The one with the Diva and the tasty runners, the apricots, the parkrun bingo completion, "The Machine" takes it to new levels, Suzy gets so many miles out of the same joke that it is now a segment on Strava, we have to check our T's & C's in Hove Park, the end of an era for New Year's Day and we all send our love and thoughts to Brian.
Finally, on week 16 we had a Saturday that was more like those Saturdays we had before lockdown as the wind and rain battered the south coast.. Some 12 hours previous, the first runs, walks and jogs in parkrun world for 112 days took place at parkruns across New Zealand. Thanks to the unofficial parkrun podcast, "With Me Now", we were able to see this live from Pegasus parkrun, north of Christchurch, and experience this for ourselves. If you missed this, the YouTube channel will be at the end of the report and whilst it is over a hour, you can skip through any bits you like. There is also an interview with parkrun Chief Operating Officer, Tom Williams at the start!
One thing that will be missing when parkrun does return is the New Year's Day Double. As parkrun has increased in size over the years, the challenges to put on a NYD double have grown to such an extent that it was a matter of time before something happened. Whilst we are hugely proud of our record attendance of 787 this year, and we're sure you agree that it went well, numbers will only increase as people make pilgrimages to places where doubles are held, and then dash from the first event to the second in a rush. The equivalent of an above average attendance on the Prom made the trip from Hove Prom to Park (452 if you're interested) and this is a pattern copied across the country. Events will be able to host a NYD event but they will all start at the same time and doubles will not be permitted. As/when we are back, your Core Team will decide if we'll host an extra NYD run for you all so watch this space!
And so to a damp, windy morning in Sussex and there were worries that this could be the shortest run report yet, (even shorter than Rami's tales from a year or two ago), and the phrase "southern softies" was about to be dusted off again. Well, no sooner was it considered than it was swiftly put away! In came the comments and there's a bit of attitude coming across these days!
We start this week with the man, the runner and the parkunner with the nickname "The Machine", James GREVESON HICKS who polished off a 31.28 (he does love his decimals) mile run as well as polishing off some mashed potato in the process! You know parkrun is FIVE km, not FIFTY? Great going in this autumnal weather though there are rumours that James was clean shaven when he started that epic run!
Someone else seemingly obsessed by miles, though it does seem to be how many more miles she can get out of one joke, is Suzy HAWKER. Suzy and chums - Debbie ORME who loved the "raw energy of the run", (awesome description), Dawn SIDDENS, and Chrsitine MARSH - were once again in that place in Sussex that sounds like a rude word! No news yet on Suzy's application for residency in Fulking but we all know she would be a great addition to the place as there's not many Fulkers like Suzy, and therefore she'll be known forever as Suzy "Fulking" HAWKER. Surely, enough now?
Worries were abound that there would be no gossip from the Basin Road massive today. Issy MUIR opted for sock appeal and stayed home for a workout, and it was only after a worrying time that Thelma and Louise, AKA Phillippa TOWNEND and Andrea WILSON made a belated, but triumphant appearance to the post, with pictures of egg butties and a completed bingo card! This is the first completed card that we're aware of unless anyone begs to differ?
Once again the apricot was out in force today - John "I never get a mention" ANTON was out in his personalised one, as was Emma DALLOS (her own personalised one - not John's as that would have been just awkward). Whilst out and about around the lagoon, Emma spotted a 50 parkrun shirted runner and we're wondering if she spotted Deborah "Lagoon Loop" ABSALOM (new nickname there for context!) Someone who did spot Deborah was Kath MARTIN (who was without a self appointed volunteer role this week) who also clocked an apricot adorned Jane TEW who is obviously missing her footy as she described her run as "a game of two halves" - though that is very apt!
Things will have been a bit quieter on the Prom today given the weather. Certainly Katie WRIGHT, Mark SALLIS, Mary HENDERSON and Chelsey HALLAM found the whole experience confusing with a post stating a 5k run - no location..nothing. Katie later claiming that working on a TT (Time Trial) that soon became a TT (Tempo Tempo) which became a CC (Chasing Chelsey) meant she forgot she was in Hove Park . To confuse matters more this then became a TTTT (too tired to talk). Normally you have to watch your P's and Q's in Hove Park - now you've got to check your T's and C's too!
Another new nickname incoming for someone who wasn't in Hove Park but seems to have an eye on "tasty" runners over there is Louise WRIGHT, whose nickname has been edited from "I post where I like" to now Louise "Diva" Wright which is a lot easier to type! Whilst over in that Shoreham place, Louise battled the elements on what she admitted wasn't her best run (but in these conditions, who could claim that?) but seems to have been distracted by events in Hove Park too. Not by Tee-Total-Totally-Tired-Tongue-Tied-Time-Trial Katie, but a "tasty" performance by Simon (another "T"!) in our weekly Battle of the PORGES - of course this week in said park. Joined again by Louisa and Keith TURVEY (Keith claiming a PB this week), another friendly battle ensued. Alison, you may have to have a word about those "tasty" comments! Lou - eaaasy tiger!
Across the city, getting their run in another park were Helen "ICS" BLOCK and Kirsty PUGH who'll have been very comfortable in the familiar surroundings of Preston Park. Taking it easy today though were Cass CASTLETON after a solid week of running and Lucy "The Watch" ADITI ahead of her 10k run tomorrow! Best of luck Lucy!
It does seem for some that the coast was not the place to be. Brenda WILLIAMS clocking an impressive 11.5k run far from the shores whilst a post-Yoga Dave VISE took on a breezy 10k round Lewes. Meanwhile back shore side and fresh from last week's "pier group pressure", Adam WALTER was joined by Caroline "Zumba" SHARP for another run and once again survived - though pictures show Caroline on the coffee so maybe roles reversed?
July 4th sees the return of some services following lockdown and for Dave SKINNER, it certainly was a "Fantastic Day" as he left Mark BROCKLEHURST trailing behind on his morning 5k as he had a haircut appointment to get to - (get the gag?) This left Mark doubly confused not only with Dave's turn of speed but wondering what on earth a "haircut" was? Great to see Joe WILKINSON back on the Prom too and let's hope that is the last we see of that nagging hamstring!
This week's "Helen BLOCK in the run report by the skin of your teeth" award goes to co-Event Director, Georgia "The Shades" CARRICK who posted about her four mile trail run with a pic of a recently sheared sheep - someone picked the wrong day for their haircut!
Our thoughts and parkrun love go to Brian "The Flying Scotsman" RUSSELL this week. Recently he's been posting runs from Edinburgh whilst visiting his Pa in hospital. Sadly, Mr Russell Senior passed away and we want to send our thoughts and wishes to Brian and his beloved Ma at this time. "The Flying Scotsman" will return and continue to make your Pa proud.
That's this week's round up of your running! Next week is the BIG ONE - it's our 5th birthday and we want to see some natty attire on your photos please. Just because there isn't a party, it doesn't mean you can't dress to impress! "How's the video coming along?" I hear you ask. Well, we're talking a 5-6 minute epic at least and without spoiling the fun, there are some friends from parkrun HQ, some new friends from around the world (thanks Cass) and of course there is you lovely lot! You have certainly delivered and there's lots still to do to make the video as fun as this run report! Claims that this run report isn't funny will not be entertained - well, why should they? You haven't been
For now, keep safe, keep believing and keep looking after each other and soon, we'll have a day like parkrun New Zealand did below! Until our birthday next week - be good!