Brighton and Hove parkrun # 596

I think I chose the wrong week to be the Run Director with Claire!! Last week we had glorious weather and this week we got a wet, soggy morning but it didn't deter 453 people turning up!!

It was lovely to meet some of the 17 first timers before the run started and there were lots of questions regarding when to scan your barcode and how the times are worked out. I hope we managed to answer your questions. The weather didn't stop 66 of you getting PB's (including the first 3 home) this week – that works out as nearly 15% of you running faster than ever before!!.

Milestones this week were achieved by Andy Paterson from Arena 80 AC who has now completed 250 parkruns, Paul Smith who has now completed 100 parkruns and Rebecca Smith, Ali Willmore from Hove Hornets and Stephen King from Brighton & Hove FrontRunners all of whom have now completed 50 parkruns. Tigerliliy Baldwin and Oliver Barrows both achieved their 10th runs as juniors, with Oliver getting a new PB too. Well done to all of you!! Next week it looks like there could be 5 more milestones so if you'd like a mention during the run briefing please see the Run Director.

The first three home were Timmy Gedin from Arena 80 AC in 16.19, James Oliver from Brighton & Hove City AC in 17.22 and Matthew Berridge from Brighton Phoenix AC in 17.43 – well done guys, especially since you ALL got new PB's!! The first three women home were Sophie Coleman from Brighton Phoenix who came 10th in 18.55, Emily Budd from Brighton Phoenix who came 38th in 21.12 and Lorraine Hale from Arena 80 AC who came 45th in 21.45 – well done ladies!! Last but not least I'd like to mention the first 3 juniors home. Daniel Simpkin from Brighton Phoenix came 6th in 18.26, Leon Beale came 8th in 18.53 and Alex Thorn came 73rd in 22.47 – brilliant running!

39 people were unknown – either you forgot your barcode or haven't yet registered. It's free to register and means that you can work your way towards your free milestone shirts. Even if you don't have your barcode please collect a finish token – otherwise it messes up the results and takes the volunteers longer to get the results out! Please also remember to stay in line once over the finish line.

Last but not least I'd like to thank all the volunteers, without whom we wouldn't be able to go ahead each week:

Alison Porges, Amy Hausdoerfer, Andrew Brooks, Angela L Robinson, Ben Clifford, Brian Russell, Calum Salmons, Charlie Berlanga, Claire Giles, Derek Raven, Finlay Derry, Freya Mainprize, Ian Highland, Jane Roweth, John P Doherty, Kian Doyle, Llewellyn Curtis, Louis Maurice, Marina Bullivant, Mark Halls, Michael Howard, Paula Chessell, Peter Harwood, Phil Dixon, Richard Chessell, Rick Evans, Ronan Doyle, Ruth Farnell, Sam Harwood, Sarah Ann Hamilton, Sophia Hunnisett, Tegan Schafer, Toby Simpkin, Tracy Caroline Eaton, Valerie Poole.

Hope to see you all next week.