The Magical, Mystical Tour

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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.

Michelle Lamarre

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The Alphabet Challenge

Arriving early to be greeted with a Blue sky and a gentle westerly breeze - looking good for another East Brighton Parkrun - albeit in need of a morning coffee, courtesy of Marilyn at our relatively new(ish) East Brighton park cafe...

One flat white later and a gentle caffeinated plod around the course confirmed the conditions, a little dew remained but nice and firm, ideal in other words.

With RD vest on its time to get the show on the road. I must admit, I'm still feeling a little rusty, especially with the first timers and pre run briefing - is this a stand-up routine…?  We're expected to make these briefings short, but with hazards like helicopters and trying to describe the route, and don't forget dogs, oh yeah and kids, and first aid, and other park users, the volunteer shout outs, and first timers, tourists, anniversaries, achievements etc etc... Sometimes it feels like I started this briefing last week!

I need another coffee.

But it's always great to see everyone, expectant, ready to tackle our off-road cross country course. It's more challenging than it looks, but oh so rewarding when you get to that finish line.

Generally though, it's lovely to see the park coming back to life. The Rugby Tots being a new addition and young footballers in training for their next season... (We won't mention the naughty Tents that have meant we have had to slightly modify the course to accommodate them)

We had 68 park runners join us this week, a few kids, some dogs, some familiar faces and some new ones... 9 first timers having a crack at our cross country course.

A massive well done to James Mullan (our first finisher today), sub 21' - often seen in the leading pack week on week, but not quite been first before, so congratulations to you James, your Dad is clearly your biggest fan and super proud of your achievements recently, well deserved!

I also want to do a shout out to our tourist 'DFLs'* the effervescent Josephine Ocaka & Daniela Bassoumba, parkrun veterans both sporting their 100 & 250 tee's - full of beans with Daniella looking forward to completing their Alphabet challenge, having travelled as far east as Poland (to bag "Z")  and north to Glasgow (to bag "Q") - well done Daniela... Good time too. You have now bagged that "E" completed the alphabet, Compass points next... and you can have "East" as a bonus on us! That's a win win right there folks!

Finally, I want to say well done to all our volunteers today, lots of new faces coming forward, it's great to see, 18 in total today!  A big shout out too to Adam, who took the bull by the horns this week and had a go at his first VC (Volunteer Coordinator) role - a not insubstantial role - possibly the most challenging of them all - he did well, and by all accounts took it in his stride... So hat's off to Adam. Well done.

A sneak peak to next week with our Nancy VC'ing , and (new to the core team) Dan slipping on that RD vest for the first time too... Good luck.

...so looking forwards to next week, in the immortal words of Porky Pig... "Th, Th, Th, Th, Th That's all folks!!!"

Till next time - have a great week everyone!

All the best

Pete - RD

*Down from London

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East Brighton parkrun

Event number 74

18th September 2021

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Mike NAYLOR • Peter WHITWORTH • Michele ARCHER • Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Joanna TILLEY • Louise OLIVER • Nancy PLATTS • Paul HUGHES • Paul PEARSON • Michelle PEARSON • Mary HERBERT • Andrew OHARA • Helen COLLIS • Maisie GERVAIS • Adam HALL • Colin REEDER • Megan BLAZER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Helena ROONEY who recorded a time of 20:18 on 13th April 2019 (event number 19).

The male record is held by William CORK who recorded a time of 16:02 on 18th January 2020 (event number 59).

The Age Grade course record is held by Chris NAYLOR who recorded 87.94% (23:46) on 11th September 2021 (event number 73).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 2,115 participants have completed 5,639 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,195 km, including 970 new Personal Bests. A total of 233 individuals have volunteered 1,197 times

 

 

Marathon Madness!

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'Twas the night before Brighton Marathon weekend and runners from every corner of the UK arrived in Brighton needing a warm up run the day before. We were delighted so many chose to come to East Brighton Park and we welcomed 98 runners including 51 first timers - the largest number I think we've ever had at our first timers briefing.

A huge cheer rang out across the cricket pitch when I asked who was here for the 10k or the Marathon - there was such an air of excitement and joy about today's run - it was truly wonderful.

After warning everyone about rabbit holes, tree roots, stray campers and the helicopter, it was 3-2-1 go and representatives of 30 clubs set off towards Beaky Hill, dodging the cute Rugby Tots and heading over to The Junction.

Our Volunteer Coordinator did a quick change and turned into our photographer so pop on over to our Facebook page to see if he snapped your 'flying feet'.

Our runners clearly weren't holding back as 16 recorded new Personal Bests - well done everyone.

There is a moment in our parkrun which I love when we have a lot of runners - you can see people in brightly coloured running kit, moving in several different directions at once all around the course - it is truly heart warming.

Lots of breakfast was consumed afterwards on the grounds that everyone needed to 'fuel up' and then a bit of sitting around relaxing and chatting letting it all go down whilst we watched the kids football get started.

All good fun this week - come back soon and if you're running tomorrow - have a great time and enjoy our lovely City.

Nancy

This week's Run Director

 

 

 

 

Ottilie takes on parkrun

There was sunshine, there were runners and of course there were lots of high viz heroes cheering everyone on.

The team arrived early to manage a slight course alteration around the growing encampment in the park. We did our best to persuade the campers to join in the run but they preferred to watch and applaud from their sleeping bags instead.

Run Director Paul briefed ten first timers to navigate what we believe is the wiggliest parkrun on so many levels (see what I did there?)

From Beaky Hill to The Junction, across to Lonely Hearts and back around to Football Corner, our volunteers encouraged 52 people to walk, jog and run the course, including our very own Lucy from the Core Team, complete with Pom Pom in hand - and we wouldn't have it any other way.

It was lovely to see Chris and little Ottilie back as our Tail Walkers too and well done to Ottilie for walking a whole lap - it was a long way for tiny toddler legs!!!

Congratulations to the eight Speedy Beans who recorded new Person Bests, quite an achievement as it was hot, hot, hot out there.

The queue in East Brighton Cafe afterwards was testament to the wonderful coffee and delicious breakfasts being served up. As runners relaxed and chatted over the picnic tables, the high viz was neatly folded and the Volunteer Coordinators box packed up with military precision all ready for Dan, who'll be taking on the role next week.

We hope you all  had a lovely morning in our beautiful park and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Tents on the Lawn

Arriving early for a walkabout and a quick litter pick, we also found half a dozen tents on our course. The slumbering occupants, who were hoping for a quiet bank holiday weekend of wild camping in the park, were a little dismayed to be woken up by our hearty morning greetings to one another whilst we planted our flags around them.

As the sun rose high in the sky, 83 people turned up to walk, jog and run of whom 36 were first timers, including our very own Tanya who runs the Manor Gym nearby. Well done Tanya on your first parkrun and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

We welcomed parkrunners from 13 different clubs including the Vegan Runners who came to help Dan celebrate his birthday. Other people may have parties, but we think parkrun is really the only way to start the day and you get treated to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday from our High Viz Heroes too.

Now, since we had to make a slight change to the course, to avoid the tent pegs and sleepy campers, we double-checked the actual running distance. Our runners recorded between 5.05k and 5.22k on various devices, by the finish line so a huge well done to the 16 people who recorded Personal Bests today.

Much yummy breakfast and roughly a gallon of tea and coffee was consumed in East Brighton Café after the run and I managed to blag a pea and potato samosa off the RD before getting started on next week’s roster. So, if you’re reading this, pop parkrun in your diary for Saturday 4th September, cos we’ll be here, ready to welcome you.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

Nancy Platts

Event Director

 

PomPom-tastic!

It's amazing how quickly Saturday comes round, isn't it? Before you know it, it's time to dig out your barcode and head to parkrun!

 

This week, we welcomed 29 first timers to East Brighton, including people from clubs both locally and further afield. It was lovely to see so many new faces, and we do hope you'll visit us again soon.

 

Two special guests included Baby Harriet from Norfolk who we think may be our youngest ever parkrunner at 5 months old and Ned the dog, who thinks East Brighton parkrun has the best places to sniff of any 5k walk he's been on to date. Let's hope these two first timers make parkrun a regular event.

 

Our visitors gave us some very kind compliments regarding the loveliness of East Brighton parkrun, which was great to hear.

 

In total 76 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

 

Our pink army of volunteers was out in full force today, especially Phil and Lucy who were pompom-tastic! If you've ever had the urge to shake some pompoms, East Brighton is the perfect place!

 

Remember, parkrun isn't parkrun without our volunteers, so please do considering volunteering. There are lots of roles which will suit participants of all abilities. As always, pop a comment on our social media, or email us at eastbrighton@parkrun.com if you'd like to know more.

 

Thank you to all participants for another fantastic parkrun. Always remember that no matter what your pace, speed or style, you'll always have a warm welcome at East Brighton.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, and see you soon!

 

Report by Kerry Bonham

 

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Time for a Rhyme

This week I’ve been challenged to write a poetic Run Report – so here goes from the Bard of East Brighton parkrun…

 

From eight fifteen

We beavered away

Placing flags and funnel

All in the right way

 

We walked the course

Tied the sign in a bow

Found Lucy’s pom poms

Nearly ready to go?

 

Rounded up runners

Checked dogs on a lead

Stopwatches are ready

Your time guaranteed

 

Finish tokens in order

High Viz all in place

RD grabs loudspeaker

Everyone find some space

 

Beaky Hill the first stop

The junction is second

Three times around

The finish line beckons

 

Good running, keep going

Is our merry cheer

Whatever the weather

We hope you’ll be here!

 

Maybe I shouldn’t give up the day job just yet?

And here's the stats...

This week 44 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Helena ROONEY who recorded a time of 20:18 on 13th April 2019 (event number 19).
The male record is held by William CORK who recorded a time of 16:02 on 18th January 2020 (event number 59).
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 1,980 participants have completed 5,262 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,310 km, including 909 new Personal Bests. A total of 217 individuals have volunteered 1,102 times.

 

 

The wild one!

Well, it was a wet, windy and wild one this morning in East Brighton Park, but that certainly didn't deter anyone!

 

47 intrepid parkrunners (plus a few furry friends) braved the bonkers weather that this Saturday morning brought in order to complete the three laps of East Brighton Park. There were a number of occasions when we though the rain was starting to ease, but then it poured down again with gusto!

 

As we reached the finish funnel, our trusty marshals directed us around a flag in order to avoid the increasing 'boggy-ness' of the course (okay, I may have made that word up!)

 

The café was certainly a welcome place to get both refreshments and shelter after today's parkrun, so a big Thank You as always to the staff there.

 

We had a handful of parkrun tourists today, as well as a first-timer. We always like having new faces come to us at EB, so whether you're new around here, or you're a regular face, please do encourage your friends to give parkrun a go.

 

We do love sharing your successes, so always let us know if you get a PB, reach a milestone, or are generally super chuffed with crossing that finish line!

 

As is always the case here at EB, no matter what the weather, there are always lots of sunny smiles from our wonderful Volunteers. We're looking to expand our volunteering team, so do let us know if you'd like to give it a go. Remember, there are roles to suit everyone, including some which mean you can both volunteer and complete the parkrun. Get in touch via our Facebook page, Twitter, or at eastbrighton@parkrun.com

 

Congratulations again to everyone at EB Park today, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Report by Kerry Bonham

 

This week 47 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Mike NAYLOR • Caroline WOOD • Mark STEPHENSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Anna LOWE • Nancy PLATTS • Kerry BONHAM • Lloyd EVANS • Paul PEARSON • Dan STENT • Michelle PEARSON • Richard RUSSELL • Andrew OHARA • Richard AVISON • Mike BROWN • Gordon WYNN • Maggie ANDERSON • Ann HOWARD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Helena ROONEY who recorded a time of 20:18 on 13th April 2019 (event number 19).
The male record is held by William CORK who recorded a time of 16:02 on 18th January 2020 (event number 59).
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 1,964 participants have completed 5,218 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,090 km, including 898 new Personal Bests. A total of 215 individuals have volunteered 1,086 times.

 

 

Sunny and chilled

Well, the sun certainly shone on us today at East Brighton Park!

 

It was a glorious day as we welcomed newbies, visitors, regulars, and dogs back to East Brighton Park for what is only our second parkrun since March 2020.

 

Congratulations to Richard Russell, who celebrated his 50th parkrun today, all of which took place here at East Brighton! Here's to the next 50...and beyond!

 

Do let us know if you're celebrating a milestone/birthday/other celebration, and we'll be sure to give you a massive Whoop Whoop!

 

Well done to everyone who made their way around the park today. As always, East Brighton was definitely the friendliest place to be on a Saturday morning.

 

Today's parkrun was another fantastic show of teamwork between participants and volunteers. Thanks to everyone for making the finish funnel and token scanning go so smoothly.

 

Did you know, there are a number of volunteer roles that allow you to both volunteer and take part in the run itself? We'd love to have you involved, so if you'd like to know more, please email us at eastbrighton@parkrun.com, or come and have a chat with us.

 

Have a fabulous week, and we'll see you again very soon!

 

Run Report by Kerry Bonham

 

This week 84 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Chris NAYLOR • Mike NAYLOR • Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Bob PAGE • Mark CONSIDINE • Nancy PLATTS • Kerry BONHAM • Lloyd EVANS • Michael PIRRIE • Paul PEARSON • Dan STENT • Michelle PEARSON • Mary HERBERT • Andrew OHARA • Gordon WYNN • Maggie ANDERSON • Ann HOWARD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Helena ROONEY who recorded a time of 20:18 on 13th April 2019 (event number 19).
The male record is held by William CORK who recorded a time of 16:02 on 18th January 2020 (event number 59).
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 1,955 participants have completed 5,171 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,855 km, including 885 new Personal Bests. A total of 214 individuals have volunteered 1,068 times.

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #66, July 24th 2021

They always say that good things come to those who wait.... well, it's safe to say that we've waited a very long time, but the best thing has come. That's right, parkrun is back!

 

The People in Pink (aka our excellent volunteers) have been very busy making sure that everything was ready for today, including ensuring that a tent that has popped itself onto the course was repositioned to a more appropriate spot. (If you'd like to give Volunteering a go, do get in touch!)

 

It was lovely to see both new and familiar faces supporting each other during the run. It may have been a while since we last ran together, but that sunny parkrun spirit was there with bells on!

 

Afterwards, it was time to get some refreshments from the café, and have a chat with some of today's participants. As you can see from the quotes below, parkrun has a big impact on everyone:

 

  • No helicopter landing today!
  • So good to be back
  • Fantastic!
  • Great to be back
  • Thank you everyone
  • Sid the Yorkie loved it, and gives his bark of approval!
  • Great to see everyone
  • Wonderful!
  • The food and coffee is fab
  • It was so moving to see everyone running again
  • No rain!

 

 

I'll be honest, I couldn't have put it better myself.

 

Thank you to everyone for helping parkrun to return to East Brighton in such a safe and happy way. Have a lovely week, and see you soon!

 

Report by Kerry Bonham

 

 

And here are the stats...

This week 57 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Mike NAYLOR • Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Anna LOWE • Nancy PLATTS • Kerry BONHAM • Paul PEARSON • Michelle PEARSON • Mary HERBERT • Yvette KNAPMAN • Andrew OHARA • Mike BROWN • Luis BROWN • Fran SKEELES • Martha BRADLY • Gordon WYNN • Ann HOWARD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 1,927 participants have completed 5,087 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,435 km, including 868 new Personal Bests. A total of 212 individuals have volunteered 1,051 times.

 

 

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