The Ripple Effect
Let’s start with a confession. I’m writing this on January 1st – after running the New Year Hove-Prom-Park double parkrun this morning. I feel I have been buried so deep in my hi-vis for the past four weeks it was glorious to just get out and be a runner today. This report feels a little retrospective, blurred by the leap from one year to the next.
But obviously, we need to talk about December 29th. It was a still crisp, day. We walked across the park to the starting point, checking for rogue branches and other hazards that might have strayed onto the course; and feeling the ground – firm and bouncy – under our feet. It was hard to imagine that this was only the fourth EB parkrun. We feel strangely bedded into that terraced landscape.
So a typical Saturday morning. Except Christmas had just twinkled. So there was a new born baby to celebrate. No, really! There was!!! A few days previously Bex and Matt Coyne, RunPal runners had welcomed their new little girl Talia into the world. Matt - sleepless and befuddled in that way unique to new Dads of girl children - was running with us.
I donned the blue and white hi-vis of Run Director for the very first time, looked around, at the volunteers spreading across the park creating finish funnels and turning points, finding marshal posts and checking and scanners and timers. And I questioned my purpose. Run Directing is a strange post, only really useful if something goes wrong. And given that the most likely something-going-wrong on our course is an emergency helicopter landing, I gazed at the sky, sighed, consulted my clipboard and and scribbled the word “baby”.
Standing on that grass verge, loudspeaker in hand, welcoming you, finding where you have come from, seeing hands go up when we ask about first-timers and visitors and milestone achievers is a small miracle every week. We created a parkrun - despite the rhythm and routine and the happy fact that a helicopter has not yet stopped play - that small statement still feels really quite extraordinary. All we did was throw a hopeful little pebble in a pond. When we shout 3…2…1…Go … watching you all ripple out around the park is a beautiful thing.
If you are reading this at the start of January because parkrun is your New Year resolution, please come and join our burgeoning little community. We are almost as new as you and would be oh so very happy to welcome you into our adventure.
If you have supported us in our first four runs – thank you. You are … everything!
Happy New Year parkrunners … see you in the park.
If you are interested in volunteering for EB parkrun please contact email@example.com – we’re trying to establish a rota that allows all our volunteers to run the course regularly too (if they want to). Volunteering occasionally is a great way to give back and to keep this new run going.
EB parkrun PEOPLE AND STATS:
This week 121 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 87 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Peter RANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Lucy MITCHELL • Steven TENNANT • Becky HARRIS • Jonathan TERRY • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Charlie WILLIAMS • Lucy ADITI • Sarah LEWIS • Sophie HARRIS • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Claire ALLEGUEN • Arlo JACKSON • Kathryn LENG
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 Jennifer HOUGHTON who recorded a time of 21:52 on 29th December 2018 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mike HOUSTON who recorded 80.02% (16:56) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 3).
East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 287 participants have completed 358 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,790 km, including 40 new Personal Bests. A total of 36 individuals have volunteered 75 times.