Hove Promenade parkrun – Virtual Running #7 – 2nd May 2020

The one with the Carry On references, the new nicknames, some friendly dissing of Preston Park, the variety of exercise, the new tourist spot in Hove, some get quizzical and the sunshine bringing out an awesome family rainbow!

Yet another frustratingly perfect day for a parkrun dawned on the prom and once again, the beach hut was locked, the barriers still put away and the cafe was closed. But in true parkrun fashion, we keep calm and carry on! And on the subject of the Carry On movies, Lou Smith waded in crying "infamy, infamy...they've all got it infamy" and then asking if gardening could be considered as an activity. To reply in true Kenneth Williams' dialogue - "Eeer, stop messing about"

There seems to be a new tourist spot in Hove now - one which is "lovingly" referred to as "the road to hell" by anyone who has ever ran the Brighton Marathon - namely Basin Road. Yes from here you have the stunning views of the power station as well as all of the HGVs and lorries you could wish for! It is because of these "attractions" that it has been a good place to run - far from the beaten track, but it seems to be becoming a mecca in these lockdown times! Emma BRISTOW seemed to find it like this out on her Saturday bike ride and Isobel MUIR too during her speed session!

Heading back east, Alison "I don't need a watch" PORGES was even more rebel this week by running her usual route in reverse! Honestly, such rebellion knows no bounds. This did allow her to claim first finisher position ahead of Simon but we await the referee's verdict on that one.

Hitting their regular runs also this week were Mark RAVEN (setting a new course record in the process), Amy JORBELL using her run as part of her commute, Cath SEWBY on very familiar ground along the prom, whilst Lucy "new watch" ADITI who seems to have ignored social distancing by running with one of "The Borrowers" - no need to panic, just a teeny-tiny coach speaking to her through said new watch!

Award for the most rhythmic sentence this week goes to Katie, who'll now be known as Katie WRIGHT finds the Devil in the Dyke after a particular tough climbing run. Also loving the hills was Daisy VASANTHAKUMAR who put in some hill reps! Kudos there Daisy! Challenging the brain rather than the legs, Clare RYAN got quizzical with the parkrun quiz before heading out for an "Urban Walk" - we assume she went out with her baseball cap on backwards and got down with her homies? Tidy!

Putting her run to even more good use, Jenny-Anne DEXTER ran to get the binmen some treats as a thank you for their hard work - always nice to say thank you :) On the subject of good behaviour, Claire NELMAN and pooch didn't get distracted this week and stuck to their 10km run plan (after going AWOL last week!) There was a welcome return to running for Dave SKINNER who ditched the bike for his trainers and donned the 100 Club shirt once more! Also getting out after lots of home gym work, Helen BLOCK took on an 8 miler to Bevendean and back before getting dizzy working out how many loops of The Level would constitute a parkrun - Answer "too many!"

Jonathan "JT" Terry did slightly fewer laps (only just) in creating his own 5k run close to home, whilst Philippa TOWNEND hit the paths of Preston Park and felt a twinge of guilt for Hove Prom? Nah, we're all one big happy parkrun family, though not sure about that Adam bloke at PP though :) Down the coast in Shoreham, Andrea WILSON missed out on a PB during her run - what do we always say at parkrun? "There's always next week" Keep plugging!

There were some interesting ideas too about exercise - some allowed, some you know full well are not. If you have to ask....so they say. You can decide whether Pip BULL's flying of a kite counts, or perhaps "thinking" about a run with a cup of tea in the sunshine? No? Hard luck to the Zumba dodging Caroline SHARP then! No arguments with Dave Vise though who after a spot of Yoga, did a bit of Taekwondo!

NB lots of comments made after this report was written so apologies if you missed out. To keep you all happy, people who commented on our Facebook post were as follows:

Alison PROGES * Simon PORGES * Isobel MUIR * Emma BRISTOW * Neil UDEEN * Marc BONALDI * Suzy HAWKER * Claire NELMAN * Dave SKINNER * Georgia CARRICK * Mark RAVEN * Jonathan TERRY * Jane TEW * Cass CASTLETON * Andrea WILSON * Helen BLOCK * Steve FARMER * Dave VISE * Caroline SHARP *  Philippa TOWNEND * Clare RYAN * Louise SMITH * Katie WRIGHT * Jenny-Anne DEXTER * Chantal PENRHYN * Joanna LYONS * Graham HALFACRE * Deborah ABSALOM * Cath SWEBY * Lucy ADITI * Amy JORBELL * Daisy VASANTHAKUMAR * Lee TURNBULL * Family BINNEY

Lee TURNBULL is a late, but notable addition to the run report for bringing in that all important part of parkrun - CAKE! However, the idea Lee is to run/walk/jog first, then have cake. Must try harder!

For all of the teasing and joking, well done to all of you. The list is getting bigger and this just shows what a wonderful community we have at parkrun - and always will have!

We so need some brightness in our lives and hence, saved the best til last.

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Meet Family BINNEY! Part of the RunPals group and familiar at all of the local parkruns! Really embracing the rainbow spirit, fun and exercise, Jon, Ria, Theia and even little Orin donned their brightest, loudest outfits and headed out for their run! Not sure if Jon is wearing sunglasses because of the weather or because of his and Ria's leggings, but what a wonderful bright and colourful moment! With spirit like this, we will get through it together!

parkrun will be back when it is safe to do so. Until then, look after yourselves and keep that Saturday morning parkrun spirit with you! Remember, if someone doesn't have a smile - give them one of yours!


Hove Promenade parkrun – Virtual Running #4 – 11th April 2020

The one with all the song titles...how many can you find?

Well, the situation is continuing and fingers crossed that in the coming weeks, we'll see an improvement. For now though, it's the classic "keep calm and carry on" and just keep exercising within the guidelines. It really is an unusual time we're in and parkrun HQ have noted this. For those of you with a passion for the apricot shirts, for a limited time, you can purchase a shirt and instead of having Hove Promenade parkrun* on it (*other parkruns are available), you can have your parknon on there. If, like some of you have been doing, you've been running in the garden, you can have that as your "home" run, (well literally). You can get more details here and if you go for it, share your photos of your shirt on our Facebook page!

Once again Mother Nature taunted us with some perfect weather when we can't run, but don't blame it on the sunshine! One day like this will be with us on a true parkrun day for sure. It seems many of you were enticed out to get some exercise be it walking, running, jogging or even cycling (which is allowed on these strange days). Virtual RD Georgia CARRICK got her ride on time chalking up 10 miles this afternoon, but some folk were out at sunrise to take advantage. That's the great thing about parkrunners - everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you. Literally a sight for sore eyes early doors for Jane TEW, back hitting the prom following cataract surgery. Getting her run in earlier than that, Kathryn MARTIN may have lost her teddy bear as on Friday she ran round and round the garden accumulating 5K in the process.

Isobel MUIR went looking for a stairway to heaven but only came across a highway to hell by taking on stair repeats ten times over. Issy says she had several quad aches afterwards and you took the words right out of my mouth there! Ouch! A much more pleasant setting was undertaken by Deborah ABSALOM who undertook some silent running, taking advantage of the low tide on the beach (check out her photo below) and also enjoying a sandy course was Brenda WILLIAMS.


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Taking in the sights too was Dave SKINNER, though injury means these boots were made for walking but he still clocked up four miles. About the same time, Joanna LYONS was bemoaning the fact that on parkrun day "proper", time after time, she'd arrive with seconds to spare. With the "flexible" arrangements now of Saturday exercise, she's down early doors too. Will these good habits carry on when parkrun returns? It'd be a good habit to have as it's better the devil you know! Only time will tell!

Determined to get a Saturday in the park, recent quiz answer, Stephen KNOTT headed to Stanmer for his exercise fix, whilst Louise SMITH took in the delights of Shoreham on her run - Shoreham Beach, Shoreham High Street, Shoreham Airport and North Shoreham! Aiming to match her with a real dead ringer for Hove, Suzy HAWKER took in Hove Park, Hove Rec and Hove Green amongst places on her run.

Anyone up on the Downs could have been torn between two runners as Mark SALLIS and Nigel TURLEY almost met up. Just goes to show as people tread different paths in their search for parklife, you're never too far away from another parkrunner! Not a song title, but Jenny-Anne DEXTER ran to meet the pet shop boys earlier this morning whilst finally, it was a case of London calling for Katie STRIPE who headed to Greenwich for a run, envious of us all who have a home by the sea.

Getting our exercise fix this week were:


How many song titles did you find? Comment in the Facebook post and let's see who got what! Just comment with the number - not the answers so folk can play along! 

Keep doing what you're doing folks and we'll do our best to keep you involved and engaged! We'll introduce you to the core team and keep you thinking with our quizzes. Before you know it, we'll be right back to where we started from.

With parkrun, you'll never walk* alone (* or run, jog, skip, trot)

Your Hove Prom parkrun Core Team



Hove Promenade parkrun – Virtual Running #2 – 28th March 2020

The one with the pebble dashing, people spotted in bushes, core blimey, "new' parkrun courses, how to get your virtual parkrun fix and where we learn resistance isn't futile.

So here we are again, another Saturday without parkrun but there seems to be a lot more of you engaging and sharing your stories which is brilliant to see. parkrun may have been postponed, but parkrun community certainly hasn't. Do continue to adhere to the guidelines folks and keep everyone safe.

One again, the call went out on Facebook and first over the line with a 5k report was Paul BREWER fresh from our first 'new" parkrun course of St Ann's Well Gardens. He suggested this would be a good parkrun course? See for yourself (and good luck writing THAT course description)

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5km wasn't the be-all-and-end-all distance for Prommers today. All sorts of meterage and mileage recorded and well done to everyone who got out the door or will do later.

The next "new" location saw the inaugural Hove Lagoon Bowls Club parkrun where all finishers shared the same surname. First (and only) two across the line were Simon and Alison PORGES and both established course records in the process.

Always nice to hear from the tourists and Matthew STOREY once again reported in from his morning run and seemed to take evasive action (for medicinal reasons of course) when seeing a friend running the other way. Well, why else would you be hiding in the bushes?

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Everyone will be discovering new routes over the coming weeks, and well done to a new niche club that seems to be starting up - pebble dashing! (No, not what you were thinking).

Shout out to Amanda TOMBS who took to the beach to get a tough workout for sure.

Mother Nature didn't let us down today and it has been a windy one so far! So naturally some of you chose to exercise indoors. One of our most runniest of parkrunners, Isobel MUIR got the resistance bands out (now do you get the Star Trek reference?), it was core (blimey) work from core team member Helen BLOCK, whilst Celina TICKNER went turbo charged in the back garden.

If you're lacking in motivation, check out citystrides.com - you can link your Strava or other running app to it and it adds all of your routes onto a map. For those of you so inclined, you can go and run new streets to colour in the gaps!

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There are no prizes for guessing which parkrun course features below! Check it out!

For those of you who like a good quiz, don't forget to check out our Facebook page where we're doing a quiz a week and to keep that parkrun theme to it, you knock seconds off your time for each correct answer. Check out our Facebook page for more details

If you like your podcasts, you're spoiled for choice! With Me Now is an independant podcast all about parkrun featuring Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood from the parkrun show which preceded it. Also available is Free Weekly Timed presented by Vassos Alexander and Helen Williams, and if that isn't enough for you, check out parkrun Adventurers which is recorded in Australia (and Hove Prom does get a mention from a roving reporter!)

Also, there's the Big parkrun Quiz which is broadcast live on the official parkrun YouTube channel (check social media for the times) so there's lots of ways to keep engaged.

This weeks virtual heroes were:

Paul BREWER * Emma BRISTOW * Matthew STOREY * Alison PORGES * Simon PORGES * Brenda WILLIAMS * Amanda TOMBS * Dave VISE * Beth ANTON * Dave SKINNER * Georgia CARRICK * Karen BENNETT * Mark BROCKLEHURST * Amy JORBELL * Lesley LEWIS * Jim FLYNN * Chantal PENRHYN * Daisy VASANTHAKUMAR * Charlotte PRINGLE * Isobel MUIR * Celina TICKNER * Helen BLOCK * Philippa BULL * Clare RYAN

Keep being engaging folks - make sure you tell any of your parkrun friends that we're keeping the spirit alive! As long as you keep telling us what you're doing, we'll create a run report (or resistance report if you prefer). Do stay safe, respect the rules and where possible, make the most of your exercise - however you choose to take it.

And don't lose sight of your parkrun dreams. In closing, spend a few moments listening to parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE. We've got all this waiting for us, when the time is right:



Hove Promenade parkrun Inaugural Virtual Running – 21st March 2020

The one where we all did our own thing, ran separately but still maintained that wonderful parkrun spirit that will see us through!

It was a frustrating lovely day in Hove today (albeit with some windy gusts) and it was hard not to bemoan the current situation. BUT in almost five years we've faced a few challenges - the occasion pebble on the Prom, a fun fair appearing in the middle of the course, various festivals and occasions on the lawns and even a huge cake loving dog that Co-Event Director Georgia is still in awe of to this day. To date, we have had 65,486 individual parkruns take place and if you think we're stopping there, you're wrong!

So working/shopping and now running remotely is what we do and thanks to the power of the internet, we can do this. Unsettling times ahead of course and so many questions like, "when will we parkrun again?", "How do I get my hi-viz fix?" and of course, "when will these two ever get the parkun flag put down properly?


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Well, step forward Co-Event Director Georgia who became your virtual Run Director this morning, posting on Facebook to see how your morning went for this inaugural non-parkrun day. She didn't need to ask for silence as this was perfectly observed, aside from the noise of the keyboard, and didn't thank the volunteers who weren't there and didn't make the magic happen. Please remember you do share the Facebook page with other users and you don't have exclusive use of it. Children under the age of 11 should be kept 2 metres apart (and shouldn't be posting as you need to be 13 or above to have an account :) ) and all dogs with cute photos must be shared!

With the formalities done, a 3-2-1 POST from Georgia saw the virtual morning underway. First over the virtual line was Shelia MARTIN who posted about her 5k over in Hove Park, swiftly followed by Amy JORBELL proudly wearing her 50 Club shirt having run to the seafront for some bracing sea air!

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 Missing us too was Luke RICHARDSON who commented that it "wasn't the same without everyone". Next over the virtual line was Joe ADDISON who swapped pacing for punching (thankfully it was a fitness class) whilst core team regulars Kirsty PUGH and Helen BLOCK took in the delights of Stanmer Park.

Megan SHEPHERD got quizzicle on the parkrun UK quiz (but has kept quiet about her score!) Care to let us know Megan or did Vassos vex you?

There was a shout out too from friend of the Prom and parkrun Ambassador Matthew STOREY who shocked the world by not running in the usual Watford shirt. Since it wasn't an official parkrun day, he opted for the away strip instead.

Our friends at Brighton & Hove FrontRunners were out too and added to our online collective with their runs from all over the city!

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Great to see you all out and about, keeping fit and healthy whilst respecting the restrictions we are currently under.

Normally this is where we list the volunteers, but as there weren't any (aside from our virtual Run Director & virtual Run Report Writer), let's throw this out there. How are YOU getting your volunteer fix? What are you up to in your community, be it even getting shopping for someone who can't go out themselves or helping at a charity or similar place.

This week's run took place with the following posters on Facebook:


Look out for next week's post and share your runs/walks/volunteering with us all. Thank you to you all for heeding the advice and not organising group runs of any kind, especially on the parkrun course at 9am. By all doing our bit, we'll make sure this situation will pass and we'll be back on the Prom again - all together.

Keep well everyone

Your Hove Prom parkrun Core Team



Hove Promenade parkrun #234 -14 March 2020

Wow what an incredible morning of parkrunning it was on Saturday. The positivity shone through, even the the sun shone too with only a minor wind to distract us. We were so happy to be on the promenade again without the usual torment of poor weather forecasts. Our superior Friday night sweep squad enabled us to avoid another pebblegate and clear the course. It was obvious that the Rogue Runners takeover was clearly a key feature to get us all to the Saturday morning start line. Welcome all to Hove Promenade parkrun!

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This week 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers.




Congratulations and please do rejoin us: Louise ALLAN, Robin BIDDULPH, Alison BRADLEY, Rachel BROWNE, Ethel BUTLER, Lily BUTTERFILL, Alison CROOKS, Sarah DAVIS, Daniel DILONARDO, Rachel FOX, Michelle FREEMAN, Julie GEORGE, David HALLAM, Barbora HALLAM-SKALOVA, Leyton HARDWELL, Christine HENSON, Steven JACOBS, Alison LEATHERBARROW, Mary MCCABE, Hannah MCLENNAN, Hayley NEWMAN, Jen PARR, Simon POWELL, Inesa PROKOPENKOVA, Catarina RATO, Elizabeth SCHROEDER-BUTTERFILL, Katalin SEBESTENY-GYORE, Henry SEE TOH, Lydia SHELLEY, Katy SINKA, Cath STADDEN, Kate TEMPLE, Natasha TRIGWELL, Gail UNDERHILL, Claire WILLIAMS, Hannah WILSON and to the 57 recorded new Personal Bests.

We enjoyed tourists from Bedford, Bromley, Corby, Crawley, Eastbourne, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth, Salisbury, Somerset and Southampton and celebrated (or highlighting now!) milestones for their 50th parkrun: Matt BRABNER, Becki CARDEN, Ginny FOX, Sami MAHMOUD ABDELAZIZ, Michael MARKHAM, and Michael GREEN's 200th! Brilliant achievements folks!

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A PB was obviously achieved! The celebrations continued...

The event was made possible by our marvellous 48 volunteers:Jim ROBERTS • Richard STADDEN • Gareth PERRY • Mark DERRY • Julius BRINKWORTH • Emma BRISTOW • Amy JORDAN • Diane MELROSE • Catherine SWEBY • Adam WALTER • Georgia CARRICK • Zak NEWMAN • Jules EMMERSON • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Suzy HAWKER • Kirsty PUGH • Pete GOODMAN • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Tim PAGET • Darryl HUNT • Gemma LEWIS • Ken FORD • Janet WOODHOUSE • Joe WOODHOUSE • Mark SASO • David SPENCER • Rispa KOSKEI • Adriana KEMPT • David MARTIN • Antony BRADLEY • Anita HARRIS • Madeleine RUDGE • Jude HAWKER • Daniel CREED • Sarah DRAKE • Tracy MITCHELL • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Enrique MARTIN • Gemma RUSSELL • Ross MACKENZIE • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Anya LUX • Louise SMITH • Paul HAWKER • Peter WATTERSON

Why not come and join the volunteer team. No experience is necessary. Just email hovepromenade@parkrun.com or comment on our social media. All being well we hope to see you on Saturday.

Suzy #dfyb

PS. Great pacing Rogues. Thank you !!!!

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Hove Promenade parkrun #233 7 March 2020

It was great to welcome you all back after another cancellation thanks to the rubbish weather we have been having.  This week 474 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 107 recorded new Personal Bests. That’s a huge number of PB’s!!

The following people joined us for their very first parkrun ever: Patrick HUDSON, Jake FORREST, Hayden ANDREW, Nina BASSHAM, Tom HACKNEY, Yasmin O’BRIAN, Lucy SWERLING, Barbara DEFRIEZ, Ella GRANT, Katy MORRIS, Nicola CATTERALL, Jamie WRIGHT, Anne SHROER, Jade KITSON, Jayne STEVENS, Laura ROSE and Rebecca BLACK. Well done all and we look forward to seeing you back next week.

Scrolling through the results, I see Oliver GIBSON reached the 50 runs milestone. Great work Oliver.

Also slipping under the radar were prom regulars, Benji and Keith BLOOM, who reached 100 runs!! Amazing, well done both.

Not forgetting also, Stu ROBERTS who hit the 250 runs milestone. Apparently he didn’t want a fuss, so of course we gave him a nice big shout out. I hear he celebrated with a new PB also, excellent work, well done Stuart.



Gill DAVIES joined us and was celebrating her 40th birthday. Happy birthday Gill, we hope you had a good run and rest of your birthday.


We had some great photo's from James this week. People were clearly very happy to be back after our break











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89364630_2467135136885186_4034898436292608000_oThanks to all this weeks volunteers as follows: Philippa BULL, Marc BONALDI, Kate KERMACK, Jim CALLENDER, Adam WALTER, Georgia CARRICK, Sue PINNICK, Tim PAGET, Jonathan TERRY, Clary DREW, Mark SASO, Stephen PAYNE, David SPENCER, Rispa KOSKEI, Adriana KEMPT, David MARTIN, Antony BRADLEY, Jeff JOHNSTONE, Paula DALY, Hugh DALY, Mark DUGUID, Cara PARKHURST, Ruby DALY, Ross MACKENZIE, Karen CREED, Claire ONSLOW, Lily GORROD, Holly WALTER, James MARTIN, Jimmy CAMERON, Ben HILLIER, James RING, Sriharsha VITTA and Marianne STONE

This coming Saturday we have a take over by the Rogue Runners. They’re covering all our volunteer roles and providing you with loads of pacers from 20 minutes up. Big thanks to them in advance.

Take a look at our roster though as we will be in need of volunteers for the following week. Let us know if you can help.

For those of you who like a stat, 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 13,066 participants have completed 65,155 parkruns covering a total distance of 325,775 km, including 10,369 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,091 individuals have volunteered 6,993 times.

See you all next week, #dfyb




Hove Promenade #232 – 22 February 2020

Brutal, challenging, the epic battle against the force of the wind didn't deter our 304 finishers who ran, jogged and walked the course on Saturday, including 69 first timers! Welcome too to the parkrun family Astrid BEERLAGE, Chad ANDERSON, Annalise BROWN, Stephen ELDERFIELD, Rebecca AKEHURST, Frankie MCGREGOR and Andrew WILSON on your parkrun debuts. Please come again! Congratulations also to the 14 parkrunners who gained a PB. Astonishing considering the circumstances!

Despite these crazy conditions the Prom proved to be dog, family and Georgia friendly...














We were delighted to greet parkrunners from Glasgow, Birmingham, Dartford, Hertford, Nuneaton, Port Rush, St Albans, Tewkesbury, and tourists from Bushy Park and Homeward parkruns

We deliberated all week about pebblegate, the surface of the Promenade, the progress of clearance made by the Council and whether it would be ready for parkrun. Blinded by our recent cancellation little reflection was made on the likely forecast. We just wanted parkrun to go ahead, didn't we. Whoops, the conditions were punishing! In spite of this all our volunteers showed up, Thankfully the pull of the new pink Hi-Viz continues. Our gratitude must be extended to our committed 27 volunteers:

William GRUMITT • Adam WALTER • Suzanne LANGDON • Suzy HAWKER • Kathryn MARTIN • Tim PAGET • Deborah ABSALOM • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Rispa KOSKEI • Jayden HOBBS • David MARTIN • Laura HODGKISS • Antony BRADLEY • Jackie WARE • Jude HAWKER • Caroline SHARP • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Peter BENNETT • Mark DUGUID • Ross MACKENZIE • Belinda DOMZALSKI • Holly WALTER • Niamh SKINNER • Sara BURNS • Paul HAWKER • Cecilia SZOLNOKI








It has been officially recognised that all those that volunteer at parkrun feel an improved sense of happiness compared to those who run or walk. Why not join our volunteer team and realise the benefits? No experience is necessary. You will be briefed on your role ahead of the parkrun in the morning. Please let us know if you can help by email: hovepromenade@parkrun.com









Help Holly!





Congratulations to Michael FORSTER and Rachael WALES for achieving their 100th parkrun and to Kevin BROWN, Kevin MOULD John MURPHY for their 50th. Did you spot Cheryl Hannibal who was clearly celebrating something too?Happy 200th parkrun Cheryl! Awesome achievement!









Looking forward to catching you on the Prom this Saturday, 29th February. Surely an opportunity not to be missed in Leap year.

Suzy #dfyb


Hove Promenade #231 – 8 February 2020

The 'calm before the storm' one...

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Ahead of a full moon and Storm Ciara kicking in, 510 runners, walkers and joggers toed the line in the hazy sunshine - another high turnout. Well done everyone who made it to the start line, including the 80 first timers to the Prom.

Twenty six people did their first parkrun ever this week! Congratulations and hope to see you again: Thomas MARSH, Daniel ARDERN, Jessica HAYDON, Logan WARKENTIN, Charlie BARKSHIRE, Iain POMFRET, Semjon SCHIPPERS, Abi ALDRED, Liam COLLINGBORN, Frankie COTTRELL, Sally MCPHEE, Josh ROGERS, Alex BECK, Steve THOMPSON, Clive MEAD, Richard HEDGES, William KERN, Harry WINTER, Louise UPTON, Helen BARKSHIRE, Mette LARSEN, Hannah WIGGINS, Rosie DRAGE, Julie MEAD, Sophie GLEW, David DUNKLEY, Stefan BAILEY.

Congratulations also to the 103 parkrunners who got a PB this week - great work.

In the pink!

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Did you marvel at the pinkness of this week's volunteers, donning the new hi-viz of glory? Without these 36 people, this week's parkun would not have been possible. Thank you to:

Helen TODD • Gareth PERRY • Clare WALLER • Carole JORDAN • Marc BONALDI • Adam WALTER • Caroline NORTH • Michelle PAULI • Kathryn MARTIN • Tim PAGET • Jon ELSOM • Rachel DYSON • James MILLAR • Clary DREW • Deborah ABSALOM • Jenny THORNE • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Sally ROLLINSON-BLUNDELL • Adriana KEMPT • Daniel BURTON • David MARTIN • Laura HODGKISS • Lucy ADITI • Joanna LYONS • Graham HALFACREE • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Ross MACKENZIE • Paul GILLETT • Claire ONSLOW • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Ben HILLIER • James RING • Kayla KEMPT

You too could be sporting hi-viz hero pink! Everything you need to know to sign up is on this volunteer page and doing a volunteer stint is really appreciated. Why not give it a go? There are still opportunities for next week and the weeks after that.

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Congratulations to Tara Shanahan, below, on an unofficial milestone of 200 parkruns. Great flying feet and paws, too!

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We also had Rebecca Miller celebrating her 100th milestone - well done! - and a gaggle of 50 milestoners. Big congrats to regular volunteer Carl Bennett (below, being bopped on the head by his 50 balloon yet still sporting flying feet!), Carol Dawson (pictured below, below, with balloon flying free), Susan Leaney and Brodie Taylor-Moray.

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All the results (and the event history if you scroll right down) can be found on the Results page and do head over to the Hove Prom page to see more of James's brilliant photos.

See you on the Prom next week and #dfyb!

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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.



Event #226

A very busy morning on the prom  with 594 finishers all coordinated by our marvellous volunteers.  Let us know if you can help in the coming weeks by emailing in - all roles are straightforward and are explained on the day by the volunteers. hovepromenade@parkrun.com


Well done to the first time parkrunners and visitors (including from The Netherlands) to the prom, we hope to see you again soon.


The good conditions meant there were 70 PBs which is a huge number, well done everyone. Three people ran their 50th parkrun; well done Nicola Cowles, Sophie Goodall-Smith (plus a PB) and Adam Higgs. Welcome to the Portslade Hedgehoppers local club who visited today too.


Have a good week and see you on parkrun day, formally known as Saturday. Data from event 226 below. It was a wonderful morning yet again, thank you to Peter for the photos.





Hove Prom parkrun

Hove Promenade parkrun
Event number 226
4th January 2020

This week 594 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 93 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 50 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Stephen DENMAN • Paul KNOTT • Gareth PERRY • Marc BONALDI • Steve SELBY • Cara BUSHELL • Adam WALTER • Stephen SCOTT • Charlotte PRINGLE • Helen BLOCK • Libby BREWIN • Stuart ROBERTS • Kirsty PUGH • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Jon ELSOM • Rachel DYSON • Hugh KENYON • David SPENCER • Jan HERITAGE • Rispa KOSKEI • Adriana KEMPT • Lucy ADITI • Hannah WILSON • Madeleine RUDGE • Tony AUSTIN • Caroline SHARP • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Peter BENNETT • Jacob BIZZELL HAWES • Paul GILLETT • Claire ONSLOW • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Carrie BURTON • Louise SMITH • James RING • Surbhi SHARMA

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 12,585 participants have completed 61,959 parkruns covering a total distance of 309,795 km, including 9,881 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,068 individuals have volunteered 6,761 times.

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