James (the band) once said “Ring the bells” and so it was that sound heralded Sarah Michelson’s final lap of Horsham park to claim her 250th parkrun! From our 1st Horsham parkrun where Sarah did her first parkrun to now Sarah has completed 239 of her 250 at Horsham and i would say is our first true Horsham 250 club parkrunners (Raff, Andy, Harry, Ian, Dereck and Geoff all stared their parkrun journeys at other parkruns!).
It was great to see so many of you out even though conditions are starting to get a little soft under foot. We have come close to having to cancel the last couple of weeks and are working very hard together with HDC to ensure the needs of the park are balanced with the desire for our lovely parkrun! It is a difficult balancing act so please help us to keep everyone happy by running on the paths where possible on the course and being considerate to pedestrians who probably don’t want to walk in the mud!
RD Laine started proceedings with a fab run brief which included us presenting Lydia Graham with the award for parkrunner of the month for September, well done Lydia your times have been falling consistently and you have even made time to volunteer, a worthy winner indeed.
We also had a fair few milestones to celebrate…… obviously the big 250 for Sarah and also a Junior 10 for Josh Cunningham, 50's for Martin Humphreys, Natasha Hayes, Martin Leake, Ian Nicholson and Louise Powling and 100's for Nick Coysh, Tracey Edwards and Nicky Holder. Also most notably to Mick Duplock who ran his 50th, Mick has some of you may know is blind and runs for Horsham Joggers, he set a target of getting to his 50 this year after a few years of sporadic parkrunning and has achieved that milestone 3 months early, fantastic! It was great too that our Twitter man Tim Jones guided him this Saturday but I am sure that Mick would like to thank all the people who have guided him on his 50 parkruns so far. Don’t wait so long for your 100th Mick!
So as the run neared its end the aforementioned bell tolled, Sarah had wanted to ring this to denote her last lap where she wanted as many of us as possible to join her to walk her final mile. I was lucky enough to do just this and it was a beautiful lap, reminiscing about all those parkruns and Sarah’s journey, where she has walked every step! She was also our first parkrunner of the year.
All in all, a lovely lovely day and all ended up with, what else, CAKE and more…….. Jan’s amazing blondies, brownies and Laine’s sausage meat plait! I got to admit I indulged and even shared half a teacake with Claire! Calories in, calories out certainly did not match this Saturday……………...
So who will be next to join the 250 club at Horsham……….well James Boniface is not far away but there will (hopefully) be one before that………ahem………… it’s always a fun fab day with milestones and I know there will be many many more to come for us all! Horsham parkrun truly does rock!
Keep your eyes peeled for course changes and potential venue changes in the next few weeks and whatever happens we will be having a Halloween run on 2nd November so get that in your diaries!
See you all very soon
Phil & Team.