Sassie clocks up parkrun century, as sunshine bathes prom! Report by run director Clare Lippiatt

So…as the saying goes ‘the sun shines on the righteous’. As we arrived early to start setting up, the last of the early morning mist was clearing and the sun shone brightly for all our volunteers and park-runners. A glorious start to the day and a very light breeze seduced 332 people into running, jogging and walking the Hastings parkrun course this week. 27 people were first timers and 59 recorded personal bests.

We had parkrun tourists from Braintree, Sheffield and other locations, and many first timers to brief. I always want to spend time talking about all the lovely things first timers and tourists will enjoy on our course (….there are so many!), however this week I wanted to remind you of the perils! We share the seafront with others and that includes cyclists, walkers, dogs and children. The cycle lane in particular poses a challenge to any one of us who know the sea front well. It is there for a reason and we must ensure we are clear of it at all times so our many cyclists can use it safely, and so we can avoid any incidents where possible. We also have a super bunch of marshalls who are there to keep you as safe as possible and their advice is invaluable when you are out there running your socks off.

The last 100m of the course felt busy this week. It’s so nice to see parkrunners and their families gathering after their run, having a chat, stretching out and enjoying the weather. We do ask that dogs are kept well away from the finishing area and anyone crossing the course is kept to a minimum until all our parkrunners have completed their super strong sprint finishes!

Congratulations to Sassie Yasamee who completed her 100th parkrun and well done to all those who completed the course this week. Congratulations also to all those runners who have completed the London Marathon today in hotter than usual conditions. We hope to see you back running with us soon. As always, a huge thanks has to go to our volunteers. This run happens without fail, and this is due to the commitment and effort from them all.

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 157; 21st April 2018

This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Danny BLACKMAN • Jethro ATHERALL • Nicholas BROWN • Paul HOPE • Joanne Marie COTE • Phoebe Joyce COTE • Leo CACCIATORE • Susan WILKINSON • Dale SCOWEN • Lena KING • Clare LIPPIATT • Tracy ARCHER • Denise ESCUDIER • Roger MANDRY • Paul CABBAN • Ivan DARCH • Christine SANDERSON • Keith GOODSELL • Nadia WINBORN • Bernadette BEDFORD • Ian WINBORN • Matleena ELONHEIMO • Julia FRENCH • Krista BARZEE • Freya BLACKMAN • Jonathan FRENCH • Jacqueline SCOTT • Shaun TOMLIN • Trudie BETTS

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

The female record is held by Grace BAKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 26th December 2015 (event number 37).
The male record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded a time of 14:14 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded 90.63% (14:14) on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,281 participants have completed 28,474 parkruns covering a total distance of 142,370 km, including 5,894 new Personal Bests.

 

RECORD BREAKERS! Report by event director Nick Brown

Wow ... what a morning! A record breaking attendance of 412 enjoyed perfect running conditions with hardly a breath of wind as a cool mist enveloped the prom. First home was Rhys Boorman with his 21st course win in 16.10; whilst his Hastings AC teammates Maya Ramnarine (18.41) and John Bridger (21.37) rewrote the JW11-14 and VM70-74 age category records respectively. We hosted a friendly "mob match" between Hastings Runners (48 runners and 3573pts) and the combined forces of Heart & Sole, Hastings Walk 2 Run, Vegan Runners, HTH Runners, Run 1066 and Raw Runners Hastings (72 runners and 3691pts).

12 members of Hastings Walk 2 Run were facing "D" day this morning, having trained in all sorts of weather since joining my beginners running programme in January - most had never run before! Yet today most of them managed to run 5kms nonstop, or with minimal stops, and should be very proud of their achievements. So many congrats to Mark Dean, Tammy Allen, Annie Craddock, Mew Welch, Claire Chapman, Natasha Doncaster, Sarah Stapley, Katie Gronow, Trudie Betts, Nuala McArdle, Tessa Martina and Katy Coan.
It was a hectic morning in the Bo-Peep afterwards with t-shirts awarded to the top volunteers for the past year, who included Danny Parsons,  Eric Hardwick, Helen Brown, Jackie Parsons, Lena King, Louise Johnston, Martin Noakes, Peter Cocker and Roger Mandry. The bake - off competition was a slam dunk for the Vegan Runners contingent, with Matleena Elonheimo's courgette and lime drizzle cake taking the honours.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped out this morning, and we coped very well not only with the record numbers but also had to deal with a marshal who was taken ill and two runners who fell over near the finish area and had to be patched up!

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 156;14th April 2018

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Nicholas BROWN • Helen BROWN • Arrianne CALLOW • Peter COCKER • Eric HARDWICK • Deanne SMITH • Daniel PARSONS • Jacqueline PARSONS • Roger MANDRY • Paul BURCHETT • Paul CABBAN • Grant DOCKSEY • Susan MARTIN • Andrew WILSON • Simon LINKLATER • Amy ASHBY • Sophie ASHBY • Selva HEFFERNAN • Jennifer WINNINGTON • Mary LE PLA • Lesley SULLY

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

The female record is held by Grace BAKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 26th December 2015 (event number 37).
The male record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded a time of 14:14 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded 90.63% (14:14) on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,253 participants have completed 28,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 140,710 km, including 5,835 new Personal Bests.

 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG ON THE PROM! report by run director Roger Mandry

Fact: 1 March 2018 is the first day of the meteorological spring. Fact : 20 March 2018 is the first day of the astronomical spring. Reality: 7 April 2018 was the first day of the Hastings ‘parkrun spring’. After a long winter of cold and wet ‘parkruns’ at last , decent springlike temperatures for today’s parkrun (7/4).

Along with great weather, spring brings the start of the fresher, lighter food season. While winter’s comfort food may have made it difficult to get off the couch, spring’s flavorful salads and grilled meats give you all the fuel you need for your workouts without weighing you down. It’s the best time of year to start a running routine without the chance of getting derailed by heavy or holiday food traps (at least until ice cream season starts…that’s ‘summer’..)”

A big thank you to this week's volunteers, supporters and to you, parkrun ‘spring joggers/ spring walkers’ , for making this weeks Hastings parkrun another success . Arrianne & Roger (RDs)

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 155; 7th April 2018

This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Nicholas BROWN • Helen BROWN • Arrianne CALLOW • Andy KNIGHT • Al MOORE • Sue PALMER • Martin NOAKES • Susan MANN • Russell VINCENT • Darren BARZEE • Roger MANDRY • Andy LEE • Al MARTIN • Debbie HUMBLES • Christine SANDERSON • Derek MANSELL • Paula WARD • Amanda RUCK • Sean DWYER

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

The female record is held by Grace BAKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 26th December 2015 (event number 37).
The male record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded a time of 14:14 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded 90.63% (14:14) on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,189 participants have completed 27,729 parkruns covering a total distance of 138,645 km, including 5,740 new Personal Bests.

 

“EGG – CEPTIONAL!” – report by run director Roger Mandry

For thousands of years the egg was seen as a symbol of Spring, a celebration of the rebirth and reinvigoration after the harshness of winter. Well perhaps we could say the same about Hastings parkrun as it's a weekly celebration and certainly invigorating to many Saturday morning "egg-ercisers".

The run directors arrived, faced by miserable but not "egg-streme" conditions. We looked at each other thinking that it would be a small turnout, only to be pleasantly surprised by the 295 runners, joggers and walkers taking part. No, I am not "egg-aggerating!"

At the first timers briefing, there were over 40 tourists and newcomers, from Nottingham, Essex and even Hastings old town (Jim). Each were welcomed by our own "egghead", run director Arrianne who gave a wonderful briefing and warm Easter welcome.

As our "egg-ceptional" volunteers were all in place, we were all systems go and with the "egg-citement" mounting we neared the 9.00am start. The final countdown of 3-2-1 saw an "egg-splosive" start. 16mins 44secs later multiple course winner Rhys Boorman crossed the line to signal the start of a hive of activity by our parkrun volunteers as we clocked in and scanned all 295 participants, all of whom had been guided around this unique course by our core of friendly volunteers. Thank you all and a happy Easter holiday. The run directors retired to the Bo-Peep, safe in the knowledge that we didn't have any egg on our faces (but plenty of chocolate cake!), and had contributed towards yet another "egg-ceptional" Hastings parkrun!

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 154; 31st March 2018

This week 295 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: Nicholas BROWN • Arrianne CALLOW • Joanne Marie COTE • Phoebe Joyce COTE • Sue PALMER • David KILBY • Claire HITCHINGS • Susan WILKINSON • Eric HARDWICK • Emma WAREHAM • Tracy ARCHER • Sassie YASAMEE • Catherine WELLINGTON • Roger MANDRY • Paul CABBAN • Nadia WINBORN • Sarah GALE • Lisa GRASS • Richard GASSON • Jennifer WINNINGTON • Philip NICE • Penny NICE

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

The female record is held by Grace BAKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 26th December 2015 (event number 37).
The male record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded a time of 14:14 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded 90.63% (14:14) on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,152 participants have completed 27,485 parkruns covering a total distance of 137,425 km, including 5,695 new Personal Bests.

 

Parkrun morning from a run director’s viewpoint! Report by run director Nadia Winborn

Reflection of today's cold Hastings parkrun by Nadia Winborn

When we all awoke this morning we didn't know what weather had arrived over night. Luckily there was no snow but there was a freezing north easterly wind. Ian and I walked down to check the course in case of ice. All was clear and ready to go.

Arrianne, Ian and I set up and checked off the marshals as they arrived. At 8.45 we realised we were 2 marshals missing so Ian was sent off to cover one of them (the other marshal arrived on his bike and went to his post.  

All set and we were ready for the off. I did the runners brief and the Arrianne said her stopwatch hadn't started, this is why we have 2 in case of technical failure. This meant Peter had a challenge and the whole parkrun results were in his hands.

No more hitches until we got to the BoPeep for the results bit. Arrianne and I set the computer up, downloaded the stopwatch without a hitch. Then the scanners wouldn't download, panic ensued for a few minutes then we did what all IT gurus tell you to do and shut down the laptop and started again, hey presto and it worked.

That done we then added the few barcodes that hadn't scanned, with a couple of issues we were sorted and the rest was down to parkrun headquarters to send emails or texts to the runners and volunteers. Thank you everyone for you hard work on this chilly morning and good luck to everyone running and volunteering at the Hastings Half Marathon.

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 152; 17th March 2018

This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Nicholas BROWN • Bryan LEGGETT • Arrianne CALLOW • Paul HOPE • Joanne Marie COTE • Andy KNIGHT • Mark JONES • Sue PALMER • Martin NOAKES • Peter COCKER • Andy BASHFORD • Jane WHITTINGTON • Lena KING • Daniel PARSONS • Jacqueline PARSONS • Ivan DARCH • Debbie HUMBLES • Nadia WINBORN • Andrew STENTON • Ian WINBORN • Graeme GRASS • Lorraine ASHBY • Amy ASHBY • Sophie ASHBY • Matleena ELONHEIMO • Dean FOX • Roger TOMLINSON

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

The female record is held by Grace BAKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 26th December 2015 (event number 37).
The male record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded a time of 14:14 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded 90.63% (14:14) on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,024 participants have completed 26,923 parkruns covering a total distance of 134,615 km, including 5,612 new Personal Bests.

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