The one where Richard got an extra pair of legs

Run report for Horsham parkrun #194

7.40 the pre-event set up team started the process on a very glorious sunny morning, along with an extra pair of legs for Richard in the shape of our new core team  member Tanya Keeling, a task that she volunteered for to save me struggling to walk the course. Tanya you are a star in my book!

As the runners amassed, on a very bright and sunny morning, the briefings and announcements started with Karen England giving the New Runners and Tourist briefing, feel free to volunteer and give it a try. This was followed by the announcement and presentation of the trophy for April’s parkrunner of the Month. This lady has run 48 parkruns with a total of 16 PB’s (1 in 3 which is really good going). She always has a smile on her face and a cheer and good words for other runners. It really was a pleasure to award the trophy to Rosie Buckingham. She even managed a 40 second PB today; all those Southwater runs have paid off Rosie.

ROM Rosie(S)

Time for the main run briefing and I have to thank you all for the decorum that was shown as I stayed down on the ground due to my manky knee (and I am rather vertically challenged, if you know what I mean)! Please do not be shy about putting your hand up if your name is announced with regards a Milestone run, it is an achievement to reach one of these milestone figures, not all of us are natural runners, so be proud and celebrate and let your fellow parkrunners know that you are celebrating that run. Remember that when you receive your t-shirt, if you would like it presented to you just ask the RD of the day to do the presentation during the run brief, let’s be proud of getting that far folks, I know I was.

Milestone runners today were:
Joining the 50 run club > Vanessa Taylor and Allison Hartley
Joining the 100 run club > Thomas Patterson

Once the run was away myself and the finish team made the most of the glorious sun but it was evident that work would soon have to start as the front runner Neil Boniface was setting a rather rapid pace, so suddenly it was time get up off of the picnic blankets, cover our bodies and start doing the volunteer stuff. The sun seemed to be playing havoc with the scanners so maybe it is time to start bringing the gazebo out to offer some shade as I have spent some time dealing with the missing time queries. It was not only the scanners that the sun affected as some of you looked somewhat hot and sweaty, please remember that as the weather warms  up make sure you hydrate before and after your run.

Numbers info:

463 Runners, Joggers & Walkers took part and completed today’s run, along with a few canines and some buggy pushers

First 3 females: Olivia Collins 20.39, Yasmin Akbay 21.27 & Estelle Bradley 22.51
First 3 males: Neil Boniface 15.57, Dean Heneghan 17.44 & Bradley Burke 17.56
First 3 Juniors: Bradley Burke 17.56, Samuel Richards 19.13 & Felix Clarke 20.36

This week’s highest age grades were:
Neil Boniface with 86.2% and Valerie McLachlan with 81.01%

The male course record is held by Neil Boniface with a time of 15.05 and was set on 2/5/15
The female course record is held Rebecca Moore with a time of 17.52 and was set on 13/9/14

Since Horsham parkrun started in September 2014 7,364 have completed the run , covering a total distance of 299,855 km.

Obviously all of the Southwater runs are paying off now that we are back at Horsham as, despite the rather warm conditions, 77 of you recorded new PB’s. An amazing achievement by you all.

We had a fair few tourists visiting us from near and far and hopefully it was an enjoyable experience and they come and visit us again

36 first time parkrunners decided to come and try the parkrun experience, a massive welcome to you all, be warned this parkrun malarkey is somewhat addictive so we will undoubtedly be seeing you again & again in the future.

I must once again remind you that we share the park with other users and although there was no actual incident I must ask that you all remain aware of your surroundings and preferably give other park users preference on the paths because if they are elderly (like me) they may have a problem using the grass.

Please remember to take your kit (bags, jackets etc.) home with you as we no longer store lost property.

If for some reason you are unable to run please consider volunteering as it is a great way of staying involved with parkrun (and I speak from experience), simply email in to and if you would like to receive the weekly volunteer appeal from Horsham parkrun visit your profile page and under the Email Options opt in to receiving the weekly email.

Finally a massive thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, who without there would be no parkrun
Paul AYLETT, Ray AYLMORE, Gillian AYLMORE, Varsha BONGALE, Lorraine BULBECK, Joanne BULL, Katie BURT, Claire BUTLER, Karen ENGLAND, Philip ENGLISH, Isabel ENGLISH, Stephen ENTECOTT, Geoff FISHER, Sacha HILLICKS, Olive HOBBS, Gary HOLDER, Gail JENKINSON, Timothy David JORDAN, Tanya KEELING, Rachel MACLEAN, Richard MULLANS, Lucy PHILLIPS, Rebecca RAYNER, Kathryn SLATER, Vanessa TAYLOR, Raff VITALE, Emma WALTERS

Please support our wonderful Conservatory Cafe and take advantage of the discount they off, on production of your barcode (another reason to remember it)

Happy parkrunning and see you all next week and  DFYB

Richard and the team


The one with an extra 66

Run Report for Horsham parkrun #185

How lucky we were that there had been no precipitation for the last couple of days so that there was no ground water to freeze as I saw a rather startling -5̇°C on my car temperature gauge during my drive to the park. Just one bad spot which myself and Sok Wa LEE manage to break up most of when we were setting up the course.

Our gallant group of loyal volunteers started to appear and report to the Volunteer Co-Ordinator ready to brave the somewhat chilly conditions. The morning’s briefings were prefaced by a few words from our ED Phil about the tragedy in Barnes Green last weekend as the young lad, Will Hallett, had been a Horsham parkrunner in 2016 with an impressive PB of 20.02. Sadly a very young life ended way too soon.

After the run briefing myself, the timekeepers and all of the runners made our way along the Downs Link to the start, wow that is a long walk there and back and I only just made it back when the front runners appeared to make their way back along it, I was walking so as not to risk a possible face plant well a slow walk is all I can manage at the moment STILL!!!

Treats for the morning came in the form of some Lindt Chocolates from Sok Wa LEE (100 of them to celebrate her milestone run) and a rather yummy apple cake from our illustrious ED. As we waited for the last of the tail enders the open meeting was started and Phil presented an outline of what the Core Team were looking for, so please feel free to email in if you wish to put yourself forward to become one of our merry band.

The cold morning did not seem to affect all of you as you all seemed to have smiles on your faces as you passed the finish area for the first, and second, time and also 38 of you managed to achieve new PB’s. I do think that Ryan MOOREY misunderstood my comment about the little bit of ice on the course as he ran in full ice hockey kit, then again carrying that hockey bat thing at least made sure that nobody impeded him.

The first 3 finishers in each gender group were:
Males - Matt MASON, Rob Dale & Will MITCHELL
Females – Yasmin AKBAY, Vicky HANDY & Nicola SMITH

Top Age Grade % - Valerie MACLACHLAN 78.98% & Malcolm FOOTER 75.48%

Of the 298 runners 133 were female, 158 were males and 7 were unknown runners (NO barcode)

Milestones for the week were: joining the 50 club were Sarah MASKELL, Carol LEONARD & Ryan MOOREY and joining the 100 club was Sok Wa LEE. Congratulations to you all and look forward to seeing you all showing off the relevant t-shirts.

Once the meeting was finished it was time to adjourn to the café for results processing where Tina KNIGHT got her first taste of what happens behind the scenes to get the results online for you all, if any of you wish to volunteer to try this task please do so as it is another task where you can get your run and a volunteer credit. Somehow we managed to get TWO 66 position tokens handed in and scanned so it was a case of baptism by fire for Tina but it all got sorted in the end.

One thing that has become evident to us on the Core Team is that it would be really good if we had a volunteer that could sign our run brief to the runners, simply stand next to the RD and sign the briefing as it is said, this would also be helpful to any hearing impaired runners as well as to the team. If you feel that you could do this please contact us on

A really great big thank you to all of the astounding team of volunteers who helped me make yet another Horsham parkrun possible, the conditions were a tad chilly to say the least yet they still turned up to stand there and guide and cheer you on and finally time and scan you.

That’s all from me for this

Richard (RD of the day) and the parkrun team :)


The one with the persistent mizzle

Run Report for Horsham parkrun #180 on the 20th January 2018

What a dull and dismal start to the morning, as I drove to the park, with windscreen wipers flashing away across my screen, the thoughts that ran through my head mainly focussed on how wet I was going to get and how lucky we were that there hadn’t been a frost overnight as promised earlier in the week!

Miraculously the heavy ’ish’ precipitation had slowed to less than a bit of mizzle (Cornish misty rain) by the time that myself and the set up team started a  nice walk around the lake to set out the markers and we  spotted the ‘mini rivers’ flowing down the paths in a couple of places, once the lake section was finished I then walked along the Downs Link to put the Caution Runners sign out near Lintot Square and suddenly realised that it was longer than I thought but at least it is a nice flat section especially with that short sharp downhill bit at the park end, just right for a fast finish.

As 8.45 approached the runners started to appear and soon we had a nice compact crowd and it was time to start the briefings, I must thank everybody for the wonderful decorum during the main briefing as it made things very easy and everybody seemed to be able to hear my dulcet tones. Once the briefings were finished we started our walk down to the start area and finally I was able to utter those wonderful words ‘Timers Ready’ and then ‘ three, two, one & GO’ and the run was on, it was nice that the rain remained as mizzle during the run so as the volunteers did not have to get too wet.

Soon the Tail Walker (the lovely Tanya) came past the finish line and it was ‘game over’ for another week and time to pack up, store the kit and retire to home to process the results but not before popping in to the café and enjoying a mug of lovely black coffee, it was nice to hear that many of you had supported the café and enjoyed their yummy offerings. :-)

Now for a few stats:

246 runners of which 10 were first time parkrunners and 9 first time visitors to Horsham parkrun.

13 of you  ran a New PB so very well done

NO milestones were reached this morning.

Only 5 runners were listed as Unknown

The first 3 male finishers were: Bradley BURKE, Ashley WILLIAMS & an unknown :-(
The first 3 female finishers were: Emily CHADWICK, Niamh DONNELLY & Geri SMITH

The highest male and female Age Grade went to:
Ashley WILLIAMS 77.65% & Val MCLACHAN 74.26%

This week’s silly facts:
Since the first Horsham parkrun 7,041 runners have covered a total distance of 277,620km which is almost 7 times the circumference of the Earth and almost 25.5 times the circumference of the moon.

My choice for the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Time goes to Adam MARTIN with a time of 25:25

As always there could be no parkrun without the volunteers and I would like to say a HUGE thanks to the wonderful team that turned out to support me with the organisation of the run

Lorraine BULBECK • Margaret WADMAN • Nina BERRY • Carol BROWN • Gary BURCHETT • Sarah MACLEAN • Christian LIBERMAN • Gail JENKINSON • Jo HOPKINS • Rachel MACLEAN • Penny BARRON • Paul AYLETT • Richard BARRON • Clive WALKER • Yan YIP • Arun COOKE • Olive HOBBS • Justine TANNER • Karen WHEATLEY • Tanya KEELING • Melody PILGRIM • Jane FOOTER • Sue CHAPMAN • Matt PILGRIM • Rachel BOWMAN

Well that’s it from me folks, until next time

Richard and the Horsham parkrun team


MUD glorious MUD

Run report for Horsham New Year’s Day parkrun (#178)

The morning dawned a little gloomy with some precipitation threatening which finally arrived just in time for the start of the run. I could have sworn I asked for NO rain but sunshine instead, looks like that some wires got crossed somewhere along the line. :(

316 brave runners ventured out on this New Year’s day parkrun, many of who were going to run the ‘double’ which is a once a year opportunity for runners to run not only an extra parkrun on a day other than a Saturday but also to officially run a second parkrun on the same day.  We welcomed 24 members of the Horley Harriers for the first outing of their Winter parkrun tour 2018, special mention has to go to 3 of their members who after running the Horsham course then ran to Tilgate parkrun to then run the double, a total distance of approx. 14 miles, well done to the three of you.

A slight variation on the start and finish but unfortunately due to the extreme amount of precipitation during the week the ‘corner cut’  for the finish soon turned into a rather nasty mud slide, my apologies to anybody that this caught out as it was my decision to use this finish.

First 3 male finishers were: Jacob CANN, Luke BURGESS & Bradley BURKE (all in the JM15-17 age grade)

First 3 female finishers were: Rhiannon DUNLOP, Susan MCDONALD & Kat OWENS

Amazingly, despite the rather soft going, 14 of you managed to run NEW PB’s which was really great going.

4 of today’s runners joined the milestones clubs:
50 runs - Jacob CANN (with a new PB) and Aimee FENWICK
100 runs – Kath GARRIDO and Lorraine TREADWELL

We welcomed 3 first time parkrunners and 54 first time visitors to Horsham parkrun, including some from as far afield as Guernsey and Australia.

No run report would be complete without acknowledging the wonderful group of volunteers that assisted me in bring you yet another fun (and mud) filled Horsham parkrun:

Andy MITCHELSON • Raff VITALE • Lorraine BULBECK • Caroline DAYKIN • Vicky MULLANS • Gary BURCHETT • Christian LIBERMAN • Sophie DUNNELL • Sarah MITCHELSON • Pip MORTIMER • Jeannie BURTON • Yan YIP • Jenna SWAN • Roy ROTHE • Rylee ROTHE • Gary BUDINGER • Jan HATWELL • Helena WICKS • Kiki MOSS • Lesley GREGORY • Catherine JOHNSON • Ruth M • Rachel BOWMAN • Fiona RIDPATH • Tim M • Sue FRANCOIS

All the best for 2018

Richard and the Horsham parkrun team


Ho Ho Ho A festive run report from RD Paul

There have been many special Parkruns throughout this year for me and the Christmas run is always a highlight. I'm not sure if we are all boosted by the thought of family time, holidays, gifts and general over indulgence but spirits seem to be lifted over the general gloomy weather and short daylight hours that this time of year brings.

Early set up with VC Raff was dark yet uneventful and we managed to set out the revised winter course in good time to get back for the volunteers to arrive. The weather couldn't have been much different to last week's cold hard frost and, with mild cloudy and sticky conditions, it was clear that mud was a big factor to mention in the run briefings (as well as the mince pies and mulled wine at the finish of course!).

An incredible 40 first timers took part at Horsham today, as well as tourists from Rother Valley, Reigate, Yorkshire, Durham, Bristol, Manchester and Guernsey and you are all very welcome! With conditions a bit sticky underfoot to say the least, you'd be forgiven for thinking that PB's would be out of the question. However, 22 of you decided to push the boundaries and set new PB's as well! Luckily ED Phil was on hand with a recovery aid station fit for Kings (and Queens!) and many of you joined us for a festive cup of mulled wine, mince pies and other Christmas fayre.

Now with my debut stint as RD a few weeks ago being a tad eventful, I hope you can forgive me for wanting a quiet one this time around and while we waited for the 482nd and final person to return I was breathing a big sigh of relief that everything was spot on. And then we processed the results! Perhaps I sighed too soon? It should be a simple case of crossing the line once as a registered runner, collecting a finish token, having it scanned and bobs your uncle (or aunt?) right? However, with some additional little runners crossing the line and not taking tokens we were all in a pickle for a while at the café afterwards. Luckily VC Raff was there again to assist and we made some sense of it all before midday.

So all that remains is to wish you a very Merry Christmas! We look forward to seeing you again next Saturday (30th) as usual and again at 9am on New Year's Day if you need a hangover cure? Tilgate Parkrun will be "doing the double" at 10.15 ish for those who want to hotfoot it over there as well.

Paul and the team.


Mud glorious Mud and Mike’s 2nd RD spot

This was was my second time as Run Director (RD) and once again it was a beautiful morning for the 170th parkrun – I’m not taking credit for that but there is a pattern emerging here (that’s jinxed it!). The previous day saw lots of rain that made for a challenging, muddy and slippery course. But oh no, this did not deter our 352 intrepid park runners who cried ‘more mud, more mud’ – oh no they didn’t, oh yes they did, oh no… Ok a bit of poetic licence so let me indulge as Christmas is looming. 

Even though conditions were far from ideal, we welcomed 21 first timers and Parkrun tourists from Nottingham, Reigate, Kingston and Crowborough, not to mention the 15 PBs and not forgetting Alex Ballard who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Milestones were reached by Louis Kearl and Yasmin Akbay (10th) and Dominic Wakefield, 50th so well done to you all. 

The main thing as always is that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and finished safely.

Until next time, all that remains is for me to thank the wonderful volunteers below and all the runners, without which Parkrun could not happen. 


 Michael and the team


The one where Richards hairy brother gatecrashed

Run report for Horsham parkrun #166
Saturday 14th October 2017

Firstly I would like to apologise for my hairy Brother who so rudely gatecrashed our parkrun and took over the run brief, he was NOT invited but he always likes to show off his Elton John hairstyle.

Hairy RD small

The morning was nice and dry with the course in good condition and firm, except for the rather soft muddy patch at the top of the path just past the Bowl, and it was very craftily camouflaged by the autumnal leaves.

We welcomed 36 first timers and 5 first time visitors who were given the New Runner/Tourist briefing by Alessandra (one of our DofE volunteers), hopefully you all enjoyed the Horsham parkrun experience and will return again and again.

We had some amazing regular runners joining parkrun’s milestone clubs today:

Joining the Junior 10 club were Alina HILLICKS and Maisie STRAUGHAN (who also celebrated her 12th birthday)

Joining the Red t-shirt (50 runs) club were Penny SANDERS, Helen WOOD, Sandra CAPE & Catherine JOHNSON.

small 50 x 2

Joining the 100 club were Andrew CLARK and Derry JARVIS.

There were 79 PB’s recorded today so well done to each and every one of you.

We had a total of 459 runners this week with a breakdown of :
226 male (of these 27 were Juniors)
215 female (of these 21 were Juniors)
18 Unknown runners (NO barcode)

First 3 Female finishers were Clare RICHER 20:01, Rebecca RANKIN 21:21 & Emily CHADWICK 22:16

First 3 Male finishers were Alex EGGS 18:24, Simon PERKINS 18:26 & Nick STREET 18:40

First 3 Junior finishers were James DAVIS 20:54, James DAVIS 20:54 & Sachin PORTER 22:00

Top Male and Female age grades were Valerie MCLACHLAN 81.97% & Nick STREET 79.64%

It’s amazing to think that since Horsham parkrun started on the 6th September 2014 all the runners who have taken part have covered a total distance of 252,770 km which is over 6 times the circumference of the Earth and just under two thirds of the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

As always a MASSIVE thanks to all out wonderful volunteers who make this weekly event possible. This week they were:
Raff VITALE • Margaret WADMAN • Richard MULLANS • Anaya WAKEFIELD • Eshan WAKEFIELD • Gary BURCHETT • David MACLEAN • Christian LIBERMAN • Richard BARRON • Sandie NICHOLSON • Andrew CLARK • Alessandra CASEY • Jeannie BURTON • Allison HARTLEY • Ray AYLMORE • Mark AYLMORE • Lawrence ROY • Olive HOBBS • Lisa AYLMORE • Ali BOULTON • Tanya KEELING • Jan HATWELL • Millie AYLMORE • Lesley GREGORY • Sok Wah LEE • Gillian AYLMORE • Roger JOHNSON • Susan BAILEY • Amber AYLMORE

.Special thanks to Christian LIBERMAN for his help processing the results today, he is a star.

My choice for the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Time goes to Thomas FONTYN with a time, that he surely saw clearly, of 20:20

As always, please remember, if you have a week where you feel you want a rest from running for some reason, why not give volunteering a try. Simply email in to

What more can I say except to hope that you all had a great morning and enjoyed your run.

Have a brilliant week and see you all next week when, weather permitting, I hope to be out with my camera. SMILE :-)

Richard and the fantastic Horsham parkrun crew


The Slippy and Slidey one

Run report for Horsham parkrun #164 3-th September 2017

A gloomy start to this report, 2 of our finish tokens have gone AWOL  and the one's either side are feeling very lonely and sad :( . Please check your pockets/bags and if you find one please return them so as they can be re-united with their companions. :-)

Although the weather was mainly dry during my walk round during setup, it was soon evident  that the course was quite muddy and slippery in places due to the persistent precipitation during the latter part of the week. Despite a few drops of the wet stuff at the end of  our set up lap it actually stayed dry for the run.

Today’s event attracted a convocation of 465 runners from far and wide who all seemed to enjoy themselves. I appreciated the quiet during the main briefing as it was important that everybody heard about the slippery patches out on the course and of course the milestone announcements.

20th 1

I was happy to be able to announce that “Houston, we do not have a problem” as Kat was back in time for her 100th, we even had a Mum and Son running their 100th

There were 24 first time touring visitors to our wonderful park this morning, we hope that you enjoyed the run, it was a pleasure to see you all and hopefully your visit will be repeated sometime in the future.

We welcomed 27  first time parkrunners this morning, welcome to the rather addictive activity known as parkrun and especially welcome to the Horsham parkrun family. If the addiction starts to get to you during the week, remember that there are branches of ‘parkrun anonymous’ that meet every Saturday at 9am in a park somewhere near you.

Despite the slightly slick and slippery surface an amazing 47 of you managed to achieve new PB's, brilliant and well done.

Alex EGGS was first male over the line in 18:43
Matthew CLARK was second male over the line in 18:57.
Nick STREET was third male over the line in 19:04.

Kathryn WOODRUFFE was first female over the line in 22:13 .
Dani COOMBES was second female over the line in 22:46.
Egg CAMERON  of was third female over the line in 23.11

Samuel SHOURBRIDGE was first Junior over the line in 21.15
Henry WALDMAN-BROWN was second Junior over the line in 21.16

Best age grades were
Valerie MCLACHLAN (VW70-74) – 80.79%
Nick STREET (VM50-54) – 77.97%

Congratulations go to the following on achieving their milestones today:

10 parkruns as a Junior:- Melissa HILL, Ellie MARLOW and Zachary HODGES

50 parkruns: Graeme SELWYN

100 parkruns: Caroline ROUSE, Henry ROUSE (JM10) and Kathryn WOODRUFFE

Luckily nobody appeared covered in mud despite the fact that I did suggest to a few of the runners that they could do a celebratory slide over the finish line, maybe time now to fish out the good old trail shoes in preparation for the possible slippery conditions to come.

My choice for the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Time goes to Sok Wah LEE with all the threes at 33.33

A special mention for James MUNDEN, the BIG man who took on the mammoth task of running a parkrun every hour for 24hrs, despite tripping on a root on Friday night, and suffering an injury, he soldiered on by walking as much as he could  and even did an official parkrun at 9am “complete with buggy”. During the 24 hours he was supported in his efforts by a constant flow of avid parkrunners who ran with him and did extra parkruns of their own.
All sponsor money and other donations go to Chestnut Tree House Hospice for Children. Hopefully you all enjoyed some of the cakes that were provided by James.

james m

As always there would be no parkrun without our wonderful volunteers who marshal the course and ensure that you are all timed and scanned at the finish.

Lorraine BULBECK • Helen WALDEN • Caroline DAYKIN • Joanne BULL • Nikki BACHE • Richard MULLANS • Eshan WAKEFIELD • Mari SALO-OJA • Rondo SELWYN • Nigel PHILLIPS • Marie CAMPBELL • Alessandra CASEY • Jeannie BURTON • David LAWTON • Yan YIP • Abigail TRICKEY • Ali BOULTON • Tanya KEELING • Jan HATWELL • Kiki MOSS • Stephen ENTECOTT • Tina KNIGHT • Roger JOHNSON • Catherine JOHNSON • Alan MACLACHLAN • Alan BUCKINGHAM

PLEASE remember, if you are in a position where you are unable to run or just fancy a day off, consider volunteering. There are even a few tasks where you can volunteer AND run

A big thank you from me to Lorraine for her assistance with the results processing.

Richard and the team


A parkrun with some milestones and a presentation

Run Report for Horsham parkrun #157.

And so it begins! :)

and so it begins

It was my pleasure to present the trophy for July’s Runner of the Month to Jo Bull, Jo was a volunteer on the very first Horsham parkrun back in Sept 2014 and has volunteered and run on quite a few occasions since. In July Jo ran 3 parkruns and volunteered for 6 different tasks.


The weather was somewhat damp during my walk around the course, setting up and checking, but luckily my ‘anti rain dance’ seemed to work as by the time I was ready to start the briefings the rain had stopped and the jolly old sun had come out for us.  During the briefing emphasised about the need NOT to funnel duck, this emphasis was made because of the problems that it causes with the timings and positions tokens going out of sync, which unfortunately cannot always be rectified exactly and therefore some people may lose or gain a place, but we always endeavour to ensure that the times are correct.

One junior runner ran her 10th parkrun today and celebrated in style, a BIG well done to Chloe MARLOWE

Chloe's 10th

Charlotte BORJESSON, Louise HILL, Trevor SCOTT & Victoria CURTIS all ran their 50th parkrun.

The ever present Jo HOPKINS ran her 100th parkrun accompanied by her merry band of tiara wearing hand maidens (and a couple of fellas who really really wanted to wear a tiara)

montage of Jo

The weather really was on the side of the marshals today as once the rain had stopped it stayed away but it got a little warm and sticky for the runners, the earlier rain just seemed to add to the humidity but despite that a resilient 51 of you recorded New PB’s, brilliant stuff and very well done.

This week 425 people ran, jogged and walked around the course, of which 235 were male, 189 were female and 21 were classified as Unknown due to them not having a barcode #DFYB (but if you live near enough you could jog home and back and get it)

Male placings:
Simon LANCKHAM 16:24,  Josh BARNETT 17:51 &  Ethan WARD 17:52.

Female placings:
Eloise LEE 19:37, Amicia LEE  20:43 & Jessica LEE-WRIGHT 21:26

As always your parkrun could not take place without our wonderful band of volunteers, this week’s stalwarts were:
Geoff FISHER • Raff VITALE • Margaret WADMAN • Nicky PATON • Michael SAUNDERS • Barry GOODLIFFE • Joanne BULL • Richard MULLANS • Mari SALO-OJA • Christian LIBERMAN • Linda MORRIS • Clive WALKER • Jeannie BURTON • Maria STREAMER • Yan YIP • Lawrence ROY • Jan HATWELL • Michael KEEN • Lesley GREGORY • Jack ROBISON • Roger JOHNSON • Martin FURMINGER • Olivia MURPHY

If there is a week when you are not able to run, albeit due to an injury or an upcoming race or you just fancy a rest from running, then please think about volunteering, simply email, we even supply a fancy tabard for you to wear and a pretty necklace (well ok it’s a lanyard with an info card on it)


A ray of sunshine in a rainy week – Horsham parkrun #155

Horsham parkrun has become an institution bringing together a strong, friendly community in the centre of Horsham every Saturday come rain come shine.  We were lucky this week and the torrential rain we have been experiencing preceding Saturday held off for the duration of the run.

Despite the threat of rain, 511 of you came out to enjoy the unexpected sunshine and a run in company, we had visitors from as far as Dublin and an astonishing 65 first time runners.

This week we also achieved 75 personal bests, the first finisher was Dan Pettit finishing in 17:25 closely followed by Thomas James who achieved an age grading of 82.5%.  The first female finisher was Rebbecca Rankin finishing in 20:35min.  However, as always there were some truly inspiring runs across the field with each person demonstrating what makes this event tick.

Congratulations to all those people who achieved your milestones today with Mal Thornton and Valerie McLachlan who both hit the big 100 today and Lawrence Roy and Coralie Beamish who have hit 50.  Fantastic running chaps, keep up the good work.

It is fantastic to take part in community runs and run with friends, however, please be aware that parkrun exists because we can coexist with the other park users and each other, it is a run not a race so please remember to treat others as you would wish to be treated and try not too (in a fit of enthusiasm) barge through or past.

Last but certainly not least 25 fantastic people volunteered this morning, marshalling, barcode scanning, timing, and many other roles, we could not do it without you, if you would like to volunteer please let the team know, you are always welcome.

Have a great week all see you next time.

Simon Perry and the team

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