So finally, Jane Footer’s run report (lovely as it was!) is now not the most recent run report on our webpage!
We were back, yes back in our lovely park and as we imagined as the crowds built (and give or take 6 runners at Worthing, we were the largest attendance in West Sussex) the atmosphere was electric and emotional in equal amounts.
We made it an extra early start for our set up team this week as we would all be a bit rusty and we also had to set up our new start area. But by 8am we were set and ready for our Volunteers and runners to arrive. Seeing all the old faces, some which I had not seen for 16 months, was so good!
My Partner Claire says “preparation is key” and we certainly did a lot of prep leading into parkruns restart, kit was washed and checked, volunteers and core team briefed, test run done, defib and first aid checked and so the list goes on and on………so it was with a degree of trepidation that I took the loudhailer out of the trunk realising I had not checked the batteries…………..as I say (and Claire will vouch for this) “it’ll be fine” …….but….it wasn’t…..batteries completely dead, my heart sunk. Thankfully my Son Christian was on hand to give it a thump and lo! It worked! Crisis averted!
There were lots of first timers to brief, so good to see, did you all take up running during lockdown?
So the main pre run brief, I had thought a lot of what or whether to say anything about the pandemic and came to the conclusion that 70 seconds (1 for every week of parkrun missed) of applause would fit the bill, I hope you all approved. It was so emotional seeing everyone there and then walking round to the start and saying the words I sometimes though I would never hear again in Horsham park (go!).
I hope you all found the new start ok. It is important to ensure we do not swamp the first corner and conflict with pedestrians. Also please ensure you “seed” yourselves appropriately in the funnel as his will also help this, we know it may mean some of you lose a few seconds which is frustrating if you are going for that big post lockdown PB but your time will come (or you could just press the button on the line, that way it will at least be on Strava and you know what they say about Strava…..!).
So it came to pass that Horsham parkrun restart #1 went off without a hitch! A huge thank you to all the volunteers who dismantled our start funnel and reset it as the finish funnel in less than 10 minutes, which was useful as Jacob Cann was only 20 seconds off the course record in a winning time of 15.25! Our 2 very experienced timekeepers (Christian & Kat) were spot on, as were our funnel managers, token givers and barcode scanners who had to get to grips with the new app. Our super marshals out on the course were super cheery and my core team all shone like stars, thank you to them all and to you all for turning up and running.
The Rec Stop café looked nice and busy after, I am just sorry Claire and I could not stay but we had another event to get to.
So there we have it, back back back and back to stay we hope above everything else.
See you back at the park next week!
Phil (Event Director)