Horsham parkrun rocks!

…..a phrase coined by our very own Horsham parkrun pioneer, Andy Mitchelson, who I was honoured and privileged to congratulate on his 250th parkrun today. Andy is only the 5th Horsham parkrunner to reach this amazing milestone and in true Andy style, he invited his friends to run I their favourite band t-shirt, so Horsham was very much rocking out today. Congratulations Andy and looking forward to seeing you reach your 500th!

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Other milestones celebrated today were Matthew Hogben, one of our juniors, who celebrated his 10th parkrun and then Alex Martin and Simon Hillier, who both celebrated their 50th parkruns. Congratulations to you all!

We had a lot to celebrate today, as there was also the Runner of the month (ROM) for June. The core team agreed unanimously that this should be Gary Wallis, as he had volunteered 3 times in June as well as running twice. But more than that, he has a constantly positive attitude and really ‘gets’ parkrun, becoming quite an asset to Horsham parkrun. Unfortunately Gary wasn’t in attendance, so we hope to present this to him next week, but in the meantime, congratulations Gary!

Due to the fair being in town, we had to move the start, for the second time this year. This also meant that I had to ‘funnel’ you for the start for safety reasons, being that over 500 of you have to make a sharp left hand turn onto a narrow path, 100meters after you start. I’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding with this. Hopefully, we’ll be back to our usual start next week, but here is a photo of what over 500 runners look like running up our first hill and then round the outcrop…..a view that I will never tire of!!

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We welcomed 24 of your to your first ever parkrun this week. We really hope you enjoyed yourselves and will be back again next week. We also welcomed 31 tourists from Banstead Woods, Cranleigh, North & South Yorkshire, and Durham, but the furthest tourist came all the way from New Zealand. Andrew & Alexandra Nash both grew up originally in West Sussex, before moving to Surrey and then Devon, before emigrating to New Zealand, where their local parkrun, Tauranga Bay of Plenty has just celebrated their 1st Anniversary. It was lovely to meet you and hope you had a great parkrun morning.

It was yet another very hot and humid morning, which makes the fact that 43 of you achieved PB’s an amazing feat! Well done to you all.

Lastly, the 549 of you who ran a beautiful timed 5k today, for free, would not have been able to do so without the wonderful 38 volunteers, whom you are, I’m sure, very grateful to. We are very fortunate here at Horsham to have a core of around 30 regular volunteers, but we do feel strongly that this shouldn’t fall to the same few each week. We’d like to suggest to those of you have not volunteered yet, that you consider challenging yourself to give volunteering a go before the end of the year. Believe me, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. It is the most rewarding way to spend a Saturday morning.

Claire and Team.