From Spike Milligan's Puckoon: "This June of a Morning, the whole village awoke to an unexpected burst of hot weather. Saffron coloured in the bleach early sky, the sun blistered down, cracking walls and curling the brims of the old men's winter-damp hats". Well it was April, but you get the gist. It was lovely and warm, and just the day for us all to be in our party glad rags for Preston Park parkrun's 5th anniversary.
There were some tired legs after last week's Brighton Marathon and 10k (and the Boston Marathon, where I was supporting family runners). Congratulations to all who took part and volunteered. There will be more tired legs after Sunday's London Marathon too. Good luck to those competing and volunteering there. Thanks to all our own volunteers, who make our parkrun happen. If you can give time to volunteering, please do by emailing email@example.com or following us on Facebook and volunteering there.
We'd also like to thank Andy in the Chalet Café for supporting our event, by opening early every Saturday, come rain or shine and allowing us to store our kit in his store room.
We started the birthday proceedings with awards of certificates for Eve Eley, being our volunteer of the year, being there most Saturdays at 8.30 to set up the event, and for Alistair 'Jacko' Jackson as our most faithful attendee of the year, having attended 51 runs in the last year. Congratulations and thanks to both of them.
There were notable milestones this week in that Terry Avey, Ian McLaren and our Event Director, Adam Penwarden all completed their 250th parkruns and will soon receive the coveted green shirt. Vince Pelling completed his 100th parkrun and David Haines completed his 50th. Congratulations to all of them for their great achievement.
We had visitors from the Friends of Presto Park, who interviewed us, to find out about parkrun, and may well put a piece in Preston Pages. Keep an eye out for that.
Finally, thanks to John Jaap and Adam Penwarden, whose idea and energy set up the event in the first place and to you all for making Preston Park parkrun the wonderful, friendly event it is every week.
This week 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:
Kerry KIPLING • David HOY • David ROBINSON • Alexandra WITT • Nicky YEATES • Nick HEARN • Richard DUPLOCK • John MOUNTNEY • Sarah THOMAS • Steve ROONEY • Esther GILL • Matthew NOAKES • Dawn PAUL • Bernadette PELLING • Caroline PARKER • Milly COULTER • Nathalie ROUQUET • Eve ELEY • Sophie MITCHELL • Paige RICHARDSON • Geraldine MOFFAT • Claire TAYLOR • Louis EASTWOOD • Alison MOORE • Hugh GOSNEY • Tobias KENNEDY • Reuben JOHNSTON • Boden SIMPSON • Eden HOPPE TARR • Aoife MULLIGAN • Milo MULLIGAN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston Park parkrun, Brighton Results Page.
The male record is held by Finn MCNALLY who recorded a time of 14:47 on 28th November 2015 (event number 133).
The female record is held by Katy HEDGETHORNE who recorded a time of 17:33 on 24th March 2018 (event number 252).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chris NAYLOR who recorded 91.10% (21:55) on 18th November 2017 (event number 234).
Preston Park parkrun, Brighton started on 20th April 2013. Since then 10,447 participants have completed 81,555 parkruns covering a total distance of 407,775 km, including 13,787 new Personal Bests.