#417 Better late than never

Well, I missed the return of parkrun by a few weeks and then managed to miss writing the run report for the event last week too. But I’m back, better late than never I guess – apologies for the delay.

Having not attended Tilgate parkrun since the beginning of March 2020 I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event in a post-Covid world; some things have had to change such as the way we time athletes and scan their barcodes but the nice thing coming back after such a long absence was that many things have stayed the same. Our event is still very popular, our park is still stunning and most of all, our participants (athletes and volunteers) are still amazing. I want to thank all the marvellous volunteers who make my job as RD a lot less stressful. As I arrived at the park the pre-event set-up team had been hard at work to construct the funnel, distribute signs and rope the start line and it was as if we hadn’t been away.

After the briefest of run briefs (it certainly now does what it says on the tin!) 416 participants set off around our stunning park. Ben Short was our first finisher in 16:20 and Kerrie Edmonds brought it home first for the ladies in 21.33. To keep the run brief short, we now no longer announce milestones before kick-off but I can still celebrate you all here. It was a good week for those celebrating ‘big’ runs as we had three athletes celebrating their 250th parkrun. Congrats to Natalie Boxall (who has completed every one of her 250 parkruns at Tilgate), Jason Harrold and Paul Windust. Congratulations also go to Dan Lewington, Joe Welch and Catherine Sharpe on their 100th parkrun; Richard Hallett, Tim Barnes and junior Alfie Gledhill on their 50th parkrun and finally, junior parkrunner Morgan Deakin completed his 10th parkrun. I really enjoy celebrating milestones as it’s probably my favourite part of being Run Director and this week I’m super proud not only to get to celebrate Paul Windust’s 250th run, but also his 50th-week volunteering. Well done, husband!

The alarm clock on a Saturday morning again has been a shock to the system but it is fantastic to be back at Tilgate and our amazing community. The only thing slightly annoying is that the bugs are also back out in force around the park so, for future events not only don’t forget your barcode, but don’t forget your insect repellent either!

Until next time #dfyb