It’s all about the women: Celebrating International Women’s Day
In anticipation of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Saturday 7th March 2020 saw
parkruns around the world join in a celebration of female participation, with as many women and girls as possible encouraged to join in by walking, jogging, running, volunteering, or simply coming along to watch.
Over 400 parkrun events in the UK hosted a special day. At our own Hove Park event,
Brighton & Hove Women’s Running Club (BHWRC) staged a parkrun ‘takeover’, with many of their members running, as well as filling the majority of the volunteer roles alongside our core team members and Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. They’d also been busy baking and set up a cake stall full of tempting cakes and biscuits to sell to runners and other park users with the proceeds going to the Chestnut Tree Trust (our local children’s hospice that cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions). Rewarding ourselves for running by eating cake afterwards is one of life’s greatest pleasures and the stall raised a grand total of £247.47 for the Chestnut Tree Trust.
It was a chilly and cloudy (but compared to recent Saturdays relatively benign) morning and 467 runners took part, of whom 185 were female.
First home was Nicholas Airey, with a time of 17.31, followed by Jacob Househam who
raced home to a PB of 18.06. But to cut to the women on this special day, the first home was Charlotte Boden, at 20.57 and Clare Pirie was second at 21.36. Very impressively, Xanthe Cox, who came in third with a PB 21.48 is in the JW11-14 category, having completed only 7 previous parkruns (and seven junior events). Many congratulations Xanthe, we look forward to hopefully seeing you run with us again many more times in the future.
A family affair
In another special first-time achievement, three generations of the Jackson family women ran together. For Elizabeth Jackson (JW10), who has run over 50 junior parkruns, this was her first senior event. She ran alongside her mum, Cath, and granny Mary who was taking part for the first time ever in any parkrun. Congratulations Mary, not just for being such a good sport and getting involved, but also for coming in first in your age category (VW75 – 79). Go girls!
Forty-four of this week’s participants were first time park runners, of whom two thirds were female.
Note for next year: If every (or even most) females who ran this week had brought along a
female friend, the number of women participants would have outnumbered the men. Game on?
With hearty thanks to this week’s volunteers: Dawn ALBERY, Sarah ARJUN, Sharon
ASTLEY, Michelle BLACKWELL, Andrew BROOKS, Monty BROOKS, Shawn BUCK, Xiang CHEUNG, Karen CLINTON, Joy DOBBS, Keavey DOYLE , Cliff EVANS, Helen GIBB, Claire GILES, Peter GOLTON, Barnie GREGORY, Amy HAUSDOERFER, Laura HODGKISS, Milo HODLER, Emma HOPWOOD, Gillian HOWARD, Carol KENNEDY, Andi KNIGHT, Alison KUY, Claire LAWS, Joanna LYONS, Freya MAINPRIZE, Caroline MASON, Birgit MILLER, Mike MILLER, Colette MONTGOMERY, Konstantinos MYTAFIDIS, Helen PIERPOINT, Max PRESCOTT, Toby PRUCE, Matthew ROCKWELL WOLF, Brian RUSSELL, Joel SEXTON, Naomi SHARP, Roger SMITH, Xander TAI, George TESTER- ALLEN, Sonia TESTER-ALLEN, James TICEHURST, Lucille WEINBERGER, Darcy WHITE