239 – Autumn leaves, texture like sun

This week 289 people ran, jogged and walked the Reigate Priory parkrun course, of whom 44 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. They were rewarded with the best the weekend had to offer and conkers aplenty.

We welcomed tourists from as near as Mole Valley and as far as Sydney, Australia. We marked a number of milestones. Stephen Hayman who joined the 50 club has run with us 6 times here at Reigate and participated in 23 different parkrun events on his journey to the red t-shirt. Tim Stoyle in contrast has run all of his 100 runs at Reigate Priory. David Neumann, also a Reigate Priory regular who was celebrating reaching 200 runs, has undertaken 184 of those at Reigate. Both Tim and David participated in parkrun for the first time at Reigate Priory parkrun's third ever event on 5th April 2014.

We are only a few weeks away from Halloween and here at Reigate Priory parkrun we are planning a spooktacular event on Saturday 27th October. Don your fancy dress and come down for a treat of a start to your weekend.

This week's event was made possible by our 22 ace volunteers:
Paul CHANDLER • Katy MARKWARDT • Paul DALEY • Julia MASON • Tracey JESSUP • Hugo Thomas LEWIS • Stephen LEWIS • Mike WILLIAMS • Gareth HODGSON • Hilary BAXTER • Kate HOLAH • Ian ADLAM • Francesca PAYTEN • Kerstin WONDERS • Andrew TYERS • Colin SMITH • Nicholas R LEWIS • Elle GAME • David MOODY • Ian CROUCH • Jo SMITH • Yasmin WAPLES

 
 

238 – International Day – 6th October

Saturday was billed by parkrun as "International Day" in celebration of the 14th anniversary of the first parkrun, and the Reigate regulars responded resoundingly. We spotted a Welsh dragon flag and a pair of socks embroidered with "Norway".

Run Director Paul Chandler once again commanded the weather to remain dry until everyone had safely finished and retired to the cafe, although the wind was a little gusty, playing havoc with the finish tokens on the peg board, and encouraging the sweet chestnuts to drop on unsuspecting passers-by.

The weather threat did not deter parkrunners who exceeded last week's hefty total with a cracking 347 finishers. This caused a moment of mild panic among the Finish Token team as the tokens are held in stacks of 50 and they had to blow the dust off the 350-400 set just in case. Maybe next week?

We again welcomed a sizeable number of first timers, (and even more pleasingly the return of many of last week's first timers) and tourists from all corners of Britain including North Wales, Canterbury and Edinburgh.
We also welcomed Adrien, a volunteer parkrun ambassador from Eastbourne who visits many parkruns in the region to ensure there is a consistent level of safety, quality and fun across parkruns, as well as checking out first hand the variety in terrain and contours. Adrien only needs 3 more finishes to reach 300 parkruns!

We celebrated a couple of milestones in Paul's briefing - Jeremy Harvey-Smith (50 parkruns) and Marian Smith (50). But several people slipped under the radar, including Paul Tyce (100), Nicole Airey (first lady finisher) (250), and Duncan Mallison (350). Congratulations to all.

Last week's Run 237 will go down in history as the one where we did not lose a single finish token. Not so good this week where 3 have gone missing. A small consolation was that 2 missing from previous weeks were returned on Saturday - please do bring them back if you find any!

This week 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 brilliant volunteers (why not get your name here?):

Andrew PATRICK • Paul CHANDLER • Paul DALEY • Nicola HEATH • Tracey JESSUP • Hugo Thomas LEWIS • Stephen LEWIS • Gill MCMASTER • Mike WILLIAMS • Victoria BROOKS • Moray CAREY • Andrew BAMFORD • Bruce MASCALL • Gareth HODGSON • Barbara MCLAUGHLAN • Adrian GRANT • Ian ADLAM • Clare BOOTHE • Alex HEFFER • Colin SMITH • Nicholas R LEWIS • Jo SMITH • Richard SOUTH • Martin CROUCH • Natalie LANSLEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reigate Priory parkrun Results Page. (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/reigatepriory)

Just to finish, a quick reminder that Reigate Priory parkrun has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. Please do follow them both and you will miss nothing about the event:

https://www.facebook.com/reigateprioryparkrun/

Twitter: @reigateparkrun

Reigate Priory parkrun started on 22nd March 2014. Since then 7,760 participants have completed 47,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,635 km, including 9,529 new Personal Bests.

 
 

237 – The one with the shy visitors from HQ

Reigate Priory parkrun 237 continued the September series of high attendance numbers in glorious sunshine. Caretaker manager Colin Smith did a worthy impression of regular run director Paul and added his own touch to the regular warning of sticks, stones and leaves, with an added mole alert (for the concerned, no moles are believed to have been harmed in the making of this parkrun event).

As is traditional, Colin welcomed those entirely new to parkrun, of whom there were 10 this week, and visitors from other parkruns: There were several from other local parkruns in the South-East (confession: your run reporter's virtual notepad has failed and I cannot remember which one's - I apologise to those concerned and hope it will not deter you from returning to visit us again). At this point there was a mysterious absence of visitors from the Mecca of parkrun, Bushy Park - we knew they were here because I had encountered them embarking on a group warm-up around the lake. When identified they were given the same warm Reigate welcome as all our visitors, and in an in-depth interview shortly before the start, I asked them why they had not put their hands up at first. I was told that they have sometimes done other parkruns local to Bushy, which shall remain nameless, and when they say where they are from they have on occasion been booed! I was happy to emphasise that that is not the way we like to do things at Reigate, and it appeared that they enjoyed their day's parkrun tourism - do please come back soon.

We were also very pleased to congratulate Andrew James SQUIRRELL on his 250th parkrun today, his first at Reigate.

This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers at Reigate and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. Well done to those doing their very first parkrun - we hope you enjoyed it, and will return soon. There were also 19 doing their 2nd parkrun - welcome back!

Congratulations to first finishers Emiko SALVI and George GRASSLY for the 12th and 7th time respectively, and to Andrew REEVES who recorded the best age-graded percentage of the day of 83.35% setting a new PB in the process.

Just to finish, a quick reminder that Reigate Priory parkrun has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. Please do follow them both and you will miss nothing about the event:

https://www.facebook.com/reigateprioryparkrun/

Twitter: @reigateparkrun

The event was made possible by 22 wonderful volunteers. Thank-you all:
Andrew PATRICK • John HOLAH • Stephen LEWIS • Gill MCMASTER • Mike WILLIAMS • Victoria BROOKS • Moray CAREY • Bruce MASCALL • Gareth HODGSON • David NEUMANN • Daniel GROSSETT • Hilary BAXTER • Brian APTED • Kate HOLAH • Ian ADLAM • Alex HEFFER • Colin SMITH • Nicholas R LEWIS • Clair LANDIMORE • Lauren HETHERINGTON • Richard SOUTH • Emily HETHERINGTON

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