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:
Barry FAIRHALL, Colin HANNANT, John JAAP, John WRIGHT, Michael PEGLEY, Stewart GREGORY, Thomas MARSHALL, Tracy BUTCHER, Val BROCKWELL
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!