 150th .
Good to see so many visitors, Worcester and Cranleigh were mentioned amongst others. Also well done to those completing their first parkrun.
Thanks once again to all our marvellous volunteers without whom this event would not be possible.
Look forward to seeing all you busy bees again next week!

Stuart Ferguson : Run Director


Run Report #272 – 22nd September 2018

Tomorrow is officially the first day of Autumn, and there was definitely a cooler feel to the day, only glad the rain kept off.
There were 121 runners this morning, and the prompt start meant we had a few late arrivals.

There were 11 tourists with the furthest being from Cumbria, and 3 runners completing their very first parkrun.
Our own Paul Cousins was first man home with an outstanding 81% age grading; closely followed by 2 visitors, Benjamin Smith and Edward Pateman-Jones.
Another visitor Paula Blackledge from Bevendean, who is obviously used to a hilly course, was first lady and looked very strong throughout. She was followed by Katie Forbes another runner on her first outing at Clair.

A special thank you to Jamie Goodhead who accompanied junior Jacob Roderick on his first run at Clair and saw him home in 22 58.
A good day for our visitors, and we hope you will be back.

Another thank you to all the volunteers. Please take your turn. If all our regular runners volunteered once every 10 or so runs we would keep Clair running without headaches for the core team!

Well done to all of you, and especially the 20 runners who gained a PB today.
Don’t forget that next week is pacer day. If you need help to your own PB feel free to ask for your target time, and hopefully a suitable pacer can be found.

I hope to see you next week.

Maureen : Run Director


Run Report #271 – 15th September 2018

Warm welcome and lovely to see 128 of you turn up to tackle the ups and downs of Clair parkrun. A beautiful morning with plenty of cake brought in by Pauline Sutherland who was volunteering for the 25th time, and by Cath Beckett and family to support Cath doing her 100th run. Check your progress and see when you can get your well earned tops.

We had guests today from Bushy Park and Upton CT Park in Slough. We hope we made you feel welcome. It was also lovely to see we had 7 new to parkrun and 6 new to Clair.
22 of you gained PB's of which I'm sure you are chuffed with. Louis Taub did a whopping 78.39% age grading and was first to the finish funnel in 17.49. Kirsty Armstrong came in as first female in 21mins. Great effort from both of you and everyone else who followed you through. Finishing with a rather faster than usual tail walker finish in a time of 38.43. Can only say I chose the right week to do RD.

Don’t forget we head over to Waitrose, just across the rd for a cuppa after, if any of you want to come along. Plenty of even more cake on offer. Also toilets there as well as Clair Hall. Now we have no water in the park pavilion loos are totally out of bounds.

Shout out to, to email from link on Clair parkrun website if you can offer your support to volunteer to keep parkrun going on for many years to come.
See you soon
Have a great week
Theresa C : Run Director

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