Hove Promenade parkrun #221 – 7 December 2019

Well done to all our runners, joggers and walkers who joined us on the prom yesterday for another glorious but chilly morning. This week 343 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Fabulous work.


Massive well done to the following people who joined us for their first ever parkrun: Jordan HEAD, Christopher BUTLER, Fi ROSE, Barbara PEREZ, Anna MACCORMICK-SMITH, Peter SMITH, Martin ROBINSON, Daniel TERRE, Richard DRAKEFORD, Bruno SILVA and Jayne MULHOLLAND. We hope you all enjoyed the run and look forward to seeing you all next week.

Big congratulations to Daryl PERILLI who joined the 50 runs milestone club. Also sneaking under the radar and reaching the 100 milestone club were Holly FREEMAN and Tracy MITCHELL. Well done to both of you!

Scrolling through the results, I see that Ed WILLIAMS joined the 250 runs milestone club as well. That’s an amazing achievement, well done Ed.


Yesterday’s run was made possible by the following volunteers;

Philippa BULL, Magdalena STRYCHARSKA, Mark BAILEY, Marc BONALDI, Emma BRISTOW, Catherine SWEBY, Adam WALTER, Georgia CARRICK, Helen BLOCK, Mark BROCKLEHURST, Thomas IRELAND, Kirsty PUGH, Julie RAINEY, Kathryn MARTIN, Alison KUY, Mark SALLIS, Deborah ABSALOM, David SPENCER, Adriana KEMPT, Rami MALKI, David MARTIN, Ed PLAGER, Laura HODGKISS, Matthew WALL, Luke CARTER, Antony BRADLEY, Mark DYSON, Jeff JOHNSTONE, Lily GORROD, James MARTIN, Mike BONSOR, Archie FERGUSON and James RING.

Thanks to all our volunteers, we can’t do it without you. If you would like to help in the coming weeks, please do get in touch on our Facebook page or at hovepromenade@parkrun.com

I would also like to say a particular thanks to David SPENCER. What many of you might not know is that David works hard every week to keep the prom pebble free so we can all run. He is also an absolute stalwart in setting up and closing down our funnel and thinks of new ways to ensure that we can prevent our funnel backing up at peak times. Behind the scenes, David is an absolute legend in helping us maintain the beach hut. Thanks David for all your help.


Thinking of funnels getting backed up, some of you will remember the craziness of last New Years day. Mark and I have a cunning plan to try and prevent that happening this year and ensure everyone can cross the line. If numbers are as big as last year, it definitely won’t be a day for PB’s. So we would ask that if you’re intending to join us, please take it for what it is, a fun free timed extra run with like minded people put on entirely by volunteers.  With that in mind, we do need some volunteers, so if you can help out volunteering on New Years day, please get in touch!

Big thanks to our photographer, James, yesterday who took some amazing photos. You can see them on our Facebook page. Just a reminder that if you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please hold you hand up in front of your face and our photographer will not take any photo’s of you.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our St. John’s Ambulance Homeless Service collection yesterday. Regular runner to the prom Carl Bennett was key in organising this. Carl states ‘ On behalf of Sharon Agnew (Brighton Homeless Service Manager), I would like to thank everyone who donated unwanted clothes and shoes. Our vulnerable friends in our local community will be more than grateful as this cold weather sets in for Christmas’


Finally, who can caption this photo..... look at their faces.. honestly, volunteering is good fun!!


That’s all for now, see you all next week on the prom and #dfyb






Hove Promenade parkrun #220 – 30 November 2019

The nicely chilly and sunny one...

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It was a chilly but bright morning with blue skies, little wind and a path through those pesky pebbles kindly sweeped by volunteers throughout the week.  355 people turned out to run, jog and walk the course,  and 47 made the most of the conditions to achieve a new personal best - that's more than 13% of those who took part, well done!


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First of all, of course, the conditions can be as perfect as they like but without the volunteers there would be no parkrun. So, huge thanks to this week's 32 high viz heroes:

Gareth PERRY • Marc BONALDI • Steve SELBY • Adam WALTER • Steve BEADLE • Michelle PAULI • Kathryn MARTIN • Jon ELSOM • Rachel DYSON • Deborah ABSALOM • Mark SASO • David SPENCER • Mark CARR • Judith MACKENZIE • Adriana KEMPT • Rebecca CLARE • David MARTIN • Luke CARTER • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Joanna LYONS • Graham HALFACREE • Caroline SHARP • Peter BENNETT • Ross MACKENZIE • Belinda DOMZALSKI • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Mike BONSOR • Cecilia SZOLNOKI • James RING • Sriharsha VITTA

You too could wear the hi viz of honour and be bathed in glory! Check out the future roster to see what roles are available for next week and upcoming weeks - early offers of volunteering for the Christmas / new year period are especially welcome (more on Christmas and new year below!)

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Congratulations, Paul Gillett, above centre, on your 50th parkrun! Paul was keen to thank his guide runners, Luke Carter and Jon Elsom, also pictured, for their support and encouragement.

Keith Turner marked his 50 milestone, too. Well done and look forward to seeing both of you in your red t shirts soon!


There were 49 first timers to the Prom this week, of whom 20 were doing their first ever parkrun - congratulations! And especially big welcome to all the graduates of BHCC Active For Life Couch 2 5K Health and Wellbeing Programme who came along to mark the end of the programme with their first parkrun.

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Welcome to all the visitors, including Stewart Rose, pictured centre below, from Bushy who was doing his 599th parkrun - wow!

 Christmas and new year

The Christmas Compendium is out and reveals that the usual Brighton Christmas/New Year line-up is ON - Preston Park on Christmas Day at 9am, Hove Prom on New Year's Day at 9am and Hove Park on New Year's Day at 10.30am for the classic New Year's day double! Plus, the usual Saturday Hove Prom parkrun on Dec 28th. Who's going to do them all...?! Once again, please do consider volunteering on any (or all!) of these dates - sign up sheet is here. As Mark says, "The event can only happen with your support and it is scientifically proven that volunteering clears all hangovers!" At least one of those facts is true...

Flying feet of the week

Glory this week goes to this triple action shot:

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See more of Peter's fantastic photos on the Hove Prom parkrun facebook page. Plus,  full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun results page.

Have a great week and #dfyb

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Hove Promenade parkrun #219 – 23 November 2019

The soggy one

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This week 329 people ran, jogged, walked and splashed round the course and 34 recorded new PBs!

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We had a few scanner issues - sorry! - so if you didn't get the time you think you should have got, do email in to hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com and we'll see if we can sort it out. Coincidentally, hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com is also the email address to tell us you'd like to help out at next week's parkrun, or any upcoming parkrun (check out the future roster to see how you can help). On which topic...


Huge thanks to this weeks' volunteers, without whom parkrun couldn't happen.

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Carol Ann GRANT • Gareth PERRY • Cheryl COSTELLO • Emma BRISTOW • Adam WALTER • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Michelle PAULI • Julie RAINEY • Mark SALLIS • Deborah ABSALOM • Stephen PAYNE • David SPENCER • Adriana KEMPT • Nigel TURLEY • David MARTIN • Mark DYSON • Bobby DILWORTH • Kaitlin EMERY • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Stu ROBERTS • Lily GORROD • Holly WALTER • James MARTIN • Mike BONSOR • Archie FERGUSON • Christine HALE • Cecilia SZOLNOKI • James RING • Sriharsha VITTA

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Congratulations to  Katie Louise WRIGHT and Barney CULLUM who marked their 50th parkruns and happy unofficial milestones to Clare MARTIN and Neil BULL for their 200ths! Well done everyone.

First timers

There were 60 first timers to the prom - hello runners from Reigate! - of whom seven were doing their very first parkrun ever - welcome to Thomas ORSMAN, Gemma HOBSON, Jake SPYER, Tom HILLS, Nasim ASSAEE, Cat WILKINSON, Karen PALMER and hope to see you again.

Flying feet of the week

So many to choose from this week - a veritable feast of flying feet! For sheer joie de vivre despite the weather, the honour this week goes to:

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Closely followed by:

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Check out all of James's wonderful photos in the album on the Hove Prom facebook page.

Want more?

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 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 12,058 participants have completed 58,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 294,650 km, including 9,466 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,044 individuals have volunteered 6,523 times.

#dfyb and see you next week!

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Hove Promenade parkrun #218 – 16th November 2019

Continuing to beat the pebbles…

It was brilliant to beat pebblegate for Saturday’s parkrun following the magnificent efforts of our volunteers a week earlier and monitoring the Council catch up without shouting out for sweepers. Okay, we amended the route slightly towards the East end but parkrunners navigated the route well with the aid of the cones (well-placed Lily!) and our Marshals. Obviously, you all listened well to the run brief despite the lack of megaphone!


Route Masters!

Did some of you notice the speedy finishers with…urrmmm GBR (I’ll say no more) potential winning pace? However, our course record remains intact JUST. Suffice to emphasise now that our parkrun is all about you! Some parkrunners might have been distracted by the beautiful calm sea views but who found the time to make the 999 alert? What was that all about? Indeed, there’s a police security report on Twitter detailing an impromptu foot chase through our finishing funnel by a couple of engaging PCSOs…I did mention that Hove Promenade parkrun is for all! Moreover, I did meet the frontrunner on the Promenade earlier today and he promised to return lol!





Congratulations to Mermaid Jo Phillimore (and her pod) who completed her 100th parkrun in great style. We also welcomed visitors from London and Bristol with 33 first timers and 50 PBs recorded. Brilliant!

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Finish Tokens

We need to appeal to all parkrunners to return their finishing tokens before departing the Prom. Our token sorting team had to add 20 new tokens to our supply on Saturday. Please take good care to remember, thank you.


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Our 34 volunteers enabled 362 of you to run, jog and walk the route this week. Please don’t be shy. You can easily join the team. Just email: hovepromenadehelpers@parkrun.com

Thank you very much for your contribution Peter WHITWORTH • Gareth PERRY • Philippa BULL • Sara CELIK • Kate KERMACK • Dawn SIDDENS • Rob SIDDENS • Frank SWAISLAND • Adam WALTER • Lynne SWAISLAND • Suzy HAWKER • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • James MILLAR • Mark SALLIS • Stephen PAYNE • David SPENCER • David MARTIN • Joanne LOVETT • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Jude HAWKER • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Paula DALY • Hugh DALY • Ruby DALY • Ross MACKENZIE • Maxwell BAILEY • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Archie FERGUSON • Paul HAWKER • James RING

Hove Promenade parkrun stats

Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

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 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 11,998 participants have completed 58,601 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,005 km, including 9,432 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,043 individuals have volunteered 6,494 times.

We.re looking forward to catching up with you on the Promenade this Saturday.





Hove Promenade parkrun #217 – 9th November 2019

The one with....what has parkrun ever done for us?

In the beginning...

Seeing the bright sunshine this morning as I wandered to the Prom, already with coffee in hand, was a much needed boost. After days of wet weather (nothing on the scale of last week's parkrun), and a promenade submerged under pebbles, the fact there was a parkrun on at all was incredible. Heading down the previous Sunday afternoon, I'd never seen the prom look as bad in the four and a bit years of Hove Prom parkrun.

Brush strokes

As you would have expected, I came across the Broommeister - David - who was busily sweeping away, along with a few friends, parkrunners and members of the public. As there was a spare broom, I joined in and it was lovely to hear words of thanks from members of the public too. At this stage though, David and I discussed the course and it would be a fib if the word "cancel" wasn't uttered several times...but we'd somehow underestimated the parkrun family. Over the course of the next few days, prommers, parkrunners from other events, running club members and even junior family members accepted the challenge and headed down to the Prom. Some gave ten minutes, some several hours - all gratefully received. Wednesday was a sight to behold as so many of you turned up, brushed, got wet, drank tea and essentially made parkrun GO!


Don't blame it on the sunshine

So, Saturday dawned with a slightly different course but sunshine and a VERY full complement of volunteers thanks to the Rogue Runners, organised by core team member Emma. I was down early to sort out the arrangements for the funnel - to be met by a council vehicle parked where the funnel would be! A few words later meant there was nothing to worry about...until the rubbish truck pulled up! "Don't worry mate, we know you runners are here", said the very cheerful driver! Bins emptied and he was on his way!

Volunteers arrive, the funnel takes shape and here come the parkrunners. The combination of lack of wind and sunshine bumped up our attendance to 432. In fact, to add some context to the number of sweepers throughout the week, when added to the volunteer roster, there were nearly as many volunteers this week as runners last week! Damn that rugby! (And the monsoon!)

Megamouth rescues the megaphone

Time to welcome the visitors and first timers - where upon I discover that the megaphone has become a victim of the week before. Not a problem, even though it was a larger crowd! They don't call me the Gobby Northerner for nothing! Our visitors are welcomed and it's time to head to the start. A few key messages to get across...and the megaphone still isn't having it! So what to do? Stand on the side and shout! Thanks so much to you all for the silence during the brief - very much appreciated and it meant no one got lost on the route through the stones! 3-2-1...off you go. Runners head off, I try the megaphone...it works! (Albeit only for a few seconds).

It was a great sight to see you all heading off into the distance. A quick bit of "papping" of the team by Peter, and it was time to cheer you all on....and on...and on...wait, how many people are running today?  A quick divert to the Beach Hut saw more cones come out and an extension to our temporary funnel was in place. And still they came!

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And still they came! Huge credit to all of the marshals out there on the course - with even the slightest amend, there's a chance people could turn wrong onto the pebbles, but our new snake like west to east pathway worked well.

Funnel fun

Very quickly the funnel started to fill and our various funnel managers did a great job in keeping you moving through. Thanks to all of you for squeezing up and working through. Even when the cold got the better of our illustrious token team when tokens were dropped, there was zero delay in getting you through. Barcode scanning on the grass was something different as we were using the normal scanning area of the Prom for the new route. Thanks to Dave SKINNER and Helen BLOCK who opened the parkrun app and helped our scanning team.

It really was a great morning on the Prom - everyone appreciating the lovely weather, lots of tourists including Greenock, Manchester, Littlehampton, Leicester, Clacton-on-Sea and even Johannesburg! Travelling a slightly shorter distance, it was lovely to welcome Sarah from Peckham Rye who was guiding Eros round the pebbles today! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves!


Joining the 50 club, it was great to give a shout out to Kate & Jane (and to get them to shout back!) Slipping under the radar was familiar face Steve SELBY who joins the ladies on 50 parkruns.

What a data do results!

Sometimes tech just goes crazy - today was one of those days. 438 runners, walkers and joggers safely home, enjoying a well earned cuppa - all seemed well. Plugging in the stopwatches, I felt the urge to check what was in the tea as apparently, no less than 274 of you beat the 5k world record.! Kudos to our first finisher though whom (according to the data) finished by the time I said go! Thanks for your patience with this. They did take some working out and with the help our of number checker and other bits and pieces, they should be right! So, it's time for the scores on the doors and the largest list of volunteers in Hove Prom parkrun's history (actually it is!)

Hove Promenade parkrun
Event number 217
9th November 2019

This week 432 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 50 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 78 volunteers:

Claire PACKHAM • Stephen KNOTT • Caroline WOOD • Mark STEPHENSON • Lesley LEWIS • Richard STADDEN • Gareth PERRY • Tara SHANAHAN • Cheryl COSTELLO • Sue CHAMBERS • Thomas CHAMBERS • Ian SUTHERLAND-CRANFIELD • Lucy PIZER • Marc BONALDI • Claire GILES • Emma BRISTOW • Kevin WALKER • Sarah LOCKLEY • Diane MELROSE • Catherine SWEBY • Adam WALTER • Georgia CARRICK • David TURNER • Sarah TIZZARD • Sue PINNICK • Jules EMMERSON • Clare RYAN • Helen BLOCK • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Thomas IRELAND • Suzy HAWKER • Kirsty PUGH • Simon PORGES • Ceri JONES • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Darryl HUNT • Thomas IRELAND • Sonia TESTER-ALLEN • Emma TITCOMB • Ken FORD • Paul BREWER • Chris WATSON • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Marten MATTHEWS • Bridget DIBBEN • Emma DALLOS • Charles SIMMONDS • David MARTIN • Caroline MATTHEWS • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Anita HARRIS • Emma O' SULLIVAN • Joanna LYONS • Ian BRIERLEY • Carl BENNETT • Alice BURTON-BRADFORD • George TESTER-ALLEN • Peter BENNETT • Enrique MARTIN • Alex DALLOS • Stu ROBERTS • Ross MACKENZIE • Tom RUFFLES • Willow DEEGAN • Lily GORROD • Thomas D COLLINS • Findlay WALTER • Georgia WALTER • Holly WALTER • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Ness KABAS • Archie FERGUSON • Cecilia SZOLNOKI • James RING

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 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 11,965 participants have completed 58,239 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,195 km, including 9,382 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,040 individuals have volunteered 6,460 times.

So what has parkrun ever done for us?

Apart from the pebbles, the broken megaphone, the council truck in the way, the new course, the fact I dropped my cake, the dodgy data, the results all over the place and a few dropped tokens - it gave me a brilliant morning, surrounded by great people, lots of smiles and was simply a joy to be there on the Prom. I really hope it was the same for you too (without the cake dropping obviously!) It's amazing what happens when a group of people come together as one - set out to enjoy themselves in the environment they're in! We know people face more challenges during their week than a few stones or a broken megaphone, and maybe that's why parkrun is so special. It's OUR time!

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We even got a visit from the Littlehampton Prom parkrun core team! PLUS we beat the rain than came in that afternoon!

Enjoy your week and see you on the Prom soon!

Mark - Run Director

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