Run Report #324 – 14th September 2019

I like to start our parkrun morning with a bit of friendly banter with other volunteers predicting todays turnout numbers. My 189 was only one away from the 190 of you, giving it all on our fabulous hilly, narrow pathed course. (pat on my back)

We had a whopping 44 of you tasting Clair for the first time and 11 braving their first ever parkrun. From far and near you came: Ardingly, Bushy, London, Horsham, Egypt, Suffolk, Hampstead Heath, Devon, Halifax and Italy. A well travelled bunch who we hope will return and once again take on our multi lap mountainous challenge.

Congratulations to David Russell (100) and John Samson (50). It takes a lot to reach these numbers so wear those teeshirts with pride.

What struck me today were the number of people who have managed to achieve a high number of parkruns whilst have also achieved their 25 Volunteering teeshirts. David Woodhouse (181), Ian Dumbrell (241) Pete Francis (170), David Joseph Simmons (283) Peter Morrison (179), Jane Harbage (210), Karen Catmur (221), Claire Jones (186), Maureen Rea (181) and Louise Johnston (172). These and many other volunteers have contributed immensely to parkrun, to enable its occurrence every Saturday morning for which we all are very thankful. It shows that volunteering can, work alongside achieving participation in the event itself. And, who doesn’t like wearing a bit of fluorescent every now and then!!!

In my time as volunteer I have seen many juniors tackle this course, and finish still smiling while parents have sunk to their knees in pure exhaustion. It's incredible now to see the likes of Harvey Alcock and Sam Fernley, as tall as the adults around them and running just as fast and even faster. They are amazing to me and think how wonderful it must be to grow up in a world where parkrun has always been part of their lives. Their sprinting finishes almost sweeps you off your feet.

We had plenty of competators competing to make up one or two places and giving that last metre a final push, (it all counts) and plenty of high fives, yes! Its not just the juniors who do this. Plenty were missed but many kept trying on subsequent laps with success.

And of course there is the fact that you all got up, out of bed and arrived to the start line on time (well, most of you). I’m sure you all worked hard and on a very warm morning. But peeking at the STATs, none worked harder than Louis Taub who achieved 73% in age grading and Antonia Boxall 70.68%. Phenomenal.

So hopefully some will have had some memorable moments today and you continue to have a great week.
Theresa : Run Director


Run Report #323 – 7th September 2019

Saturday 7th September was started in the best possible way for a Saturday by a whopping 159 runners and a small band of high-vis volunteers.

I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the smiling faces from everyone as they ran round their 4 and a half laps - I was on a flat part of the course - but it was impressive none the less!!

Within our merry band of parkrunners we had 4 tourists who we hope to see again, 16 first timers and a brilliant 25 PB’s!!!!

Huge congratulations go to Tracey who completed her 100th parkrun and celebrated with an outstanding cake which was enjoyed by all (possibly too much by the volunteers!). Tracey nearly managed to top off her 100th run by gaining the 100 finish token!! Disappointingly she was pipped at the post and came in 101 - what a story that could have been.

Some of you may have noticed that I was not the only Jones volunteer on Saturday. I am very proud to say I was joined by all my family and we genuinely had some much fun helping, clapping, cheering you all on. I cannot encourage you enough to volunteer for parkrun - it’s great to be part of our little community and when you surrounded with friends and family it’s even more fun!!

Well done to all runners, volunteers and our brilliant core team.

Put simply - WE LOVE PARKRUN!!!!!!!!

Chris Jones : Run Director

The Jones Volunteer Crew!


Run Report #321 – 24th August 2019

What beautiful weather for a Bank Holiday weekend, maybe not so good for
running, but I didn’t hear any body complain!
147 completed our hilly course: 19 on their first visit including Jo from
Birmingham, and 13 of you achieved PB’s.
Jacob Househam had a very impressive run, nearly achieving a PB into the
bargain as he came home first, with first timer Francesco Bagaini coming in
2nd. Isobel Russell had another good run to be First Lady home, with
Miranda Skinner back on form to be second. Many congratulations though to
Rosie Beckett. Rosie completed her 100th run to come in 3rd lady with a PB
of 22.52, that’s what you call an achievement!
Thank you to those who spoke to me after the run. I was asked particularly to
mention some of our fast young men. These teenagers regularly encourage
us older/slower runners when they are racing home and we have at least
another lap to complete. She made the point that teenagers get such bad
press these days, but we definitely have some that deserve credit.

Were you the person who finished in position138 and took your finish token
home as a reward? Then please bring the token back next time you come to
Clair. Even if you are not registered with a bar code we need the finish
tokens to use every week. We would be grateful as It is an expense to have
to keep replacing them.
I love being part of parkrun, running or volunteering, it is such a good start to
the weekend. Please give up a run occasionally to volunteer, you are still
participating and it will be much appreciated.
I hope to see you again next Saturday, and it being the last Saturday of the
month, will be pacer day.

Maureen : Run Director


Run Report #320 – 17th August 2019

Gap between showers brought lovely running weather!

142 of you ran today on a fairly unseasonal August morning. Overnight rain meant a sludgy puddle near the pavilion corner, but this was kindly swept up for the runners by Simon Lock. Fancy a job with the council, Simon? Otherwise, the lovely fresh conditions were perfect for PBs. And there were 18 today. Well done all.

Particular thanks should go to today’s volunteers, many of whom are regulars. We almost always have a full roster by the end of the week which takes away so much stress for the organising team. Nevertheless, there are many regular runners who have never volunteered so why not give it a go.

Congratulations to Liz Cooper of Burgess Hill Runners on her 50th parkrun. Great, too, to see Karen Catmur running her 200 th Clair parkrun!

First female was Isobel Russell from Haywards Heath Harriers in 22.13, followed by Rosie Beckett, also from Harriers, in 24.24 and first timer, and parkrun tourist, Sophie Cullen was third in 24.59.
We welcomed visitors from Aberdeen to Uckfield and a few first-timers – please come again.
First past the post was Chris Smith in 16.22, not quite beating his own course record. Ex Haywards Heath Harrier Jon Hall was second in 18.40, paying us a visit from his current home town of Exeter. Jasper Baker of Lewes AC was third in 19 minutes exactly.

Have a good week all.
Marion Hemsworth : Run Director


Run Report #319 – 10th August 2019

A brief thought on this morning:

Overnight electricity outages, gale-force winds and unseasonal showers couldn’t dampen the power of parkrun as 138 runners celebrated Haywards Heath’s hills for the 319th Clair parkrun. A magnificent field of local runners and visitors from Cumbria, Taunton and Wales included 24 first timers to Clair, 7 first-ever Parkrunners and 14 juniors.

Congratulations to Hayward’s Heath Harriers’ Gibson brothers who came in 1st and 2nd males, and Burgess Hill Runners’ Kirsty Armstrong, first female. 14 pb’s were achieved throughout the field and a magnificent effort from first timer Sharon Ruben, who came in with the tail ‘walker’ Kevin in a superfast 41m18s. Congratulations also to Will Green on his 50th parkrun (aged only 12) and James Whistler who came in 4th on his 300th parkrun.

Thanks as always to the superb volunteers who make it all possible and all you lovely runners for making it so much fun. See you all next week!

Simon Lock : Run Director

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