Dodging the rain!

With forecast rain absent (until 9.30am!) the parkrun weather fairies were kind to us this week! And what a brilliant way to start a Saturday morning, event number 381 at Southwick Country Park. With a roster full of 29 volunteers and 201 runners, walkers and joggers, it was great to see so many people taking on the almost three laps on offer.

Just 18 minutes after the run started, we saw the first finishers approaching the line. First male Rich McAleer came in at 18:45 and first lady striding into the finish funnel in 20:14 was Jenna French. First junior saw Lydia Louw finish in an impressive 20:57 and overall a huge 30 first timers took part. Welcome to the first parkrun of the rest of your life!

A big congratulations goes to Kim Brown completing her 50th milestone, and Jana Meier and Bill Fullbrook (not forgetting Finn the dog!) celebrating their 100th. As a parkrun tourist I've not had the pleasure of seeing Finn trot past before, so when I saw him today looking very dapper in his 100th parkrun collar it really made me smile! Parkrun really is for everyone, and I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning. Well done everyone and thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. Until next time...

Sarah Ashby


Christmas at Southwick Country parkrun

We will not be running on Christmas Day.

We will be running at 9am on New Years day, this gives an opportunity to run at 10.30am at another local parkrun as well - TBC


Southwick parkrun Event 349

An International flavour came to Southwick Country Park this week with visitors from Holland and Scotland among others .Milestone runs by Fay Barnes (100) and Shruti Moraes (50) proved very popular with the onlookers who created a party like atmospere when they both finished. Another fantastic milestone occurred when our very own Fiona Price volunteered for the 250th time, she did this in style as she was duty Run Director on the day 202 runners walkers and joggers took part with 19 visiting Southwick for the first time and 29 of the 202 recorded new personal best times. First man to cross the line was Adam Bradburn who finished in 18.24 after leading throughout. Nick Cranston was second to cross with a time of 19.02 (third overall) closely followed by James Drake just 19 seconds behind. Another great day for the ladies saw an amazing run by Laura Taylor who finished second overall with a time of 18.46. Beth Good was the second lady to cross the line finishing in 23.64 with first timer Sue Cranch third in 24.18.


Southwick parkrun Event 348

On the eve of the London Marathon it was good to welcome Anna Marie Watson back to Southwick after running multiple Marathons in the Sahara Dessert, huge her. A big well done to Les Unsworth who after 163 runs ran a new PB. Les is also a regular volunteer often taking the Bibs home to wash. The accolades do not stop there with Simon Hart,Katie Camina, Andrew Nicholson all completing their 50th parkrun with David Bennett running his 100th a huge well done to all of them. Among the runners walkers and Joggers were tourists from Nottingham Huntingdon Scotland Worthing and Weymouth. Twenty of the participants were running Southwick for the first time and seventeen achieved new personal best times. Once again a huge thank you to the 25 volunteers without them we could not run the Event. A fine run by Jim Kay saw him first to cross the line with a time of 17.43 a new PB for him. Second was Adam Bradburn who finished in 18.37 with Robert Burn third in 19.16. First Lady to cross the line was the Amazing Lydia Louw who recorded a time of 21.43. Caroline Watson finished second in 22.20 closely followed by Lottie brown who crossed the line third in 22.23 a new PB for her.


Southwick parkrun Event 347

Spring came to Southwick this week and it was apparent by the way the participants seemed to have an extra spring in their step. Kate Moody was presented with the parkrunner of the month for March, this proved very popular with the rest of the Southwick parkrun family. Her parkrun history includes D of E volunteering and eventually progressing to running and has shown continued improvement. It was big day for milestone parkrunners with Helen Davies Matt Slee Ian Tunks Paul Manuel and Kit Claxton all completed their 50th parkrun. Fiona Newman completed her 100th parkrun a fantastic achievement , our congratulations to all of them. 278 runners walkers and joggers took part with25 first timers and 21 achieving new personal best times.. A huge thank you to the 30 volunteers who attended because with out them we could not of run the event .A very good run by Guy Wood saw him first to cross the line in 17.16 in his first run at Southwick and recorded an amazing age grade score of 89%. Second to finish was Adam Bradburn who had a time of 18.44 with Ian McKee close behind to finish third in 18.58 You could throw a blanket over the first three ladies to cross the line with Anita Mellodew first with a time of 20.31 and Katherine Carey second in 20.44 a new PB for her with the amazing Lydia Louw third in 20.56.

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