The late one with the birthday shirt, the Prom stealers thwarted as nobody puts the Diva in to Hove Park, hills, hills, hills for Mark, warm up, warm up for John, all your (not)parkrun stats, which Jenny-Anne ran and is it a Bridgewater too far for one of the Coffee Chasers?
The news from the Government was not what we wanted to hear and the knock on means that parkrun is moved back to July 24th. Why, we hear you ask? Well, we reply. A lot of the permissions gained from local authorities and land owners were dependent on the lifting of restrictions on June 21st. With that now no longer happening, the permissions were not in effect so there were insufficient events to cover the country. So July it is and we are welcoming people to come and volunteer for 24th and onwards. If you can help out, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your barcode number and date you can help.
Some things will be different when we are back such as barcode scanning and timing being done from mobile devices. If these roles appeal to you, then you will need to have the app downloaded on your mobile phone. Please note that the app is for the volunteers and you will not be scanning yourself as a runner. Also, we still do not accept pictures of barcodes on phones so paper/wristband/plastic tag are the only barcodes we accept.
You can get the free app here:
Also check out this great video by Danny Norman from the unofficial parkrun podcast, "With Me Now", where he explains how the app works and how simple it is!
To this week's tales and we're by the sea, by the canal and by a river this week! We start on the Prom where there was a welcome return to running for Emma "The Power" DALLOS following her tumble the other week. Great to have you back out there Emma, and hope your grazes have nicely healed. Tony BRADLEY was also back on the Prom with a 5k, but his return was down to being hit by a virus, though Tony is at pains to let us all know it wasn't that virus.
There were unofficial birthday shirt celebrations today as with the pending Father's Day (which will now be today by the time this is published), John "Hasthags" ANTON got the gift for Father's Day and it has been a regular feature every Saturday since! It was one of many apricots and parkrun shirts seen up and down the Prom on Saturday - a fact noted by Toria YOUNG on her run as she ran beneath the moody skies in Hove. That certainly wasn't forecast was it?
For the One Johnnie, it was a bit of a Groundhog Day for him - or perhaps he was feeling the cold with his morning consisting of a warm up run, a warm up hilly 5k and then taking refuge inside for a gym session. Perhaps a name change is in order here as it seems he can't do John WRIGHT from wrong? (Bear with - this is being written very late at night!). No such issues for Brian "The Flying Scotsman" RUSSELL with a quality 24:48 recorded for his 5k as the Gazelles were on the Prom once again. Pip BULL took in the Prom too on her run to the Pier and back, whilst someone else returned to the Prom only for her to promptly be accosted with an attempt to "steal" her for the 5k in Hove Park when parkrun returns! Thankfully, nobody puts the Diva in Hove Park, as Lou "Diva" SMITH has only eyes for the Prom! There was also the small matter of a half marathon being completed by Lou too. Who could possibly attempt such treachery we hear you ask? (You're very inquisitive this week!) Well, names cannot be mentioned (yet) but we would like to think that they would hide in shame on their photo this week...
Yes, it was those naughty PORGES from the Park! Well you might hide. It does have to be said though that when parkrun returns, Hove Prom's loss is Hove Park's gain as Alison, Simon and chums have kept us seriously entertained with their photos and reports over the past few weeks. It really will be a case of "Wot no Porges" in a few weeks, but their tomfoolery will be around for a bit longer. Who knows, there may even be a run report from them before they go? #spoilers
If Mark BROCKLEHURST thought that replacing one Coffee Chaser with a younger model would mean a cheaper morning, he was sadly wrong as he joined Lucy ANDERSON for part of her 10k run. Lucy was snapped looking like the cat that got the oat milk hot chocolate for sure and as Stef RANSLEY said, not exactly living up to the slogan on her apricot!
No such squabbles for Thelma and Louise this morning as the dynamic duo of Phillippa TOWNEND and Andrea WILSON met up at a cooler than normal "Viva" Basin Road, but were warmed on their 5k by a variety of familiar faces seen out on their run.
So that was the tales by the sea, but it's not all about the land lubbers just yet. Up in the Peoples' Republic of Mancunia, Cath SWEBY was croissant chasing along the River Mersey - and discovering a new croissant shop in the process. Not to be outdone, on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal, Dave SKINNER was suffering from caffeine credit syndrome as being a solo Coffee Chaser up north meant that he had to put his hand in his pocket for a "brew". Don't worry Dave, Lucy kept the flag flying for the tight southerners!
For Mark RAVEN, it was hills, hills, hills as he took on the East Grinstead parkrun course. You know there is something to be feared on a course when the locals simply call it "The Hill". Sounds like Mark had more than his fair share of it today.
Last but by no means least, particularly since she was the first to comment, Jenny-Anne "The Tan" DEXTER was rumbled by our Facebook post and subsequently caught in the act as she enjoyed a "bakery dash". What was on the menu was not revealed so whether or not she was Jenny-Anne "Toast and Jam" or Jenny-Anne "Coffee and Flan" will forever remain a mystery.
Well done everyone for getting out there be it in apricot or not, on by land, sea, river, canal or simply by hiding behind the sea wall!
At the time of writing, 26 Hove Prommers had recorded 50 (not)parkruns.
There was 1 (not)parkrun PB (well done to Tim - indicated in the name list with a *) and 1 first timer this week, (hello to Matt!)
Congratulations to Yvonne PATRICK and Victoria YOUNG, both of whom completed their 50th (not)parkruns.
The historic total of this week's 26 runners was 1,898 (not)parkruns!
The total number of (not)parkruns recorded by Hove Prommers is 3,348 (not)parkruns.
This week's (not)parkrunners were:
Cass CASTLETON, John ORDEN, Suzy HAWKER, Mary CRAY, Dave SKINNER, Sue GARNER, Ruth PARFITT, Rachel DYSON, Phillippa TOWNEND, John ANTON, Deborah ABSALOM, Christine GIBBONS, Noel MAC, Yvonne PATRICK, Cathy BIRMINGHAM, Kathryn MARTIN, Phil LUCAS, Andrea WILSON, Michael FORSTER, Matt SAVILL, Judith MACKENZIE, Victoria YOUNG, Tim MCGILLIVARY*, Mark BROCKLEHURST, Annie DRYNAN and Isobel MUIR.
And there we are. Later than usual but hopefully just as entertaining. As parkrun gets closer, do let your event teams know if you can help out - wherever you parkrun. Normal service will be resumed next week, but where parkrun where you can run or walk, we know that even if reports aren't at the usual time, it's never too late...
See you next week Prommers.