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.

 

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.