EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #45, October 19th, 2019

Under a mixed sky, ranging from slate grey to azure blue this morning’s East Brighton parkrun took place. But hang on what’s this? We had rain! We’ve had 45 parkruns in our lovely terraced park to the east of Brighton and this is only the third time we have ever had rain while the run is taking place.

Did it deter any of the volunteers or participants? Not a bit of it. The ground underfoot was soft and spongy. Under the canopy of trees we call The Junction it was a little slippery, but no injuries or trainers that were too congealed.

At the finish there were myriad smiles as the line was crossed - runners with dogs, lots of children running with adults, the Runpals and very supportive quicker runners who cheered on the later finishers.  The true spirit of parkrun is alive and well BN2.

At the end the volunteers were all a bit damp, but still very enthusiastic about being able to give all the participants a position and a time from 20 minutes to 61 minutes. This week 79 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 8 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

We always love having new volunteers, and make sure they are welcome and feel valued. Why not give it a go? Without the volunteers parkrun would not happen each week, and many of the regular volunteers would like to run occasionally.

This week’s volunteers were: Terry James AVEY • Lucy MITCHELL • Rachel COWAN • Vincent PELLING • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Louise TERO • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Lesley MORRILL • Yvette KNAPMAN • Fran SKEELES • Therese SIVERNS

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 Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:43 on 14th September 2019 (event number 40). 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 1,554 participants have completed 3,681 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,405 km, including 687 new Personal Bests. A total of 160 individuals have volunteered 722 times.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 07. January 19th, 2019

Reader, They Ran!

Tail-walker [n]: a person who walks at the back of the run to ensure all runners are accounted for. The tail-walker is the last to walk across the finish line thus declaring the run is over. 

I’ve got to tell you – I was quite excited about tail-walking. Firstly, because it is the first time that I have lapped EB Park with actual parkrunners. And secondly, because in January I bought a proper dog-harness and have been training Dougal, our dog for just this moment! His first ever parkrun as tail-wager.

Even the drizzly, cold forecast couldn’t dim my optimism.  I layered up warm from toes to nose; hiking boots and ski-socks, thermal gloves and bobble hat. I was fleece-lined and water-proofed, bundled in so many layers I could barely move my arms.  But I was ready. Ready, right up until the moment of 3…2…1… GO!

Reader, they ran! All of them.

While I was prepared for ALL the weather – I was not prepared to run. Read the small print, it’s a tail-WALKER. Right? Dougal on the other hand was excited to be a in a pack and chased up the starting slope and across the top terrace dragging me and my clunky, old hiking boots behind him. By the end of the first lap I was melting in my many layers - but the parkrunners were still going strong.  Needing to keep up, I threw my hat and gloves in the direction of a kindly volunteer and off we went for a second … and third round.

To those of you who cheered and smiled along the way – thank you, I was smiling on the inside.

To the other dog runners who gave me the dog-runner-nod – thank you, I feel initiated.

To the volunteers who laughed – no cakes for you next week!

And to the walkers and the walk-joggers – where were you?  I was looking forward getting to know you better. When we say "walk it, jog it, run it" we really do mean it.  And trust me, you were missed! Never let weather put you off - parkrun keeps you toasty. Fact.

Afterwards we went to Eden Café for breakfast and a de-brief. Aggie, half of the lovely couple who run the café smiled to see us back. “Saturdays have got better since the run started,” she said, “Not just the mornings – people see us busy in the morning and then they keep coming back. Saturdays are always good now.”

EB parkrun – the goodness keeps rippling out.

Report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Tail-WALKER

We are really keen to grow our core group of volunteers.  Can you spare a Saturday morning once in a while? Or encourage a friend, lover and/or partner to come along and support you in a hi-vis? If so, please contact eastbrightonoffice@parkrun.com.  Or join us for breakfast on Saturday morning? We are everso proud of how far we have come and would love to have you on-board.

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

This week 59 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Adam PENWARDEN • Lucy MITCHELL • Steven TENNANT • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Vinnie THORNTON • Michael SWALLOW

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 422 participants have completed 605 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,025 km, including 91 new Personal Bests. A total of 46 individuals have volunteered 123 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 06. January 12th, 2019

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 eastbrightonoffice@parkrun.com.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 04. December 29nd, 2018

The Ripple Effect

Let’s start with a confession. I’m writing this on January 1st – after running the New Year Hove-Prom-Park double parkrun this morning. I feel I have been buried so deep in my hi-vis for the past four weeks it was glorious to just get out and be a runner today.  This report feels a little retrospective, blurred by the leap from one year to the next.

But obviously, we need to talk about December 29th.  It was a still crisp, day. We walked across the park to the starting point, checking for rogue branches and other hazards that might have strayed onto the course; and feeling the ground – firm and bouncy – under our feet.  It was hard to imagine that this was only the fourth EB parkrun. We feel strangely bedded into that terraced landscape.

So a typical Saturday morning. Except Christmas had just twinkled. So there was a new born baby to celebrate.  No, really! There was!!!  A few days previously Bex and Matt Coyne, RunPal runners had welcomed their new little girl Talia into the world.  Matt - sleepless and befuddled in that way unique to new Dads of girl children - was running with us.

I donned the blue and white hi-vis of Run Director for the very first time, looked around, at the volunteers spreading across the park creating finish funnels and turning points, finding marshal posts and checking and scanners and timers.  And I questioned my purpose. Run Directing is a strange post, only really useful if something goes wrong.  And given that the most likely something-going-wrong on our course is an emergency helicopter landing, I gazed at the sky, sighed, consulted my clipboard and and scribbled the word “baby”.

Standing on that grass verge, loudspeaker in hand, welcoming you, finding where you have come from, seeing hands go up when we ask about first-timers and visitors and milestone achievers is a small miracle every week. We created a parkrun - despite the rhythm and routine and the happy fact that a helicopter has not yet stopped play - that small statement still feels really quite extraordinary.   All we did was throw a hopeful little pebble in a pond. When we shout 3…2…1…Go … watching you all ripple out around the park is a beautiful thing.

If you are reading this at the start of January because parkrun is your New Year resolution, please come and join our burgeoning little community. We are almost as new as you and would be oh so very happy to welcome you into our adventure.

If you have supported us in our first four runs – thank you.  You are … everything!

Happy New Year parkrunners … see you in the park.

If you are interested in volunteering for EB parkrun please contact eastbrighonhelpers@parkrun.com – we’re trying to establish a rota that allows all our volunteers to run the course regularly too (if they want to).  Volunteering occasionally is a great way to give back and to keep this new run going.

 

EB parkrun PEOPLE AND STATS: 

This week 121 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 87 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Lucy MITCHELL • Steven TENNANT • Becky HARRIS • Jonathan TERRY • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Charlie WILLIAMS • Lucy ADITI • Sarah LEWIS • Sophie HARRIS • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Claire ALLEGUEN • Arlo JACKSON • Kathryn LENG

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 Jennifer HOUGHTON who recorded a time of 21:52 on 29th December 2018 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mike HOUSTON who recorded 80.02% (16:56) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 3).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 287 participants have completed 358 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,790 km, including 40 new Personal Bests. A total of 36 individuals have volunteered 75 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 03, December 22nd, 2018

aEB – We Sleighed it!!!

It’s a bit of a parkrun mantra that it’s not about the time you take to get round the route, it’s about the fact that you are there at all.  And for that reason we generally pop the stats at the end of the report for you to read if you want to – we’re just happy you came along.  But this week, our third ever EB parkrun, the numbers read like a twinkly, little Christmas gift to us.  Take a moment to consider this …

This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

Just three weeks ago a small team scurried around the park at 8.30am in hi-vis jackets; a tiny battalion of parkrun minions, wondering if anyone would turn up. We are genuinely humbled by your support and enthusiasm for this – the newest parkrun in town.

It’s a bumpy off-road course taking in a few gradients, rabbit holes, tree roots and the already infamous Slippery Slope along the way. And before this week it hadn't been tested with child buggies!  So it is with a deep sigh of relief that we can report – no low flying children at this week’s run.  Their parent buggy-drivers whizzed round the three laps as nimbly as Dancer, Prancer and Vixen navigating the starlight sky on Christmas Eve. With equally precious and well wrapped cargo.

Some visitors announced themselves ahead of time. We were able to welcome the RunPals and the Vegan runners by name.  The RunPals have written their very own run report which you can find on our FB page, it’s a really good, first-hand write up of the course.  And the Vegan Runners were so chuffed that we made vegan mince pies a picture of then hit the national club page.   If you are coming along with your club, do hop onto our FB page and let us know. It’s lovely to be able to welcome you.

Also by the magic of social media we knew we’d have a turkey running the course with us. We were also joined by Santas of all kinds and elves and pudding-hatted runners.  You were all absolute crackers.

Which just leaves me to sign off with a new EB tradition - the Christmas running joke.

Q: What does Santa say when he runs the EB parkrun backwards?

A: Oh! Oh! Oh!

*groans*

Merry Christmas EB parkrunners. See you on December 29th maybe?

If you are interested in being a volunteer for EB parkrun please contact eastbrighonhelpers@parkrun.com – we’re trying to establish a rota that allows all our volunteers to run the course regularly too (if they want to).  Volunteering occasionally is a great way to give back and to keep this new run going.

EB parkrun People and Stats:

This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Mark CONSIDINE • Valerie GATES • Lucy MITCHELL • Steven TENNANT • Thomas WINTER • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Ruth FINLAY • Paul PEARSON • Alice BURTON-BRADFORD • Cheryl Dawn FERREIRA • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON

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 Rhian Christina DAVIES who recorded a time of 21:55 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mike HOUSTON who recorded 80.02% (16:56) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 3).

East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 200 participants have completed 237 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,185 km, including 19 new Personal Bests. A total of 29 individuals have volunteered 58 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT No. 00. December 2nd, 2018

THE TEST RUN

How to run a parkrun

Turn up. Run. Stay for a coffee and a chat afterwards [optional].

How to set up a parkrun

Friday. Two days to go. Volunteers’ meeting at Crew Club.

Laminated cards are attached to lanyards, roles are allocated, they learn to spell parkrun (alllowercaseoneword) and repeat with religious fervour “it’s a run, not a race”.  They check the to-do list and write it again.  Marshals are posted in bold, biro’d dots on the route map. Collision Corner gets a little dotty as they wonder at the myriad directions and speeds real runners might take. They talk numbers and wikis and barcodes. And weather and children and dogs. They imagine potholes and mudslides and low hanging trees. And eventually this:

“What do we do if a helicopter lands in the park?”

“Is that likely?”

“Nah. Let’s not worry about for now then.”

Saturday. One day to go. Various locations across Brighton.

At 9am two anoraked people wander across EB Park in the rain. Occasionally they run, or slide or hop repeatedly across puddles as though testing the very ground for worthiness.

At home a lone man scans his barcode obsessively. On three different scanners. There can be no room for error.

Across town a laptop charges, soon to be the precious holder of run results. Finish tokens are threaded on a bespoke, wire hook. Kit boxes are purchased. Briefings are practiced and a loud hailer readied.

In an unknown location a secret cupboard is unlocked and a dozen, real-live parkrunners are activated. They are instructed to be at EB Park for a 2pm start the following day.

The volunteers are ready. But despite their best efforts they sleep fitfully that night.

Sunday. The Test Run (or should that be testrun?). EB Park.

A helicopter lands on the football pitch.

Re-measuring the route they discover the park has shrunk. As runners arrive the finish line is hastily moved to the other side of the cricket pitch.

Plastic stakes needed to mark the route prove impossible to separate. Scissors hide from view.

Five minutes before the start a low, damp mist falls across the park.  And a ranger arrives to trim the trees, parking his van – right on the junction of Collison Corner.  But the run must go on.

We are ready: the volunteers, the runners and the park.

Three … Two … One … Go!

Nobody (really nobody!) knows where we might finish. But we have begun.

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