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