EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 11. February 16th, 2019

Where do Lonely Hearts Go? 

I can answer this question with some degree of accuracy. They run across the top terrace towards the cone at Wilson Avenue, take a U bend, and then charge along the lower terrace back to the trees and down the Slippery Slope.  Which could read as an allegory for my love life; but in fact describes the journey to the cone at the farthest point on the EB parkrun course.  We call it The Lonely Heart Bend.

Here’s what happens when you are a Lonely Heart Bend Marshal.  You wander across the park at about 8.50am, leaving barely a handful of runners outside the café. You feel a tad disheartened at the low turnout, but it’s a grey, drizzly sort of a day and would you run on a day like today? Umm … maybe.  And you marvel at the super-parkrunners doing a lap to warm up. Would you do that? Umm … no … that’s why they’re super.  And you check that the football pitch markers are in place; and bat a bit of doggy doo doo off the course with a stick; and wave at the marshals heading to The Slippery Slope.  And you string a Caution Runners sign on the pole behind the doggy doo doo bin.  And you wait, feeling a little sorry for yourself that you can’t hear the Run Directors’ welcome. And you check your phone to see if it’s started yet, but really to gauge when it will all be over, because you’re a little cold and little bit tired and little bit … well … lonely.

And then it happens – a long trail of parkrunners unfurls across the top terrace and in no time at all they are coming straight at you. The speedy runners pirouette around the cone. The second wave is bigger, running closer together. They approach with a little more caution, some with dogs who have other ideas about which direction they might take. There is a flash of green as the Vegan Runners approach. And a glorious rainbow burst from one of the Runpals in kaleidoscopic leggings (if legging-envy is a thing, I’m in!). And just as the U bend rush hour is over, down on the football pitch the journey continues.

I quickly pat Bear, today’s big, fluffy tail-wagger (with his big, fluffy human Dave) and suddenly there are runners to the left of me … runners to the right … here I am, stuck in the middle with you …all!!!!

I am happy to report that Lonely Heart Bend is the busiest, friendliest pitch in the park. Eighty one runners navigated that cone today – that’s eleven up on last week, to mark our 11th EB parkrun.  We welcomed another five brand new parkrunners.  And were chuffed to bits to see some of our newest EBies returning. The Vegan Runners' green was out in force, with friends from outta town as well as locals.

There was not a lonely heart to be found at Eden Café after the run.  It is starting to feel like an aftershow party in there on Saturday morning … with toast.  Come and join us for coffee or breakfast one week if you can.

Cupid is still in the air so time to pucker up EBies … Speedy EBies, Newbie EBies, Regular EBies, Travelling EBies, This week's EBie PBs (loads of you - well done!!), Titchy EBies, Chatty EBies, Four-legged EBies … WE LOVE YOU ALL.  xxx 

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Marshal at Lonely Heart Bend

 If you’d like to be part of our EB volunteer team please contact eastbrighton@parkrun.com.  Or come and have chat on Saturday morning?  The parkrun pride runs deep in East Brighton – come along – feel the love! x 

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Will BAKER • Cass CASTLETON • Steven TENNANT • Emma WROE • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Lloyd EVANS • Paul PEARSON • Gina SMITH • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Laura TURNIDGE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December

2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).

The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 86.38% (20:41) on 16th February 2019 (event number 11).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 542 participants have completed 894 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,470 km, including 151 new Personal Bests. A total of 57 individuals have volunteered 183 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 10. February 9th, 2019

Adversity, Token Loss and a Double Digit Home Run 

Every Saturday morning now at about 8.15am we pass each other.

“How is the parkrun going?” she asks.

“Fun,” we answer. Or ‘Busy,” we say. Or “Tell you tomorrow, we’re running late!”

“My daughter will back soon,” she tells us.  And we head off in different directions to start the day.

It is an unremarkable exchange except that ten weeks ago we didn’t speak. She is a small, self-contained woman of a certain age, with a wiry, grey terrier to march around the park. She doesn’t invite conversation. But the parkrun intrigued her because her daughter does one in London and along with other local park people she is curious and custodial.

We hit double digits this week – EB parkrun number 10 – doesn’t that sound good?

In ten short weeks we have run through a helicopter landing (at our test run!); through Christmas and New Year; through the arrival of two Runpal babies; and through last week’s snow and this week’s Storm Erik. That’s quite a run. There have been obstacles and losses along way: we’ve pruned low-hanging branches and navigated our way around course-blocking football nets. And this week we lost our first parkrun token – a true parkrun rite of passage. Farewell number 58, you were loved.  We’ve also – ehem – successfully repurposed a road cone for that U bend at Wilson Avenue.  You didn’t hear it from me.

Talking of trouble, this week we welcomed a new member to the core volunteer team – Scrap, Miriam’s devilishly, adorable new EB puppy.  It was good week for dogs, there was a gloriously lollop-y, lab taking his owner for a run.  And Mabel, a twelve-year-old, four-legged veteran of over 250 tourist runs, who graced our park in a bright pink coat.  She kindly brought a young human along to help us (thanks for volunteering Alex!).

And talking of young people, we have recruited not one but two Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers. Laura started with us this week and Varun will be joining us soon. It really is all starting to feel all grown up and proper.  Seasonal adversity, token loss, an ever increasing number parkrunners calling EB their home run – and a growing reputation for out-and-out EB friendliness from volunteers and runners alike.

‘My daughter loved running here the other week,’ the terrier lady tells me later.

‘Maybe we’ll convince you to run one day,” we tease.

She hasn’t said no… 

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Run Director

If you’d like to be part of our EB team please contact eastbrightonoffice@parkrun.com.  Or come and have chat on Saturday morning? The parkrun pride runs deep in East Brighton – come along – feel the love! x 

 

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 70 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Matt HANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Alexander COLE • Steven TENNANT • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Catherine CONSIDINE • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Marianne KELLY • Jenny CRAGGS • Laura TURNIDGE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Maxwell DUMBRELL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Ben SAVILL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.28% (20:57) on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 511 participants have completed 813 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,065 km, including 121 new Personal Bests. A total of 55 individuals have volunteered 169 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 09. February 2nd, 2019

Just an Ordinary Run

On Friday it snows. The park is white. Kids are seen sliding down the first ascent of our run on tea trays. Dogs in bright jumpers leap in wonder at the crunchy group beneath their paws. JT builds a snowman for the EB weather forecast. Runners are dispatched at strange times of the day to test the course; and back at EB HQ WhatsApp pings to distraction.  Can we make a parkrun in the snow?

As it happens we don’t need to. Overnight the snow melts and the park stretches newly defined under a sharp, winter sun.  Paul sets up his coffee van. Stakes and marker cones are dispatched across the course. Runners drift towards the start line. After all the excitement of snow it feels alarmingly … ordinary.

“Ooouf … that’s not right!!”

The parkrunner turns into lap three as a roar erupts from the finish line behind him. He runs backwards for a few steps to marvel as today’s frontrunner crosses with an impressive sprint finish.

“How do you get to be that fast?” And he turns to pick up his own impressive stride along the final terrace.

And that’s the thing, it is never ordinary. There is always, always wonder. Before the run we announce the birth of Ruben – the tiniest RunPal - he has already lapped our park safely curled in his Mum’s tummy!  Over at Preston parkrun an athlete celebrates his 80th birthday.

Five shiny new parkrunners began their parkrun life with us this week. Imagine that? On a snowy week in early February you decide to do your first ever 5K. I sat with one guy on the bank afterwards. He was so excited with his time. His first ever 5K time.

Volunteers ran this week; runners volunteered. A gentle ebb and flow is emerging in our newly hatched community. Across from the café a whole bank of snowdrops push their defiant little heads up through the frozen ground. Each year I wonder that something so small can be so bold.  Perhaps it is too early to call but I’m sensing there might be more to this parkrun life than just an ordinary run. 

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Marshal, aka Director of Laps

If you’d like to be part of our EB team please contact eastbrightonoffice@parkrun.com.  Or come and have chat on Saturday morning? The parkrun pride runs deep in East Brighton – come along – feel the love! x

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Terry James AVEY • Jane LEACH • Mark CONSIDINE • Steven TENNANT • Nancy PLATTS • Sarah MILLS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Chris JONES • Vinnie THORNTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).

The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.28% (20:57) on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 480 participants have completed 743 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,715 km, including 112 new Personal Bests. A total of 51 individuals have volunteered 152 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 08. January 26th, 2019

Tiny Triumphs and Kindness 

The night before parkrun I sit bolt upright in the darkness. “Oh C*** S***” I say, to nobody in particular. “We’ve got all the STUFF!!!  We have to do the THINGS!!!”

From one week to the next whoever is keeper of the stuff has to make sure that it is ready. Scanners need to be charged, timers need to be cleared. My favourite job is keeping the defibrillator alive. It is large and orange and puts me in mind of bringing the school goldfish home in the holidays; if its light turns a strange colour then something is wrong. And you have to find a way of blaming somebody else.  And hoping that nobody will be in need of defibrillating this week.

It is a bright, crisp Saturday. We arrive at the park, with all the stuff, ready for action.  On the way we meet a double denim’d man with a thick, gold chain around his next and sweet, thick-waisted staffie at his side. “I’m giving it two more weeks,” he says, “Then I’m going to join in.”  He has story this man, and running means a lot to him. He has been watching us from the start. I can’t wait for the week that he runs.

Outside the café a familiar woman turns up, with two boys in tow.  “I can volunteer today,” she says, “I wasn’t sure – but I can.”  Later the kids will get a couple of high-vis jackets muddy and she will take them home to wash.  I could hug her. Hopefully somebody did.

Lucy arrives with gold pompoms – we all want a go.  She’s bringing more next week. A small group of parkrun ambassadors are running today.  Two – Mark and Val – championed East Brighton.  They taught us everything we know so I daren’t tell them I nearly forgot to do THE STUFF! And the Front Runners, a local running club that got together about the same time we were dreaming EB into being, are visiting for the first time.

Despite the cold parkrun feels particularly friendly today. I’m marshalling at The Slippery Slope.  Runners either leap across the mud gazelle-like, or approach with caution and a friendly, “Thank you Marshal”.   A couple of teenage girls use the up-slopes for a walk and talk break. “We’re sprinters, this is hard” they shout, “Besides we’ve got a lot to talk about.”  I am especially touched by a gentle man who pushes his baby-buggy around the course, with unwavering care and such a tender smile.

I guess every parkrun says this but I think we are special.  We were born not of runners - though most of us do run - but from a desire to bring the park to life.  During the week, local dog walkers ask how the run is going. One has decided not to throw her old trainers out just yet, “Maybe in the spring I’ll run,” she tells me. Another turns up every Saturday, not to run but because “I like the company, it’s buzzy now.” Our flyers have made it up the hill to Manor Chippy (best in town, since you’re asking).

At the edges of every run hover stories and tiny triumphs and kindnesses. We are two months old this week. I wasn’t really prepared for how deep and fast the parkrun ripples would flow.

After parkrun I go to meet friends at Marmalade.  It is crazy busy and I dive at a table when I see people standing to leave.  “Thank you,” I say, as I crash into a seat to claim it.  “No problem,” they say. “Thank you Marshal.”   I notice their muddy trainers. And we grin.

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Marshal at The Slippery Slope

 

*** A NOTE FROM OUR RUN DIRECTOR: In the first paragraph our run reporter obviously only said “Crikey! Sugarlumps!!” EB parkrun – keeping it clean. ***

If you’d like to be part of our EB team please contact eastbrightonoffice@parkrun.com.  Or come and have chat on Saturday morning?  The parkrun pride runs deep in East Brighton – come along – feel the love! x

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 70 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Terry James AVEY • Matt HANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Will BAKER • Valerie GATES • Lucy MITCHELL • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Mary HERBERT • Kate TENNANT • Vinnie THORNTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Maxwell DUMBRELL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Ben SAVILL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.28% (20:57) on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 454 participants have completed 675 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,375 km, including 99 new Personal Bests. A total of 48 individuals have volunteered 139 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 07. January 19th, 2019

Reader, They Ran!

Tail-walker [n]: a person who walks at the back of the run to ensure all runners are accounted for. The tail-walker is the last to walk across the finish line thus declaring the run is over. 

I’ve got to tell you – I was quite excited about tail-walking. Firstly, because it is the first time that I have lapped EB Park with actual parkrunners. And secondly, because in January I bought a proper dog-harness and have been training Dougal, our dog for just this moment! His first ever parkrun as tail-wager.

Even the drizzly, cold forecast couldn’t dim my optimism.  I layered up warm from toes to nose; hiking boots and ski-socks, thermal gloves and bobble hat. I was fleece-lined and water-proofed, bundled in so many layers I could barely move my arms.  But I was ready. Ready, right up until the moment of 3…2…1… GO!

Reader, they ran! All of them.

While I was prepared for ALL the weather – I was not prepared to run. Read the small print, it’s a tail-WALKER. Right? Dougal on the other hand was excited to be a in a pack and chased up the starting slope and across the top terrace dragging me and my clunky, old hiking boots behind him. By the end of the first lap I was melting in my many layers - but the parkrunners were still going strong.  Needing to keep up, I threw my hat and gloves in the direction of a kindly volunteer and off we went for a second … and third round.

To those of you who cheered and smiled along the way – thank you, I was smiling on the inside.

To the other dog runners who gave me the dog-runner-nod – thank you, I feel initiated.

To the volunteers who laughed – no cakes for you next week!

And to the walkers and the walk-joggers – where were you?  I was looking forward getting to know you better. When we say "walk it, jog it, run it" we really do mean it.  And trust me, you were missed! Never let weather put you off - parkrun keeps you toasty. Fact.

Afterwards we went to Eden Café for breakfast and a de-brief. Aggie, half of the lovely couple who run the café smiled to see us back. “Saturdays have got better since the run started,” she said, “Not just the mornings – people see us busy in the morning and then they keep coming back. Saturdays are always good now.”

EB parkrun – the goodness keeps rippling out.

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Tail-WALKER

We are really keen to grow our core group of volunteers.  Can you spare a Saturday morning once in a while? Or encourage a friend, lover and/or partner to come along and support you in a hi-vis? If so, please contact eastbrightonoffice@parkrun.com.  Or join us for breakfast on Saturday morning? We are everso proud of how far we have come and would love to have you on-board.

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 59 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Adam PENWARDEN • Lucy MITCHELL • Steven TENNANT • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Vinnie THORNTON • Michael SWALLOW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.28% (20:57) on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 422 participants have completed 605 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,025 km, including 91 new Personal Bests. A total of 46 individuals have volunteered 123 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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