Peacehaven parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun #139

With storm Dennis hitting the South Coast we did not know what weather to expect but with an early inspection it was decided to go ahead. Other local parkrun’s had been called off the day before, but we are fortunate in being inland with certain weather protection around the course and we are relatively flat. Many tourists attended with around 190 people taking part.

An important part of parkrun is the first timers briefing which this week was done again by Allison Evans who is visually impaired, it was appropriate that Allison did this as we had Mark Brocklehurst a parkrun ambassador doing VI guide training after the event which was well supported. Having done this training myself it makes you appreciate how difficult it is if you have sight loss, and how to apply instructions on a regular basis going around the course, we do need more people with this training so this was invaluable.

The hut we use has proved invaluable in storing equipment and being able to coordinate volunteers in the dry before the event. The ground has been wet for a few weeks so we are always making sure the funnel setup is safe for the finishers. The volunteers who set up and take down the funnel are so important to us, it is a job that is done early and if windy we tweak the design especially for any key signage that is required.

A good day, nice to see so many local visitors especially those from Seaford. We have a couple of students with us using parkrun towards their DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) award, volunteering within a group can help young people gain essential life skills something other young people who regularly support us are finding. This is great to see and thanks to all.




parkrun #135

Today was my first time as run director - I’m still not exactly sure how it happened but I guess my wife had something to do with it, as she always books me into things without telling me! When word got out that I was run director there was uproar amongst regular attendees wondering who would hold the coats, jumpers, keys, phones and wallets if I was no longer available for that role.

It was a perfect day for Parkrun with sunshine and a chill in the air and a great attendance as Seaford was cancelled and there were plenty of fabulous volunteers lined up.

On arrival the core team explained my role and supported me all morning so I knew what to do and when - thank you Martin Terry and Zingy. I was concerned about making a speech at the start as it was delayed due to parking issues but thankfully no one seemed to mind. I think I remembered the script and made all the correct health and safety announcements including the need to keep children at arms length.........thanks to the Runpal’s for stopping talking shushing everyone and listening to me and giving me a big cheer!

Well done to everyone that ran today- there were a lot of PBs going on including Allison who finally achieved the PB she’s been chasing with the help of Debbie!

I have worked in various volunteer roles before but when you do that you don’t see the whole picture. Being Run Director gave me the opportunity to get involved in everything required to make the event happen - it was great fun and it really brought home to me what an awesome family and community event Peacehaven parkrun is. Friendships are made and everyone supports one another - it’s quite different to many other parkruns that I have been to.

I would like to thank the core team again for their support and I can’t wait to volunteer as run director again.

Tim Brett


parkrun #134

Largest event other than New Years Day....

I hadn’t been run director for a while and Martin asked me pre-Christmas when I was going to RD again so I chose a date and didn’t give it much more thought as was probably apparent from my rambling briefing at the start. Standing on the set of steps, I did think there was a large number of people. Was it just the 20 runners from Portslade Hedgehoppers (complete with their flag) or was it a actually a lot of new people to parkrun and a lot of runners? It was a combination of all 3 - 194 parkrunners!

In my lack of preparation for RDing, I asked the Core team whilst they were busy setting up the finish funnel whether there were any special announcements this week. An anonymous person replied, “Yes, a group of runners from Polegate Grasshoppers are coming”. I thought about it for a few seconds and said “Do you mean Portslade Hedgehoppers?” which indeed it was. I ran with the Hedgehoppers for a few years so is always nice to see them over in Peacehaven and other events. Roy Taylor said to me afterwards he always looks bad in the group photos these days as he is always the last of them to finish and then they call him in straight in for a photo. I think you look fine Roy and I hope I am still running when I’m in my 80s. Well done you.

Of course, Run Pals were out in force. Its always great to have them at Peacehaven.

I’d like to share a fellow runner’s delight, Tracey set a new PB last week of sub 35 minutes, this week she proved that PB was here to stay by doing another sub 35 minutes. Fantastic work Tracey, here is to you and another fun year of hopefully more PBs and enjoying running.

Thank you to all the volunteers out on Saturday and working in the background, updating facebook, washing the hi-viz, and all the other things you do. Thank you. Here are some photos from Saturday.

I also want to just do a shout out for the 25/1/2020. We are extremely short of volunteers on this day, please, please come and volunteer. Nothing is difficult and there is always someone who will show you what you need to do. There are many roles which enable you to run as well as volunteer. If you can volunteer and assist with pre and post event set up on the 25/1/2020 please come as well on the 18/1/2020 so you can see how the finish funnel is set up and some other items. Many hands make light work and all that.

Thank you all too for listening during my ramble about VI runners and giving them space in front and to the side, if you need to over take. It is difficult to judge the distance and the guide is on the outer edge of the path so giving an extra few feet before cutting in, is much appreciated. Alison has been tripped before on the Prom previously. If you can for the short distance it takes the VI and guide to pass, not running in 2's and 3's when doing the section out to the cone and back is much appreciated too. But I do also appreciate its nice to have a chat when you are parkrunning.

Enough of my ramblings, I’m aiming to volunteer as RD again soon. Anyone wanting to give Run Director a try as well, let one of the Core team know and we can do it together.

Happy running



parkrun #125

On a wet and cold morning, we have some comfort in being inside our container storage unit for a short time. This is a perfect spot to see the latecomers and get the last bits ready for the event. On this sort of morning people do not want to chance standing around for a long time and tend to arrive quite late and hence parking late is generally not straight forward.

The numbers quickly grow and suddenly we have 85 people standing there hoping the briefing is quick and they can get moving. With the Run Director now doing the first timers briefing as well as the general briefing this shortens the time, getting the right place to stand and avoid the weather is another challenge. I chose to stand closer to the café which helps for everyone to hear.

Amazingly we have only another 4 events before Xmas, Martin put a 12 week challenge out recently to get new volunteers which we are always in need of. The “Alternative Course” is getting good feedback, people running in opposite directions passing each other produces natural encouragement, we almost have running marshals offering support.

Tim Brett found himself particularly busy in collecting tops from people near the café, it is surprising how on a wet cool day that you can hot very quickly, we have this week invested in new plastic storage containers which will help. Each role we have is interesting, timekeepers ensuring they keep in sync, number checker trying to write effectively in the wet, the handing out of finish tokens in sequence worried that you start from the wrong end or you have cold fingers. I am not trying to put people off as this is what we enjoy and there is absolutely no pressure on anyone doing any job.

One of our regulars Morgan Munch Geal ran his 99th Peacehaven parkrun and his 100th parkrun, next weekend he will be doing his 100th Peacehaven parkrun so we need to cheer him on again. It was my 100th volunteering event, how quickly has that gone, I have been fortunate enough to walk 11 as well and it is a privilege to support this great event.

A big thank you again to the core team for their commitment and all our helpers who regularly challenge themselves against the elements although as I mentioned on Saturday, rain and wind is most unusual in Peacehaven.



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