Tilgate parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Awards Finalists 2020

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Our anniversary is fast approaching, after our very first run on 9th June 2012 when we had 171 runners, we will soon be celebrating our 8th anniversary. In that time we have had another 410 events and in total 15,881 different barcodes have been scanned recording a total of 165,312 runs and 26,944 PB's.

Despite the lockdown we have decided to continue with tradition and have our annual awards ceremony; and we can now reveal all our finalists and their categories.

Finalists 2020

* Colin Hibbet on Male performance of the year should read Colin Hibbit

Good luck to all our finalists and we hope many of you will tune in next week (Saturday 13th June at 1030) on facebook when we will announce our well deserved winners.

Thank you to everyone who has attended #Tilgreatparkrun over the last 12 months, we have been missing you all very much over the #lockdown as well as our regular parkrun fix. We hope you are all keeping well and we look forward to the day we meet again for some #LakeParkLake fun.

Tilgate parkrun management team

Alnur, Darren Julie & Martin


Chevron Assistance

The Tilgate parkrun management team are always keen on supporting new ways of individuals getting involved that will also provide benefits to our wonderful parkrun community. So when a local rugby team contacted us to identify ways that they could improve their fitness once we have overcome the restrictions of COVID-19, we got our thinking caps on and have come up with what we believe is an innovative solution that will help the rugby team whilst also adding a little bit of fun and enjoyment for our participants.

We have created a new volunteer position of chevron puller, in essence the rugby players will congregate on the path between Pete’s crossing and the bottom of Chevron where those lucky enough to have been selected for some 'Chevron assistance' will make themselves known by wearing a specially designed bib.


The rugby players will be wearing a harness, with a bungee cord attached, the lucky runner grabs hold of the bungee cord with the rugby player then sprinting up Chevron pulling our parkrunner along, trying to hold on for as long as they can.

The rugby player gets some much-needed resistance training whilst our parkrunner gets some assistance up the mighty Chevron #WinWin.

So how could you benefit from this innovation? All you need to do is submit evidence to our email address (ivebeenpulled@parkrun.com) demonstrating that you are showing no improvement in your times going up Chevron – Garmin/Strava segment analysis would be best.

The management team will then randomly choose 10 lucky winners each week and their names will be read out during the pre-run brief; so if you're noisy or not listening you may miss your name being read out!

All being well, we hope to be able to offer this innovation as soon as we are back parkrunning, it will certainly be great to see you all again and what an occasion that is for us all to look forward to.

Until then #StaySafe and have a very Happy April fools day.

Tilgate parkrun management team :lol:


#410. It’s a man’s world? Erm, not today mate!

With the absence of the torrential rain and high winds of the last few weeks, we arrived at Tilgate park for our very special 410th event. I haven’t managed to undertake Run Director duties for so long that I was rather nervous today to see if I could remember what I was doing but thankfully Run Directing is like riding a bike (though with less falling over) and I was soon back into the swing of things. Mike ‘The Signs’ Brice and his able assistant Ant Weller had kindly completed the set up and even ran a quick loop to check the course condition before the start.

We had a marvelous 596 athletes today, 59 of those were first timers and a staggering 102 athletes scored PBs. We also welcomed the Reigate Priory Athletics Club and their Couch to 5k course graduates.

As always it was my pleasure to announce some milestones and our parkrunner of the month for February, Matt Palmer. Ian Price, Sam Frampton, Sarah Killick-Bird and Georgina Cave completed their 50th parkruns and Gary McMahon completed his 100th. Ant Weller also volunteered for the 50th time today.

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Now we cannot talk about parkrun without mentioning our volunteers, of which we had 43 today. These high-viz superheroes allow us to be able to stage Tilgate parkrun every week. This week however was a little different as the usual ‘call to arms’ volunteer email requested as many female heroes (sheroes if you like!) as possible to fill our roster. This was no sexist stunt by our VC, but due to today being the official International Women’s Day parkrun. For those unfamiliar with IWD, it has been celebrated since 1909 in the US, adopted globally in the 1970s and was designed to celebrate women’s achievements in social, economic, cultural and political arenas. parkrun is supporting this event in conjunction with the #ThisGirlCan campaign to encourage women’s participation in sport. Despite 54% of parkrun registrations being attributed to women, research shows that women are less likely to participate or continue to participate in parkrun events.

This got me thinking about the reasons why and what I was like at my first outing at parkrun 6 years ago. My reasons for not taking part initially were due to lack of confidence and worries about being too overweight or too slow or being last. IWD’s theme this year is #Each for Equal, trying to redress the gender balance across all walks of life. This got me thinking about women’s involvement in running in particular and I felt that lack of female engagement is certainly not due to lack of role models. Kathrine Switzer was the trailblazer for women’s marathon running when, in 1967, she became the first female to finish the Boston marathon as a numbered entrant. There was a little subterfuge on her part as she entered using her initials ‘K.V. Switzer’ and her defiance and determination paved the way for future generations of women to be allowed to run marathons. Closer to home, Jo Pavey is another tremendously strong role model in women’s running. At the age of 40, 10 months after giving birth to her second child, she won her first major gold in the 10,000m at the 2014 European championships. Today she was first female finisher at Exmouth parkrun in a blistering 16:57, as a 46 yr old mother of two – proving age is no barrier to speed! Last year we were lucky enough to have Dina Asher-Smith – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay runner and fastest British woman on record, as an ambassador for Run Gatwick. These are just three of the multitude of athletes who inspire generations of women to take up sport every day.

It is their strength, grit and tenacity that has got them to where they are today and as role models for girls and women everywhere. So, to pinch a quote once cited by another inspirational human being, Michelle Obama: Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

Happy International Women’s Day. (P.S. Fellas – in case you were wondering, International Men’s Day is 19 November!)


PS - Claire Page took some photos during the run today - another way to get involved and volunteer at parkrun - you can find these photos following this link



RR409 – The one with The Leap Day

Today was the first ever Leap Day parkun. If you missed today’s event, your next opportunity will be in the year 2048.

As is traditional on a Leap Day we gave all our runners and volunteers the opportunity to propose in front of all their parkrun friends and family.

In case anyone was tempted, Mayumi Stephenson had made two beautiful origami rings complete with ring boxes.


Sadly, there were no takers on the day. However, one lady took the red heart ring with her after the event, so watch this space…

We also had a little fun before the start with a leap, see our twitter post here

Sophie Hunt took the microphone to tell us about International Women's Day next week (7 March). We are participating and encouraging women to attend, bring your mothers, daughters and your grans. We'd also love our volunteer team to be female too #ThisGirlCan #IWD

Finally, we had a special guest visitor. Karen Hoskin from NHS Partnerships along with some of her colleagues came to say a few words about mental health and suicide prevention. Karen has kindly written the rest of this run report.

A special leap year Tilgate parkrun had a field of 452 parkrunners of which 53 were first timers not to forget the prams and sleeping babes living the dream and our K9 friends this morning and a very well done to the 38 runners achieved a PB.  Despite storm Jorge in the horizon we had a reprieve of the torrential rain to a light drizzle but this did not stop us grabbing that wellbeing tonic for that start of the weekend.  I think the cheers and motivational efforts of Nigel with his fabulous orange pompoms and with the Lorraine's coaching advice to encourage runners to use their arms up that hill helped that spurt of energy.  It was also lovely to welcome our visitors to our parkrun this morning from Dorking, Dulwich, Eastbourne and Hastings, to name a few but on this occasion no international visitors.

Our NHS staff from local NHS Sussex Partnership NHS FT, who provide mental health services across Sussex were in Yellow tee-shirts and came along to shine the light on mental health, and share important information around suicide prevention. Similar to a leap year occurring 1:4 years did you know 1:4 people in general population experience mental health needs.

Karen asked you all to SAY HELLO to each other a simple act of human connection which is the start of getting to know someone and reminded us about the importance of the humble act of saying hello can make such a difference to someone’s day.  We are so often going through our busy weeks seeing faces that we recognise that cross our paths in our life but don’t necessary know the person whether it be on our commute to work or at parkrun each week.

It is inspiring to see how this global community enjoy sharing Saturday morning at a parkrun no matter where you are in the county, country or globally.  What a better way to up lift ones mood by participating in parkrun, it really does have so many health benefits keeping our self mentally and physically healthy.  In fact I spoke to a fellow parkrunner as we embraced the course and talked about how exercise releases natural body chemicals to make us feel good.

I know you may not feel it at the time as you climbed the hill towards our lovely volunteer Lorraine but doesn’t it feel good when you finish - the parkrun community is inclusive of everyone.  What a great place to share this health message, raise awareness around mental health which is as important as our physical health and stamp out stigma.  Tell your friends, family & work mates it is free and a fantastic social community to connect with and let our parkrun grow.  The parkrun community is all about personal goals whether you walk jog run or volunteer there is something for everyone and you all will have your reasons for participating.

Hats off to Ben Short, he was first over the line in 16:47 mins and our first lady Julie Briggs ran in 19:52 this morning.  We come to parkrun for many reasons.  It may be about chasing that PB or maintaining it, however it is not all about who can get over the finish line in the fastest time as it is relative to our goal and parkrun’s philosophy is to help the community support their health and wellbeing.  Sussex Partnership through their SAFE campaign (Suicide Awareness is For Everyone), aim is to raise awareness and put a human face on this important subject; break the taboo on talking about mental health issues through opening up a conversation and encouraging people to talk.  We all CAN potentially save lives.

People that are affected by mental health issues are just like you and I, our neighbour, brother, sister, work colleague, shop assistant and so on.  Suicide is a very sensitive subject and like no other bereavement and has a huge impact on families.  Did you know that currently it is the biggest killer in young men under 50 throughout the UK and you may be able to change this statistic.

It was helpful to have our NHS staff to share knowledge of what to do if you are concerned about someone’s mental health.  So through connecting with our parkrun community sharing the SAFE message we hope this will help save lives.  Please look at the suicide prevention training video via the link www.zerosuicidealliance.com. Let’s as a community share and use the details we heard today with friend’s family and work colleagues.  The information may also help you. A lot of us know how to do CPR; so let’s know how to support someone at risk of suicide.  This maybe the first step you can take to help yourself, or someone else in need so collectively we can help our community stay SAFE.

A special thanks to those that shared their personal stories today as it absolutely demonstrates that this is a real live issue for many of our local community. A simple pledge of looking at the 20 min video may help to signpost someone feeling distressed to seek support.  Mental Health can have a big impact on families not just on the person experiencing an illness but their loved ones too.  Some shared how parkrun helps with their stresses and to cope with the challenges of caring for loved ones and thanked our visitors in yellow tee-shirts for supporting this very important agenda and helping to stamp out stigma.  This is all about connecting with the person whether you are running or volunteering let’s continue to ensure our parkrun encourages all our diverse community to join in.

We will always welcome first timers and ensure it is accessible for all people with disabilities or long term health conditions. Chrissie Wellington, Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at parkrun, said to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:

“Whether you want to walk, run, volunteer or simply come down and watch, parkrun events give people the opportunity to be active, in the open air and feel part of a welcoming, non-judgemental community. Time and time again we hear stories of how parkrun has helped people from all walks of life cope with mental health issues, and we are pleased to team up with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide, and the resources that are available within the community.” The Yellow tee-shirts carried the message Say Hello See it Say it and Sign post so a very special thank you running community for collectively helping our community stay SAFE and keep on running.

A final message from Justin, the Run Director today reminded us of our wonderful volunteers this morning.  Without them parkrun will not happen and it was amazing to have their commitment despite the weather. Carrying out the volunteer tasks help make our parkrun possible so please consider if you can to sign up one week to help volunteer.


Run Report #408

Tilgate parkrun: One shoe wonder rules.......

The last Saturday for run #408 was fairly grey and cold but fortunately the rain just about held off. We had 590 finishers, so obviously it takes more than a dull day to stop the majority of Tilgate parkrunners from getting their weekly fix. There were a good number of first timers.

I would like to say that everything ran incredibly smoothly and that there were no problems, but unfortunately this wasn’t quite the case. We had a stop watch that didn’t work properly and there was an issue with the finishing tokens which caused some runners to get their finishing place plus 50. So maybe you weren’t as far down the field as you thought! We also had a runner who had a nasty fall, with a twisted ankle, cut knees and badly grazed hands. But apart from that everything was fine.

First finisher was Luke Newton (JM 11-14) in an excellent new PB of 17.46. When I saw Luke in the finishing straight he only had one shoe, so I’m not sure what had happened. Maybe that is the secret to running a bit faster. It certainly didn’t seem to be slowing him down because he was flying! Luke was followed home by Thomas Thayre, just back from the RAF, and very unfit according to his dad (!) and the inspirational Chris Lobodzinski. Ask Chris and he will tell you why. But for many, the award for run of the day must go to Claire Page, running an amazing PB of 19.48. Claire has become a Tilgate parkrun stalwart since she starting coming down in early 2016. She has now run 161 times at Tilgate and has set PBs the last three weeks. The current training regime is obviously working!

It was the 50th parkrun run for Jennifer Barnes, Katherine Dobson, James Butcher and Richard Lawrence. And Chris Johnston achieved his 50th volunteer status on 8th February and was there again helping out this week. Well done to everyone!

Everyone came, everyone ran and almost everyone went home unscathed and happy. And the timing and finishing token problems were sorted out by the people who know how to do these things. Well done to you, whoever you are!

See you next week which is actually tomorrow, because I am so late with this report. Apologies.

Chris Cheeseman

RD Run #408


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