Run 402

It was a pleasure to welcome Sam Croker-Green from the FMG Project to Preston Park this morning. Sam told us about the excellent work they do in Brighton to motivate and inspire young people through running and exercise.   We are proud to support any local initiatives that may get more people out to parkrun in future. Parkrunners are welcome to join them on their Thursday evening runs in the city centre www.runthelanes.co.uk

Here is the week in numbers:

  • 390 people ran, jogged and walked
  • 34 of you were new to Preston Park; we hope you enjoyed your visit and we’ll see you again soon.
  • 16 of that 34 were attending their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family. We are confident that if you come back for a second week, you’ll be hooked!
  • 6 Milestone runs were recorded this week. Congratulations to Harry Blood (10), James Babajide (25), Andrew Bown (25), Dino Giordanelli (25) and Sarah Gillespie (50)! Special mention (and kudos) to Steve Tinson, who notched up parkrun number 300 today. Seriously impressive!
  • 86.61% was the highest age graded run today. Congratulations to Nicky Yeates who was also celebrating her 10th parkrun anniversary.
  • 34 Volunteers made the magic happen. We need volunteers each week. Please consider giving it a try if you haven’t already. It is easy, fun and great way to meet other parkrunners. If you can help in coming weeks, please email us prestonpark@parkrun.com

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston Park parkrun, Brighton Results Page.

Look forward to seeing you all again next week, same time, same place.

 

Run 400

Let's all meet up in the year 2000.... tonight we're going to party like it's 1999... I would walk 500 miles... 99 red balloons

The lyrical world is awash with literally thousands a hand full of songs around numbers and milestones.

Yet apparently none appropriate for us reaching the ground total of 400 parkruns at Preston park (not including 2k parkruns on Sunday) this week.

Our first one was back in April 2013, and while many regular runners and helpers were there I was tucked up in bed oblivious to its existence, so perhaps mercifully no long winded stories of how it went. You can see photos of the day here on our (somewhat neglected) flickr page. And you can see a full list of our past events here.

We also saw our 150,000 finisher this week, I'll leave you to do the maths to see if it was you who can claim this fame. In fact by 10am this Saturday the finish line has been crossed 150,285 times.

Back to this week, it was a warm (a bit too much so) and sunny day this Saturday. 433 finishers, 21 running their first parkrun (welcome!), 13 running at Preston park for the first time, and 47 personal bests. Well done to all.

And a reminder, when crossing the finish line, do stay in the same order (while moving down the funnel as quick as possible), don't duck out the funnel and do take a finish token - even if you don't have a barcode or not interested in your time. Not taking a token and 'funnel ducking' can both put the finish times out of sync for everyone who follows. For someone near the back, this can mean getting a time several minutes out from what they should be.

Back to the celebrations we also had several milestones

  • Paul Mortimer (150)
  • Clare Jarvis (150)
  • Aidan Harvey (50)
  • Philippa Law (50)
  • Robyn Lumas (25)
  • Richard Ablett (25)
  • Nicky Hall (25)

Again, congratulations to all.

Finally, have you volunteered recently? If not, perhaps drop us an email to volunteer soon, it would be very much appreciated, and it helps the event to run smoothy.

Until next time...

 

Run Report #399 – Don’t forget to thank the volunteers!

With the long jubilee weekend, lots of people away on holiday and damp start to the morning, we had a more modest than usual 292 runners, joggers and walkers today.
Welcome to the 25 were first timers, including 6 of you attending your fist ever parkrun. We hope to see you again soon.
Despite the blustery wind, an impressive 15 of you recorded new Personal Bests.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Tim CARDER • Cheryl COSTELLO • Anne MINERS • Peter CROWHURST • David ROBINSON • Linda MACCALLUM STEWART • Chris ARCHER • Andrew CLARK • Steve ROONEY • James SMYTH • Kirstin BAKER • Chris THOMAS • Nathalie ROUQUET • Eve ELEY • Gabriel MORGAN • Ted WISKAR • Sandra MORGAN • Isaac MARLEY • Pete SOUTHERN • Shelley DAVEY • Robin DAVEY • Noah WILMSHURST • Sue FURDAS • Nour NASHED • Stanley BRADLEY SCOTT • Dylan PARKER-REES • Kian MASON-WILLIAMS
Thanks to every one of them and apologies that the volunteers did not get a thank you at the start (I was trying to remember too much at once!) We need volunteers every week to make the magic happen. All the roles are straightforward and fun. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parkrunners too. If you would like to help, please email prestonpark@parkrun.com
Next week, we celebrate our 400th parkrun at Preston Park. We started in April 2013 and have grown into a big community of runners, joggers and walkers. Over 17,000 people have completed a parkrun here, and the finish line has been crossed almost 150,000 times. More on all of that next week.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston Park parkrun, Brighton Results Page.
See you all next week, Chalet Café, 9:00am
Chris T
Run Director

 

Report for May 28

For our 398th event 397 people finished, if only 1 more person had been there!

Some milestones this week, Tim Carder and Mike Salsbury reached 250, Tim's were 134 at PP, 68 at Hove Park and the rest at 24
different events, Mike joined us on our 12 week and has run 238 times at PP!

Also congratulations to Clare Kitchen & Michael Harman (100), Nicholas Johnson & Dean Moynan (50) and Jenny Haufek (25).

Well done to the 16 first timers and welcome to 14 people visiting us.

Next Saturday, we aren't organising anything special for the Jubilee weekend, but if you would like to wear your union jack shorts or favourite tiara then please do!

Here's a video of the finish funnel in full flow, can you spot yourself?
If you wonder why we have a long funnel, it provides a buffer so that if handing out tokens slows down there's still space for everyone to cross the finish line unimpeded. We shorten it at the start and finish, but it needs to be long in the busy mid 20s period (sorry if you're having to do the full loops!)

Finish Funnel

As always, thanks to the volunteers, mail us prestonpark@parkrun.com if you'd like to help - post Covid restrictions we're back to token sorting at the cafe which is a good opportunity to be able to run, help and have a chat, also we often need a couple more people to help packing up the finish funnel, you can mail or just tell us on the day. Thanks

John

 

#397 Yogi and John hit the big 300!

Well done to the 451 people who ran, jogged and walked at Preston Park this morning, supported by 30 volunteers who deserve the biggest round of applause (and are all named below). If you want to see your name in future reports and to feel the love of hundreds of happy runners, you can get in touch via Facebook, email or add your name to the board on a Saturday.

John and Yogi celebrating their 300th run at Preston Park in style. You need never get bored being a volunteer as there are a host of different roles and always a chance to have a banter with the rest of the high-vis adorned gang.

John and Yogi celebrating their 300th run at Preston Park in style.

Yogi watch

Today’s runners included 38 first timers, 65 who recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 27 different clubs, mainly local, but with a smattering of tourists. Being my 25th parkrun I volunteered to be the 25 minute pacer, because I’m a bit geeky that way. I’m hoping my run report is better than my pacing as because my only other pacing attempt was 20 secs over I set off fast and ended up 39 secs under. This was a happy accident for me as I got a course PB and perhaps my poor pacing worked out well for some others too as there were 8 more PBs around the 24-25min mark. But apologies to anyone who had been hoping for a more reliable pacer!

Arnaud Burrow, Milly Jaffe and Caroline Hill joined me in completing their 25th parkrun, but we’re all playing catch-up with Tam Lachlan, Robert Jessop and Alex Lambeth who all clocked up their 50th. And there was an amazing milestone for John Mountney and Yogi who were running at Preston Park for the 300th time! That’s amazing when you consider that this was event number 397, getting seriously close to event 400 now.
Our 30 wonderful volunteers today were:

Andrew HAIG • David ROBINSON • Adam PENWARDEN • Linda MACCALLUM STEWART • Nicky YEATES • John MOUNTNEY • Liz TOLLFREE • Steve ROONEY • Nicola SWANSON • Rob BARTLETT • Eleanor SCOTLAND • Geoff FINCH • Chris THOMAS • Andy KNIGHT • Eve ELEY • Shona CAMPBELL • Paige RICHARDSON • Gabriel MORGAN • Ted WISKAR • Sarah MAYFIELD • Pete SOUTHERN • Vicki LADER • Shelley DAVEY • Russell SMITH • Lucy TYRRELL • Stanley BRADLEY SCOTT • Jared MASTERS • Dylan PARKER-REES • Harry TAYLOR • Kian MASON-WILLIAMS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston Park parkrun, Brighton Results Page.
The male record is held by Finn MCNALLY who recorded a time of 14:47 on 28th November 2015 (event number 133).
The female record is held by Katy HEDGETHORNE who recorded a time of 17:22 on 30th June 2018 (event number 265).
The Age Grade course record is held by Geraldine MOFFAT who recorded 94.34% (19:27) on 14th August 2021 (event number 358).
Preston Park parkrun, Brighton started on 20th April 2013. Since then 16,950 participants have completed 149,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 745,810 km, including 22,692 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,458 individuals have volunteered 10,439 times.

Shona Campbell

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