Brighton & Hove parkrun #642 January 11th 2020

Big numbers today  569 of you. Lots of living up to those New Year resolutions, well done and keep it up.

The pre course check was particularly useful this week as it is the first time we have had to remove a Christmas trees from the course.

We also had to sweep up some glass from the path, thanks to eagle eyed Ollie Pendlington for spotting that.

Only one milestone today, Mike. Ball ran his 250th, he did this in an understated style, wearing only a few balloons to mark the occasion.

Impressively over 11% of our runners achieved a new PB today, including 2 out of our first 3 runners, well done to all of you.

36 were first timers and 65 recorded new PB's. 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Nick DRY • Cliff EVANS • Paula CHESSELL • Kelvin MACDONALD • Joan LENNON • Steve COURT • Brian RUSSELL • Rosanna RAVEN • Fred DICKINSON • Louis WHITE • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE • Darcy WHITE • Carmel O'MALLEY • Sue DUNKLEY • Keavey DOYLE • Richard CHESSELL • Matthew DUFFELL • Max PRESCOTT • Derek RAVEN • Eben RODDIS • James CORNFORD • Henry COPPARD • Frederick GEORGE • Finley KAYE • Matthew ROCKWELL WOLF • Lisa ELBOURNE • Emma WHITE • Koryn GEORGE • Isaac WEINER • Katie GUNNELL • Freya MAINPRIZE • Mathias PAVLIDES • Edwyn WILSON-VERRALL • Olivia PAVLIDES • Milo HODLER • Joseph HOLLAND • Daniel HOLLAND

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

We had a few pacers out on the course today and it was really great to hear them encouraging the runners around them.  If you are trying to achieve a specific time or a PB they are a great support to egg you on.  Or if you want to volunteer but still want to run consider pacing, there are runners that will benefit from it at every level and you could help someone a personal goal.

Today there were quite a large number of finish tokens not returned at the end, we do need a full set each week so if they go missing each one has to be replaced. If you have accidentally taken one home and find it later in a pocket, or in the wash please return it to one of the team next week.

Good news! We have now raised enough to buy our own defibrillator. A huge THANK YOU to all of you who so generously donated either online or in person. We hope to have our own available by the end of the month.

See you all at the start line next week.



Brighton & Hove parkrun #641 Jan 4th 2020

The one with the New Year resolutions?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have struggled lately to know what day it is!  I work in a school, so I’ve been on holiday for two weeks and that, along with Bank Holidays and parkruns on Wednesdays, has made me feel as if I don’t know whether I’m coming or going!

All that aside, it was wonderful to see 572 of you this morning – walking, jogging, running or a combination of all three.  I note from the records that on the equivalent Saturday last year, there were 542 at Hove Park – so well done to the extra 30 folks who turned out today!  This week we had 72 first timers and 67 new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 

39 different clubs took part.  The event was made possible by our wonderful band of 29 volunteers:


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

In the milestones Sean Gibson clocked up his 350th; David Bubloz his 250th – a new t-shirt there;  Oliver Pendlington 200, Naomi Ellis joins the 100 club; Amy Packham 50 – a first milestone t-shirt for her.

After such a lovely morning it grieves me to have to say this (yet again), and especially after I made a point of mentioning this in the pre-run briefing, but please, please do NOT shout at other runners or park users to get out of the way.  It is simply not acceptable behaviour.  parkrun is for all – no matter how fast or slow you are.  This particular form of verbal abuse seems to be the preserve of the faster front runners and, although I know you are not all guilty of doing this, it must stop.  You are putting people off and that is not the ethos of parkrun.  If you want to race, there is a brilliant track at Withdean – give it a whirl some time.

Have a great week folks!



Brighton & Hove parkrun # 640 – The New Year’s Day double, welcoming in a new decade, record breaking numbers but sadly no Andy Murrays!!

It's a big decision to be part of the double on New Year's Day. This year the core committee thought long and hard about whether to put on the 10.30 am parkrun as to do it safely you need a lot of pre-event organisation and a larger number of volunteers than normal. Now that it's over I am proud to say that it went extremely well with the core committee and all the other volunteers doing a fantastic job. I certainly had a blast and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces.

So, let's thank the following volunteers first:

Alison Dedney, Alison Porges, Amanda Woodham, Brian Russell, Carol Kennedy, Caroline Wood, Cat Bounds, Chris Wallis, Claire Giles, Craig Hasley, Derek Raven, Fred Dickinson, Gillian Underwood, Hannah Swan, Ian Winston, Jane Roweth, John Elbourne, Karen Clinton, Lisa Catherine Swan, Lisa Elbourne, Lorelei Clinton, Mark Stephenson, Michele Silvester, Paula Chessell, Peter Golton, Richard Chessell, Rosanna Raven, Rosie Gasson, Sarah Thomas, Sharon Kenyon, Sue Pinnick.

We had no idea whether we would have more runners than last year, but whilst we were setting up there was a slow trickle of people arriving from Hove Prom parkrun and they were all telling us that there were hundreds down there!! Since we were expecting more from East Brighton too, we knew then it was going to be a big one!!!

It's always hard to judge numbers but blimey, there were a lot of you in the starting area!! Richard gave a great run briefing, which was important as we'd changed the finish funnel area to prevent backing up on the finish line as we'd had last year.

First runner in was Jamie Crawford (Brighton & Hove City AC) in 16.31, followed by John Stoddart in 16.33 – both of whom set new PB's!! 3rd was Richard Clayton (Arena 80 AC) in 16.53. The first female in was Tara Shanahan (Arena 80 AC) in 19.05, followed closely by Bobby Searle (Brighton Phoenix) in 19.10 and Darja Knotkova-Hanley (Haywards Heath Harriers) in 19.20

We had 14 first timers this week – well done and welcome to the parkrun family – hope to see you again on Saturday. There were also several milestones. Doing their 50th parkruns were Bobby Searle (Brighton Phoenix), Dan Fisher, Paul Smith (new PB!), Barry Blackman, Emma Pryor (Worth Way Runners and a new PB!), Sarah Mayfield and Laura Hodgkiss (Brighton & Hove Womens Running Club). Michael Saunders (Hove Hornets) achieved his 100th parkrun – well done to all of. Whilst we weren't expecting many PB's this week due to the high numbers, 71 of you got them!!!

Thanks to all of you for listening to the marshals in the finish funnel and keeping moving so that at no point did the finish line get jammed. Thanks also to all of you with raffle tickets for your patience whilst waiting to have your barcode scanned at the table!!

Some extra stats for you! There were 841 parkruns worldwide on NYD with over 234,730 people taking part. That's a lot of kilometers run (1,173,650 actually). Brighton and Hove was the 15th biggest parkrun, with Hove Prom 17th. What a lot of fit people we have here. 163 attendance records were set too, including here and at Hove Prom!! That really says a lot about the continuing success of parkrun.

That just leaves me to say thanks to everyone (volunteers and participants) for making the NYD double 2020 go smoothly and wish you a healthy and prosperous new decade.


P.S. - Andy Murray– next year consider a stroll round Hove Park with your fam.ily instead of the Prom!


Brighton & Hove parkrun New Years Day 2020

New Year's Day parkrun

Hi everyone - hope you are all enjoying the festive season! As many of you know parkrun give us the opportunity to host an extra run on New Year’s Day. This is something that the Core Teams at Hove Park and Hove Promenade have embraced these last few years. Once again, we will be hosting two runs, giving you all the chance to “do the double”.
We had record numbers this year and once again we are expecting a large contingent of runners at both events.
We have done a lot of work in preparation for the event but we would like to make you aware of a few things for Wednesday.

ANY PARKRUN TOURISTS OR FIRST TIMERS TO PARKRUN – I will be doing a pre run briefing at approximately 10.15 at the finish line. Please listen for the announcement so I can give you a quick rundown of all things parkrun at Brighton & Hove. It will only take a couple of minutes of your time.

FINISH FUNNEL - this will be slightly different than usual. When you cross the finish line, please keep moving and listen to any instructions given by the Funnel Managers – one of them will be me, so be prepared for a loud Scotsman giving directions!

PLEASE DO NOT FUNNEL DUCK! If you cross the finish line, please stay in the funnel and take a token – even if you have forgotten your barcode.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT BARCODES ON MOBILE PHONES. There is no exception to this rule so remember you parkrun wristband or paper barcode.

PLEASE listen to the pre run safety announcements – we will have a lot of parkrun tourists and first time runners at Hove Park so we need to cover a few things prior to the start.

IT’S GOING TO BE BUSY! We had over 800 runners for the last NYD run so it will be congested at times. Have fun, smile and laugh. Please be respectful of other members of the public who will be using the park. The park is for sharing!

THANK THE VOLUNTEERS – these high viz hero’s donate their free time to enable you to run – we couldn’t do this without them!

We look forward to welcoming you all! See you on the prom and in the park!




Brighton & Hove parkrun #639 28th December 2019


Last one of the Decade...

Pete and I were at the park to get this wonderful event called parkrun set up.. It was a nice morning. Doesn’t seem like Christmas has been and gone in a few days – it’s mad!

I went to set up the Start, and Pete set up the Finish. Volunteers started to arrive and was given their roles..

Was good to see the Sapphire Blues arriving – AKA Horley Harriers who were on their Winter Tour, which co insided with one of their runners Liz Parkers 50th parkrun.

Defib update

Thank you all so very much for your kind and generous donations – we are nearly there so that is fabulous and life saving news x

This week we had 440 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. 53 were first timers and 58 of you recorded New PBs! Woohooo and we had 43 different clubs taking part.

Thanks so much to these fab 24 vols for helping today – we can’t put parkrun on without you :)

Brigitte GROVES • Peter GOLTON • Mike FOX • Tracy Caroline EATON • Karen CLINTON • Claire GILES • Brian RUSSELL • Rosanna RAVEN • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Lorelei CLINTON • Chris WALLIS • Keavey DOYLE • Jack DICKINSON • Derek RAVEN • Frederick GEORGE • Finley KAYE • Matthew ROCKWELL WOLF • Lisa ELBOURNE • Jason STOAKLEY • Birgit MILLER • Clive WALKER • Fred DICKINSON • Abigail SEEVARAJ • Milo HODLER


Always great to see new people to parkrun whether you’re a visitor from far away, or in some cases just along the road and a long a bit... or a first timer to the parkrun family – at 8.50am by the finish funnel, Brian will do the New to parkrun briefing and give you his words of wisdom, and good vibes to set you up!

We made our way to the Start line where you lovely gorgeous lot were waiting. Pete did the announcements.

John Brewster was completing his yearly 1000 mile challenge – supporting young with Epilepsy – you recorded a New PB today! :)

We also had 5K your way – Charity by Jeremy Connor – supporting people who affected by Cancer and the group meets on the last Sat of each month.

321 and you’re off!!!

Everyone looking fab and was a great atmosphere as usual :)  As I was cheering you all, I did wonder who is test running their new kit – trainers, tops, watches, tights, shorts..


So the scores on the last parkrun of the year doors are –

First male is Paul Navesey 15.16, (SM 30-34), Crawley AC and this was your New PB, second male in Jethro Atherall 16.59, (SM 30-34), HTH Runners and this was your New PB, third male in was an unknown runner and he was followed by Alex Rawlinson 17.36 (SM 25-29) Brighton & Hove City AC.

First female in unknown runner, who was followed in by Samantha Blackledge 21.04 (SW 30-34) Portsmouth Joggers and this was your New PB, Jeanette Kenneally was next in 21.32 (VW 50-54) Brighton & Hove City AC, and Lisa Roberjot 21.42 (VW 50-54) Horley Harriers and this was your New PB!

Well done all.

Now I want to give a shout out to Brian – who is on the Core Team, he has been on the injury bench for a while, but has been resting, strengthening, running when he can – taking it steady, motivating and supporting others, and today he ran and felt good and was happy with his time 28.03 – well done you are coming back!

Becky Colley 31.07, Justine Armstrong 32.16, Tim Hatton 35.28, Helen Jones 39.14, Katherine Parker 44.48.

Well done to everyone you all did fab and you’re only in competition with yourself :) even though we do love a cat & mouse game!

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

When Pete and I processed the results we got talking to Idan Piercy, who was visiting us today as he is down for Christmas. Probably the furthest someone has travelled Cairns, Queensland.. Was good to chat with him.


Just wanted to say thank you all for your support this past year. Thank you to all the Volunteers XX

Well done to you all on all your achievements, goals, whatever they were. You all have been and are amazing!!

Here’s to the New Year, New Decade, New achievements, and more....

So with that in mind – start the New Year 2020 the only way with parkrun, and what’s more two for one...

There have been posts about New Year parkruns, where and what time... so check them out if not already..

Hove Prom 9am, and then up to Hove Park for 10.30 ... Run one, volunteer at the other, volunteer at both or run/walk both – the choice is yours... #DFYB

As we all know we all like the double parkruns, it is busy but a great atmosphere :) To accommodate numbers we have plans for the finish funnel / scanning so this will help with the flow of the runners... Just remember we are volunteers..

Be mindful of each other, keep smiling, and enjoy! Results will be processed at some point during the day, please bear with.

Hove Park Cafe won’t be open – so bring a hot drink if you wish...

So happy running, thanks again for 2019 – on a personal note from me – thank you to my parkrun family for all your support this year as it has been a difficult one, and I am so glad you’re in my life X

Love Claire & the Core Team xx

Happy New Year


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 20,978 participants have completed 210,451 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,052,255 km, including 34,423 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,740 individuals have volunteered 14,899 times.


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