As we arrived this morning on the front lawn, we were welcomed with aspects of blue sky and a glimmer of summer sunshine but as we are writing this report and looking out the window, the rain is pouring down! Think we made the best of the morning! Mike and his crew had already made a great start with the set up and a few last-minute touches were being made to the finish area – notably the new finish funnel and there was lots of discussion and movement of posts and ropes! However, we think it worked – could we remind people to move away from the finish funnel and barcode area once they have completed their run to clear the area a bit more.
Slowly but surely, the volunteers began to make their way and we cannot thank them enough for coming forward as it was a very close call this week whether we had sufficient volunteers to stage the event. Our volunteers along with you the runners are what make the event happen but without them the event cannot take place so a HUGE thanks goes out to every single one of you who volunteered this week. With the new COVID regulations we do need more volunteers so if you would like to give something back to Tilgate parkrun why not think about volunteering one week - just email in to firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to hear from you!
Unfortunately, due to the new COVID regulations, our run brief is brief which does not give me a chance to welcome our new runners or tourists. Overall, there were 43 first-timers, 19 of which was their first-ever parkrun. However, no one came as far as a few joggers that travelled over to Tokyo to run their 5k, and that is on a 12.5 lap course! I’m sure you’ll agree our course is much more picturesque, albeit not as flat.
Out of the 413 total runners today, there were a few runners at the back happily chatting (or running late!) who made their way through the pack and began their run! It must be noted that one runner in particular, David Bull ended up finishing in a close second behind Ian Black, our leader for two consecutive weeks. Well done to you both! Our first female finisher was Katie Foss who got an amazing 27-second course PB finishing in 20:15. This was just one of our 35 runners who also got a PB this morning.
Milestones: As we no longer mention people achieving their personal milestones in the run brief we will try to mention them here in the weekly run report. So here goes for this weeks run:
- 50th run for Helen Howard, all at Tilgate
- 50th run for Phillip Tidd, 49 at Tilgate
- 100th run for Julie Sanders, 95 at Tilgate, who was dressed up for the occasion (thanks to Annabel Kolter)
- 100th run for Chris Hastings, 88 at Tilgate (Take note Chris, fancy dress next milestone!)
Although these are not official parkrun milestones they are still worthy of a mention...
- 200th run for Clare Clarke-Jones, 172 at Tilgate
- 200th run for Nick Dean-Webb, all at Tilgate
- 200th run for Frances Johnston, 195 at Tilgate
- 200th run for Martin Owens, 191 at Tilgate
See you all again next week.
Claire and Darren