Hove Promenade parkrun #24 – 16th October 2021

Are all parkruns equal? Discuss.

One of the many wonderful things about parkrun (and where do I even begin to start with that?) is that it’s always 5km, always on a Saturday, always at 9am, always free and ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE IS WELCOME. ALWAYS!

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But beyond the similarities and core values of parkrun, courses and events differ widely. Some have huge numbers of participants (home of parkrun, Bushy Park had 2545 attending on Christmas Day 2019. Just mind boggling!).

Others are much smaller affairs but no less lovely for that. Some have considerable hills and rough terrain adding to the fun. Others, like us, have courses which are as flat as pancakes and an easy loop to navigate.

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However, don’t be fooled. We all know it’s not all sweetness and light at the Prom as our ‘jeopardy’ is the vagaries and ferocity of the weather. Today was no exception, as thunderous clouds loomed ominously as we gathered at the start line.

But did that put us off? Did any of us, runners and volunteers alike, go home? Not on your nelly as 380 people stayed the course, of whom 72 were first timers.

And what’s more, 57 participants shrugged off wind and rain to record new Personal Bests and representatives of 40 different clubs took part. How smashing to see so many children taking part today and bloomin’ fast runners they were too, leaving their adults panting in their wake.

Also laughing in the face of the weather, we welcomed visitors from Cambridge, Dulwich, Hertfordshire, Kingston, Sidcup and Watford. Today also saw many milestones for the following hardy Prommers:

Ciaran BOURNE – 25 parkruns

Hannah WILSON – 25 parkruns

Daniel LITIM – 50 parkruns

Karl TAYLOR-ROBINSON - 100 parkruns and new PB!

John LEWIS – 100 parkruns

VERY WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!

We also saw one of our local running clubs, Arena 80 AC, out in force today. They have also completed a heck of a lot of parkruns with Sue BRUMWELL completing 346, Christine GIBBONS 478, Michael GIBBONS 428 and Steve WOOD 432. Incredible numbers!

But marvellous as these achievements are the final and most important mention this week goes to our wonderful tail walker, Tony AUSTIN. Tony has just had a hip replacement and this was his first 5k walk since his operation. Difficult to put into words what an achievement this is and what a privilege it was that Tony chose the Hove Prom parkrun to support his recovery and rehabilitation.

Thank you to our Run Director, Deborah ABSALOM, and the 29 volunteers who gamely supported despite the challenging weather. Heartfelt thanks to the following:

Philippa BULL • David BAMBERGER • Sue PINNICK • Rebecca WARD • Michelle PAULI • Kirsty PUGH • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Aisling DOHERTY-BROMBLEY • Deborah ABSALOM • David SPENCER • Adriana KEMPT • Benedict O'CONNELL • David MARTIN • Helen MARTIN • Antony BRADLEY • Michael MARKHAM • Graham HALFACREE • Dylan LAMBE • Tony AUSTIN • Bev MARKHAM • Andrea WILSON • Claire ONSLOW • Ed CHESSMAN • James MARTIN • Louise SMITH • Chelsey POWDERHILL • Joseph GUILFOYLE •

Deborah reports that volunteers this week were very easy to come by with many new people volunteering which is wonderful to hear. Please don’t be put off by the weather. The gratitude of the participants and sheer fun of it all will sustain you and what’s a bit of rain and wind between friends?

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So, are all parkruns equal? Probably yes and probably no.  But if you can run or walk-in gale-force winds, with what feels like bricks being thrown at you at times, and still be smiling at the end then quite frankly you can run anywhere. But just in case you fancy a change from Hove prom (never!) other parkruns nearby include:

Brighton & Hove (1.3m), Preston Park (1.5m), East Brighton (3m), Bevendean Down (3m), Lancing Beach Green (6.9m), Peacehaven (8.1m), Worthing (8.7m), Seaford Beach (11.2m), Clair (12.8m), Uckfield (16.2m) Until next week, keep Promming my most fearless of parkrunners.

Lou

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 Chris NAYLOR who recorded 94.43% (22:08) on 18th September 2021 (event number 243).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then, 14,107 participants have completed 70,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,000 km, including 11,101 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,146 individuals have volunteered 7,421 times.

 

 

Hove Promenade parkrun #246 – 9th October 2021

What a fabulous morning we spent together!

Race face on

The sun was shining , the sea glistening, and we had our game faces on with personal bests firmly in sight!

But was this a plea for no photos from the Diva....?

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...not on your nelly and thank goodness as Becca created the most amazing record of today with a great album of photos.

Joining the regular prom gang today were visitors from Wimbledon, Rugeley, Belfast, Sevenoaks, Edinburgh, Leighton Buzzard (where there are lots of hills apparently!!), Lingfield, and  - deep breath -  Fletcher's Cove which is the parkrun in Washington DC, US  of Stateside!

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Thank you all for choosing the prom as your parkrun in our wonderful city (spoiler alert: whichever one you'd chosen, you would have had a very warm welcome!)

It was a great morning for PBs, including for one of our youngest prommers - well done Theia and your hug from mum is very well deserved!

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We have a fabulous core team here on the prom, and amongst the 63 prommers recording PBs was our very own Andrea 'in the zone' Wilson, pictured below with Phillippa Townend, and today they were our volunteer coordinators. Thank you Thelma and Louise (lockdown throwback reference!)

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It was great to see so many prom pooches today - all on a short lead (parkrun rules compliant - tick)

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and if ever there was evidence of the importance of keeping children within arms length, then surely it is this.....!

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(joking, I am)

So...that was our parkrun on 9th October!

Same time next week?

same time

 

You betcha!

you betcha

 

This week 419 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Maggie WARES • Stuart BROWN • Ryan JOHNSTONE • Lisa SMITH-WALLACE • Jo PHILLIMORE • Rebecca WARD • Kathryn MARTIN • Joe WILKINSON • Sarah MCGILLIVARY • N PENWARDEN • Alison KUY • Jon ELSOM • Rachel DYSON • Deborah ABSALOM • David SPENCER • Jan HERITAGE • Emma DALLOS • David MARTIN • Helen MARTIN • Phillippa TOWNEND • Jackie WARE • Michael MARKHAM • Graham HALFACREE • Tony AUSTIN • Helen MARTIN • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Paula DALY • J.c. BOWKER • Andrea WILSON • James MARTIN • Louise SMITH • Joseph GUILFOYLE

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 Chris NAYLOR who recorded 94.43% (22:08) on 18th September 2021 (event number 243).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 14,035 participants have completed 70,220 parkruns covering a total distance of 351,100 km, including 11,044 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,143 individuals have volunteered 7,392 times.

 

Hove Promenade parkrun #245 – 2nd October 2021

The one with the wind, the most awesome cake, the milestones, the great token mystery and a very happy 17th birthday to parkrun!

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On Saturday October 2nd in a park in Teddington, a chap called Paul turned up to volunteer at an event he created to bring his friends together, to enjoy exercise and to socialise afterwards. The main criteria of the day was coffee, cafe and friends. The timed run was almost incidental. Paul Sinton-Hewitt could never anticipate the impact of this day and some 17 years later, with over 7,500,000 people registered to parkrun in 23 countries around the world, parkrun continues to grow and grow.

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How utterly wonderful that in 2021, our Deborah celebrated her 100th parkrun in exactly the same way as parkrun started in 2004 - a run, coffee, cake and friends. And what about that cake? it was a travesty to cut into something so beautiful but we did it all the same! More on the milestones later.

Autumn has well and truly arrived and it was of no surprise that we had our lowest attendance since parkrun returned. As ever, it is all about the people who were there that counts and at least you beat the rain and the 40mph winds now hitting the Prom (don't talk about pebbles).

It was awesome as ever to welcome guests and first timers to the Prom - the weather will be better in the future...promise! A huge welcome to the parkrun family to Myeong Hoon, Chris, Alice, Mike, Mega, Carla, Becky, Joyce, David, Rachel, Rachel, Elea and Victoria who did their first ever parkrun today as well as Dominic, Ben and Tess who joined us for the first time for their second parkrun.

Results are now out but no matter how we try, there is always some sort of anomaly to fix. Sometimes we manage it, others, we can't as we just don't have the information. This might be one of them. For those of you who don't know how we process results, they come together into a system called webFMS. This takes the times and matches them with the barcode scanning files. Quite simply, it loads the time for say, position 100, and then looks at who was scanned with finish token 100 and then deduces that that runner, therefore got that time. This is why we ask you to stay in order in the funnel, not to duck out and also why, if you forget your barcode, to please take a finish token anyway and then drop it back into our pots.

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The one colour a Results Processor doesn't want to see if pink. Yellow means the runner didn't have their barcode, green means all ok...pink, Houston (Hove), we have a problem. These problems are usually sorted out ok but this is a curious one. Apparently two people had the same finish token. Now, we know that didn't happen but this is what the data tells us. It is never dull sorting your results and hopefully we have them right,. If not, drop us a line.

Milestones

Congratulations to new members of the 100 Club, Deborah ABSALOM and Joanne MARSHALL, as well as new 50 Club members Neil FULKES and Andrea MOTTA. A quick check on the stats means there could be a lot of milestones next week as Chelsey, Magda, Maxwell, Suzanne, Margaret Jo and Kate are all on 49!

Although she wasn't on the Prom today, a huge shout out to Ann EKE who completed her 500th parkrun over in Hove Park today!

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A warm welcome to all of our visitors, especially Dave and Sandra FREEMAN from Birkenhead who hugged all the way round!

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This week 280 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Christine GIBBONS • Adam WALTER • Rebecca MILLER • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Sharon KENYON • Kathryn MARTIN • Aisling DOHERTY-BROMBLEY • Tim PAGET • David SPENCER • Adriana KEMPT • David MARTIN • Luke CARTER • Helen MARTIN • Antony BRADLEY • Phillippa TOWNEND • Graham BAKER • Jackie WARE • Joanna LYONS • Caroline SHARP • J.c. BOWKER • Willem SELBY • Claire ONSLOW • Claire ALLEGUEN • James MARTIN • Mike BONSOR • Louise SMITH • Olivia PAVLIDES • Yu Xuan TAN

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 Chris NAYLOR who recorded 94.43% (22:08) on 18th September 2021 (event number 243).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 13,967 participants have completed 69,801 parkruns covering a total distance of 349,005 km, including 10,981 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,140 individuals have volunteered 7,360 times.

We started the report by looking to the past and how and why parkrun was created. How wonderful then to hear from David DUNKLEY today about the impact parkrun has had for him. An environment where people from all walks of life can come together to enjoy themselves. He stated that it was parkrun that gets him out on a Saturday morning and he's loving it. If that is not a legacy for Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, then what is?

Keep safe from the weather Prommers and we'll see you next week!

 

Hove Promenade parkrun #244 – 25th September 2021

The Heroes Among Us…

There are two kinds of heroes. Heroes who shine in the face of great adversity, who perform and an amazing feat in a difficult situation. And heroes who live among us, who do their work unceremoniously, unnoticed by many of us, but who make a difference in the lives of others.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

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parkrun cannot exist without volunteers. Last week, we saw the ‘Rogue Runners’ running club takeover. Jolly good fun it was too and we hope other clubs will consider doing this.

This week however, we salute the quiet heroes of the Prom. The modest and unassuming individuals who turn out every week in every weather to volunteer without fuss or fanfare.

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We all know who they are: the ‘Set-er Uppers’, the ‘Tunnel Aligners’, the ‘Guardians of the Turning Corners’, the ‘Time Checkers’, the ‘Tail Walkers’ and the ‘Packer Away-ers’. The familiar marshals who cheer relentlessly every Saturday, however brutal and unforgiving the conditions. And, of course, not forgetting the Run Directors who take on the enormous responsibility of leading parkrun with good humour week after week after week. Today we salute these heroes of the Prom.

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This week, our volunteers included:
Christine GIBBONS • Lucille WEINBERGER • Steve FARMER • Ruth COSTELLO • Helen BLOCK • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Nigel LAMBE • Rachel DYSON • Deborah ABSALOM • David SPENCER • Chris MORGAN • David MARTIN • Helen MARTIN • Antony BRADLEY • Phillippa TOWNEND • Joanna LYONS • Graham HALFACREE • Caroline SHARP • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Joshua BRAIN • Claire ONSLOW • James MARTIN • Pinja HAIKKA • Louise SMITH • Olivia PAVLIDES

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Alongside these volunteers and despite the damp and dull conditions, 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. FAB-U-LOUS! Representatives of 32 different clubs also took part this week too.

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And if that wasn’t enough, many of us were dazzled by the sight of Amy PEMBERTON-HILL. Amy celebrated her 40th birthday by completing her 54th parkrun as a dinosaur (like you do!) in an unbelievable time of 33: 27! All the family were there to see Amy run and what a wonderful start to her special day it was. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY!

Today was an unusually quiet day for milestones which means that Hove Prom’s very own Helen BLOCK is not sharing the limelight with anyone this week and how appropriate is that.
Many of us will know that Helen was among the many Prommers who helped keep our spirits up during the dark days when parkrun was suspended. During this time, Mark gamely complied reports of our antics and we all had nicknames (can you guess mine?). Lovely Helen was always ‘by the skin of her teeth’ for her last minute posts, although Mark also ‘held the front page’ for her. However, there was nothing last minute about her achievement today as she completed her 250 parkrun, very fittingly in a volunteer role as tail walker. WELL DONE HELEN!

On that uplifting note I will leave you until next week with gratitude and praise for the quiet and sometimes unsung hero volunteers of parkrun.

Modest and unassuming to a fault, they won’t shout their presence but, don’t worry, they are very easy to spot.

They always wear pink …

Lou

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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 Chris NAYLOR who recorded 94.43% (22:08) on 18th September 2021 (event number 243).
Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 13,923 participants have completed 69,521 parkruns covering a total distance of 347,605 km, including 10,960 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,135 individuals have volunteered 7,332 times.

 

 

 

 

 

Hove Promenade parkrun #243 – 18th September 2021

parkrun goes Rogue!

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After all the glory and emotion of last weekend’s blisteringly hot Brighton Marathon events (more of that later), it was back to the considerably cooler and calmer conditions of, where else, Hove Prom parkrun.

In fact, it was near Goldilocks conditions (not too hot, not too cold, not too windy…) and you thought so too as 454 adults, young people, children and dogs ran, jogged, pushed buggies (extra kudos to those who can do this and run) and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. This week we shared the glory with Preston Park of having the most participants in Brighton and Hove.  FANTASTIC!

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How appropriate that this week saw a volunteer take over by our very own local running club ‘Rogue Runners’. Today’s event was superbly led by Rogue member Suzy Hawker with her fellow Rogue-sters ably supporting her to make the event happy, fun and safe for us all.

Participants are always very grateful to the volunteers. It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway: parkrun cannot run without volunteers. Please consider it, either individually or with your running club if you belong to one. And if you don’t belong to a running club then consider that too. There are clubs for EVERYONE! If nothing else you will make so many new friends. This week representatives from 54 different clubs from all over the country took part so you can see how popular they are.

Today also saw visitors from far and wide who similarly couldn’t resist the call of the Prom and the Rogues this morning. This week, we welcomed visitors from Guildford (down for a wedding at the Grand. Hope that went well for you all), Hassocks, London and Milton Keynes. We also had travellers from Canada and Norway.

The last month has seen the Age Grade course record change hands three times by two incredible participants, Geraldine MOFFAT and Chris NAYLOR. Today saw Chris regain the record by recording 94.43% with a time of 22:08.  SIMPLY PHENOMENAL!

It was also flags out and pop those corks for Simon LILLEY (50) and Scott MCCARTHY (50 and a new PB to boot!), J.C BOWKER (100), Bradley DEYSEL (100) and Kathryn POTTER (100) who all achieved special milestones this week. ‘Mon chapeau’ to you all.  

Speaking of special milestones, what a treat it was to see so many Brighton Marathon and 10k participants amongst our volunteers and parkrunners this week. I could barely walk after the Marathon and I was only volunteering (!) so a very special well done and ‘how do you do it’ to anyone who ran today after last weekend.

I recently discovered this quote which sums up the weekend of events perfectly I feel,

In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.

Fred Lebow – New York City Marathon co-founder.

Speaking to other runners, I know how all of us are thrilled that events like these, alongside parkrun, are back.  I can only imagine the worry, hard work and preparation that must go into these events. A big thank you to all!

As I close, we once again thank the Rogue Runners who turned out to volunteer today alongside the core team. This week we are grateful to:   
Jenny BLISS • Steve FARMER • Julius BRINKWORTH • Emma BRISTOW • Michelle BLACKWELL • Suzy HAWKER • Emma WYATT • Tim PAGET • Jon ELSOM • Ken FORD • David SPENCER • Adriana KEMPT • David MARTIN • Helen MARTIN • Antony BRADLEY • Anita HARRIS • Ian BRIERLEY • Graham HALFACREE • Caroline SHARP • Tracy MITCHELL • Victoria GROUT • Andrea WILSON • Toby MERRETT • James MARTIN • Louise SMITH • Olivia PAVLIDES • Hilda MARTIN • Deb REGAN

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I finish this week with a couple of lovely photographs. Here is one of the Rogue Runner volunteers, Toby MERRETT, symbolising the triumphs and efforts of last weekend by proudly displaying his medal.

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The other photo shows some locals who were first time Prom parkrunners today. I think their big smiles say it all about another wonderful morning, don’t you?

Lou

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 Chris NAYLOR who recorded 94.43% (22:08) on 18th September 2021 (event number 243).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 13,873 participants have completed 69,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 345,810 km, including 10,900 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,129 individuals have volunteered 7,304 times.

 

 

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