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.
Alnur - Out