Run Report

Worthing parkrun
Event number 104
14th July 2018
This week 432 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
It was good to see that seven people had affiliated themselves to Worthing parkrun as a running club. DON’T FORGET if you are not part of a club and would like to be associated with one then you can choose Worthing parkrun.
So our parkrun this week was very colourful with volunteers and runners dressing up to support the first ever Worthing Pride Festival later on in the day.
We also finished for only the second time with a straight finish right outside Splashpoint Leisure Centre. Despite Hilary Spicers expectations of a new course PB from himself with not having to go around corners to the finish he fell just short of this and later was heard to be blaming the harsh weather conditions.
The first runner finished in a great time of 15:14 but unfortunately he had left his barcode at home
Second was Ethan FINCHAM in a time of 16:42
Third was Lewis SIDA in 16:44 who was a first timer to Worthing
Rebecca BUNTING was the first Female in 18:00
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Deborah PITT • David CLUBB • Duncan ANDERSON • Belinda ROBINSON • Lucianne ALBRECHT • Archie TURNER • Anthony MCCANN • Lee SPICER-HOWARD • Julie DAY • Marilyn KEMP • Steve KENNARD • Jo HAMMERSLEY • Katie WITHAM • Ian SCHIFFER • Drew HAMMERSLEY • Sarah Jane HOLTAM • Brooke FRANKLIN • Stuart BAULK • Val SMITH • Ian HARCOURT • Sharon BELTON • Louise HOWARTH • Mike BELTON • Julia GLEESON • Samuel BALLARD • Izzy HARCOURT • Susan SATCHELL • Chiara BALLARD • Laney COCKS • Roxy NEVZOROVA • Stephane FORRER • Barbara BARRETT • David HENDERSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Worthing parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 16:59 on 16th July 2016 (event number 6).
The male record is held by James WESTLAKE who recorded a time of 14:51 on 25th November 2017 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pauline RICH who recorded 92.87% (24:47) on 10th June 2017 (event number 51).
Worthing parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 6,280 participants have completed 33,858 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,290 km, including 7,066 new Personal Bests.

 

Worthing parkrun #101 23rd June 2018

It was another scorcher at Worthing this week, and whilst there were no Dames or birthday celebrations we did host only our 3rd event with over 500 runners. Is this the shape of things to come?

We had visitors from Northampton, Devon, Cheshire and Hove (to name but a few), one of our volunteers celebrated her 9th birthday with us and we had a fantastic number of first timers to our seaside event. Talking of firsts, this weekend saw the inaugural use of our first kit with two of our runners being treated for minor injuries.

Unfortunately it was not all sun and cheer as an incident on the seafront meant one of our junior runners was unable to complete their run and went home a little bruised from a fall. The team at Worthing parkrun would like to remind all runners to follow the parkrun code by respecting other runners space, allowing faster runners to safely overtake and to look after each other on the course. This isn't a race and sportspersonship is important to everyone enjoying their morning 5km.

In other news we have now gathered a bag of lost property so if you have lost a winter jacket, a tracksuit top, a hat or a hoodie please get in contact with us. We can't keep it forever and items do go to charity if not collected within reasonable timeframes.

We're back this Saturday where the forecast is looking to be another hot one, please hydrate well before and after your run and don't forget hats and high factor sun cream. Please also consider the weather before bringing your canine buddy along too.

Until Saturday, turrah for now!

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This week 506 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Mike HOUSTON • Stefanie RANSLEY • Laura CARTER • Belinda ROBINSON • Carly OXFORD • Anna GOMM • Nicola HAWKINS • Timothy KENNY • Lee SPICER-HOWARD • Julie DAY • Jayn STAPLETON • Marilyn KEMP • Robert YATES • John ROBINSON • Evie KENNY • Val SMITH • Kath HORTON • Holly PRICE • Samuel BALLARD • Carol BARRATT • Rebecca PEARSON • Ken WILLO • Mike MCHUGH • Chiara BALLARD • Silvia BORTOLAZZI • Nick IRELAND • Adam COLLARD • Barbara BARRETT • Dillon WATT • David HENDERSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Worthing parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 16:59 on 16th July 2016 (event number 6).
The male record is held by James WESTLAKE who recorded a time of 14:51 on 25th November 2017 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pauline RICH who recorded 92.87% (24:47) on 10th June 2017 (event number 51).

Worthing parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 6,144 participants have completed 32,516 parkruns covering a total distance of 162,580 km, including 6,873 new Personal Bests.

 

Worthing parkrun event number 100 16th June 2018

This week 667 people ran, jogged and walked the course – a massive new course record! Was this because it was our 100th parkrun or could it have been the Dame Kelly Holmes effect? I suspect the latter! Our numbers were also swelled this week by local running club Arena 80 who were doing their third run as part of their club parkrun event.

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So after last week’s amazing 2nd birthday & NHS70 event, where somehow we managed to fit in a shout out to invite Dame Kelly to our 100th parkrun, we uploaded a video of the shout out with some photos of Worthing parkrun (including the fabulous banner) on Twitter and let social media work its magic. A big thank you to all our runners, volunteers and our friends from Heads On who helped with the Twitter promotion. After much eager watching of Dame Kelly’s posts, at 10pm on Friday, I did one last check on Twitter and saw the following post: ‘This was such a great shout out I have to go & do it. So @Worthingparkrun see you all in the morning’! A quick shout out on Facebook & to the core team followed to let them know the news, then time to write a special poem for the Run Briefing and off to bed trying to quell the nerves and excitement and get some sleep!

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The next morning, walking down to parkrun, a familiar noise greets me – it’s the bell of the Worthing Town Cryer, Bob Smytherman, walking down the road on his way to add to the fun of the morning ahead. Thank you Bob for joining our special event and welcoming our guest. Once all the volunteers and runners start to arrive there is an air of excitement and anticipation about our special guest. Little did I know she was sending us direct messages on Twitter for advice on parking, etc.! (Big thank you to Lee who was responding to these whilst on holiday!) & suddenly as we are getting ready for the pre-run briefing, there is a round of applause and there’s Dame Kelly running down the seafront to join us! After a quick introduction to our parkrun mascot Gulliver, it was time for the briefing followed by Dame Kelly saying a few words. It was fantastic to hear what a keen supporter she is of parkrun, even though she has no official connections with the organisation; like many of us who do parkrun, she just loves it! She wasted no time in letting us know she wasn’t going to be challenging for the course record though – she’d heard how fast our course was!

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Then it’s off to the start, a quick photo opportunity & then 667 runners, joggers and walkers are off! Lots of chat, high fives and thumbs up from Dame Kelly for all the participants and volunteers and then once back at the finish, so much time for chatting and selfies! It was an amazing atmosphere, helped by the Children’s Parade who were assembling ready for their procession in the park and who also got to meet Dame Kelly.

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A huge thank you to the 40 volunteers who coped with a much busier event than we had previously experienced (30% more runners than our previous course record), there was some great improvising to extend the finish funnel and it was great to see other runners, including two regulars from Brighton & Hove parkrun helping out with managing the crowds as well!
Thank you everyone for your patience and good humour in waiting to get across the finish when we were at our busiest and also for queuing so patiently for the barcode scanners! This really wasn’t the week to discover that the timers only download the first 500 runners, leaving the remaining 167 to be manually inputted (huge thanks to Julie & Chris for staying on for almost 3 hours after the end of parkrun to help process the results; I couldn’t have done it without your maths expertise!)
We were also pleased to welcome Patrick from the Worthing Podcast to our parkrun this week – the excellent podcast about Worthing parkrun can be found here:

https://audioboom.com/posts/6899435-worthing-podcast-051-worthing-parkrun

Of the 667 people taking part this week 99 were first timers to parkrun or to Worthing and 112 recorded new Personal Bests (were you inspired by Dame Kelly?!). Special mention to two people who reached their 50 milestone this week – Clare Rixon & Debbie Roberts – well done, look forward to seeing you in your red t-shirts very soon!

Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Michele SAUNDERS • Caroline WOOD • Mark STEPHENSON • Michelle Anne HUGHES • Claire GILES • Duncan ANDERSON • Stefanie RANSLEY • Laura CARTER • Jane VAN HOOF • Debbie BIRCH • Des ADEY • Belinda ROBINSON • Kyle COLLINS • Kate LASSMAN • Archie TURNER • Nicola HAWKINS • Iain BUCHANAN • Debbie STRINGER • Julie DAY • Marilyn KEMP • Chris MCALEES • John ROBINSON • Drew HAMMERSLEY • Rupert IRELAND • Maureen JACKSON • Val SMITH • Sharon BELTON • Louise HOWARTH • Mike BELTON • Julia GLEESON • Samantha ELLIS • Samuel BALLARD • Izzy HARCOURT • Chiara BALLARD • Rachael ELLIS • Silvia BORTOLAZZI • Michael HOWARTH • Kayleigh HOLMAN • Dillon WATT • David HENDERSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Worthing parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 16:59 on 16th July 2016 (event number 6).
The male record is held by James WESTLAKE who recorded a time of 14:51 on 25th November 2017 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pauline RICH who recorded 92.87% (24:47) on 10th June 2017 (event number 51).
Worthing parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 6,066 participants have completed 32,010 parkruns covering a total distance of 160,050 km, including 6,786 new Personal Bests.

 

Worthing parkrun no. 99, 9th June 2018, our 2nd birthday & celebrating NHS70

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Well, what a busy and fun parkrun it was this week! We were delighted to welcome local NHS mental health charity Heads On to partner with us to celebrate joint birthdays, our 2nd birthday at Worthing parkrun and the 70th birthday of the NHS! Many parkruns across the UK were taking part in the NHS70 initiative, which had been launched by Dame Kelly Holmes a few weeks previously and we were pleased to be one of them. A huge thank you to Sam Allen and the team from Heads On for bringing cake & fun!

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Firstly, a big shout out to this week's volunteers, without whom we couldn't hold the parkrun - Michael RIX • Duncan ANDERSON • Jane VAN HOOF • Emma BECK • Des ADEY • Belinda ROBINSON • Lavinia MCHUGH • Nicola HAWKINS • Charles SIMMONDS • Nigel TURLEY • Lee SPICER-HOWARD • Julie DAY • Owen KNIGHT • Karen LAPSLEY • Chris MCALEES • Steve KENNARD • Lana CHRISTMAS • John ROBINSON • Rupert IRELAND • Heidi CHRISTMAS • Maureen JACKSON • Lucy BOOTH • Louise HOWARTH • Matthew NORTHAM • Izzy HARCOURT • Ken WILLO • Mike MCHUGH • Chris Cheesy HUTCHINSON • Nicholas MAY • Samantha BAKER

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Because it was a birthday celebration, we had cake & balloons of course, but we also had some dressing up, with people wearing NHS related outfits (including a few people in their real NHS uniforms) or just something to make others smile. Our Run Director, Duncan gave us a surprise in the pre-run briefing, by suddenly stripping off his shorts and t-shirt to reveal he had come in fancy dress after all & completely stole the show from this week's Timekeeper & Run Report writer, Belinda who happened to be in the same outfit!

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Ian PUTTOCK, our very own Captain America was a 30 minute pacer this week, celebrating his 30 years of working in the NHS and also to promote his upcoming 5 marathons in 5 days that he is running to raise money for Heads On. You can find out more about this challenge and sponsor him via his Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-5in5

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We were delighted to welcome Christine Gibbons, chair of parkrun Global to our event especially as Christine worked in the NHS for many years.

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During the week leading up to this week's parkrun, one of our eagle eyed volunteers, Chris, spotted on Twitter that Dame Kelly Holmes was looking for a parkrun celebrating a milestone where she could do some parkrun tourism. As we would love to have her come to Worthing next week for our 100th parkrun, we thought it might be fun to do a bit of a shout out to see if we could persuade her. Hats off to Julie's husband Scott for making a tremendous banner and to everyone who joined in the shout out in the briefing! Lee & Chris have been working their magic on Twitter, alongside some of our runners and also Heads On to promote us, and Dame Kelly has said we are on her radar, so fingers crossed!

This week 498 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Worthing parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 16:59 on 16th July 2016 (event number 6).
The male record is held by James WESTLAKE who recorded a time of 14:51 on 25th November 2017 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pauline RICH who recorded 92.87% (24:47) on 10th June 2017 (event number 51).

Worthing parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 5,967 participants have completed 31,343 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,715 km, including 6,674 new Personal Bests.

 

Worthing parkrun Event #98 2nd June 2018

It was a Saturday that saw 'Sunny Worthing' live up to is name with runners finishing with read faces and sweaty brows.

We had a fantastic number of volunteers join us which was great as this week is National Volunteer Week (1-7 June, https://volunteersweek.org/). In addition we were joined by volunteers from the core team of Lancing parkrun, who took on roles including Run Director, Timekeeper, Finish Tokens and Results Processing. As they prepare for their parkrun journey to commence we wish them all the best.

In running news Carol Standbridge and Owen Cunningham (junior) achieved their 50th and 10th parkrun milestones, well done both of you.

We hope you'll join us next week when Worthing parkrun turns two and will be hosting a double celebration with the local mental health charity Heads On for a special event to celebrate the NHS's 70th anniversary. Wear your birthday finest or a uniform and stethoscope for this themed event.

This week 394 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Maureen STEPHENS • Jim TURNER • Magdalena STRYCHARSKA • Duncan ANDERSON • Stefanie RANSLEY • Helen DOOTSON • Jane VAN HOOF • Paul WOODCOCK • John PURSGLOVE • Carly OXFORD • Ruth PARKINSON • Nicola HAWKINS • Sue FALLON • Iain BUCHANAN • Lee SPICER-HOWARD • Julie DAY • Roy BARRACLOUGH • Craig MACKAY • Sarah PALMER • Marilyn KEMP • Sophie YOUNG • Mark FUHRMANN • June FUHRMANN • William MARTIN • Lana CHRISTMAS • Sue COOPER • Clare FULLER • Drew HAMMERSLEY • Karen MEALING • Lucy BOOTH • Sharon BELTON • Mike BELTON • Carl BENNETT • Kath HORTON • Rebecca PEARSON • Helen BERETTA • Kayleigh HOLMAN • Barbara BARRETT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Worthing parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 16:59 on 16th July 2016 (event number 6).
The male record is held by James WESTLAKE who recorded a time of 14:51 on 25th November 2017 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pauline RICH who recorded 92.87% (24:47) on 10th June 2017 (event number 51).

Worthing parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 5,888 participants have completed 30,845 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,225 km, including 6,574 new Personal Bests.

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