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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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


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 & Hove parkrun #642 January 11th 2020

Big numbers today  569 of you. Lots of living up to those New Year resolutions, well done and keep it up.

The pre course check was particularly useful this week as it is the first time we have had to remove a Christmas trees from the course.

We also had to sweep up some glass from the path, thanks to eagle eyed Ollie Pendlington for spotting that.

Only one milestone today, Mike. Ball ran his 250th, he did this in an understated style, wearing only a few balloons to mark the occasion.

Impressively over 11% of our runners achieved a new PB today, including 2 out of our first 3 runners, well done to all of you.

36 were first timers and 65 recorded new PB's. 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Nick DRY • Cliff EVANS • Paula CHESSELL • Kelvin MACDONALD • Joan LENNON • Steve COURT • Brian RUSSELL • Rosanna RAVEN • Fred DICKINSON • Louis WHITE • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE • Darcy WHITE • Carmel O'MALLEY • Sue DUNKLEY • Keavey DOYLE • Richard CHESSELL • Matthew DUFFELL • Max PRESCOTT • Derek RAVEN • Eben RODDIS • James CORNFORD • Henry COPPARD • Frederick GEORGE • Finley KAYE • Matthew ROCKWELL WOLF • Lisa ELBOURNE • Emma WHITE • Koryn GEORGE • Isaac WEINER • Katie GUNNELL • Freya MAINPRIZE • Mathias PAVLIDES • Edwyn WILSON-VERRALL • Olivia PAVLIDES • Milo HODLER • Joseph HOLLAND • Daniel HOLLAND

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

We had a few pacers out on the course today and it was really great to hear them encouraging the runners around them.  If you are trying to achieve a specific time or a PB they are a great support to egg you on.  Or if you want to volunteer but still want to run consider pacing, there are runners that will benefit from it at every level and you could help someone a personal goal.

Today there were quite a large number of finish tokens not returned at the end, we do need a full set each week so if they go missing each one has to be replaced. If you have accidentally taken one home and find it later in a pocket, or in the wash please return it to one of the team next week.

Good news! We have now raised enough to buy our own defibrillator. A huge THANK YOU to all of you who so generously donated either online or in person. We hope to have our own available by the end of the month.

See you all at the start line next week.



Brighton & Hove parkrun #641 Jan 4th 2020

The one with the New Year resolutions?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have struggled lately to know what day it is!  I work in a school, so I’ve been on holiday for two weeks and that, along with Bank Holidays and parkruns on Wednesdays, has made me feel as if I don’t know whether I’m coming or going!

All that aside, it was wonderful to see 572 of you this morning – walking, jogging, running or a combination of all three.  I note from the records that on the equivalent Saturday last year, there were 542 at Hove Park – so well done to the extra 30 folks who turned out today!  This week we had 72 first timers and 67 new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 

39 different clubs took part.  The event was made possible by our wonderful band of 29 volunteers:


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

In the milestones Sean Gibson clocked up his 350th; David Bubloz his 250th – a new t-shirt there;  Oliver Pendlington 200, Naomi Ellis joins the 100 club; Amy Packham 50 – a first milestone t-shirt for her.

After such a lovely morning it grieves me to have to say this (yet again), and especially after I made a point of mentioning this in the pre-run briefing, but please, please do NOT shout at other runners or park users to get out of the way.  It is simply not acceptable behaviour.  parkrun is for all – no matter how fast or slow you are.  This particular form of verbal abuse seems to be the preserve of the faster front runners and, although I know you are not all guilty of doing this, it must stop.  You are putting people off and that is not the ethos of parkrun.  If you want to race, there is a brilliant track at Withdean – give it a whirl some time.

Have a great week folks!



Brighton & Hove parkrun #639 28th December 2019


Last one of the Decade...

Pete and I were at the park to get this wonderful event called parkrun set up.. It was a nice morning. Doesn’t seem like Christmas has been and gone in a few days – it’s mad!

I went to set up the Start, and Pete set up the Finish. Volunteers started to arrive and was given their roles..

Was good to see the Sapphire Blues arriving – AKA Horley Harriers who were on their Winter Tour, which co insided with one of their runners Liz Parkers 50th parkrun.

Defib update

Thank you all so very much for your kind and generous donations – we are nearly there so that is fabulous and life saving news x

This week we had 440 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. 53 were first timers and 58 of you recorded New PBs! Woohooo and we had 43 different clubs taking part.

Thanks so much to these fab 24 vols for helping today – we can’t put parkrun on without you :)

Brigitte GROVES • Peter GOLTON • Mike FOX • Tracy Caroline EATON • Karen CLINTON • Claire GILES • Brian RUSSELL • Rosanna RAVEN • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Lorelei CLINTON • Chris WALLIS • Keavey DOYLE • Jack DICKINSON • Derek RAVEN • Frederick GEORGE • Finley KAYE • Matthew ROCKWELL WOLF • Lisa ELBOURNE • Jason STOAKLEY • Birgit MILLER • Clive WALKER • Fred DICKINSON • Abigail SEEVARAJ • Milo HODLER


Always great to see new people to parkrun whether you’re a visitor from far away, or in some cases just along the road and a long a bit... or a first timer to the parkrun family – at 8.50am by the finish funnel, Brian will do the New to parkrun briefing and give you his words of wisdom, and good vibes to set you up!

We made our way to the Start line where you lovely gorgeous lot were waiting. Pete did the announcements.

John Brewster was completing his yearly 1000 mile challenge – supporting young with Epilepsy – you recorded a New PB today! :)

We also had 5K your way – Charity by Jeremy Connor – supporting people who affected by Cancer and the group meets on the last Sat of each month.

321 and you’re off!!!

Everyone looking fab and was a great atmosphere as usual :)  As I was cheering you all, I did wonder who is test running their new kit – trainers, tops, watches, tights, shorts..


So the scores on the last parkrun of the year doors are –

First male is Paul Navesey 15.16, (SM 30-34), Crawley AC and this was your New PB, second male in Jethro Atherall 16.59, (SM 30-34), HTH Runners and this was your New PB, third male in was an unknown runner and he was followed by Alex Rawlinson 17.36 (SM 25-29) Brighton & Hove City AC.

First female in unknown runner, who was followed in by Samantha Blackledge 21.04 (SW 30-34) Portsmouth Joggers and this was your New PB, Jeanette Kenneally was next in 21.32 (VW 50-54) Brighton & Hove City AC, and Lisa Roberjot 21.42 (VW 50-54) Horley Harriers and this was your New PB!

Well done all.

Now I want to give a shout out to Brian – who is on the Core Team, he has been on the injury bench for a while, but has been resting, strengthening, running when he can – taking it steady, motivating and supporting others, and today he ran and felt good and was happy with his time 28.03 – well done you are coming back!

Becky Colley 31.07, Justine Armstrong 32.16, Tim Hatton 35.28, Helen Jones 39.14, Katherine Parker 44.48.

Well done to everyone you all did fab and you’re only in competition with yourself :) even though we do love a cat & mouse game!

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

When Pete and I processed the results we got talking to Idan Piercy, who was visiting us today as he is down for Christmas. Probably the furthest someone has travelled Cairns, Queensland.. Was good to chat with him.


Just wanted to say thank you all for your support this past year. Thank you to all the Volunteers XX

Well done to you all on all your achievements, goals, whatever they were. You all have been and are amazing!!

Here’s to the New Year, New Decade, New achievements, and more....

So with that in mind – start the New Year 2020 the only way with parkrun, and what’s more two for one...

There have been posts about New Year parkruns, where and what time... so check them out if not already..

Hove Prom 9am, and then up to Hove Park for 10.30 ... Run one, volunteer at the other, volunteer at both or run/walk both – the choice is yours... #DFYB

As we all know we all like the double parkruns, it is busy but a great atmosphere :) To accommodate numbers we have plans for the finish funnel / scanning so this will help with the flow of the runners... Just remember we are volunteers..

Be mindful of each other, keep smiling, and enjoy! Results will be processed at some point during the day, please bear with.

Hove Park Cafe won’t be open – so bring a hot drink if you wish...

So happy running, thanks again for 2019 – on a personal note from me – thank you to my parkrun family for all your support this year as it has been a difficult one, and I am so glad you’re in my life X

Love Claire & the Core Team xx

Happy New Year


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 20,978 participants have completed 210,451 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,052,255 km, including 34,423 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,740 individuals have volunteered 14,899 times.



Brighton & Hove parkrun #637 Dec 14th 2019

This week Brighton and Hove parkrun saw 348 runners braving the elements and possibly more than one pre Christmas celebration hangover to join us on our 637th run. 9 runners were new to Brighton and Hove but this week we did not have any runners who were new to Parkrunning, perhaps they are saving themselves for their new year resolutions. 29 of you managed to get new PB’s, well done to all of you.  Thank you to all our volunteers who make our run possible every week. 

This week we launched our Shockingly Simple Defib Donations appeal. 

Brighton and Hove parkrun needs a defibrillator.  Without one on site at the time of our run we cannot go ahead.  Currently we are borrowing one but this only a temporary arrangement. A defibrillator costs about £1000. Thank you to the 25 people who have donated online and all those of you who put money in the bucket already.

We need those of you who run and enjoy parkrun every Saturday to help us raise the money to buy one. If we collected £1 for each runner we could raise the money before the end of the year, so please donate if you can. Think about donating one penny for every run you have done to enable us to buy this potentially lifesaving piece of equipment.

Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a victim’s survival rate by 7 to 10 per cent

They’re that important.

Without immediate treatment, 90-95 per cent of cardiac arrests prove fatal 

CPR must be learnt, but today’s defibrillators are all easy-to-use models that walk its user through the whole process and clearly communicate what to do.

If a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6 per cent to 74 per cent 

75% of NHS ambulances arrive within 8 minutes.

Thank you so much for the donations already :)

See you Saturday



Brighton & Hove parkrun #636 7th December 2019


The one with a storm of big Milestones – 200th volunteer, 70th birthday, and a 400th parkrun.

Getting down to parkrun to set up, I love getting down the park it’s quiet and it’s the best way to start the weekend. Team started to arrive, we set up the Start / Finish and Paula and I welcomed the volunteers and Paula gave them their roles. Lisa announced that the new to parkrun briefing would be at the finish by Brian.

This week we had 424 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 35 were first timers and 47 recorded their New PBs.. We had 30 different clubs that took part.

parkrun couldn’t happen without the help of our fabulous volunteers week after week. This week the event was made possible by 37 volunteers: thank you very much :)  x

Lance BELLERS • Christine GIBBONS • Michael GIBBONS • Paula CHESSELL • Cheryl COSTELLO • Kelvin MACDONALD • Tracy Caroline EATON • Claire GILES • John CARROLL • Brian RUSSELL • Rosanna RAVEN • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Derek RAVEN • Fred DICKINSON • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE • Paul TAYLOR • Alison PORGES • Richard CHESSELL • Eben RODDIS • Robert COPPARD • Henry COPPARD • Paul BREWER • Finley KAYE • Matthew ROCKWELL WOLF • Lisa ELBOURNE • Jack TREMLETT • Sylvia TAYLOR • Isaac WEINER • Sam. TAMPLIN • Freya MAINPRIZE • Ben CLIFFORD • Jake REES • Vic MAYES • Indy FREYRE-SANDERS • Isaac THACKRAY • Barnie GREGORY • Edwyn WILSON-VERRALL

On the subject of volunteers, we had a milestone today with one of the volunteers, who not only is in the Core Team, but the help and support he gives to the team not only on the day, but during the week, and he Chairs our Committee meetings. He has run in the past and has been known lately to run at a few events with his wife, and friends. He also supports his wife, and friends - at many many races, being taxi, and supporting on route – I want to shout out a mashoosive thanks to the legend Richard Chessell on his 200th volunteer milestone! Thank you so much for all you do xx

We all made our way to the start. Lisa made the announcements. 321 go!!!!

You all looked fab out there as usual. Taking care underfoot. But it’s not raining!!

So the scores on the doors are -

First male in Nick Airey 17.20 (VM 35-39) your New PB!, Daniel Simpkin 17.25 (JM 15-17) Brighton Phoenix, and Adam Brown 17.54 (VM 35-39) and this was your first time to ours. Well done to you all :) Shout out to Matt Lambert as it was his first time back in a while after recovering from an ankle injury – good to see you back!

First female was Nicole Airey 20.01 (VW 45-49) and your New PB!, Mary Campbell-Clemente 20.11 (VW 50-54) Lewes AC, and Mel English 21.03 (SW 25-29) Arena 80 AC well done to you all :)

Kim Gow 27.36 Your new PB, Viktoriya Lazarova 30.59 and your new PB, Paul Derwent 38.14 and was your first time to ours.

We had two more Big milestone celebrations today with Mike Baldwin running his 400th parkrun with family and friends - 29.21 well done you J. Mike Airey 70th Birthday – again running with his family - 28.59 well done :)  plus both Aireys came first male and female in, and others got New PBs – well done to you all...

Mike stats we love a stat – 337 parkruns completed over 12 years (Jan 2008-Dec 2019) 12 locations – Hove Park 212, Tilgate Park 71, Preston Park 23, Bevendean Down 13, Hove Promenade 6, Reigate Priory 4, Worthing 3, Lancing Beach Green 1, Clair Park 1, Horsham 1, Brockenhurst 1 and East Brighton 1. Best position 7th (19/01/2008) and Best time 23.04 (31/07/2010)

Well done to everyone – you got up, completed parkrun and achieved. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.

While I was at the funnel, I noticed you were all being obedient in your lines as you crossed the finish. It is good if you can keep moving, and stay in your position while you get your token – makes the result processing easier and quicker. Once you have that token in your hand, you can freely move about!!

parkrun completed for another week. I went in the cafe to process the results over coffee, and it would be rude not to have a little toast of fizz and cake for Richards celebration! Thanks Richard for your help.

So hope you all have a great week. Not many Sat left now in 2019, but never fear parkrun will be on New Years’ Day at 10.30am.

Keep active


Love Claire xx

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 20,888 participants have completed 209,258 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,046,290 km, including 34,300 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,734 individuals have volunteered 14,810 times.



Brighton & Hove parkrun #633 Nov 16th 2019


This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, and wasn’t it a relief to do so without getting drenched or blown off our feet?!

Quite a few of you were celebrating your ‘50’ milestone (parkruns that is, not years):  Dean BIBBY, Janie BURRAGE, Debra CRISP, Stefanie HINTZE and Tom PELLETT.  Also two juniors now able to apply for a ‘10’ t-shirt: Ned ATHERALL and Luca BODEN.

This morning there were 30 first timers – well done for taking that first step and joining the parkrun family – and 31 recorded new Personal Bests.  Of course none of that would be possible without our faithful band of volunteers:

John P DOHERTY • Sue BRUMWELL • Paul GASSON • Paul RAWLINSON • Cathy FALL • Richard STADDEN • Bernadette KIRRANE • Sean GIBSON • Alexander RAWLINSON • Paula CHESSELL • Jo Jo TAYLOR • Tracy Caroline EATON • Geoff PIKE • Peter HARWOOD • Phil DIXON • Michael HOWARD • Claire GILES • Brian RUSSELL • Andrew BROOKS • Kevin REEVES • Rosanna RAVEN • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Fred DICKINSON • Louis WHITE • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE • Darcy WHITE • Richard CHESSELL • Shawn BUCK • Derek RAVEN • Robert COPPARD • Henry COPPARD • Frederick GEORGE • Finley KAYE • Lisa ELBOURNE • Emma WHITE • Peter BOAKS • Bernadette HECHT • Freya MAINPRIZE • Ben CLIFFORD • Sam KIMBERLEY • Jake REES • Indy FREYRE-SANDERS • Isaac THACKRAY • Mathias PAVLIDES • Barnie GREGORY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.  However, for those of you who just want the headlines, the top three finishers were Ben DUNCAN (17:47), Aidan COUGHLAN (18:10) and Mike BANNISTER (18:47).  The first three women over the line were Sophie COLEMAN (19:17), Jenny THORNE (21:36) and Annie SCHWICK (22:02).  In the age gradings Paul GASSON, Mike BANNISTER and Lance BELLERS were top of the pops.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to work out (from the new results format) how to tell you what their percentages were!  Answers on a postcard please…

Have a great week everyone, and wrap up warm!




Brighton & Hove parkrun 12th Anniversary No. 632 9th November

Parkrun No. 632 – 12th anniversary run.

It was in the Summer of 2007 when I started talking to a work Colleague, Jim Desmond (Since immortalised in the photo of the very first parkrun at Bushy Park). We discussed the possibility of bringing this new concept down to the South Coast. I fully concurred that Brighton was ready and committed to this ‘Time Trial’. I discounted various sites around Brighton & Hove before eventually choosing Hove Park for many reasons. We got a team together, thanks to Richard Carter and Matt Bristow mainly and a few other locals.

We started on November 3rd 2007 when 17 runners took to Hove Park and ran the sixth ever parkrun venue in the world. Since then we have seen the increase in the numbers from 6 to about 1,600 Worldwide (we even have 5 in Brighton!). We’ve seen the name change to 'parkrun' and numbers, attending Hove Park, ranging from 14 to an eye watering 826 (On New Year’s Days 2019).

Looking through the results of parkrun #632 saw Roger Foord having run the most with a total of 547 runs, A runner at run #1 completed his 361st run, Well done Rick Evans. Michael Witney ran his 200th, Tom Brooks his 150th and Simon Williams and Christine Magill ran their 50th to be eligible for their free 50 club T’shirt. We had a few visitors from Cardiff, East Anglia, Netley Abbey and Beverly AC to name just four.

There were vast numbers of ‘new’ running clubs. I haven’t looked through the results recently and felt that some clubs needed to be brought to everyone’s attention – Christian Vision for Men, Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids who don’t run good, Girls run the World, Mow Cop Runners, Fitbitch and the Cardiff club Les Croupiers.

Long may the parkrun family continue to provide the healthy option. Here’s to another 12 years !

John Doc

This weeks stats -------

This week 446 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers: John P DOHERTY • Caroline WOOD • Mark STEPHENSON • Peter GOLTON • Nicky GOODYER • Kelvin MACDONALD • Peter HARWOOD • Ryan JOHNSTONE • Gary TIMMS • Claire GILES • Brian RUSSELL • Karen WELLER • Chris WALLIS • John CAREY • Jackie JONES • Catherine BRADLEY • Henry COPPARD • Frederick GEORGE • Lucy WALLIS • Benjamin SMITH • Charlie BODEN • Helena ROONEY • Melanie EDWARDS • Sam KIMBERLEY • Jake REES • Indy FREYRE-SANDERS • Isaac THACKRAY • Mathias PAVLIDES

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 20,767 participants have completed 207,635 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,038,175 km, including

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