Hastings parkrun #number 251
15th February 2020
On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and although pretty blustery, Storm Dennis was only just waking up! Temperatures too were still chilly and with the storm approaching we were all reluctant to shed our outer layers before running. Now where did I put my gloves?
The runner’s briefing warmly welcomed and introduced all runners to the course layout. What a lovely nearly flat as a pancake course you have too, exploring the coastal promenade through Hastings. This type of course provides lots of opportunities for the faster runners to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals on their return journey's. PB opportunities were perhaps on the scarce side as all of our return journey's were into the headwind especially as you went round the corner by the sculpture poles.
There were a fair few tourists at Hastings today which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been recently and where we were soon off to. Today, tourists from London, Worthing and Havant to name but a few were using Hastings parkrun as their tourist venue.
Arrianne and Duncan our RDs for the day, gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshals out around the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don’t forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Hastings parkrun website for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?
There were a few first timers who are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode! 15 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That’s one run less to count towards those coveted milestone tees. Were you celebrating a special milestone this week? Just like Lena King Who was running her 200th event at Hastings this morning, meaning she is the first female to do so. That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!
There were a fair few people going back to the nearby Bo Peep pub for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options with a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.
Thank you again Hastings parkrun for perfectly starting our weekend off. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun
Thank you Karen