Hove Promenade parkrun #150 14th July 2018 – birthday celebrations

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Santander
Sort Code 09-02-22
Account No 10631441
Account name parkrun Ltd
Ref: Hove Promenade

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.

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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

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We welcomed lots of visitors from all over including club turnouts from Hove Hornets and Run Pals.

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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.

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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!

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Hands up who had a fab time this morning?!!

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 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

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Hove Prom parkrun is cancelled on 7th July

Please be aware that Hove Prom parkrun will be cancelled on Saturday 7th July due to Paddle Round the Pier Festival taking place.  Please consider a bit of parkrun tourism so we don't inundate Hove Park and Preston Park.  Bevendean Down parkrun is absolutely super - definitely worth a visit.  Other nearby events include Peacehaven, Worthing, Clair (Haywards Heath), Eastbourne, Tilgate (Crawley) and Horsham.  Full details of all the UK parkruns can be found on this link.

Never fear, we will be back on Saturday 14th July to celebrate our 3 year anniversary with a beach party fancy dress theme so get planning those outfits!

Hope to see you there!

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Hove Prom parkrun #149 – 30th June 2018

How beautiful was Hove Prom this morning!  We are so lucky to have such a stunning course.  The prom was showcasing itself to absolute perfection at this week's parkrun.  And we saw lots of you going for a dip afterwards - great way to round off the event, especially as we have a life guard stationed on the beach next to our finish area!  364 walkers, joggers and runners joined us this morning.  We hope you all had a wonderful time.

None of this would have been possible, without our amazing hi-viz heroes - the volunteers.  Huge thank you to Stephen CRAY • Paul KNOTT • Glenn STILL • Steve FARMER • Emily JOHNSON • Sue PINNICK • Clare RYAN • Thomas IRELAND • Cassius HEBDEN • John CAREY • Mari LONGHURST • Julie RAINEY • Dan VAUGHAN • Ken FORD • Deborah ABSALOM • Lucy DEAN • Ricky COLEMAN • Kerry UNDERHILL • Jan HERITAGE • Naomi OSBORNE • Nigel TURLEY • Samuel BAINBRIDGE • Dennis LANCASTER • Mary CRAY • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Ben FITZPATRICK-NASH • Mark SELBY • Rachael TODD • Daisy BURCH

We had 65 first timers to the prom.  This included 18 people doing their first ever parkrun!  So to Karen Tyson, Justin Biggs, Peter and Felix Varnai, Marcelle Labossiere, Wilma Landauer, Inigo Lanzagorta, Oscar Sharpe, David Coleby, Zoe Belton, Steckoll Tayla, Jessica Shaw, Tom Laing, Ricky Melville, Sabrine Salem, Rachael Todd, Charlotte Knott and James Dykes - we hope you all had an absolutely wonderful time and will keep coming back to join us every week.

 

A big welcome to all our tourists today who came from all over the place including London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Manchester as well as Carl Reynolds all the way from South Africa where his normal parkrun - Northbeach - attracts around 2000 participants every week!

 

We celebrated two milestones of Prom regulars.  Congratulations to Ali Passmore and Dave White both achieving their 50 milestone.  We look forward to seeing you in your new red t-shirts shortly.

 

We wished Holly Freeman a very happy birthday.  Holly is Co-Event Director of junior parkrun that takes place in Preston Park every Sunday at 9.00am.  This is a 2k run for 4-14 year olds.  We hope you had a fab birthday Holly.

 

Also a very special day for Phil Clapp from Rogue Runners who was getting in his last parkrun before his wedding to Ali later on that day.  Huge congrats you guys.  We look forward to welcoming you back to the prom as Mister and Mrs!

 

A big thank you to Paul Knott for capturing some fabulous shots of our event.  You can see these on our Facebook page.

Just a reminder that Hove Prom parkrun is CANCELLED next Saturday (ie 7th July) due to the wonderful Paddle Round the Pier Festival  taking place on Hove Prom and Hove Lawns. We definitely recommend that you pootle down to enjoy this charity beach festival over the weekend.  We would like to invite you to try out some parkrun tourism so we don't all inundate Hove Park and Preston Park.  This is a great opportunity to try out the absolutely gorgeous Bevendean Down parkrun (not to mention the top brekkie at the Bevy afterwards).  Other nearby options include Peacehaven and Worthing and further afield, you have Haywards Heath, Eastbourne, Tilgate Park in Crawley, Horsham and lots more besides!  Check out the parkrun UK website  for details of all 541 Uk parkruns, with new ones being added every week.

Hove Prom parkrun will be back the following Saturday (ie 14th July) to celebrate not only our 150th parkrun but also our 3rd birthday.  Hooray!  This will be a beach party fancy dress theme and there will be cake!!!  We would like to invite you to dig out those Hawaiian shirts and flower power shorts/frocks and bring your aloha spirit to help us celebrate.

To celebrate our anniversary, we would also like to invite you to make a donation to Hove Prom parkrun to help fund some new and replacement kit please.  As I mentioned this morning, a free weekly run is most definitely not free to put on.  A big thank you to those of you who have already very generously donated - Sean Read, Emma Bloom, David Howie, Jo Lyons and John Anton.  You can make a donation via the About Us page on our Hove Prom parkrun website...  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

At the briefing, we also mentioned that we are looking for some new Run Directors and regular photographers to join our team.  The role of a Run Director is to be the face of parkrun and to be responsible for both the smooth operation as well as the health and safety for the week that they are rostered on.  Tasks will include posting on social media and liaising with volunteers via our parkrun email account to fill our roster during the week in preparation for Saturday's run; preparing the parkrun laptop, timers, scanners and any other equipment; doing the new runners briefing and the main run brief; processing the results; replying to any queries and writing and publishing the weekly run report.  If you are interested in some further information on either of these roles, please contact us via our website and Georgia or myself can chat further with you.

 

We would like to wish you all a fantastic week.  We won't see you next weekend but we look forward to celebrating our 3rd birthday with you on Saturday 14th July.

All the best

Clare

 

Cancellation – 7th July

Please be aware that Hove Prom parkrun will be cancelled on Saturday 7th July due to Paddle Round the Pier Festival taking place.

Never fear, we will be back on Saturday 14th July to celebrate our 3 year anniversary with a beach party fancy dress theme so get planning those outfits!

Our event will take place as normal on Saturday 30 June.  Hope to see you there!

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