Bens Running Journey

What a great turnout today for Eastbourne's 445th parkrun, and our 9th back since the covid lockdown.

We also celebrated a couple of milestones in the sunshine: James Hookway took part in his 50th parkrun, while I took part in my 100th - dressed as a dinosaur!

I thought I'd share my journey in this week's run report....

I was never sporty or athletic while growing up. I lived close enough to school to nip home during cross-country PE lessons instead of running around the block. The first time I voluntarily went for a run was to avoid Chemistry exam revision in the summer of 1996... I remember feeling like I'd run forever, but having just looked it up on a map I'd barely run over a mile before turning round and walking back home!
At University, I was in halls with a load of sports students. I tried to go running in the mornings with hockey-captain Nigel, but couldn't keep up and struggled to keep going. This jogging regime barely lasted two weeks and was definitely not enjoyable.
While commuting to Brighton, necessity drove me a couple of times to run like a wild banshee and beat the bus to its stop.
Apart from those few occasions (and arguably even during them) I was never a runner.

A move back to work in Eastbourne four winters ago freed up a couple of hours daily travel time. Debs and I decided to improve our fitness and take up running. Our first attempt to run round Princes Park Pond ended in a red-faced sweaty mess partway through the one 600m lap we completed. After this we downloaded the BBC Couch to 5k mobile app (available for Android or iPhone) and started jeffing (a mixture of walking and jogging or running). I really cannot recommend this app/programme highly enough for anybody who is starting to run. It's just three half hour sessions each week, and over 9ish weeks builds from a couple of short 30 second runs, to eventually completing a 30 minute non-stop run. Both Debs and I picked up niggles and injuries during our C25K journey (mine was an ice-dancing injury on a Christmas skating rink) and so took longer than 9 weeks to finish. If you're just starting out, definitely take it easy and don't rush to get through the programme. Some aches and pains are natural during and after a run, but if it's too painful then slow down and pause or stop, and if necessary seek medical advice.

I waited until I knew I could run 5k before coming to my first parkrun around Easter 2018. I still remember feeling really out of place amongst a sea of "proper runners" in their lycra and "pro-racing tops". In hindsight, I realise that there are very few expert runners at parkrun, and those of us who wear posh-looking wicking tops, or brightly coloured running shoes or leggings have simply learned how to make running slightly less uncomfortable! Having been around the parkrun block several times, I can assure you that nobody at parkrun will judge you on your gear, speed, fitness, or form. In fact many other parkrunners will be battling their own anxieties, addictions, body image, and self-doubt. I wish I'd started coming to parkrun much sooner than I did, because it's a really supportive environment, and there will always be others to give you encouragement and a boost.
The most memorable moments from my 100 parkruns include several times where other runners (whose names I am generally rubbish at remembering) have spurred me on, either to resume running after a walk break, with advice to keep breathing on the final section behind the trees, or even just to stay together until the finish line.

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Inside the dinosaur today, the sunshine helped to generate an abundance of perspiration. Visibility was reduced to almost zero, so I was incredibly grateful to the parkrunners in neon and bright blue for helping me keep my feet on track. I could hear people cheering me on, as well as others who were eager to catch up or who didn't want to be overtaken by a dinosaur! I really couldn't see where I was going, and stumbled into a low bollard by the playpark where I was trying to avoid the sign and lamp post that I knew were hazards there. Fortunately an apricot runner was on hands to pick me up and point me in the direction of a pink marshal, who made sure I was fine to carry on shuffling to the finish line.

Thank you to everybody who has supported and encouraged me and run beside me during my 100 parkruns. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Ben

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This week 308 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Liz Lumber who achieved another age category record of 20.14 - AWESOME !

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Alnur HASSAM • Duncan TAYLOR • Mike THOMPSON • Fenella MALONEY • Natalie MCCREATH • Belinda CRAMP • Alex COLLINS • Louise RICE • Pauline KEEP • Chris KEEP • Phil WOOD • Steve DAVEY • Paula WHELAN • Tomm BROOKER • Steve GOUGH • Richard WINSON • Sarah DOHERTY • Scott O'ROURKE • Jo CASWELL • Ben PAWLEY • Gary BURNHAM-JONES • Derek CASWELL • Debs PAWLEY • Sharon PALMER • Helen STILES • Phoebe PAWLEY • Jonathan ROSS • Tina WHICKMAN • Izzy LYNCH

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

The female record is held by Julie BRIGGS who recorded a time of 17:59 on 11th May 2013 (event number 69).
The male record is held by Chris DODD who recorded a time of 15:37 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 380).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane CLARKE who recorded 90.35% (19:31) on 24th January 2015 (event number 161).

Eastbourne parkrun started on 28th January 2012. Since then 11,196 participants have completed 92,825 parkruns covering a total distance of 464,125 km, including 14,788 new Personal Bests. A total of 782 individuals have volunteered 9,095 times.

 

Watch out for the Zebra Crossing !

It is Saturday afternoon; I have had a nap; and I am feeling ready to write the report of today’s 444th Eastbourne parkrun event! It was great fun to watch all 283 fabulous persons make their way round our loopy summer course from my vantage point at the Bridge With No Name. I was joined by 27 other amazing volunteers, all fulfilling the different roles which come together to make our awesome event happen each week. Today we had the lovely Adrien as Run Director, overseeing everything and everyone; and making sure all the rules are followed. Volunteer Co-ordinator Donna has been checking our email account all week, answering people’s queries and filling up the volunteer rota. On the day, she made sure everyone knew what they were doing and handed out hi-viz, lanyards and radios. With the aid of the easily downloadable parkrun app, timekeepers Martin and Chris were recording everyone’s finishing times as they crossed the line, while Izzy and Phoebe, two young volunteers from St Catherine’s College Duke of Edinburgh programme gave a finishing token to each participant at the end of the funnel. Barcode scanners Ian, Gary, Phil, Ceridwen, Jamey and Katherine were also using the parkrun app on their mobile phones to scan everyone’s barcodes and finishing tokens – to make sure they are emailed / texted their time after the event which was the job of Ben today. There are other roles too, from managing the funnel to helping pack up after the event which need to be completed every week – so please do get involved if you are able! We are very short of helpers next week. You don’t need to wear a zebra onesie to do it, I just like to make people smile! Please email eastbourne@parkrun.co.uk if you would like to help, and if you volunteer 25 times, you get a lovely purple technical top from HQ – oooo!

It was a little overcast but still pretty humid today as everyone enjoyed their Shinewater surroundings and I was so impressed by the resilience and determination of all our participants – from the youngest (possibly 11-month-old Otto in his pram) to the oldest (we have people in their 70 and 80’s regularly coming to our parkrun – outstanding)! Firstly, hello and welcome to the 35 1st timers that joined us today. We had a tourist from Ireland 2nd over the line today, his 237th parkrun and his 1st at Eastbourne – we hope you enjoyed it Oliver, well done! Both 3rd and 4th over the line, James Stephen and Christopher Doherty, gained Personal Bests (PB) and 14-year-old Kaleb Berhane was absolutely storming with a PB of 20:27! A third PB in a row for Ryan Hopkins in the 18 – 19 age category and Darren Broderick shows that it is still possible to get a PB, even after 239 parkruns! I am not sure what 10-year-old Elsa had for her breakfast, but her 3rd PB in a row saw her taking over a minute off of her previous record! Massive congratulations to Alan Morehen on a 50th parkrun PB – nice one and congratulations on the achievement! Jodi Lock, Thanaksan Yogalingham, Rebecca Love, Melanie Hopkins and Peter Wilkinson all zoomed home for a PB this morning and congratulations to Ian James on his 50th parkrun today! I love our little community!

Well, I’ll see you all next Saturday, I guess! It’s my lovely husband Ben’s 100th parkrun and I am tailwalking with the amazing Sarah D – best start planning my outfit now! Debs xx

Here’s the stats bit …

This week 283 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Adrien COYNE • Duncan TAYLOR • Nicki HOWARD • Mike THOMPSON • David AXON • Debbie DAVIS • Michael ELLIS • Ian WESTON • Chris KEEP • Phil WOOD • Marina DAVIES • Gary WOOD • Neil MASKELL • Donna MASKELL • Martin SALES • Jamey STREET • Steve GOUGH • Peter WILKINSON • Jemma CRAWFORD • Jo CASWELL • Katherine PAWLEY • Ceridwen PARKER • Gary BURNHAM-JONES • Derek CASWELL • Debs PAWLEY • Helen STILES • Phoebe PAWLEY • Izzy LYNCH

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

The female record is held by Julie BRIGGS who recorded a time of 17:59 on 11th May 2013 (event number 69).
The male record is held by Chris DODD who recorded a time of 15:37 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 380).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane CLARKE who recorded 90.35% (19:31) on 24th January 2015 (event number 161).

Eastbourne parkrun started on 28th January 2012. Since then 11,171 participants have completed 92,517 parkruns covering a total distance of 462,585 km, including 14,735 new Personal Bests. A total of 780 individuals have volunteered 9,066 times.

 

Another Fab parkrun Report

Every Saturday at 9am a wonderful, diverse and supportive group of people come together at Shinewater to take part in our weekly Eastbourne parkrun. Whilst we are all there with the same goal of running, jogging or walking 5k, everyone’s reason for being there is different. Undoubtedly, we are all there to keep ourselves healthy - both physically and mentally - but for some people it runs deeper than that. I had the pleasure of meeting first-timers Ellie and her daughter Nicki this morning for whom today was an emotional and triumphant achievement, with Ellie having been given the all-clear from cancer just days ago. It was an absolute joy to watch you walk over the finish line today and we certainly hope to welcome you back to Eastbourne parkrun many more times, along with the other wonderful 42 first-timers who joined us for the first time today!

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We had 297 people running, jogging and walking our beautiful course this morning (including a human-sized strawberry!) and there were 29 different clubs represented. There were a whopping 43 of you who smashed your own records including Gary Wood, Giles Newlyn-Bowmer, Laura Seaman, Pamela Woolven, Malcolm Jones, Mark Haylarr, Liam Backler, Alan Morehen, Leon Burnham-Jones, Anthony Parker and Geoff Wright.
Big shout outs to David Kitchener, Dave Keen, Jodi Lock and Peter Lock for completing their 50th parkruns today!!

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And last, but by no means least, a HUGE thank you to the amazing 32 volunteers who made today possible; you are more fabulous than a diamond-encrusted unicorn!

Adrien COYNE • Ian PUSEY • Frances DELVES • Debbie SUMMERS • Graham PENNY • Fenella MALONEY • Natalie MCCREATH • Jonni ANDREWS • Jenny WHELAN • Michael ELLIS • Kevin BURTON • Chris KEEP • Phil WOOD • Steve DAVEY • Neil MASKELL • Donna MASKELL • Martin SALES • Jemma LANDER • Paula WHELAN • Tomm BROOKER • Sarah DOHERTY • Abbie MARSDEN • Peter WILKINSON • Madeleine GREEN • Ben PAWLEY • Dawn BAMFORTH • Derek CASWELL • Debs PAWLEY • Sharon PALMER • Helen STILES • Phoebe PAWLEY • Izzy LYNCH

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

The female record is held by Julie BRIGGS who recorded a time of 17:59 on 11th May 2013 (event number 69).

The male record is held by Chris DODD who recorded a time of 15:37 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 380).

The Age Grade course record is held by Jane CLARKE who recorded 90.35% (19:31) on 24th January 2015 (event number 161).

Eastbourne parkrun started on 28th January 2012. Since then 11,136 participants have completed 92,234 parkruns covering a total distance of 461,170 km, including 14,671 new Personal Bests. A total of 780 individuals have volunteered 9,038 times.

Abbie Marsden

 

Eastbourne parkrun – Run report event #442 on 28 August 2021 by Sarah Warr

It was a beautiful morning on Saturday at Shinewater Park for Eastbourne parkrun event 442. We were visiting Eastbourne for the bank holiday weekend as part of a long overdue family reunion and what better way to start the weekend* then to come along to Eastbourne parkrun for the first time as tourists. It was a family affair for us with a team ranging from my 71 year old Mum to my 4 year old Nephew.

*well the weekend actually really started on the Friday night with the traditional fish and chips – but all the more reason to get moving at parkrun.

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Everyone assembling pic

We received such a lovely warm welcome from all of the volunteers and a special mention to the tail walkers who kept the little ones motivated on the way round.

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Briefing pic

Everyone assembled for the briefing and I was really impressed with how quiet everyone was. It seems the Run Director runs a tight ship here!

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Setting off pic

Then we were off ready to enjoy the 5km run, jog or (in our case) walk.
It seems that the good weather was conducive to speedy running as 53 people achieved shiny new PBs. Well done to you all including Steve Gough, Elsa Ducat, Darren Gillett, Neo and Brian Vince, Matt and Linda Pysden, Laura Seaman, Lucy Day, Hannah Duebert and to everyone who took part.
Many thanks to all of the volunteers for being so welcoming and for putting on a fantastic event.

Adrien COYNE • Frances DELVES • Alnur HASSAM • Mike THOMPSON • Natalie MCCREATH • Geoffrey GRAY • Jane THOMAS • Gary WOOD • Neil MASKELL • Donna MASKELL • Jamey STREET • Julie TREMLIN • Ollie MILLER • Jo SANSOM • Sarah WARR • Victoria LITTLE • Abbie MARSDEN • Jo CASWELL • Ben PAWLEY • Paul BAKER • Charlotte BARNES • Derek CASWELL • Debs PAWLEY • Sharon PALMER • Mary CAYZER • Helen STILES • Phoebe PAWLEY • Izzy LYNCH

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

The female record is held by Julie BRIGGS who recorded a time of 17:59 on 11th May 2013 (event number 69).
The male record is held by Chris DODD who recorded a time of 15:37 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 380).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane CLARKE who recorded 90.35% (19:31) on 24th January 2015 (event number 161).

Eastbourne parkrun started on 28th January 2012. Since then 11,092 participants have completed 91,937 parkruns covering a total distance of 459,685 km, including 14,628 new Personal Bests. A total of 778 individuals have volunteered 9,006 times.

 

Abbie’s Run Report

Today was a typical Saturday morning…I arrived at Shinewater to find the parkrun team busily beavering away, the sun was trying its best to peep through the clouds…and there was a huge swan on the course! Thankfully the swan didn’t take part with the other 321 runners, joggers and walkers, and today saw first-timer Tim Collins first to cross over the line in a time of 17:20. We welcomed forty-four first timers to Eastbourne parkrun today including visitors from Hull, London and Reigate. There were sixteen of whom were taking part in their first ever parkrun; doing your first parkrun is a huge achievement so well done to each and every one of you, and we look forward to seeing you again!

Although we are unable to give pre-run shout-outs at the moment to those of you celebrating milestones, your amazing achievements do not go unnoticed - huge congratulations go out today to Lea Ducat on her 10th parkrun, Stuart Hollebon, Rita Shah, Darren Phillips, Charlotte Barnes and Paul Baker on their 50 th parkruns, Richard Tickner on his 100 th , Geoff Wright on his 150 th and Roger Smalley on his 200 th . Well done also to the forty-nine of you who triumphantly smashed your PBs this morning, and to the under 18s, who amaze me every week; you guys brought in some incredible results today! HUGE shout outs to Ilya Korchev, Fin Lumber-Fry and Freda Pearce.

Talking of Richard here is a photo of him post run. During his 100 parkruns he has had a new hip and has made a brilliant come back. Well done.

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Liz Lumber achieved a new age category record for VW55-59 in a super speedy time of 20.26.

My recent injury (yes, that’s me on the scooter) means that I’m volunteering each week rather than running, and there really couldn’t be a lovelier group of people to spend my Saturday mornings with.
(Whoever knew that barcode scanning could become so competitive?!)
We always need volunteers – after all, parkrun cannot go ahead without them – so please consider putting your name down and joining us one week. I might even let you have a go on my scooter !

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Adrien COYNE • Jacqueline HEMSLEY-LANE • Debbie SUMMERS • Geoff DEPPER • Helen TICKNER • Pam HART • Tim READING • Mike THOMPSON • Natalie MCCREATH • Caroline SKINNER • Pauline KEEP • Chris KEEP • Roger HILTON • Gary WOOD • Neil MASKELL • Donna MASKELL • George MESSAGE • Roger HUMPHRIES • Helen DAGGETT • Jo SANSOM • Abbie MARSDEN • Peter WILKINSON • Dave KEEN • Jo CASWELL • Joseph BERRY • Ben PAWLEY • Derek CASWELL • Debs PAWLEY • Sharon PALMER • Mary CAYZER • Helen STILES • Phoebe PAWLEY • Izzy LYNCH • Sanaa MESKALAIL

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

The female record is held by Julie BRIGGS who recorded a time of 17:59 on 11th May 2013 (event number 69).
The male record is held by Chris DODD who recorded a time of 15:37 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 380).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane CLARKE who recorded 90.35% (19:31) on 24th January 2015 (event number 161).

Eastbourne parkrun started on 28th January 2012. Since then 11,062 participants have completed 91,636 parkruns covering a total distance of 458,180 km, including 14,575 new Personal Bests. A total of 776 individuals have volunteered 8,978 times.

See you next week,

Abbie x

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