Bevendean Down parkrun #230: Rain, cows, cakes, and snakes

It was a wet and windy parkrun at Bevendean Down this week, but no-one seemed to mind a bit – at least it wasn’t freezing cold!
The earliest runner to arrive was Thomas Marshall who had come on the train all the way from Essex, and in fact was there before any of the volunteer team had arrived. He even managed to find the right location despite the fact that none of the arrows were yet in position.
We quickly set up the course (with help from Thomas), waited until the other 25 participants had gathered, kept the briefing suitably brief, and then walked down to the start line in the far corner of the field. Thanks to Colin for taking photos of the runners as well as doing the barcode scanning.  As usual the runners shared the field with a few dog walkers and various cows and their deposits.


The first finisher was Andrew McCaskill in 20:06, followed by regular Jose Reina in 21:03. First female was another regular, Diana De Leeuw in 23:28, followed by Gemma Gilroy (with Scout) in 27:06.



Bella Black and Sophie Richardson had arrived together – Bella for her first ever parkrun and Sophie for her second ever! What a morning to choose!!  But anyway they both seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience and were still smiling at the end.


At the other end of the parkrun-participation scale, we also had John Jaap, of the Preston Park core team, completing his 338th parkrun (he also has 305 volunteer credits!!!). Well done John!

In all we had 5 first-time visitors to Bevendean Down parkrun, including Matthew Collis, who is usually to be found at the slightly more exotic venue of Bois de Boulogne in Paris. I hope you all enjoyed the run despite the conditions.

A big thank you to all this week’s volunteers, we couldn’t do it without you:

After the run and the packing up, we all hot-footed it to the Bevy for coffee and breakfast – and to enjoy the pub’s first ever farmer's market. (The next one will take place on Saturday 27th November). There was a great buzz in the Bevy, with stalls selling cakes, bread, eggs, fruit, veg, samosas, and a little later on the snakes arrived!  A chap from ESRAS (East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society) had brought along his truly enormous pet snakes, the one in the photo weighs more than 5 stone.


Finally, well done to Felicity for setting up a lovely little stall to help spread the joy about our lovely little parkrun.


See you all next week!


Bevendean Down parkrun 216 – WE’RE BACK!

What a morning! Well done to the 35 runners, joggers and walkers who joined us for their very first parkrun in 16 months – thank you for choosing our little event to come back to! You all soon got to work re-establishing the path after months of grass growth, despite the best efforts of our regular runners Barry, Colin and Colin who have been running the route every weekend since the last official parkrun (good work chaps!).


Thanks as always to our volunteers without which these events couldn’t happen (even if we were a little rusty!). Special shout out to our RD Brian who had to step in at late notice after our planned RD Felicity got the dreaded ‘ping’ and had to isolate. You did a magnificent job getting to grips with the new rules and technology, meaning the results were up in super quick time (remote support from Felicity was also a big help!). I was volunteering as timekeeper today and was very impressed by the new app; just a couple of taps to get started, a few more taps to record each runner and a scan of our QR code meant that the times were magically uploaded to the results site as soon as I’d hit the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the event. Magic, eh?!

Among our participants today we had seven first timers to Bevendean – hopefully you enjoyed it and we’ll see you again soon! There were also three PBs which showed that the lockdown training of Diana DE LEEUW, Cliff SARAN and Helena Mary WARBURTON had clearly paid off! Well done to everyone who took part, it was wonderful to see you and so good to be back together again.

Now we’re back up and running again, we really need to fill our volunteer roster over the coming weeks. If you are able to help us out, please email on or contact us via Facebook or Twitter. If you haven’t volunteered before, then please don’t be worried about giving it a go – all the jobs are straightforward and we’re a friendly bunch!

See you next week!


We’re back on Saturday!!!

The Bevendean Down team are looking forward to welcoming you back this Saturday for event no. 216, a very long 16 months after event no. 215.

Hope to see you there!


4th birthday

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!



Bevendean down parkrun #205

After a busy personal year on the parkrun front I finally had a window to do some non-running volunteering today so offered to set-up but a last minute hold-up due to a dust cart (on a Saturday, I ask you!) meant that ED Brian had already done the hardest bit of taking the cart up the hill to the start of the hill. Not to worry, I was also down for finish tokens but my sticky start continued when we realised the tokens weren’t in their usual place. I can now report from experience that, although much is made of ‘the hill’ at Bevendean Down with the climb still sitting as the sixth highest in the UK’s 600 plus parkrun courses, it is also a significant climb from the pub just to the start of the run.  At least I was able to locate our oft overlooked pop-up for some photo opportunities!


Although brisk, it was good to see Mr. Sun today as the crowds gathered for the first regular parkrun of the new decade, and it was a great pleasure to welcome along 14 visitors including David and Gavin FERGUSON from Basingstoke, Ting Ting HU from Southwark, and Oliver NOTTIDGE from Cheltenham. The balance were all visiting from other local events probably for a bit of a change after a busy schedule of parkruns over the festive season.

Last minute assistance from the Pegleys meant the roster of volunteers was overflowing. It’s always a good feeling to have every position covered, and it meant we were all able to relax and enjoy the day as much as the runners, highly recommended!


Ross BROCKLEHURST (below left) set a cracking pace to lead the field home in 19.07, a PB for him here and one of only two PB’s recorded, the other going to an ecstatic regular, Adrian HILL (seen here storming the first lap). Well done guys, great start to the year, but a special mention also to Tim W JONES whose time of 20:51 was his quickest in the absence of dog Bentley. Elsewhere, Aislinn DARVELL from the University was first lady home, Jon CLAYS (below right) from Brighton Phoenix was 2nd overall and Malcolm KEMP continues to knock out some amazing times for his age category.


Great job everybody, runners and volunteers alike, and a special thank you to those who came to my rescue when it finally came time to attempt to squeeze the pop-up back into its bag. I’m quietly glad that, despite several threats, no-one actually videoed the process but it may be some time before it reappears!

The excellent Bevy breakfast was well-earned today, and can there be any greater recommendation than the appearance of returnee Gemma BENNETT coming all the way up here after parkrunning at Hove Promenade!


John (Bouncer) BIGGINS

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