Happy 3rd birthday to us! This also coincided with our 150th parkrun!!! It was lovely to see how many of you rose to the occasion by donning beach party fancy dress and football tops to celebrate England's success in the World Cup.
Thank you for bearing with us whilst we did some extra announcements and gave heartfelt thanks to the many people who make this possible.
A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes into putting this event every week. We gave a big prom shout out to the amazing Hove Prom core team without whom this event just wouldn't be possible!
Huge thanks to Richard, Ollie, Perry, JC and all the team at the Lawns Cafe for looking after us every week after parkrun dishing out hot drinks and snacks for that all important parkrun recovery and social. With an extra thank you to Richard and Keith for letting us use their beach heart to store all our kit in - what would we do without your generosity in letting us use this!
In the glorious sunshine, winter seems a long way off, but we wanted to take a moment to formally thank David Spencer and Glenn Still in particular who spend many hours every week sweeping stones off the prom so we can still run after having been battered by various storms which throw half the beach up onto the prom.
We welcomed Chrysia and Matt - both Dementia Researchers - to the prom to collect donations for our official parkrun charity, Alzheimer's Research UK in return for yummy cake provided by the Hove Prom Core Team.
We had chosen this particular charity for this year's collection not only for the fact that it is our parkrun official charity but also in honour of much-loved Prom favourite, 85-year John Henry Ramsden who has been such an inspiration to so many of us. John has been fighting poor health and memory recently and has been in and out of hospital but he is always much cheered by news and best wishes from his parkrun friends and hopes to come down in the near future to cheer us on from the sidelines.
We were absolutely delighted to launch our brand new parkrun pacer tops! These were made available to parkrun events to buy a couple of weeks ago and Prommers, you did us proud in making donations to our parkrun event to allow us to purchase these. They were rushed through to us in time to celebrate our 3rd birthday.
As we have said before, a free event is most definitely not free to put on. In addition to the pacer bibs, there are a number of purchases that we would like to make (such as stop watches that accommodate more than 500 runners which is the limit of our current stopwatches, new boxes, signage and other bits of kit) as well as repairs that we need to make to our beach hut, barriers, etc. Thank you so much to those of you who have already donated. We invited you to "pay for a pacer bib" - £6.50 each. If a proportion of our regular running community did this, we would easily have enough funds to buy all the bits and pieces that we needed, so please give this some consideration. You can donate via the "About Us" page of the website or, for those of you who have experienced any technical problems doing this, you can make a payment via the below details:
Sort Code 09-02-22
Account No 10631441
Account name parkrun Ltd
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A huge parkrun thank you to those people who have already so generously donated: Jeff Johnstone (of Jeff's Junction fame up on the west turn!), Mo Parry, Sara Celik, Ed Williams, Emilie Bruley, Annie Drynan, Bev and Michael Markham, Eleanor Walker, Clare Perry, Neil Udeen, Helen Block, Rebecca Clare, Margrethe Houghton, Simon Burrows, Niall Roche, Stephen Scott, Pip Bull, Emma Dallos, Ali Passmore, Chrissie Buckledee, John Anton, Jo Lyons, David Howe, Emma Bloom and Sean Read.
And so to this weekend's event: this week 417 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 93 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 38 amazing hi-viz heroes volunteers:
Peter RANSON • Claire DE NERVAUX • Annie DRYNAN • Sara CELIK • Simon BELSER • Emma BRISTOW • Matthew GREENALL • Cass CASTLETON • Georgia STEERS • Clare RYAN • Helen BLOCK • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Kirsty PUGH • Cassius HEBDEN • Mari LONGHURST • Miranda DES MOULINS • Kathryn MARTIN • Joe WILKINSON • Andrew CAIN • Alison KUY • Mark SALLIS • Deborah ABSALOM • Mark SASO • Lucy DEAN • Mark SHEEHAN • Adriana KEMPT • Mark DYSON • Jon MAXFIELD • Dennis LANCASTER • Carl BENNETT • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Peter BENNETT • Paula DALY • Charlie TODD • Ben FITZPATRICK-NASH • Jacob BIZZELL HAWES • Gina SMITH • Mark SELBY
We welcomed lots of visitors from all over including club turnouts from Hove Hornets and Run Pals.
We would like to give a huge Hove Prom welcome to the 20 people doing their first ever parkrun: Suzanne Smith, Charlotte Morris, Robert Hibberd, Holly Taylor, Sam Smith, Helen Puxley, Alison Dyson, Zach Thompson, Jenny James, James Dunn, Sarah Patrick, Ashok Jansari, Joanna Thomas, Uros Marolt, Julia Marolt, Stephen Ease, Ellena Dyson and Richard Thomas.
Ben and Jacob doing their gold Duke of Edinburgh volunteering award with us were also out pacing on the course and completed their first ever parkrun! Well done guys and thanks for all that you do for us. We currently have 6 DofE'rs doing a combination of Bronze and Gold awards with us and we are always delighted to see how they pick up all the different volunteer roles and grow in confidence every week. We currently don't have any spaces for more DofE people until after our current group of Bronze Awarders graduate in about 8 weeks time...but if you are interested, please contact us to have a further chat and we can add you to a waiting list.
In milestone news, our congratulations go to Alexa Warnes, Mark O'Gara and Freya Leman all celebrating their 50 parkrun! This represents a year of running - well done...we hope you love your new t-shirts! Freya was 2nd female today in 19.38 being just marginally pipped at the post by Kirsty Armstrong in at 19.36. Fantastic run ladies - you both achieved a PB and now join the parkrun hall of fame in the exclusive "Sub 20 Women" league which only has 57 women on it in the history of Hove Prom! Huge congratulations both of you.
We also celebrated an unofficial milestone of Prom regular Cass Castleton achieving his 300th parkrun. Cass is also an extreme volunteer - doing event set up and pacing most weeks that is when he is not off visiting parkrun locations all around the globe! Well done and thanks for the cakes Cass!
Hands up who had a fab time this morning?!!
In honour of our 3rd birthday, we look back and reflect on what we have witnessed over the last 150 parkruns. Since Hove Promenade's inaugural parkrun on 11th July 2015, 7,927 participants have completed 34,327 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,635 km.
The female record is held by Ella REVITT who recorded a time of 17:51 on 19th March 2016 (event number 35).
The male record is held by Robbie FITZGIBBON who recorded a time of 14:31 on 9th December 2017 (event number 120).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue GARNER who recorded 92.65% (24:02) on 9th September 2017 (event number 108).
A complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.
A huge and very heartfelt congratulations to everyone who has joined us on our Hove Prom journey over the last three years. Here is to many more years! We look forward to seeing you soon Prommers.
All the best, Clare