We Need to Talk About 5K
Recently at the finish of a race (not a parkrun) I tell a runner excitedly about our new parkrun. It’s beautiful I tell him, it twists around trees and slopes gently down onto the football pitch. There are three levels to the park, I continue, we use them all. I can’t wait for spring. Imagine the blossom.
“All off road?” he asks.
I nod, a little wary.
“Slow then.” And with that he leaves me and my enthusiasm wondering at our newly flattened status.
“It’s a park!” I scream silently at his retreating back.
There is more to this running lark than speed. At today’s parkrun there was a stunning sprint finish from two of our fastest runners. One of the joys of working the finish line is to see the first finishers come through. It is thrilling to see their focus and determination and to recognise the training that has gone into achieving some staggering times. But there is more than one way to cover 5K.
Equally inspiring today were the three women who ran the whole course together. And the dogs who took their owners for a run. Oh and the Seaford Striders run-club who finished separately; and then together with “Chairman Rob”. I was particularly drawn to the first time runner who completed the course as glamorously as she began, film-star shades and blossom pink scarf elegantly intact. We had a least one buggy pusher, who as far as I could tell whizzed around the course with not one, but two cosy toddlers fast asleep the whole way round. I wonder if those two will become parkrunners in a few years’ time, like the father and daughter team who crossed the finish line smiling together this morning.
There were sixty East Brighton first timers running with us today. Sixty! If you are reading this wondering if parkrun might be for you – it is! You are oh so very welcome to come and travel those wriggly 5k with us however you chose. Run it, jog it, walk it, dance it. All we ask is that like those inspiring first finishers you give it your all, whatever that might look like for you.
One final note on those who cross the finish line first. They tend to stay and cheer every other athlete crossing the line. 5K is 5K. Equally unique, equally triumphant.
Report by Catherine Considine (parkrun role this week: Finish Token Hander-outer)
EB parkrun PEOPLE AND STATS:
This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Matt HANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Sarah Jane DONNELLY • Steven TENNANT • Jonathan TERRY • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Lloyd EVANS • Sue YOUNG • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Graham ALLEN
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 85.28% (20:57) on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).
East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 347 participants have completed 452 parkruns covering a total distance of 2,260 km, including 59 new Personal Bests. A total of 40 individuals have volunteered 90 times.
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.