Hove Promenade parkrun #197 – 8th June 2019

The one with the wind, the different finish funnel, the visit from Run Talk Run, the hen do with 7 A's and 4 B's and why if you want a mention as a pacer, you'd better change your name to Mark (Marc).

What a difference a week makes! After last week's heat and near perfect running conditions, we had some serious headwind and some cheeky mid-run showers! That didn't stop 246 of you heading down for your parkrun fix, all courtesy of our 27 volunteers! It was a little touch and go regarding the volunteers this week but we got there! If you fancy helping out, drop us a line as folk are always welcome! A huge thanks to this week's volunteers:

Marc BONALDI • Emma BRISTOW • Frank SWAISLAND • Archie SWAISLAND • Rebecca MILLER • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Suzy HAWKER • Andrew CAIN • Jon ELSOM • Mark SALLIS • Stephen PAYNE • David SPENCER • Sally ROLLINSON-BLUNDELL • Adriana KEMPT • Paul CONSTABLE • Luke CARTER • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Sarah LEWIS • Ian BRIERLEY • Lee SPEARPOINT • Kaitlin EMERY • Peter BENNETT • Ross MACKENZIE • Lily GORROD • Julia STEINBERGER • Marius STANFORD

The weather was the dominant feature today and David who set our funnel up, comprised the ultimate wind beater as thanks to his design, we had no issues with it.

It was great to welcome Jess and Luke from Run Talk Run. Jess is the founder of the organisation and Luke will be familiar to Hove Prom parkrunners as he is always down, more often than not, acting as a guide runner for Paul. A mental health support group, much like parkrun, it is available to all. Folk come together every Tuesday evening at 7pm for a free 5km run/jog and a chat. Check them out!

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We had tourists from all over the country - Leeds, London, Suffolk, Tilgate parkrun, Harlow parkrun and beyond! John & Joanna from Cross Flatts parkrun though take the prize for the loudest shirts!

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Somehow we managed to miss Jess and her fellow hens this morning ahead of the run brief. In what is becoming a regular tradition down on the Prom, Katie and a whole load of fellow runners and cheering squad came down to ensure her Saturday morning was as loud as (probably) the Saturday night will be. Whilst Katie may be a member of the 50 Club and with an impressive PB of 22:54, this doesn't compare with the fact she got 7 grade As and 4 grade Bs at GCSE....Have a wonderful time girls in Brighton....7 As eh??

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 On the subject of celebrations, meet the stags. There were a few of these shirts on the Prom today (obviously there were no stag inflatables available), and it was a spot of deja-vu in the finish funnel at times! Well done lads and likewise, enjoy Brighton this evening!

Time for a few windswept stats -

This week 246 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

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 10,764 participants have completed 51,155 parkruns covering a total distance of 255,775 km, including 8,484 new Personal Bests. A total of 951 individuals have volunteered 5,782 times.

We lost a couple of finish tokens today. Can we remind you all that they need to be returned after the run. If you have them in your pockets, please drop us a line and we'll happily re-home them so we can use them next week! Whilst parkrun is always a free event to participate in, it isn't free to put on so do help us by returning your tokens.

Finally, an apology to Stephen PAYNE who was our 25 minute pacer today. Yes, there was a shout out for his 150th run, even though that isn't an official parkrun milestone, but criminally, he was forgotten about when announcing the pacers! The only excuse offered is that he wasn't called Mark (or even Marc!) Apologies to you Stephen and thanks for helping out!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Prommers and see you soon

Mark - today's Run Director