Clair parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-26 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report #351 – 14th March 2020

If your running event has just been cancelled, what do you do?...parkrun of course!

A very wet start to Clair parkrun #351 turned to sunshine by the 3rd lap, and 150 fabulous runners, joggers and walkers came out to enjoy their parkrun.

16 runners visited Clair for the first time, 7 of whom were completing their first ever parkrun. Visitors came from Brighton, Uckfield and … Brisbane … now that’s dedicated parkrun tourism!

Lots of milestone runs today. Lauren Cooper completed her 50th alongside 4 youngsters getting their membership of the Junior 10 club: Emily Hilton and Isobel Holbrook, along with (pictured) Quinn Wadey (age 10) and Alice Walton (age 4).


Mental health and wellbeing is a primary benefit of parkrun, and we’re proud to be associated with many health initiatives throughout the year. So it was a delight to welcome 9 runners from Heads On Sussex who made our morning sparkle even more brightly. Such wonderful young people, accompanied by their tremendous and dedicated coaches. Hope to see you all again soon.


So…for the stats: David Moore led the field home in 18m53, with Isobel Russell first lady in 22m15. Top age graders were Nathaniel Donougher (76.64%) and Marion Hemsworth (73.74%). Number of PBs: 20. Average runner age: 41.

Thanks as always to our lovely volunteers who make it possible for everyone to take part: Ted Blacklay, Keith Brown, Karen Catmur, Shaun Dougherty, Chania Hemsley-Smith, Marion Hemsworth, Peter Morrison, Helen Pratt, Ann Savidge, Pauline Sutherland, Danii Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Simon Thompson, Kevin Walker, Dave Wells.

See you all next week!

Simon Lock : Run Director


Run Report #350 – 7th March 2020

A couple of drier days and without a storm in sight meant we had near perfect running conditions this morning, add to this a fantastic turnout of 190 runners plus an all women volunteer crew in celebration of International Women’s Day and it’s fair to say the atmosphere was enthusiastic.

There were 27 first timers, four of whom (all women) ran their first ever parkrun - thank you for making Clair Park your first and hopefully we’ll see you again. Our tourists today were relatively local though we did have a visitor from Pembrokeshire.

Our milestone of the day was that of young Joseph Francis who ran his 10th parkrun and made it a PB in a time of 34.05! In all there were 20 new PB’s set today which I think is a reflection of the occasion. First home for the ladies was Kirsty Armstrong in a cracking time of 20.01 and Alice Walton set a new PB in the JW10 category, well done Alice. Louis Taub came in first for the men in a time of 18.07 and Andy Hind came third setting a new PB of 18.44. Well done all!

Huge thanks to our volunteer team, you are much appreciated.

Antonia Boxall : Run Director



Run Report #349 – 29th February 2020

Today saw a historic moment in parkrun history with the first leap year falling on a Saturday and you won’t get this opportunity again until 2048! Storm Jorge also decided to join us this morning and all kudos to the 153 runners who decided to come along to Clair, as the lashing wind and rain heard during the night would have put many a runner off! In actual fact, by 9am Jorge’s temper had calmed down and it was just a bit of a rainy parkrun!

Leading the way home overall was regular Louis Taub in a time of 18:58, closely followed by Andy Hind. Our first female was Kirsty Armstrong, another regular, was flying and crossed the line in a time of 20:40. Well done, not only to our leaders, but to all of you! We also welcomed an astonishing 21 new runners to Clair, 4 of whom were doing their very first parkrun, and there were 23 PBs too! We saw 8 runners with an age grading higher than 70%. Sadly, there were no birthdays, no milestones and no proposals of marriage! One of our visitors from Black Pear Joggers, Dan Cale, completed his 408th parkrun today! Very impressive! Our youngest runner, and cutest, was Master Alderman who appeared to be skipping much of the way, well when we saw him anyway!

Today, being the last Saturday of the month, was Pacer week and I would like to thank Andrew Swaffer, Chris Jones, Rob Hoodless, Stuart Baker and Sue Ledger who all did an amazing job - thank you!

Next week, we are celebrating International Women’s Day so why not bring a female friend along and the theme is to wear purple!

Lastly, my thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers who turn out week in, week out regardless of the conditions!

Liz Cooper - Run Director


Run Report #348 – 22nd February 2020

No storms were forecast for this Saturday and the conditions, slightly cold, were almost perfect for a good parkrun. With the Brighton Half Marathon taking place on the Sunday ‘only’ 174 parkrunners took part this week our lowest number since before Christmas. I say only but this is still a way higher than our Clair park average of 132 runners and boosted by 6 parkrun first timers – welcome to parkrun and 16 tourists – welcome to Clair parkrun.
A special mention was made for Mary Johnson who celebrated her 100th Birthday on Sunday 23 February. Mary used to be a regular attender of Clair Park frequently walking her dog, Emily. Her walks on Saturday mornings would often have her own special marshal to ensure runners managed to negotiate around Emily without any harm. Mary made many friends with the parkrun community and we all wish her very well.
• James Collins and Katie Foss on their respective male / female first places
• Paul Cousins and Katie Foss on highest age grades (76% and 77% respectively)
• Euan Menzies and Eileen Adlam on most parkruns (281 and 319 respectively)
• 22 runners who achieved PBs this week
parkrun wouldn’t happen without the amazing volunteers – thank you to all who volunteered today and to those who added their names to the future volunteer register.
Please don’t forget that on Saturday March 7th 2020, Clair parkrun will be celebrating IWD : International Women's Day. We encourage you to bring along a female friend, family member or a work colleague, especially one who has never been to parkrun before to come and experience what they are missing!
I hope you all have a great week and see you next time.
Oliver Day : Run Director

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Run Report #347 – 15th February 2020

Soon-to-arrive storm Dennis wasn’t up to the challenge of putting off the lovely Clair parkrunners. Slightly blustery but lovely conditions for a run, jog or walk enticed 182 finishers to complete Clair’s undulations for the 347th time.

12 of you came to Clair for the first time, 7 of whom were on their first ever parkrun. Delighted to see you all, and well done. Visitors came from Cheshire, Weymouth and Canterbury and 21 runners got a PB. Congratulations to James Collins and Molly Went who were first man and first lady over the line and to Nick Gallehawk who celebrated his 100th parkrun. Top age-grade rankings went to Louis Taub (75.7%) and Janet Clapton (68.3%). Both our leaders were in their 20’s, but great to see an average age of 40 for the whole field with the 50-54 age range having the most representatives. Longest serving parkrunners today were Eileen Adlam completing her 318th parkrun and Stuart Baker running his 395th.

Special mention to a lady, who’s name I didn’t get, but I think it’s Anna Roe, who is training as an army reservist. She ran a fine time (including a superb sprint finish), carrying a 15kg load on her back (that’s the equivalent of a small child). She gleefully told our roaming reported Phil Latham that 15kg is an easy run – she often carries 40kg! Well done Anna.

Our fabulous team of volunteers (aged 4 upwards – see photo) were out in fine voice as always, cheering and high5’ing everyone along. Thank you to all who gave their time to make the run happen.

Happy Volunteer

See you all next week

Simon Lock : Run Director

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