500 people went for a run…

There are many great things about being a volunteer at Preston Park.  I particularly enjoy chatting while token sorting.   About two years ago chatting, is exactly what I was doing while marshaling on Monument corner (the bottom of the slope).  A member of the public stopped to ask me what was going on.  I explained what parkrun was, chatted in general about sport and thought no more of it.  Today, that stranger,  Louis Eastwood, ran his 59th parkrun with 51 of them being at Preston Park. I wonder how many other conversations had led to someone else giving it a go and then finding themselves part of the parkrun family.

Another volunter role I really like is the new runners briefing.  Three weeks ago Louise Hayton and Graham Wright turned up, looking  a bit nervous, which is probably how many of us felt as first timers   They's been back every week since and have already knocked two and a half minutes of their pb. Congratulations to them.

If you haven't thought before about volunteering then I urge you to give it a go. Some roles, such as helping to set up  are over by 8.45am.  There are other roles, where you can still run and volunteer such as packing away, token sorting or even pace making.    Roles, such as marshaling are part boss, part cheerleader, and you even get to shout "bollards" over and over.

We lso have a group of younger volunteers, who volunteer with us as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award.  Hugh, who was funnel manager this week, has just completed enough stints for his silver award.  I hope that some of you gave him a shout out as you finished the run. If you have teenagers who are interested in doing this then ask for Chris Archer on a Saturday as she organises the team and the waiting list.

If you would like to volunteer then please sign up on the white board outside the cafe or contact us through the Facebook page.  Have a chat with someone wearing hi viz on Saturday to find out more, or find the Volunteer Coordinator after the run.  They are the person checking in all volunteers from 8.30am outside the cafe.

So well done all of you who got out of bed on Saturday morning and ran or walked 5k.  You are all fantastic; I know, I got to watch you run by.  Particular thanks from me this week, go to Bernadette Pelling, a regular runner and volunteer co-ordinator.  In the absence of a lot of the core team we did the results processing together and the timers were having a bit of a Saturday sulk.  At one point we thought you might all end up with a time of 59 minutes!  However, perserverance, a bit of wiggling wires and a lot of resilience led to the results published as normal.  Here's hoping there weren't too many gremlins.



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 17:22 on 30th June 2018 (event number 265).
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 11,564 participants have completed 92,844 parkruns covering a total distance of 464,220 km, including 15,531


Run Report #278 6th October 2018

This week we were proud to help celebrate International Parkrun Day marking the 14th year since the very first parkrun took place in Bushy Park with just 13 runners. Fast forward and this week the 5th millionth person signed up to the parkrun website making parkrun by far and away the biggest running event in the world!

Parkrun’s success is built on its volunteers. This week’s event was made possible by a fabulous team of 35 volunteers:

Andrew HAIG • Jane EDMONDS • Sue DIBB • Anton PRUDEN • Samuel CULBERT • David ROBINSON • Hugh GOSNEY • Chris ARCHER • Cheryl SACKS • Richard DUPLOCK • Bill HEMSTEDT • Elvia ACOSTA • Angelina SMY • Gillian CHECKLEY • Hannah BYWATERS • Kirsty COULTER • Mandy MILES • Chris THOMAS • Nicola GREEN • Chris KEENE • Mark SALLIS • Bernadette PELLING • Jasmine ANDERSON • Eve ELEY • Paige RICHARDSON • Geraldine MOFFAT • Clare KITCHEN • Luca STEVENS • Claire TAYLOR • Louis EASTWOOD • Reuben JOHNSTON • Boden SIMPSON • Alfie LAKE • Samson DUNCAN • Kate PRICKETT BROWN

On a fine autumn morning 442 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Richard Young for completing his 50th run and youngsters Angus Freeman and Pagane Gacheva on their 10th.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston Park parkrun, Brighton Results Page.


Run Report 28 Sept 2018

With quite a lot of people heading down to Hove Prom for their MacMillan coffee and cake morning (congrats to them for raising around £800!) we had a quiet day with only(!) 471 people crossing the finish line, including visitors from as far away as Guernsey and New Zealand.

First Timers
This week we had 14 first ever parkrunners, welcome to Chloe, Oliver, Victoria, Yese, Julie, Yasmin, Taino, Lottie, Alec, Jonathan, Felix, Nicky, Laura, and Ray.

We do try to give a shout out in the run brief to people who are passing milestones, but it's difficult to know who'll be there as everyone doesn't run with us every week, if you drop us a mail or tell the run Director before the run we'll try to announce you.

This week Kirstin Baker completed her 100th parkrun which was also her 100th at Preston Park and celebrated by tailwalking, Charlotte Softly also ran her 100th but with 'only' done 98 of them at PP, Alison Moore completed her 50th with a PB and junior Isobel Langridge her 10th run, well done all.

PBs, records and stats
Congratulations to the 70 of you who recorded new Personal Bests this week and also to Mo Parry who set a new VM75-79 record with an impressive 25.23! you can see all our age group records here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/prestonpark/results/agecategoryrecords/.
Our 3 highest age grade % this week were Malcolm Kemp 82.51%, Mal Preece 80.10 and Jackie Rymell 78.81.

Checking the bottom of our webpage gives some remarakable figures, the one that amazes me is that over the last 5 years 11,479 different people have ran and walked with us and in Jan or Feb 2019 participants we'll pass 91,902 parkruns covering a total distance of 459,510 km.

This week the event was made possible by 32 volunteers, thanks to John, Jane, Samuel, David, Chris, John, William, Sarah, Jane, Ros, Sophie, Kirstin, Oliver, Mary, David, Alison, Caroline, Nigel, Marni, Nathalie, David, Luca, Sarah, Daniel, Hugh, Jane, Tobias, Hannah, Alfie, Miriam, Kate for your help.

Thank you to all the volunteers - if you are able to volunteer for us we welcome everyone to do a bit to help, drop us a mail prestonparkhelpers@parkrun.com or sign up on the whiteboard on a Saturday - also thanks to everyone who came to run, there's no point us organising the event with no runners!

Finally, parkrun was 14 years old today and therefore next Saturday is declared International parkrun Day.



PRESTON PARK parkrun REPORT no. 276

September 22nd, 2018
(aka The Rookie Runner Report)

An ordinary sort of late September morning. Sun low and teasing, a bite in the air and a hiint of impending rain. I hang outside the café catching scrag ends of conversation: the puddle is back in café forecourt – soon brooms will be needed to brush it away – someone suggests just fixing the forecourt – like we mended the shelf in the storeroom – they laugh. Near me a white-board is prepared. A box of hi-vis jackets is opened. A man welcomes volunteers as they arrive for duty. Someone hands over a bollard cover, “I borrowed it last week to rescue a pigeon,” they explain. These are the things that happen at the edges of a parkrun holding the whole together.

Our Run Director, Paige Richardson confirms the ordinary nature of the day. No official milestones – though she names Claire Richardson at 150 runs; John Anton (from Hove Prom) at 100 and Martha Kirby Hunt and Paul Nurse at 50. No international visitors but a sprinkling of runners from nearby parkruns, and a green flash of tee-shirts declare a strong turn out from the Vegan Runners. So an ordinary sort of morning but for one thing – when she asks about first-time park runners I raise my hand.

I’ve been volunteering for about a month now but this is my first run. I am not one of life’s natural athletes and start lines can be rather daunting. But this one feels joyful. Friends are chatting, parents instruct young runners, or check on sleeping toddlers who will soon be whizzing round the park in their buggies like tiny royalty in their chariots. I pat a dog then feel a tiny shift forward. We. Are. Off.

Lap 1: I literally can’t stop smiling. I match my stride to those around me and grin at the volunteers. We round the turning-cone and and I look forward mentally assuring myself that last stretch is more of a slope than a hill.

Lap 2: Once more across the start line and down past the cycle track, at the bend a woman calls out a time. I believe we are over half way there. A cursory nod to the turning-cone marshals and I rev up, running for personal victory.

I am a mighty athlete! This will be my fastest 5k EVER!! PARKRUNS ARE AWESOME!!!

Lap 3: Hang on. Nobody mentioned lap 3. If there is anything to take from this run report it is this – always listen to the run briefing. I was in loo queue when it happened and missed the part where they tell you about the course.

I look up and dig deep. Taking my cue from the looming elms I root to rise. I hum a little tune in my head and focus on that turning-cone. Me and Lap 3 agree an unholy alliance. Just before the finish line two young volunteers are cheering us in with gusto. I am buoyed to a glorious sprint finish.

See that’s the thing I’m learning about parkrun – there is no such thing as an ordinary day. We can all find something extra in ourselves. We are all absolutely extraordinary.

Catherine is on loan from the East Brighton Core Volunteer team.


A joint effort

This report is a joint effort by Boden Simpson, who is undertaking his Duke of Edinburgh Gold award and Chris Archer our D of E Co-ordinator.

This week we enjoyed running in great weather, with the sun out and not a cloud in sight. On the route we had the "Friends Fest" and a parked Police car but thankfully no one got arrested for running too fast or slow!

The theme of this run report is focused once again on our wonderful volunteers. On this rare occasion we had an abundance of them (39 volunteers…is this a record??) so you might have noticed lots of people wearing high vis jackets and even two run directors / two volunteer coordinators. No we aren’t cloning volunteers….it was because the core team from a potential new local parkrun (watch this space!) who have been volunteering with us for a few weeks, took over running our parkrun today and boosted our numbers. We chatted to some of them about their experiences and Loretta told us they had enjoyed being trained and were looking forward to getting started on their own parkrun as there is a gap in their area waiting to be filled.

As well as having all these new faces we welcomed 8 Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers, who turn up regularly as part of their award scheme. We also noticed many runners wearing their milestone t shirts of red, black or green for completing 50, 100 or 250 runs and other runners who were wearing purple t shirts for volunteering on 25 occasions.
As everyone was milling around at the end of the run, Sarah, one of our volunteer co-ordinators was seen walking around holding up the ‘Whiteboard of Happiness’ to encourage more people to sign up as volunteers. We really need a constant supply and if you only do 3 volunteering stints a year this will help cover the weekly rotas. If you are feeling unsure please let us know and we can provide you with a ‘buddy’ to support you at your first session.

The volunteers give up their time so that the run can take place safely and we welcome people of all ages and abilities. Younger children are welcome if they run within arms length of their responsible adult and today we saw this ‘in action’. You may have noticed two young boys running in their florescent t-shirts with their names written on the back. Leon and Raphael Van Den Berg (aged 6 years and 10 years) were running alongside their dad, Bart and they ran the full 5k together in just over 27 minutes…..Raphael was a first timer and Leon and Bart both achieved PB’s!! Bart told us the boys enjoyed the challenge (might include a bribe!) and it was wonderful watching them enjoying running together.

Our 2 volunteer pacers also deserve a mention because looking at the results we can see 8 people running near to the pacer times of 24 and 30 minutes achieved PB’s……thanks Bill and Ruth for your splendid pacing.

Boden Simpson (D of E volunteer and Chris Archer (parkrun D of E Co-ordinator)

The stats

This week 540 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Anton PRUDEN • Peter RANSON • Anne MINERS • Jon HOWGILL • Michael JARVIS • Samuel CULBERT • David ROBINSON • Hugh GOSNEY • Craig MATHIESON • Tina DAVIDSON • Diane MELROSE • Bill HEMSTEDT • Paul CHANDLER • Steve ROONEY • Ruth FARNELL • Leah WILLMOTT • Charlotte BONHAM-CARTER • Marni PRICKETT BROWN • Nancy PLATTS • Clare EVERETT • Catherine CONSIDINE • David EVANS • Luca STEVENS • Lloyd EVANS • Sarah MAYFIELD • Paul PEARSON • Tobias KENNEDY • Nicky GREGORY • Boden SIMPSON • Vicki LADER • Alfie LAKE • Samson DUNCAN • Luther MAYFIELD • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Kate PRICKETT BROWN • Loretta RIORDAN • Michelle PEARSON • Petter OUS

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 17:22 on 30th June 2018 (event number 265).

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 11,392 participants have completed 90,966 parkruns covering a total distance of 454,830 km, including 15,234 new Personal Bests.

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