Hove Promenade parkrun #201 – 13 July 2019

The one with the Happy Fourth Birthday, Hove Prom parkrun!

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In glorious sunshine and in sight of a table heaving with even more glorious cake, 473 people toed the start line to run, jog and walk Hove Prom parkrun – and celebrate its four brilliant years. There are some great reminiscences on the facebook page, from running it in a suit to the late Harry Ramsden's 250th to, er, miserable small children in the driving rain. Check them out and add your own. You'll find more of Simon's wonderful photos on the facebook page, too.

Thanks to everyone who donated birthday cake or gave money in return for cake - it'll go towards replacing or upgrading equipment. Mmmm cake.


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As always, huge thanks are due to the hi-viz heroes who make parkrun possible week after week. Hats off to all 38 volunteers, including RD Georgia (below):

John P DOHERTY • Helen TODD • Kerry KIPLING • Sara CELIK • Marc BONALDI • Steve SELBY • Valerie GATES • Georgia CARRICK • Tristan Xavier SHARP • Clare RYAN • Helen BLOCK • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Michelle PAULI • Thomas IRELAND • Suzy HAWKER • Kirsty PUGH • Kathryn MARTIN • Alison KUY • Jon ELSOM • Mark SASO • Lucy DEAN • Stephen PAYNE • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Simon KINGSLEY-YOUNG • Laura HODGKISS • Sarah PAGE • Georgia PAGE • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DEAN • Jude HAWKER • Joanna LYONS • Kaitlin EMERY • Caroline SHARP • Jeff JOHNSTONE • James MARTIN • Marius STANFORD • Harry FAIRCHILD

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We had some great pacers this week, and special mention goes to Marc Bonaldi who encouraged his sub-27 group around the course and ushered them across the line with great aplomb, easing the passage of at least six new PBs. On which subject...


...there were a whopping 57 new PBs this week! Could it have been the table groaning with cake just beyond the finish line spurring everyone on? Congratulations to all the PBers and also to first finisher Paul Martelletti (below), four-time winner of the Brighton half-marathon and many other events, who came in less than 30 seconds off the course record at 14.57, an age grading of 90.64% and a new age category record for VM35-39.

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Congratulations Mark Brocklehurst on your 250th parkrun! Great achievement. I think you spoke for many of us in your paean of praise to parkrun on the facebook page this week:

"the incredible ability of Hove Prom parkrun to raise the spirits and bring fun and laughter week in, week out regardless of the week I may have had. No wonder there's such a thing as parkrun Practices when a Saturday morning at 9am is the BEST prescription. An event that has seen participation from runners, joggers, walkers, volunteers, chair users, people with crutches/sticks, VI Guides, BSL interpreters, people with visible mental and physical mobility issues - and more importantly, people where such issues are NOT visible. It's that hour, that morning, that event, that "hello" that makes it. And it isn't down to one person or aspect - it is the combination of many people & many aspects all out to enjoy some exercise, fresh air and community that creates the most wonderful thing across the planet: it's called parkrun."

Thank you Mark, for all you give to parkrun.

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Three people completed their 50th parkrun this week - congratulations Heather Malan, Tracey Edwards and Angela Spinks. Wear your red 50 tops with pride!

Laura Hamlyn reached her 100 milestone - well done!

First-timers and visitors

Welcome to the 85 first timers to the Prom this week and the 22 people doing their first ever parkrun - well done and hope to see you again soon. We had visitors from around the country, including Matthew Storey (below) from Cleethorpes, who had come to Brighton to celebrate his wedding anniversary and said,

"This is an incredibly special parkrun for me - truly adore the people here and the warm welcome is always incredible!"

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Blast from the past

Here's how it looked four years ago - the very first Hove Prom parkrun. That's Clare Ryan in the RD jacket, without whom none of it would have happened, and who took her final bow as ED and RD last week, on the 200th anniversary. Thank you Clare!

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Finally, don't forget that we're cancelled in two weeks' time - 3 August - for Pride, as is Preston Park, so Hove Park, East Brighton and Bevendean are your local options.

However, the roster has some big gaps for the next two weeks so please do take a look and email hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com if you can help out.

See you next week,

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Hove Prom 200th parkrun

Feeling hot, hot, hot!!!!  We experienced epic temperatures and glorious sunshine at this week's parkrun which marked our 200th parkrun at Hove Prom...how time flies!  443 people ran, jogged and walked the course.

Huge thank you to our amazing hi-viz heroes this week: Alison KUY  •  Carol GRAY  •  Caroline SHARP  •  Cass CASTLETON  •  Charlie TODD  •  David SPENCER  •  Dennis LANCASTER  •  Hannah WILSON  •  Harriet CUNNINGHAM  •  Helen BLOCK  •  Helen FRANKLAND  •  Hugh DALY  •  James MARTIN  •  Jane TEW  •  Jeff JOHNSTONE  •  Joanna LYONS  •  Jon ELSOM  •  Julie RAINEY  •  Katie BRIGGS  •  Laura HODGKISS  •  Lily GORROD  •  Lucy DEAN  •  Marius STANFORD  •  Mark BROCKLEHURST  •  Mark DYSON  •  Mark HASTINGS  •  Mark SASO  •  Paula DALY  •  Ross MACKENZIE  •  Ruby DALY  •  Stephen PAYNE  •  Stephen SCOTT  •  Thomas IRELAND

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A particular thank you this week to Ross Mackenzie who has just completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering Award with us!

And also to Jane Tew who was our Tail Walker...with an actual tail!!!  Love it!!!!  :-) Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people standing, shoes and outdoor

We warmly welcome those doing their very first parkrun: Jack Poole, Mark Royden, Jan Wadolowki, Neil Ellis, Melissa Wells, Chole Gronow, Maria Mapstone, Greg Corden, Justine Ashby, Amy Hume, Jody Williams, Jack Monaghan, Isha Verma, Bet Luckett, Lisa Creaghan, Susan Tagliavini, Lucy Gregory and Bobbie Moss.  We hope you had a super time and will make this a regular way to kick off the weekend!

A big welcome to our visitors as well.  We had 77 people running at the prom for the first time.

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There were a number of parkrun milestones this week.  Congratulations to Katie Barnett, Emma Dallos and George Tester-Allen all doing their 50th parkrun and to Charlotte Vogel doing her 100th parkrun accompanied by her cheering entourage!  We look forward to seeing you in your new milestone tops!

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Big shout out as well to regular Prommer Joe Addison for doing his 200th parkrun!

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Thank you to Cass Castleton for the Hove Prom 200th pens that he bought for us to celebrate the occasion.  We have a handful left for those of you who didn't get one - just ask at our anniversary on 13th July.

James's fantastic photos from Saturday can be found on our Facebook page via this link.

Very important reminder that we are cancelled next week (6th July) due to Paddle Round the Pier taking place on Hove Prom and Hove Lawns.  This is a free (donation entry) event with huge amount of great stuff taking place - from live music and food to kids events and water activities and events taking place all weekend.

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We'll be back at the prom on 13th July when we'll be celebrating our 4th birthday with a few surprises up our sleeve!  FOUR YEARS!!!!  Time sure flies when you are having fun!!

On a personal note, Saturday marked my very last parkrun as Run Director as I have taken the really difficult decision to step down from the core team.  I am so proud of the community that we have all built up together over the last four years.  It was a very emotional morning for me as I have absolutely loved my time at the prom.  I will continue to be a regular down there but it is now time for me to spend less time sitting at a computer sorting stuff out behind the scenes and more time actually running myself and swimming after parkrun with the Salty Seabirds.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to get to know so many of you over the last four years and I am particularly grateful to Georgia, Mark and the remainder of the core team and also to Richard, Olly, Perry, JC and the rest of the team at Hove Lawns Cafe.

In the meantime, look after each other, volunteer regularly and encourage friends and family to come to walk, jog, run, volunteer and generally join in the fun.  It has been Olympic!!  You're all wonderful!!

Signing out for the very last time, with much love

Clare xxxx

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Hove Prom parkrun cancelled on 6th July

Hove Prom parkrun will be cancelled on 6th July as Paddle Round the Pier Festival will be taking place on the prom and adjacent lawns.  Alternative local parkrun options are Hove Park, Preston Park, Bevendean, East Brighton, Lancing, Peacehaven, Seaford, Worthing and many other places across Sussex and the UK

We encourage you to come down and enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Paddle Festival.  Lots of live music, food, activities, demonstrations and retails opportunities.  It's free but donations are encouraged and all funds raised go to local charities.


(Plus an early heads up that we are also cancelled on 3rd August as the Pride Parade will be mustering on the prom that morning).

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Hove promenade parkrun #199 – 22 June 2019

The one with SUNSHINE

The post-solstice sun brought out 470 people who ran, jogged and walked on our course on the Prom, with 65 parkrunners inspired to achieve new personal bests.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen:

Marc BONALDI • Rebecca MILLER • Caroline NORTH • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Alison KUY • Rachel DYSON • Deborah ABSALOM • Mark SASO • Stephen PAYNE • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Toni HARMAN • Adriana KEMPT • Nigel TURLEY • David HOWE • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Joanna LYONS • Kaitlin EMERY • Linsey BUCK • Caroline SHARP • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Jacob BIZZELL HAWES • Alex DAVIS • James MARTIN • Carol GRAY

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As our numbers increase we always need new volunteers to keep making Hove Prom parkrun happen. If you can help please get in touch at hovepromenade@parkrun.


We had visitors from across the world including Isobel Barry from Queenstown, New Zealand.

More locally, the Brighton and Hove Hockey Club men’s, women’s and juniors joined us, creating a real family atmosphere on the Prom.

Milestones this week

Congratulations to Sorcha Lee and Lucille Weinberger who reached their 100 parkruns milestone and Lawrence Hobbs and Mark Brown who made it to 150 runs. Well done!

First timers

There were 91 first timers to the Prom this morning - welcome! - and 22 completely new park runners. Hope you enjoyed your first outing and hope to see you again soon.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun results page.

See next week,

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Event #198 2019 summer (morning only)


It was lovely of the parkrun weather fairy to remember us and send some sunshine to the coast albeit for the morning only.  Thank you to the volunteers below who made the event possible, do get in touch if you can help over the next few weeks. hovepromenade@parkrun.com

Adriana KEMPT • Austen HUNTER • Charlie TODD • Christine GIBBONS • Deborah ABSALOM • Emma BRISTOW • Helen BLOCK • Helen MCMILLAN • Hugh DALY • James MARTIN • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Joanna LYONS • Jon BINNEY • Jonathan TERRY • Kaitlin EMERY • Karen BENNETT • Karin SMALE • Kathryn MARTIN • Kirsty PUGH • Laura HODGKISS • Lily GORROD • Luke CARTER • Maggie ROLLINSON-PAYNE • Marc BONALDI • Marius STANFORD • Michael GIBBONS • Paul GILLETT • Paula DALY • Peter BENNETT • Ruby DALY • Sally ROLLINSON-BLUNDELL • Sara CELIK


We had visitors from Derby, West Yorkshire, Devon and London so welcome to you all. From our 394 runners 64 were first timers to the prom, with 21 first time parkrunners listed below. Well done and hope to see you back on the prom soon.

Salvatore MAIORANA, Archie GUY, Nye SIM, Ben ADAMS, Silver LUMI, Tom GREGORY, Naomi HUCKETT, Ben COMLEY, Josie ARCARI, Liam HILL, Amy SLATTERY, Stephen NEWBERRY, Gareth WILLIAMS, Denise PARKER, Imogen FOWLER, Letitia HILL, Steven TUCKER, Lydia DE SOUZA, Jessica REES, Lauren HEWARD, James SESSIONS


A huge 61 PBs were recorded so congratulations to all.

See you on the prom, data from event #198 below.




Hove Promenade parkrun
Event number 198
15th June 2019

This week 394 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Ella REVITT who recorded a time of 17:51 on 19th March 2016 (event number 35).
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 Fiona DE MAUNY who recorded a time of 17:51 on 1st January 2019 (event number 174).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue GARNER who recorded 92.65% (24:02) on 9th September 2017 (event number 108).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 10,828 participants have completed 51,549 parkruns covering a total distance of 257,745 km, including 8,545 new Personal Bests. A total of 954 individuals have volunteered 5,814 times.

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