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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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