Parkrun on the pier … run report by “Iceland bin” volunteer Martin Allen!

PARKRUN ON THE PIER - 182nd Hastings parkrun
Report from a volunteer's perspective

A shimmering quilt of silver sea and a firm coastal breeze freshening our faces. What better way to start the 182nd Hastings parkrun? Well, on the pier of course! A rare and special treat this week meant parkrunners could both start and finish out at sea … sort of. As 9:00am approached, the Hastings flock circled and there was the usual flapping of wings, puffing of chests, cacophony of squawking and some nervous "1-star reviews" being left on the pier decking. Or was that the seagulls….? Yes, perhaps it was.

But among our feathered friends, several hundred humans milled around, each ready to run, walk, buggy-push or be unceremoniously dragged by an enthusiastic dog around the 5km route. The serious athletes limbered up with stretches and strides; the not-quite-so-serious removed sweaters, cracked the odd knee bend, laughed, chatted and swapped hangover cures.

At 9:00am, everyone was called into line, the run director poised. After a few words of guidance, they were off. 356 all-ability parkrunners thundered into action, guided expertly around the pier … and straight off the end ... the dry end thankfully … by our brightly bedecked volunteer marshals. I too was a volunteer this week and was given the glamorous role of 'Iceland-roundabout bin marshal' just after 1km.

The runners streamed around the tight cone turn with a few welcome shouts of "thanks marshal', before they headed away, westward-bound, a colourful array of backs and bottoms disappearing into the distance. As the tail walkers passed, I hot-pedalled it to my second marshal point just inside the pier entrance where I was gesticulating wildly like a traffic policeman to guide weary legs around the café tables towards a well-earned finish.

For the parkrun geeks amongst us, here are some stats from today's event: 356 people finished the course, which means I hope 356 people also started. This week's Speedy Gonzales was Hastings parkrun regular, Matt Edmonds, who was the first parkrunner to complete the course in an impressive 16:32. He was followed home by an unknown runner, and third home was Mike Collett in 18:33.The first female parkrunner home was Ellen Davies who also recorded a brand new PB of 20:16.

High fives go out to 60 of you who ran your socks off to record PBs and fist-bumps to the 72 first-timers who we hope now have the parkrun bug and will be back for more next time. And also a massive thumbs-up to all the parkrun tourists who came from far and wide to support our event. Thank you and we hope you enjoyed it.

It was a day of added celebration for at least two people. A very happy birthday to Louise Taylor who put in a marvellous sprint finish at the end and was rewarded with a birthday present PB of 58:56. And special mention to Daniel Parsons who joined the 100-club with a fantastic personal best of 22:29. Last, but not least, a massive thank you to the pier owner who allowed us the privilege of starting and finishing on it today, and also to all the volunteers who helped make it run smoothly.

Finally, as you know, parkrun can only operate if there are sufficient volunteers each week and it relies on parkrunners like you and I being able to volunteer themselves on a few occasions. Help is always appreciated, indeed necessitated for any parkrun to continue. You may have heard of "no barcode, no time". Well, additionally, "no volunteers, no parkrun". So, if you would like to volunteer in the coming weeks, please email hastingshelpers@parkrun.com for details or visit the volunteer section of the Hastings parkrun webpage.

For me, it is so important to give back to Hastings parkrun as a volunteer the pleasure that it gives to me as a runner. I'll be back flat-footing it around the conventional course next week, so perhaps I'll be "thanking you marshal" as I glide by in radiant, rainbow-laced elegance … or as is more likely, when I plod past you in a mess of perspiration, heavy-breathing, and clutching an agonising stitch … and seeing that PB disappear into the distant sea fret…Martin Allen, Guest report writer

Hastings parkrun: Event number 182: 13th October 2018

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Fiona DELANEY • Michael HAYWARD • Nicholas BROWN • Martin ALLEN • Yock Lin RICHARDSON • Paul HOPE • Martin NOAKES • Kim CLARKE • Linda BEDDIS • Ken HUGHES • Julie BEERLING • Louise NAPIER • Jane HUGHES • Erica SMITH • Shana Banana BURCHETT • Andy LEE • Paul BURCHETT • Julie LOVELL • Stuart KEEN • Louise HUNTER • Julia FRENCH • Darren COCHRANE • Duncan EDWARDS • Patricia CAREY • Craig WEEKS • Scarlett O'TOOLE • Becky ALEXANDER • Marie CRAWFORD • Robert DESIMONE

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 Kelly HOLMES who recorded 91.95% (17:48) on 11th August 2018 (event number 173).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 6,412 participants have completed 35,978 parkruns covering a total distance of 179,890 km, including 7,232 new Personal Bests.

 

HASTINGS PIER PARKRUN 13TH OCTOBER

Just to remind you all that the parkrun next weekend starts and finishes on Hastings Pier. The course will still be 5.00kms, and the first 500-550m and last 250-300m will be on the pier itself. The rest of the route will be on the top promenade, lower promenade and Bottle Alley. Don't turn up at Grosvenor Gardens at 9.00am, as there won't be anyone there ... at least not from parkrun!

 

Celebrating milestones, pbs and birthdays! Report by run director Nadia Winborn

Thank you all, for coming to share Hastings parkrun with us,

We are glad you came on this sunny September Saturday morning,

Please give a cheer to the tourists who came from far and wide,

From all across the UK and even Australia,

Thank you for coming and hope to see you again soon,

Our pacers were out in force today, Running out and back,

Under bottle alley to just past the pier and back,

Bringing many of you back with PB after PB, 53 of you to be exact,

that's 17% of you ran your best time this year,

Congratulations go to Bernadette Bedford who celebrated her birthday by getting a PB,

We also had 3 amazing people celebrating milestones today,

Laura Vickers and Paul Edmunds got to 50,

We can't wait to see you in you red tee shirts,

A really big round of applause goes out to Sue Wilkinson,

who celebrated her 100th on her birthday

Happy birthday and wear your black tee shirt with pride,

Last but not least all those amazing volunteers who made today possible,

Cheering you on and keeping you safe, thank you.

 

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 178; 15th September 2018

This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Nicholas BROWN • Beverley SMART • Arrianne CALLOW • Paul HOPE • Andy KNIGHT • David BRATBY • Hayley RANSON • Terry KITSON • Dale SCOWEN • Lena KING • Harry ASH • Julie BEERLING • Melinda GRIFFITHS • Ben RANSON • Simon LARKIN • Nadia WINBORN • Dean FOX • Johanna LAMBOURNE • Mary WOODFEAR • Duncan EDWARDS • Isaac BUSS • Ruth HINE • Helen AUSTIN • Louise CAVILL • Amy STEVENS • Andrew FOORD

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 Kelly HOLMES who recorded 91.95% (17:48) on 11th August 2018 (event number 173).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 6,244 participants have completed 34,760 parkruns covering a total distance of 173,800 km, including 6,961 new Personal Bests.

 

PB fest on the prom! Report by run director Ken Hughes

The conditions could not have been better for the quartoseptentennial anniversary of the Hastings parkrun, with clear skies, warm sun, cool air and barely a breath of wind. The 321 parkrunners took full advantage and a massive 1 in 5 clocked a new PB. Congratulations to all of them but special mentions go to

- Ethan Hodges, whose 17:44 got him his first first finish
- Luke Draper, who set a new JM10 course record with 19:30 and recorded the day's highest age grading with a massive 83.85%
- Donna Gardner, who has now recorded a PB at every one of her 5 parkruns, knocking over 4 minutes off her time and leaving her poised to go sub-40
- three milestone runners who celebrated with PBs: Reece Lincoln (junior, 10), Cheryl Smith (50) and Sharon Hammond (100) - Sharon also volunteered as funnel manager after completing her run
- Nikki Mott, whose 29:15 PB saw her finish 175th in event 175
- Eric Luckman, today's most senior PBer on 26:55, proving that the over-70s can get PBs every bit as well as the youngsters.
Among today's 11 JM10 parkrunners was Finlay Goodman, running at Hastings for the first time. Finlay's time of 19:32 broke the JM10 age category record that has stood since April 2017 and he was denied a new record only by Luke Draper pipping him by 2s.
As well as the milestone parkrunners mentioned above, this morning saw Anna Douglas and Tom Adam join the 50 club and Denise Escudier reach her century. Today's most-run award goes to Michael Fance who completed his 245th parkrun today.
As always, the parkrun only takes place because the volunteers turn out to support the parkrunners. This morning we had 23 volunteer heroes, all of whom performed fantastically. Please come and join the volunteer team for a future parkrun by emailing hastingshelpers@parkrun.com.
Among a bevvy of visitors, from as far afield as Holland, we had 42 who were at Hastings for the first time. Another 13 were at their first parkrun anywhere. We hope you all come back again soon. We had representatives of 33 running clubs today but, as usual the majority of parkrunner (192, 60%) were unattached. We had parkrunners in all age categories, both male and female, up to 75-79 with the most popular being the 24 50-54 year old females.
Be sure to let us know if you are completing a milestone parkrun next Saturday - see you at 9am.

Hastings parkrun: Event number 175; 25th August 2018

This week 321 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Nicholas BROWN • Joanne Marie COTE • Sharon Louise HAMMOND • Martin NOAKES • Leo CACCIATORE • David KILBY • Ken HUGHES • Ethan HODGES • Debra VAN AALST • Jane HUGHES • June NASH • Mark MORDAK • Sally EVES-DANN • Louise HUNTER • Caroline BENDELL • Damian REED • Jennifer WINNINGTON • Dean FOX • Nicola FEAR • Mary WOODFEAR • Duncan EDWARDS • Angelita ROTHWELL • Hollie RICH

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 Kelly HOLMES who recorded 91.95% (17:48) on 11th August 2018 (event number 173).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 6,121 participants have completed 33,835 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,175 km, including 6,806 new Personal Bests.

 

Rain fails to dampen parkrun spirit. Run report by tourist Mark Pinney

Who wanted rain? Not me, that's for sure. We headed down to Hastings for a nice sunny day by the sea, coming from Kings Langley (near Hemel Hempstead), but it was a rather cloudy and grey day that greeted us as we arrived at the sea front. The weather was just a minor blip on an otherwise lovely parkrun event by the sea.

As a tourist, I try to get to the event early so that I can locate the start and find the facilities (ie toilets). Upon my arrival I found there were two Run Directors for the day (Clare and Dale) who were busy organising the volunteers who kindly gave up their time to allow us to run.
Clare took us through the first timers briefing, then we had time for a few quick photos of the vast array of pacers (ranging from 22 minutes to 38 minutes, including uber tourist Alan Byron). Dale followed up with the main briefing and shortly afterwards we were off.
Excellent encouragement from all of the marshals throughout the course helped cheer us on and forget the small amount of wind and rain that was blowing in our faces during the return leg.
If you would like to see my video of todays run, or just want to try and spot yourself then please click the link below (photos of some of the Marshals can be see at the end)...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8lhSS-32vw
On to the stats....
This week we had 348 runners, of which 12 were UNKNOWNs, 174 Female and 162 Male. Top 3 Males were Louis TAUB in a superb 18:05, Joshua CLARK in 18:28 and Jethro ATHERALL in a new PB of 18:48. Top 3 Females were Lorna WATTS in a new PB of 20:52, Becky SMART in 22:12 and Jane COLES just behind in 22:17. There were 71 parkrunners who were new to Hastings, of whom 23 were doing their first ever parkrun. So well done to you all and we hope to see you back next week.
Most runniest runner was Richard PITCAIRN-KNOWLES on 312 parkruns and he was the only member of the 250 club. But there were 27 members of the 100 Club and 52 members of the 50 Club present. The only Milestone today was Gary LAKER who joined the 50 Club, well done to you. As ever, a big thank you goes out to all of the Event Makers who ensured we had a well organised and safe run.
 Other news....
We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" s the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independant parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Hastings parkrun: Event number 174; 18th August 2018

This week 348 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Arrianne CALLOW • Paul HOPE • Leo CACCIATORE • Alan BYRON • Andy BASHFORD • Andrew WATSON • Susan WILKINSON • Hayley RANSON • Eric HARDWICK • Jane WHITTINGTON • Dale SCOWEN • Ethan HODGES • Clare LIPPIATT • Jane HUGHES • Daniel PARSONS • Paul BURCHETT • Ben RANSON • Debbie HUMBLES • Sally EVES-DANN • Matthew COLLINS • Michelle FOX • Simon FRY • Michael CLOKE • Mark PINNEY • Andrew WILSON • Richard GASSON • Matleena ELONHEIMO • Julia FRENCH • Jennifer WINNINGTON • Mary WOODFEAR • Duncan EDWARDS • Lorin COLWELL • Morgan COLWELL • Jane KEEN • Sharon GOODSELL

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 Kelly HOLMES who recorded 91.95% (17:48) on 11th August 2018 (event number 173).

Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 6,066 participants have completed 33,514 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,570 km, including 6,745 new Personal Bests.

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