Defying wet and windy conditions Brighton and Hove Hockey Club members made sure their summer of 'parkrun takeovers' continued apace at the Preston Park event on Saturday July 27.
Dean Spires, of the men's 5s, pipped the 1st XI skipper to be first BHHC member over the line in an impressive 20 minutes 30 seconds.
"A great shout out at the start line getting a big cheer for BHHC," says organiser Andrew Bromley. "Also, a shout out to Ramzy who was a volunteer pacer."
For a run report check out https://www.parkrun.org.uk/prestonpark/news/
The next 'parkrun takeover will be the East Brighton on Saturday August 17 followed by a summer ending (and hockey season starting) run at Hove Park on Saturday September 7 (Club Day). Andrew is also looking to get BHHC volunteers for the marshalling roles for that one.
Parkrun is a series of 5km runs held on Saturday mornings (starting at 9am) in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. To register with parkrun UK is free and can be done by visiting www.parkrun.org.uk
Andrew's idea of a 'parkrun takeover' is designed to help members stay fit by taking part in a monthly 5km fun run in the city over the summer, lining up for a Saturday morning run in your club shirt (home or away) with fellow BHHC members on various courses - on Hove seafront (June 22), in Preston Park (July 27), the new parkrun circuit in East Brighton (August 17) and Hove Park (September 7).
New men's second team captain Andrew, who started the initiative last summer, says: "The parkrun is a 5k fun run that loads of BHHC members do already; however it would be great to co-ordinate a few days and publicise the club some more."
It will also help with pre-season fitness or to run off any summer holiday excesses and get club members together in a fun environment. What's more it is free to enter - all you have to do is register if you haven't already.
Andrew is asking all BHHC members (all ages, playing and non-playing) to turn up in their home or away BHHC club shirt. He says BHHC runners should meet at 8.45am on the day before the races and then get together for post-run coffee and cake, a chat with fellow members and other runners to raise the profile of the club.
To register your interest in the BHHC 'parkrun takeover' and for further details please contact Andrew Bromley via email on firstname.lastname@example.org