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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.