Horsham parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-15 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Here’s to brighter days……..

Well this will possibly be the first and last run report we are asked to do.  Not only is it incredibly late it also marked the close down of parkrun.

That said, the usual group of happy and hopeful people gathered to run round beautiful Southwater Park on 14th March.   The 329 runners were joined by a band of particularly cheery volunteers that helped us on our way and a handful of supporters shouting from their vantage points around the course.

Amongst the runners were Oliver Partridge running his 10th, Christian Fortin and Amanda Ward running their 50th. Andy Strang and Helen Gallacher  who were running their 100th.  It was good to see some helium balloons bobbing around in celebration. 
There were a total of 10 runners for whom it was their first visit to Horsham (Southwater) and of these 7 were running their first ever parkrun.  We all hope it won't be long before you get another chance.
This was our 292 Horsham parkrun and it was won by the ever speedy Gary Tomlinson with Niamh Donnelly being the first woman.  Special position of the day goes to Angela Minogue who was 292nd.

Though at the time we did not know this would be our last parkrun I think that many of us could see this would be the case.
And now you are left without parkrun ... Well not quite.  If you look on You tube there are some lovely recordings of parkruns that you can watch while on the treadmill or just having a cup of tea.  One of my favourites is highlights from New Years Day at Southwater by Simon Perkins.  You will see many of our friendly parkrun family and of course you end up with a great time . 

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P.S Thanks to Jane and Family for a great report!

While i have you here, i just wanted to update you on a couple of bits of parkrun news.

Firstly, HQ have announced that all parkruns are now cancelled till the end of May.

Also, that core team member Paul Aylett has stepped down due to Family commitments. Paul was due to do his last RD stint on the 21st March but sadly due to the current situation this was not possible. I just wanted to say thank you to Paul for his work and energy in the last couple of years, all the best with the house project!

See you all soon, I hope.





Horsham parkrun CCXC (290)

It really wasn’t the weather that Romans would enjoy at all, pouring down with rain and blowing a gale. Whilst waiting on the set up crew to arrive, I thought I would just go and check that we didn’t have any flooded areas of the course, which thankfully we didn’t. However, we did have a tree down across our course, well a sapling actually, but still attached at the roots, that I was completely unable to manoeuvre. Thankfully, I was able to call on my wonderful Centurion, ED Phil, to come to the rescue! Phew, we were able to go ahead, so off to set up the course, ably assisted by volunteer Rob Eggers….thank you.


So “Why the Roman Theme?” I hear you ask. Well it was a particular Roman, Julius Caeser, who invented the ‘leap year’, which contains one extra day on this year, which happens every four years, namely the 29th February. This was the first time in parkrun’s history that it has fallen on the 29th February, so the core team felt we had to acknowledge this somehow, thus the Roman theme and the spot prizes for the ‘XXIX’ 29th; ‘CXXIX’ 129th and ‘CCXXIX’….. (I think you get the picture now) finisher today. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t make this easy and numbers were well down. However, we did have a few hardy souls who came dressed for the occasion…….. not the weather! Well done to all of you.


We had a few milestones to celebrate today, namely Gary Wallis finally completing his ‘L’ (50th) parkrun and Amanda Sullivan and Sharon Burchett completing their ‘C’ (100th) parkruns. Congratulations to you all!  I should also mention that Sharon is also celebrating her ‘L’ birthday this week, so Happy Birthday to you and what a way to start your celebrations, running round your local park in the wind and rain, with fellow ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen’!!


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We had ‘XX’ first timers to Horsham, ‘XVI’ of whom were tourists. ‘IV’ of you started your parkrun journeys with us today and we all applaud you for turning out in such horrible weather. Believe me when I say, “it can only get better and easier!”. Well done and we hope to see you all again next week! Amazingly, we also saw ‘XV’of you achieve PB’s today. Well done to all of you!

On a final note, I want to say the biggest THANK YOU to all our volunteers today and especially Matthew England for stepping in, last minute, to fill the vacant Finish Token role. You are all AMAZING for coming out in that weather, to allow others to enjoy their free run!

Claire & Horsham parkrun team.


So many stories……..

We all know that Horsham parkrun has produced loads of great stories of friendship, achievement and so much more over its five and a half years and on a week where our fabulous “Award Winning” film was shown at The Capitol again, this Saturday just gone, we celebrated all that was great and good about our beloved parkrun!

The biggest one of course for me as Run Director on the day was my Son Christian and my Step Daughter Danielle doing their 50th and 100th respectively on the same day! I had dreamed so many times as I racked up my 50th then my 100th as well as my Volunteer 25 that one day I might see Christian reach a parkrun running milestone but with him never being big on running I thought that would never come. But it did and with Danielle walking her way to her 100th it was one hell of a day finished off with so many of you waiting (and waiting!) by the finish line with poppers galore!

But that was far from the end of it……. We also had Simon Collins doing his 50th. Simon has quietly got on with his running but I will never forget that it was him who bought our former parkrunner of the month Barnaby Smith down to parkrun and walked round encouraging him every week in his early days! That sort of comradery and selflessness is truly a beautiful quality and you have really earnt that 50 shirt! Especially as he looked like he was beasted round by his brother Jonathan on Saturday!

We also had Gary Burchett who seems to have waited forever just to get to 50! Gary has had some awful luck with injuries in the last couple of years and has had to work very hard to get back to his running, but in the meantime rather than just stay away from parkrun feeling glum he has got on down to volunteer over 50 times and was then cruelly denied his run 2 weeks ago when we had to cancel. So it was a delight to see him finally complete it with a posse of mates in tow!

And of course then we had Mikey Saunders, what can you say! Doing his 100th (finally!) he is the most encouraging and friendly chap I know! Always welcoming to new runners, one of our part time Run Directors, a blind runner guide and a volunteer of over 100 times! He even waited till I was Run Director to do it as he did my 250th! He was also denied his day on the cancellation!

Of course, as I said on Saturday, ALL our milestones are special, so a huge well done also to Steve Entecott, Jackie Mather, Ian Mitchell and Samantha Edwards who all completed their 50th runs!

So what of the rest of the day may you ask? Well it was a bit of a damp dark start as we set up but it soon brightened up to a very pleasant morning. 398 of you walked and ran round and we hope you had a lovely morning. The big course news for the regulars among you was that the rather prickly bush just past the portaloos on the hill, had gone (now posthumously known as Paul’s bush! See last weeks run report!).

Also, the first thing I had the pleasure of awarding, was parkrunner of the month for January to Joe Minogue. Another fantastic story of perseverance and achievement! Joe started parkrunning in October 2019 and in his 13 parkruns so far has bought his time down from 53 to 39 minutes! Much more to come and I am sure that his brother Luke’s post last week touched a lot of us. It was also fantastic to see the whole Minogue family down to see this special moment and have a run too. As I said in my run briefing, if any of you have a lovely story, however big or small, please, please let us know and maybe that special person could end up being a future parkrunner of the month!

As to the run itself, occasional Horsham parkrunner, Barnaby Cheadle-Hunt, was first past the post in 18.53 followed by an unknown (#dfyb) and then Tim Taylor in 19.15 and for the ladies it was Martha Wightman in a new PB of 21.51 followed by Louise Ragless (21.55) and Zoe Welchmann (22.36).

A lovely morning was capped off by some great cake and coffee!


Horsham parkrun rocked, as usual!

Till the next time……

Phil and Team.


Everything turned out rosy!

After last week’s icy conditions lead to a cancellation, it was nice to have some more favourable conditions for our parkrun this week. But when using public paths, you never really know what to expect each week, which is why we walk to course before you arrive and announce any additional hazards during the run briefing. This is an essential way for the team to keep you safe, so it was nice to see everyone paying close attention today.

My early walk with volunteer Richard identified a large rose bush which had collapsed into the path just before the beach. With the loppers back at our spiritual home in Horsham Park, we had no choice but to cone it off and let everyone know. Thankfully, nobody crashed into it or needed first aid!

This week 390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part. We welcomed tourists from Guildford, Hove, Tilgate and Gibraltar!

We also welcomed a large group running in aid of “Move For Australia”, a virtual run dedicated to helping injured wildlife as a result of the devastating bush fires. Darren Lillywhite and Nolan Spratt joined the 50 milestone club and Kirsty Howson achieved her century! Finally we all wished happy birthday to a special Horsham parkrunner, Barnaby Smith.

Today’s event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Jacqui WILLIAMSON • Margaret WADMAN • Amanda REILLY • Rob EGGERS • Christian LIBERMAN • Susan WILCOX • Ian WILCOX • Paul AYLETT • Nigel PHILLIPS • Yan YIP • Allison HARTLEY • Lois MCGILLIGAN • Arun COOKE • Richard SHERGOLD • Roger JOHNSON • Nara SULLIVAN • Gary WALLIS • Louise POWLING • Nicki HOLDER • Samantha EDWARDS • Stephanie ROBERTS-BIBBY • Mark WEBB • Lee MCGEEAN • Murrae ROSS-ESKELL • Kirsty HEAD • Rebecca HAMSON • Beverley MILLER • Finn DOYLE

So if you fancy helping us one week, just take a look at our future roster and email us with your choices.

Paul and the team


With all the rain, its no surprise a mermaid turned up!

They say as one door closes, another one opens, and that very much set the scene for my first solo(ish) stint as Run Director.  So I pulled my big girl pants (mermaid leggings) on and walked into Southwater Country Park ready to ensure that there was a parkrun to be enjoyed by everyone.  The weather had been kind, meaning I wasn’t going to have to navigate a reroute as we had seen over previous weeks. Walking around the course with Phil felt cathartic, even if we did forget the marshal point cones and ended up having to run back round!

The volunteers started to arrive, these really are the people that make the day happen, all beautifully co-ordinated by Claire in her jazzy new VC vest. Things were starting to get real.

As runners began to walk in, it dawned on me that I was going to have to speak to all of them very soon. Our First Timers’ briefing felt unusually large but our inimitable Horsham parkrunner of the Month, Andy Mitchelson, managed to communicate the essentials to the 16 First Timers and Tourists from as far afield as the Shetland Islands, Wales, South Shields, North London and the more local visitors from Tilgate and East Grinstead.
And that was it, I was on. ED Phil handed me a megaphone… with my biggest fear of falling off the bench firmly at the front of my mind, and I welcomed the First Timers and Tourists. Well done, first bit done and I was still on the bench… Milestones, I’d checked that I could pronounce all of them, well done Ian Hines on your 50th Parkrun and Tom Balfour and Pauline Jepps on your 100th! And then I looked up from my notes… there were 100s of people all listening to me. I can’t get my two children to listen to me and here were 424 (no I didn’t count, I checked the results) all looking at me, in silence. *wobble* DON’T FALL OFF THE BENCH!! With the rest of the briefing completed, we walked up to the start line and I set the runners off on their way. Outside of the results processing, I’d done the hard bit – side note, don’t duck out of the funnel!
I know the run report is normally a general report about the run on that day, but I wanted to add a personal note of what parkrun means to me. I’ve not even been at Horsham parkrun for a year but I couldn’t imagine my life without it. If you’re reading this and you have never volunteered I urge you to do so, it’s genuinely life changing and if I hadn’t had it on Saturday, I would have probably sat in bed and wallowed, it’s got me through some really tough times.  Ok, it’s also ruined going out on a Friday night, but I’ll take that for what I get back in return. If you’ve never done a parkrun because you’re “not a runner”, “too unfit”, “don’t like running with people”, just give it a try, I promise you won’t regret it. I have met some utterly wonderful and supportive people of all running abilities through it. I love parkrun and on Saturday, it very much loved me back.
Debby and Team


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