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.
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.
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?
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.......
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this and look forward to meeting you all again next week........
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.
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.
No matter what the weather its always great to take part in Saturday morning parkrun, whether you’re running or volunteering. This week our 105th event saw the sun shining with hardly a cloud in the sky, great weather for the volunteers, probably a bit hot for the participants.
We had a good gathering of parkrunners, two of whom were visiting from the west country. A lady from Bristol, it was also her first ever parkrun, and a gentleman from Salisbury who enjoyed the event and made a point of coming up to thank us at the end of his run.
The run briefing details the usual important parkrun rules which we ask runners to adhere to for their safety and that of other park users. We also include other information, so always make sure that you listen carefully. This week we introduced our new Volunteer Sign Up board. This is so that you can let us know if you are able to help the following week.
The Core Team are always looking at ways to ensure the safety of the runners and park users alike. This week we changed the position of the funnel leading to the finishing line. As we enter it, it now veers to the right thus avoiding collisions between finishers and park users. This also allows finishers to manoeuvre safely into the Gateway Café for their well-earned post-run drinks. We have also made sure that there is still plenty of room left to cheer in all finishers. It worked quite well, and with a few minor tweaks in the coming weeks I'm sure we will get it right. We will always make sure that there is an enthusiastic, trusty volunteer at the entrance to guide the runners safely through.
Another new introduction that we made, following requests from parkrunners was that the Marshal at the entrance to the funnel and at the end of each lap, now has the parkrun timekeeping app on their phone and would give out split times to runners who wanted to know their lap times. This worked well for those who don’t have their own watch/timers.
As we are always in need of volunteers to ensure our event runs safely and smoothly, we put out a call asking people to sign up either in the usual way by going into the Peacehaven parkrun Facebook Volunteers page or by putting their name down on our “New White Board” which is prominently positioned by the "Volunteer Office" before the event and by the end of the funnel, for when parkrunners have completed their run. Please remember that as a volunteer you are making a difference and giving back to the event. We regularly email our park runners, so to guarantee you are contacted please "opt in" to receiving emails from Peacehaven parkrun, as well as adding your name to our white board. You will then be contacted.
All in all, our 105th event ran smoothly this week. Thanks to everyone for turning up and to our brilliant volunteers.
This week we welcomed 91 of you, who ran, jogged or walked the course. We had a wonderful 12 of you who were either first timers or on your first visit to Peacehaven parkrun and 16 of you managed Personal Bests! Well done to ALL of you and "Thank You" for joining with us.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Dawn PAUL • Zingy THETHO • Martin CROMBIE • Terry PARRIS • Lisa DICKSON • Francesca PARRIS • Jeff YOUNG • Melanie TURNER • Clive WILLIAMS • Steve DICKSON • Carol MOORE • Ollie SPRAGUE • Steve SPRAGUE • Aidan FORRISTAL • Chris PULLAN • Stephen STANDEN
Here are some interesting statistics for you all...
Peacehaven parkrun started on 20th May 2017.
We have had a Total of 11,963 finishers.
We have had 2,599 different participants
We have had 2,557 Personal Bests
A total distance of 59,815 km has been covered.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Peacehaven parkrun Results Page.
Hope you all have a great week. See you next Saturday and ……. Don’t forget your Barcodes!
To mark a year since the start of the collaboration between Royal College of GPs and parkrun, GPs up and down the UK were encouraged to pledge to promote and take part in parkrun on June 1st. Over 2000 GPs are said to have pledged to take part. As a parkrun enthusiast for years, I had already linked our practice with Peacehaven’s event, and we have been actively involved as a practice since October, regularly fielding 5-10 staff, their friends and families, and hopefully inspiring patients to give it a go.
So, to give something back to the organisers, we put up a dozen volunteers for a parkrun Takeover. Martin made me Run Director for the day (gave me a megaphone and a script) and with the help of Lisa, Zingy, and other experienced volunteers, made it all go smoothly.
Hi-vis jackets were donned and our receptionists, care navigators, prescription clerks, paramedic practitioner, data manager, and business coordinator became marshals, beepers, and timekeepers for the day. After all admitting to nerves at first, everyone took to their roles and before we knew it the run was taking off under a perfect blue sky.
Dry underfoot there were no issues with grip off the paths but the uphill track was as uphill as ever. The absence of wind was a blessing around the exposed path by the skate park. However the sun was strong, the temperature was already over 20C. It was a hot work out for the fastest and a stifling long walk for others. But the summery scene, the sound of the birds and the smell of coffee from the cafe, who deliberately left the doors wide open, to entice us. All of these things made it a very special event at which to volunteer.
Enormous thanks to my team from Quayside Medical Practice, in Newhaven, but our thanks too to the Peacehaven parkrun organisers, for making things so easy on our Takeover. I can thoroughly recommend volunteering. If you can, do a Takeover, with workmates, club members, family, or just a few pals who you want to get involved with parkrun, please do not hesitate in going forward.
See you all again soon.
Dr Paul N Moore
Wow what a coincidence ..... A joint celebration, our 100th Event on our 2nd Anniversary.
The spirit of parkrun was here in abundance. A significant milestone for us in reaching our 2nd year and our 100th event. This was surprisingly coincidental and wasn’t arranged by us in any way. There were no complaints as the celebration cake was more than adequate for a double celebration and a good way to finish the day off.
The sun truly shone on us and the 123 people taking part. Amongst the runners, THREE of our core team, Jeanette Gunn, Melanie Turner & the effervescent Zingy were completing their 50th parkruns. Quite an amazing achievement really considering that they always seem to be doing one of our key volunteer roles. However, this week we insisted that they run together to achieve their milestone on our "Special" morning. They even slowed their pace sufficiently to let Martin run with them. As with so many of the volunteers, we are always so grateful for those that are prepared to sacrifice their runs for the benefit of others.
We also subsequently found out that two of our regular runners Gem Hamilton and Gemma Foulkes, also reached the same landmark on the morning.
Another amazing coincidence was that, on our 100th event, Martin has attended and volunteered at all 100, finished in 100th position. It is amazing to think that he has attended every event, an incredible commitment from him. We are so grateful to the commitment of Martin & Leanne who put a lot of hard work and energy in to setting up Peacehaven parkrun. We are also grateful for the ongoing efforts to sustain and grow the event.to achieve this 50 milestone and Martin accompanied them around the course so a great achievement for them all.
It was also great to welcome back Simon Heath, who has moved away and not been with us for a while. He has held the course record at Peacehaven for quite some time now. Speculation was growing that he might be seeking to break the 16 minute barrier. We all kept half an eye on him as he glided effortlessly around the course. It just wasn't to be on this morning as his time was close to his personal best. At least we know he will be back soon to challenge that time once again.
It is always good to see tourists but very unusual to have people who have travelled so far, Nick and Joy joined us from Tasmania, friends of Victoria and Lance Maleski who have both been great supporters of Peacehaven, they thoroughly enjoyed their day and were very complementary.
It was great to see the Gateway café win local business awards, very justified. We know how fortunate we are in having this facility for our use. A big thank you to all those that regularly take part as without you it wouldn’t happen.
We look forward to the next milestones, and hope that once again we get to see many familiar faces.
It was good to see Lisa Dickson getting a run in today. She is one of our stalwart volunteers and spends her Saturday mornings, more often than not, in hi-viz. Taking a break from running was regular attender Alison Evans who was on finish tokens and was ably assisted by Carol Moore. Alison said she knew when she had to hand out a token as she could hear the heavy breathing of the runners as they made their way down the finish funnel – there were some seriously big finishes!
Many thanks for bearing with us as we processed the results. I hope we have them all correct now. If not, please get in touch and we will sort this out.
As a run director, you are dependent on the volunteers on the day to ensure everything goes smoothly. Today was no exception with the fantastic volunteers stepping up to their roles to ensure the runners had a great experience. Huge thanks to each of you for making my job such an easy one. It was lovely to see some new faces and people trying out new roles all of which they made look easy. Without the volunteers we couldn't host the parkrun so please do consider volunteering from time to time. Oh and did we mention there’s a purple t-shirt for volunteering 25 times? https://www.parkrun.org.uk/peacehaven/volunteer/
And finally, next week is our 100th run. Please do come along and use the occasion to invite friends and relatives to try our course. The more the merrier and #DFYB!
This was posted on our Facebook page, first thing this morning. Hopefully there was enough in it to make you smile and not believe it......
Just in case you missed it, here it is again......
We have some very exciting news....
Peacehaven parkrun has been selected as one of a limited number of events in the UK to take part in an innovative new scheme.
Whilst parkrun will always offer a free weekly timed 5k run for all. There are those that now no longer find this challenging enough. Others are looking for longer distances as part of training plans.
With this in mind, it has been decided to offer a parkrun membership package, offering various "extras". There are various "Upgrade" packages that parkrun will be trialling, across the country.
We have been selected to trial the Platinum Membership.
With the Platinum Membership you will have the following additional benefits.
- You can now run 10k
- A guaranteed starting position at the front.
- Water stations at 4k and 8k
- Priority scanning at the finish.
- Barcodes accepted from mobile phones.
- Each 10k run will earn 2 run credits. This will allow you to reach your milestone T-shirts quicker.
The cost to each park runner opting to "upgrade" their weekly run will be a small donation of £1. To comply with parkrun rules, we will not be able to accept cash payments. It will be necessary to go to the new page on our website and make the donation online. Once your payment has been received you will need to print the large barcode.
This is your receipt and will also need to be pinned to your running top on the following Saturday morning, as proof of your participation in the trial.
We are limited to the number of participants able to take part on a weekly basis. Places will be decided on a first come first served basis.
We have managed to make almost all of the necessary adaptations that have been required of us. Unfortunately there is one requirement that so far has proved logistically more difficult to implement.
A requirement for longer distance running, especially on warmer occasions is to provide runners with the facility to run through water sprays to help cool them. We have not been able to get the approval from the Town Council to have this installed in time.
As a temporary measure "Wee Steve" has very kindly offered to offer a temporary solution. This will be an area where water can be sprayed on runners through a hosepipe.
This Saturday will be our first week on the trial, so if you are interested, let us know.