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

#IWD International Women’s Day – 7th March 2020

parkrun celebrate on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England, #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

Keep an eye out for our Social Media posts in the lead up to the event - we’d love it if you could share them to help us encourage as many women and girls as possible to join us on the day.

Men welcome too!

 

Run Report 01/02/2020 by Steve Weston

 

parkrun number 29 for me today, 28 of which have been at the fantastic Southwick Country Park.
First I must say thank you to everybody for making me parkrunner of the month for January! What a massive surprise this is to me.
I have been coming to Southwick parkrun for just over a year now, after being invited along by Samantha Collinson who was already a regular.
This did fill me with a little feeling of apprehension as I had never run in a ‘group’ type format before. My only experience had been completing an obstacle course ‘race’ (more of a challenge) in 2014. That in itself had been my motivation to get out and run having signed up with friends for a laugh...so figured had best do a bit to not look silly.

With all that in the past I can say I definitely developed a passion for running and being able to do it at an organised event every week is just amazing. What ever feeling of apprehension I had when I started was quickly put to bed as the team - all of you who run, walk, pace, volunteer, organise and generally support are fantastic. Every week, whatever the weather, people are friendly, welcoming and very supportive.

The run today was every bit the same, we were even blessed with some sunshine! A welcome break from the colder weeks starting the new year. Shorts and t shirt weather for sure
I’m always amazed at the number of ‘First Timers’ who come to Southwick and in sure its the same at other parkruns across the country, its just goes to show that its never too late or too soon to start, Just today I spoke with a father and son team starting their parkrun journey....just brilliant to see.

From the impressive 16 minute runners to the tail walkers and all of us in between, we are all out there pushing to do our best, beating those personal goals or just enjoying being out every Saturday morning running with colleagues and friends. No matter what your level, ones thing for sure, you will always be welcome to join the Southwick parkrun Family.

Todays run was made possible by a team of 24 volunteers, overseen by run director Jeanette Sims.

Todays run had 248 participants, of which 27 were first timers, and 34 recorded new PB’s..massive congratulations to you all

A final thank you from me personally, to all the volunteers who make this event possible every week, without this dedication we would not have the fantastic event that we do.
And for awarding me parkrunner of the month....Thank you.

 

Run Report: 25th January 2020 by John Clark

A SHOUT OUT FOR OUR SUPER DofE VOLUNTEERS

This week’s run report is about our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme volunteers.

The DofE award involves three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and within each level there are four distinct sections, one of which is volunteering to help people, the community or society. For this section they can choose to do their volunteering with our Southwick Parkrun. For Bronze they do 13 or 26 hours of volunteering over three or six months, for Silver its 26 hours over six months and for Gold its 52 hours over 12 months.

Almost 50 DofE participants have chosen to do one or more levels of their volunteering with our Parkrun. That’s a lot of volunteer hours!

At today’s Parkrun we had three DofE volunteers; Benjamin Hails and Gil Nott on barcode scanning and Alexander Ross on timekeeping. Thank you.

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Today’s DofE volunteers, Gil, Alexander and Benjamin

Benjamin has just started his Bronze.

Alexander has completed his Bronze and is now on his Silver

Gil did six months for his Bronze and is now doing 12 months for his Gold. So for him a total 78 hours volunteering over 18 months. Great.

Thank you to our DofE volunteers

We often struggle to get sufficient volunteers for our parkrun to go ahead so your reliable and regular volunteer support is so important. Your support is really appreciated and you have covered every volunteering role except Run Director.

It is a joy to see the commitment you and your fellow DofE volunteers give to your volunteering. This week’s run report writer is an early (1959 vintage) DofE participant and I can say that you will never forget your DofE experience, the sense of achievement it gives you and most of all the sheer enjoyment.

Today’s parkrun

We had 290 taking part, 32 volunteers, 43 PBs and 39 first timers. That’s all of 177 first timers since New Year’s Day.

So for those first timers new to parkrun: Welcome and hope you enjoy your parkrunning.

Our Top Tourist today was Sarah Offer from Tunbridge Wells, joining us with her Bradford on Avon friend, first timer Susie Kern. Hope you both enjoyed your morning.

I love to see the youngsters enjoy running with their families. What happy enthusiastic sounds you make. Amongst others, today we had seven year old Benjamin, nine year old Felix and nine year old Isobel, all running with their Dads. What a lovely start to a family weekend. Well done Isobel – thought you was wearing your Mum’s 50 milestone shirt but turned out to be you. Must be a few milestone records looming in years to come!

Changes looming!

Well we are about to get new pink volunteer tabards – the old yellow ones will not be thrown away – they are being recycled.

The second change is to the ‘end of run’ barcode scanning. Our DofE volunteer Gil has been a bit of a ‘Barcode Scanner Ambassador’ and over the past few parkruns has been testing a new mobile phone app for barcode scanning. He says the new app is really good and he has not had a single barcode scanning failure or error. It is quick, helps volunteers ensure everything is correct, and is unaffected by sunlight.

So for we runners, providing we keep our barcodes in good condition, no more having to do manual recording and we will have faster scanning, less queuing and for our volunteers less hassle. And the biggest benefit of all? Every week volunteers stay behind to process the results. Manual recording of barcodes and correcting errors takes time to rectify. So the new app means our ‘post run’ volunteers can get off home earlier.

Thank you Gil for doing the testing.

And so back to our DofE volunteers

From we parkrunners to our DofE volunteers past, present and future: You are a great bunch and such a help to us; have fun, enjoy your DofE and thank you for choosing to volunteer with us here at Southwick Parkrun.

John Clark

 

 

Run Report 11th Jan 2020 by Sean Price

An amazing welcome awaited White Horse Health Centre when they arrived at Southwick Country park on Saturday.  White Horse Health Centre (WHHC) are the first of, what we hope will be, many GP practices to sign up to "parkrun Practice" an initiative designed to help parkrun and GP surgeries partner up and create greater awareness of how running can benefit the Health and Wellbeing, both physically and mentally, of many people.

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Here are the healthcare professionals from WHHC with Run Director for the day, Sean Price.  If you know of a GP practice that maybe interested please get them to email southwickcountrypark@parkrun.com

This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 awesome volunteers without whom there would be no parkrun:

Sean PRICE • Fiona PRICE • Frank LAMERTON • Martin PEARCE • Catherine GREENLAND • Tony DUNFORD • Judy Samantha SCHOLS • Benjamin HAILS • Paul WARNER • Jorja WARNER • Gil NOTT • Eloise NICE • Cathy WARNER • Eileen FARRELL • Jerry CLARK • Rebecca BRACEY • Jenna LOVELOCK • Jeanette SIMS • George SAWYER • Wendy MARCHANT • Dawn SAWYER • Colin SAWYER • Alexander BUNNEY • James HILL • Amanda ELLIOTT • Alexander ROSS • Bernadette ROSS

If you would like to volunteer in the near future please email southwickcountrypark@parkrun.com

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southwick Country parkrun Results Page.

Southwick Country parkrun started on 3rd September 2011. Since then 11,238 participants have completed 84,615 parkruns covering a total distance of 423,075 km, including 14,452 new Personal Bests. A total of 972 individuals have volunteered 9,650 times.

 

Run report by Toni Clark – 4th Jan 2020

First and foremost, Happy New Year
I will start off by saying congratulations to my "better half", Jerry Clark, who did his first stint as Run Director.
One of his first jobs was to announce the 100th "Runner of the Month" - massive congratulations to Eloise Nice. Great day for her as she also managed a PB.
There was a total of 318 runners, 47 of whom were first timers (let's hope we see them on a regular basis)
Romping home with a speedy 17.51 was John Reed, and a impressive 33 runners went home happy with a PB.
Milestones celebrated this week were:
Gill Perry doing her 350th parkrun - wow and congratulations, Isabelle Newble - 50th parkrun and our very own Sean Price also celebrated being a volunteer 400 times!

A very hearty thanks as always to all the volunteers who give up their time so that we can partake in parkrun safely.

The weather was very generous to us and it seemed very weird to see people stripping off and running in T shirts and shorts, especially this time of year.
Luckily the water had dried up quite a bit so the course was not so mucky as I thought it would be so suppose I will have to put my sluggishness down to wine and cheese.
I'm hoping to get my times down this year so if you see me on the course, please give me a shout out, any encouragement gratefully received.