#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