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.