Ole! Ole! Ole! Report by run director Andy Key

Parkrun volunteering. More fun than the run?

This was my last chance to experience being Run Director before heading to sunnier climes in just over a months time. Since returning to running 2 years ago parkrun has become part of my weekly life routine giving me the chance to run every Saturday.

But on reflection it’s been so much more than that.  When I started it was
ALL ABOUT THE RUN. Then I started to make some great friends and immersed myself in the social side of Saturday mornings. I wondered “What does go on in The Bo-Peep?”,  “How does parkrun work?” Take a chance and find out. That was how I discovered the hidden gem of parkrun. VOLUNTEERING.

FIrst I would marshall, maybe once a month, cheerleading all the other runners in my hi-viz. It felt good to give something back and gave me time to see everyone taking part and be thankful that I was not out of puff while they toiled back to Grosvenor Gardens. After a while I sampled all the other roles and eventually it made sense to ask about Run Director. What secrets did these blue tabarded generals have access to? How do the results magically appear every week? All soon became clear.

I could go on (you know I could) but what I’m really trying to say is that every park runner should take the chance to volunteer. I am convinced that not doing so is denying yourself a peak into a whole new world of enjoyment. The last two weeks has seen 307 and 269 runners. If everyone volunteered just 2-3 times A YEAR the runs would be fully supported.

So take a chance, step forward and contact Nick Brown or message via parkrun Hastings website and discover VOLUNTEERING REALLY CAN BEAS MUCH FUN AS THE RUN.

 

The parkrun family Edmonds! Report by run director Nadia Winborn

Another 1st by the amazing Matt. By Nadia Winborn

The weather conditions were good in Hastings when I arrived at 7.50am at Grosvenor garden, it was sunny and dry with a slight breeze, perfect pb weather. An amazing field of 307 runners and walkers took part consisting of 54 parkrunners achieving PBs and 51 who were making their parkrun debut. We welcomed visitors from Bexleyheath and Wales (they didn't say where they were from in Wales).

The Edmonds/Westbrook contingency were out in force celebrating Harry's 18th birthday in style. 12 members of the family took part with 4 newbies on this occasion (they plan another family parkrun in the future). The cherry on top was Matt Edmonds coming in to be handed the coveted token number 1 in 17.28 this being his 7th. Next was Colin White who was determined to stay at number 2 getting in at 18.12 by racing Leo Cacciatore who managed number 3 at 18.19.

The first 3 men were followed shortly by the ladies in position 4 was Karen Murdoch in 19.12 followed by Jenna French with number 5 in 20.05. The 3rd lady in was Louise Hunter in a time of 21.54.The rest of you came in bunched in groups with the walk2run group bringing up the rear. There were 17 walkers many making their parkrun debut. The tail walker came I  at 54.29 bring with her what we thought were the last few but as we were packing up 2 walker arrived saying they were behind but couldn't catch up. We checked their time and added them to the list. Then it was to the BoPeep for coffee and sorting out the results.

Congratulations go to Brian Croucher, John Wilkinson and Philip Dorgan who all celebrated their 50th parkruns this week.

I would also like to thank Dale Scowen my fellow Run Director, Andy Key and Clare Lippiatt (timekeepers), Deanne Smith, Julia French and Andy Knight (scanning team), Martin Noakes and Cathrine Mitchell (token team),Terry Kitson and Becky Alexander (funnel managers), Julia Ausin (walk2run pacer), Peter Cocker (on standby), Richard Gasson (halfway marshal), Phoebe, Olivia and dad Lee Cote, Harry and mum Becky Daykin, Sophie Harper and Mark Jones (marshals) and last but not least Selva Heffernan (tail walker).

If you wish parkrun to continue we need volunteers each week, so give something back by emailing hastingshelpers@parkrun.com and tell us when you can help.

 

 

FIRST TIMERS PRODUCE HUGE TURNOUT ON THE PROM!

Our joint second highest turnout with 307 parkrunners enjoying the balmy conditions compared to New Year! A staggering 44 first timers getting their New Year's resolutions in early, including 17 from the midweek Walk 2 Run beginners groups - most of whom have never run before, but they managed to complete the 5kms course doing a series of jog/walk intervals throughout. If you are interested in joining these groups who meet at Grosvenor Gardens on Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings, with the aim of running the parkrun nonstop by 31st March, then please email hastingshelpers@parkrun.com for further info.

 
As usual Hastings Runners were the best represented club with 39 members taking part, including first man home Matt Edmonds registering his 7th course success whilst Hastings AC's Karen Murdoch notched up her 15th win. Many thanks to our run directors Dale Scowen and Nadia Winborn, who did an excellent job of co-ordinating all the volunteers. Those at the finish area had a very busy shift, so well done in particular to timekeepers Andy Key and Clare Lippiatt; tokens team Martin Noakes and Catherine Mitchell; funnel managers Terry Kitson and Becky Alexander; scanning team Deanne Smith, Julia French and Andy Knight. 
 
Once again a great advert for parkrun, and the running community in Hastings! Report by event director Nick Brown

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 143;  6th January 2018

This week 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers: Nicholas BROWN • Lee COTE • Phoebe Joyce COTE • Andy KNIGHT • Mark JONES • Martin NOAKES • Linda BEDDIS • Peter COCKER • Terry KITSON • Dale SCOWEN • Clare LIPPIATT • Deanne SMITH • Olivia Lily COTE • Paul CABBAN • Nadia WINBORN • Andy KEY • Catherine MITCHELL • Ian WINBORN • Richard GASSON • Selva HEFFERNAN • Julia FRENCH • Becky DAYKIN • Harry DAYKIN • Sophie HARPER • Becky ALEXANDER • Julie AUSTIN

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 4,753 participants have completed 24,692 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,460 km, including 5,164 new Personal Bests.

 

“Even the weather couldn’t deter great turnout for first NYD’s parkrun at Hastings!” Report by run director Arrianne Callow

New year's day delivered a perfect day for a parkrun. 19 volunteers turned up in not so perfect weather, to marshal, scan, manage, hold tokens, give out tokens, tailwalk, timekeep. Without the merry band the run along the prom would have been in vain.

133 parkrunners took to Hastings prom, wondering WHY!!! Then they came back, into a strong headwind but they finished their parkrun and smiled. They had done it.!!!! A great start to 2018. There were some first timers, Julia and Rick celebrating 150 parkruns each, Ivan celebrating 100 parkruns and maybe few Pbs.

But what couldn’t be washed away by the weather was the friendliness and support of all the parkrunners, and we get to do it again next Saturday and every Saturday and best of all it's FREE.

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 142:  1st January 2018

This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Nicholas BROWN • Cathy BATE • Kim CALLOW • Arrianne CALLOW • Hayley RANSON • Lena KING • Peter NOAKES • Peter CRANE • Darren BARZEE • Daniel PARSONS • Roger MANDRY • Ben RANSON • Nadia WINBORN • Ian WINBORN • Julia FRENCH • Peter BATES • Dean FOX • Florence COLWELL • Morgan COLWELL

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 4,695 participants have completed 24,385 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,925 km, including 5,123 new Personal Bests.

 

Storm force winds blow away the Xmas cobwebs! Report by run director Dale Scowen

'Breezy' conditions braved by the many!
 
Parkrun never ceases to amaze me! Arriving at the start this morning, wind as strong as I've known it for a while, myself and Arrianne looked at each other with an element of doubt as to whether we should set up. However, set up we did and as the volunteers arrived to collect their hi viz vests and instructions the parkrunners started to gather. There were a number of first timers (starting those resolutions early) and visitors in the ranks, none from further afield than Hastings parkrun in Australia, along with Tony Richardson completing parkrun number 50 before heading back to be funnel manager. Our army of volunteers should be commended for their efforts this morning, braving the elements to allow the 194 runners the pleasure of completing the 5km to start shedding the excess festive pounds! The next opportunity to do this is Monday, that's New Years' Day people, an extra parkrun in the calendar so get yourself down to that start! Whether that's to run, walk or volunteer it matters not, just be there to start 2018 as you mean to go on!

Hastings parkrun:  Event number 141;  30th December 2017

This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Steven SELLERS • Sarah ABBOTT • Nicholas BROWN • Arrianne CALLOW • Martin NOAKES • Ian CAPON • Catherine DANN • Tony RICHARDSON • Hayley RANSON • Jane WHITTINGTON • Ken HUGHES • Dale SCOWEN • Emma WAREHAM • Clare LIPPIATT • Paul EMERSON • Roger MANDRY • Nadia WINBORN • Anne BROOKS • Emma CHAMPION • Julia FRENCH • Samuel FULLER • Jane COLLINS • Toby COLLINS

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 4,671 participants have completed 24,252 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,260 km, including 5,118 new Personal Bests.

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