EAST BRIGHTON parkrun Reports, # 55, #56 and #57

2019 to 2020 - THE CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR MASH UP

I don't know about you but I didn't fancy looking at any screen that wasn't showing Nativity 3 or Skyfall last week.  So here we have it, a bumper issue - three run reports for the price of one - the Christmas-New Year EB run report mashup!

What the hell happened out there!?  Somehow as we rolled our way from Christmas to New Year you lovely lot also squeezed in THREE parkruns. TWO different courses - we mapped out and tested a "mud contingency course" due to the endless rain.  TWO (!) helicopter landings. And our FIRST EVER NEW YEAR's DAY run.

Let's start with THANK YOU! The very notion that volunteers, runners, walkers, joggers, party people, local people, weary people, visiting friends and relatives, people with children and buggies and dogs made their way to a little known park, to run 5K together, at a time of year more obviously dedicated to hedony, stuffing and sloth, blows my mind. Something very special is happening here.

Three runs is a surprising amount of life to cover. Do I start with Colin Hannant who ran his first parkrun since having a pacemaker fitted? Or with little Chris getting tangled in the New Year streamers? Shall I tell you that on New Year's Day Pete (one of our RDs) delighted us by turning up, despite that fact that he got hitched the day before? Or the fact that Hannah and Sid the Yorkie decided to celebrate her 100th parkrun with us (even though we are only 57 parkruns old). And Martha, can we talk about Martha, who is completing her Duke of Edinburgh Award with us and is a smart, funny, diligent addition to our team? Shall I tell you about the runners who either gave up a run to help the volunteer team; or arrived early to run their own 5K before helping out? So much life. So much mutual support.

I'd be remiss not to mention the New Year Doubles. There is a parkrun tradition of  taking a "double" challenge on New Year's Day - since parkruns are scheduled at different times, it is possible to hair across town and do two. This was our first ever NYD run and we weren't sure whether we would be on the "double" radar. So, to the Doublers, thank you for choosing EB as your starting run. It was thrilling to see you cross the line, wish you Happy New Year and wish you luck as you headed off to your next 5k at Peacehaven, or Hove, or further afield.

All that happened and more but let me end this report - and start the year - with my favourite thing. As people arrived and as they left, and as people ran and cheered, we greeted each other like friends. Many of you are regular EBies now and names are beginning to stick. Often, if you are just visiting, or are starting to gain confidence you come and say hello.It means so much this little community. Enough to spend Christmas and New Year together in our own special muddled, muddy way - just like family.

Happy New Year EB Fam ... we're really looking forward to adventures in the park with you in 2020.

Run report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role over the Festive Season: Volunteer Elf-wrangler

Thinking about getting 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

On January 4th, 2020, 95 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.  The event was made possible by 14 volunteers: Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Steven TENNANT • Rachel COWAN • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Michelle PEARSON • Andrew OHARA • Richard AVISON • Martha BRADLY

On January 1st 2020, 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. And 13 volunteers started the year by making EB park ... run: Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Jon WRIGHT • Susan SHYLLON • Steven TENNANT • Emma WROE • Catherine CONSIDINE • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Jayne CLEMENTS • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Kathryn LENG

On December 28th, 2019, 48 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part. The following volunteers made the magic happen: Terry James AVEY, Richard AVISON, Dave BAILY, Martha BRADLY, Becky BREIN, Mark CONSIDINE, Catherine CONSIDINE, Rachel COWAN, Tim HOLTAM, Andrew O'HARA, Paul PEARSON, Nancy PLATTS, Gabrielle ROWLES, Fran SKEELES, Steve TENNANT, Emma WROE

EB RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS: 

Full results for all runs 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 RUN REPORT, #54 December 21st, 2019

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT ONION BHAJIS

In times of high stress our brains are inclined to focus on a small detail, a safe place away from the real issues of the day. And so it is, as I find my way into this Christmas run report I picture a warm, round pillow of pitta bread, encasing a crisp pancake of onions and chilies. Hot sauce tingles at the edges of the memory and in a brief spicy blur, my brain obliterates all thoughts of the endless rain that led us here...

8am Saturday Morning: An Event Director, Santa Claus and Mother Christmas trudge through the park, assessing the squelch.

Perhaps we should cancel ...???  They say. Perhaps nobody will come??

For a moment there, we forgot we were EBies.

It's Christmas so let's skip straight to the happy ending.

There was challenge: a new course avoiding as far as possible the sludgy bits by the trees.

There was bonding: a volunteer briefing fierce enough to rival Santa's Reindeer Regime.

There was giant elf and a pretty elf; there was a dark-hatted Santa and and hangovers and a Christmas pudding beanie.

There were runners and a milestone (well done Kerry Ann) and a little birthday (happy birthday Noushka). There was a Tail Walker with a train of little co-walkers. And thirty people turned up to run, walk,squelch their way around the park. We even had a barefoot runner. And someone achieved a Personal Best!!

And afterwards we all trudged into the only-open-for-us cafe in the park and scoffed those bhajis. A cold wet morning in the the park and a Bhaji in a Bun isn't an obvious recipe for Christmas cheer. But just writing this makes me smile.

Merry Christmas EBies. Thank you for your year-round twinkle. I can't wait to see what our next year in the park might bring.

Ho ho ho from Mother Christmas. x

Run Report by: Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Run Director

We are very much in need of volunteers for the next few weeks.  If you can help on December 28th or New Year's Day (9am run) please get in touch – we need you!

Email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com

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

This event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Lucy MITCHELL • Rachel COWAN • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Jonah MERRICK • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Anoushka MERRICK • Michelle PEARSON • Victoria BRADLY • Simon LEWINGTON • Chris JONES • Tim HOLTAM • Gillian CLINCH • Fran SKEELES • Martha BRADLY

This week'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 1,695 participants have completed 4,251 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,255 km, including 764 new Personal Bests. A total of 180 individuals have volunteered 864 times.

 

East Brighton parkrun Report, #53 December 14th, 2019

THE EB / CHRISTMAS / EB / CHRISTMAS / EB SPIRIT

Somewhere between Dame Kelly Holmes running up at Peacehaven parkrun and 500 odd Santas dashing along the Hove seafront this week, we anticipated a quiet time in East Brighton park on Saturday.  In addition to local distractions, Christmas bugs and mayhem knocked out three of our volunteers.  But with a little help from our friends (including little Chris, who is growing so fast we are going to have stop calling him that!) it all came good.

There we almost fifty runners at the start line - plus a three-dog chorus - all of whom set off at an alarming pace. Well alarming to our tail walker who had planned to enjoy the "walk" in that job description.  In among the pack this week were ten newcomers to our park (welcome!) and three new personal bests were achieved (hurrah!!).  Pretty impressive parkrunning on a brisk December morning.

Next week we are adding a little twinkle for Christmas - don't feel obliged but if you fancy getting your Santa groove on, or donning the angel wings that are rightfully yours, please don't hold back. Rumour has it the volunteer team have been raiding the fancy dress box ... *surprise*

Talking of volunteers, we are feeling a little anxious about everyone going offline during the festive period.  If you - and any visiting relative or friends - feel like adding your festive cheer to the volunteer teams for the following dates please email eastbrighton@parkrun.com

December 21st - EB Christmas parkrun

December 28th - I've had enough of Christmas, point me to the park!

January 1st, 2020 at 9am - INAUGURAL EB NEW YEAR'S DAY parkrun

Finally a confession - I wasn't at parkrun this week - I was one of those odd Santas down on the seafront. Even undercover of a Santa suit, the EB spirit was strong. I bumped into not one but three EBies, one of whom had already done EB parkrun (R.E.S.P.E.C.T!)  We all cheered and hugged in recognition. The thing that makes my heart expand - aside from all that running - is that less than a year ago we didn't even know each other. These days I find it hard to walk down the road without meeting a mate from the park. Being EB is like Christmas all year round!

Run Report by: Catherine Considine (with a lot of input from Lucy Mitchell, our correspondent in-the-park)

parkrun role this week: Catherine, undercover seafront Santa; Lucy, Volunteer Coordinator and Tail Walker/Runner

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

This run was made possible by 13 volunteers: Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Lucy MITCHELL • Steven TENNANT • Nancy PLATTS • Cathy ARCHER • Charlie WILLIAMS • Darren SNOW MBE • Johann MCGAVIN • Michelle PEARSON • Chris JONES • Richard AVISON • Martha BRADLY

This week'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 1,693 participants have completed 4,221 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,105 km, including 763 new Personal Bests. A total of 177 individuals have volunteered 845 times.

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #52, December 7th 2019

YOU GOTTA HAVE A DREAM ...

The dream was going pretty well. At 8am Pete picked me up, we loaded the car with 40 cup-cakes adorned with happy birthday candles, a bag full of giant, hi-vis bows for the finish line and bean-poles to hang said bows. En route we picked up a cake box with two, blue ears poking provocatively out the top; y'know all the essential parkrun paraphernalia. To the park my good driver! (I didn't actually say that, Pete would rightly have dumped me on the pavement, but a girl ... dreams).

A girl dreams right up until the moment a helicopter circles loudly over the parkrun course with the clear intent of landing just as the run should start. Still you keep pushing the dream, fixing the bows on the finish line only to discover you packed the wrong bag and have the cut-off scraps, not the actual bows you made. And you keep dreaming as one of the streamer canons - intended as a birthday starter gun - spills its streamers across the park long before you hit go.

And the runners begin to arrive. Runpals open car doors and Christmas pours into the park. Giant elves, titchy pixies and baby reindeer emerge. And a not quite full blown - "hang on, I haven't inflated yet" - Christmas dinner stands in the carpark. And you watch as three women struggle into inflatable Tree and Turkey and Santa costumes respectively, giggling all the way.

And friends - who were strangers a year ago - arrive and hug and wish each other a Happy EB birthday.  Including our lovely parkrun Ambassador, Val and some local parkrun heroes who taught us everything we didn't know at our "trial" EB run. And first-time EBies - who have no idea what's going on - arrive and somehow absorb the joy.  'I've never seen anything like it,' the first finisher tells you later. 'I've never felt so welcome.'

In all eighty-six people parkran our birthday. The Tree and the Turkey and the Santa managed one lap and danced the rest of the time at the finish line. Twenty were first time EBies (welcome); and nine people achieved PBs (personal best times). Nineteen people volunteered; some of our original team (a special happy birthday to you) and some just mucking in for the day (a special thank you to you).

For our next birthday could somebody please make those hi-vis jackets golden? EB is blessed with the most brilliant team.

The run starts late and the finish funnel looks like a washing-line for hi-vis smalls. Later you'll forget to light the birthday candles; and the cafe will run out of coffee cups; and pesky tech gremlins will mess with the results.  But none of that matters.

You stand with your Co-Event Director, Nancy, prompting as she delivers the run briefing. You stand together because it's December and like everyone you're a little tired and too busy and worried about getting it wrong. Because this is what you dreamed one year ago. This hilarious chaos. Real and grinning in front of you. Over one hundred new friends and neighbours and visitors gathered and ready for another glorious run in the park. That's the only thing that matters.

!!Happy Birthday East Brighton parkrun!! Thank you for being our weird, unpredictable, hilarious dream come true. Every. Single. Week.

Run report by: Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Volunteer Coordinator and PeeBee cake cutter

PS - A special thank you to Agi, previously of Eden Cafe (our first parkrun cafe) who made our wonderful PeeBee birthday cake - as a gift!  Agi you are a gift. Thank you so much. xxx

PS 2 - Thank you to everyone who brought donations for our Christmas Campaign EB to EB. Three whole crates were filled - essential food and toiletries for some of our Whitehawk neighbours who just need a little help. We are collecting at all our December runs.

EB Volunteer Team - Christmas and New Year: We need help over the next few weeks as Christmas scatters our core team like glitter in a gale.  If you can pitch in on December 14th, 21st and 28th please drop us an email.

AND if you'd like to start the new decade with a grin we need you at 9am on January 1st, 2020 - Our INAUGURAL EB NEW YEAR'S DAY parkrun. 

Email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com

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

This beautiful event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Nicky THOMAS • Valerie GATES • Chris NORTON • Emma WROE • Nikki BOWMAN • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Kelly HAIGH • Paul PEARSON • Adam HAIGH • Kelly SELLENS • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Victoria TOWNSEND

This week'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 1,683 participants have completed 4,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,865 km, including 760 new Personal Bests. A total of 176 individuals have volunteered 831 times.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #51, November 30th, 2019

ROUND AND ROUND THE PARK WE GO ...

Wriggly, snaky, whirly, noodle-y. Unexpected, creative, fun. A merry-go-round, a bee-hive, a labyrinth, a dark spiral of muddy despair ... ok, I made that last one up! These are just a few of the many words people use to describe EB parkrun. And never have we felt those whirls and curls more that this week when the rain refused to stop and the park offered us a new word - swampy.

Back at EB HQ our Whatsapp was a-glow with newly mapped routes designed to avoid the now infamous Slippery Slope; and the less expected mudslide at the Wilson Avenue U-turn. On Thursday things started happening. The rain held off and two mighty EBies headed to the park to walk a new course into life - all hail Paul and Mark.  And two flighty EBies headed to the Cafe.   As we (that's me and Michelle) chatted tea, coffee, bacon and vegan bhaji butties with the new owners, an alternative two-lap course was born.

Saturday, as ever, brought its own twists and turns.  After two dry days our usual three-lap route was safe. 62 people twirled their way round. Eight were were first timers (so will have not clue what I'm talking about, but were very welcome!). Seven new PBs (Personal Best times) were recorded. John "Bouncer" Biggins, dressed head to toe in tartan did his own little Scottish jig around the park. Our Vegan Runner friend Chris Tyler-Humm celebrated his 50th parkrun with us, while fellow Vegan Runner Mary Daly joined us to start her 50th birthday celebrations. R.E.S.P.EC.T!

And we all finished our 51st EB parkrun with the new Cafe Owners Marylyn and Steve who had magic'd their "under renovation" space into an interim Cafe just for parkrunners.

Next week we reach our first birthday. Please, please come and celebrate with us. Nothing would make us prouder than a packed, smiling park. I don't think we really dared to imagine that as a reality one year ago. We took a leap of faith - and you all jumped with us - sometimes that's all it takes. Thank you EBies.

Round and round the park we go ... where we end nobody knows.

PS - Special thanks this week for all the extra stuff - Pete, Will, Mark and Paul for all their efforts designing an alternative course. Michelle - Run Director extraordinaire, for managing some tricky choices with flair. And Michelle and Paul for manually inputting results when our stopwatch broke. Oh - and Mark, for wearing a kilt, so that John wouldn't be lonely in his tartan! Round and round ... and above and beyond ... that's why we're proud to be EB! xxx

Run report by: Catherine Considine

  parkrun role this week: Barcode Scanner

If you’d like join us as EB volunteer please get in touch – we need you!

We need volunteers every, single Saturday. No experience necessary. Joy guaranteed. You can be a regular volunteer, or volunteer occasionally. Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

- Which Saturday you are available

- Your barcode number (begins with a capital A ...) *

*you don't have to be a runner to get a barcode. Register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/  (or at the top of our Facebook page) to get your unique parkrun number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails.

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

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers: Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Steven TENNANT • Catherine CONSIDINE • Paul PEARSON • Michelle PEARSON • Victoria BRADLY • Christopher NORTON • Yvette KNAPMAN • Andrew OHARA • Richard AVISON • Gillian CLINCH • Martha BRADLY

This week'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 1,663 participants have completed 4,087 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,435 km, including 751 new Personal Bests. A total of 174 individuals have volunteered 812 times.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun #50, November 23rd 2019

MUD! MUD! GLORIOUS MUD!

For those of you too young to recognise that title, it is the chorus of The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders and Swann, which tells the sweet tale of a Bold Hippopotamus wooing his Fair Hippopotami maid with a mud song.  And that, dear EBies is how it feels in the park right now. There is nothing quite so triumphant as the smile of an EB at the finish line after a muddy run.  But I sense a few of you might need a little convincing.

How about these stats - of the nearly 50 people who turned up - a dozen were brand new to EB parkrun. Two brave souls had never run a parkrun before.  And I counted four PBs (personal best times). Get in!!!  Regular speedy beans Keiran Fuller and Caroline Wood were gorgeously skidding across the finish line at an impressive 20.13 and 21.42 respectively.  And a few under 11's were whizzing around the course, parents just about in tow, as though muddy just adds a bit of bounce to the proceedings.

Which brings me to the most important aspect of a true trail / cross-country / all-grass /off-road / call-it-what-you-will course - nothing makes you feel more childlike in the very best way than a run in the park in the rain. It's that simple. That's what all the smiles were about.

Same time next week? Or as our love lorn Hippo might say:

"Follow me follow, Down to EB hollow, And there let us wallow, In gloooooorious MUD!

Run report by Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Run Director and puddle splosher 

If you’d like join us as EB volunteer please get in touch – we need you!

We need volunteers every, single Saturday. No experience necessary. Joy guaranteed. You can be a regular volunteer, or volunteer occasionally. Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

- Which Saturday you are available

- Your barcode number (begins with a capital A ...) *

*you don't have to be a runner to get a barcode. Register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/  (or at the top of our Facebook page) to get your unique parkrun number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails.

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

This week 49 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Will BAKER • Lucy MITCHELL • Jane LEACH • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Martha BRADLY

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 1,655 participants have completed 4,025 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,125 km, including 744 new Personal Bests. A total of 173 individuals have volunteered 798 times.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun, RUN REPORT #49, November 16th 2019

parkcrumbs

- How did you get to parkrun today?

- Oh, I hopped aboard the bike train!

Yup, led by Maria Pali, a bunch of runners snaked their way across town to the EB start-line on their bikes. A very impressive and jolly duathlon to start the weekend.

Meanwhile, back in the Cafe formerly known as Dottie's, visiting Vegan Runners were gathering, cake-tins in hand, fully embracing our newly established BYO policy. A vast, squishy chocolate cake took the centre spot, surrounded by flapjacks and "cheese" scones and "sausage" rolls and banana loaf and fudge squares and lime shortcake and actual bananas ... a VIVF (a Very Impressive Vegan Feast!)

EB park was as lively and delicious as the Cafe. Sussex Runners were busy doing speed training in the centre of the park, as parkrunners lapped the perimeter. Much like the Cafe, the park always expands to make space for everyone. We gave the Sussex Runners a few cheeky EB pompom cheers - EB is for everyone afterall.

After all the rain the course was pretty muddy, leading to a super impressive mud-slide finish as the two fastest runners sprinted - then one slid - across the finish line. It all ended with a very gentlemanly handshake. A little further down the line there was some gentle-womanly running going go as Ruth Farrell paced with Jane Leach.  "You gave up your run for me," Jane said, as they crossed together, smiling. The brotherhood and sisterhood was strong in EB this week.

As a barcode scanner you tend to pick up little snippets of conversation as people hand you their barcodes on folded scraps of paper ... or keyrings ...or wrists ... or shoes laces (!). I felt a faint echo as young runner commented, "It's a lovely little parkrun. Just like an old-school cross country run."  Only a couple of weeks ago an older gentleman told me wistfully, "I haven't been to this park for years, it brings back so many memories. I used to run cross country here when I was at school." It is a tremendous honour to feel we are bringing the park to life each week - a life that spans so many decades.

But let's finish where we started - back in the Cafe. Results wizard Emma is perched in corner working her magic. Jaspar the dog wanders in search of scraps and love (don't we all - but that's an entirely different report). And someone holds a black Vegan Runner beanie aloft - in a room full of runners wearing black VR beanies - and asks, "Is this mine?".

When the sharing table is nothing but crumbs, runners head off into the weekend.  Two leave the park after their first ever parkrun. Nine hold their heads high with pride in their new PBs. Some are already thinking of the Brighton 10K they will run on Sunday. The Bike Train heads off on its return journey. And we pack EB parkrun away - until next week.

Run Report by: Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Barcode Scanner

PS - Well done everyone who completed the Brighton 10K on Sunday. What a lovely achievement! xxx

If you’d like join us as EB volunteer please get in touch – we need you! We need volunteers every, single Saturday. No experience necessary. Joy guaranteed. You can be a regular volunteer, or volunteer occasionally. Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

- Which Saturday you are available

- Your barcode number (begins with a capital A ...) *

*you don't have to be a runner to get a barcode. Register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/  (or at the top of our Facebook page) to get your unique parkrun number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails.

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

This week 77 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers: Lin LASCELLES • Keith TURNER • Terry James AVEY • Maria PALI • Mark CONSIDINE • Alistair BOOTON • Ian Michael WELCH • Tanya BARNES • Ruth FARNELL • Emma WROE • Sandra HOUNSHAM • Catherine CONSIDINE • Mary DALY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Lesley MORRILL • Richard AVISON

This week'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 1,643 participants have completed 3,976 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,880 km, including 740 new Personal Bests. A total of 173 individuals have volunteered 785 times.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #48, November 6th 2019

THEY CAME. THEY RAN. THEY NATTERED IN THE CAFF.

It's a funny old thing parkrun. Sometimes it's hilarious because it all goes trainers-up! And sometimes, like this week, it is a simple joy.  The only downside being - what can I possibly write about?

The smalls played a strong game this week.  There was Richard, aged 7, doing his first ever run with his Dad. And two titchy Run Pals at the first marshal post working those EB pompoms for all they were worth.  I'll definitely be stealing some of those moves.  And our favourite tail-buggy-walker was back in the park with us; Chris Norton donned the prestigious orange tail-walker vest, and completed the course pushing his baby Ottilie in her buggy all the way.

In amongst the 80 plus park runners, joggers and walkers who joined us this week I counted 26 PBs (personal bests), including a stunning PB from this week's first finisher Keiran Fuller who crossed the line at 18mins 58 seconds.

We are always, always excited to see new parkrunners so welcome to Ann Pybus, Nicola Eves and Elisha Yanez-Rowley. Girl power in action. We hope you had a lovely time at EB.

I want to write an excited paragraph about our first week using the new, make-shift parkrun cafe. But the simple truth is, like all good ideas, it just worked. The space filled with chatter, we devoured a banana and cranberry loaf, somehow we we shared three flasks of coffee between about half-a-dozen cups.  As though, that's what we've always done!

Until such time as the Cafe has proper tenants that IS what we do, so please bring along coffee cups - all the better for sharing. And flasks of tea or coffee.  Those of you missing bake-off don't be shy - after three crisp, laps of the park the EBies are hungry.  And everybody knows there is no such thing as calories after parkrun.

So please come, run, natter. It's such a lovely start to the weekend.

Run Report by: Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: Banana loaf baker!!

If you’d like join us as EB volunteer please get in touch – we need you!

We need volunteers every, single Saturday. No experience necessary. Joy guaranteed. You can be a regular volunteer, or volunteer occasionally. Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

- Which Saturday you are available

- Your barcode number (begins with a capital A ...) *

*you don't have to be a runner to get a barcode. Register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/  (or at the top of our Facebook page) to get your unique parkrun number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails.

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

This week 87 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Will BAKER • Ian Michael WELCH • Steven TENNANT • Robert WELTON • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Brogan COYNE • Matt COYNE • Paul PEARSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Christopher NORTON • Yvette KNAPMAN • Martha BRADLY

This week'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 1,610 participants have completed 3,899 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,495 km, including 731 new Personal Bests. A total of 167 individuals have volunteered 766 times.

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #47, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019

YOU ARE ALL COMPLETELY BARKING MAD!

Seriously, did nobody read the weather reports? Did you not realise you had bone fide, rugby-final-shaped excuse to stay in and watch the telly? Did none of you peel back the curtains on Saturday morning and just think ... "nah!"???

To the fifty hardy runners and eleven certifiable volunteers that rocked up in the park on Saturday raring to go, I have just one thing to say - You are all completely, barking mad.  (And we love each and everyone of you).

Wasn't that the BEST parkrun? EVER!!!?? Have your cheeks ever felt rosier? Your lungs more alive? Your triumph more glorious? Has your breakfast ever tasted more deserved?  And on Saturday night did you sleep the deep, sweet sleep of champions who have conquered?

To those of you who missed out, don't take my word for it.  This week not only was there running, there was a lot of post-run chatter too.  Take it away EBies ...

- Thank you ...for the quickest ever pre run brief. Well done to everyone who braved the conditions. Today's run will go down in the history of EB parkruns as "challenging" . We conquered!

- [well done] to Josie, her first parkrun on her 17th Birthday too.

- Thank you East Brighton parkrunners and volunteers for yesterday’s slightly soggy and breezy run. It was our first time of proper parkrun tourism and we both love the warmth and friendliness of everyone regardless. 

- My gosh, what a day for a run! My PW (personal worst!) but what heroes in hi viz inspiring us all to keep going! 

And my gosh, it wasn't just the volunteers (marvellous though they are!) who kept us going.  The thing that was magic about Saturday was a spirit of camaraderie that flooded the park. Runners were cheering each other on, rushing back into the fray after they finished to help each other out; it was a whole,soggy, muddy parkrun love-in. And we loved it!!

I thought today's run report would be all about getting INTO Dottie's Cafe. But I can condense all that joy into just one image, Picture yourself sodden, spent and wind-battered at the finish line. You are handed a finish token and as you turn to stagger to the barcode scanners someone whispers these four little words,"Scanning in the Cafe".

I'm not sure how we will ever top this week EBies. But let's give it a go ... same time next week??

Run report by: Catherine Considine

parkrun role this week: totally useless Number Checker (the number checker sheet disintegrated in the rain)

If you’d like join us as EB volunteer please get in touch – we need you!

We need volunteers every, single Saturday. No experience necessary. Joy guaranteed. You can be a regular volunteer, or volunteer occasionally. Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

- Which Saturday you are available

- Your barcode number (begins with a capital A ...) *

*you don't have to be a runner to get a barcode. Register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/  (or at the top of our Facebook page) to get your unique parkrun number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails.

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

This week 50 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Terry James AVEY • Julie LAWRENCE • Ian Michael WELCH • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Lesley MORRILL • Richard AVISON • Gillian CLINCH

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 1,588 participants have completed 3,812 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,060 km, including 705 new Personal Bests. A total of 165 individuals have volunteered 748 times.

 

 

 

 

EAST BRIGHTON parkrun REPORT #46, October 26th, 2019

NOTES FROM EB parkrun...

Life has been a bit hectic this week - somewhere between worrying about first aid kits, tidy-team* gloves and volunteer tables being nicked from the kit-room; working with the Council to make Dottie's available; and wondering how the battle of parkrun V rugby world-cup final will pan out - I haven't got round to writing a run report!

(*yes we have a tidy team and gloves and bin-bags - if you want to do a bit of litter picking before your run, don't hold back!)

I find myself with a cuppa and few spare minutes so rather than duck the task, I thought I'd share with you my notes from Saturday. After parkrun, the core team whatsapp their favourite moments and so a run report is born.  Here is Saturday's Run Report, in its original, unedited form. The EB team are going to kill me!

- Arena 80 - loads of 'em! Thank goodness, cos attendance was low. B****y rugby!

- There were six shiny, new first time parkrunners too.

- parkrun tourist from Worcester said we were the "friendliest group of volunteers she's ever encountered".

- One runner used to play cricket at EB in his school days. This is the first time he's been back in 45 years!!!

- OMG - I was so happy to see an extra volunteer I nearly killed him. I went in for a hug then saw fear in his eyes.  He'd broken his ribs, that's why he isn't running. Note to self - stop hugging the volunteers.

- Stop Whatsapping - I'm watching the b****y rugby!!!

- Hahahahahaha, guess who went skidding round the U-Turn on her bottom?   While boom shake shake the room was playing?

- Hahahahahaha ... our Booty Walker!!!

- Don't tell Catherine, she'll put it in the run report!!

And that dear EBies is Saturday past. I'm grinning as a write this, Saturday is such a wonderful, daft joy!  Stay tuned for a number of EB Breaking News Announcements this week.  Cafe news - and New Year News - and a Christmas plan.  To be unveiled soon - at a parkrun near you.

Cuppa down. Rest of the day to get on with ... Love ya EBies!

Report by: Catherine Considine and the EB team (without their consent)

parkrun role this week: Run Director

If you’d like join us as EB volunteer please get in touch – we need you!

We need volunteers every, single Saturday. No experience necessary. Joy guaranteed. You can be a regular volunteer, or volunteer occasionally.Just email: eastbrighton@parkrun.com and tell us...

- Which Saturday you are available

- Your barcode number (begins with a capital A ...) *

*you don't have to be a runner to get a barcode. Register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/  (or at the top of our Facebook page) to get your unique parkrun number. When you do please remember to opt in to East Brighton emails.

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

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Ian Michael WELCH • Emma WROE • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Paul PEARSON • Penny SIMPSON • Darren SNOW MBE • Michelle PEARSON • Claire ALLEGUEN • Kathryn LENG • Mike BROWN • Luis BROWN

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 1,577 participants have completed 3,762 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,810 km, including 701 new Personal Bests. A total of 164 individuals have volunteered 737 times.