Hove Promenade parkrun #229 – 25th Jan 2020

A bit of a step back and perspective, after I’ve recovered from that icy headwind!

564 walkers, joggers and runners ventured to a slightly breezy and certainly cold Hove Promenade this morning. It is always a fantastic sight to see so many people arriving, greeting friends they have made through parkrun and then ready themselves for the off. 2020 is proving to be a big one at the prom as today was a record attendance (not counting New Year’s Day). With such big numbers please remember that we share the prom with other members of the public and we do not have any more right to be there than they do.

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Our Run Director, Mark, welcomed 29 first time ever parkrunners along with 50 first time visitors to Hove Promenade parkrun at the first timers briefing – it was great to welcome you from Aylesbury, Newcastle, Hastings and Woodhouse Moor and probably others we missed, sorry!

We are really lucky in Brighton and Hove to have a choice of 5 different parkruns on a Saturday morning all offering slightly different challenges. This morning there were over 1800 parkrunners take part across the city, it’s bonkers to think about it like that!


A HUGE thank you to the 39 volunteers who made it possible for us to enjoy a chilly run this morning at the prom – I’m not sure if they’ve thawed out yet!
Stephen KNOTT • Gareth PERRY • Paul HOWARD • Rachel BENTLEY • Sara CELIK • Marc BONALDI • Emma BRISTOW • Adam WALTER • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Harriet CUNNINGHAM • Lucy ANDERSON • Fred BENTLEY • Curtis PARKER-MILNES • Jon ELSOM • Mark SALLIS • Clary DREW • Nikki BOWMAN • Jon BINNEY • Lucy DEAN • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Rispa KOSKEI • Judith MACKENZIE • Adriana KEMPT • George BENTLEY • David MARTIN • Laura HODGKISS • Jane TEW • Bobby DILWORTH • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Mark DUGUID • Stuart BRUMHILL • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Carol GRAY • Alan PAGET • Cecilia SZOLNOKI • James RING • Kayla KEMPT

Lily GORROD gave you your finish token this morning, why is this mentionable I hear you ask. Well this morning was the 50th time Lily has donned the high-viz!

We love our volunteers and anyone who wants to is always welcome to give it a go, there are numerous roles each week and all offers of help are gratefully received by the team. Please email, facebook, tweet or speak to the team on a Saturday morning if you want to give it a go or if you’d like more information about it. I honestly love volunteering as much as running at a parkrun.

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Also, a big thank you to David and Marc who took some brooms down to the prom during the week to help clear some of the course from the mountain of pebbles kindly dumped onto our course during the week in the choppy weather. Marc told me he felt like he’d been hit by a train the next day, it is not light work!

We cannot let this morning’s volunteers go without mentioning Jeff – yes the Jeff of Jeff’s Junction fame! This morning Jeff took care of his junction for the 100th time! Come rain, shine, hail, pebbles, bitter cold, gale-force winds or glorious summer heat, Jeff marshals the turn point at the west end of the course. He is always a friendly face and gives everyone a cheer, which certainly helps when you turn to face the headwind. Not only this but Jeff’s wife Tracy took to the prom for the first time this week, completing her first ever parkrun – parkrun is infectious!

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Other notable milestones this morning include Darren JONES, Alex POND, Elle BREEDS, Lucy ROBERTS and Teo VAN WELL completing their 50th parkruns and James BARRON, Julius BRINKWORTH, Ric STEWART and Matthew WALL their 100th. Congratulations and wear your new t-shirts with pride!

It is amazing to look around at parkrun; everyone from all walks of life, of all ages and all abilities each with a different goal and reason to turn up to a grey seafront for 9am on a Saturday morning. And then to think that this is replicated across the world 1671 times. But each and every one of the 357,004 parkrunnners and 33,098 volunteers this week makes parkrun what it is, and I think that it’s pretty cool to be one of those.


Same time next week? Great, see you there!



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 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 12,807 participants have completed 63,467 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,335 km, including 10,092 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,083 individuals have volunteered 6,865 times.