The one with the Happy Fourth Birthday, Hove Prom parkrun!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!"
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out.
See you next week,