EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 19. April 13th, 2019

 

We are almost there. It is no use to pretend otherwise. I know you all want to but … parkrun East Brighton is almost out of its teens. There, I’ve said it. This was the 19th parkrun of East Brighton held in East Brighton Park by the East Brighton parkrun team for the runners, skippers, hoppers and crawlers of East Brighton and everywhere. Everywhere was especially noticeable this week as when the Run Director, Nancy, went through the pre-run speech, she asked how many new runners we had. Hands went up all over the place. Might the marathon due to be run the following day have something to do with this? Hmmmm …

We’ve been working a lot on getting proper names for all the Marshal Points along the route. We are properly grown up, or will be soon. We deserve proper grown up names for the various checkpoints. So here is it. We now start with a run up Beaky Hill, go along the top Terrace through the Terrace Junction, turning left at the Football Cone, loop around the Heli-pitch, repass the Football Cone. Then up Dottie’s incline and head towards the start. Don’t stop here as you now get to run, skip, hop or crawl it all over again through Terrace Two and onward towards Terrace junction etcetera; and once more but this time it is Terrace Three.

Not sure what I am talking about? Well come and join us one Saturday and it will all become clear.  Well as clear as a Saturday morning starting with a run, skip, hop or crawl, with a group of like-minded people can be. It is great fun and all you need is a barcode obtainable at the even cheaper than chips price, for FREE from https://www.parkrun.org.uk . You can come and join us - but without that all important barcode you cannot be timed. And that is another little bonus of parkrun. As you tackle the course every week, or any other official parkrun course, you start to build up a picture of your very own. You will be running, hopping and skipping against no one but your own time with a load of people all running, hopping, skipping and crawling against their own previously set time. But only with your barcode mind you.

And to end on a note of good cheer, next week our wonderful run reporter, Catherine, will have descended from Snowdonia and will pick up the quill once more.

 Report by Miriam Binder

parkrun role this week: Timekeeper and Scrap (Puppy) Buddy

If running, hopping and skipping isn’t your thing, we are always looking for volunteers. Regular runners, if you could volunteer once in a while that really helps us keep the run in parkrun. Here’s what to do:

Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us:

  1. Which Saturdays you are available
  2. Your barcode number *

*you don't have to be a runner to join parkrun. Sign up at the top of the East Brighton parkrun facebook page, or register at www.parkrun.org.uk to get your unique barcode number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Matt HANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Will BAKER • Gina BIGGS • Steven TENNANT • Bill HILL • Nancy PLATTS • Mark PINNEY • Paul PEARSON • Paul PARKER • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Varun MAHATME • Laura TURNIDGE • Richard AVISON

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

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).

***NEW FEMALE RECORD SET THIS WEEK***

The female record is held by Helena ROONEY who recorded a time of 20:18 on 13th April 2019 (event number 19).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 86.38% (20:41) on 16th February 2019 (event number 11).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 861 participants have completed 1,635 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,175 km, including 325 new Personal Bests. A total of 91 individuals have volunteered 326 times.

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON PARKRUN REPORT, No 18. April 6th, 2019

 

Flowing from the pen of the occasional reporter. I was rather wondering whether a run would take place what with Albion going to Wembley and all that but … EBers stop for no one! Except for the helicopter and even that had the decency to wait till the tail walker crossed the finish line to come in for a landing. Today we were joined by the Portslade Hedgehoppers. Chris, our buggy-pushing runner, was going to give the buggy a rest and photograph the runners this week but unfortunately was unable to make it. Hope to see you next week Chris. It just ain’t the same without you.

Did I mention that I worried about the parkrun taking place? Well I needn't have worried. I arrived, shortly after our VC, Darren, and thought this is it. But soon, the place was swarming with eager runners, hoppers, skippers and walkers all keen to start their Saturday with a 5 km course over some of the most wondrous grass. They all eagerly listened as the RD, Emma, gave her spiel. Some may even have listened as there wasn't a single dog running without a lead and all those juniors were within an arms’ length of a ‘responsible’ adult. The course was laid, the markers were up and away they went.

I do sometimes wonder what I would do with my Saturday if there wasn’t a parkrun. I still don’t know. but I do know that without those wonderful runners, hoppers, skippers and walkers every Saturday, my week would be bleak.

Report by Miriam Binder

parkrun role this week: Barcode Scanner

(and Human belonging to Scrap the Pup)

If you sometimes wonder what to do on a Saturday morning too we are always looking for volunteers.   If you are a regular runner, but could volunteer once in a while that would be equally wonderful. Here’s what to do:

Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

1. Which Saturdays you are available

2. Your barcode number *

*you don't have to be a runner to join parkrun. Sign up at the top of the East Brighton parkrun facebook page, or register at www.parkrun.org.uk to get your unique barcode number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails

 

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Matt HANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Will BAKER • Valerie GATES • Lucy MITCHELL • Emma WROE • Mark SASO • Jane LEACH • Dave BAILEY • Lloyd EVANS • Paul PEARSON • Julia LOPEZ • Victor LOPEZ • Milene LOPEZ • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Mary HERBERT

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

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).

The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 86.38% (20:41) on 16th February 2019 (event number 11).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 789 participants have completed 1,511 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,555 km, including 304 new Personal Bests. A total of 86 individuals have volunteered 309 times.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 17. March 30th, 2019

What did the Caterpillar say to the Butterfly?

Was it a heat-haze do you think? Or just a happy glow hanging low over East Brighton Park on Saturday?  Whatever we’re calling it, it felt portent.  Like something new and magical might be lying in wait. I am occasionally reminded that this is a “run report” and perhaps I should do some reporting before I wander off into the bushes in search of spring blossom and magic … so let’s talk numbers.

  1. Many more knees – sun’s out, shorts on. Volunteers and runners both shrank their trousers this week.  I spied at least one pair of flip-flops; and gloriously one actual barefoot runner.
  1. At least two holiday makers. Yup, we had parkrun tourists from the East Brighton Caravan Park.  And from Swansea. Saturday mornings always feel like a holiday to us, it’s easy to forget that some of our runners actually are holidaymakers.  Kudos for choosing parkrun over a lie in.
  1. Six brand new parkrunners. This number has been going up every week and makes us oh so happy. People coming for their very first parkrun in East Brighton Park.  The increasing number of you that keep coming back makes us smile even more.
  1. A couple of runners tapering towards the Brighton Marathon.
  1. A giggle of returning runners from Longhill School – excellent effort girls – even if you were giggling at us!
  1. A trio of wonderful 5K walkers who rallied together for a glorious sprint finish.  Hell yeah!
  1. And 30 – yup 30 – new PBs (personal best times).  See?  I told you there was magic in the air.

One our volunteers took a great photo along the terraces this week.  Everything was colour and sunshine and joy.  The freshly mown terraces were alive with runners; and walkers; and buggy pushers; and dogs; and joggers; and children.  It was exactly as we imagined East Brighton parkrun might be when we announced our first, tentative “3…2…1…GO!” one cold morning in December, 17 parkruns ago.

So, what did the caterpillar say to the butterfly? ... You’ve changed.

And what did the butterfly say in return? ... I’m supposed to.

Thank you lovely EBies for helping us fly.

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Finish Token Giver-Outer

If you want to be an EB butterfly too we are always looking for volunteers.   If you are a regular runner, but could volunteer once in a while that would be equally helpful. Here’s what to do: Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

  1. Which Saturdays you are available
  2. Your barcode number *

*you don't have to be a runner to join parkrun. Sign up at the top of the East Brighton parkrun facebook page, or register at www.parkrun.org.uk to get your unique barcode number. When you do, please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 77 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 14 volunteers: Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Will BAKER • Steven TENNANT • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Laura TURNIDGE

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

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).

The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 86.38% (20:41) on 16th February 2019 (event number 11).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 726 participants have completed 1,392 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,960 km, including 285 new Personal Bests. A total of 85 individuals have volunteered 290 times.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 16. March 23rd, 2019

 

The day the RunPals came.

What a wonderfabulous morning at East Brighton parkrun. The EB team have been so friendly and welcoming to us RunPals and everyone else that runs here; they genuinely care about everyone that takes part at East Brighton. So, for event number 16, we decided we wanted to give them a morning off and our pals swapped running vests for high vis jackets and pacer bibs to pay it forward and let the EB regular crew enjoy their Saturday morning from the other side of the start line.

And what an amazing morning it was.

It looked like one of the busiest first timer briefings we’ve seen at EB with a number of people taking part in their first ever parkrun. The change in weather to this glorious spring morning was working and drawing people out to the park. We had returning runners, new runners, walk runners, old runners, young runners and everyone in between, all eager to give it a go. This was confirmed post run, with 127 of you making up the busiest EB parkrun to date!

I have to say a special mention to Debbie and the first timer Longhill year 9 girls today. For a few of these guys, it was their first ever 5k run, and they all smashed it. I could see and hear from every corner of the course today, people cheering them on and helping them to get over the line. You all embraced the EB spirit today and helped these girls achieve something incredible! I hope we’ll see more of them again at parkrun.

We had a couple of milestones to celebrate today too - Catherine was celebrating her 10th adult run and she’s a junior which is pretty phenomenal when you think of how far they’ve actually run...50km! Well done little legs!

Then we had Craig, who was running his 50th today. Craig ran very strong from the start and when you consider that he was one of the pals who completed the parkrun Marathon last weekend, to achieve his 50th event today AND to be fastest over the line after such a challenging run last week, is pretty inspiring - you can imagine the excitement as he was calling home after the run. But, it wasn’t the focus of his accomplishment today... no, for Craig it was also seeing his little 7 year old girl, inspired by all of you parkrunners, to complete her first ever parkrun with her little pals this morning - you couldn’t miss them in their pink and blue t shirts, shooting the breeze like adults, enjoying their run. It really goes to show that anyone is welcome at parkrun and whether it’s your first or your fiftieth, everyone gets cheered and we ALL achieved something amazing by getting out of bed and getting it done this morning.

You may have heard some of our volunteers from every angle of the park today and you certainly would have seen the big blue pals hands as, I counted 52 high fives in a row at the first corner alone! Without volunteers, parkrun wouldn’t happen, so to see so many regular runners don the high vis and ensure you all got round safely (and smiley!) was humbling to watch. I particularly enjoyed singing along to the greatest showman as I rounded music corner today! For me, it was also the first time my little family was all together volunteering at the far cone, cheering, high fiving and being cheeky as we turn around round them!

We also had EB’s first pacer weekend with times ranging from 25-40minutes and a walk runner too. A couple of our regular buggy runners were pacing - which itself is quite a challenge on the flat, let alone on EB’s soft green slopes, but we hear they inspired a few of you to really push yourself to new paces today - well done pals!

Pacing is quite a skill to get right, especially with the pressure of people wanting to smash their EB PB with their sites focused firmly on the number on your back, but to witness lots of post run high fives and “thank you for keeping me going” types of comments, we think the pals did a fabulous job.

Did anyone see Varun today? This kid embraced everything there is to learn from East Brighton parkrun. He was tail walking with Dawn, cheering people on, high-fiving where he could and generally being one of the smiliest of volunteers. Awesome work young man, you’re going to fly through your DofE award if you keep this up.

Wow, have I mentioned everything yet?

Maybe one more... my good Pal Ria who was run director for the day. You may or may not have noticed, but Ria has a little baby growing inside her belly, due in about two weeks’ time! Whilst she’s less able to run at the moment, she still takes part in parkrun and helped to keep us all organised in having a funtastic day at parkrun. Thank you pal!

If you couldn’t tell already, I have to say that I really enjoyed today’s parkrun. Today I paced at a speed that was easier for me and I loved it. It helped me realise that it’s not always about achieving a PB. It’s not about smashing it, going hell for leather every Saturday morning. It was about enjoying what was going on around me. I met a lovely man who moved to Brighton some 25 years ago from the depths of Cornwall. I met another who was enjoying his second ever parkrun. Another couple, wearing their 100 shirts, who just loved every second of this morning. I learned that it’s not always about chasing a PB and that it’s ok to slow down and have some fun!

Sometimes, it absolutely is all about the taking part that counts. And today, it counted.

Thank you everyone for having fun today. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

 Report by Matt Coyne

parkrun role this week: RunPal Takeover-er and Pacer

If this tale of fun and friendship makes you want to join in too we are always looking for volunteers.   Here’s what to do:

Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

1. Which Saturdays you are available

2. Your barcode number *

*you don't have to be a runner to join parkrun. Sign up at the top of the East Brighton parkrun facebook page, or register at www.parkrun.org.uk to get your unique barcode number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 127 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Terry James AVEY • Des MCGUCKIAN • Paul CHANDLER • Dawn PAUL • Becky HARRIS • Alex MORRIS • Nikki BOWMAN • Jon BINNEY • Ria BINNEY • Nancy PLATTS • Kathleen WARD • Kelly HAIGH • Naomi ELLIS • Matt COYNE • Paul PEARSON • Emily VIRK • Lucy ARKWELL • Bex COYNE • Sonya TROTT • Julia LOPEZ • Victor LOPEZ • Milene LOPEZ • Adam HAIGH • Kelly SELLENS • Victoria PEASTER • Miriam BINDER • Ben TENNANT • Kate TENNANT • Varun MAHATME • Laura TURNIDGE

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

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).

The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 86.38% (20:41) on 16th February 2019 (event number 11).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 707 participants have completed 1,315 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,575 km, including 254 new Personal Bests. A total of 85 individuals have volunteered 276 times.

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 15. March 16th, 2019

 

EB Live and Unplugged – A parkrun Fable

The phones started flashing at about 8.20am. Texts bleeped, WhatsApp messages multiplied and people left anxious messages on Council office voicemails.  A small group of anorak’d people stood on the steps outside Dottie’s Café, occasionally punching numbers into the entry lock.

“The lock looks new,” said one, as he scrolled through his messages.

“Surely they wouldn’t …” said another, unable to get to the end of the thought.

“Change the lock …” gasped a third.

“And not tell us the new code.”

By 8.30am it was agreed. parkrun was locked inside Dotties Café with no way out. A decision must be made.  Could we make a parkrun without the stuff? Without marker cones and poles; without a finish funnel or a start; without tokens or yellow marker signs.  Without our hi-vis jackets - were we even heroes?

As the wind whipped around we pooled our resources, huddled like survivors in a post-apocalyptic fall-out. We had the parkrun tech bag – because everything goes home to be charged. A little rummaging through pockets unearthed a handful of sticky biros. Various bits of paper were pulled seemingly from thin air and by 8.35am one volunteer and two visitors from Chiltern Church Runners were busy creating emergency finish tokens.

We purloined a pile of road-cones (from where I cannot say - the less you know the better) and re-purposed them as a start and a finish. We ripped up the volunteer roster – turning the bits into finish tokens - and re-worked the roles of parkrun for our new, desperate terrain.  A special word of praise here to Laura our Duke of Edinburgh volunteer; firstly for taking the changes in her stride, but also for bringing her Dad – Mark – who ended up with a job too.  And a second special thank you to Gabrielle Biggins who appeared like an angel from nowhere.  She fitted in so well, we failed to notice she was new.  I’ve added their names to the list of EB People below – I’m sorry you weren’t formally noted – please know you were brilliant.

And by 8.59am we were ready, minus loud-speaker, to begin.

“WELCOME TO EB parkrun – LIVE AND UNPLUGGED!” I shouted at the 60 assembled, slightly bemused runners. (Wot?? I’ve always wanted to shout that, haven’t you?). And as I roared explanations above the howling gale, I watched their faces turn from bewilderment to pure, rebellious joy.  We were all in this together and we were going to have fun.  After all that chaos there was some incredible running, including 12 new PBs. Damn you were strong!

You don’t need a loudspeaker to be heard. You just need a crowd who want to play along. You don’t need poles and markers and signs to make a parkrun. You just need a gaggle of EBies crazy enough to come out in the wild winds to give it a go. And you don’t need a hi-vis to be a hero.  I don’t think I have ever been prouder of our little parkrun that I was on Saturday.  Volunteers and runners alike you were all unflappable, spontaneous, ingenious and shining – Super Heroes.

Erm, same time next week …?

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Run Director and hopelessly proud member of the EB team

 

If you’d like to join the legendary EB parkrun team here’s what to do:

Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

1. Which Saturdays you are available

2. Your barcode number *

*you don't have to be a runner to join parkrun. Sign up at the top of the East Brighton parkrun facebook page, or register at www.parkrun.org.uk to get your unique barcode number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails

Come along, what could possibly go wrong? x

 

EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:

This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15  make that 17! (extras in bold) volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Will BAKER • Steven TENNANT • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Laura TURNIDGE • Laura’s Dad MARK • and Gabrielle BIGGINS

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

The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).

The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 86.38% (20:41) on 16th February 2019 (event number 11).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 648 participants have completed 1,188 parkruns covering a total distance of 5,940 km, including 221 new Personal Bests. A total of 63 individuals have volunteered 245 times.

 

 

 

 

 

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