Hove Promenade parkrun event #162 – 13th October 2018

The one with the stunning backdrop, the visitors, some unique pacing techniques, Jimmy & Steven join the 50 Club, visitor thoughts from Jef, 329 of you on the Prom, and time to dust off the brushes!

It was a dramatic, but pleasant Saturday morning as yours truly headed to the Prom. A week of conflicting weather gave way to a breezy, but still a lovely morning as the prep for our Saturday morning fix began. The overnight wind had thrown up a few stones near the start but following some broom action by yours truly that would have had admiration from Harry Potter, our course returned to normal!

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As ever, a huge thanks to all of our volunteers who help make this happen. Simply stated, the run cannot happen without them and we always welcome first time helpers to the Prom. All tasks are straightforward and easy to learn! Thank you to this week's team:

Alex PITKIN  •  Alison KUY  •  Antony BRADLEY  •  Archie SWAISLAND  •  Carl BENNETT  •  Cassius HEBDEN  •  Daisy BURCH  •  Dana VORTKAMP-TONG  •  Dave SKINNER  •  David RICE  •  Enrique MARTIN  •  Eros BIASIOLO  •  Gemma SOWKY  •  Glenn STILL  •  Ian SUTHERLAND-CRANFIELD  •  Jane TEW  •  Jef HUTCHBY  •  Jeff JOHNSTONE  •  Jenny PREECE  •  John ANTON  •  Jon ELSOM  •  Karen BENNETT  •  Laura HAMLYN  •  Lily GORROD  •  Lizzie WILLIAMS  •  Luke CARTER  •  Lynne SWAISLAND  •  Mark BROCKLEHURST  •  Mark DYSON  •  Mark SASO  •  Miriam BINDER  •  Olivia KELLY  •  Peter BENNETT  •  Rachel DYSON  •  Sara CELIK  •  Sue PINNICK

Hove Promenade parkrun (photo credit Peter Bennett)

Timekeeper Daisy being the rose amongst the thorns there!

Having said that, our 36 minute pacer, Alison brought her own unique style of pacing to the camera (thankfully this was solely for the camera otherwise there would have been a sore neck this morning from looking over her shoulder too much!) As ever, our runners seemed to enjoy this!

Hove Promenade parkrun (photo credit Peter Bennett)

So with a little extra to go through on the run brief, your attention was much appreciated. As well as welcoming a number of visitors from Taunton, Eastville, Dartford, Salisbury and Loch Leven parkrun, (leave us a comment if we've missed you out), it was great to acknowledge the milestone achievements of Jimmy FULLER and Steve TAYLOR who both joined the 50 club on Saturday! Congrats to you both gents! Whilst not an official milestone, sneaking in under the radar was Will RUSSELL who completed his 400th parkrun! Tremendous achievement Will!

Hove Promenade parkrun (photo credit Peter Bennett)

It was far from unlucky 13 today as 13 of your brought your barcode along for the first time. A warm welcome to all of you to the parkrun family across the world - Eric, Chris, John, Ariana, Ed, Lauren, Lucy, John-Paul (JP), Catherine, Nina, Lee, Julie and Hayriye. As you'll have seen folks, parkrun is for everyone and we're all different speeds, shapes, colours, and people! But everyone is welcome! Thanks also to our pacers, including Lizzie (blue vest) who accompanied Hayriye home for her first ever 5km! Bravo!

Hove Promenade parkrun (photo credit Peter Bennett)

Amongst our visitors, one of them may have been surprised when they approached Jeff's Junction today. No, it wasn't special treatment, but we were thrilled to welcome Co-Event Director Jef from Salisbury parkrun. He was kind enough to jot down a few words about his visit, so let's see what sort of impression our Prommers made on (the other) Jef!

A parkrun is a parkrun, right?  A 5km course, timers, scanners and a collection of fine souls who tie it all together. 1500 parkrun clones  worldwide! Well, we know that's not the case don't we? One thing I particularly love about parkrun is how differently we can all do the same thing. Hove Promenade was a great find right on the doorstep of my hotel. The crashing waves and stiff breeze a good waken-er for the morning.  (I'd love to know what it's like on a bad weather day! You must be made of strong stuff!) Being bombed by seagulls dropping mussels on me was an absolute first and your total lack of hills or bumps of any sort whatsoever must make this the flattest of 40 different ones I've run. 

But by far the most memorable thing I'll take away from the morning with you is the effort put in by the lady with the walking frame and the volunteers support for her in the endeavour. Brilliant effort by all parties.  Really look forward to paying you a visit again. 

Jef , Salisbury parkrun Co-event director

Many thanks Jef, and in answer to the comment about the weather, you'll just have to come back and see! Our further visitor was Donna who "called in" from Loch Leven parkrun in Scotland. The slightly earlier start (remember its 0930 start in Scotland) seemed to agree with you! We hope all of our tourists had a memorable morning on the Prom (and we'll have a word with the seagulls!)

Hove Promenade parkrun (photo credit Peter Bennett)

Time for the scores on the doors:

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.

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).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 8,632 participants have completed 38,431 parkruns covering a total distance of 192,155 km, including 6,584 new Personal Bests.

Among the running clubs visiting us, it was lovely to see our friends from Seaford Striders just down the coast. If parkrun gave awards for the best pose in the finish funnel, I reckon Rob would win it!

Hove Promenade parkrun (photo credit Peter Bennett)

So endeth another run report! Don't forget you can keep in touch with us on Twitter @HovePromparkrun, like us on Facebook and opt IN to our emails!

Hove Promenade parkrun (photo credit Peter Bennett)

See you on the start line....or in the finish funnel next week!

#DFYB

Mark

 

Hove Promenade parkrun event #161 – 6 October 2018

Happy international parkrun day! 

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310 people marked the 14th anniversary of parkrun –  and the five millionth person signing up to parkrun – by running, walking and jogging on the Prom today, including 39 first timers (welcome to the Prom, Michael, Rachel, Harry, Graham, Nathan, Ali, Jane, Julia, Rebecca, Sara, Veronica and Billie!)

Want to know more about the anniversary? Check out this interesting article in the Guardian this week: How Parkrun’s 13 became five million and changed weekends for ever.

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Thank you to all 35 brilliant volunteers who made the event possible:

Tamsin SHASHA • Sara CELIK • Lucy ROUGHLEY • Ryan JOHNSTONE • Glenn STILL • Emma BRISTOW • Mark O'GARA • Georgia CARRICK • Clare RYAN • Rebecca MILLER • Michelle PAULI • Kirsty PUGH • Julie RAINEY • Rachel DYSON • Deborah ABSALOM • Darren HALE • Taylor HALE • Lorraine HALE • Liz MCCLUSKEY • Mark SASO • Jenny PREECE • Neal UDEEN • Jayden HOBBS • Sally ROLLINSON-BLUNDELL • Penny TURLEY • Nigel TURLEY • Luke CARTER • Aruna CHAD • Jackie WARE • Steven TAYLOR • Carl BENNETT • Caroline SHARP • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Peter BENNETT • Daisy BURCH.

Here's a selection of those hi-viz heroes with this week's run director (and co-event director) Georgia:

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We also had a great band of perfect pacers on the Prom, including Clare (power walk pacer), Neal (jog/walk pacer), Mark (25m, pictured in action below), Glen (26m), Mark (27m), Emma (28m), Ryan (30m), Antony (32m).

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All volunteering roles are straightforward and we always welcome first time volunteers so please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer next week or in the coming weeks - email us at hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com or via the Facebook page.

There were 61 new PBs this morning with many Prommers happily dipping just under a minute marker, such as Steve Freedman 29:55, Robert West 29:48, Dave Auckland 28:58, Alex Davis 27:00, Georgina Maclean 30:58, Silje Hovstad 21:59, Oliver Bonallack 21:57, Pat Healey 21:55, and Marc Twibill. Well done all of you!

A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jeff Johnstone of 'Jeff's Junction' fame - it was wonderful to hear the chorus of birthday wishes gasped out by parkrunners as they turned Jeff's corner. And happy birthday to Hove Prom co-event director Clare Ryan!

Hello to this week's tourists who came from Portsmouth, Greenwich, Bristol, Peacehaven and beyond. Special mention to Geoff Nicholson and Claude Gierl from Eton Manor AC in Leyton, London, down for the Bright10 race tomorrow.

And a warm welcome, as always, to Matthew Storey from Cleethorpes, touristing here for a fourth time (pictured below with the legendary Rose Swale Pope and Hove Prom co-event director Clare Ryan). A veteran of 53 different parkruns, Matthew loves Hove Prom in particular for "the community, the sea, the way everyone's always smiling here - it's hugtastic Hove!"

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Talking of the sea...swimming group the Seabirds will be hosting the first of a regular Saturday morning sea swim straight after parkrun next week. We'll post up details on our Facebook page during the week.

Good luck to everyone running the Bright10 tomorrow - it's looking like a lovely day for it, run well!

If you fancy a shorter race, on 14 October is the Rise 8K at the other end of Brighton & Hove seafront in Rottingdean. The run is for women only (and a girls' race) but the charity is very grateful to receive help from volunteers whether male or female. See their website for details.

Have a great week!
Michelle

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PS If you've enjoyed Peter and Carl Bennett's photos in this run report you can see many more from this morning's run on the Hove Prom parkrun facebook page.

 

Hove Promenade parkrun event #160 – 29 September 2018

It was a beautiful morning on the Prom for The One with Lots of Cake. So much wonderful cake. But more of that below. It may have been the perfect sunny, fresh, not too breezy weather, it might have been the promise of cake but we had a whopping 436 parkrunners running, walking and jogging by the sea this morning and 52 of them were first timers - welcome!

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Thanks as always to the amazing volunteers - we couldn't do it without you. This week our hi-viz heroes were:

Stephen KNOTT • Carol Ann GRANT • Cheryl COSTELLO • Jill WOOTTON • Glenn STILL • Fiona JAMIE • Cass CASTLETON • Stephen SCOTT • Clare RYAN • Michelle PAULI • Kirsty PUGH • Kathryn MARTIN • Alison KUY • Jon ELSOM • Rachel DYSON • Deborah ABSALOM • Jon BINNEY • Ria BINNEY • Mark SASO • Stephen PAYNE • Vicki BALFOUR • Jon MAXFIELD • Lucy ADITI • Philippa PARTRIDGE • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Jane TEW • Carl BENNETT • Michael HILL • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Peter BENNETT • Karen BENNETT • Gina SMITH • Rachael TODD • Daisy BURCH • Lily GORROD • Olivia KELLY

Thanks to our perfect pacers: Jane Tew (powerwalk), Rachel Dyson (jog/walk), Alison Kuy (37), Cheryl Costello (35), Antony Bradley (33), Mark Dyson (30), Stepehn Payne (28), Glenn Still (27), Vicki Blafour (26), Mark Saso (25), Jon Binney (20).

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Special shout outs to Rachael Todd, doing her last volunteer stint with us before achieving her D of E bronze award, and Deborah Absalom, who did a brilliant stint run directing for the first time (with thanks to Clare Ryan for stepping in as her voice after Deborah lost hers!).

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All volunteering roles are straightforward and we always welcome first time volunteers so please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer next week or in the coming weeks - email us at hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com

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Congratulations to milestone runners Mike Forster (pictured in the frame) and Ian Brierley In action at the start in the yellow shirt) doing their 50s. Mike says,

"it's been over the 18 months since my daughter first persuaded me to come along, not too long after my 70th birthday. Timings reduced from 43 mins to just under 28! It's always just a lovely friendly occasion on the Prom - and on the other parkruns I've done.  So thanks to all who make it possible and keep up the good work."

Look forward to seeing you on the Prom in your red t shirts, chaps.

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We are honoured that Christine Gibbons, one of parkrun UK's trustees, chose the Prom to do her 400th parkrun. She started parkrunning in November 2009 and, having parkrunned in more than 100 different places, told us that it simply had to be the Prom for her 400th:

"I love it because, having started running late in life, it's more about the people than the times and here we have the sunshine, so many friends...and lots of cake!"

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We had visitors from all over the country, including Bristol, Chelmsford, London's iconic Bushy Park and more but the prizes for the furthest away tourists go to Therese Adami and Mike Turner from Sydney (what's more, Mike was also our first finisher with 17:27). Thanks for visiting us!

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There were some fantastic achievements on the course this morning, with 87 new PBs - well done to all the PBers.  Special mentions to visually impaired runner Paul Gillett went sub 30 for the first time with his guide runner Jon, and our new age category course record holder Archie Guppy, who was sixth finisher and achieved 18:16 in the JM11-14 category - amazing running, Archie!

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Welcome to everyone doing their first ever parkrun: Seth Winnington Hayes, Hannah Rossiter, Marion Cugnet, Mandy Mccormick, Charlotte Elder, Kate Harrison, Eleanor Assheton, Andy Hutchings, Lucy Mitchell, Catherine Aitken, G Hawes, Julia Franks, Karen Jamieson, Anthony Tobin. Hope to see you again soon!

A mention to Martin, running in memory of his grandfather, a world war one pilot whose plane was shot down near Ypres exactly 100 years ago on 29 September 1918.

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Now, the cake... Our Macmillan Coffee Morning was amazing - just look at that table groaning with tasty treats! Thanks to all the parkrunners who baked, donated and ate - we raised a brilliant £810.16 for Macmillan. It's a cause close to Hove Prom parkrun's heart as co-event director Georgia is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Thank you for all your support.

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Next week is international parkrun day, celebrating 14 years of parkrun and we're encouraging everyone to bring a friend to parkrun. Know someone who's been thinking about it but wavering? Reassure them that there'll be lots of first-timers next week and Hove Prom welcomes everyone - walkers, jog/walkers, couch-to-5k-ers, buggy pushers, runners young and old. Don't forget we also have a Walkers at Hove Prom facebook group which is a really welcoming community for walkers and 30+ minuters, celebrating everyone's achievements.

If you've enjoyed Peter Bennett's great photos in this run report you can see many more from this morning's run on the Hove Prom parkrun facebook page.

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That's all folks, until next week!
Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

Hove Promenade parkrun event #159 – 22 September 2018

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The gnarly clouds hovered ominously but the rain held off for the 350 runners, joggers and walkers on the prom this morning.

Thank you as ever to all the amazing volunteers who made this parkrun possible  - we couldn't do it without you!

Paul KNOTT • Carol Ann GRANT • Tamsin SHASHA • Philippa BULL • Fiona DELANEY • Glenn STILL • Steve FARMER • Jim CALLENDER • Cass CASTLETON • Clare RYAN • Michelle PAULI • Cassius HEBDEN • Michael GREEN • Julie RAINEY • Alison KUY • Jon ELSOM • Mark SASO • Neal UDEEN • Adriana KEMPT • Jon MAXFIELD • Luke CARTER • Dennis LANCASTER • Lucy ADITI • Jackie WARE • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Enrique MARTIN • Ross MACKENZIE • Gina SMITH • Daisy BURCH • Lily GORROD • Jamie SPIERS • Olivia KELLY

It was great to have our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers on the scanners helping out for the first time.

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All volunteering roles are straightforward and we always welcome first time volunteers so please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer next week or in the coming weeks - email us at hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com

An extra special mention for Dennis who this week celebrated not only his 100th parkrun but also his 100th volunteer role. Well done and thank you Dennis!

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Congratulations to another milestoner, John Anton, also doing his 100th!

And happy 60th birthday regular Prommer Steve Cray, shown in action here!

A big welcome to our 54 first timers on the Prom and 11 first timers to parkrun: Naomi CLARIDGE, Paula LINEHAN, Paul LANSDOWNE, Oliver THOMAS, Sam SA FEIO, Pat HADLEY, Nicola PRESTON, Soo STURROCK, Linsey BUCK, Ben ASHBY, Harm VAN MARWIJK. Hope you enjoyed it and we'll see you again.

It was great to have visitors from Tunbridge Wells (well done fifth finisher Tom Woolley!) Coventry, Nottingham and even further afield - here's Craig from Northern Ireland, who normally takes part in Antrim parkrun and dropped in on Hove Prom after bringing his daughter to uni.

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Hats off to shoes off runner Hugo from Durham. He'd done a trial jog of the course to search for the smoothest bits to run on - we're glad for his sake it wasn't one of our more shingle-y mornings!

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There were 60 new personal bests on the Prom this morning - well done to all of you. Pat DOBBS beat her previous time by a whopping four and a half minutes to reach 45:07 - great running! Tania BLAYDEN pipped 35 minutes, William WALLACE and Dave AUCKLAND both dipped under 30 minutes for the first time and there was a happy group of five new PBs between 25:14 and 25:20.

There were quite a few 'unknowns' on the the results page this week. If you regularly forget your barcode (and it's no barcode, no result - sorry!) then why not get one of parkrun's plastic tag barcodes you can attach to your shoe or keys? So handy!

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If you've enjoyed Paul Knott's wonderful photos in this run report you can see many more from this morning's run on the Hove Prom parkrun facebook page. We also have a Walkers at Hove Prom facebook group which is a really welcoming community for walkers and 30+ minuters, celebrating everyone's achievements.

Don't forget next week we're holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning cake stall after parkrun so bring along some cash and refuel with a tasty treat.

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See you next week!

Michelle
Hove Prom parkrun

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Event 158 #bemoresnail

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A lovely bright morning on the prom enhanced by our stationary visitors the Martlet's snails. We have two gracing our promenade course but do check out the snail trail around Brighton and Hove, all for a fantastic cause.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers this week, some of whom took a close interest in snail number 7 'The Leaf Snail Hunt'.

15.9Alison KUY  •  Antony BRADLEY  •  Ben FITZPATRICK-NASH  •  Cassius HEBDEN  •  Cheryl JONES  •  Chris BAKER  •  Clare RYAN  •  Daryl PERILLI  •  Enrique MARTIN  •  Harriet CUNNINGHAM  •  Helen BLOCK  •  Jackie WARE  •  Jan HERITAGE  •  Jeff JOHNSTONE  •  Kathryn MARTIN  •  Kevin BYRNE  •  Kirsty PUGH  •  Lucy ADITI  •  Luke CARTER  •  Mari LONGHURST  •  Mark BROCKLEHURST  •  Mark O'GARA  •  Paul KNOTT  •  Paula JONES  •  Rachel DYSON  •  Sammy-Jo PINKER  •  Simon JENNER  •  Stephen KNOTT  •  Suzy HAWKER  •  Thomas IRELAND All volunteering roles are straightforward and we always welcome first time volunteers so please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer next week or in the coming weeks. hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com Welcome to the first time parkrunners who started their parkrun journey, we look forward to seeing you on the prom again soon. Lovely to see lots of visitors too from Johannesburg, Widnes and Colchester. Well done to all those taking part in the Brighton & Hove Triathlon as well. 15.9

 

There were 42 PBs on the prom congratulations to all.  There was some team spirited competition at the front of the field, fabulous PBs gained by Todd leckie, Marlon Bouman and Tom Hooper.  Fantastic news for local Rogue Runner Vicki Balfour on a PB run. Some notable PBs as well from Jude Archard, Amy Goldstone-Sharma and Helen Whiteside. Congratulations to everyone. An over 80% age grading is an incredible achievement so hats off as usual to the magnificent Sue Garner with an age grading of 90.41%, great running Sue. A milestone was reached by Ed Williams at 200 parkruns (although not an official milestone still worth noting). Well done to Sue Chambers on running her 100th parkrun, get ordering that black t shirt Sue.  Congratulations to our 50th parkrun milestone runners Phillipa Partridge, David Rice, Richard Stewart, TJ Mitchell and Neil Michel. The red t shirt is lovely.

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Date for your diary - October 14th the Rise 8K is a beautiful seaside event at the other end of Brighton & Hove seafront in Rottingdean. The run is for ladies only (and a girls' race) but the charity is very grateful to receive help from volunteers male or female. See their website for details. https://www.riseuk.org.uk/?PageID=80

The data from this week's event is printed below, see you on the prom.

#dfyb

Helen

Hove Prom parkrun

 

Hove Promenade parkrun
Event number 158
15th September 2018

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Stephen KNOTT • Paul KNOTT • Chris BAKER • Mark O'GARA • Clare RYAN • Helen BLOCK • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Thomas IRELAND • Suzy HAWKER • Kirsty PUGH • Cassius HEBDEN • Mari LONGHURST • Harriet CUNNINGHAM • Kathryn MARTIN • Paula JONES • Alison KUY • Rachel DYSON • Jan HERITAGE • Kevin BYRNE • Luke CARTER • Lucy ADITI • Antony BRADLEY • Simon JENNER • Daryl PERILLI • Jackie WARE • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Enrique MARTIN • Ben FITZPATRICK-NASH • Sammy-Jo PINKER • Cheryl JONES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.

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).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 8,441 participants have completed 37,006 parkruns covering a total distance of 185,030 km, including 6,327 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

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