Lancing Beach Green parkrun 1 – 0 Storm Dennis
It was the day after Valentine’s Day, and love was definitely in the air. Along with a jealous ex called Storm Dennis.
This week I was running my 250th milestone event, and I chose to run it at Lancing Beach Green for a few reasons: I love the out and back course that is a bit quieter than some of its neighbours, the cake at The Perch café is super yummy, and my lovely friend Livvy was down to be Run Director that day. However, I started to become a bit nervous mid-week when I saw the weather forecast and then the onslaught of local parkrun cancellations. I started to think about an inland plan B, and crossed everything that the core team at Lancing would make the decision to go ahead on the day.
And they did, yay! We got the green light and headed south where we were greeted with wind, wind, wind, but also by a sea of friendly volunteer and runner faces! I think we all had the same mindset: we would not be beaten by Storm Dennis the Menace!
After a lovely run briefing from Livvy, all 133 of us were off! The first ‘out’ section was lovely, and we even had to jump a couple of puddles which was exciting. We had Dennis pushing us along and I was able to relax and take in the lush coastal scenery – the kites, beach huts and pale blue water. And then we turned at the cone to come ‘back’. And it was like running into a brick wall for 2km. I told myself ‘head down, grit your teeth and get on with it’, and I did, whilst almost losing my hat in the process!
Now I need to say a huge thank you to the 17 amazing volunteers who stood out in the whipping wind this week to ensure that the event went ahead: Adam COLLARD • Carly OXFORD • Charlie BULLED • Daniel MOLICA • Finn JOHNSON • Fiona HILDITCH • Julian COSSON • Klaidon OSBORNE • Laura HYDE • Lavinia MCHUGH • Michelle FREEMAN • Mike MCHUGH • Neil HYDE • Sara GIBB • Simone CUTHBERT • Steve CREED – you are all incredible!
If you want to get involved with volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a great way to give something back to parkrun and make new friends.
There were two other runners with milestones this week. My friend Kate Barnes was running her 100th parkrun, her first at Lancing Beach Green, and she managed to come in second place. Huge congratulations, Kate! Martine Rossiter was also running her 40th parkrun on her 40th birthday, and was joined by some friends who are regulars at Worthing parkrun. Well done Martine, I hope the huge balloon didn’t float away!
There were 7 of you running your first ever parkrun – I hope you enjoyed it, and if you can run through that wind, you can do anything! Think how lovely the course will be in the spring / summer!
We had 31 tourists visiting Lancing Beach Green this week. It was lovely to see you all, and I hope you come back again to enjoy this special course! A special shout out to Will Yeates who spoke to the core team to say how much he enjoyed it. Will usually runs at either Mile End or Worsley Woods – so a fair distance from the sea!
Also, 16 of us (me included, yay) ran new PBs at the event. This is quite incredible really, given the conditions. I can’t wait to come back on a calmer day and try to shave some more time off!
In terms of the results, let’s start with ladies first. I was delighted to see my three friends take a clean sweep of 1-2-3. Samantha Blackledge was first in a new PB of 22:09, Katie Barnes was second in 22:37, and Lisa Roberjot also set a new PB of 22:55 to take the third spot. Well done lovely ladies!
And for the men, it was pretty close (10 seconds between them) at the top of the pack. Patrick Acaye was first in 17:44, with Jonathan Burke closely behind him in 17:54. Nicholas Barter was then third in 18:38. Great running by you all!
So once again, thank you for letting me share my special 250th event at Lancing! I’ll be back soon for sure; I really do love the friendliness of this course and that’s all down to the amazing volunteer team. parkrun is truly incredible!
This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs too part.
The male record is held by George DOLLNER who recorded a time of 15:51 on 28th December 2019 (event number 67). The female record is held by Nicole ALLAN who recorded a time of 19:09 on 28th December 2019 (event number 67).
The age grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 87.80% (20:21) on 13th April 2019 (event number 33).
Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lancing Beach Green parkrun Results page.
Lancing Beach Green parkrun started on 25th August 2018. Since then, 3,033 participants have completed 8,547 parkruns covering a total distance of 42,735 km, including 1,572 new Personal Bests. A total of 329 individuals have volunteered 1,325 times.