Brighton & Hove parkrun
Event number 607
18th May 2019

A hundred years ago on this date, a number of monumental events took place across the world. This included the Post World War I peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles being signed, the largest airbus being flown in France, Captain James Cook landing in Hawaii, and the failing of the siege of Leningrad, marking the end of the Russian Revolution. None of these compare to the legendary Brighton Table Tennis Club players making a very special appearance at our run! Congratulations and thank you to all of them for exemplifying what a true sporting, inclusive spirit can bring to a community.

In total this week 477 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests.

Well done to Sue Briscoe who completed the course for the first time with her dog Toby; not to be outdone, her husband Martin Burgess achieved a spectacular new PB of 23:31, shaving 20 seconds of his previous time.

Paul Whelpton was extremely impressive achieving the highest male age-rating of 83:21%; Clare Pirie, not only led the field for the women with an age-rating of 78:21%, but also did so whilst running a PB of 21:11 – her 3rd PB in the last month. We need to know what you are eating for breakfast Clare!

Representatives of 29 different clubs took part and the event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Peter GOLTON • Nick DRY • Mike BALDWIN • Joy DOBBS • Justin DOBBS • Tracy Caroline EATON • Brian FRIEND • Joan LENNON • Peter HARWOOD • Karen CLINTON • Michael HOWARD • Michelle BOND • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Eva ADJARE • Brendan SPELLMAN • Simon BUTTON • Max DAVIS • Shawn BUCK • Toby SIMPKIN • Daniel PORGES • Hugh KENYON • Jon BINNEY • Lisa ELBOURNE • Shahriar VAZIRI • Anne BALDWIN • Sam HARWOOD • Freya MAINPRIZE • Joe WALKER • Katie HOFFELNER • Louis MAURICE • Ben CLIFFORD • Llewellyn CURTIS • David G BUTLER • Tegan SCHAFER • Abdullah AL-SAHAFI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page. The female record is held by Caroline HOYTE who recorded a time of 16:43 on 30th May 2009 (event number 84). The male record is held by Charlie Maxwell GRICE who recorded a time of 14:25 on 25th November 2017 (event number 528). The Age Grade course record is held by Karen BOWLER who recorded 94.00% (20:51) on 20th August 2011 (event number 200).

Brighton & Hove parkrun started on 3rd November 2007. Since then 19,834 participants have completed 197,505 parkruns covering a total distance of 987,525 km, including 32,923 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,644 individuals have volunteered 13,867 times.

Have a great week running and walking – look forward to seeing you next Saturday….


Brighton & Hove parkrun #606 11th May 2019

Another great morning in the park.. Nice weather. The fab setter uppers were there when I arrived – I grabbed the ‘Start sign and poles’ and headed up to put those in place. It is lovely to see people in the park running, walking, dog walking before parkrun, I do say to them you should come and do parkrun! :)

Without these fab 27 people parkrun wouldn’t go ahead – so a big shout out to these hi viz heroes!! :)

John P DOHERTY • Cathy FALL • Peter GOLTON • Carol Ann GRANT • Tracy Caroline EATON • Karen CLINTON • Michael HOWARD • Michelle BOND • Claire GILES • Brian RUSSELL • Rosanna RAVEN • Eva ADJARE • Paul MARLEY • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE • John KENNETT • Jane BRAYBON • Cindy STYLES • Linus TURNER • Richard CHESSELL • Toby SIMPKIN • Shahriar VAZIRI • Sam. TAMPLIN • Louis MAURICE • Ben CLIFFORD • Llewellyn CURTIS • Tegan SCHAFER • Sam KIMBERLEY

Next week we see the D Surnames for their turn to be a hero – so if you fancy seeing parkrun from the other side – whether you are injured, poorly or running over the weekend please email

So this week we saw 396 people who ran, jogged and walked the course (one of which was fellow Core Team member Karen Clinton who is coming back from a serious injury / op – who is down to one crutch walked the 5k) This brings me to saying parkrun is amazing for a come back after injury – so no one needs to feel they will come last or has to be fit to do parkrun. Remember this is your journey whatever / however you need this to be..

We had 22 first timers and 64 recorded New PB’s – amazing! We had 26 different clubs taken part. Welcome to our visitors – we hope you enjoyed our run :)
My RD partner in crime Brian, made the announcements – thank you all for listening to the briefing just makes things easier.

We had these milestones – Tabitha Ellis 50, Dominic Osman-Allu and Richard Gaskill 100, and Ann Eke 450. Well done to you all – fab achievements :)

Just wanted to reiterate please be mindful of each other and your abilities / speed etc. We did have an incident that was brought to our attention of one of the speedier runners saying ‘keep right’ to someone, they moved over, then someone said ‘keep left’ then managed to push past. Just wanted to say that parkrun is for EVERYONE of ALL abilities. So please can we all bear this in mind ... For the speedier ones – take the run as you find it, and if this means weaving in and out, then it does.
It also isn’t helpful if there is a line of runners across the path – we are lucky that Hove Park does have wide paths, and we can move over to the grass if need be. So let’s all have a great parkrun experience – please no pushing/shoving, don’t call out right/left and please do not spread in a line across the path. Thank you :)

So the scores on the doors are - First male in Andrew Mccaskill 17.04 (SM ¬34), followed by Benn Pomfrett 17.53 (VM 35-39) CSSC Sports & Leisure, third male in Marlon Bouman 17.55 (SM 30-34) well done :)

First female in Clare Pirie 21.16 (VW 45-49) and was your New PB!, second in was Emily Mosedale 21.54 (VW 40-44) from Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, and Julia Beckett 22.08 (VM 45-49) and was your New PB – well done to you all :)

The ranges of achievements is amazing – you are all doing so well, and competing against yourselves week after week. I wanted to mention Will Anjos who achieved a new PB this week, this is his 5th parkrun – first one and your time was 1.02.14 and this week 53.07, – well done to you. Just goes to show that you can improve your fitness :)

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.
Next Sat (18th May) in the park 12-4pm there is a Hart Arts Festival, and our Junior parkrun on Sunday – if you fancy volunteering please give the team a shout :)

So well done everyone – have a good week.
See you same time, same place #DFYB.

Keep running, walking, jogging and never give up on your goals :)
Claire x


Brighton & Hove parkrun #605 4th May 2019

Today the force was with 462 runners who participated in the Chewbacca memorial run on May the 4th, making the Kessle run look easy in comparison. 257 men and 153 women there were. Also 52 mysterious Unknown’s crept in, Sith from the dark side we fear they may be.

The milestone this week was that there were no milestones (that we were made aware of).

We did have a fantastic group of people who had completed the couch to 5k course with Lewes Athletic Club and were doing their first 5k Parkrun. We hope they enjoyed the experience and will come and visit us again.

Not all firsts cross the line first and some are worth mentioning. We had 34 first timers at Hove park today and we hope you felt very welcome and will come again. 66 people achieved new PB’s, the force is strong within you.

Our first buggy runner was Marlon Bouman at 27.24, our first owner pulled across the line by his faithful hound was Stephan King at 23.21 and our first under 20 year old was Rowan Curtis in the 11-14 category who came in at 20.24. He has a high midichlorian count we are sure.

For the 605th time a crowd of willing volunteers made the Brighton and Hove parkrun possible. Without the 38 people that helped this Saturday there would have been no start and finish lines, no one to make sure the paths are clear and safe for you to run round, no one to pace you, no one to record your time coming over the line, no one to check and scan your times in, no one to put all the 462 numbered tags back in order for next week and no one to process and post the results of your run. So thank you to all our wonderful volunteers.

We are always looking for new volunteers since Kamino stopped production of clones, if you want to join our rebel army please look on the Brighton and Hove parkrun page and follow the volunteer link.

A special mention goes to our glamorous tail team who formed an honour guard for Will encouraging him round to a new PB.

See you all next week


Brighton & Hove parkrun #604 April 27 2019

This week parkrun was made possible by 45 amazing volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Richard A CARTER • Sue BRUMWELL • Ann EKE • Jane ROWETH • Lewis RAWLINSON • Paula CHESSELL • Tracy Caroline EATON • Brian FRIEND • Peter HARWOOD • Michael HOWARD • Michelle BOND • Byron JACOBS • John CARROLL • David Joseph SIMMONS • Rosanna RAVEN • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Eva ADJARE • Paul MARLEY • John ELBOURNE • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE • Chris WALLIS • Richard GASKILL • Alison PORGES • Richard CHESSELL • Toby SIMPKIN • Matthew DUFFELL • Ruth FARNELL • Daniel PORGES • Valerie SPENCE • James CORNFORD • Nick CULLISS • Lisa ELBOURNE • Bernadette HECHT • John ADAM • Finlay DERRY • Sam HARWOOD • Freya MAINPRIZE • Duncan CURTIS • Rowan CURTIS • Sophie GOODALL- SMITH • Calum SALMONS • Louis MAURICE • Ben CLIFFORD • Tegan SCHAFER

So let me start by saying a massive ‘THANK YOU’ to each and every one of them!

Unfortunately, this week’s event was rather marred by one of our volunteers being on the receiving end of some unpleasantness from two runners, so I would like to clarify two points:

1. Politeness, please!
parkrun is brought to you solely by volunteers and, as such, we do not tolerate aggressive behaviour or any form of abuse. Runners who behave in such a way will have their result removed, and the incident will be reported to parkrun HQ.

2. No barcode – no time – no exceptions
Please see the following advice from parkrun UK: We operate a strict ‘No printed barcode – No result’ policy at all our events. As our scanners are handheld and lower power, they can’t penetrate screens, so we can’t scan barcodes on smartphones or any other device.

If you have been told differently, you were misinformed. We are strict with regards to this policy as we process over 100,000 results every Saturday and if we were to relax this policy it would triple the amount of work for our volunteers.
Fortunately, it is easy to print off new copies of your barcode – follow the link in the weekly newsletter or old results email.

This week 460 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

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

Hope to see you next week!


Brighton & Hove parkrun #603

Valiant Volunteers
The most important people at parkrun are, of course, the volunteers. As we never tire of saying, without the volunteers, there’s no parkrun. So a huge thank you to this week’s valiant crew, which was:

John P DOHERTY • John MASON • Brigitte GROVES • Peter GOLTON • Bernadette KIRRANE • Tracy Caroline EATON • Brian FRIEND • Joan LENNON • Karen CLINTON • Michael HOWARD • Michelle BOND • Claire GILES • Byron JACOBS • Brian RUSSELL • Kevin WALKER • Amy HAUSDOERFER • David WOOLMER • Eva ADJARE • Richard GASKILL • Robert WELLS • Derek RAVEN • Ben HODGSON • Jason STOAKLEY • Simon WILLIAMS • Clive WALKER • Andrea SCHOLLAR • Leigh SANDERS • Freya MAINPRIZE • Katie HOFFELNER • Llewellyn CURTIS • Tegan SCHAFER

Amy and Freya
Amy Hausdoerfer and Freya Mainprize deserve a special mention this week as they have both just completed nine– yes nine! – full months of weekly volunteering at parkrun as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme: the first 3 months were for their Bronze award, and the latter 6 months for the Silver. Amy and Freya have taken on every volunteer role imaginable including volunteer co-ordinator. It’s been an absolute delight to have them on the team – they’re highly capable and responsible individuals, always cheerful, flexible, unflappable. If the Duke of Edinburgh scheme wasn’t going to give them a silver award, I think we would have to. So, on behalf of all our runners and volunteers, well done Amy and Freya, a massive thank you, and please come back for more!

Nigel and Kevin
Congratulation to Brighton & Hove parkrun regulars Nigel Sarjudeen and Kevin Day who completed their 250th parkruns today. They are both members of local club Arena 80 AC, and each of them has participated in parkruns at 6 different venues on their road to the prestigious 250 parkrun club. What an amazing marker of commitment, 1250km of parkrunning! That’s the equivalent of running all the way from Hove Park to John O’Groats, and then completing not just one, but two, marathons on arrival.
Kevin and Nigel’s parkrun commitment is not merely to running: they have both volunteered on numerous occasions: before the event - checking that the course is safe and clear, setting up the start and finish funnels; during the run itself - pacing, tailwalking, marshalling on the route, managing the funnel, scanning barcodes, checking finish numbers; after the run - sorting tokens. Well done, and big thanks to you both.

Numbers and Notables
This week 439 runners/walkers/joggers completed the run with finish times ranging from 17 and a half minutes to just over an hour. 38 of you were first timers at Brighton and Hove – we’re delighted to welcome you: do come again.

10% of our runners achieved PBs this week – pretty impressive, eh? Well done, every one of you – onwards and upwards!

It was a milestone run today for Lawrence Taylor, who first ran parkrun in 2012, and today completed his 100th parkrun, all but 4 of those at Hove Park. Well done, Lawrence, on joining the parkrun 100 club.

For the latest full results, see

Claire and Charlotte
A couple of PBs that especially struck me were those of Claire Pirie and Charlotte Rawlinson, Brighton & Hove parkrun regulars. Claire was on her 105th parkrun and Charlotte on her 71st this week – and for each of them, this achievement came a full 3 years (and countless parkruns) after their last PB in 2016. So while all PBS are to be celebrated, those two are real standouts. Well done, Claire and Charlotte, and here’s to the next 3 years of running!

Marathon Marvels
Finally, a big pat on the back to all our regulars who last week participated in the 10th Brighton Marathon, whether as runners or volunteers. A few runners that I know of ….
Our trusty management team members Brian Russell and Claire Giles, B&H parkrun regulars Dee O’Haire (I think I spotted you,Dee!), Rick Evans, Nigel Sarjudeen (yes, him again - and he’s done all 10 Brighton Marathons!), Tracey Eaton, and Kelvin Macdonald. And many more that I didn’t know about or forgot to mention – well done, all of you!

So, whether you’re a valiant volunteer, a regular runner, or a marathon marvel, we look forward to welcoming you back on Saturday for the next exciting episode of parkrun.

Bernie Kirrane, for the parkrun team.

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