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News - 11th February 2020

parkrun profile: Hove Promenade

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Hove Promenade parkrun on England’s south coast launched in July 2015, and since then has welcomed almost 13,000 different people to their event.

 

Mark Brocklehurst from Hove Prom parkrun tells us more about his home parkrun…

 

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I got involved with the team at Hove Prom because I know what parkrun means to so many, and it’s a gift to be shared!

 

Our event takes place in Hove in East Sussex every Saturday morning on the promenade. The route is perfect for those starting a weekend at the seaside – it’s totally flat and offers sea views.

 

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If the glorious views out to sea weren’t enough, as you walk, jog or run your 5k you’ll also find the Peace Statue at our furthest eastern point, which denotes the border between Hove and Brighton, plus the iconic beach huts.

 

If I was trying to convince a tourist to take a trip to Hove Prom, I would say come and enjoy a day by the sea – good company and great sea air. We are also perhaps the flattest event in the world!

 

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For our all-important post-parkrun coffee we go to the Lawns Café, adjacent to the start and finish line. The team at the café have been incredibly supportive of the event and do a mean breakfast and a great post-parkrun cuppa!

 

The impact on the local community has been immense. Despite the fact that we were born into an area with parkruns local, we’ve established links with a number of local events.

 

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We’ve also made great ties with Brighton Table Tennis Club who share our parkrun values and do outstanding work in the community.

 

One funny story dates back to our early days. A photographer got in touch to take pictures at our event.

 

Over the space of two years, he not only got the parkrun bug but went on to do a number of half and full marathons. That’s the power of parkrun!

 

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