Run Report #312 – 22nd June 2019

I believe there is distinctive trend now, with an ongoing increase in weekly members. It looks like the secret of fabulousness is finally out.
We are 4 and a half neat laps of challenging climbs and downward sprints. There is no other parkrun quite like ours.
So the feeling this week was one that summer has arrived. We can now enjoy the tree canopy of shade rather than the drip of rain drops.
With such lovely weather it was no wonder that our 171 runners plus hi-vised volunteers stepped out for another weekly run.
Being a slow/moderate runner myself, my general position is that most people look pretty fast compared to me. But when my fellow time keepers and marshals watched James Skinner skip past in a fuzzy blur eye brows were raised. “This is going to be a good time” were the words uttered. And indeed it was. James time started with the number 16!! That was 16.53 for 5k. He really did keep us on our toes and working fast on the finish funnel. So well done James on such an impressive time week. PB next week?
Our first lady who crossed the line like a Gazelle was Isabel Russell with an equally admirable time of 22.50

As always thank you to the ever faithful bunch of volunteers. Do sign up and join in to volunteer, is really does add another amazing dimension to parkrun when you give back.
As this is my run report I would like to say ‘well done’ to my youngest who got her best Clair parkrun time of this year and to my other daughter who volunteered to help without quibble.

Anyone fancy another run this Saturday? Meet again around 9 at Clair Park??

Clare Jones : Run Director

 

Run Report #311 – 15th June 2019

It has been well over a year since I last took the RD role. This shows you how great you guys are at volunteering! As usual, I would like to thank this weeks hi viz heroes for your help.

It was great to greet everyone as they arrived especially our 11 brand new first time parkrunners and our parkrun tourists. I hope you all enjoyed our run and will not be strangers!

We had another great turn out with 177 runners, 28 of whom recorded a new PB and that is not an easy thing to do at Clair Park.

First over the finish line was our course record holder C J Smith with a fantastic time of 16:33. Second was Ian Donougher who now has a PB of 18:37 and hot on his heels was Arun Khursheed in 18:38 just outside of his fastest time too. Kim Lo was our fastest lady this week in 21:25.

As I mentioned this morning we are fast approaching a total distance of 200,000 miles round Clair Park. It will happen in approximately 400 runners time. We will keep you informed as we get closer to the target.

Have a good week and I hope to see you next Saturday.

Jay Wadey : Run Director

 

Run Report #310 – 8th June 2019

Cor! What a big one! 193 of you athletes took on the undulations of Clair and won. Every one of you ran 5k and from what I could see every one of you did it with a smile on your face!

We had tourists from Chesterfield and Denmark! We had more first timers than were prepared to admit it. People can be quite shy when its their first time right? We hope you enjoyed it and to see you back at parkrun very soon - next week would be grand.

Craig Halsey came back to Clair from down Brighton way to knock a few seconds off his PB at the front of the field. He ran Clair in 17:02 today. Craig was just pipped to the age grade lead this week by young Arun who followed him in in 18:34. Abby Ross turned in a leading performance also at 22:02 followed in closely by young Yazmin Williams with a PB of 22:43.

A couple of significant milestones were passed today. On her birthday, Jill Bennett ran her 100th parkrun with 82 of them at Clair. Happy Birthday Jill! Her teammate at Burgess Hill Runners Gary Foley, also ran his 100th parkrun today with 83 at Clair. Well done Gary!

In addition, Shelagh Robinson of Haywards Heath Harriers ran her 200th parkrun today with 175 at Clair. Shelagh had all the family running today, and also had lots of her Harriers running family with her (see photo!). Hopefully a great day!

Today, members of Haywards Heath Harriers covered all of the volunteer positions, including me as Run Director. Despite that, it all ran like a ‘well-oiled machine’. I want to thank both the Harriers volunteers for their time, and the core team members who kept us on the straight and narrow.

Volunteers this week were:

Andy HIND • Ann SAVIDGE • Ben GIBSON • Gemma MORGAN • Graham KENWARD
• Hannah GIBSON • Katherine BUCKERIDGE • Linda TULLETT • Lydia LEVY • Marion HEMSWORTH
• Michael ESSEX • Michael PARISH • Pete FRANCIS • Sarah Ann HAMILTON

Volunteering is fun. Please volunteer. Anyone can be great at it.

Ian : Run Director

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Run Report #309 – 1st June 2019

Run #309 at Clair got the first day of summer off to a perfect start.  The weather was beautiful (for spectating, in particular) and there was a nice turnout of runners (182 in total).  The number 2 position was won by a Arun, a young HH Harrier who was the only runner to top 80% on the age-related scoring system.  It was great watching him stride round the course making it look easy.  Well done Arun!

The new whiteboard is an excellent innovation for helping us to properly welcome visitors and first-timers, and also very handy for calling-out special events and milestones.  We had visitors from Finchley, Wimbledon, New Forest, Tilgate and Hove, and newbies coached by the lovely J&M Runners team doing their first parkrun.  Milestone-wise there was a 250 by Paul Cousins (awesome) and a 200 by Sarah Hamilton (brilliant).  There was also a 50 but I regret not making a proper note of who it was (Matt or Mark, sorry).  There was bit too much efficiency in cleaning the board afterwards – should have taken a photo.  Talking of which, check out the new Clair ‘picture frame’ that runners can use to let social media feeds report their relaxing start to the weekend!

 

We had a few doctors on hand, the occasion being a challenge sponsored by the Royal College of General Practitioners to have 1,000 of their members attend parkruns nationally on 1st June, this to mark the first anniversary of the college’s initiative for doctors to affiliate themselves with local runs.  At Clair we had doctors Ian and Liz from the Northlands Wood Practice, along with practice nurse Carol and other team members.  The pink wig was one of them.  Also doing the challenge was doctor Katie from Lindfield Medical Centre, a regular at Clair.  It’s brilliant that something so simple as a quick run round your local rec can have grown into such a ‘thing’.

 

Thanks as ever to the volunteers and our standing local organising team.

Andrew Swaffer RD

 

Run Report #306 – 11th May 2019

What a lovely morning for a run, and I hope you all agree and enjoyed testing
yourself against the hills in Clair Park.
It wasn’t quite so cold for the volunteers as the last two weeks have been,
and we thank you for being out there to encourage and support the runners
and walkers completing the course.
We had more walkers than normal as some of our regulars were resting their
legs after completing the Mid Sussex Marathon last weekend, or indeed
preparing themselves for one of the Gatwick races tomorrow.
We had tourists, and I give my apologies for not be able to name you all as I
forgot to bring the white board home! Seriously though, it was remiss of me
not to make a note before I left but we are glad you came, and hope the
‘pirate challenge’ is completed successfully by Tina and Kevin.
We had 19 first timers, and I will mention Richard Mason who was first ( and
only ) buggy pusher home on his first visit but completed his 360th run.
A 50 milestone for Richard Higgs, the 2nd oldest runner on the course today.
Well done, Richard.
First man home was Rob Watts in close competition with Chris Byrne in
second, and Isobel Russell first lady followed by Gillian Forrest.
Thank you to Pete who volunteered to accompany Jacob, and I see you
completed in 21.10, it looked like a challenging run, but earned Jacob the
highest age grading of 74.57%
There were 30 PB’s so that proves conditions were favourable.
2 items I forgot to mention:-
There is to be a council meeting on May 20th at 7.30pm in Clair Hall to
discuss the present and future use of the park, and anyone is welcome to
attend.
A padlock key was found in the car park and has been put in the finish token
box for safe keeping, and can be claimed next week.
As I write this report it is raining/hailing so I’m glad we were finished and
home before that arrived, but well done to all 161 for taking part.
I love being part of Clair parkrun.
Maureen Rea : Run Director

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