Claire Nelman at the Hove prom parkrun

Hove Prom parkrun returns: picture gallery from the first day back

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The thunderstorms stayed away for the return of Hove Prom parkrun on Saturday after a 16-month absence.

During the break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team and the community kept together with weekly news reports but nothing beats an actual, real-life parkrun.

And so, when Saturday finally arrived, 322 walkers, runners and joggers plus 30 volunteers had a fantastic time, seeing old friends, making new ones and enjoying a 5k on the prom.

Afterwards, parkrunners took to Facebook to share their morning.

Chris Watson said: "Great to be back and even a bit emotional! Thanks to the amazing parkrun team.”

Georgia Carrick agreed and said: "Fabulous to be back and see everyone! Thanks to all the volunteers and especially the core team who made it feel safe for everyone.”

Ryan Johnstone, whose dad, Jeff, is a stalwart volunteer and even has a section of the course named after him said: "Loved it! Was so great to be back!”

Event director, Mark Brocklehurst, said: "The beauty of parkrun is that it is for everyone. A free, weekly timed 5k event that is as much about the community as the activity itself.”

When asked about a highlight of the morning, he replied: "Simply seeing a combined 350+ smiling and happy faces – a shot in the arm after the previous 16 months."

Scroll through the photos below and over the page. Some of these photos will also feature in The Brighton Indy newspaper this week, out on Friday for £1 in most Brighton and Hove newsagents.

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