Brighton parkrunners recognise a good thing when they see it. Not content with one 5k Saturday morning event the city of Brighton and Hove now provides four opportunities for the weekly fix! Bevendean Down is the latest addition to the burgeoning parkrun portfolio in the area and is potentially the hardest to find. Bevendean Down can only be accessed by footpaths and is well hidden behind houses, described on the run website as 'a hidden gem located between Bevendean and Moulsecoomb in a nature reserve of rich bio-diversity'.
Beavendean Down started in February and 42 runs have been organised since. It is the quietest venue with a best turnout of 103 runners and quickest times on the hilly, grassy downland course are held by James Turner (17:34) and Katherine O’Hara (21:24).
With all four runs within a 5k parkrun radius of each other there is the scope to run a different course every week to sample a variety of locations. The flattest but often breeziest venue is Hove Promenade. The start is on Hove Lawns and the two-lap course follows the tarmac promenade past the Peace Statue. This event started in July last year and after 67 runs the best times are owned by Finn McNally (14:46) and Ella Revitt (17:51) and 308 is the top attendance.
Preston Park has held 183 runs and started in April 2013. The fastest times here are held by Finn McNally (14:47) and Emma Dixon (17:37) and best attendance was 493. Preston Park is well known as the venue for major community events such as the start of Brighton Marathon and Gay Pride Festival.
Hove Park was the original venue with 475 runs held since November 2007. Hove also holds the attendance record at 583 runners and despite the undulating, three-lap course the fastest times recorded are an impressive 14:28 by Andy Baddeley and 16:43 by Caroline Hoyte.
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