Hove Promenade parkrun #192

The one with the Foodies Festival, the milestones, the big attendance, why we ask you to be quiet during the run brief and the world champion table tennis star who ran amongst us!

Another bank holiday weekend and what better way to start than with a parkrun! May is the time when the city really comes alive, and this Saturday we had not one, but two new neighbours, with the Lady Boys at the west end of the Prom and the Foodie Festival east side. Naturally, there are always concerns where additional events take place - do they know we're here? Can we work with them? Will there be any issues? Well, you saw for yourself today that we had nothing to worry about and let's start with a huge thanks to the team at the Foodies Festival not only for working with us and sharing the Prom with us, but also for offering free entry to the event to all parkrunners over the weekend! All the more reason to not forget your barcode!

Thanks to you all for your extra attention at the run brief. We know a lot of you may have heard it before but there will always be different things we need to tell you and also, with more and more people coming to parkrun, there will be more hearing it for the first time! All we ask is for a few moments of silence whilst we give the briefing, and again, thanks to everyone today for this.

It was also the time to acknowledge and congratulate some new milestones! The most surprised look of the day has to go to Rispa KOSKEI who didn't even know it was her 100th run! Someone who did know was Nigel TURLEY as not only was it his 100th run, he celebrated by pacing and completing his 100th time of volunteering. Not bad for someone who a short time ago, came down to help us out with some photographs and now is a marathon runner too! Hugely impressive!

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Going into the 250 Club was Stephen SCOTT whom, (in the nicest sense) has been around the Prom forever. Always available to help if there is a query or jump in and help, Stephen today reached a huge milestone and also brought cake!

Sneaking under the radar were new entrants to the 50 club were Rupert MASON and Garfield KENNEDY. Rupert ran for the 23rd time with us today and Garfield was back on the Prom for a second time, almost a year to the day since his last visit so we're luckily excused missing you! Congratulations to you all!

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Looking down the Prom as you runners headed back, I was reminded of the classic line from the movie "Jaws", only instead of needing a bigger boat, we would be needing a bigger funnel! Some extension was needed and once again thanks to you all for squeezing up and keeping moving meaning that despite a staggering 494 of you crossing the line, the funnel didn't back up over the finish line!

Of course all of this would not be possible were it not for our volunteers and thanks to all of them for creating a brilliant start to the weekend!

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A staggering 29 of you brought your barcode to parkrun for the first time today as part of 72 of you whom visited us for the first time! You guys made for a fantastic sight on the Prom! And for those of you who like a stat or two, here they are:

This week 494 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Holly FREEMAN • Eleanor CRAWFORTH • Steve FARMER • Emily PROTO • Diana GARNIER • Lynne SWAISLAND • Archie SWAISLAND • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Thomas IRELAND • Stuart ROBERTS • Suzy HAWKER • Simon PORGES • Julie RAINEY • Deborah ABSALOM • Stephen PAYNE • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Adriana KEMPT • Nigel TURLEY • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Touradj DERANGI • Daryl PERILLI • Jackie WARE • Ina REESE • Kaitlin EMERY • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Enrique MARTIN • Paula DALY • Hugh DALY • Charlie TODD • Ruby DALY • Jo GREEN • Carol GRAY • Marius STANFORD

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 10,463 participants have completed 49,201 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,005 km, including 8,163 new Personal Bests. A total of 932 individuals have volunteered 5,628 times.

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And finally, we have all walks of life down on the Prom! Recently we've had the world record holder (Andy BADDELEY), folks in telly, theatre (anyone remember when the cast of "Mamma Mia" paid us a visit?), sport...you name it. Today though I think we had our first world champion! Taking part today as one of the 29 newbies was Harry FAIRCHILD, Harry is one of the coaches at the Brighton Table Tennis Club and came down today with Tim HOLTAM to work on some extra training and using parkrun as part of that. At Tim's suggestion, I looked up Harry's achievements. There simply isn't enough room in this run report to do him justice such are the honours he has. Briefly - Harry is a member of the Great Britain Table Tennis Class T21 squad. This consists of 4 players all of whom have Downs Syndrome and three of them are from Brighton Table Tennis Club. Currently he holds the gold medal for the T21 European Championships 2017 in the Men's Doubles and last year won not one but three bronze medals at the World Championships. And he has more events on the horizon. Harry, we're thrilled that you and Tim have decided to join us on the Prom and look forward to many more of your friends from BTTC coming and joining us soon!

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Hard to top that, so let's end it there! Enjoy your weekend Prommers, don't forget the Foodie Festival if you've not already been yet, and as ever, don't forget your barcode! We'll see you back next week on the Prom!

Mark