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
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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).