After last weeks bumper turn out at Tilgate (our 3rd highest attendance to date), and with the weather being good, it was clear that today we could potentially beat our attendance record of 665 from event #300 last year. When I got to Tilgate Mike Brice had set up the finish area as normal with a double funnel, extending the length from last week in anticipation of higher attendances. Volunteers appeared thick and fast from 08:30 but there were little in the way of runners on site at this point. I should have known when John Haynes announced that cars were queuing to get into the car parks that we were going to have a very big turn out, But would it beat the record?
After slight technical issues with the PA, the pre run brief was done and the runners were off, using the split start to try and ease congestion. First home in 17:36 was Ian Black, closely followed by Leigh Packer in 17:38 and Sean Truett in 17:43 with a PB to boot. First lady was Laelia Marris in 20:38 with Monica Freitas second lady in 22:54 and Tracey Sargent third lady in 23:05. As the finishers started to appear thick and fast, even with the excellent encouragement of our funnel management team for finishers to keep moving in the funnel, then starting to use the double funnel, the back of the line was edging closer to the finish. Thanks to the quick thinking of Martin Presland the double funnel was quickly converted into a triple, averting the RD nightmare of finishers queuing to cross the finish line.
Well, we not only beat our highest attendance number, we smashed it. 686 of you crossed the line today, increasing the previous attendance record by 21. Other landmarks reached today were as follows
Junior 10 Club
Lorraine Wilson (tourist from South Africa)
Congratulations to our Tilgate parkrunner of the month for December, Colin Winfield and to Craig Jenkins, 50th volunteer today.
Next week Tilgate parkrun hosts it’s 350th event. Super Heroes fancy dress theme, please bring cakes. Participants can also download, print and complete a ‘run number’ for the event which can be found at
Facebook event page https://facebook.com/events/732098890507321/
Thank you to all who made todays record breaking Tilgate parkrun memorable for all the right reasons. See you all next week. #DFYB, and forget Dry January, when it comes to finish funnels, make mine a triple!!!
Cathy Holroyd (A343808)