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.

Regards

Terry

 

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

Helen

 
 

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.

 

Terry

 
 

parkrun #118

 

Why I love Peacehaven, The week that had it all......

 

We are so fortunate, here at Peacehaven to have such a great Core Team of volunteers, who always give so freely of their time for the benefit of all parkrunners. Over recent weeks, we have noticed that the number of additional volunteers we require on a weekly basis, had fallen away slightly. This week was no different by Wednesday lunchtime we didn't have a single volunteer. So we issued a passionate appeal for help, and true to form you wonderful people came forward and filled the roster to overflowing within a couple of hours. Hopefully this will continue over the coming weeks.

By Friday we had so many volunteers, that I was in a quite unusual position of offering some of the Core Team the chance to "stand down" from volunteering, let others take their place and enjoy a run themselves...

During the course of the week, we also received some exciting news, that we would be receiving a visit from parkrun "royalty" in the coming weeks. So here is a quiet little piece of advanced notification to keep Saturday 2nd November free. As you are aware parking can be a little difficult at times, so I would strongly advise an early arrival on this day....

Anyway, back to Saturday, and just as we thought the week had fallen perfectly into place, I received a call an hour before the event advising me that the Run Director had been taken ill and was unable to attend. I didn't want to stop any of the core team that I had promised a run to, so there was only one option I had to step in.

The weather throughout the course of the week had definitely taken a turn for the worse, and summer seemed like a distant memory. From early in the morning we had had torrential rain and strong winds. Inevitably there was surface water and puddles everywhere. The home straight resembled an olympic steeplechase water jump, without the hurdle...

As always our policy with puddles is to clearly mark them and leave the parkrunners to decide for themselves as to whether they swerve to avoid or just run straight through.... This week the main puddle attracted the attention of a large group of children who lined the puddle and were shouting "through the puddle". The looks of disappointment on their tiny faces when runners went around were matched by the squeals of excitement when runners ran through and tried to create a little splash for them.

It was also really nice to welcome a large party of Vegan runners, this week. They also brought with them a small group of supporters who provided vocal encouragement, as they passed the cafe. As the team pointed out in their "thanks" to Peacehaven post on social Media, they managed to fill the first & last positions with an even spread thoughout.

A special mention to two of the Vegan runners who completed milestone runs this week. Mary Daly who completed parkrun number 100 and also to Cheryl Ferreira who completed her 50th parkrun.

A moment that gave one of the Vegan runners cause to chuckle was when someone shouted at them, as they ran past that there would be a lettuce waiting for them at the finish, (and No, it wasn't me!!).... Imagine the disappointment when this promise was not fulfilled. We certainly look forward to your next visit.

This event also saw us make the transition from using the old barcode scanners to the new and preferred option, which is the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app.  The two barcode scanners were both nervous about this and insisted on having the backup of the old scanners in their buckets. However, having settled into the event  both found it to be so much better. I think the comment that was passed was "It's faster than a checkout at Lidl")... So guess from now that will be our preferred method of scanning. But, before anyone asks we will still only scan, printed barcodes or wristbands.

This morning we had the pleasure of two new Tail walkers. They both told us how they enjoyed a lovely morning walking and talking as they carried out their role. They even had enough energy left to jog most of the last lap. Thank you ladies, much appreciated.

As always, a lovely morning spent with the best volunteers and parkrunners....

 

The last task that always has to be done, is to process the results. You can imagine the horror I felt when I connected the watches to the computer and both watches were displaying "000". The thrill of the morning was just about to be wiped out with having to publish the dreaded "No Result". Thankfully, the information was stored, just a completely "new display" to me was being shown........Phew

And that was the week as it played out. Here we are again now ready to do it all again for you for next week. Thank you for your support and please continue to reply to our posts with you offers of help. Zingy will be your Run Director next week, and she will appreciate all of your help.

 

Martin

 

Oh.....think I forgot to mention the person who will be visiting us. None other than the legend that is Dame Kelly Holmes..... now you wouldn't want to miss that would you?

 

 

Volunteers

Over recent weeks we have found it increasingly more difficult to fill all of the Volunteer roles required. We have also repeatedly appealed on a Saturday morning for additional Volunteers to come forward.for the following weeks. We have also introduced our White board for athletes to register their offer to help.

We are extremely fortunate that we have a very good, but small, nucleus of volunteers that have so unselfishly sacrificed their running, for the benefit of others. However, I also feel that these kind people should also have the opportunity to run, occasionally.

A lot of events suggest that if all athletes volunteer maybe three times a year, then it spreads the responsibility fairly. Certainly people should not feel intimidated that any of the roles are difficult. I can guarantee that just about anybody could do any of the roles. However, people do have their preferences as to what they like to do. There are even roles that can be done which allow you to run as well.....

We are so fortunate to have such a fantastic group of volunteers and runners, which makes our event so friendly and welcoming. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to everyone's lovely nature. Next time you think, "I can't run this week"....please consider "I can volunteer this week"

Please.... try it just once, and I guarantee you that the thrill of helping someone else is far greater than anything you can achieve for yourself.......

I look forward to being inundated with offers of help. A problem that somehow I will find a way to deal with.......

 

Peacehaven parkrun #113

 

A glorious Saturday morning and my 100th parkrun, if anyone had told me 3 years ago that I would complete 100 parkruns, I would have said that they were dreaming. I had never been a runner but when I heard that parkrun were training people to be guide runners I pricked up my ears and thought I would give it a go. Helen Todd volunteered to start running with me and at first we ran around the local streets and then Helen suggested we gave Hove Prom parkrun a go. I was very apprehensive but agreed to go along. After that we did a few more parkruns at Hove Prom and then I was delighted when Peacehaven parkrun started. The team at Peacehaven are great and as well as thanking Helen for all her encouragement and support, I would like to thank all those who have volunteered to guide me over the past 2 years and enabled me to now be a member of the parkrun 100 club.

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Not only was Saturday my 100th parkrun, but we also saw Nicole Taylor break the record for the fastest female at Peacehaven with a finish time of 17.23 minutes. I think most of us felt the draught as Nicole ran past! Congratulations and well done Nicole and thank you for visiting Peacehaven parkrun.

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Another first for Saturday was Steve Dickson’s first time as Run Director and what a great job he did, along with all the other volunteers who help make Peacehaven parkrun possible.

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Shortly after Peacehaven parkrun started, I persuaded my friend Carol Moore, who has a physical disability, to come along and marshall. Carol is now a regular marshalling from her bench shortly after the skate board park. Like me, Carol loves parkrun and there are not many weeks she misses. It is a lovely start to a Saturday morning and certainly worth getting up early for, although when it is cold, wet and windy I may often think differently, but always feel good for getting out and taking part.

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My partner Mick Etheridge has also now started to get involved, initially he wasn’t interested in marshalling or running, but after coming along to the Christmas Day parkrun, he has volunteered and run it a few times with Helen guiding him. It’s amazing how infectious parkrun soon becomes. It never ceases to amaze me how popular parkrun is. I am always telling friends how good it is and that even if someone doesn’t want to run they can come along and walk or marshall.

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I am conscious that I have only completed 100 parkruns thanks to those who have volunteered to guide me, I now want to be able to volunteer more myself and hope some day soon to with support, have a go at being Run Director and also giving the first timers briefing, though what people will think when being given directions from a blind person I am not quite sure, though I believe that after 75 runs at Peacehaven, I know the course as well as anyone else.

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Thank you all for taking the time to read this and look forward to meeting you all again next week........

Alison x

 

 

Peacehaven parkrun #110

The expected wind didn’t fail to let us down. Seaford Beach parkrun was cancelled early so we expected a number of visitors from some of our old regular participants and former volunteers.

The posts we use for our finish funnel stayed in the hut and in their place out came the large cones which take a lot of moving and generally stand up in bad weather.  For once the signs on poles were a waste of time trying to hold them with incredibly strong gusts was impossible.

Amazingly we had a good number turn up and the usual spirit was there, the third lap up the grass slope into the wind is the hardest point, if you run up this hill on the last lap you have done extremely well and right at the top a nice puddle awaits you when it is wet.

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There were 84 people attending, 17 first timers, 7 PB’s and two special visitors all the way from Canada who both spoke to me after their run. Although there are events in Canada they are not in their local area so the trip to the UK to see family is welcoming, they really enjoyed the course.

Our storage unit is always of great value when the weather is bad, stepping out into reality once we get prepared can be a shock, and this is mid-summer. It is good to see people coming forward to volunteer using our strategically placed white board, this  has been very useful.

You have to admire the tail walkers, Dawn and Milene took the reins this week and you could see the relief when finishing with the conditions this bad, they were just 2 of many volunteers who we are extremely grateful for week in week out.

Regards, Terry

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