Today was one of those glorious spring mornings that make you glad to be alive. When I left home in Steyning (about 7:30am) it was 4 degrees and very foggy, it felt really damp and cold and I worried that I hadn’t put enough layers on. But by the time I got past the Adur Valley and on the road to Hove Park, the sun was breaking through, the fog had lifted and the temperature had rocketed up to 9 degrees. And so began our morning at Hove Park. It was spectacular with many runners out in shorts and T-shirts. It’s not the kind of weather you expect on the 23rdof February but we weren’t complaining. Caroline spotted a tree creeper under the eaves of the toilet block and the woodpecker was busily hammering away in one of the tall trees near the finish. Daffs and crocuses are out, the sun shone and it was SO bright and sunny in the café after the run that we struggled to see the screen on the laptop while processing the results. What a good thing to complain about.
The run went smoothly with Caroline giving the pre-run briefing in a timely manner so we could have a prompt start. We had lots of visitors (partly because of Brighton Half Marathon the following day) including a lovely couple from London who will, I hope, come and run with us again when they are down this way (they visit Brighton regularly). I didn’t get their names (but from looking at the results I think I worked out she was Diane Sharrier, from Valentine’s parkrun) - she started running parkrun last summer and so far has only done her home parkrun in London. Her partner runs too but has yet to sign up officially to parkrun so I tried my best to persuade him to get himself a barcode. He says he’s not a runner really but I explained that you don’t have to be a ‘real’ runner to take part in parkrun, and everyone is welcome regardless of speed or fitness.
We had no really big milestones today apart from Junior Oliver Barrows reaching his 10th run. Well done Oliver. Lisa Atkins also reached her 200thrun (sadly there is no T-shirt for 200 but that’s a great achievement Lisa). However next week Steve Scott reaches 300 runs (no T-shirt), Andy Paterson will reach 250, and Yian Solomon of Lancing Eagles, Alli Willmore of Hove Hornets and Stephen King of Brighton and Hove FrontRunners will all reach 50 runs. Hopefully we’ll see you all next week.
Our first lady finisher today was the very speedy visitor, Heather Noone from Woodbridge Shufflers RRC. It was also her first ever parkrun and she followed that by coming a very respectable 6th female finisher in Sunday’s Brighton Half Marathon (1:22:28).
This week’s event was made possible by 49 volunteers:
John P DOHERTY • Mark HALLS • Nigel SARJUDEEN • Caroline WOOD • Mark STEPHENSON • Steve WOOD • Peter GOLTON • Susie LLEWELYN • Sean GIBSON • David KEMP • Tracy Caroline EATON • Gareth WHITE • Joan LENNON • Peter JOHNSTONE • Steve WALKER • Michael HOWARD • Claire GILES • Julie MCGUINNESS • Brian RUSSELL • Colin KNIGHT • Kevin WALKER • David MASKELL • Michelle BLACKWELL • Rosanna RAVEN • Carol KENNEDY • Kevin DAY • Georgie ANDERSON • Carmel O'MALLEY • Kayleigh MOAKES • Sarah BURNETT • Richard CHESSELL • Shawn BUCK • Toby SIMPKIN • Chris COULL • Lisa ELBOURNE • Harry RANSLEY • Clare EVERETT • Debbie SAINT • Jessamy HIBBERD • Guy TIPTON • Ben BROOKE-TAYLOR • Simeon MILES • Matthew KING • Leigh SANDERS • Mike MILLER • Ed RICHARDSON • Calum SALMONS • Llewellyn CURTIS • Tegan SCHAFER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.
This week 400 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
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 19,390 participants have completed 192,056 parkruns covering a total distance of 960,280 km, including 32,168 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,608 individuals have volunteered 13,451 times.
Enjoy this week of lovely weather and see you back at Hove Park very soon.