Uckfield parkrun Event number 20, 14 September 2019, by Deborah Dixon

The summer just keeps on coming and it was a great morning for Uckfield’s 20th parkrun.
This week I am going to concentrate on the volunteers, without whom parkrun  would not happen. Remember, you can volunteer and also take part in the run - there are jobs before and after 9am. For me, volunteering to help set up it makes sure I get up on a Saturday morning and have no excuses for ignoring my alarm. And I always also run - it is definitely true that you always feel better at the end of the 5k, hill and all, being cheered on to the funnel.
Our volunteers come in all ages Image
and as you can see are kitted out in bespoke high viz.
Look under the volunteer tab of the website for details of how to get involved as a volunteer over the coming weeks; the future roster lists all the various tasks that need to be filled. And when you have completed 25 volunteer sessions, a free T shirt is available.
Or email uckfieldhelpers@parkrun.com for more information
Of the 173 participants today, 15 people completed their first parkrun ever - welcome to all of you and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. One of these newbies was Mia
who isn’t included in the official results but has her picture included here instead. Mia came along with friends, had no idea what she was letting herself in for, enjoyed it all and is now going to register (parkrun has few rules, but one of them is ‘no barcode, no result  - don’t forget your barcode!’).

As mentioned, 173 people ran, jogged and walked the course this week, of whom 33 were first timers to Uckfield and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Tony MARTIN • Emma BUSSEY • Tara TWYMAN • Amanda MARTIN • Cathie GUIRDHAM • Isabel GUIRDHAM • David TURNER • Zoe BLUNDELL • Troy SOUTHALL • Sara PATIENCE • Pete WILKES • Abigail EDNEY • Deborah DIXON • Sean EMMERSON • Georgina NOTT • Olivia NOTT • Sara GRACE • Kathleen WILKES • Kathryn MARTYN • Elisabeth DAWSON • Rowan DAWSON • Susan CRITCHLEY • Joseph ROBERTS • Stephen GREEN • Andrew GREEN • Leo TWYMAN • Sue GOODMAN • Liberty CONSTABLE • Tim FORD • Esme DAWSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Uckfield parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ben Christopher GIBSON who recorded a time of 17:23 on 4th May 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Isabel GUIRDHAM who recorded a time of 19:29 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.44% (21:11) on 11th May 2019 (event number 2).

Uckfield parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 1,732 participants have completed 4,100 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,500 km, including 917 new Personal Bests. A total of 154 individuals have volunteered 553 times.


Uckfield parkrun Event number 19, 7 September 2019, by Karen Hoskin

A field of 194 parkrunners of which 52 were first timers to our 19th Uckfield parkrun, took part this morning.  We were greeted with a touch of autumnal atmosphere, with a bit of dew and a warning from Graham our run director that the cows were out.  We welcomed you all to grab that wellbeing tonic for that start of the weekend and we had an amazing turn out of which 74 runners achieved a PB.  I think the cheers and motivational efforts of Joseph with the loud speaker helped the last mins sprint of energy to the finish line. It was also lovely to welcome our visitors to our Park run this morning from Brighton, Havant, Hastings, Kent and Eastbourne, to name a few but on this occasion no international visitors. Havant were the furthest a field. We also welcomed NHS staff from local NHS Sussex Partnership NHS FT, who provide mental health services across Sussex; they were in Yellow tee-shirts and came along to shine the light on mental health, and share important information around suicide prevention.

Karen asked you all to SAY HELLO to each other a simple act of human connection which is the start of getting to know someone and reminded us about the importance of the humble act of saying hello can make such a difference to someone’s day.  We are so often go through our busy weeks seeing faces that we recognise that cross our paths in our life but don’t necessary know the person whether it be on our commute to work or at park run each week. It is inspiring to see how this global community enjoy sharing Saturday morning at a parkrun community no matter where you are in the county, country or globally. What a better way to up lift ones mood by participating in parkrun, it really does have so many health benefits keeping our self mentally and physically healthy.  In fact I spoke to a fellow parkrunner as we embraced the course and talked about how exercise releases natural body chemicals to make us feel good.  I know you may not feel it at the time as you climbed the hill towards our lovely volunteer Lorraine but doesn’t it feel good when you finish. Parkrun community is inclusive of everyone. What a great place to share this health message, raise awareness around mental health which is as important as our physical health and stamp out stigma.  Tell your friends, family & work mates it is free and a fantastic social community to connect with and let our Uckfield parkrun grow. The parkrun community is all about personal goals whether you walk jog run or volunteer there is something for everyone and you all will have your reasons for participating. Hats off to Colin Tricker, he was first over the line in 19 mins and our first lady Lizzie Hillier ran in 24.27 this morning and a PB for Lizzie too; fantastic.

We come to parkrun for many reasons. It may be about chasing that PB or maintaining it, however it is not all about who can get over the finish line in the fastest time as it is relative to our goal and parkrun’s philosophy is to help the community support their health and wellbeing. Sussex Partnership through their SAFE campaign (Suicide Awareness is For Everyone), aim is to raise awareness and put a human face on this important subject; break the taboo on talking about mental health issues through opening up a conversation and encouraging people to talk.  We all CAN potentially save lives.    People that are affected by mental health issues are just like you and I, our neighbour, brother, sister, work colleague, shop assistant and so on.  Suicide is a very sensitive subject and like no other bereavement and has a huge impact on families.  Did you know that currently it is the biggest killer in young men under 50 throughout the UK and you may be able to change this statistic.  It was helpful to have our NHS staff to share knowledge of what to do if you are concerned about someone’s mental health.  So through connecting with our parkrun community sharing the SAFE message we hope this will help save lives.  Please look at the suicide prevention training video via the link www.zerosuicidealliance.com. Let’s as a community share and use the details we heard today with friend’s family and work colleagues.  They information may also help you. A lot of us know how to do CPR; so let’s know how to support someone at risk of suicide.  This maybe the first step you can take to help yourself, or someone else in need so collectively we can help our community stay SAFE.

A special thanks to those that shared their personal stories today as it absolutely demonstrates that this is a real live issue for many of our local community. A young woman shared her story and how fearful she was about talking about her suicidal thoughts.  She struggled alone for a while but did reach out to someone and says she feels so much better after getting some professional help. In fact her experience has helped her direct her peers to access support. We also talked about self-injury and how she felt judged that this was attention seeking. What we have to remember we all express our distress in various forms of communication and if it is harmful to our self, such as self-harming this is an indicator that the person needs to be signposted to seek support to help them manage their distress. Mental Health can have a big impact on families not just on the person experiencing an illness but their loved ones too.  Some shared how parkrun helps with their stresses and to cope with the challenges of caring for loved ones and thanked our visitors in yellow tee-shirts for supporting this very important agenda and helping to stamp out stigma.  

This is all about connecting with the person whether you are running or volunteering let’s continue to ensure our parkrun encourages all our diverse community to join in.  We will always welcome first timers and ensure it is accessible for all people with disabilities or long term health conditions. Chrissie Wellington, Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at parkrun, said to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:

“Whether you want to walk, run, volunteer or simply come down and watch, parkrun events give people the opportunity to be active, in the open air and feel part of a welcoming, non-judgemental community. Time and time again we hear stories of how parkrun has helped people from all walks of life cope with mental health issues, and we are pleased to team up with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide, and the resources that are available within the community.”

The Yellow tee-shirts carried the message Say Hello See it Say it and Sign post so a very special thank you running community for collectively helping our community stay SAFE and keep on running.

A final message as Graham our run director today reminded us of our wonderful volunteers this morning.  Without them parkrun will not happen and it was amazing to have their commitment despite the weather. Carrying out the volunteer tasks help make our parkrun possible so please consider if you can to sign up one week to help volunteer.   

As already mentioned, 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course this week, of whom 54 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers, huge thank you to them all:

Graham WEST • Alexander COLE • Lorraine WEST • Richard COATES • Jan GROOM • Karen HOSKIN • Samantha KEDWARDS • David TURNER • Zoe BLUNDELL • Troy SOUTHALL • Phoebe KEDWARDS • Georgina NOTT • Olivia NOTT • Vicky SKINNER • Julie ISTED • Elisabeth DAWSON • Rowan DAWSON • James KILVINGTON • Lizzie SKINNER • Oliver SKINNER • Roy GROOM • Katerina CLARKE • Joseph ROBERTS • Sue GOODMAN • Sue BROWN • Liberty CONSTABLE • Tim FORD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Uckfield parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ben Christopher GIBSON who recorded a time of 17:23 on 4th May 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Isabel GUIRDHAM who recorded a time of 19:29 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.44% (21:11) on 11th May 2019 (event number 2).

Uckfield parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 1,699 participants have completed 3,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,635 km, including 865 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 523 times.


Uckfield parkrun Event number 18, 31st August 2019, by Deborah Dixon

There was a good turnout this morning - people back from their holidays taking advantage of the good weather and probably putting off going shopping for school uniform and new shoes. It is true that you know it's parkrun day when you set your alarm for an earlier time than in the week, especially the case for the volunteers whose task it is to put up the signs in Buxted Park, which runners will have noticed is some way from the Rugby Club start.
There were lots of first timers this week to Uckfield as well as some completely new parkrun runners - welcome to you all; it's a great course despite that hill and we hope you will return. Uckfield parkrun  is settling in - this week was number 18 and the useless fact of the week from this morning's briefing is that we have altogether over 17 weeks been running and walking for 80 days. It can certainly feel like that as you reach the funnel!
And it's great that people are getting to know each other, chatting before, during and after the run and encouraging one another. One of our younger participants is becoming well known - Isabel Guirdham who is 14 year old joined us for the first time at the beginning of the summer, completely smashed the female course PB and continues each week to show us her wonderful abilities. Parkrun is for everyone and we should recognise those with such special talent. Isabel excels at triathlons and has won national championships in South Africa for her age group. She is joined each week by her parents, and the whole family either runs or marshals - as Isobel is guaranteed to finish early she has also been able to volunteer doing token scanning after completing the course. But what is important, having chatted with Isabel, is that she really enjoys what she is doing.
And a shout out to the cannicross dog, Mouse, who certainly also had a good time this morning - joining in with the briefing and making sure her friend Tara got round the course safely. Also as always many thanks to the volunteers who make this whole event possible, including once again Tim the farmer for keeping the cows from joining in. Remember it's possible to volunteer and take part so please have a look at the volunteer rota and put your name down. Setting up is a really good way to warm up, and helping at the end lets you cool down in good company.

Uckfield parkrun Event number 17, 24th August 2019, by Mark Pinney

What A Morning!

The joy of being a parkrun tourist is that every Saturday morning is very different to all of the others, and yet it is still the same. Still travelling to a new destination and still running 5k. However, today was one of those gorgeous mornings where everything seems perfect. I arrived a tad early (8am) which afforded me the opportunity to chat with some of the volunteers and give some very minor help in getting everything to the start/finish area.

And what wonderful volunteers they were too! Tony (Run Director for today) was absolutely lovely to chat to about all things parkrun, as were all of the other volunteers I managed to speak to during the morning. Have you ever wondered why so many parkrun tourists seem to turn up each week at Uckfield? Didn't you know that there are parkrun challenges to try to complete? One of the most popular is trying to complete the Alphabet (a parkrun beginning with each letter) and as there are only 3 parkruns in the UK beginning with a 'U', there are likely to be lots more tourists coming to Uckfield in the future.

At 8am, the grass was still pretty damp, I thought it was supposed to be scorching hot this weekend? Well, I spoke too soon and the sun came out in time for us to set off on our free, weekly, timed 5k. It's a challenging course, with lots of small undulations followed by THE HILL! Oh boy, did it feel like a hill by the time I got to it! Thankfully what goes up must come down and by the time we were finished, pretty much everyone was drenched in sweat (the perfect reward for coming to parkrun each Saturday).

I managed to get chatting to some other visitors to Uckfield today, a couple of tourists had set off at 4am and travelled down from Telford!!! We also had Dave Thomas, who is one of only 69 people in the entire world who has run 500 or more parkruns! That is quite an achievement!!!!!! Also Lizzie HUCKLE was completing her first parkrun whilst attending a nearby festival, well done Lizzie!!

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:


Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers can be seen at the end of the video.

The FAST version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPIiQJNfcqQ

On to the stats....

This week we had 165 runners, joggers and walkers. Just 3 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 79 Females and 83 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Matt EDMONDS in 18:40, Jim RISDALE in 19:01 and Alan SILVESTER in 19:22. First 3 Female finishers were Isabel GUIRDHAM in 19:35, Emma ROLLINGS in 22:53 and Darcy PRING in 25:11.

There were 66 parkrunners who were new to Uckfield parkrun of whom 10 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 39 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Dave THOMAS on 506 parkruns, but there were 5 members of the 250 Club, 23 members of the 100 Club, 21 members of the 50 Club and 6 members of the 10 Club present. The only official milestone achieved today was Miller GAGOLA who joined the 10 Club, great work!

The person who has run at Uckfield parkrun more often than anyone else is Sarah BISHOP who has run here at all 17 events. Well done Sarah, that's commitment!!
Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)


Uckfield parkrun Event number 16, 17th August 2019, by Deborah Dixon

Lots to report on this week, and all good! Perfect conditions (not wet or windy) and only a few areas of soft going underfoot (mud) as well as the odd cowpat, but farmer Tim was again marshalling to make sure his herd's peace and quiet wasn't too disrupted by the 194 runners and walkers who participated today. Thanks Tim.
We were visited by a group of parkrun tourists celebrating one of them completing 250 parkruns, all have taken place at a different venue including a fair few on abroad. (This is known as joining the Freyne Club named after the person who first reached this achievement). Home parkrun for this tourist is Bushy Park where it all began in October 2004 with 13 participants - the highest turnout for them is 2,011 on Christmas Day last year - I wouldn't have wanted to sort out the finish tokens for that one!
As the volunteers were completing close down at the end, we had a fly past by a formation of planes on their way to the Eastbourne air show, but presumably making sure their route passed over us.
In future reports I am aiming to include profiles for some of the walkers, runnners, racers and volunteers who come to Uckfield each Saturday. Everyone has their own story to tell about why they have become involved with parkrun and it will be interesting to share, so watch this space.
As I was on the home straight this week, not pacing myself and running too fast thinking about that elusive PB, I passed a young girl running by herself at a really steady pace. And able to pace herself better than me as if the route had been a bit further she would definitely have overtaken me. Nesta is 10 and has been coming to Uckfield regularly over the summer, as well as joining in with the Goudhurst junior Parkruns. And thanks, Nesta, for allowing me to include your photo in the report.
And to end with some useless parkrun info from around the country. Ed Sheehan has again managed to be the cause of a parkrun cancellation - this week in Ipswich. I hope he provides free tickets for the parkrun volunteers.
This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Graham WEST • Lorraine WEST • Susan PEARSON • Sarah COOPER • Emma BUSSEY • Jan GROOM • Zoe OSBORNE • Dylan LOURENS • Dominic TARN • Zoe BLUNDELL • Deborah DIXON • Georgina NOTT • Amelia NOTT • Olivia NOTT • Stephan BUTLER • Kathryn MARTYN • Elisabeth DAWSON • Lawrence MUDFORD • Lindsey LOURENS • Rowan DAWSON • Susan CRITCHLEY • Roy GROOM • Katerina CLARKE • Mia LOURENS • Brian HORTON • Liberty CONSTABLE • Tim FORD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Uckfield parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ben Christopher GIBSON who recorded a time of 17:23 on 4th May 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Isabel GUIRDHAM who recorded a time of 19:29 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.44% (21:11) on 11th May 2019 (event number 2).

Uckfield parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 1,527 participants have completed 3,365 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,825 km, including 697 new Personal Bests. A total of 132 individuals have volunteered 437 times.

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