Hove Promenade parkrun #196 – 1st June 2019

The one with the huge turnout, the Watford fans, the standing ovation from the cafe, why we ask you to keep moving in the funnel & the one that was "Scorchio"

And then it was June! How did that happen? Well, if the parkrun weather fairies were worried we would doubt this, they sent some magnificent weather to make today's run the hottest of the year so far. With the warm weather come the numbers and we had 476 runners and walkers plus 31 volunteers, all coming together to make an impressive sight on the Prom!

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There were tourists from far and wide but most noticeable (and vocal it has to be said) were the Watford boys looking remarkable fresh on a stag do, all wearing their footy strips! Have fun tonight lads!

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As well as the tourists, great to welcome 22 of you who took part in your first ever parkrun today! Saturday mornings will never be the same folks and welcome to the parkrun family!

With big numbers comes a need to listen to your marshals and there were one or two curious looks when we were asking you to keep moving forward in the funnel this morning! The reason for this is simple, in that there are some peak times where there is an influx of runners finishing. We need you to keep moving through the funnel to ensure the people behind aren't backed up over the finish line. The way we process the results is a very simple method, allocating a time to a position that matches the token you're given which then is scanned along with yours. If people duck out of the funnel it moves positions and also if you swap places in the funnel, then the results may be inaccurate. Having said that, our Funnel Managers did a grand job and thanks to you guys for listening and acting on their requests!

A couple of milestones sneaked under the radar today but congratulations to Claire DE NERVAUX, Lee SPEARPOINT and Alex SAWBRIDGE who all joined the 50 Club!

Here are your scores on the doors -

This week 476 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 74 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Isobel MUIR • Annie DRYNAN • Steve FARMER • Ric STEWART • Charlie HEMPSTEAD • Georgia CARRICK • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Stuart ROBERTS • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Paul HUTCHINSON • Mark SALLIS • Deborah ABSALOM • Darren HALE • Lorraine HALE • Stephen PAYNE • David SPENCER • Adriana KEMPT • Nigel TURLEY • Paul CONSTABLE • Mary CRAY • Lucy ADITI • Mark DYSON • Ina REESE • Linsey BUCK • Jacob BIZZELL HAWES • Stuart BRUMHILL • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Max HALL • Carol GRAY

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 10,721 participants have completed 50,909 parkruns covering a total distance of 254,545 km, including 8,475 new Personal Bests. A total of 949 individuals have volunteered 5,755 times.

Finally, a wonderful show of parkrun spirit today from everyone in the cafe and on the Prom. You may have noticed we've made some new friends - Brighton Table Tennis Club are fast becoming regulars on the Prom and also will be embracing some parkrun tourism soon. Have a read about the way this community are empowering and changing lives (remind you of a certain organisation?) Well, today one of their athletes, Chris O'FLINN stormed over the line, finishing his first Hove Prom parkrun with such joy and celebration, you can fail to have seen (or heard) the ovation everyone in the cafe gave him! Quite rightly, Chris took a bow and took it all in, and we think we'll have to call that a "Chris" as never in the 195 event previous to today, has that happened! An brilliant moment! Here's Chris in action!

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Keep up the good work Chris and everyone! It has been suggested to the BTTC crowd that in the coming weeks they do a take over of the volunteer roles and then, show us their skills on their tables on the lawns - what do you think?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend Prommers - the weather is set to stay for a few more days! We're off now, but we'll see you next Saturday!

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Georgia