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

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parkrun, 300 runs, and lost and found barcodes

On Saturday when we were all assembled in Hove Park for our weekly fix of parkrun, the weather was overcast and dull and it made me wish for a bit of sunshine to dry out the exceptionally muddy ground. Move forward an hour and a half to sorting out results over post-run coffee and we were treated to sun, so much in fact that John D was having difficulty seeing the screen of the laptop while grappling with the results, and I could feel the heat warming my back while checking for missing tokens after the event. Summer will eventually come I know, but I really appreciated just a little bit of winter sun today as it has been rather dreary recently.

Hove Park numbers were still pretty high today, as they have been throughout January. We had 500 finishers and to be honest it looked like even more. There seemed to be a lot of other people using the park this morning (perhaps because it wasn’t raining for once) and we had a few near-misses with dogs off leads (NOT parkrunners’ dogs, I hasten to add) and people wandering aimlessly across the mouth of the finishing chute without watching out for runners. It’s timely to remind you all that we do share the park every Saturday morning for an hour or so, and it is really important to be mindful of all other park users, and also of other parkrunners who are still running even though you may have finished.

Today Hove Park parkrun stalwart Brian Friend completed his 300th run, accompanied by his trusty friend Butch (who also completed his 300th run and has undoubtedly run MORE miles than Brian over the years). Brian has run 274 of his parkruns at Hove Park, another 12 shared between Preston Park, Hove Prom and Bevendean Down, and the remainder at a range of venues including Workington, Bushy Park, Worcester, Bradford and Fell Foot parkrun at Newby Bridge. His first parkrun was on 24th April 2010 and he set his PB of 19:22 on 28th January 2012. He has volunteered every year since he started parkrunnning and has amassed 40 volunteering duties. So well done to Brian and Butch and may you enjoy your next 200 runs as you head towards your 500 t-shirt!!

Our top guys today were Andy McCaskill (16:24), Nicholas Airey (17:23) and Kieran Fuller (18:10). (Andy will need to knock off another 39 seconds to match Charlotte Arter’s new women’s parkrun world record, set today at Cardiff parkrun – she clocked an amazing time of 15:49.) Back in Hove Park our top three women were Sophie Coleman, Charlotte Boden and Leah Aplin in 19:40, 21:16 and 21:59 respectively. In position 100 today we had Dave Atherall, coming over the line in 23:19 on his 61st parkrun. Andy Bond, on his 14th parkrun finished in position 200 in a PB time of 25:57, and in position 300 we cheered in Jennifer Else, third time parkrunner with a time of 28:37. In 400th position was Anthony Michael – 92 parkruns under his belt and his time was 31:46. And finally, at position 500 was our lovely Tail Walker Kay Whitcroft, accompanying Brighton and Hove Women’s Running Club member Nikki Kentish across the line. Well done to all today’s finishers and I hope we have a dry day next Saturday.

Have you lost your barcode? If so, come and check with one of the Run Directors next week to see if we have it. We have a collection of athlete barcodes that have been found and handed in to us over the last few months. Here is the list of runners’ names (not alphabetical) whose barcodes are in our possession (in the laptop bag!):

Kirsty Lawton
Fiona Vincer
Corinna Safeio
Sally Beamish
Gary Ettridge
Rachel Pinker
Luke Bailey
Leila Swansborough
Ivy Musson
Aimee Neil
Richard Ede
Maddie Auckland
Noah Mason
Laura Vellacott
Ronnie Smith
Annie Marley
Chloe Griffin
Mark Pappenheim

And on the subject of barcodes, we are missing lots of our lovely new finisher tokens and would like them back. We won’t be cross with you if you come up to us and return one that you may have taken home in error – we just want to replenish our stocks. So check your bags and pockets and if you find a parkrun finish token, bring it back to us please.

Right, that’s it for this week. Happy February and may the sun shine on you next Saturday.



Brighton and Hove parkrun no. 575: the Michael Miller story

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




Brighton and Hove parkrun no 570. September 8 2018

Can you believe we are only 30 parkruns off our 600th run here at Hove Park?? Where has that time gone? and something else worthy of note is that one of our regular runners, Roger Foord, is now only NINE runs away from completing his 500th run, and another regular runner, Dave Harvey, is only 18 runs away from completing his 500th!! All this means that by the time our 600th run comes around we should have two of our parkrunners proudly sporting the very desirable and hard to get 500 club t-shirts. Well done to both of you on being so close to achieving this amazing goal.

So, what was new for today? Well, the first surprise was the presence of a rat (not a huge one, but it was definitely a rat) running around the area where we store all our parkrun kit. Claire got very excited as she hadn’t seen one before, and it was darting back and forth about 10 metres from us, for quite a while. Doing a few warm-ups perhaps for today’s run? I know we are always told that we are never very far from a rat, but personally I don’t see one very often, thank goodness.  We hope it doesn’t decide to make its home in our parkrun storage box……….

The other slightly disturbing thing about today’s run is that, for the first time (so far as I am aware) a few parkrunners had items of clothing stolen from where they had left them before the run. This is not a normal occurrence at our parkrun and is a bit worrying. The three items were left by a bench near the start line, and someone walked off with them. One of the affected runners reckoned she saw the person who did it. Now, we have no responsibility for parkrunners’ personal possessions but we do recommend that no items are left near the start area as we do not remain there once the run has started. There is always a presence of a lot of people in Hi Viz jackets by the large tree just before the finish line throughout the run, and if you do want to leave items of clothing or bags, that is the best place to leave them – not under the conifer by the toilet block, as that is where we leave our equipment boxes and where the volunteers and managing team for the day keep their stuff. But please be aware that we cannot guarantee the safety of your items and so do not bring anything of value with you. Bring old clothes, jackets, fleeces, and collect them promptly after the run. parkrun is such an open and welcoming start to the Saturday and it is upsetting to learn that someone is taking advantage of it in such an unpleasant way. Be vigilant!!

We had our usual lovely band of volunteers helping today; thanks so much to Peter GOLTON • Carol Ann GRANT • Michael COCKCROFT • Amanda WOODHAM • Bernadette KIRRANE • Eve CRUA • Kevin PRICE • Joan LENNON • Michael HOWARD • Claire GILES • John CARROLL • David Joseph SIMMONS • Kian DOYLE • Ronan DOYLE • Rosanna RAVEN • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Fred DICKINSON • Alison PORGES • Keavey DOYLE • Toby SIMPKIN • Daniel PORGES • Euan HANNA • Derek RAVEN • Jon BINNEY • Eddie MEEGAN • Zoe CHERRYMAN • Rachael TODD • Betsy BROOKS • Elsie PRICE • Chris MORGAN • Luke CARTER • Guy TIPTON • Cyril CRUA • Ben BROOKE-TAYLOR • George WALLACE • Freya MAINPRIZE • Frank SERADI • Daniel GENT • Dorian COTTAM • Isobel MACKENZIE • Eddie LYMER. Without all your help the run would not take place. 

We had a couple of milestone runs this morning – Darragh FINN completed his 100th run in a not too shabby time of 22:21. Well done Darragh. And Jethro ATHERALL completed his 50th run in a new PB time of 18:18. Excellent! Jethro runs most frequently at Hastings parkrun but today’s time is his PB across all of the parkruns he has done anywhere.

So until next week, keep well, enjoy your running in this lovely late summer weather and see you next week.



This week 439 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

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

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 18,275 participants have completed 181,129 parkruns covering a total distance of 905,645 km, including 30,871 new Personal Bests.


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