An RD’s Return!

It’s been quite a while since I undertook the role of Run Director, but it never ceases to amaze me the commitment, effort and tenacity all of you put in, irrespective how quickly you run or walk.

This week, on a beautiful summer morning, Horsham Parkrun welcomed 588 runners.  42 were first timers and Parkrun tourists came from near and far: Reigate, Newhaven, Ross-on-Wye, Copenhagen and Michigan. A very warm welcome to you all; we hope you had a great run and enjoyed the Horsham experience, as much as we enjoyed having you. We hope to see you again.

We also saw some notable milestones: Tracy Martin and Junior runner Leon Crayford reached their 50th Parkrun and Leon also achieved a PB. Dereck Warwick ran his 300th Parkrun and Gavin Philps, after several months, completed Parkrun without walking. You’ve definitely set the bar high now Gavin! Well done to all of you on your achievements.

A couple of personal items were found after Saturday’s run; a ‘bikehut’ key, and a barcode belonging to John Cooper. Please let us know if they belong to you and they can be collected at Parkrun on Saturday.

As always, Parkrun would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers who give their time to avoid running (just kidding). A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers:

Kath BARNES, Neil BARNES, Coralie BEAMISH, Diane Margaret BERRY, John BERRY, Ali BOULTON, Sharon BURCHETT, Sue CHAPMAN, James DUNNINGHAM, Samantha EDWARDS, Geoff FISHER, Jane FOOTER, Lesley GREGORY, Coral KENNEDY, Sok Wah LEE, Christian LIBERMAN, Luka MCHARDY, Claire MILLER, James MUNDEN, Annie NEARY, Simon PERKINS, Debby SCULL, Michael SILVESTRI, Kathryn SLATER, Nicola SMITH, Adam TWEED, Mark WEBB, Adam WICKS, Mark WILMOT and Yan YIP.

If you would like to know more about volunteering or the various volunteer roles, please ask.

Finally, as this week’s Run Director, I would like to thank you all for making my job painless and fun and to Phil Liberman and Coralie Beamish for taking me through the results. Parkrun wouldn’t be the same without such wonderful volunteers, runners, supporters and the fantastic community spirit that epitomises Horsham Parkrun. Well done to you all!

Mike and Team