It was a misty 6am when I headed south out of North East Essex towards East Brighton parkrun on my first bit of recent parkrun tourism on what is week 10 (can you believe that!) of the parkrun return and event number 75 for East Brighton parkrun.
Unusually for my ‘chauffeur’ (Elaine Vaughan) and I, we didn’t get lost and despite a pit stop for amenities and being caught in local traffic queuing for petrol we arrived at the park around 8am and were pleased to spot some familiar signage being carried by set up volunteers to confirm we were in the right place.
The course and the day were a bit more damp than I anticipated they would be but we received a warm welcome from VC Nancy PLATTS l and after helping to put up the flag and declaring our love for a slower paced parkrun we were invited to join the 15 other volunteers as tail walker, report writer and photographer.
Thank you to Peter WHITWORTH • Terry James AVEY • Eliza KACZYNSKA-NAY • Bruce GANDER • Frances RUOCCO • Catherine CONSIDINE • Jenny KATSONI • Rebecca WEIR • Chris TYLER-HUMM • Simon WELLER • Mike BROWN • Luis BROWN • Claire MAY • Gordon WYNN for their great team effort and super friendly event. The marshalling and collective support was fantastic; even the marshal who was allocated the space near the dog poo bin was smiling.
Thank you too, first time RD, Dan STENT who delivered a faultless first timer briefing to a large number of the 34 people who were at the event for the first time, 4 of whom finished in the first 10 positions, including Josh Wenzel in position 1 and several people who also appeared to have Essex connections if their Leigh on Sea Striders and Hockley Trail Runners running clubs are anything to go by (Hello Bruce, Neil and Claire)
As well as the first timers, there were a few people at the other end of the spectrum today including 7 people in the ‘250 club’ who, between them have run a whopping 2016 parkruns, 11 in the ‘100 club’ and 3 in the ‘50 club’
Gareth Turner and Jamie Turner have run all 8 of their parkruns at East Brighton post lockdown and finished in positions 2 and 4 today, both with an impressive run of PB’s
There were 12 PBs today including Sarah Griffiths who came back for her second event and knocked almost a minute off her finish time.
CONGRATULATIONS to you all!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.
Having only glanced at the course map I’d not appreciated the changing levels that each lap brought and that, as well as the support from runners, walkers, volunteers and an assortment of other park users really added to my enjoyment of the event. All before I even got to the café.
We had been told that the café was a good one and it didn’t disappoint.
I got to chat to a few people and ‘spectate’ result processing. Listening to Martin Jones and Terry Avey chat about their many years of running and the many parkruns was a real pleasure. Martin, in the 65-69 age group came in at 21:08 and Terry (70-74) just behind at 25.39.
Looking at the results by age graded % I couldn’t finish without a shout out to Bruce Gander, Ann Knowles and Kristina Banham but …...back to the café.......the avocado, egg and mushroom naan were pretty fine too and left us wishing we had room for samosas or cake.
I will finish off by saying good luck to Dan with his exams and to Terry and his daughter in the London Marathon.
Thank you East Brighton parkrun.