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