Boy, it was a tough one on Saturday! I think my trainers and coat finally dried on Monday!!!!
But the weather didn’t stop 179 of you taking the option to brave the conditions to get your weekly fix on parkrun and of course not forgetting our fantastic volunteers.
In a week where Mike Hibberd and Harry Chantler produced for us all, the fantastic Horsham parkrun film that focused on community, the community spirit was there for everyone to see and soak up at this parkrun just gone. Our fantastic Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers really stepped up to the plate filling 6 roles. James Welchman, Caitlin Boyes, Jack Dawson, Sacha Hillicks, Louise Cowley and for her first time Charlotte Masser! Who said that teenagers can’t get out of bed on a Saturday morning? Their help and great attitude was very much appreciated, thank you guys!
The day was actually very eventful too, we turned up to find a huge low loader parked right on our course by the Rec Rooms Thankfully the lorry had gone by the time most of you arrived, fashionably last minute and to be honest I didn’t blame you!
The run briefing was, as I had intended, brief! As I wanted to get you all on your way ASAP. Congratulations to Dan Price our only milestoner to turn up on the day, a tough one for your 100th but well done all the same.
The run went off without a hitch with the runners negotiating the slight tweaks to the course. We will try to keep running at the park for as long as it is possible but we are aware it is now getting very muddy.
Barney Roberts stormed round the course and coming home just over a minue ahead of Harry Wilcox and Luke Carter.
Charlotte Nash was just inside the top ten and first lady with Zoe Welchman and Rachel Hamson in a sprint finish to make up the top 3.
17 first timers and 4PB’s make up the stats.
It was great to see so many smiling faces at the end and thank you for your kind words, it is never a problem for me to get up on parkrunday even on days like that, I simply love it and I am glad you seem to as well.
So that was it, if you ever wondered about other things that need doing apart from just turning up and putting on the run, this week the bibs were washed and so were the cones and the gazebo dried out! This week the tokens will need a wash too, so much more than just a run in the park in every way!
I just want to leave you with my 2 favourite quotes from the film, while they were all wonderful these really resonated with me….
“When I come here after a run and a coffee with my mates, all is right with the world” – Geoff Fisher
“It’s genuinely bought our family together and increased the numbers in our family” – Charlie Footer.
Till the next time, Horsham parkrun rocks!
Phil & Team.