The one with....what has parkrun ever done for us?
In the beginning...
Seeing the bright sunshine this morning as I wandered to the Prom, already with coffee in hand, was a much needed boost. After days of wet weather (nothing on the scale of last week's parkrun), and a promenade submerged under pebbles, the fact there was a parkrun on at all was incredible. Heading down the previous Sunday afternoon, I'd never seen the prom look as bad in the four and a bit years of Hove Prom parkrun.
As you would have expected, I came across the Broommeister - David - who was busily sweeping away, along with a few friends, parkrunners and members of the public. As there was a spare broom, I joined in and it was lovely to hear words of thanks from members of the public too. At this stage though, David and I discussed the course and it would be a fib if the word "cancel" wasn't uttered several times...but we'd somehow underestimated the parkrun family. Over the course of the next few days, prommers, parkrunners from other events, running club members and even junior family members accepted the challenge and headed down to the Prom. Some gave ten minutes, some several hours - all gratefully received. Wednesday was a sight to behold as so many of you turned up, brushed, got wet, drank tea and essentially made parkrun GO!
Don't blame it on the sunshine
So, Saturday dawned with a slightly different course but sunshine and a VERY full complement of volunteers thanks to the Rogue Runners, organised by core team member Emma. I was down early to sort out the arrangements for the funnel - to be met by a council vehicle parked where the funnel would be! A few words later meant there was nothing to worry about...until the rubbish truck pulled up! "Don't worry mate, we know you runners are here", said the very cheerful driver! Bins emptied and he was on his way!
Volunteers arrive, the funnel takes shape and here come the parkrunners. The combination of lack of wind and sunshine bumped up our attendance to 432. In fact, to add some context to the number of sweepers throughout the week, when added to the volunteer roster, there were nearly as many volunteers this week as runners last week! Damn that rugby! (And the monsoon!)
Megamouth rescues the megaphone
Time to welcome the visitors and first timers - where upon I discover that the megaphone has become a victim of the week before. Not a problem, even though it was a larger crowd! They don't call me the Gobby Northerner for nothing! Our visitors are welcomed and it's time to head to the start. A few key messages to get across...and the megaphone still isn't having it! So what to do? Stand on the side and shout! Thanks so much to you all for the silence during the brief - very much appreciated and it meant no one got lost on the route through the stones! 3-2-1...off you go. Runners head off, I try the megaphone...it works! (Albeit only for a few seconds).
It was a great sight to see you all heading off into the distance. A quick bit of "papping" of the team by Peter, and it was time to cheer you all on....and on...and on...wait, how many people are running today? A quick divert to the Beach Hut saw more cones come out and an extension to our temporary funnel was in place. And still they came!
And still they came! Huge credit to all of the marshals out there on the course - with even the slightest amend, there's a chance people could turn wrong onto the pebbles, but our new snake like west to east pathway worked well.
Very quickly the funnel started to fill and our various funnel managers did a great job in keeping you moving through. Thanks to all of you for squeezing up and working through. Even when the cold got the better of our illustrious token team when tokens were dropped, there was zero delay in getting you through. Barcode scanning on the grass was something different as we were using the normal scanning area of the Prom for the new route. Thanks to Dave SKINNER and Helen BLOCK who opened the parkrun app and helped our scanning team.
It really was a great morning on the Prom - everyone appreciating the lovely weather, lots of tourists including Greenock, Manchester, Littlehampton, Leicester, Clacton-on-Sea and even Johannesburg! Travelling a slightly shorter distance, it was lovely to welcome Sarah from Peckham Rye who was guiding Eros round the pebbles today! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves!
Joining the 50 club, it was great to give a shout out to Kate & Jane (and to get them to shout back!) Slipping under the radar was familiar face Steve SELBY who joins the ladies on 50 parkruns.
What a data do results!
Sometimes tech just goes crazy - today was one of those days. 438 runners, walkers and joggers safely home, enjoying a well earned cuppa - all seemed well. Plugging in the stopwatches, I felt the urge to check what was in the tea as apparently, no less than 274 of you beat the 5k world record.! Kudos to our first finisher though whom (according to the data) finished by the time I said go! Thanks for your patience with this. They did take some working out and with the help our of number checker and other bits and pieces, they should be right! So, it's time for the scores on the doors and the largest list of volunteers in Hove Prom parkrun's history (actually it is!)
Hove Promenade parkrun
Event number 217
9th November 2019
This week 432 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 50 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 78 volunteers:
Claire PACKHAM • Stephen KNOTT • Caroline WOOD • Mark STEPHENSON • Lesley LEWIS • Richard STADDEN • Gareth PERRY • Tara SHANAHAN • Cheryl COSTELLO • Sue CHAMBERS • Thomas CHAMBERS • Ian SUTHERLAND-CRANFIELD • Lucy PIZER • Marc BONALDI • Claire GILES • Emma BRISTOW • Kevin WALKER • Sarah LOCKLEY • Diane MELROSE • Catherine SWEBY • Adam WALTER • Georgia CARRICK • David TURNER • Sarah TIZZARD • Sue PINNICK • Jules EMMERSON • Clare RYAN • Helen BLOCK • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Thomas IRELAND • Suzy HAWKER • Kirsty PUGH • Simon PORGES • Ceri JONES • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Darryl HUNT • Thomas IRELAND • Sonia TESTER-ALLEN • Emma TITCOMB • Ken FORD • Paul BREWER • Chris WATSON • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Marten MATTHEWS • Bridget DIBBEN • Emma DALLOS • Charles SIMMONDS • David MARTIN • Caroline MATTHEWS • Antony BRADLEY • Mark DYSON • Anita HARRIS • Emma O' SULLIVAN • Joanna LYONS • Ian BRIERLEY • Carl BENNETT • Alice BURTON-BRADFORD • George TESTER-ALLEN • Peter BENNETT • Enrique MARTIN • Alex DALLOS • Stu ROBERTS • Ross MACKENZIE • Tom RUFFLES • Willow DEEGAN • Lily GORROD • Thomas D COLLINS • Findlay WALTER • Georgia WALTER • Holly WALTER • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Ness KABAS • Archie FERGUSON • Cecilia SZOLNOKI • James RING
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 11,965 participants have completed 58,239 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,195 km, including 9,382 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,040 individuals have volunteered 6,460 times.
So what has parkrun ever done for us?
Apart from the pebbles, the broken megaphone, the council truck in the way, the new course, the fact I dropped my cake, the dodgy data, the results all over the place and a few dropped tokens - it gave me a brilliant morning, surrounded by great people, lots of smiles and was simply a joy to be there on the Prom. I really hope it was the same for you too (without the cake dropping obviously!) It's amazing what happens when a group of people come together as one - set out to enjoy themselves in the environment they're in! We know people face more challenges during their week than a few stones or a broken megaphone, and maybe that's why parkrun is so special. It's OUR time!
We even got a visit from the Littlehampton Prom parkrun core team! PLUS we beat the rain than came in that afternoon!
Enjoy your week and see you on the Prom soon!
Mark - Run Director