Brighton & Hove parkrun is cancelled on 11 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Saturday is parkrunday – but just temporary it isn’t… April 2nd 2020


Feeling lost without parkrun......... 

So, if you are anything like me you are missing parkrun, seeing your friends, enjoying banter, and catching up after the week you have had.

You enjoy running/walking, jogging, (or all three in one!) around Hove Park 2.5 laps round, playing cat and mouse with each other, aiming to beat your PB from the previous time, crossing that finish line, hitting stop and save, (obviously keeping moving, and staying in your positions in the finish funnel), getting your token and scanning them..

Just for now, as you know events have been cancelled, until the Government have given us all the go ahead to be able to start again.. We are all in this together, staying at home, saving lives, and helping the NHS. Coronavirus (Covid 19) is serious and it is happening. We just don’t know how things, our lives will be affected in the future after this...

This Saturday will be week 3, we have not had parkrun.. it is weird and probably feels like it did before parkrun started.. if you can think what you used to do on a Saturday morning - I can't... #habits.

The Core Team can’t wait to see you all again, – that’s going to be one exciting Saturday!!! #DFYB

So,keep well, active, and safe..

Let us know what you are doing to keep yourself active..

See you soonish – we will be back and hope you will be too :)

Claire x





Run report Brighton & Hove parkrun #650

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

Lucille Weinberger


Run report Brighton & Hove parkrun 649

The one where you should have popped the question
Well done, all 388 of you who this week ran, jogged and walked the course here at Brighton & Hove, thereby contributing to parkrun history at this, our first ever 29th February parkrun.   If you were planning to propose to somebody at parkrun but you just forgot or you couldn’t catch up with them during the run, don’t worry, there’ll be another Saturday 29th February coming along - in 2048.  So those of you who are advanced planners, get it in your diary now, and start training for that PB.  You will, of course, have the advantage of being in an older age category, and your beloved, astounded by your extraordinary age grading, will surely say yes.

25 of you joined us as first timers today, undeterred by the threat of storm Jorge, which followed hot on the heels of Storms Ciara and Dennis.  By the way, does anyone know what happened to storms E.., F.., G.., H.., and I..?  Surely they should have joined us ahead of Jorge?



Some of today’s first timers, briefed by Run Director Shawn, and eager to get on the course

19 people recorded new Personal Bests today.  Well done, all of you, for such a splendid achievement.  One PB particular struck me today, among the frontrunners: Jade Elphick, on her 149th parkrun, smashed it today, taking over a minute and a half off her previous best time to finish in 19.26 with an age grading of 76%.

This week, the valiant volunteers who laughed in the face of Storm Jorge to bring you your parkrun fix were:

Nigel SARJUDEEN • Bernadette KIRRANE • Paula CHESSELL • David KEMP • Claire GILES • Rosanna RAVEN • Carol KENNEDY • Lucy SELWOOD • Fred DICKINSON • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE • Bernard NARESSI • Keavey DOYLE • Richard CHESSELL • Shawn BUCK • Rose LERNER • Derek RAVEN • Nick CULLISS • Janice ROCKWELL • Matthew ROCKWELL WOLF • Charlotte SIMPSON • Katie GUNNELL • Mike MILLER • Dean BIBBY • Edwyn WILSON-VERRALL • Milo HODLER • Daniel HOLLAND • Veronika SABOLOVA

It was celebration time today and a welcome to the 50 club for Fay Jones, Ian Winston and Jeremy Connor, who each completed their 50th parkrun today.  And among our junior runners, Dylan White and Amelie Parker each completed their 10th parkrun today - both Amelie and Dylan did their first parkrun in 2016, and they’ve come back to parkrun again recently, each achieving a raft of PBs along the way.    Well done, all of you, and we hope to see you soon, this time sporting your 10 or 50 t-shirt with pride, and a well-deserved sense of achievement.

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

Only another 1461 weeks to go until the next Saturday February 29th.  See you then.

Bernie Kirrane


Brighton & Hove parkrun #648 22nd February 2020

The one where it was not actually raining!


Thank you all for bearing with us and being super-quiet for the pre-run announcements – it wasn’t easy without the megaphone, but Richard did an admirable job.  I’m wondering if we could hire him out for other events and parties?  Hopefully, by next Saturday we will have a new megaphone and you will be able to hear all the important info loud and clear.

This week 434 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Cathy FALL • Richard STADDEN • Christine GIBBONS • Cliff EVANS • Sean GIBSON • Paula CHESSELL • Justin DOBBS • Paul STRATTON • Kelvin MACDONALD • David KEMP • John R HARDING • Roger SMITH • Claire GILES • Brian RUSSELL • Andrew BROOKS • David MASKELL • Michelle BLACKWELL • Kevin DAY • John ELBOURNE • Richard CHESSELL • Derek RAVEN • Cal CHESTER • Lisa ELBOURNE • Vanessa KNIGHT • Ben BROOKE-TAYLOR • Alex SAWBRIDGE • Leigh SANDERS • Becky DICKINSON • Darren PRUCE • Toby PRUCE • Olivia PAVLIDES • Milo HODLER • Joseph HOLLAND • Daniel HOLLAND • Konstantinos MYTAFIDIS • Veronika SABOLOVA

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

Congratulations to those celebrating milestones (in parkruns, not age) this week:

Mike Fox - 300

Lloyd Hooper and Tania Tinsley – 250

Pocket rocket of the core team Alison Porges – 200

Alexander Rawlinson and David Freestone – 150

Timothy Corbett – 100

Sophie Knight (junior runner) – 10


Well done to all who volunteered, ran and supported at the Brighton Half Marathon.

Have a flipping good time on pancake day, and we’ll see you on Saturday!


Lisa Elbourne


Event #647 – Dennis the Menace

Earlier in the week it looked like we could be cancelling due to the imminent storm. Luckily however, Dennis was a bit late arriving, so although it was a bit breezy, the rain stayed away and we were able to go ahead. This was fortunate given that several nearby parkruns had been cancelled for obvious reasons. John gave a good runners briefing under difficult circumstances given that our megaphone had gone missing! Even more reason to stay quiet and listen.

A special mention goes to Jim and Helen Braithwaite, Run Directors from Northampton, who were on holiday in Brighton and gave up their lie-in to come and volunteer. They did a fantastic job being time keepers – thanks very much, hope you enjoyed your break (despite the weather) and please do come again. The other brilliant volunteers are listed here:

Ali Lewis, Alison Porges, Andrew Brooks, Bernie Kiranne, Brian Russell, Cheryl Costello, Cliff Evans, Dave Harvey, Derek Raven, Finley Kaye, Fred Dickinson, Henry Coppard, John Doherty, Karen Clinton, Konstantinos Mytafidis, Matthew Rockwell Wolf, Max Prescott, Michael Howard, Milo Hodler, Nigel Sarjudeen, Olivia Pavlides, Paul Rawlinson, Toby Pruce and Tracy Eaton.

We welcomed 583 people this week, swelled by several regulars from Hove Prom!! First male this week was Toby Meanwell (Lewes AC) in 16.13, followed by Graham Godden (Run Academy Worthing) in 17.24 and Stuart Mills (Charles Derby Vitality Club) in 17.32.

First female home was Martha Coyle (Brighton and Hove City AC) in 18.56, followed by Sophie Coleman (Arena AC) in 19.26 and Chelsey Hallam (Brighton Phoenix) in 19.47 (plus a new PB!).

Eight of you completed your first parkrun and there were several noticeable milestones this week – Kate Turnbull did her 50th run, and Barry Pearson, Paul Hughes and Stefanie Ransley all did their 100th runs. Well done all of you – looking forward to seeing you in your new milestone t-shirts very soon. An amazing 80 runners achieved a new PB too!!

As you know, we had an incident where a runner fell near the playground. They were quickly attended to by some of the Core Team and some doctors and nurses. Luckily the ambulance arrived quickly and they were taken to hospital. The good news is that they are now well and left hospital the same day. I would like to thank all the medical staff who selflessly stopped half way through their run to help and to all the Core Team volunteering on Saturday for staying calm under the pressure. the community spirit is one thing that makes parkrun such an amazing weekly event. The person involved has given their permission to mention this and also sends their thanks to everyone who helped them.

We had a special guest on Saturday too – Rosie Swale-Pope stopped off at Hove Park for a quick 5K run before heading back to Istanbul. At an inspirational age of 73, Rosie is running from the UK to Kathmandu in Nepal and has already reached Istanbul, but was back in the UK for a break. Go Rosie!!! It was lovely to meet you.

That just leaves me to thank everyone for coming on Saturday and hope that the weather starts to get better soon,


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