This week we were very pleased to welcome the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust who introduced us to their SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) Campaign. Here is Karen's Run report:
Our 218 Hastings parkrun was greeted with bright sunshine and clear horizons what a fab wellbeing tonic for that start of the weekend with 370 runners and the enthusiasm of some well wishes along the promenade motivating runners as they focused their way along the course some aiming for PB others just out there pleased to participate. And what a delight it was to experience the purple pompoms motivating us on the homeward straight helping to glide us in to the finish line. We were really pleased to welcome Sussex Partnership NHS staff in Yellow tee-shirts who came along to shine the light on mental health and share important information around suicide prevention. Sussex Partnership is the NHS mental health provider across Sussex and through their SAFE campaign Suicide Awareness is For Everyone they aimed to raise awareness through opening up a conversation and encouraging people to talk; as we all CAN save lives. People that are affected by mental health issues are just like you and I, our neighbour, brother, sister, work colleague, shop assistant and so on. NHS staff wanted to put a human face on this important subject and break the taboo on talking about mental health issues. The park run community is inclusive of everyone and what a great place to share this health message, raise awareness around suicide prevention and stamp out stigma. Suicide is a very sensitive subject and currently it is the biggest killer in young men under 50 throughout the UK and has a huge impact on families. parkrun philosophy is to help the community support their health and wellbeing and what a better way to up lift ones mood by participating in park run. It was helpful to have our NHS share knowledge of what to do if you are concerned about someone’s mental health. Through connecting with our parkrun community sharing the SAFE message we hope this will help save lives. Please look at the suicide prevention training video via the link www.zerosuicidealliance.com. Let’s us all as a community share details with friend’s family and work colleagues, a lot of us know how to do CPR; so let’s know how to support someone at risk of suicide. This maybe the first step you can take to help someone in need thank you Park Run for collectively helping our community stay SAFE. A special thanks to those that shared their personal stories today as it absolutely demonstrates that this is a real live issue for many of our community. The Yellow tee-shirts carried the message Say Hello See it Say it and Sign post so thank you running community for collectively helping our community stay SAFE and keep on running.
This is all about communication and connecting with the person whether you are running or volunteering lets continue to make Hastings parkrun welcoming and accessible for people with disabilities or long term health conditions. Chrissie Wellington, Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at parkrun, said to Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust:
“Whether you want to walk, run, volunteer or simply come down and watch, parkrun events give people the opportunity to be active, in the open air and feel part of a welcoming, non-judgemental community. Time and time again we hear stories of how parkrun has helped people from all walks of life cope with mental health issues, and we are pleased to team up with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide, and the resources that are available within the community.”
A polite reminder about etiquette around using of the promenade and surrounding parking. We don’t want anyone to be disappointment and get a parking ticket because they parked in the bus bay Please arrive in good time to park considerately and wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event.
And finally it is always fitting to thank our wonderful volunteers with Dale our Run Director this morning impressive vocal cords and others carrying out the tasks to make our park run possible
This week 377 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Yock Lin RICHARDSON • Arrianne CALLOW • Erica WILSON • Hayley RANSON • Susan MANN • Dale SCOWEN • Clare LIPPIATT • Darren BARZEE • Roger MANDRY • Ben RANSON • Paul CABBAN • Mike ADDISON • Susan RAE • Michael GRASS • Lisa GRASS • Allison TANNER • Cal DAYKIN • Julia FRENCH • Duncan EDWARDS • Richard PAINE • Eleanor DOCKSEY • Jacqui CARRICK • Marie CRAWFORD • Malcolm JONES • Lucy BRETT • Ben KIRIMLI • Alice ROBEY - CAVE • Jackie KNIGHT • Adam PETRIE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hastings parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Adam CLARKE who recorded a time of 14:14 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 140).
The female record is held by Lizzie CLARKE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 23rd March 2019 (event number 205).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 101.65% (24:17) on 30th March 2019 (event number 206).
Hastings parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 7,780 participants have completed 46,453 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,265 km, including 8,919 new Personal Bests. A total of 736 individuals have volunteered 5,123 times.