Louise reaches landmark, as former course record holder Max makes comeback! Report by event director Nick Brown

Many congrats to Louise Johnston who clocked up her 150th parkrun at Hastings - that represents a remarkable 89% strike rate! Her nearest challengers are Bob Claridge (139) and Lena King (123). Meanwhile former course record holder Max Thomas made a welcome comeback after a long term injury and surgery, coming 5th in 18.12. His pb time of 15.37 puts him 4th on our all time list.

Whilst Jake Scott-Gibbons was qualifying for his junior 10 parkrun t-shirt, another 15 were making their parkrun debuts and serial tourists Nick Fulford (Bedfont Lakes) and Debbie Clark (Gunpowder Park) were clocking up nos. 266 & 248 respectively.
Hastings Runners with 36 had the largest contingent as usual, followed by Hastings Walk 2 Run with 10. Some intriguingly named running groups including UK Mudd Queens and Girls Run The World - no one in their right mind could possibly argue with that! A select contingent from Folkestone RC had warmed up by cycling over from Folkestone, including runner up Lloyd Worsley with an impressive 17.09, Paul Bartlett on his 50th parkrun, and the 2nd & 3rd lady finishers Zoe Neale and Caroline Curtis. Tunbridge Wells Harriers included 4th placed Joe Watts (18.06), who is the event director for Tunbridge Wells parkrun in Dunorlan Park.
As well as welcoming visitors from as far afield as Bexhill and Queensland, Australia, we entertained a hen party from Burgess Park parkrun in South London including bride to be Rebekka Peake, Isabelle Gourlay (another who reached her 50th parkrun) and first timer Helen Joseph. All in all, a glorious start to the weekend which got even better as England dispatched Sweden to reach the World Cup semi - finals!

 

Hastings parkrun: Event number 168; 7th July 2018

This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Jethro ATHERALL • Nicholas BROWN • Helen BROWN • Yock Lin RICHARDSON • Arrianne CALLOW • Joanne Marie COTE • Andy KNIGHT • Leo CACCIATORE • Philip HANDRIHAN • Harry ASH • Andy LEE • Simon LARKIN • Nadia WINBORN • Ruth SPILLER • Hannah EDMONDS • Mark TAYLOR • Jon SMALLDON • Tessa MARTINA • Marie CRAWFORD • Daniel CRAWFORD

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 5,745 participants have completed 31,811 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,055 km, including 6,500 new Personal Bests.

 

MAGS AT THE DOUBLE! Report by run director Ken Hughes

Quickest off the mark at this week's parkrun was Mags, your turnaround marshal, who set off, complete with cones, for her station beyond the pier only a few minutes ahead of the parkrunners. With first finisher, Leo Cacciatore, rapidly closing her down, she managed to commandeer a bike from a couple of passing cyclists and pedalled off to the half way mark ahead of the pursuing pack.

In addition to Mags, we had another 28 volunteers on duty making the parkrun possible. As always, a massive thanks to every one of them. Please come and join the volunteer team at a future parkrun by emailing hastingshelpers@parkrun.com.
This week, we had 301 finishers of whom 49% were male, 45% were female and the rest were the 19 (6%) who managed to forget to bring a barcode. We had 49 (16%) attending Hastings for the first time, 20 of them at their first ever parkrun. The other 29 first timers were part of this week's visitor contingent, with travellers from as far as Devon. This week's only new member of a milestone club was Frankie Badrock, who picked up his junior 10 T. Well done, Frankie.
As usual, Hastings Runners had the largest club representation but there was a strong showing from the Vegan Runners and we had 7 visitors from Uckfield Runners. Well over half the participants (169) were unattached. This week's winning age category was the 35-39 women with 23 (7.6%), one ahead of the 40-44 women and 45-49 men. Apart from the 18-19 men, we had someone in every age category, male and female, from under 10 to 75-79. The average finishing time was 29:25.
Conditions were less than ideal this week with a stiff headwind on the return leg (you don't say!) but 46 (15%) still achieved a new PB. No doubt at least a few of those were assisted by this week's pacers. We have pacers on the third Saturday of every month and anybody can give it a go. Why not try it out on the next pacers day on 21 July. It's looking warm and sunny for next Saturday with a light NW wind, so perfect conditions for Hastings parkrun. See you there at 9am. And don't forget your barcode.

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 165; 16th June 2018

This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Nicholas BROWN • Paul HOPE • Rhys William BOORMAN • Andrew David EDMONDS • Leo CACCIATORE • David KILBY • Andy BASHFORD • Eric HARDWICK • Jane WHITTINGTON • Ken HUGHES • Harry ASH • Jane HUGHES • Joanna BODY • Michael NORRIS • Andy LEE • Margaret (Mags) BALCH • Paul CABBAN • Nadia WINBORN • Emily COOPER • Ian WINBORN • Patrick HEALEY • Julia FRENCH • Dan HALL • Jen WELLS • Ruth HINE • Jacqueline SCOTT • Finn HEALEY • Suzanne DEE • Reuben DEE-WALSH

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 5,640 participants have completed 31,034 parkruns covering a total distance of 155,170 km, including 6,371 new Personal Bests.

 

An awe inspiring parkrun! Report by event director Nick Brown

Another awe inspiring parkrun showcasing exactly what parkrun is all about! 314 parkrunners of all ages and abilities descended on Hastings seafront, ranging from juniors accompanied by parents who could keep up with them to our oldest regular Bob Claridge who is in the VM75-79 category and has now completed 135 parkruns. As well as 22 first timers including Hastings Walk 2 Runners Ashlie Barzee and Nick Locke, we welcomed tourists from far and wide including London, Beds, Bucks, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex and Mary Sullivan from Clonmel parkrun in Eire.

First runner back Daniel Anderson (Hastings AC) notched up his first course success in 16.28 knocking 5 secs off his own VM40-44 record; whilst Arena 80 AC's Caroline Wood demolished the VW55-59 record in a time of 20.06, was first lady finisher and also claimed the day's highest age graded score with a massive 88.89%, going into 5th place on our all time list. Meanwhile Pauline Bedford also shaved a few more seconds off her own VW75-79 record, with a time of 35.32 - very impressive considering she had a nasty fall when making her parkrun debut a few weeks back. 
Hastings was the latest stop on former Gurkha soldier Bishnu Singh's parkrun tour, as he seeks to run over 200 parkruns in the next 4 years. No easy matter when you are carrying a 22kg doko (backpack), raising money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust! We had 9 of our 10 run directors on parade, including Clare Lippiatt who PBd in 22.11, as well as many of our top volunteers during the past year all wearing their well earned t-shirts - Helen Brown, Eric Hardwick MBE, Sue Wilkinson, Danny and Jackie Parsons all helping at the finish area; whilst Nadia Winborn, Louise Johnston and Lena King were running. Well done to Lena whose time of 28.08 was a pb on her 119th parkrun.
Many thanks as ever to all the volunteers including first timers Fay Talbott and Rebecca Forbes. 

Hastings parkrun: Event number 164; 9th June 2018

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Jethro ATHERALL • Nicholas BROWN • Helen BROWN • Susan WILKINSON • Eric HARDWICK • Harry ASH • Julia MONK • Albert HINTON • Daniel PARSONS • Jacqueline PARSONS • Denise ESCUDIER • Andy LEE • Christine SANDERSON • Paula WARD • Emily COOPER • Fay TALBOTT • Dan HALL • Sandra MCGOWAN • Trudie BETTS • Rebecca FORBES

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 5,591 participants have completed 30,733 parkruns covering a total distance of 153,665 km, including 6,325 new Personal Bests.

 

Pier parkrun is a great success! Report by run director Ken Hughes

It would be hard to find a parkrun anywhere with a more scenic finish than the one on a sunny Hastings pier this morning. A huge thank you to all those that made it possible, including

- a massive volunteer team, who coped with new roles in new locations but still made everything work smoothly and safely
- all the pier staff, who assisted with the pre-planning and the preparation on the day
- the awesome Oresome Sounds Choir, who entertained, inspired and motivated us as we left the pier... then came back again... and left once more... and finally returned for the last time (the choir meets in the Ore Centre every Wednesday from 7pm to 9.15pm and welcomes new members - find them on Facebook).
This week, the gender split was 50-50 with 157 women and men taking part. The remarkably consistent 7% who forgot their barcode made the total participants up to 338. The unattached parkrunners numbered 163 and there were representatives of 38 clubs with Hastings Runners having most (45) followed by our 15 visitors from the Eastbourne Run Wednesdays club.Among our other visitors were 51 (15%) who had not taken part at Hastings before - or not Hastings, Sussex at least, we did have Keren all the way from Hastings in Australia. The remaining 16 (4.7%) of first timers completed their first ever parkrun - congratulations if you are one of them.
Event Director Nick Brown was pipped for top spot in the age graded scores by Rhys Boorman, our first finisher for a record 24th time. Perhaps it was the unfamiliar course, or maybe the stunning views, but the PB count this week was down at 33 (9.8%).
Finally, thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the collection for the pier defibrillator. We collected an impressive £240, which secures the future of the defibrillator for some time. Next week, we're back at our usual location. See you there.

Hastings parkrun: Event number 162; 26th May 2018

This week 338 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Cathy BURKE • Nicholas BROWN • Paul HOPE • Hayley RANSON • Ken HUGHES • Harry ASH • Jane HUGHES • Colin WHITE • Michael NORRIS • Darren BARZEE • Harry TREND • Shana Banana BURCHETT • Paul BURCHETT • Ben RANSON • Sally EVES-DANN • Derick LONGLEY • Ellie STROUD • Louise HUNTER • Martyn LEVITT • Roger TOMLINSON • Airiel BOOTH • Jane COLES • Gary SOUTH • Jane KEEN • Jamie KING

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 5,512 participants have completed 30,144 parkruns covering a total distance of 150,720 km, including 6,230 new Personal Bests.

 

PARKRUN STARTS & FINISHES ON HASTINGS PIER TOMORROW!

Hastings parkrun starts and finishes on Hastings Pier tomorrow (10 White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JY); so don't go to the normal start/finish point at Grosvenor Gardens!

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