EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #65, MARCH 14TH, 2020

A small and perfectly formed bunch of parkrunners arrived at East Brighton park to the warm welcome of a flurry of fuchsia! Our intrepid volunteers were sporting the new hi-viz jackets, and they all looked fabulous!

The sun managed to peep through the clouds as 25 parkrunners set off for this morning's 5k of fun. It was quite muddy along the way, but the course marshals kept us very safe! It was lovely to see everyone greeting each other as we did our laps of the park. One by one, we crossed the finish line, greeted with applause and smiles for each and every one of us.

We had a couple of celebrations today - Paul Pearson has now volunteered at East Brighton 50 times!! If you want to give volunteering a go, I'm sure Paul will be happy to offer his advice. Also, Terry James Avey completed his 350th parkrun today - yes, you read that right - 350th!!! Massive congratulations to Terry, and here's to the next 350.

No matter how many parkruns you've done, or how many times you volunteer, what's brilliant about being an EBie is that you'll always be part of a fantastically supportive group of friends.

Well done to everyone who came to parkrun today. Remember, if you every have any questions about parkrun (including volunteering), you can get in touch on Facebook, via eastbrighton@parkrun.com, or by talking to one of your fellow EBies.

Have a great week, and keep on smiling like us EBies do best!

Run Report by: Kerry Bonham

EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 25 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 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 this week’s results.

These wonderful folk got out of bed on a grey Saturday morning to make the run happen: Chris NAYLOR • Terry James AVEY • Belinda GIBSON • Hannah MORNEMENT • Emma WROE • Kerry BONHAM • Dave BAILEY • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Mary HERBERT • Lesley MORRILL • Yvette KNAPMAN • Andrew OHARA • Richard AVISON • Martha BRADLY

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

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #64, MARCH 7TH, 2020

Bobble hat – check

Barcode - check

Big smile - check

Right, that means I'm ready to go to the happiest place on a Saturday morning - East Brighton parkrun!

After all the wet and windy weather we've been having recently, it was lovely to see that the ground had dried out, and was ready for the barcode-bearing bunch of parkrunners this morning. Spring is definitely on its way - I can feel it!

The Portslade Hedgehoppers joined us today, and all did brilliantly today. We'd love to have them visit us again very soon.

I also met the lovely Danny, who was walking his first ever parkrun today (and what better place to do that than at EB?) With the brilliant warm welcome from everyone, I'm sure he'll be back again.

What I love about EB is the variety of people who come along each week. People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities come along with one thing in common - to cover a 5k distance. Some run, some walk, and some do their own thing in between. Personally, I do a combination of running and walking, which works well for me. Ultimately, it doesn't matter how we do it, because we know that we'll always be met with friendly faces along the way.

As always, a big Thank You to our hi-viz volunteers, who make sure everything is set up for us, and keep us safe on our way round. If you'd like to help out, do drop the team an email at eastbrighton@parkrun.com, or have a chat with one of the volunteers when you're next there.

It's International Women's Day tomorrow, so make sure you use this weekend to celebrate all the women in your life!

That's all from me today. Thanks again to everyone for making EB parkrun such a wonderful place to be on a Saturday morning. You all keep me going, and you all make me smile!

Run Report by: Kerry Bonham

EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 15 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 • Hannah MORNEMENT • Steven TENNANT • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Michelle PEARSON • Mary HERBERT • Mike BROWN • Luis BROWN • Nathan BROWN • Martha BRADLY

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

 

IF A PARK DOES NOT RUN, CAN YOU WRITE A RUN REPORT?

Here at EB HQ there is always, ALWAYS something to report ... Read on 'cos right at the end of this there is an invitation you won't want to miss!!

Since we weren't busy cheering your all round the park this soggy Saturday, we put our thinking caps on. And very lovely we looked too!  At just over a year old, it's time to plan for EB's future. And what we were thinking is - would you like to help? Our Core Team have done a damn fine job of setting EB parkrun up but a few of them would like to run a bit more. And with a broader volunteer gang we can create more opportunities to do just that - for everyone.

Let's start with a bit of myth busting:

Myth 1 - If I volunteer, I won't be able to run?

***Busted*** There are quite a few roles that allow you to run too. We always, always need help setting up and closing down. Fast runners, you can hop in and barcode scan once you've got you breath back. Tail walkers. Pacers. Run Report writer - we need you.

Myth 2 - OK, but if I join the Core Team I'll have to volunteer all the time, right?

***Busted*** The role we're really keen to train a few more people to do is Volunteer Co-ordinator. Once all the Volunteers are in place on Saturday morning, the VC has time to hit the start line. And run the run that you helped create. Now THAT's a damn fine feeling.

Myth 3 - But everyone looks like they know what they are doing.

**Busted*** OMG, if you had but seen us a year ago!?  Do I need to say more?? Suffice to say, if you are interested in doing anything, we are happy to take the time to help you learn. But seriously most of the volunteer roles are simple and we promise not to throw you in at the deep end.

Myth 4 - Don't the volunteers all know each other. Won't I feel a bit left out?

***Busted*** Most of us met setting up EB parkrun.  Almost every week someone new joins in and the most frequent and gratifying feedback we ever get is "EB is the most welcoming, friendly parkrun team you could ever wish to meet ..."

If you are remotely interested in getting a bit more involved here what to do:

1. Sign up to EB emails. To do this opt into East Brighton in your parkrun profile.  Sign in here: https://www.parkrun.com/signin/ and go to email options.

2. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or twitter.

3. Come and talk to us any Saturday.  Or email eastbrighton@parkrun.com anytime. We'd be oh so happy to have a little chat.

4.  FINALLY … HERE COMES THE INVITATION ...

Marilyn and Steve in the EB Café are hosting a Café Launch sometime in the next few weeks.  We are all invited and will let you know the date, just as soon as we do!

So if you'd like to talk about volunteering from time to time, mixing up a bit of parkrunning and volunteering, learning how to do any of the volunteer roles, or joining the EB Core Team find us in the cafe after parkrun, or at the launch in a few week's time - we'll be there, supping a little fizz and nibbling a few tasty bites ... and chat, chat chatting ... see you there??

EB Love,

Nancy and Catherine

Your EB Event Directors

 

 

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – INSPIRE US

Listen up Women of EB - On Saturday March 7th - ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8th - we are celebrating YOU.

One of the aims of International Women's Day is to Celebrate Women's Achievement.  We believe there is a lot to celebrate in our little community. 

Women AND Men we invite you to bring a woman who inspires you to join us in the park.  This might be your Mum, your Nan, your sister, your wife, your best friend, your daughter ... you know who.  Or if that is not possible, we invite you to run in their honour. Maybe it is someone you have lost? Or lost contact with? Hold them in your heart and run-jog-walk with pride and joy.

We look forward to seeing you on March 7th and meeting or hearing about the women who mean the most you. Expect a grrrrrreat big girl power rrrrRRROOOAAARRRR to start the day.

To find out more about what International Women's Day is striving to achieve for sport, click here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Mission/Sport

Big love,

EBx

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #62, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2020

The one that was the calm before the storm.

Much of the news headlines leading up to Saturday were all about the threat of the incoming Storm Ciara, but we were blessed with a calm, but damp morning in East Brighton Park. Overnight rain meant a slight amendment to the course, but there was nothing to stop 69 runners, joggers and walkers – plus a hearty band of volunteers – from having the best start to the morning.

The Hi-Viz heroes were hard at work popping in the stakes, flags and lining up cones ahead of a fun morning. Huge thanks to:

Amelia CULSHAW  •  Andrew OHARA  •  Becky BRIEN  •  Catherine CONSIDINE  •  Emma WROE  •  Johann MCGAVIN  •  Lewis SMITH  •  Kiersten SIMMONS • Mark BROCKLEHURST  •  Mark CONSIDINE  •  Martha BRADLY  •  Mike NAYLOR  •  Rachel COWAN  •  Richard AVISON  •  Terry James AVEY  •  Will BAKER

Our fun in the park can’t happen each week without our volunteers so if you would like to help out in the coming weeks, drop the team a line at eastbrighton@parkrun.com

It was my first visit to the park with the café in full flow and what a wonderful attraction it is. There was a real sense of community in there and it’s the perfect place to meet fellow parkrunners, bring family members to watch you from (if you can’t persuade them to take part) or to simply savour a cuppa and toast your achievement! (Just leave your muddy shoes at the door!)

A big welcome to the parkrun family for Harry, Katina and Emma who recorded their first parkrun today – Saturday mornings will never be the same again. All in all, Saturday saw 15 debutantes to East Brighton and the trick now is to tell all of your friends about how wonderful it is!

You can see all of the scores on the doors below:

This week 69 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 15 volunteers.

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

What a muddy wonderful morning at East Brighton parkrun and thanks to everyone who made the event possible. I can’t wait to head back for more tea (and of course a run) and it’s wonderful to see the event go from strength to strength!

See you soon!

Mark (A473956)

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #61, February 1st, 2020

LET'S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING ... ?

'Good Morning EBies. And welcome to the East Brighton Mud Run!!'

And that's where it starts, right? Loudhailer in hand, explaining a revised course to the  71 brave souls who have gathered to take part. Hoping to be heard above excitable dogs (one of them my own!).  Forgetting to "launch" the nine Brighton and Hove Councillors who are running to launch "Councillors for parkrun", promoting health and wellness across our city.

Really it started half an hour earlier, re-organising the course to avoid a too-muddy slope. Watching the volunteer team switch up a gear to learn the new route and make the alternative course work.

Or maybe it began at 8am? When half a dozen phones across East Brighton flashed with the following message: "Decision Made. It's the Mud Course"  A whats app from  two volunteers out walking the course and deciding how likely they were to land on their respective bums. Answer: Very! Running down the slope by the trees

This one feels like it began two weeks earlier, when right up until the day we didn't have enough volunteers to do all the roles that make a parkrun possible. Pete's been coordinating volunteers for the past two weeks, so here's his version of events:

EB parkrun, Volunteer Coordinator: It's funny, some weeks you're scrabbling around, and other weeks you can put your feet up and chillax. The role of Volunteer Coordinator can be a feast or famine affair - most of you have seen them, busy at the table handing out bibs and lanyards, striking off names from list, but what I suspect most of you don't appreciate is the effort that happens prior to that point.

By Sunday night the event of the previous day is distant memory as sights are set on the following weeks event. This is where the magic happens as the VC role begins, the week before.

In essence it's simply a case of doing a shout out for volunteers and then slotting them into positions using the special digital tools provided by parkrun. But happens when there are no volunteers?

Like the week before last, by Thursday the roster was looking very bare - this is when it's all hands to the deck and everyone has a go at mustering up support, but it is daunting, touch and go, there are moments where you worry you might have to cancel which no one wants to do.

Then there's this week, we had an over abundance of volunteers, beating them off with sticks! By Monday night our roster was full (which is unheard of!) and still they came, not one to look a gift horse in the mouth (and quite fortuitous as it turned out) we bloated out our roster further and added more Marshals.

By Friday, reminder emails are sent out and the roster is freshly printed off ready for the morning and the scrum of managing all the lovely volunteers, handing out bibs, detailing roles and pointing to where the Marshals need to go.

This week was easy, last week was a rough ride - a week where the VC's role can be nail biting... If you are considering volunteering and haven't done so yet then talk to any volunteer and you'll no doubt hear that it's sometimes demanding, sometimes uncomfortable, but it's so rewarding - being part of a community has many benefits - making friends and helping each other out is a great feeling.

If you are interested in volunteering, we need you!  To keep in touch please opt-in to East Brighton emails and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can contact us at: eastbrighton@parkrun.com Or as Pete suggests come and talk to us on any Saturday about roles available and ways to get involved. 

Run report by: Catherine Considine and Pete Ranson

Their EB parkrun roles this week: Run Director and Volunteer Coordinator

EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 71 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

These 17 lovely folk put their thinking caps on along with hi-vis jackets to make our alternative "mud course" work: Chris NAYLOR • Mike NAYLOR • Caroline WOOD • Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Bob PAGE • Mark CONSIDINE • Amelia CULSHAW • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Sarah LEWIS • Sally HEWITT • Kiersten SIMMONS • Alix MACFARLANE • Martha BRADLY • Michelle FURBER

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.

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

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #60, JANUARY 25th, 2020

WHO YOU GONNA CALL - MYTH BUSTERS!!!

Is it just me or has this been the longest January. Ever! Apparently this final stretch is the most miserable week of the year. And yet 82 people rocked up to EB parkrun on a fairly bleak looking morning and had a lovely time as far I could see!

While we are busting myths can we talk about women chatting? I was stationed out at Wilson Avenue - the farthest Marshal post from home. Perhaps because there are fewer distractions, I tend to notice more when I'm out there. And what I noticed this week is lots of men running together having a right old natter!  What on earth were you all chatting about!!??

It was lovely to see some of our January newbies coming back - apparently the end of January is when the resolutions crack. So R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to all of you. I know a couple of you achieved PBs this week (Personal Best times). That's how to smash January.

Some nasty January bugs slayed a couple of volunteers - but we rose to the challenge. Darren and Keith stepped up at the last minute to tail walk. Keith is the first blind runner to complete our course and runs quite regularly with us. Ain't nothing holding that man back ... well, except that he and Darren made my "men who chat" list!  Oh and Martha, who had completed her DofE award work with us has decided to keep volunteering.

There's a myth going round that EBies don't have a cafe. Not only is the cafe opening just for us every Saturday, it very close to opening full time. Next week we're hoping for proper furniture. And it has a name ... are you ready for this? ... East Brighton Cafe! I know. It feels like we finally have a home, right?

My final bit of myth busting for today is this - when I try and encourage non-parkrunners to parkrun they look at me in horror. But that's for runners, they say. It's not for me.  At my little lonely heart out-post this week I cheered people of all ages and abilities. There was a lovely young couple, who might be pushing a buggy round the course later this year.  There were buggy pushers and parents trying to keep up with their kids. There were gaggles of men chatting!!  And women of all ages. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons and daughters and dads. And four-legged friends keeping their humans on track. One wonderful older woman took three laps at a powerful stride. There were regular runners and newbies: and friends running a little extra to encourage their mate across the finish line. No parkrunner was left behind.

There is nothing mythical about the fact that parkrun is for everyone. Every single week we see that in action.  Magical maybe? But definitely not a myth.

Thank you for making it happen EBies - see you next week!

Run report by: Catherine Considine

EB parkrun role this week: Marshal at Lonely Heart Bend

EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

And 13 sexy, bobble-hatted heroes dragged their weary bones to the park to make it happen: Mike SCOFIELD • Chris NAYLOR • Keith TURNER • Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Will BAKER • Steven TENNANT • Emma SWAN • Emma WROE • Catherine CONSIDINE • Darren SNOW MBE • Andrew OHARA • Martha BRADLY

Want to be in the EB Gang? We always need volunteers. Please don't be shy about popping on a yellow jacket from time to time, or spreading the word. To keep in touch please opt-in to East Brighton emails and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can contact us at: eastbrighton@parkrun.com

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.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #59, January 18th, 2020

APRES EB

If I were to describe sunlight bouncing off the frosted slopes and bobble-hatted friends, chatting outside on a fenced veranda, hands wrapped around steaming mugs, faces aglow with activity done - where would you think we were? Swiss Alps? A fancy named ski resort beyond my spelling abilities?? Or EB after parkrun? With the cafe open and the sun shining there was such a lovely buzz in the park after the run this week.

But before the coffee and the toffee-pecan slice (oh yes I did!)...80 people gathered at the start line. Sussex County runners lead the course and gave us a thrill at the finish line when we thought the current record might be broken (not quite). Carol, a new EBie and Nordic Walker donned the esteemed orange Tail Walker jacket and performed said duties with elan. In between were regular EBies; and six shiny new parkrunners (welcome!); and  20 people who had never visited EB before.

More excitement?  Peter The Train Morris, celebrated his 200th different parkrun with us.  That's 200 parkruns each at different locations.  And Subramanyan Naidu Maripuri, a local runner, ran his 50th run. And a cracking sprint finish between grown-up EBie core member Emma and not-so-grown-up Little Chris.  Chris won!  (teehee). Big smiles all round for all of you!

Can you take the pace ...? Pete, one of our core team paced a 31-minute run, gathering a healthy pacing pack, at least one of whom achieved a PA (personal best time) as a result.  Regular pacers are something we are really keen to encourage this year. We're getting a selection of vests -  times ranging from 25-35 mins and a walk-jog pace.  If you are confident in running a steady time pacing is a great way to help us out and get a run in too. Please ask next time you see us, or drop us an email if you are interested.

We've been doing a bit of push on growing our volunteer team of late. Which has been so successful I forgot to include Gillian on the list this week! I'm giving her a special shout out because not only did she turn up, she stayed and marshaled. And joined us for a cuppa afterwards. And that Gillian is why we love you!

While we talking volunteers - quite a few of our core team of volunteers would like to run a bit more this year. Taking a quasi-regular volunteer role helps us achieve that. If over time lots of runners chose to run five and volunteer one (an EB half dozen?) it would create loads more running opportunities for everyone. In our EB Utopia we are all in this together!

It's Monday as I write. I've just come back from a walk in the park with Dougal the dog. We retrieved some stakes and tape that were accidentally left up on Saturday (oops!). Chatted with a couple of elderly dog walkers who always ask about the run. Met the Run East Brighton Crew (Run EBC) who are training for a 10k, after completing their first ever 5k at EB in the summer.  Waved at George the carpenter, outside the cafe, starting work on their refurb.

Apres EB parklife rolls on. But we are making an impact EBies. A beautiful one. Of that I am very sure.

Run Report by: Catherine Considine

EBie role this week: Volunteer Coordinator

Want to get more involved? We always need volunteers. Please don't be shy about hopping in a yellow jacket from time to time, or spreading the word. To keep in touch please opt-in to East Brighton emails and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can contact us at: eastbrighton@parkrun.com

*And please could somebody please remind us to bring in all the stakes next week. Ta!*

EB parkrun PEOPLE: The best list in town! The 17 gorgeous folk who made a park run this week. Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Lewis SMITH • Andrew CLARK • Rachel COWAN • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Klaus PULLEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Catherine WARDEN • Andrew OHARA • Richard AVISON • Gillian CLINCH • Carol ENGLISH • Martha BRADLY • Poppy HERON • Becky BRIEN

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.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #58, January 11th, 2020.

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!

Let's start at the finish line this week because something exciting happened.  We had our first ever, female first-finisher, on the first Saturday parkrun of the year. Accompanied by our first ever canine first-finisher. Way to start the decade Tara Shanahan of the Good Gym* and your lovely dog (sorry I don't know their name).

If you've untangled that lot I have a few more firsts for you.  Of the 95 people who ran, jogged and walked the course: twenty-four were at EB for the first time, and a dozen were brand new parkrunners. Welcome everyone, it was brave, blustery day to make your debut. You all managed it beautifully. Given that brisk wind it wasn't a particularly auspicious  day for PBs (personal best times) but nine of you clearly said, "b****cks to that" and achieved them anyway!!

To anyone who hasn't been for a while a football team has started training on the pitch while we run. It's a lovely symbiotic relationship. I can still remember walking across an empty park just over a year ago wondering how we would ever bring it to life. It's a genuine thrill to see the space so full of life and energy, right at the start of the year.

Talking of energy, who got nabbed by little Chris with the volunteer board at the finish line? Enthusiastic doesn't quite do him justice. Thank you to those of you signed up for a volunteer slot or two. For the next month our core team is quite depleted so please forgive a little shameless plug on the volunteer front.

Regular runners - I don't want to woo you with the notion of "giving back" because I feel that occasional volunteering gives you something special. I think all our runner-volunteers feel a strong connection to EB parkrun.  On Saturday mornings the park is ours, we are custodians of something really exciting and fun and beautiful.

Shy runners and wannabes - I've seen volunteering give a lot of people confidence to run. If you get involved with our little park community pretty soon you will see that there is room for everyone. parkrun is the most genuinely supportive and inclusive community I've ever known.

Just want to get out-and-about folk - parkrun is a lovely reason to get out of bed in the morning, fill your lungs with fresh air, and support and absorb the joy of a group of people giving their all. I defy you not to get sucked into the excitement.  And of course stay for a cuppa at Cafe afterwards (which Marilyn and Steve are opening on Saturdays just for us all this month, right up to their official opening sometime in Feb).

Quite  few of our core team would love to mix in a bit more running with their volunteering. If you (or your mates) could mix in a bit of volunteering with your running - or if you'd like to volunteer with us on a more regular basis - we will all be winning.

But for now, let's end where we started, at the finish line. We were joined by two nordic walkers this week who crossed the line in front of the Tail Walker.  One of them, Carole - a first-time EBie - will Tail Walk with us next week.  Now THAT's what I'm talking about!!

Game on 2020 ... I can't wait to see what this year in the park will bring.

* if you don't know the Good Gym, check 'em out. A community of runners combining getting fit with doing good things. https://www.goodgym.org/

Report by: Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Run Director

Want to get more involved? We always need volunteers.  This can be a regular commitment or just hopping in when we are a bit short of help.   To keep in touch please opt-in to East Brighton emails and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can contact us at: eastbrighton@parkrun.com

EB parkrun PEOPLE. This week 16 volunteers mucked in with characteristic gusto. Massive thanks to all of them: Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Graeme POULTON • Hannah MORNEMENT • Rachel COWAN • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Lesley MORRILL • Andrew OHARA • Martha BRADLY • Tony BROWN

EB RESULTS and (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS: Today'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.

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