The parkrun weather gods were once again kind to us on Saturday as we escaped the rain that was forecast and ended up having a nice dry (and warm) run. The unseasonal weather made it feel more like August than October and we enjoyed being able to sit outside and not feel cold while doing the results and sorting the tokens post-run. Every dry week is a bonus at this stage.
Today I had a friend from Steyning AC, Mike Miller, who came to run at Hove Park parkrun for the first time. He was overjoyed to run a sub-25 5K (24:43) on his first time here and was feeling justifiably happy with his time. Another friend however pointed out that he only came second in the Michael Miller race!! Today we had three runners all called Michael (Mike) Miller and my friend Mike Miller (M60-64) was soundly trounced by Michael Miller of Arena 80 AC (also M60-64) who ran a fast 21:54. However my friend Mike Miller came in ahead of Mike Miller who was the 25 minute pacer and finished, yes you guessed it, in exactly 25:00. Which Michael Miller will triumph next week? I was intrigued by the fact that we had three Michael Millers running at Hove Park on the same day so I looked up the parkrun database and came across 39 different people registered as Michael or Mike Miller!! And just to mention another Michael Miller fact, our very own Arena 80 Michael Miller completed his 300th parkrun today. Well done, that’s a real milestone.
Congratulations also to Jimi Reece and Roy Hill who each completed their 50th parkrun today, and congratulations to Juniors Joss Wingfield and Joe Scutt, who both completed their 10th parkrun today.
So what else is new from last Saturday’s run? Shawn BUCK helped set up the course, dressed in his full Morris dancing outfit (only lacking the bells and hankies). He was heading off to a day of dance in Lewes so probably most of you missed him as he didn’t stay for the run. Don’t forget that you too can help set up, and then take part in the run so volunteering doesn’t have to mean missing out on your weekly parkrun 5K. We arrive each week at 8am to get everything ready so if you want an early start, come and help us get ready, get your volunteering points and you’ll still have plenty of time for a warm-up before you run.
One thing worth mentioning about today’s run is the fact that we had a near collision between a runner on his last lap, overtaking a runner on an earlier lap. Please remember that we don’t encourage people to call out ‘Keep Right’, or ‘Keep Left’, as this can be misinterpreted if a runner just hears the word Right or Left instead of the full phrase. Also, some runners wear headphones and can’t hear clearly. It is the approaching runner’s responsibility to avoid anyone who may be in front of them. But also, please remember that conventionally we keep to the right hand side of the route if we are likely to be overtaken. So the faster runners should generally keep left and the slower runners should generally keep to the right in order to avoid clashes. But it is still the overtaking runner’s responsibility to ensure they don’t bump into anyone.
Another comment about runners’ responsibility concerns getting scanned after finishing the run. Each runner must ensure they get their personal barcode and their finish token scanned after the run if they wish to be included in the results. If you forget to get scanned and go home with your finish token in your pocket, you will not get a result. If you return to the café with your token and personal barcode on the same Saturday morning and we are still there and have not yet finalised the results onto the parkrun website, then we can add you into the results. But once the results have been fully processed then we cannot add you, sorry. Getting scanned is your responsibility - some weeks we finalise the results by 10:30am, some weeks it’s an hour later so please do not forget to get scanned and always return your finish token.
And speaking of finish tokens and mentioning no names, token no 152 made a very late return to the care of the people sorting the finish tokens after the run. It had been safely lodged in someone’s pocket and only reappeared just in time to get replaced into the right position on the cable ready for next week. Our regular Volunteer Coordinator would never do that, would he?
All runners love cake, right? Next Saturday, 20th October, there will be a fabulous cake stall at parkrun, organised by the lovely Tracy Eaton of Hove Hornets. Tracy is raising money for Breast Cancer research so please bring money with you, buy some cake, and support this very worthwhile cause. There can’t be anyone who runs at Hove Park who is not personally affected by breast cancer in some way, either through personal experience, or through friends or family members who have suffered from the disease or are currently having treatment. Show your support by buying cake next Saturday. Be generous.
This week 427 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 40 volunteers – thanks to each and every one of you for your help. It’s you guys that keep Brighton and Hove parkrun happening each week. Caroline WOOD • Dave HARVEY • Paula CHESSELL • Ian HIGHLAND • John R HARDING • Julian HOLLINGDALE • Joan LENNON • Brian RUSSELL • Michelle BLACKWELL • Kian DOYLE • Ronan DOYLE • Monty JACKSON • Karen AMSDEN • Keavey DOYLE • Richard CHESSELL • Shawn BUCK • Matthew ANSELL • Toby SIMPKIN • Harry BERLANGA • Charlie BERLANGA • Leo BERLANGA • Daniel PORGES • Euan HANNA • James CORNFORD • Henry COPPARD • George ASHTON-JONES • Lucy WALLIS • Betsy BROOKS • Mike MILLER • Ben HODGSON • Stephen KING • John ADAM • Mike MILLER • Kai CHEUNG • Lucas TAI • Freya MAINPRIZE • Cheryl Dawn FERREIRA • Andy MATTOCK • Noah SHAW • Jane PRIDDIS.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.
Until next time, happy parkrunning