What a memorable parkrun it was this week – with chilly cheerers, milestones met and records rocked, as you’ll see below ….
We’re always grateful to the volunteers who don the hi-viz to allow us to have our weekly fix of parkrun. This week, we were especially thankful, as the low temperatures, clear skies and cool breeze meant that our volunteers had to wrap up warm, and jump up and down to save from freezing, as they arrived early to set up, cheered runners along the route, tail-ran/walked, operated the timer, cross-checked runner names, encouraged people to move through the finish funnel, cross-checked runner names, distributed finish tags, scanned barcodes, sorted tokens, input results and packed everything away at the end. On behalf of all this week’s runners, a big thank you to everyone who helped out this week, and you were ….. John P DOHERTY • Mark STEPHENSON • Bernadette KIRRANE • Jan CARROLL • Valerie POOLE • Karen CLINTON • Sarah ARJUN • Lisa Catherine SWAN • Carol KENNEDY • Amy HAUSDOERFER • Matthew GREENALL • Lorelei CLINTON • Max DOWLING ROWLINSON • David MCNAIR • Monty JACKSON • Clare PIRIE • Jamie DOYLE • Matthew ANSELL • Nancy MANIFOLD • Henry COPPARD • Lucas TAI • Tim BOND • John ADAM • Phil FANTHOME • Sophie ROGERS • Dave ROGERS • Kai CHEUNG • George COATES • Will CROUCHER • Freya MAINPRIZE • Oliver BRYANT • Maya JAMES • Eve WARNE
We always welcome new and experienced volunteers – why not try it out by sending an emal to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and date to volunteer? Everyone is welcome to volunteer at any time, and there are roles to suit everybody, whatever your preference. When you put your name down to help, we post it onto the roster which you can see at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brighton/futureroster/ Go on - give it a try.
Milestones Met, and Memories
466 people ran, jogged, fartlekked (!) or walked this week. Of these, 31 were doing their first run at Brighton & Hove, and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Several runners completed milestone runs today. Top of the milestone charts are Camilla Moyle, James Adams and Julie Drake (with her ever-enthusiastic dog Amber in tow …. or should that be Amber with Julie in tow?) who each ran their 250th parkrun this week. Camilla was one of that select group of runners who completed the first ever parkrun at Hove, back in 2007 (and, of course, she hasn’t aged a day since then). Well done, all three of you, on a great achievement which is also a symbol of your dedication to parkrunning. Not far behind are Hove park regulars, Val Poole and Angela Robinson, who each ran their 200th parkrun today, while Nick Culliss completed his 100th. Well done, all of you, for keeping on keeping on for so long. And this week, 50 is the new – well, the new red t-shirt – for a veritable plethora of parkrunners, with eight people achieving that milestone. Congratulations to Phil Fanthome, Jan Measor, Trevor Muten, Valerie Spence, Amaliya Coburn, Louise Lawrence, Mike Digger and James Graham. Among our junior runners, Ben Laux and Josie Elbourne each completed their 10th runs today, which means they are now able to claim their white 10 t-shirts. Not only did Ben and Josie complete their 10th parkruns, but they each got a PB to boot! Good running, Ben and Josie – keep it up, and wear your t-shirt with pride!
And lastly in this section, these milestone moments took on a special meaning for Camilla and Julie who, along with friend Louise Lawrence, ran their 250th in memory of Camilla’s brother Chris, who would have been 50 on Sunday. Chris was a regular parkrunner, and a good friend to many at Hove Park. It’s a testament to Chris’s character that his memory is kept alive by those who knew and loved him.
]]>Many of us at parkrun are looking to achieve that 50th or 100th run, or that elusive PB, or whatever it is that floats our boat. And while parkrun isn’t just about being speedy (definitely not in my case!), we do admire those who seem to fly by at super-human pace. With that in mind, congratulations go to Charlie Grice of Brighton Phoenix who smashed the course record this week, taking a full 3 seconds off the previous record to finish in 14.25. Charlie managed to run faster than the other 16,683 people who have completed our parkrun in the 10 years since its inception – pretty impressive, eh? And for all those of you who are thinking “No way! How can he possibly run so fast?”, the answer seems to be a combination of talent, determination and seriously hard work. Although Charlie makes it look like the proverbial “walk in the park”, he must surely have pushed himself the whole way to achieve that amazing PB. Well done, Charlie!
Second and third over the line among men today were Graham Godden (16.46) and Patrick Acaye (17.10). For the women, the 1-2-3 were Tara Shanahan (19.31), with Cat Bounds (with a PB of 19.43) and Lucy May Richardson (20.30). Good running all round.
Finally, a quick mention for Oliver Pendlington of Hove Hornets whose recent improvements in form are amazing. Oliver has been a frequent parkrunner for over four years, regularly completing the course in around 21 or 22 minutes and with 130 prkruns under his belt. I don’t know what his new regime is, but recently his results have rocketed: he has completed parkrun every weekend this month, achieving a new PB every single time, finishing this week in just 19.19. Way to go, Oliver!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brighton & Hove parkrun Results Pagehttp://www.parkrun.org.uk/brighton/results/latestresults/
Have a good week, all, and see you in the park on Saturday.