Wow, what a turnout we had for our 4th birthday celebrations!! 87 people walked, jogged, ran and tripped their way around our 5K course, drastically increasing our recent average turnout. Our numbers were helped in no small part by the Portslade Hedgehoppers, who contributed nearly 30 people, including a couple of volunteers. Also along were two EDs and an RD from Preston Park parkrun, probably felt a bit quiet for them!
We had a couple of milestones today, one of our regulars Keith Ridge and Hopper Diane Melrose were both running their 100th parkrun, so a big cheer for them, and Philip Gale earned his red t-shirt by completing his 50th parkrun. We also two other birthday celebrations among us, congratulations to Barry Cusselle and Gemma Gilroy, you lucky things getting to run on your birthdays! In addition to all this milestone and birthday action, 17 people ran PBs today, which was a pretty impressive number.
Once everyone had crossed the finish line, we all decamped to The Bevy for breakfast and cake, it was brilliant to see it so crowded…I think we managed to get through 67 breakfasts, so a huge thank you to the Bevy staff for dishing up so many. We and the Bevy are very keen to encourage a few more people to stay for breakfast each week, so the turnout yesterday was amazing!
We had a few birthday awards to give out to some of our regulars, huge congratulations go to:
Most runs at Bevendean Down this year - Mark Melling
Most volunteer roles filled in a single week - John “Bouncer” Biggins – 7 jobs in one day
Social media butterfly - Tim W Jones - 37,518 views of photo dressed as a Christmas tree
Most photos taken during an individual event - Colin Hannant - 46,532 photos taken
Longest string of volunteering due to injury - Barry Fairhall - 7 weeks of barcode scanning
Best 2-4-1 volunteering duo - Janet Clapton and Steve Newman
Best grimace over the finish line - Glen McCready
Youngest to 100 milestone - Vinnie Pegley
Earliest post-run pint - Mike Pegley
Best baby sitter for my child so I can have breakfast in peace - Louie Pegley
Most distinctive running style and brightest clothing - Vincent Lane
Maybe next year you can win yourselves one of these coveted prizes next year if you get involved at Bevendean Down!
Thanks as always to our lovely volunteers, we were so inundated this week that we managed to have two marshals out on the course, which is a lot more than usual!
Nigel SARJUDEEN, Jenny CASS, Felicity ALDER, Glen MCCREADY, Jose REINA, Steve NEWMAN, Kevin BARRETT, Charlie BARRETT, Cathy ARCHER