Run Report #261 – 7th July 2018

We got the sporting weekend of to an excellent start at Clair run #261. Lovely sunshine, a great turnout, and a mass of PBs – 16 no less, in what must have been some kind of localised performance harbinger for the outstanding result that followed from Samara! Well done to all. Next week we shall run in waistcoats.

It’s always great to welcome parkrun first timers, and there were four this week at Clair. Please do come back and cement an addiction to this wonderful institution. All you need to do is recite this thought as you slumber in your bed on a Saturday morning: ‘I think I’m going to take it slow this week’. By 10am you’ll be basking in the parkrun feel-good-factor.

Alternatively you can volunteer and feel good about that. parkrun only happens through the stewardship of volunteers, and throwing your hat into the ring occasionally is a great way to give something back.

Talking of volunteering, we had a ‘25’ milestone for a young lady whose name I wish I knew to thank her properly through this note. One of those new style parkrun T-shirts with the attractive slub-weft (in purple) is yours to claim.

Don’t forget it’s our fifth birthday on 21st July. In the meantime, all we can do now is wait for Wednesday to pass well. Have a great week.

Andrew : Run Director


Run Report #260 – 30th June 2018

What another fabulous Saturday morning at Clair parkrun! 148 lovely runners braved the heat with Nick Keen not only bagging a PB but also the first male home with a time of 20:19 in only his second time at Clair! Our First Lady, Isobel Russell, also celebrated her fiftieth parkrun so a huge well done coming home in 23 minutes exactly! Another milestone for Maureen Rea who celebrated her 150th parkrun, quite an achievement!
Despite the hot conditions, there was an amazing 25 PBs and several visitors and first timers!

This week was pacer week so thank you to our wonderful volunteers; Pete Francis, Andrew Swaffer, Sue Ledger-Catton, Euan Menzies, Chris Jones, Shelagh Robinson, Marion Hemsworth and Richard Sandys-Renton.

Thanks again to all our fab volunteers. We couldn’t manage without you.

Don’t forget to hand in your finish token even if you didn’t bring your barcode. Please!
See you all again next Saturday for what looks to be yet another hot one!
Have a good week.

Liz Cooper : Run Director


Run Report #258 – 16th June 2018

It was a special parkrun for Carl Bicknell from Haywards Heath Harriers and Janet Clapton both running their 100th parkrun. Helen Buchanan ran her 50th, twenty of which she has run at Clair. Janet also ended her ‘All the Sussex parkruns’ fundraising effort today at Clair. She has been raising money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Well done Janet!
Lovely running weather and we were pleased to welcome a total of 189 runners, with tourists from Poole, Bridgend and even London(?), eleven first timers in all. Big welcome everyone.
There were 36 PBs achieved today, a fantastic number. Well done all. How did you do that!
Haywards Heath Harriers had a strong turnout with everyone wearing their maroon club vests – but we call it beetroot! Much more appealing. There was an inter-club competition taking place but the winner is yet to be announced...
First past the post was Ben Gibson from HH Harriers in 17.33, a new PB. In second place was Gareth Allen in 17.55, with James Collins from Haywards Heath third in 17.58.
Penny Brook was first female with an impressive PB in 20.33 and Abby Ross second in 21.41. Third female was HH Harrier Hannah Gibson in 23.09. Great results all.
Many thanks again to all our fab volunteers. We couldn’t manage without you.
Don’t forget to hand in your finish token even if you didn’t bring your barcode. Please!
See you all again next Saturday, I hope, no I won’t I’m flying home from a family visit to Gibraltar. No parkrun there yet.
Have a good week.

Marion Hemsworth : Run Director


Run Report #257 – 9th June 2018

148 athletes turned out to run at Clair parkrun #257.

We celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS with several of their employees who were supporting parkrun as part of their organisation's heath and well-being initiative.

This week's volunteer roster was chocker with beetroot. All our volunteers were supplied by the Haywards Heath Harriers and all did a superb job. Thanks to the HHH volunteers: Claire ANNESLEY, Sarah BANKS, Carl BICKNELL, James COLLINS, Andy DRAY, Pete FRANCIS, Sarah Ann HAMILTON, Marion HEMSWORTH, Lilly MORGANS, Tom MULLEN, Russ MULLEN, Emma NAVESEY, Maureen REA and El Presidente himself Mark SYKES.

We had 26 newbies. Welcome, well done and we hope to see you all again. We also had lots of tourists from Southampton, Yorkshire, Havant, and Thame.

3 Under 11s were running with us and they all all did very well dragging their responsible adults with them. Thank you young Sam, young Evie, and young Ellie !

No milestones were called out but congratulations to Karen Catmur on her 21st Birthday!!

The sunny weather, dry underfoot conditions, your Run Director's efforts to sweep the corners, and the pacing of Tom 'The Metronome' Mullen led to 25 PBs - OMG!

As well as finishing first, Louis Taub(18:22) took the highest age grade of the day, closely followed by Johnathan Lelliott, Rod Catton, Alex Todd, and the Ladies winner Miranda Skinner(22:28).

A shout out for John Sabin in the VM70-74 age category who scored above 70% age grade, something only 7 runners achieved today.

And thanks as always to the Clair parkrun core team who are angels sent from heaven, so they are.

Please do have a think about volunteering once in a while - once every three months would do it. None of the jobs are stressy and you get great support from the core team.

Have a GREAT week.



Run Report #256 – 2nd June 2018

138 of you turned up to partake in Clair Parks 256th parkrun.
20 of you smashed your time and got a PB.
15 of you were first timers to Clair.
8 of those 15 did your first ever parkrun (we hope you come back).
1 person visited us from Perth.
1 person visited us from Kingston.
3 lovely lasses in red 50 teeshirts. The Jones’s running together. You looked great.
50th parkrun for Kim Cruttenden who celebrated this run by being accompanied by a very fast granddaughter.
17 people volunteered to make today happen. Thank you. High five viz to you all.
2 tops were left behind from previous weeks. 1 red & 1 black. Shout if its yours.
20 energy gels left, so grab one next week before they all go.

Hope you all enjoyed your morning with us and hope to see you again very soon

Theresa Chalk : Run Director

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