About tilgateoffice

Tilgate parkrun started 9th June 2012. We are a free, weekly, timed run for people of all abilities and are part of the wider parkrun movement. Our run is held every Saturday, 9am start near Tilgate lake in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ To join in register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register and select Tilgate parkrun as your home run.

Awards Finalists 2020

Awards picture

Our anniversary is fast approaching, after our very first run on 9th June 2012 when we had 171 runners, we will soon be celebrating our 8th anniversary. In that time we have had another 410 events and in total 15,881 different barcodes have been scanned recording a total of 165,312 runs and 26,944 PB's.

Despite the lockdown we have decided to continue with tradition and have our annual awards ceremony; and we can now reveal all our finalists and their categories.

Finalists 2020

* Colin Hibbet on Male performance of the year should read Colin Hibbit

Good luck to all our finalists and we hope many of you will tune in next week (Saturday 13th June at 1030) on facebook when we will announce our well deserved winners.

Thank you to everyone who has attended #Tilgreatparkrun over the last 12 months, we have been missing you all very much over the #lockdown as well as our regular parkrun fix. We hope you are all keeping well and we look forward to the day we meet again for some #LakeParkLake fun.

Tilgate parkrun management team

Alnur, Darren Julie & Martin


Chevron Assistance

The Tilgate parkrun management team are always keen on supporting new ways of individuals getting involved that will also provide benefits to our wonderful parkrun community. So when a local rugby team contacted us to identify ways that they could improve their fitness once we have overcome the restrictions of COVID-19, we got our thinking caps on and have come up with what we believe is an innovative solution that will help the rugby team whilst also adding a little bit of fun and enjoyment for our participants.

We have created a new volunteer position of chevron puller, in essence the rugby players will congregate on the path between Pete’s crossing and the bottom of Chevron where those lucky enough to have been selected for some 'Chevron assistance' will make themselves known by wearing a specially designed bib.


The rugby players will be wearing a harness, with a bungee cord attached, the lucky runner grabs hold of the bungee cord with the rugby player then sprinting up Chevron pulling our parkrunner along, trying to hold on for as long as they can.

The rugby player gets some much-needed resistance training whilst our parkrunner gets some assistance up the mighty Chevron #WinWin.

So how could you benefit from this innovation? All you need to do is submit evidence to our email address (ivebeenpulled@parkrun.com) demonstrating that you are showing no improvement in your times going up Chevron – Garmin/Strava segment analysis would be best.

The management team will then randomly choose 10 lucky winners each week and their names will be read out during the pre-run brief; so if you're noisy or not listening you may miss your name being read out!

All being well, we hope to be able to offer this innovation as soon as we are back parkrunning, it will certainly be great to see you all again and what an occasion that is for us all to look forward to.

Until then #StaySafe and have a very Happy April fools day.

Tilgate parkrun management team :lol:


#410. It’s a man’s world? Erm, not today mate!

With the absence of the torrential rain and high winds of the last few weeks, we arrived at Tilgate park for our very special 410th event. I haven’t managed to undertake Run Director duties for so long that I was rather nervous today to see if I could remember what I was doing but thankfully Run Directing is like riding a bike (though with less falling over) and I was soon back into the swing of things. Mike ‘The Signs’ Brice and his able assistant Ant Weller had kindly completed the set up and even ran a quick loop to check the course condition before the start.

We had a marvelous 596 athletes today, 59 of those were first timers and a staggering 102 athletes scored PBs. We also welcomed the Reigate Priory Athletics Club and their Couch to 5k course graduates.

As always it was my pleasure to announce some milestones and our parkrunner of the month for February, Matt Palmer. Ian Price, Sam Frampton, Sarah Killick-Bird and Georgina Cave completed their 50th parkruns and Gary McMahon completed his 100th. Ant Weller also volunteered for the 50th time today.

410 photo

Now we cannot talk about parkrun without mentioning our volunteers, of which we had 43 today. These high-viz superheroes allow us to be able to stage Tilgate parkrun every week. This week however was a little different as the usual ‘call to arms’ volunteer email requested as many female heroes (sheroes if you like!) as possible to fill our roster. This was no sexist stunt by our VC, but due to today being the official International Women’s Day parkrun. For those unfamiliar with IWD, it has been celebrated since 1909 in the US, adopted globally in the 1970s and was designed to celebrate women’s achievements in social, economic, cultural and political arenas. parkrun is supporting this event in conjunction with the #ThisGirlCan campaign to encourage women’s participation in sport. Despite 54% of parkrun registrations being attributed to women, research shows that women are less likely to participate or continue to participate in parkrun events.

This got me thinking about the reasons why and what I was like at my first outing at parkrun 6 years ago. My reasons for not taking part initially were due to lack of confidence and worries about being too overweight or too slow or being last. IWD’s theme this year is #Each for Equal, trying to redress the gender balance across all walks of life. This got me thinking about women’s involvement in running in particular and I felt that lack of female engagement is certainly not due to lack of role models. Kathrine Switzer was the trailblazer for women’s marathon running when, in 1967, she became the first female to finish the Boston marathon as a numbered entrant. There was a little subterfuge on her part as she entered using her initials ‘K.V. Switzer’ and her defiance and determination paved the way for future generations of women to be allowed to run marathons. Closer to home, Jo Pavey is another tremendously strong role model in women’s running. At the age of 40, 10 months after giving birth to her second child, she won her first major gold in the 10,000m at the 2014 European championships. Today she was first female finisher at Exmouth parkrun in a blistering 16:57, as a 46 yr old mother of two – proving age is no barrier to speed! Last year we were lucky enough to have Dina Asher-Smith – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay runner and fastest British woman on record, as an ambassador for Run Gatwick. These are just three of the multitude of athletes who inspire generations of women to take up sport every day.

It is their strength, grit and tenacity that has got them to where they are today and as role models for girls and women everywhere. So, to pinch a quote once cited by another inspirational human being, Michelle Obama: Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

Happy International Women’s Day. (P.S. Fellas – in case you were wondering, International Men’s Day is 19 November!)


PS - Claire Page took some photos during the run today - another way to get involved and volunteer at parkrun - you can find these photos following this link



RR409 – The one with The Leap Day

Today was the first ever Leap Day parkun. If you missed today’s event, your next opportunity will be in the year 2048.

As is traditional on a Leap Day we gave all our runners and volunteers the opportunity to propose in front of all their parkrun friends and family.

In case anyone was tempted, Mayumi Stephenson had made two beautiful origami rings complete with ring boxes.


Sadly, there were no takers on the day. However, one lady took the red heart ring with her after the event, so watch this space…

We also had a little fun before the start with a leap, see our twitter post here

Sophie Hunt took the microphone to tell us about International Women's Day next week (7 March). We are participating and encouraging women to attend, bring your mothers, daughters and your grans. We'd also love our volunteer team to be female too #ThisGirlCan #IWD

Finally, we had a special guest visitor. Karen Hoskin from NHS Partnerships along with some of her colleagues came to say a few words about mental health and suicide prevention. Karen has kindly written the rest of this run report.

A special leap year Tilgate parkrun had a field of 452 parkrunners of which 53 were first timers not to forget the prams and sleeping babes living the dream and our K9 friends this morning and a very well done to the 38 runners achieved a PB.  Despite storm Jorge in the horizon we had a reprieve of the torrential rain to a light drizzle but this did not stop us grabbing that wellbeing tonic for that start of the weekend.  I think the cheers and motivational efforts of Nigel with his fabulous orange pompoms and with the Lorraine's coaching advice to encourage runners to use their arms up that hill helped that spurt of energy.  It was also lovely to welcome our visitors to our parkrun this morning from Dorking, Dulwich, Eastbourne and Hastings, to name a few but on this occasion no international visitors.

Our NHS staff from local NHS Sussex Partnership NHS FT, who provide mental health services across Sussex were in Yellow tee-shirts and came along to shine the light on mental health, and share important information around suicide prevention. Similar to a leap year occurring 1:4 years did you know 1:4 people in general population experience mental health needs.

Karen asked you all to SAY HELLO to each other a simple act of human connection which is the start of getting to know someone and reminded us about the importance of the humble act of saying hello can make such a difference to someone’s day.  We are so often going through our busy weeks seeing faces that we recognise that cross our paths in our life but don’t necessary know the person whether it be on our commute to work or at parkrun each week.

It is inspiring to see how this global community enjoy sharing Saturday morning at a parkrun no matter where you are in the county, country or globally.  What a better way to up lift ones mood by participating in parkrun, it really does have so many health benefits keeping our self mentally and physically healthy.  In fact I spoke to a fellow parkrunner as we embraced the course and talked about how exercise releases natural body chemicals to make us feel good.

I know you may not feel it at the time as you climbed the hill towards our lovely volunteer Lorraine but doesn’t it feel good when you finish - the parkrun community is inclusive of everyone.  What a great place to share this health message, raise awareness around mental health which is as important as our physical health and stamp out stigma.  Tell your friends, family & work mates it is free and a fantastic social community to connect with and let our parkrun grow.  The parkrun community is all about personal goals whether you walk jog run or volunteer there is something for everyone and you all will have your reasons for participating.

Hats off to Ben Short, he was first over the line in 16:47 mins and our first lady Julie Briggs ran in 19:52 this morning.  We come to parkrun for many reasons.  It may be about chasing that PB or maintaining it, however it is not all about who can get over the finish line in the fastest time as it is relative to our goal and parkrun’s philosophy is to help the community support their health and wellbeing.  Sussex Partnership through their SAFE campaign (Suicide Awareness is For Everyone), aim is to raise awareness and put a human face on this important subject; break the taboo on talking about mental health issues through opening up a conversation and encouraging people to talk.  We all CAN potentially save lives.

People that are affected by mental health issues are just like you and I, our neighbour, brother, sister, work colleague, shop assistant and so on.  Suicide is a very sensitive subject and like no other bereavement and has a huge impact on families.  Did you know that currently it is the biggest killer in young men under 50 throughout the UK and you may be able to change this statistic.

It was helpful to have our NHS staff to share knowledge of what to do if you are concerned about someone’s mental health.  So through connecting with our parkrun community sharing the SAFE message we hope this will help save lives.  Please look at the suicide prevention training video via the link www.zerosuicidealliance.com. Let’s as a community share and use the details we heard today with friend’s family and work colleagues.  The information may also help you. A lot of us know how to do CPR; so let’s know how to support someone at risk of suicide.  This maybe the first step you can take to help yourself, or someone else in need so collectively we can help our community stay SAFE.

A special thanks to those that shared their personal stories today as it absolutely demonstrates that this is a real live issue for many of our local community. A simple pledge of looking at the 20 min video may help to signpost someone feeling distressed to seek support.  Mental Health can have a big impact on families not just on the person experiencing an illness but their loved ones too.  Some shared how parkrun helps with their stresses and to cope with the challenges of caring for loved ones and thanked our visitors in yellow tee-shirts for supporting this very important agenda and helping to stamp out stigma.  This is all about connecting with the person whether you are running or volunteering let’s continue to ensure our parkrun encourages all our diverse community to join in.

We will always welcome first timers and ensure it is accessible for all people with disabilities or long term health conditions. Chrissie Wellington, Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at parkrun, said to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:

“Whether you want to walk, run, volunteer or simply come down and watch, parkrun events give people the opportunity to be active, in the open air and feel part of a welcoming, non-judgemental community. Time and time again we hear stories of how parkrun has helped people from all walks of life cope with mental health issues, and we are pleased to team up with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide, and the resources that are available within the community.” The Yellow tee-shirts carried the message Say Hello See it Say it and Sign post so a very special thank you running community for collectively helping our community stay SAFE and keep on running.

A final message from Justin, the Run Director today reminded us of our wonderful volunteers this morning.  Without them parkrun will not happen and it was amazing to have their commitment despite the weather. Carrying out the volunteer tasks help make our parkrun possible so please consider if you can to sign up one week to help volunteer.


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



Tilgate parkrunner of the Month

Our January

Tilgate parkrunner of the month is

David Eaton



Congratulations to David on becoming our parkrunner of the month for January.  David has been running at Tilgate since event number 8!  We were interested to know the reason behind his longevity, so we asked him a few questions:-


1) What are your parkrun statistics - Runs completed / PB's earned / PB Time / Number of times volunteered?

Runs completed  273 / PB's earned   9 / PB Time  26:34 /Number of times volunteered  45

2) You started your parkrun journey in July 2012, can you recall how you heard about Tilgate parkrun and what did you used to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?

Prior to moving to Crawley in 2012, I used to run on my own a couple of times a week (weather permitting). I didn’t really enjoy it, just ran to keep fit. I can’t remember how I heard of parkrun but once I did my first run I really enjoyed it, it was so much better than running on my own.

3) Do you have any particular routines that you follow during the week or on the morning of parkrun?

Just have a bowl of apple cinnamon porridge at 7am. before the run. I go to both the gym and pilates once a week. (No other runs since my knee op).

4) You've have run consistently well for at parkrun for almost eight years, have you got a secret to explain your longevity?

No secret. I’ve always tried to keep fit and parkrun gives me the incentive to keep going, no matter what my time, although it’s a bonus if I can come 1st in my age group.

5) What do you most enjoy about your Tilgate parkrun experience?

I really enjoy the friendly people and encouragement I’ve received.

6) Your Barcode, how do you remember yours and is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

I wear the wrist band, but I keep a laminated barcode in my car and also in my backpack.

7) Which volunteering role do you like best and why?

I like the number checker because I can then put faces to names I see on the result and also for the exercise – the last time I ran 1.35km!

8) Do you have any particular parkrun goals or ambitions?

Not now. 3 years ago I had a knee arthroscopy and was advised not to run again. I continued to volunteer and after 3 months I walked it for a few weeks and for the past 2 ½  years I am able to run it and each week I’m so grateful I can still do it!

9) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

I really enjoyed my 250th parkrun as I was joined by my wife and my son and daughter-in-law, both of whom pushed buggies carrying my 2 grandchildren.

10) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

Yes, I used to run only to keep fit, not for pleasure, but now I really enjoy the whole experience.

11) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Tilgate parkrun?

Just do it once, even if you walk most of the way and you’ll be surprised at the encouragement you’ll receive.

12) Chevron or Middle path which hill do you prefer and why?

Middle path – I can run that without stopping. I walk the middle third of Chevron.

13) What is your favourite part of the course and why? 

After taking it easy on the Chevron, I love the long downhill and the last lap of the lake. I do the second half at least 2 minutes faster than the first!

Welcome into the Tilgate parkrun Hall of Fame


Tilgate parkrunner of the month – Hall of fame

Our full Hall of fame

2018 2019  2020
January Alison Sturge Laelia Marris  David Eaton
February Charlotte Dodd (J) Julie Kalsi
March Richard Gurd Trevor Johnson
April James Woodman  Melissa Jenkins
May Barbara Dunning Antony Weller
June Nigel Field  John Haynes
July Ian Black  Gillian Field
August Chris Lobodzinski  Chris Hastings
September Peter Meloy  Max Doherty
October Jackie Hastings  Sarah Clapp
November  Pamela Field  Peter Airey
December  Colin Winfield  Tony Sanders
2015 2016  2017
January Wayne Kingsnorth - Sophie Hunt (J)
February Joanne Nicholson - Miyuki Stephenson (J)
March Gary Viles - Nicholas Hollan-Ellidge (J)
April Amy Mills (J) - Alison Tulley
May Alnur Hassam Chris Tyson Justin Mitchell
June Louise Bevan Claire Page Henrietta Newell
July Mike Brice Jason Harrold James Westlake
August Susan Swetman Rob Copper Freddie Matthews (J)
September Tony Airey Richard Daniells Katie Johnson
October Brian Purnell Ryan Williams (J) Chris Johnston 
November - Katherine Martin Ingrid Hollan-Ellidge
December - Janice Phelan Nura Karpowitsch
2012 2013 2014
January - Nicole Airey Nina Williams
February - Brian Pemberton Kirk Bradley
March - Somangouda Malipatil Danielle McComb
April - Douglas McComb Loraine Mosley
May - Rod Harrison James Tombs
June Harry Armstrong (J) Sophie Airey (J) Lorraine Hunter
July Anthony Milborrow Len Golding Sundeep Kalsi
August Karen Chenery Anne Thomas Vanessa Windust
September Mary Freestone Lynn Laverty Andrew Middleton
October Linda Robson Marc Sydes Gabrielle Presland
November Stuart Adesilu Darren Hunt Martin Presland
December Hugh Etherton Raff Vitale Ben Stock


Tilgate parkrun - Every Saturday - 9am start by the lake - Run, Jog, Walk, Volunteer -  Enjoy!



Calm before the Storm – RR#406

As the UK braced itself for Storm Ciara, 574 parkrunners got their fix of Tilgate parkrun #406 on a nice cool, clear morning. Within them were 52 running/walking for their first time and 86 new PB’s!

First home was Rob Sherwood in 17:19. The top 20 certainly was a speedy one this week with 8 new PB’s. Our first lady finisher was Donna Strowger, also with a new PB at 23:30! Well done all.

In the calm after the start with all runners setting off together - although now slightly less busy aided by the new split start! - I took a moment to reflect on parkrun at Tilgate before the first runners started coming back around for their second lap of the lake.

Whilst we all start the briefing by thanking the week’s volunteers, of which there were 38 today who all helped our parkrunners get round safely and get their results smoothly (thank you to all), I feel it isn’t said often enough how fortunate we are to have such a friendly and dedicated core team who make our parkrun possible. So I wanted to commit this RR #406 to thanking Alnur, Darren, Julie & Martin for doing all that they do behind the scenes before, during and after parkrun every week to enable us all to enjoy our wonderful, free timed 5km.

As some New Year’s resolutions begin to fade to memory (a Strava study found in 2018 most were beginning to crumble by the second Friday in January!), I encourage those of you who haven’t tried it already to give volunteering a go. There are lots of roles to try and lots of help on hand on the day so you know what you are doing to help our parkrun run happen each week. If you would like to find out more, please head to the volunteering page or email tilgate@parkrun.com to get involved.

All that’s left for me to finish with is to wish you all a great week and hope to see lots of you next week!




Calm before the storm RR #406

As the UK braces itself for Storm Ciara, 574 parkrunners got their fix of Tilgate parkrun #406 on a nice cool, clear morning. Within them were 52 running/walking for their first time and 86 new PB’s!

First home was Rob Sherwood in 17:19. The top 20 certainly was a speedy one this week with 8 new PB’s. Our first lady finisher was Donna Strowger, also with a new PB at 23:30! Well done all.

In the calm after the start with all runners setting off together - although now slightly less busy aided by the new split start! - I took a moment to reflect on parkrun at Tilgate before the first runners started coming back around for their second lap of the lake.

Whilst we always start the briefing by thanking the week’s volunteers, of which there were 38 today, who all helped our parkrunners get round safely and get their results smoothly (thank you to all), I feel it isn’t said often enough how fortunate we are to have such a friendly and dedicated core team who make our parkrun possible. So I wanted to commit this RR #406 to thanking Alnur, Darren, Julie & Martin for doing all that they do behind the scenes before, during and after parkrun every week to enable us all to enjoy our wonderful, free timed 5km.

As some New Year’s resolutions begin to fade to memory (a Strava study found in 2018 most were beginning to crumble by the second Friday in January!), I encourage those of you who haven’t tried it already to give volunteering a go. There are lots of roles to try and lots of help on hand on the day so you know what you are doing to help our parkrun run happen each week. If you would like to find out more, please head to the volunteering page or email tilgate@parkrun.com to get involved.

All that’s left for me to finish with is to wish you all a great week and hope to see lots of you next week!




Start the new era in the best way possible-parkrun!!!

No matter whether you voted to leave or remain or whether you were happy or sad at 2300 hours on 31st January, we did start the new era off in the best way possible-holding a parkrun! Having not been able to come to parkrun for a number of months it was great to be back and see some friends that I had not seen for ages.

As always, Mike Brice had set the run up with the signs-thank you Mike so much for what you do every week! Then to get my head round the slightly different start which was in its second week's trial as with so many people attending Tilgate it has been necessary to relook at the starts for safety purposes. For those of you that have not experienced these starts, the runners around 21-27 mins, 35-40 mins go to the path just above the token tables to start, leaving in the usual place, the super speedy, the 28-34 minute runners, all those with buggies or dogs and the 40+ runners/walkers so that it reduces the congested starts at the beginning.

It was great to see some first timers, welcome some parkrun tourists including some from South Africa and also a huge contingent from 26.2 RRC based in Surbiton-great to see you all- hope to see you again! Thank you especially to Claudia Burroughs for checking out our course too and your helpful feedback.

Halfway into the run briefing I became aware that one of the marshals had not turned up-thus we were not able to start parkrun-why, I hear you say??? As many of you know we run on live roads and there are certain spots that MUST be covered as volunteer marshal roles as well as the obvious timekeeper, finish tokens, number checker, barcode scanners. So when you find you are receiving several emails during the week asking for volunteers there is a valid reason  as without certain posts filled, parkrun cannot run safely.

A huge thank you has to go to Max Doherty, who was the hero of yesterday's parkrun, who not only volunteered to fill the gap after my plea, but then after marshalling, came back to run parkrun and still finish before the tail walkers by a very comfortable 6 mins! Awesome and huge thank you Max!

Sadly, the first person across the line was unknown as he had lost his barcode and sadly reiterates the message from RD's every week as no barcode really does mean NO RESULT. Second across was the amazing Chris Lobodzinski in 18:41 mins. The first woman across was the Claire Page who just is going from strength to strength at the moment and very neatly organised a PB for herself of 20:20!!! Congratulations Claire!


Have a good and safe week everyone,


Katherine Martin-RD for parkrun







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