East Brighton parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #65, MARCH 14TH, 2020

A small and perfectly formed bunch of parkrunners arrived at East Brighton park to the warm welcome of a flurry of fuchsia! Our intrepid volunteers were sporting the new hi-viz jackets, and they all looked fabulous!

The sun managed to peep through the clouds as 25 parkrunners set off for this morning's 5k of fun. It was quite muddy along the way, but the course marshals kept us very safe! It was lovely to see everyone greeting each other as we did our laps of the park. One by one, we crossed the finish line, greeted with applause and smiles for each and every one of us.

We had a couple of celebrations today - Paul Pearson has now volunteered at East Brighton 50 times!! If you want to give volunteering a go, I'm sure Paul will be happy to offer his advice. Also, Terry James Avey completed his 350th parkrun today - yes, you read that right - 350th!!! Massive congratulations to Terry, and here's to the next 350.

No matter how many parkruns you've done, or how many times you volunteer, what's brilliant about being an EBie is that you'll always be part of a fantastically supportive group of friends.

Well done to everyone who came to parkrun today. Remember, if you every have any questions about parkrun (including volunteering), you can get in touch on Facebook, via eastbrighton@parkrun.com, or by talking to one of your fellow EBies.

Have a great week, and keep on smiling like us EBies do best!

Run Report by: Kerry Bonham

EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 25 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

EB RESULTS and (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS: This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.  Our current course record holders are listed in the event stats below this week’s results.

These wonderful folk got out of bed on a grey Saturday morning to make the run happen: Chris NAYLOR • Terry James AVEY • Belinda GIBSON • Hannah MORNEMENT • Emma WROE • Kerry BONHAM • Dave BAILEY • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Mary HERBERT • Lesley MORRILL • Yvette KNAPMAN • Andrew OHARA • Richard AVISON • Martha BRADLY

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

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #64, MARCH 7TH, 2020

Bobble hat – check

Barcode - check

Big smile - check

Right, that means I'm ready to go to the happiest place on a Saturday morning - East Brighton parkrun!

After all the wet and windy weather we've been having recently, it was lovely to see that the ground had dried out, and was ready for the barcode-bearing bunch of parkrunners this morning. Spring is definitely on its way - I can feel it!

The Portslade Hedgehoppers joined us today, and all did brilliantly today. We'd love to have them visit us again very soon.

I also met the lovely Danny, who was walking his first ever parkrun today (and what better place to do that than at EB?) With the brilliant warm welcome from everyone, I'm sure he'll be back again.

What I love about EB is the variety of people who come along each week. People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities come along with one thing in common - to cover a 5k distance. Some run, some walk, and some do their own thing in between. Personally, I do a combination of running and walking, which works well for me. Ultimately, it doesn't matter how we do it, because we know that we'll always be met with friendly faces along the way.

As always, a big Thank You to our hi-viz volunteers, who make sure everything is set up for us, and keep us safe on our way round. If you'd like to help out, do drop the team an email at eastbrighton@parkrun.com, or have a chat with one of the volunteers when you're next there.

It's International Women's Day tomorrow, so make sure you use this weekend to celebrate all the women in your life!

That's all from me today. Thanks again to everyone for making EB parkrun such a wonderful place to be on a Saturday morning. You all keep me going, and you all make me smile!

Run Report by: Kerry Bonham

EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

EB RESULTS and (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS: This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.  Our current course record holders are listed in the event stats below.

These wonderful folk got out of bed on a grey Saturday morning to make the run happen: Mike NAYLOR • Terry James AVEY • Hannah MORNEMENT • Steven TENNANT • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Michelle PEARSON • Mary HERBERT • Mike BROWN • Luis BROWN • Nathan BROWN • Martha BRADLY

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

 

IF A PARK DOES NOT RUN, CAN YOU WRITE A RUN REPORT?

Here at EB HQ there is always, ALWAYS something to report ... Read on 'cos right at the end of this there is an invitation you won't want to miss!!

Since we weren't busy cheering your all round the park this soggy Saturday, we put our thinking caps on. And very lovely we looked too!  At just over a year old, it's time to plan for EB's future. And what we were thinking is - would you like to help? Our Core Team have done a damn fine job of setting EB parkrun up but a few of them would like to run a bit more. And with a broader volunteer gang we can create more opportunities to do just that - for everyone.

Let's start with a bit of myth busting:

Myth 1 - If I volunteer, I won't be able to run?

***Busted*** There are quite a few roles that allow you to run too. We always, always need help setting up and closing down. Fast runners, you can hop in and barcode scan once you've got you breath back. Tail walkers. Pacers. Run Report writer - we need you.

Myth 2 - OK, but if I join the Core Team I'll have to volunteer all the time, right?

***Busted*** The role we're really keen to train a few more people to do is Volunteer Co-ordinator. Once all the Volunteers are in place on Saturday morning, the VC has time to hit the start line. And run the run that you helped create. Now THAT's a damn fine feeling.

Myth 3 - But everyone looks like they know what they are doing.

**Busted*** OMG, if you had but seen us a year ago!?  Do I need to say more?? Suffice to say, if you are interested in doing anything, we are happy to take the time to help you learn. But seriously most of the volunteer roles are simple and we promise not to throw you in at the deep end.

Myth 4 - Don't the volunteers all know each other. Won't I feel a bit left out?

***Busted*** Most of us met setting up EB parkrun.  Almost every week someone new joins in and the most frequent and gratifying feedback we ever get is "EB is the most welcoming, friendly parkrun team you could ever wish to meet ..."

If you are remotely interested in getting a bit more involved here what to do:

1. Sign up to EB emails. To do this opt into East Brighton in your parkrun profile.  Sign in here: https://www.parkrun.com/signin/ and go to email options.

2. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or twitter.

3. Come and talk to us any Saturday.  Or email eastbrighton@parkrun.com anytime. We'd be oh so happy to have a little chat.

4.  FINALLY … HERE COMES THE INVITATION ...

Marilyn and Steve in the EB Café are hosting a Café Launch sometime in the next few weeks.  We are all invited and will let you know the date, just as soon as we do!

So if you'd like to talk about volunteering from time to time, mixing up a bit of parkrunning and volunteering, learning how to do any of the volunteer roles, or joining the EB Core Team find us in the cafe after parkrun, or at the launch in a few week's time - we'll be there, supping a little fizz and nibbling a few tasty bites ... and chat, chat chatting ... see you there??

EB Love,

Nancy and Catherine

Your EB Event Directors

 

 

DO YOU LOVE EB parkrun?? WE DO!! … Report #63, February 22nd, 2020

Prepare yourselves, this one could get a bit emotional... The winds blew in a flurry of Vegan Runners, running in celebration of the forthcoming wedding of Dan Stent and Jayne Clements.  For those of you who like your wedding tales served with a bit of schmaltz -  Dan crossed the line first, collecting his Number 1 token from Token Giver, Jayne... awwww!

And for the rest of you ... the start line was awash with guinea pigs!! (masks worn by the VRs, since Dan and Jayne's four guineas are too little to run!).  And ended in the Cafe with an impromptu game of fancy dress involving boundary flags.  Let it be known that Jhon Cosgrove looked spectacular in an impromptu bikini.  And from now on, what happens in EB Cafe, stays in EB Cafe!

Love and guinea pigs aside, this weekend was all about high winds and the half marathon.  Usually I avoid listing names in the run report (for fear of missing someone out). But the following really merit a round of applause: Damian Brewer, Louise Hotchkiss, Chris Tyler-Humm, Kat Walker, Sophie Goodall-Smith, Claire Alleguen and Mike Brown all volunteered with us on Saturday, before running the half on Sunday.  Massive kudos to all of you - it was brutal out there!! Caroline Wood and Mark Stephenson ran with us on Saturday before becoming key volunteers at Sunday's Half. 

(Mark deserves special mention for inventing a new Volunteer role: Rat Catcher! - for kindly removing the poor, dead ratty found lying across our start line.  Since we're giving special mentions can I thank Luis Brown, Mike's young son, for knowing the course better than I know it myself and being an absolute star setting up and closing down this week). 

There were also quite few runners who ran both - I know my list will be incomplete if I try, so please tag yourselves on Facebook so we can give you a round of applause!

This mash-up of people and support really makes my heart swell.  This time last year we were very much the new parkrun on the block. One year on I feel we are part of something bigger - a beautiful community of runners, of all abilities, who turn up and support each other.

Since we started with the first finisher, let's end with someone who came in a little later in the pack. Rosie Bryer introduced herself before the start.

- I've never been before, she said. I don't know if I'll be able to finish. Is that OK?

A slight woman, in a bright blue anorak, taking on her first 5K in 50mph winds. I feared she might be blown away.

- Give it a go. I said. What else could I say?

So she set off walking, possibly expecting to finish a lap. Not only did she finish the whole 5K. I looked across the park as third-lappers were coming in and spotted her small, blue-anorak-ed form running - running! - along the side of the football pitch.

Come rain or come shine - or in this case come crazy high winds - you never, ever fail to surprise and delight dear EBies. Do we love EB parkrun...? HELL YES WE DO!

Run Report by: Catherine Considine (Run Director this week)

EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

EB RESULTS and (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS: This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.  Our current course record holders are listed in the event stats below.

These wonderful folk got out of bed on a grey Saturday morning to make the run happen: Mike NAYLOR • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Damian BREWER • Emma WROE • Louise HOTCHKISS • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Chris TYLER-HUMM • Kat WALKER • Jayne CLEMENTS • Sophie GOODALL-SMITH • Johann MCGAVIN • Claire ALLEGUEN • Mike BROWN • Luis BROWN

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

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – INSPIRE US

Listen up Women of EB - On Saturday March 7th - ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8th - we are celebrating YOU.

One of the aims of International Women's Day is to Celebrate Women's Achievement.  We believe there is a lot to celebrate in our little community. 

Women AND Men we invite you to bring a woman who inspires you to join us in the park.  This might be your Mum, your Nan, your sister, your wife, your best friend, your daughter ... you know who.  Or if that is not possible, we invite you to run in their honour. Maybe it is someone you have lost? Or lost contact with? Hold them in your heart and run-jog-walk with pride and joy.

We look forward to seeing you on March 7th and meeting or hearing about the women who mean the most you. Expect a grrrrrreat big girl power rrrrRRROOOAAARRRR to start the day.

To find out more about what International Women's Day is striving to achieve for sport, click here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Mission/Sport

Big love,

EBx

 

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