This week’s parkrun for me started last Sunday Morning… Whilst waiting in the start corrals at the Brighton 10K. I heard that Paul Sinton-Hewitt was starting the run, for the past couple of years I have really loved and appreciated his vision of parkrun.
As I shuffled my way across the start line I was really chuffed as I managed to get a High five from Paul himself, this was rather special to me as it would probably not be possible for me to be doing the 10k if it hadn’t been for my own personal parkrun journey.
Saturday’s parkrun number 310 began with our summer lawn start for the first time this year, the sun was shining and it was already getting warm. The run started without any problems and all was looking good. It was so nice to not do a split start this week and watching everyone get a fast start this week I was jealous. Our first finisher was Thomas Thayre in 17.08 followed by Tim Lunnon in 18.44. Our first female finisher was Nicole Airey in 21.06.
Then I tempted fate, I touched the RD phone again and thought it’s all too quiet… I turned around and thought I would check on all the other volunteers to see if everyone was ok. Just as I turned to walk away we had an incident just 10 metres from the finish line. Firstly I would like to mention that the runner concerned was checked out and reported back to us on Saturday evening that he was Ok.
I would like to say a massive thank you to the runners with medical training for their support and help on Saturday, Sarah, Betty and Mark, and all our other parkrun core team for stepping in and helping out with the situation. Thank you.
Rachel Lee was tail walking this week in memory of Richard Wallage whose birthday was on Sunday. Richard was a regular at Tilgate park until he passed away just a few months ago. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.
Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week Franklin Scott, Amie Dixon, Steven Ives & Jeff Hillier on their 50th and to juniors Lucy Hunt & Ryan Clark for their 10th runs.
Congratulations to everyone who have completed the Brighton, London, Paris, Boston & Rome Marathons and various 10K’s over the past two weeks. Please bring your Marathon T-shirts and medals for a photoshoot to take place on Saturday 28th April at approximately 8.45 am.
I would like to reiterate that staying hydrated is really important now that the weather is warming up again.
We had a few minor issues with the results so a polite reminder to stay in your finishing order through the funnel and take and return a finish token whether you have your barcode or not.
I am really pleased to say that all our runners made it across the finish line this week, earning 70 PB and we welcomed an incredible 43 First timers.
I look forward to joining you all for a run again soon.