Another Saturday and it was another parkrun at Tilgate. Conditions were good and there seemed to be a very good atmosphere around at the start. The Run Directors announcing job has certainly got a lot easier these days, with the pre-recorded text doing most of the work. It is just basically a case of saying line up and go!
First finisher was Tilgate parkrun stalwart Ian Blackham, in an excellent time of 17.17. That’s only a few seconds outside his PB, set back in 2018, so Ian is running really well at the moment. First lady finisher was Claire Page, who is also well known to all regulars at Tilgate parkrun, in 21.50. Great running Claire. There was a total of 359 finishers.
It was the 100th parkrun runs for Peter Phillips, Matt Palmer and Carol Brown, with Stuart Forgie completing his 50th. Although not official parkrun milestones, it is worth mentioning that it was the 400th parkrun for Gary Viles and the 200th for Emma Daley.
The Viles family are amazing supporters of parkrun. Listing the results from Saturday in terms of total parkruns completed we have Brian Purnell with the most runs (420), followed by Fiona Viles (407), Gary Viles (400) and Alan Viles (378). Amazing! This means that Fiona and Gary and Alan have run a total of 5,925 kilometres on Saturday mornings at parkrun between them!
A huge thank you, as always, to all our amazing volunteers. I would like to give a special mention to Mike Brice who seems to be first there in the morning every week to set up the course and the finishing area.
And just a final request to everyone to be nice to each other. We had a couple of totally avoidable incidents of less than ‘parkrun-like’ behaviour on Saturday. We just don’t need the hassle!
See you all next week.