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.
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!