Are all parkruns equal? Discuss.
One of the many wonderful things about parkrun (and where do I even begin to start with that?) is that it’s always 5km, always on a Saturday, always at 9am, always free and ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE IS WELCOME. ALWAYS!
But beyond the similarities and core values of parkrun, courses and events differ widely. Some have huge numbers of participants (home of parkrun, Bushy Park had 2545 attending on Christmas Day 2019. Just mind boggling!).
Others are much smaller affairs but no less lovely for that. Some have considerable hills and rough terrain adding to the fun. Others, like us, have courses which are as flat as pancakes and an easy loop to navigate.
However, don’t be fooled. We all know it’s not all sweetness and light at the Prom as our ‘jeopardy’ is the vagaries and ferocity of the weather. Today was no exception, as thunderous clouds loomed ominously as we gathered at the start line.
But did that put us off? Did any of us, runners and volunteers alike, go home? Not on your nelly as 380 people stayed the course, of whom 72 were first timers.
And what’s more, 57 participants shrugged off wind and rain to record new Personal Bests and representatives of 40 different clubs took part. How smashing to see so many children taking part today and bloomin’ fast runners they were too, leaving their adults panting in their wake.
Also laughing in the face of the weather, we welcomed visitors from Cambridge, Dulwich, Hertfordshire, Kingston, Sidcup and Watford. Today also saw many milestones for the following hardy Prommers:
Ciaran BOURNE – 25 parkruns
Hannah WILSON – 25 parkruns
Daniel LITIM – 50 parkruns
Karl TAYLOR-ROBINSON - 100 parkruns and new PB!
John LEWIS – 100 parkruns
VERY WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!
We also saw one of our local running clubs, Arena 80 AC, out in force today. They have also completed a heck of a lot of parkruns with Sue BRUMWELL completing 346, Christine GIBBONS 478, Michael GIBBONS 428 and Steve WOOD 432. Incredible numbers!
But marvellous as these achievements are the final and most important mention this week goes to our wonderful tail walker, Tony AUSTIN. Tony has just had a hip replacement and this was his first 5k walk since his operation. Difficult to put into words what an achievement this is and what a privilege it was that Tony chose the Hove Prom parkrun to support his recovery and rehabilitation.
Thank you to our Run Director, Deborah ABSALOM, and the 29 volunteers who gamely supported despite the challenging weather. Heartfelt thanks to the following:
Philippa BULL • David BAMBERGER • Sue PINNICK • Rebecca WARD • Michelle PAULI • Kirsty PUGH • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Aisling DOHERTY-BROMBLEY • Deborah ABSALOM • David SPENCER • Adriana KEMPT • Benedict O'CONNELL • David MARTIN • Helen MARTIN • Antony BRADLEY • Michael MARKHAM • Graham HALFACREE • Dylan LAMBE • Tony AUSTIN • Bev MARKHAM • Andrea WILSON • Claire ONSLOW • Ed CHESSMAN • James MARTIN • Louise SMITH • Chelsey POWDERHILL • Joseph GUILFOYLE •
Deborah reports that volunteers this week were very easy to come by with many new people volunteering which is wonderful to hear. Please don’t be put off by the weather. The gratitude of the participants and sheer fun of it all will sustain you and what’s a bit of rain and wind between friends?
So, are all parkruns equal? Probably yes and probably no. But if you can run or walk-in gale-force winds, with what feels like bricks being thrown at you at times, and still be smiling at the end then quite frankly you can run anywhere. But just in case you fancy a change from Hove prom (never!) other parkruns nearby include:
Brighton & Hove (1.3m), Preston Park (1.5m), East Brighton (3m), Bevendean Down (3m), Lancing Beach Green (6.9m), Peacehaven (8.1m), Worthing (8.7m), Seaford Beach (11.2m), Clair (12.8m), Uckfield (16.2m) Until next week, keep Promming my most fearless of parkrunners.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Robbie FITZGIBBON who recorded a time of 14:31 on 9th December 2017 (event number 120).
The female record is held by Maisie TRAFFORD who recorded a time of 17:13 on 7th September 2019 (event number 208).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chris NAYLOR who recorded 94.43% (22:08) on 18th September 2021 (event number 243).
Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then, 14,107 participants have completed 70,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,000 km, including 11,101 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,146 individuals have volunteered 7,421 times.