Becoming Percy Thrower!

Pardon me for the 70’s gardening BBC reference, for those who are old enough I was doing my own large scale gardening on set up last Saturday. The course has become a bit over grown with hanging branches as the trees begin to grow again with the hot and wet weather we are having!

First casualty was me as I walked up the ramp from our store as an overhanging branch whipped me across the chin and drew blood! I think when Claire saw me later she thought one of the set up crew of Andy Strang, Andy Mitch or Martyn Newton had given me a bit of a slap! Lol!

Anyway the park was looking resplendent and we welcomed our second highest attendance ever of 642 which ranked us just outside the top 10 attended parkruns this week out of over 600 events. Who would have thought our lovely lovely parkrun could have grown so much…….

We had milestones a plenty with Maisie Keeling and Zane Bowbrick doing their 10th runs. Philipp Weiss, Will Mitchell, Matt Batchelor and Tracy Harris doing their 50th and Duncan Austin and Hamish Muirden doing their 100th. A big milestone coming up in 2 weeks is our own “Horsham parkrun rocks” Andy Mitchelson who will become Horsham parkruns 5th recipient of the coveted 250 t shirt! On the 6th July his theme will be wear a Band t shirt so dig out your favourites!

On the day we had 73 first timers (didn’t see you all at the briefing!) and 73 PB’s fantastic!

Our role of honour was First finisher Richard Lee Wright (17.03) followed by an Unknown (DFYB!) with Dan Celani 3rd (18.03) and for the ladies Tara Oxley was first home (21.22) followed by Zoe Welchman (21.35) and Sarah Roberts 3rd (21.57).

It was also fantastic to see our supporters from Park Surgery running with us again and to see their fabulous t shirts! Our thanks to parkrunner Stewart Mackman for helping to make this happen.


For those who do not know parkrun practices is an initiative for parkruns to team up with local surgeries so they refer patients to parkrun as we all know how great exercise and community is for our health and well being!

So another week is done and I pass the RD baton to Mr Paul Aylett for next week’s instalment and with the weather looking to go through the roof, stay hydrated! Also do not forget to bring your loose change next week as Claire and I will be “running” parkrun three legged as part of our year of challenges to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’ll be fun she said………!

Till next week then, better get practising!

Phil and Team