201 – Return of the Winter Course

This week 299 people ran, jogged and walked the winter course at Reigate Priory. 54 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part including 27 of our friends from Horley Harriers.

As is traditional at this time of year we were joined by a large number of first timers for our first Saturday parkrun of 2018. Each year we welcome a whole bunch of new park runners in January only to see a large number of these disappear in February. Please do stick with it and try to join us through out the year. Remember a parkrun is not just for January!

We also welcomed back the popular Winter Course which we use when the usual route is deemed a bit too muddy for safe use. I for one, really enjoyed the new layout ( it has changed slightly from last time) it was great to experience different areas of the priory and of course the lovely downhill section.

We were joined by tourists from Brighton, Banstead and Bracknell, all the Bs! It is always a pleasure to see visitors from our fellow venues and we hope to see you again in the near future.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reigate Priory parkrun Results Page.

Bill Cunningham reached his 50th milestone this week with 34 of his runs completed at the Priory. We also saw Andrew Gledhill complete his 100th parkrun with 38 of his runs done at Reigate. Massive congratulations to you both!

The event was made possible by these 23 fantastic volunteers:

John BARRON • Andrew PATRICK • Paul CHANDLER • Kevin IRVINE • Fran AFONSO Paul DALEY • Bill CUNNINGHAM • Gill MCMASTER • Graham BULL • Nick CAWTHORNE • Bruce MASCALL • Gareth HODGSON • Kate HOLAH • Francesca PAYTEN • Alex HEFFER • Kerstin WONDERS • Colin SMITH • Nicholas R LEWIS • Kurian VITHAYATHIL • Nicola BURNETT • Ian CROUCH • Jo SMITH • Peter LUXTON

I did spot our resident photographer on course so there maybe photo's to follow.


200 – a milestone for Reigate Priory parkrun

This week 179 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

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It was fitting that our first run of 2018 was a milestone for Reigate Priory parkrun itself (although if it had been a person it wouldn't have been a t-shirt milestone). Yes, we have notched up 200 runs at Reigate Priory. We've run in the sun, the rain, the snow, and most recently the mud. And this run didn't disappoint on the mud front with the going positively boggy. Well done to the three of you who managed a PB and welcome to the 30 undertaking their first ever parkrun - do come back, it isn't always like this.

Talking of milestones we welcomed Rachel Brookes to the 50 club (24 runs at Reigate Priory) and John Barron to the 100 club (27 runs at Reigate). Well done both!

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With our parkrun held at the normal start time of 9am there was the annual prospect of "doing the double" and judging by the numbers heading off smartly when you finished many did so. There were certainly a number of Reigate Priory tourists at Tilgate, although I understand that those of you who waited for the café to open for that post parkrun coffee felt you had made the right decision as the rain started tipping down just after 10.30.

Reigate Priory parkrun started on 22nd March 2014. Since then 6,524 participants have completed 37,671 parkruns covering a total distance of 188,355 km, including 7,607 new Personal Bests. What an achievement!

The female record for our course is held by Laura Gent who recorded a time of 18:19 on 27th August 2016 (event number 128), while the male record is held by Kevin Quinn who recorded a time of 15:37 on 8th October 2016 (event number 134). The Age Grade course record is also held by Kevin who recorded 85.49% when he set the male record.

To mark our 200th run we held a collection for Alzheimer's Research UK and we will be collecting throughout January. Many thanks to all of you who have come and run the course and who have volunteered, and especially to Paul Chandler our Run Director who has been at nearly all our runs.

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This week's milestone run was made possible by our 32 great volunteers: Andrew PATRICK • Paul CHANDLER • Jean SEIVEWRIGHT • Fran AFONSO • Paul DALEY • William JESSUP • Tracey JESSUP • Esther LEWIS • Beryl STRUGNELL • James KING • Nick CAWTHORNE • Moray CAREY • Gareth HODGSON • Hilary BAXTER • David BAILEY • Ian ADLAM • Alex HEFFER • Colin SMITH • Jenni PARMAR • Nicholas R LEWIS • Ruthie LEWIS • Ann WALSHE • Ian CROUCH • Ellie PARMAR • Joe PARMAR • Florrie PARMAR • Jo SMITH • Graham WILLIAMS • Peter LUXTON • Richard POCOCK • Jennifer SMITH • Suzie KENYON-BROWN


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199 – Mud, mud glorious mud!


This week 223 people ran, jogged, walked, slipped and slid around the course at a very damp Priory. 10 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 18 different athletic clubs took part.

It has to be said that the conditions underfoot at the Priory were not conducive to quick times with the course was very wet due to the last week or so of heavy rain. Having said that it was both one of the hardest parkruns I can remember and one of the most enjoyable. I saw many fellow park runners take a tumble only for all of them to bounce straight back up and continue on their way. As they say ' it all adds to the fun'.

We welcomed visitors from Wigan and Gateshead who were no doubt hoping for some warm Southern weather? We were also joined by 2 hardy souls from South Africa who must have wondered what they had let themselves in for! It is always great to see tourists at our event and we hope you all return, perhaps in the summer to do it all again.

We welcomed 2 new members to the 100 club this week with Steve Wing reaching this milestone with all of his runs completed at the Priory. He was joined by Kathryn Shepherd who also completed all of her runs at the Priory as well. Huge congratulations to you both.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reigate Priory parkrun results page.

A massive seasonal thank you to these amazing volunteers who ensure this wonderful event happens each week -

Fran AFONSO, John BARRON, Hilary BAXTER, Nick CAWTHORNE, Ian CROUCH, Paul DALEY, Alex HEFFER, Gareth HODGSON, Kate HOLAH, William JESSUP, James KING, Gusie Timothy LEWIS, Nicholas R LEWIS, Esther LEWIS, Ruthie LEWIS, Theo Simon LEWIS, Hugo Thomas LEWIS, Peter LUXTON, Bruce MASCALL, Gill MCMASTER, Jennifer MCMASTER, Andrew PATRICK, Sheila SCOTT, Jo SMITH, Colin SMITH, Ann WALSHE, Susie WILLIAMSON, Kerstin WONDERS

And finally a quick shout out to say number 200 is happening on Monday 1st January 2018 at 9.00am. A great way to welcome the New Year in and run off all that Champagne. See you there!


198 – It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

This week 307 people elves, santas, reindeer, snowmen, a penguin and a surfer complete with surfboard jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

It was our Christmas run and what an effort you had all made. There was much fancy dress both out on the course and from our great volunteers, not to mention jingle bells to fasten you on your way.








One Santa in particular seemed to be going deep incognito - we hope he had a good holiday once his present giving duties were completed.


We celebrated reaching the 50 milestone with Douglas Gilmore (22 at Reigate) and Alex Heffer (35 at Reigate) Rory Beale joined the 10 club (with 8 runs at Reigate) as did Alex Wilbraham who completed all 10 runs with us. Well done all!


Remember, although we don't have a run on Christmas Day, we do have an extra run on New Year's Day. Our 200th run, it will start at the normal time 9am. We will be holding a charity collection for Alzheimer's UK (which we will continue throughout January). Hope to see you there.

This event was made possible by our 29 festive volunteers: Andrew PATRICK • Fran AFONSO • Paul DALEY • William JESSUP • Tracey JESSUP • Tim STOYLE • Theo Simon LEWIS • Hugo Thomas LEWIS • Gusie Timothy LEWIS • Gill MCMASTER • Jennifer MCMASTER • James KING • Andrew BAMFORD • Bruce MASCALL • Peter ARNOLD • Gareth HODGSON • Liam EGAN • Ryan DARRAGH • Kate HOLAH • Kerstin WONDERS • Andrew TYERS • Colin SMITH • Ruthie LEWIS • Ann WALSHE • Lauren PURVES • Ian CROUCH • Jo SMITH • Peter LUXTON • Sheila SCOTT

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