Happy New Year parkrunners!
A happy atmosphere at Shinewater this morning for the first Eastbourne parkrun of 2018.
It was a cold start...but not raining at least. 336 people turned out to run, jog, walk (and pace) the course today. Thankfully the flooding from last weekend had cleared up and we were able to run the classic winter route this morning, with a few puddles to dodge along the way...
36 of you were first timers, well done guys and what a great way to start the year! We hope you enjoyed it and come back again soon.
This first event in 2018 was also pacer day. Thank you to our brilliant pacers for volunteering to help push those to their pbs this week. We had a massive 33 personal bests! Brilliant stuff.
Special mentions go to Lee Dunstall, who crossed the line in 20:10 knocking a whopping 55 seconds off his time. Well done Lee! Keith Axell also recorded a new personal best, crossing the line in a impressive time of 19.13. Other shiny new PB's to name a few, Lorna Cooper, Andrew Bettiss, Nikki Young, Ben Purkiss, Ewen Rose, Justin Sealey and Jazz Shiret.
It is inspiring to see so many people on the start line each week, lining up in all kinds of weather; a sea of effort as we all try to improve, enjoy the park and reach the finish line smiling.
Many people will have set fresh goals as the new year begins. The weather has been so wet and dark that it is often hard to stay motivated. But warmer climes shall be here before long and we'll soon forget what mud even looked like....(or maybe not)
If anyone out there is considering volunteering, do give it a go! Everyone is very welcoming and it's great to try something new and get involved.
Many happy returns to Peter Young, who celebrated his 70th Birthday today!
It was also Danny Garbett's 50th parkrun this morning, well done for reaching the milestone Danny. Heres to many more too!
Lastly, there are 3 places left on the Defib Training session on Thursday 25th January at St. Wilfs Hospice at 7.30pm. Get in touch if you would like to attend.
For all those who enjoy a cuppa and eccles cake at St.Wilfs after parkrun, it is also worth noting that the minimum spend to pay on card now is £5. I suppose that means we will now just have to buy two eccles cakes? It's a hard life...
With vigour into 2018 we go! May your parkruns be frequent and your running be happy.
The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:
Russell GARDHAM • Zoe GARDHAM • David KELLOND • Brioni ALLCORN • Geoff DEPPER • Nicki HOWARD • Pam HART • Tina MACENHILL • Johanna DOWLE • Mike THOMPSON • Fenella MALONEY • Natalie MCCREATH • Jonni ANDREWS • Geoffrey GRAY • Louise OLIPHANT • Huw OLIPHANT • Katie MANLEY • Steve STANFIELD • Neil DAVIDSON • Debbie DAVIS • Mark BASSETT • Graham PELLING • David GREENAWAY • Jenny RHODES • James HOOKWAY • Gary SKINNER • Caroline SKINNER • Annabelle RANDLE • Pauline KEEP • Chris KEEP • Louis BARNARD • Neil MASKELL • Chris GEER • Lorraine KYRIACOU • Jemma LANDER • Andy MARKS • Mike PARSONS • James LANDER • Michelle HERNIMAN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Eastbourne parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Julie BRIGGS who recorded a time of 17:59 on 11th May 2013 (event number 69).
The male record is held by Chris DODD who recorded a time of 15:51 on 14th November 2015 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane CLARKE who recorded 90.35% (19:31) on 24th January 2015 (event number 161).
Eastbourne parkrun started on 28th January 2012. Since then 6,843 participants have completed 51,672 parkruns covering a total distance of 258,360 km, including 9,012 new Personal Bests.