EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 11. February 16th, 2019

Where do Lonely Hearts Go? 

I can answer this question with some degree of accuracy. They run across the top terrace towards the cone at Wilson Avenue, take a U bend, and then charge along the lower terrace back to the trees and down the Slippery Slope.  Which could read as an allegory for my love life; but in fact describes the journey to the cone at the farthest point on the EB parkrun course.  We call it The Lonely Heart Bend.

Here’s what happens when you are a Lonely Heart Bend Marshal.  You wander across the park at about 8.50am, leaving barely a handful of runners outside the café. You feel a tad disheartened at the low turnout, but it’s a grey, drizzly sort of a day and would you run on a day like today? Umm … maybe.  And you marvel at the super-parkrunners doing a lap to warm up. Would you do that? Umm … no … that’s why they’re super.  And you check that the football pitch markers are in place; and bat a bit of doggy doo doo off the course with a stick; and wave at the marshals heading to The Slippery Slope.  And you string a Caution Runners sign on the pole behind the doggy doo doo bin.  And you wait, feeling a little sorry for yourself that you can’t hear the Run Directors’ welcome. And you check your phone to see if it’s started yet, but really to gauge when it will all be over, because you’re a little cold and little bit tired and little bit … well … lonely.

And then it happens – a long trail of parkrunners unfurls across the top terrace and in no time at all they are coming straight at you. The speedy runners pirouette around the cone. The second wave is bigger, running closer together. They approach with a little more caution, some with dogs who have other ideas about which direction they might take. There is a flash of green as the Vegan Runners approach. And a glorious rainbow burst from one of the Runpals in kaleidoscopic leggings (if legging-envy is a thing, I’m in!). And just as the U bend rush hour is over, down on the football pitch the journey continues.

I quickly pat Bear, today’s big, fluffy tail-wagger (with his big, fluffy human Dave) and suddenly there are runners to the left of me … runners to the right … here I am, stuck in the middle with you …all!!!!

I am happy to report that Lonely Heart Bend is the busiest, friendliest pitch in the park. Eighty one runners navigated that cone today – that’s eleven up on last week, to mark our 11th EB parkrun.  We welcomed another five brand new parkrunners.  And were chuffed to bits to see some of our newest EBies returning. The Vegan Runners' green was out in force, with friends from outta town as well as locals.

There was not a lonely heart to be found at Eden Café after the run.  It is starting to feel like an aftershow party in there on Saturday morning … with toast.  Come and join us for coffee or breakfast one week if you can.

Cupid is still in the air so time to pucker up EBies … Speedy EBies, Newbie EBies, Regular EBies, Travelling EBies, This week's EBie PBs (loads of you - well done!!), Titchy EBies, Chatty EBies, Four-legged EBies … WE LOVE YOU ALL.  xxx 

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Marshal at Lonely Heart Bend

 If you’d like to be part of our EB volunteer team please contact eastbrighton@parkrun.com.  Or come and have chat on Saturday morning?  The parkrun pride runs deep in East Brighton – come along – feel the love! x 

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

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Will BAKER • Cass CASTLETON • Steven TENNANT • Emma WROE • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Lloyd EVANS • Paul PEARSON • Gina SMITH • Miriam BINDER • 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 542 participants have completed 894 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,470 km, including 151 new Personal Bests. A total of 57 individuals have volunteered 183 times.