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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.