Hugh Foord: Still Breaking Records

You will have read in Lisa’s report about Hugh’s over 90 record, but you may not have realised that Hugh was actually the fastest man running at Hove Park on that Saturday. In fact, of the almost 20,000 runners that has graced our parkrun only Olympians Tim Hutchings, Andy Baddeley, Richard Nerurkar and Rob Mullett have run faster during their careers.

Hugh Foord

In 1956 Hugh won the Southern 3miles track title (see photo above) in 13:35.2 on cinders, a time equal to around 14:03 for 5000 metres or 5k. Two years later his 28:16 for 6 miles on the track equated to approx 29:16 for 10,000 metres or 10k. In 1956 he was desperately unlucky not to make the Olympic Games. The three British representatives in the 10,000 metres finished 5th, 8thand 10th. Hugh, as the next selection possibility would have been in Melbourne if he had been from any other country. Ken Norris, the runner wearing 10 in the photo was actually the 5thfinisher in the Olympics. Also in 1956 Hugh was second in the International Cross Country Championship, which at the time was mainly European, but later became the World Championship. He also appeared for Britain in several two country international track matches, plus an England appearance in the 1958 Commonwealth Games.


That covers the big stuff, but my association with Hugh starts in the same year of 1956, when as a 19 year old RAF National Service Radar Operator I had the good fortune to be posted to the RAF Truleigh Hill radar station and be billeted in Shoreham. Most of my colleagues wanted to be posted near to home. All I wanted was to be posted near to a decent athletic club. Brighton Athletic Club, as it was then, had a very strong distance section in which Hugh was a massive inspiration. Unlike many top runners today, Hugh appeared in practically everything that the club was involved in, track, road or cross-country.

He always appeared at Withdean on a Tuesday evening and dragged several of us round sessions that look pretty advanced for 60 years ago. He would potter round with us while we were running our socks off with sessions such as 6 x 880yds (800 metres) in 2:14 average, with 2 laps recovery, and 10 x 440yds (400 metres) in 69-70 secs average, with just 100metres for recovery. These were pretty light sessions for Hugh and I used to think that this was his ‘easy’ day among 6 much harder ones. I learned later that he had been out for a quick 10 miles before breakfast!


In those days road and cross country relays were more popular than nowadays and clubs ran about 10 of these events each year. There were prizes (usually domestic items) for the first 3 teams rather than medals. Hugh always ran the 4thstage. The first 3 had to do their best before Hugh scythed through the opposition to hand over in the first three, often in front. The last two (sometimes I was one of them) had to do their best to stay in the first three and go home with a table lamp, a holdall, a pair of sheets, a set of fruit bowls or something similar.


Somewhere in the early 1960s Hugh stopped running seriously to get his accountancy career established, but returned to win quality veterans events and set age group records. He has run and raced continuously ever since, as you saw on Saturday. His 80-84 record of 28:31 on the not too easy Hove Park course is particularly impressive, as is the 85-89 record of 36.52. Hugh’s aim on his 90thbirthday was to run 50 minutes or less and he did just that with a time of 49:13. So, watch this space. Next step 95-99 record?

Roy Taylor

April 2019


Brighton & Hove parkrun ‘The Big 600’ March 30th 2019

The one with significant birthdays, an age-bracket course record and glorious spring sunshine – what more could we ask for?!

Where to start?  Part of me keeps thinking back to this morning and all I can think is “WOW!”  It was a perfect spring day in Hove Park – hardly any breeze, warm sunshine (I could see runners and volunteers shedding layers left, right and centre), the blossom was looking spectacular and our friendly woodpecker was busy in the trees above us as well.

This week we celebrated our 600th run at Brighton and Hove parkrun – how lovely it was to see that chalked on the start and finish lines.  Just think, since 3rd November 2007 19,565 participants have completed 194,404 parkruns covering a total distance of 972,020 km, including 32,472 new Personal Bests.  And a total of 1,622 individuals have volunteered 13,614 times.  Give yourselves a round of applause… oh, that’s right, we did!  Well done to Run Director, Bernie Kirraine, for the epic announcements including leading us all in a chorus of ‘happy birthday’.  

Of course, we weren’t just celebrating a parkrun birthday, but also the 90th birthday of a running legend.  “Oh in the past I would have done it in about 14 minutes, and I’m hoping to do about 50 minutes now” – Hugh Foord.  How many of us could even imagine making such a statement on our 90th birthday?  But Hugh did indeed complete 5k this morning in 49:13 and proudly wearing his Brighton and Hove City AC vest too.  Obviously, Hugh is awesome and I could fill this report with his many incredible achievements.  However, I’m going to leave that to another legend – Roy Taylor – who is providing a special supplementary report this week.  But from me and all the core team: a very happy birthday, Hugh, and congratulations on setting the course record for VM90-94!

Earlier this week we heard the sad news that John Henry Ramsden passed away, aged 86.  Many Brighton and Hove runners will remember John, who was a regular at Hove Park before joining parkrunners on Hove Prom in more recent years – achieving a total of 307 parkruns.  John was a fan of milestones, for instance he did 40 miles for his 40th birthday, 50 miles for his 50th birthday, 60 miles for his 60th and wait for it...700 miles for his 70th birthday!  You can read more about John by clicking on this link:

This morning 524 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

Of course, massive thanks to our cheery band of volunteers – we couldn’t have done it without you:

John P DOHERTY • Richard A CARTER • Claudia MARSH • Nigel SARJUDEEN • Bernadette KIRRANE • Cliff EVANS • Susie LLEWELYN • Paula CHESSELL • Mary Teresa O'ROURKE • Joan LENNON • Michael HOWARD • Claire GILES • Brian RUSSELL • Debbie DILLON • Amy HAUSDOERFER • John ELBOURNE • Kirstine Marie CARBIS • Simon PORGES • Lisa ATKINS • Richard CHESSELL • Toby SIMPKIN • Daniel PORGES • James CORNFORD • Lisa ELBOURNE • Finlay DERRY • Yao HU • Freya MAINPRIZE • Katie HOFFELNER • Louis MAURICE • Ben CLIFFORD • Llewellyn CURTIS • Tegan SCHAFER • Simon LLEWELYN • Judy EATON • Julia BERTENSHAW

For today's full results and a complete event history please see the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Page.

But in the meantime, until next Saturday, keeeep running!

Lisa Elbourne


Brighton & Hove parkrun #599 March 23rd 2019


Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

Spring was definitely in the air with benign temperatures as 435 runners gathered at the start in bright late March sunshine – but I couldn’t encapsulate it any better than A. E. Housman’s beautiful 1896 poem above.  

I thought this would be the perfect tribute to one of the parkrun family, and a former Hove Park regular, John Henry Ramsden who passed away this week at the age of 86.  Mostly due to his advancing years, he most recently ran on the easier (if it’s not too windy, that is!) Hove Promenade course, but 225 of his 307 parkruns were at Hove Park.  John’s parkrun journey started on 26th July 2008, and his last run was on 10th February 2018.  He perfectly embodied the parkrun ethos; always friendly, smiling, courteous, and hugely supportive of other runners.  John also volunteered his services on 56 occasions.  Whilst he will be greatly missed by us all, he will be fondly remembered as a ’real gentleman’ – and I’m sure my parkrun committee members will pay their own tribute to John before our 600th run next Saturday.

We had perfect calm conditions for running this week.  There were 26 new runners to Hove Park, of whom 12 were parkrun ‘virgins’.  I hope you enjoyed it and that you will become regulars – either here or at any of the multitude of parkruns around the world.  Spring must have been in everyone’s step too, as an amazing 58 PBs were recorded – that’s over 13% of all participants!  Local athletics club Portslade Hedgehoppers were out in force for their Super Series races with 25 members taking the field.

Our splendid team of volunteers this week – without whom parkrun couldn’t happen – were:

Amy HAUSDOERFER  •  Andrew THOMPSON  •  Brian RUSSELL  •  Brigitte GROVES  •  Carol TITCHENER  •  Claire GILES  •  Daniel PORGES  •  Dorian COTTAM  •  Finlay DERRY  •  Freya MAINPRIZE  •  Helen PIERPOINT  •  James CORNFORD  •  Joan LENNON  •  Joel Adam LUSCOMBE  •  John CHALLEN  •  John P DOHERTY  •  Llewellyn CURTIS  •  Lucy HARDING  •  Michael HOWARD  •  Michele SAUNDERS  •  Paula CHESSELL  •  Phil DIXON  •  Richard CHESSELL  •  Richard STADDEN  •  Sean GIBSON  •  Shawn BUCK  •  Simon PORGES  •  Stewart GREGORY  •  Sylvia TAYLOR  •  Tegan SCHAFER  •  Tracy Caroline EATON

Many thanks to you all!

Now onto the ‘scores on the doors’.  For the women it was Hedgehopper Geraldine Moffat (VW55-59) who took the spoils with a PB in 19.46, going sub-20 minutes for the first time at Hove Park, shaving an impressive 56 seconds off her previous fastest time of 20.42 set in May 2018.  Then it was Tori Miller (SM25-29) setting another PB of 19.51 bettering her hitherto fastest time of 20.50 by 59 seconds; followed by Kelly Tingley-Russell (SM30-34) in 20.27.  Amongst the men Tim Lodge (SM25-29) of Arena 80 AC was first finisher with another PB – an almost two-minute improvement to finish in a fast 16.54; who was hotly pursued by Oliver Hamson (SM25-29) with another PB on 17.01; and Luke Hunt (VM40-44) of Harrow AC in north-west London finishing in 17.14.

On the age-grading front it was the aforementioned Geraldine Moffat recording an impressive 90.39%; then another Hedgehopper, Stewart Gregory (VM50-54) with 86.31%; and Penny Retter (VW70-74) on 86.19% - and achieving a PB time of 27.38 to boot!

Finally; we welcomed a fair sprinkling of visitors from far and wide.  Amongst these we had Stephen Howard (VM55-59) of Ely Runners whose home run is in Cambridge; Andrew Thompson (VM45-49) from northern Ireland who often strides out at Waterworks parkrun in Belfast – but has run at over 100 other venues!  Lucy Booth (VW45-49), a regular at Portsmouth Lakeside (but has run at over 50 other courses); and Catherine Radford (VM55-59) who hails from Tilgate parkrun, but is often seen in the New Forest at either Brockenhurst or Lymington parkruns.

That’s all for another week.  See you all again soon – and happy running!

Shawn Buck



Brighton & Hove parkun #598 March 16th 2019

This is the unique run where we allow the parkrunners to circle the Hove Park in a clockwise direction. This gives the participants 3 nice long downhill stints with 'only' a short uphill section (*2) at the North of the course. Running it in the reverse, the opposite, direction is a nod to my Irishness, having been born in Dublin and still holding a Green passport, something that has recently become prized possession with the political situation as it is at the moment (No mention of the B word!).

I shall start with the most valued members of the massing throng -

The Volunteers. Each week we invite volunteers with surnames starting with varying letters of the alphabet, working through the whole 26 choices. This week the Letters invited were 'N' and 'O'. Each week it does illicit varying amount oF volunteers with the requisite Initial Letter. This week the uptake was not so strong but significantly the one 'O' to volunteer was a certain Diarmuid(Dee) O'Hare - very appropriate for our 'IRISH' run. Here are the all the volunteers -

Ann Eke •  John ADAM  • Calum SALMONS •  Carol KENNEDY •  Diamuid (Dee) O'HARE•  Dorian COTTAM  •  Finlay DERRY  •  Freya MAINPRIZE   •  Graeme POULTON •  Jo Jo TAYLOR • Joel Adam LUSCOMBE  •  John P DOHERTY  •  Judy POULTON •  Llewellyn CURTIS  •  Lucy HARDING •  Michael HOWARD  •   Paul STRATTON  • Paula CHESSELL  • Peter GOLTON •  Peter Harwood •  Richard CARTER •  Richard CHESSELL  • Ronan DOYLE • Sam HARWOOD •  Sarah BAGG •  Simon WILLIAMS •  Stepfanie HINTZE •  Tracy Caroline EATON

Along with Dee we had quite a multitude of Green wearing parkrunners. There were  31 runners that qualified for the 250 club that could of worn their green 250 shirts. No Pats running but a couple of TIm's ! Looking over to my home country I see the parkrun family started in 2010 in  N Ireland and 2012 in Eire and now has over 100 events taking part each week. I did visit St Anne Wells Garden in Dublin and, as you would expect, a very friendly welcome was received and the vibe was typically parkrun.

This week we welcomed tourists from Birmingham, Bristol, Aldershot, Norwich, Newcastle and from a Lonely Goat (apparently an Online club). The parkrun spreads out all over.

In keeping with the green theme the first runner home (with a barcode!) was a Brighton & Hove youngster originating from Tipperary - Well done Kevin Moore. There were 482 finishers this week.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the following link

Mislaid Barcodes
We have in our possession various laminated and plastic card versions of the valuable BARCODES
If the following would like to reclaim their missing version please see one of the management on Saturday morning.
A390890  Corrina SAFEIO;  A1889763 Ronnie SMITH ; A1931008 Gary ETTRIDGE and finally A39026 Joy DOBBS.
Well I hope you enjoyed the Irish run in the opposite direction and look forward to our 600th parkrun in a few weeks.
John Doc

Brighton & Hove parkrun #597 March 9th 2019

Beware the Winds of March….

The Brighton Half Marathon already seems like a distant memory – a weekend where we were blessed with clear skies, sunshine and a fairly gentle breeze. Compare that to the weather god’s offering of a dreich looking sky as we opened our curtains to the world on Saturday morning.  The westerly wind was in attendance at Hove Park, albeit without its barcode, along with 454 of you lined up at the start, ready to battle the elements.  

We had 18 runners attending their first ever parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family. We also had our fair share of parkrun tourists, with runners from Jersey to Sydney visiting our parkrun.

Looking through the results, there were 4 parkrunners reaching milestone markers – 

Dominic BLYTHE and Paul WHELPTON - 100 runs

Steve COURT and Julie HEALY – 200 runs

Congratulations to you all.

As ever, our event wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers. This week’s high-viz superstars were -

Shawn BUCK, James CORNFORD, Dorian COTTAM, Llewellyn CURTIS, Finlay DERRY, John P DOHERTY, Lisa ELBOURNE, Darragh FINN, Claire GILES, Sam HARWOOD, Peter HARWOOD, Amy HAUSDOERFER, Edie HIBBERD, Jessamy HIBBERD, Max HIBBERD, Deborah HILLIER, Chris HIRT, Carsten HIRT, Michael HOWARD, Matthew LUI, Joel Adam LUSCOMBE, Kelvin MACDONALD, Freya MAINPRIZE, Ruth MAUGHAN, Craig MILNE, Brian RUSSELL, Tegan SCHAFER, Helen STAFFORD, Ruaridh STAFFORD, Mark STEPHENSON, Hannah SWAN, Lisa Catherine SWAN, Robert TURNER, Caroline WOOD

So onto the this week’s chart and the 1,2,3 for the Ladies & Gents - 

Paula BLACKLEDGE 20:14, Kelly TINGEY-RUSSELL 20:58, Mel ENGLISH 21:16

William CORK 16:22, Richard NERURKAR 17:11, Benn POMFRETT 17:59

And last, but no means least, a message for one of our Core Team Members, Karen CLINTON.  Karen did herself a mischief whilst running the Cambridge Half Marathon and is currently recuperating, feet up, at home.  Get well soon Karen - wishing you a speedy recovery and enjoy the boxsets!

Until next time have a great running week everyone.



Brighton& Hove parkrun #593, 9th Feb 2019

Having been a parkrun tourist for quite some time now, there have been a cluster of parkruns I’ve wanted to ‘strike off’ for a good number of months, all lying in a concentrated area within the boundaries of Brighton city centre.

During the past few weeks, including today, I’ve completed three of the five Brighton based parkruns, leaving just two to fulfil, Preston Park and East Brighton. On January 19th, my fellow tourist, Matthew HANLON, and I visited Bevendean Down, where I achieved my best ever finishing place of 4th, along with my second ever 1st in age category. Last weekend, another fellow tourist, Neil GODDARD, joined me to visit Hove Promenade, so it only seemed right to visit Brighton and Hove this morning.
Unfortunately, Matthew couldn’t make it so it was with Neil that I set off from the Havant area at around 07:20, to make sure we arrived in good time at Hove Park.

Today’s trip, despite there being no post code stated on the official Brighton and Hove parkrun website, was stress-free, with a journey time of about an hour. There were ample places to park along Goldstone Crescent, all of which allow three hours of parking with no return in an hour. We headed towards to the Park, safe in the knowledge we’d be finished within the requisite three hours. For peace of mind, we asked several people whether we were in the right spot. Reassured, we made our way down to the start and did the usual half a mile warm-up along some of the course. Every single marshal we came in to contact with was exceptionally helpful and friendly. We quickly realised that their years of experience showed, after all, Brighton and Hove parkrun was the sixth ever parkrun to start. Today was their 593th event with slightly spooky 493 participants —if only it had been 593 participants! More about spookiness later...

Hove Park, where Brighton and Hove parkrun is held, is a public park covering 40 acres.
Facilities within the park include a fenced-off playground, a football pitch, a basketball court, a climbing boulder and several tennis courts. A paved path, approximately 1.89km in length, is the main route of the parkrun and is often used by walkers, dog walkers and runners, outside of the free, weekly, timed 5km parkrun which takes place every Saturday at 09:00. There are also several paved paths that traverse sections of the park at various points, one of which, affectionately known as, ‘Wiggly Path to Finish Go Go Go’, is part of the first smaller loop of the parkrun.

In addition to some of the interesting facts I’ve already mentioned; Premier League’s Brighton and Hove Albion’s traditional home, the Goldstone Ground, once stood on Old Shoreham Road, opposite Hove Park, up until being demolished in the late 1990s. Its two biggest claims to fame (if you’re a general sports fan) was that on the 23rd September 1992, David Beckham made his professional début, coming on as a substitute for Manchester United in a League Cup second round tie. The other claim is that the ground hosted some of the football matches for the 1948 Olympic Games.
In the southwest corner of Hove Park lies a rock called The Goldstone (hence the name of Brighton and Hove Albion’s former football ground). Legend has it that the devil threw the 20-ton rock there while excavating Devil’s Dyke, a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way. Towards the north of the Park is a sculpture by environmentalist artist, Chris Drury, called
Fingermaze; a labyrinth-like design based on a fingerprint which consists of stones set into the turf. By now, you’re probably thinking how can so much be crammed into what would appear to be a small space? The answer? Everything within is brilliantly set out... I may as well quickly mention the 2,000ft long miniature railway which operates on occasional weekends and bank holidays throughout spring, summer and autumn, which is run by the Brighton and Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers!

On to today’s parkrun... I’ve already mentioned it was event #593 and that 493 people ran,
jogged or walked the course, and what a fantastic course it is. It ‘flows’ throughout the course, no sharp turns, no out and backs and it has plenty of space to accommodate a high volume of runners. Many of today’s 33 volunteers braved the remnants of Storm Erik, encouraging everyone who was taking part. It’s always essential to thank every single one of them, after all, some are forsaking a run for our benefit. Despite the fact that many parkrunners within the month of January may well have been sticking to a New Year’s Resolution, today’s parkrun still saw 49 first timers, 16 of which were running
their first ever parkrun. That’s a phenomenal figure for this time of year, so a huge well done and welcome to the parkrun family!

Statistics today saw Adam Oliver WHITMEE cross the line as first male finisher in a time of 17:50, recording a new PB in the process. Bethan MALE was first female finisher, also gaining a new PB in a time of 19:43, so a massive well done to the both of you. Huge congratulations go to both Kevin WALKER and Gordon LUNAN for hitting the 50 parkruns milestone. For any of you who have begun to stalk my run reports, you’ll know that I always include other notable finish times, so here they are... Mark STEPHENSON finished in a perfectly rounded 22:22, whereas Zoe OAKMAN finished in an aesthetically pleasing 29:29 as did Natasha WALKER in 34:34 and Yao HU in 48:48. There were a handful of palindromic finish times too... both Alexandra SUTTON and John ELBOURNE in 30:03 and Richard A CARTER in 34:43.
Once Neil and I had finished our spot of tourism, we headed off to Hove Park Café for a hot drink. It has to be the trendiest post-parkrun café I’ve ever visited... even though I have experienced ‘The Bevy’, an excellent community-run pub which has become part of the Bevendean Down parkrun culture in Brighton. Hove Park Café serves a huge array of sweet and savoury snacks, a plethora of hot drinks and a multitude of healthy alternative food, including (so as not to be gender specific) gingerbread people. I must also mention the the fantastic plastic figure of Godzilla devouring a felt-made Pink Panther, which stands on top of the counters as you walk in, coupled with the magnificent helping of ambient dance music pounding within the café.
Finally, I mentioned spooky earlier... and a lot of today’s statistics, particularly mine, were
spooky... today was my 69th different event... there were 69 PBs recorded at today’s parkrun. Last week, at Hove Promenade, I finished in a time of 23:23, in 85th place overall and was 10th in my age category. Today, I finished in a time of 23:22, in 84th place and was 9th in my age category. You may have suggested that I should have bought at least one Lottery ticket tonight. I would have done, only I wanted to write this Run Report, so I’ll never know whether my spooky luck would have continued!


Brighton & Hove parkrun #589 Jan 12th 2019

How are the New Year Resolution’s coming along?  Still managing to stay away from sugar and chocolate? Are you surviving Dry January? I’m sure that Dry Gin or Dry Cider are allowed!  It is always good to set yourself goals or targets and running is no exception, whether it be aiming for a new 5k PB or running your first 10k, half or even a full marathon!  The tough part is getting out there and this can be especially difficult when the wintry weather is upon us. 

However, we have been quite fortunate so far this year, avoided the arctic conditions and a hearty, enthusiastic 550 of you made the weekly pilgrimage to Hove Park.  Amongst you were several runners to reach milestone runs.  These were

Anthony BEVINGTON, Paul THOMPSON and Ozge Bahar GROVES who clocked up their 50th runs.

Elias COBURN and Phil FANTHOME, both running their 100th parkrun.

A special mention to Dave HARVEY from Hove Hornets who ran his 500th parkrun!  Dave is only the second runner at Hove Park to achieve this milestone becomes the 39th member of the 500 club globally!

Congratulations to you and remember to claim your t-shirt!

As ever, a huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers – 36 of you wore the high viz vest of honour this week -

Amy HAUSDOERFER  •  Andrew BROOKS  •  Anne BALDWIN  •  Betsy BROOKS  •  Brian RUSSELL  •  Caroline WOOD  •  Claire GILES  •  Corin TICKTIN-SMITH  •  Daniel PORGES  •  Dorian COTTAM  •  Finlay DERRY  •  Freya MAINPRIZE  •  Graeme POULTON  •  Helen STAFFORD  •  James ADAMS  •  Joel Adam LUSCOMBE  •  John ELBOURNE  •  John P DOHERTY  •  Joy DOBBS  •  Julie ZHU  •  Justin DOBBS  •  Katie HOFFELNER  •  Lisa ELBOURNE  •  Llewellyn CURTIS  •  Louis MAURICE  •  Mark STEPHENSON  •  Michael HOWARD  •  Mike BALDWIN  •  Paul MARLEY  •  Peter GOLTON  •  Phil GRABSKY  •  Ronan DOYLE  •  Ruaridh STAFFORD  •  Shawn BUCK  •  Toby SIMPKIN  •  Yao HU

We always welcome new volunteers and there are several roles where you can volunteer as well as run, so you can get your weekly fix.  One of our post run tasks is token sorting and we would love to have a couple of extra pairs of hands to assist with this. 

Please email us at and we can add you to the roster.

So onto the stats and weekly results….

Katie Louise WRIGHT was the first Lady across the line in 20:19, Paula BLACKLEDGE 2nd in a time of 20:24 and Michelle PALMER-HARRIS 3rd in 21:20.

Paul HOWARD was the first Gent across the line in 17:20, James OLIVER 2nd in a time of 17:52. In third place went to UNKNOWN runner so a timely reminder that no barcode = no result!

Looking through the results, we had 29 first timers on Saturday – a warm welcome to you all. There were also 60 PB’s recorded – great work everyone!

Have a great running week and see you in the park on Saturday.

Brian :)



Brighton & Hove parkrun #588 January 5th 2019


After a week of festivities, or maybe two weeks if you managed to get the extra days off approved by your boss, we welcomed 2019 with open arms and bid a farewell to 2018. No doubt a few of you, myself included, over-indulged and the realization that having a Selection Box or a Terry’s Chocolate Orange for breakfast is not the healthiest of eating plans. Alas, we headed to Hove Park, enthusiasm in tow, ready to run and to start burning off those excess calories.

Even though there was a chill in the air the running conditions were good and Hove Park welcomed a hearty and resolute 542 of you to the start line.

As always, a huge thank you to all of our wonderful 35 volunteers who braved the cold – your efforts are much appreciated. This week’s High Viz crew were as follows -

John ADAM, Charlie BERLANGA, Leo BERLANGA, Shawn BUCK, John CARROLL, Paula CHESSELL, Richard CHESSELL, Henry COPPARD, James CORNFORD, Dorian COTTAM, Cyril CRUA, Llewellyn CURTIS, John P DOHERTY, Jamie DOYLE, Kian DOYLE, Ronan DOYLE, Tracy Caroline EATON, John ELBOURNE, Lisa ELBOURNE, Peter GOLTON, Carol Ann GRANT, Ben HODGSON, Michael HOWARD, Yao HU, Joan LENNON, Joel Adam LUSCOMBE, Birgit MILLER, Carmel O'MALLEY, Daniel PORGES, Brian RUSSELL, Nigel SARJUDEEN, Noah SHAW, Gary TIMMS, Linus TURNER, Julie ZHU

So onto the New Year’s Honours List –

Caitlin PEERS was the first Lady across the line in 19:50, Becky FLEMING 2nd in a new PB time of 20:58 and Lucy May RICHARDSON 3rd in 21:20.

It was a very close run thing for the Gents with the first 3 separated by only 14 seconds. Luke HUNT took the spoils in 17:10, with Philip HARDAWAY hot on his heels in 17:21 and Marlon BOUMAN 3rd in 17:33

Looking through the results, we had 30 first timers on Saturday – a warm welcome to you all. There were also 66 PB’s recorded – not a bad way to start the New Year!

Have a great running week and see you Saturday for another fun filled parkrun.




Brighton & Hove parkrun #587 New Years Day 2019


The one with two parkruns, Record breaking numbers, 250 milestones, fabulous volunteers, Age Graded record, beautiful weather and fizz!

Wow what a morning we had across Brighton & Hove... It’s a new day, new month, and a new year! What a fabulous sky to wake up to as people were arriving at Hove Prom for the first of our double bubble...

Just wanted to say thank you to the team at the Prom for hosting a great morning, record numbers were there too, never seen it so busy! Well done on the finish funnel, and creating two lines – the queue was getting longer and you all handled the large numbers very well, with number writing on hands!

I sent a message up to our RD Richard to say large numbers here – over 700, a queue, so they can prepare ours..which they did :)

So back up to Hove Park for the second run of the morning – what a great way to start the New Year!

I just want to say on behalf of everyone THANK YOU SO MUCH TO RICHARD AND CINDY , David, and the Vols for setting up while we were down at the Prom XX You did a fabulous job..

Such a great atmosphere wishing everyone Happy New Year and having the weather with it :)

New Years Day parkrun wouldn’t be able to go ahead if we didn’t have the help of our hi viz heroes, so a BIG thank you to the team of 40 who made it happen!

Sarah ARJUN, Lisa ATKINS, Simon BATTLE, Michelle BLACKWELL, Andrew BULL, Richard CHESSELL, Paula CHESSELL, John P DOHERTY, Tracy Caroline EATON, John ELBOURNE, Lisa ELBOURNE, Christine GIBBONS, Michael GIBBONS, Claire GILES, Peter GOLTON, Matthew GREENALL, David GUNNELL, Lydia JORDAN, Carol KENNEDY, Stephen KING, Bernadette KIRRANE, Emma KNIGHT, Sheila O'TOOLE, Dawn PAUL, Katherine PERRIN, Alison PORGES, Daniel PORGES, Graeme POULTON, Stuart ROBERTS, Brian RUSSELL, David Joseph SIMMONS, Bethany SOLIMAN, Helen STAFFORD, Cindy STYLES, Hannah SWAN, Lisa Catherine SWAN, Sarah THOMAS, Lucy WALLIS, Robert WELLS, Caroline WOOD

Brian did the New Runners briefing and wow what a turn out – don’t think he’s had such a big audience ;)

I was then approached by Paula, carrying a bag... ahhh I know what this is – my balloon for my 250 – and it was green (which is still standing) thank you so much x

We made our way to the start – was so lovely to see the volume of people – parkrun you have created such an amazing event for friendships, health & well being and training..

Richard made the announcement, and a great one at that :)  First timers, visitors, milestones were read out – including one for me for my 250th.. was so lovely thank you all for your congrats at the Prom and the Park..

I did have to chuckle when I was in the start line with Bernie and Cindy, because Bernie turned to me and said whose 250th – I said mine (as I pointed out my balloon)!! Bernie ‘ahh didn’t realise’!

Time keepers ready? 321 Go!!! And we are off, round 2... wow what a crowd – was lovely listening to everyone, and just enjoying the run..

We made a loop in finish funnel, so that when all 826 finished we wouldn’t have too much of a back log at the finish... which worked well, the vols were directing people, to stay in order and to keep moving forwards... the atmosphere was great – no stress – no need anyway as we can all see how busy it is.. (in our core team meeting we will be discussing how to improve things for the future)

As soon as I finished and made my way through to collecting my finish token – I stepped out of the funnel to help with directing people through the finish. (with all that – I nearly forgot to get scanned that wouldn’t have been good!)

Well done to Simon and Alison who were the finish token giver outers and then handwriting 150 numbers on hands. Well done :) x

So the scores on the doors -

First male in Todd Leckie 16.01 (SM 30-34 New PB, Simon Heath 16.02 (SM 30-34) Richard Clayton 16.57 (SM 30-34) Arena 80 AC :)

First female in Tara Shanahan 19.12 (VW 45-49) Arena 80 AC, Cat Bounds 19.35 (SW 30-34) Hailsham Harriers, and third female in was Eadie Yelling 20.18 (JW 11-14) Brighton & Hove City AC and this was your first time to us.:)

Well done to all

The times ranged from 16.01 through to 58.35 – well done to everyone be proud of yourselves - it’s your journey :)

The full results can be found at

We had 65 New PBs, 11 First Timers to parkrun (great way to start 2019), and 184 Visitors.

Good to see friends from my club there – Oliver, Jamie, Kevin, Debbie, Doug (New PB), Marie, John, Dave, Liz, Karen, David, and John.

A great day for milestones – I know we had some 50, 100, and 150s well done to you all :) There were three today who achieved their 250 - Kelvin Macdonald, Henry Miller and Claire Giles.. well done to you all :)

We had a Age Graded Record for Womens 70-74 Sue Garner – well done :)


A big shout out to the Token Sorters –great team - amazing job you did sorting out over 600 tokens :) it wasn’t an easy job so thank you :)  I know Christine and Mike appreciated the fizz and cake I handed to them – to help celebrate New Year and my milestone :)

Results went well – all processed by 2pm and the 150 handwritten numbers manually inputted but all coped admirably. Well done team :)

And now for the Stat watchers out there -

We had 53 New registrations the week after Christmas :)

New Years Day –

787 Hove Prom 42 vols

826 Hove Park 40 vols

Elliott Line stats – Brighton & Hove made the top 20 on New Years Day we were 6th and Hove prom were 10th. 150 parkruns broke their attendance records.

We had 458 who ran both the Prom and the Park, 281 ran Hove Prom, 331 Hove Park

Last year we had 418 on New Years Day and 2016 we had 376

Last time we had a record number was on our 500th one 6th May 2017 with 633

So 2019 we had an extra 408 people! A-Ma-Zing!!

So there you are one amazing morning and two parkruns, Thank you to everyone for being there...

Here’s to another year of parkrun and volunteering. Whatever your goals are just keep moving and smiling :)

So from myself and the Core Team, we wish you a very happy, healthy, peaceful, and more achievements for 2019..

See you next week


Claire x


Brighton & Hove parkrun #586 29th December 2018


The last one of 2018, and two big milestones..

So as we come to the last few days of 2018, and the last parkrun of the year, I just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to you all for another year of volunteering, running, walking and jogging – at the end of the day keeping fit & healthy!! We have had some amazing results with times, and you should all be proud of yourselves :)

Thank you to the Core Team, for your amazing job as always :) x

parkrun couldn’t happen if we didn’t have a fab team of vols so thank you – this week 39 of you volunteered :)

John P DOHERTY • Shaun BILLING • Michael MILLER • Sue BRUMWELL • Claudia MARSH • Peter GOLTON • Mike BALDWIN • Paula CHESSELL • Tracy Caroline EATON • Karen CLINTON • Innes BAILEY • Claire GILES • David Joseph SIMMONS • Brian RUSSELL • Judy POULTON • Graeme POULTON • Rosanna RAVEN • Helen Louise BUXTON • Carol KENNEDY • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Lucy SELWOOD • Paul MARLEY • John ELBOURNE • Richard CHESSELL • Toby SIMPKIN • Lorraine SIMMONS • Nancy MANIFOLD • Lisa ELBOURNE • John ADAM • Jason STOAKLEY • Birgit MILLER • Anne BALDWIN • Julie ZHU • Yao HU • Jennifer HU • Freya MAINPRIZE • Dorian COTTAM • Noah SHAW • Louis MAURICE

So, today we saw 416 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 38 were first timers and we had 32 who achieved their New PB’s, and we had 34 different clubs who took part.

We saw two of our stalwarts achieve their 250th milestone today – the lovely, amazing Roy Taylor, he started parkrun in 2008, has written many run reports and is the stat king! and today his family was there to be with him, and his three daughters ran it too :) well done Roy. The lovely, amazing Karen Clinton also ran her 250th today – started in 2010, she is a member of the Core Team – well done :)

So the scores on the doors are –

First male in Joe Ashley 16.41 (VM 40-44) Arena 80 AC, he was followed by Adam Tribe 17.21 (VM 50-54) Brighton & Hove City AC, and the third male in was Marlon Bouman 17.43 (SM 30-34)

First female in was Sophie Coleman 19.23 (SW 25-29) Brighton Phoenix, she was followed by Martha Coyle 19.56 (SW 20-24) Brighton & Hove City AC and the third female in was Georgie Anderson 20.43 (VW 35-39) Hove Hornets – well done to you all :)

Times arranged from 16.41 right the way through to 52.04 – be proud :)

Whatever your time you are all amazing, it’s not about beating everyone else it’s about achieving your own personal goals. We all have our own fitness histories and we all started at the beginning :)

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

Now never fear, we have a treat for you – NEW YEARS DAY – see in 2019 with not one parkrun but TWO!! Two times in one morning!! #doublebubble

See you at Hove Prom for 9am then up to ours Hove Park for 10.30am :)


Wishing you all a fab New Year, more running, volunteering and reaching your goals..

Love Claire and Core Team x

Brighton & Hove parkrun started on 3rd November 2007. Since then 18,873 participants have completed 187,548 parkruns covering a total distance of 937,740 km, including 31,640 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,581 individuals have volunteered 13,132 times.


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