The EB Evolution
East Brighton parkrun number 6 feels something of a milestone. Half a dirty dozen uh!? And things are evolving nicely. We had a shiny new registration table this week – fixed and donated by Pete. And a brand new hi-vis hero on patrol: Car Park Marshal (I know, living the dream! We take parkrunner safety very seriously here at EB HQ). You may have noticed EB parkrun posters popping up in cafes and venues all around town? Paul and Miriam are the brains behind that local takeover. Oh and my favourite thing – our neighbours, Whitehawk Football club, have stuck us in their program and are planning to give us a shout out at the home games. C’mon you EB Mighty Hawks!!
So we were feeling a bit mighty ourselves on Saturday. It was a dull day, but bright and still. A perfect running day, with a familiar rhythm: at 8.15am the Sussex runners are out doing speed drills; by 8.30 the keen parkrunners start to arrive, some taking gentle laps to warm up, others gathering near the start line, jogging on the spot or stretching. A few of us were up at the trees, by the Slippery Slope desperately trying to stake out the course, without taping off the three separate exits from the terraces. Setting out our wriggly little cross-country parkrun is a weekly work of abstract genius. As our Run Director, Emma took to the megaphone we were just about ready. Phew!
We call that corner the Pinch Point – it’s that bit just after you have run the first terrace where you are either heading straight to the edge of the park or coming back towards The Slippery Slope. Runners are coming from every direction and the marshall there has one job, just one – to stop you crashing. Everyone has their own way of managing this but mine is to leap about instinctively flinging my arms wide to form a one women crash barrier. My fitbit was so confused that at the height of the run – parkrush? - it recorded 14 mins of undefined “sport”. Who said volunteering was an easy option?
Once the runners have thinned out this corner is a great place to watch the run. And listen to snippets of gossip. To the person who had a date last Saturday … please come back next week … I need to know whether you did (or didn’t!!)?? And to the grinning kid who high-fived …everyone… at every lap …you made my morning. I’m starting to recognise some returning faces and returning run clubs – thank you so much for your support. We also had over 50 first timers, some of whom were locals who have been watching our antics and decided to give it a go. Nicely done EBies.
It feels like EB parkrun is here to stay. Slowly our little community is growing and we are getting to know you better. We do need more volunteers so if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This doesn’t have to be an arduous commitment. How about a six run challenge? For every six parkruns you do, volunteer for one? Like a bakers’ dozen, only smaller and without crumbs. Think about it …
(PS – talking of bakers – did you know we bake for volunteers? Just sayin’!)
Report by Catherine Considine
parkrun role this week: Marshall at Pinch Point
EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:
This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Lucy MITCHELL • Thomas WINTER • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Jonah MERRICK • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Richard MERRICK • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Vinnie THORNTON
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 398 participants have completed 546 parkruns covering a total distance of 2,730 km, including 79 new Personal Bests. A total of 43 individuals have volunteered 106 times.