No sign of Mike – parkrun run report 423

An alarm call on a Saturday earlier than the one I usually have from Monday through Friday can mean only one thing; parkrun volunteer duty day!

Another stint in the role of Run Director had me at our beautiful Tilgate Park just before 8am. Thanks to Ant Weller, Simon Mead and Max Doherty who were already well into the set-up of the finish funnel and Darren Hunt and Claire Page for running the course in advance to check for hazards.

Today we were without stalwart Mike Brice, everybody was suitably pleased with themselves when - by 08:20 - everything was set up and there was an air of calmness.
A quick weather check indicated heavy rain from 09:00 - 12:00 but thankfully,, my weather app was about as accurate as Michael Fish back in October 1987!

334 runners set off and when we saw a pair of legs sprinting past the start line seemingly on the last lap just 12 minutes later, there was a buzz of excitement amongst the timekeepers as we wondered if today would see the course record being broken. Conditions were certainly perfect for running.

Congratulations to Maxwell  Dumbrell who crossed the line first today in a time of 15:50. James Westlake followed in second place and his record still stands.

Well done to everybody today, whether it was your first time, another PB, or indeed another run or walk for fun.

Finally - a reminder of the message I gave during today’s run brief; our course does cross a live road and whilst it is usually reasonably quiet from traffic at the time we use it, the roadworks near the stadium roundabout does mean that some people use the park as a cut through in order to avoid the delays. Whilst those road works continue, please do be mindful of the additional traffic and be aware that the marshals may need to pause you briefly to balance the flow of runners and cars. Our top priority is the safety of everybody.


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:

250th run for  Emine Ayhan, 249 at Tilgate
250th run for Sundeep Kalsi, 220 at Tilgate
100th run for Ellie Dunn, 72 at Tilgate
50th run for April Hanslow, all at Tilgate
50th run for Theresa Wright, 45 at Tilgate
10th run for  George Wylie (JNR), 2 at Tilgate

Although not an official parkrun milestone a fantastic achievement worthy of a mention...

150 Ronald Penfold, 149 at Tilgate

Today was thankfully incident-free (the rain has still held off at the time of writing). Have a great weekend and see you next time!



Foggy parkrun report 422

The morning was just a little bit foggy. So much so that as I entered the park I could even see the start funnel or signs that the wonderful Mike had already set up.  As I made my way across the field in front of the lake they emerged from the mist and I knew I was at the right place.  It's been a while since I had been Run Director the last time was before lockdown.

We started as normal, and within seconds all the runners had disappeared into the mist but whilst clearing down the start funnel I heard voices from the opposite side of the lake.   shouting, what? omg, there are hundreds of them.  I think the fishermen were startled by all the runners.

Our first man home was James Westlake with a finish time of 16:58 and our first woman home was Katie Foss with 19:59.   We had a great run with the sun burning off the mist by the time our tail walker made it back.

We did have a near-miss with a walker who was looking at her phone, but thankfully it was avoided.  Please remember to be aware of other park users whilst running.

Our recent Milestones are

100th Max Doherty, 95 at Tilgate
50th Roby Woodcock, all at Tilgate
10th Oliver Haysom (JNR), 9 at Tilgate

200th Colin Scott, 196 at Tilgate.

Thanks for a great run and I'll see you next week.


#421 A punctual start

This was my first event back as Run Director after the 70-week parkrun holiday and thankfully it all went smoothly.

When I arrived at the park at 8am, most of the set-up work had already been done. The signs around the course were already in position and the finish funnel was ready.

It was a beautiful autumn morning, and the view of the lake and forest was simply breath-taking. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful park to hold our parkrun in.

After the new shortened COVID-safe Run Director speech, I started the run at exactly 9:00:00 to the second, which left a few latecomers chasing after the other runners in the distance on the far side of the lake.

Our first runner back was James Westlake who was back in 16:41 and all the runners and our tail walkers were all safely back in 51:51. There were 38 people who achieved new Personal Bests and 16 people who joined us at Tilgate for the first time.

The results were all expertly processed by Darren Hunt without any problems.

There were a few official milestones to celebrate this week. Nicola Churchill celebrated her 50th parkrun, having run 49 of them at Tilgate. Robert Maries celebrated his 50th parkrun with a PB, having run 46 of them at Tilgate. Ben Knight-Patto popped over to Ifield Mill Pond for his 50th run too.

Rosie Cavedashchi completed her 250th parkrun, having run 244 of them at Tilgate and Brian Pemberton completed his 250th parkrun, having run all of them at Tilgate.

There were some unofficial milestones to celebrate too. Pete Airey completed his 350th parkrun this week and newlyweds Marie & Steve Brock completed their 200th parkrun together.

Congratulations to everyone that was out running the London Marathon and Virtual London Marathon at the weekend.

Thank you to all our volunteers. Without you, it simply wouldn’t be possible to hold Tilgate parkrun.

I’ll be the Run Director again on the 30th and I look forward to seeing you all again then. Don’t forget your barcode.

Justin Mitchell

Run Director





Alnur Out …. but not forgotten

RR#419 - A good day to say goodbye
What a lovely morning for a parkrun, 382 runners and 39 volunteers agreed.
We had a fabulous 41 first timers (including 12 newbies) and 48 super stars set PB's, including 6 of the top 9 - conditions must have been excellent - well done to everyone and a big thank you to the volunteers, we don't have time to do that at the pre-run brief so I think it is right we give them kudos for their efforts in the run report.
Amongst the other personal achievements recorded, Alison Bird recorded her 100th milestone run of which 90 had been run around our lovely lake-park-lake course.  There were a few other notable unofficial milestones with Alina Corbett recording her 300th parkrun (271 at Tilgate) and Jon Berril recording his 150th and 100th at Tilgate.
The event as usual went smoothly and there were no incidents to report this week, so thank you to everyone for abiding by the new rules that are in place.
As 11th September approached, I was filled with a mixture of excitement and also a little sadness.  Excitement as I was returning to Tilgate parkrun to see so many familiar and friendly faces but also as this date marked the end of my long association with the event.  It was also a humbling experience as many parkrunners came to me to check that I was OK as I had been 'missing' over the last few weeks - proof if there ever was that parkrun is more than just a run in the park.
When I arrived into the park at just before 8am, Mike 'the signs' Brice had almost completed the setup, including putting the signs out - Mike is a fabulous stalwart supporter of parkrun both on Saturday and Sunday and without him I am not sure I would have remembered where anything went.
Soon after the other volunteers started arriving with Julie, Martin and Darren (the management team), Carole (Volunteer co-ordinator) making sure that everything was as it needs to be and everyone given their instructions, I was also pleased to see Sophie 'Safe Hands' Hunt as timekeeper, with Lou who was a last-minute change stepping in for hubby John Haynes who had to attend a fire alarm at work.
Soon it was time to assemble the runners before the rather rapid pre-run brief. I was so pleased that Anya and Paige Windust were able to assist me to get the run-away repeating their involvement at their 50th volunteer event around 5 years ago when they were a lot littler and probably easier to get out of bed in the morning (well done Ness).
I would also like to thank Victoria Butler who stepped aside to allow me the honour of being Run Director for the day.  Being involved in Tilgate parkrun has been a fun, life enriching and wonderful experience and I am so proud of all the runners and volunteers who have attended over my time and continue to make it #Tilgreat parkrun. 
One last thanks to Julie Kalsi who is now the sole remaining member of the original team that setup Tilgate parkrun just over 9 years ago, Julie is truly a community superhero and a great friend too.
Happy parkrunning
Alnur - Out

Run Report #418 – Stalwarts lead the way!

Another Saturday and it was another parkrun at Tilgate. Conditions were good and there seemed to be a very good atmosphere around at the start. The Run Directors announcing job has certainly got a lot easier these days, with the pre-recorded text doing most of the work. It is just basically a case of saying line up and go!

First finisher was Tilgate parkrun stalwart Ian Blackham, in an excellent time of 17.17.  That’s only a few seconds outside his PB, set back in 2018, so Ian is running really well at the moment. First lady finisher was Claire Page, who is also well known to all regulars at Tilgate parkrun, in 21.50. Great running Claire. There was a total of 359 finishers.

It was the 100th parkrun runs for Peter Phillips, Matt Palmer and Carol Brown, with Stuart Forgie completing his 50th. Although not official parkrun milestones, it is worth mentioning that it was the 400th parkrun for Gary Viles and the 200th for Emma Daley.

The Viles family are amazing supporters of parkrun. Listing the results from Saturday in terms of total parkruns completed we have Brian Purnell with the most runs (420), followed by Fiona Viles (407), Gary Viles (400) and Alan Viles (378). Amazing! This means that Fiona and Gary and Alan have run a total of 5,925 kilometres on Saturday mornings at parkrun between them!

A huge thank you, as always, to all our amazing volunteers. I would like to give a special mention to Mike Brice who seems to be first there in the morning every week to set up the course and the finishing area.

And just a final request to everyone to be nice to each other. We had a couple of totally avoidable incidents of less than ‘parkrun-like’ behaviour on Saturday. We just don’t need the hassle!

See you all next week.

Chris Cheeseman

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