Run Report for Horsham parkrun #180 on the 20th January 2018
What a dull and dismal start to the morning, as I drove to the park, with windscreen wipers flashing away across my screen, the thoughts that ran through my head mainly focussed on how wet I was going to get and how lucky we were that there hadn’t been a frost overnight as promised earlier in the week!
Miraculously the heavy ’ish’ precipitation had slowed to less than a bit of mizzle (Cornish misty rain) by the time that myself and the set up team started a nice walk around the lake to set out the markers and we spotted the ‘mini rivers’ flowing down the paths in a couple of places, once the lake section was finished I then walked along the Downs Link to put the Caution Runners sign out near Lintot Square and suddenly realised that it was longer than I thought but at least it is a nice flat section especially with that short sharp downhill bit at the park end, just right for a fast finish.
As 8.45 approached the runners started to appear and soon we had a nice compact crowd and it was time to start the briefings, I must thank everybody for the wonderful decorum during the main briefing as it made things very easy and everybody seemed to be able to hear my dulcet tones. Once the briefings were finished we started our walk down to the start area and finally I was able to utter those wonderful words ‘Timers Ready’ and then ‘ three, two, one & GO’ and the run was on, it was nice that the rain remained as mizzle during the run so as the volunteers did not have to get too wet.
Soon the Tail Walker (the lovely Tanya) came past the finish line and it was ‘game over’ for another week and time to pack up, store the kit and retire to home to process the results but not before popping in to the café and enjoying a mug of lovely black coffee, it was nice to hear that many of you had supported the café and enjoyed their yummy offerings.
Now for a few stats:
246 runners of which 10 were first time parkrunners and 9 first time visitors to Horsham parkrun.
13 of you ran a New PB so very well done
NO milestones were reached this morning.
Only 5 runners were listed as Unknown
The first 3 male finishers were: Bradley BURKE, Ashley WILLIAMS & an unknown
The first 3 female finishers were: Emily CHADWICK, Niamh DONNELLY & Geri SMITH
The highest male and female Age Grade went to:
Ashley WILLIAMS 77.65% & Val MCLACHAN 74.26%
This week’s silly facts:
Since the first Horsham parkrun 7,041 runners have covered a total distance of 277,620km which is almost 7 times the circumference of the Earth and almost 25.5 times the circumference of the moon.
My choice for the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Time goes to Adam MARTIN with a time of 25:25
As always there could be no parkrun without the volunteers and I would like to say a HUGE thanks to the wonderful team that turned out to support me with the organisation of the run
Lorraine BULBECK • Margaret WADMAN • Nina BERRY • Carol BROWN • Gary BURCHETT • Sarah MACLEAN • Christian LIBERMAN • Gail JENKINSON • Jo HOPKINS • Rachel MACLEAN • Penny BARRON • Paul AYLETT • Richard BARRON • Clive WALKER • Yan YIP • Arun COOKE • Olive HOBBS • Justine TANNER • Karen WHEATLEY • Tanya KEELING • Melody PILGRIM • Jane FOOTER • Sue CHAPMAN • Matt PILGRIM • Rachel BOWMAN
Well that’s it from me folks, until next time
Richard and the Horsham parkrun team