#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



Crawley Run Crew Zero-5k Crew Graduation

Saturday 21st August saw Crawley Run Crew turn out at Tilgate parkrun in numbers to support the Zero-5k Crew who were doing their first 5k run following a 12-week programme.

Starting in June, the group have spent the last 12 weeks in Tilgate Park being supported by Crawley Run Crew coaches and leaders. The volunteer leaders ran sessions on two weeknight evenings, starting with walk/run intervals and progressing to steady run sessions that included hills and running based games and activities. A third session was prescribed for runners to do in their own time, leading to a life changing habit of running 3 times a week.

Whilst nerves were rife on graduation day, matched with a Crawley Run Crew member as their run buddy, all members of the group completed the 5k route.

The group will now join the main club sessions, most of which are for all-abilities. We look forward to seeing them at sessions as well as future parkrun events.

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Sign up to the Zero-5k programme includes club membership for the membership year in which the programme runs as well as club kit.

Crawley Run Crew would like to thank Tilgate parkrun for always welcoming our runners, old and new and for supporting our graduation events.

Shelley (Crawley Run Crew)





The Sun Has Got His Hat On – Tilgate parkrun Event #415 Run Report

I was fortunate this morning to have considerably better weather facing me for my first stint back as RD since the return of parkrun, than that experienced at event 414.

When I got to the park at 8am the sun was shining, and Antony, Mike and Simon had most of the finish area set up. Over the next 30 minutes more volunteers appeared, we were blessed to have 29 volunteers this morning allowing the event to go ahead safely.

It was a bit last minute filling the barcode scanner roles I must say, as on the morning of Friday 13th there were no barcode scanners listed on the volunteer roster. I appreciate that needing to download the volunteer app to barcode scan or be timekeeper might be daunting to some, but I can reassure those worried that it is not as difficult as you might think to use the app, and you will never be left without help and guidance at an event in these roles.

Thanks to the need to follow parkrun Covid safety guidance, the prerun brief was very brief and we started promptly at 9am (and 10 seconds, but who is counting exactly).

The weather made for a much nicer experience than last week, and I hope for everyone today with lots of sun and more importantly, no rain.

The following milestones both official and unofficial were reached today, congratulations to all of you.

Official Milestones

Junior 10 - Luc Best, 9 at Tilgate

50 - Matthew Armstrong, 47 at Tilgate

50 - Craig Carter, 40 at Tilgate

50 - Daniel Ndungu, 46 at Tilgate

100 - Leigh Packer, 99 at Tilgate


Not official milestones

150 - Debbie Sarson-Lowe, 80 at Tilgate

150 - Sam Maxim, junior and all at Tilgate


We had 40 visiting Tilgate for the first time, of which 19 were at their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family.



Event 414 – 7th August 2021 – MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

For all of the years I’ve been either running or volunteering at Tilgate parkun we’ve generally been extremely fortunate with the weather and have rarely found ourselves running in the rain.  Indeed – even in the depths of Winter or the peak April shower season, the rain generally stops by 08:15 or starts after 10:30!


I looked at the forecast last night knowing I’d needed to be there early and was disappointed to see that rain was forecast for most of the morning and at one point, we were potentially due to receive some storms, thunder and lightning from around 10am.


I was awake before my alarm at 06:30 this morning and sure enough – true to the forecast – it was chucking it down.  As I sat eating breakfast shortly after 07:15, there appeared to be the beginnings of a dry spell and then 15 minutes later, the heavens opened once more.


I put on my wet coat and walked up to the park and arrived shortly before 8am.  By this time, the rain had stopped and things were starting to look promising after all.  Mike Brice and Simon Mead had all but setup the finish funnel and – for the third week running – we had yet another new design / layout.  Ground conditions underfoot were pretty appalling and so options were limited.  Believe it or not – we did actually try to ensure your path from the finish line to the finish token collection would be as clean and dry as possible …. However, as the last of the 384 runners crossed the line, it was very obvious that the ground was really not up to the conditions of the day.


I was pleased to see a large group of new parkrunners in today’s first time briefing – ably led by Julie Kalsi.  Welcome to Tilgate and I hope today’s weather has not put you off from returning.


I delivered the short run brief in record time (for me!!) and everybody was on their way just a few seconds after 09:00.  We are currently operating under the COVID-19 Framework and – with Tilgate at the size it now is, we do need to ensure that we don’t encourage people to gather in large static crowds for any longer than is necessary and for this reason, our milestone achievers and special shout outs are now immortalised in printed word in the post-run report rather than at the start.  This ensures we can get you on your way as quickly as possible … especially when the weather is threatening.


As the front of the pack reached the back of the lake on the first lap, the heavens once again opened and this meant that everybody got a true soaking today.  Even the fastest runners at the front were unable to finish before the rain started.  As I said at the start, this was actually a very rare occurrence for us on a Saturday morning at Tilgate.  As precipitous as it was, I was thankful that it was at least “warm rain” and considered myself lucky that we didn’t have a biting wind and sub-zero temperatures to accompany it!


We didn’t have long to wait for the first finishers to come over the line.  Congratulations to Hugo Hewitt for completing the course in a very impressive 16:30.


As the rest crossed the line to my dulcet tones of “please keep moving through the funnel … please stay in the order that you crossed the line …. Be careful of the muddy area at the end of the path”, we were continuously met with constant short downpours of rain.


My condolences but heartfelt thanks to Claire Page who found herself in the nigh-on-impossible task of having volunteered herself for the number checker role.  Sadly as it transpired, neither pen and paper, nor pencil and paper were any match for rain and despite her brave efforts of writing more than a page of names, numbers, positions and timings throughout, the result at the end was all but a blank sheet of paper.  We’ve tried to do the best we can with today’s results; one of the stopwatches appeared to have discovered a DeLorean during the run and must have been moving at 88mph because it ended up being more than 2 minutes out compared to the other watch by the end.


For those of you who have not volunteered before, why not give it a go and see how things happen “behind the scenes”?  We have a large number of volunteer roles on a weekly basis and no role is complicated … but all are much needed to ensure that we can host this weekly event for you!



As we no longer mention people achieving their personal milestones in the run brief we will try to mention them here in the weekly run report. So here goes for this weeks run:


  • 10th run for Deren Bedir, all at Tilgate and a PB!
  • 50th run for Chris Reeves, 34 at Tilgate

Although not an official parkrun milestone a fantastic achievement worthy of a mention...

  • 300th run for Carole Mills, 224  at Tilgate



Tilgate Run Report 412 – New beginnings. Familiar but different.

It has been a long long time in the planning but today we were finally ready for event number 412 and it was so good to see parkrunners back out in the park. Known faces mixed in with the new, to be welcomed to Tilgate, boy was there some catching up to be done.  9am charged toward us at an alarming rate.  A real nice buzz in the air, felt like the mood was high, excited, with happy and smiling faces, yes we were at it again.  Although I did notice that there weren't quite so many smiling in the finish funnel!

parkrun came back to Tilgate, not quite sure what to expect, so familiar, yet different, how many would turn up seemed to be the big question on a lot of lips. Would anybody turn up? How would the adjustments go?  What would go wrong?  What had we overlooked?  A new way of things, malfunctioning PA's (something simply had to go wrong), brief run briefs, no stopwatches or scanners, missing tables, no golf club or results processing and barcode sorting. In came long funnels, QR Codes, hand gels and buckets on sticks.  Lots of buckets and lots of sticks, so many barcode scanners.  I'm sure there will be a few more changes and tweaks in the coming weeks, one down, next please!

So long in the making, Tilgate Event 412 gets underway. (curtesy Chris Laker)

So long in the making, Event 412 gets underway.
(photograph curtesy of Chris Laker)

Milestones: As we no longer mention people achieving their personal milestones in the run brief we will try to mention them here in the weekly run report. So here goes for this weeks run:

50th Run for Tom Hayward His first at Tilgate.
100th Run for Melissa Cheeseman, 63rd at Tilgate.
100th Run for Hannah Cartledge, 83rd at Tilgate.
100th Run for Nina Ware, 95th at Tilgate.
200th Run for Paul Codd, 179th at Tilgate, no T-Shirt, but well done.

(Means we can slip in a few extra mentions Paul)

Highlights of the day:

Percy Jordan and Len Golding back on the steps by Smith and Western, how great that was that to see. The former and the current master of the steps, together, is this a Tilgate first?

313 runners on our first day back, with barely a hitch in the results despite the new (to us) phone app regime, thankfully nobody wandered off without scanning the QR code.

20 runners started their parkrun journey at Tilgate today.

23 parkrunners clearly worked hard through the break to set new PB's today.

33 parkrun Volunteers conspicuous about Tilgate park in their new bright pink vests.

Simply seeing so many people happy to be back running, walking, jogging and volunteering, being sensible and working together in the strange new normal we find ourselves in, familiar but different.  This bodes well for the coming weeks. A big thank you to everybody, form us, onwards and upwards.

Lets hope the next event is not quite so long a wait.
Happy Running


#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.


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!




Tilgate parkrun in one word – RR#404

We all approach parkrun from a different perspective, some of us are in it for the exercise, to get fit, or to train for an event, but many enjoy the social side of it as well. This morning I asked many of you to tell me what Tilgate parkrun means to you in one word, and it will come as no surprise that for most it is an inspiring, friendly and motivating experience. Take a look at the word cloud to see what you all said!

tilgreat parkrun wordcloud

It was also great to hear from some of you who were visiting Tilgate and had such positive things to say about our beautiful park and friendly parkrunners!

The event itself went off without a hitch (well almost ... let me take this opportunity to remind parkrunners to obey the marshals' instructions!). Thanks to our resident "Statto" we adjusted the split start to get about half of the runners at each start line which meant that everyone crossed the start line quickly and safely - not easy when there are over 600 runners trying to get onto one route! Thanks also to the runners with dogs and buggies who had to swap starts at the last minute, we appreciate your understanding in the cause of safety - even if it has an impact on your time!

Congratulations to our first placed male and female finishers, David Bull and Claire Page, and to the 95 runners who achieved their personal best time!

Thanks also to our amazing volunteers, without whom parkrun events could not take place.

And finally, thanks to the 607 of you who came out on a chilly January morning to make Tilgate parkrun the fun, inspiring, amazing and friendly event that we love, and the best way to start our Saturday morning!

See you next week!



Records are made to be broken RR#403

Whether you beat your own Personal Best by a whopping 30 seconds or by the narrowest of margins its still a new record and that is what happened to us this Saturday.  On a cold, bright, crisp winter’s morning 365 days since we first issued token 700 and setting a new attendance high of 721, we went one better this weekend setting a new high of 722  

With everyone gathered at the start it certainly looked like the largest crowd we have ever seen and once the runners were off the volunteers in the finish area were giving their predictions of how many they thought were there, I went and checked how many finish tokens we had (950, so we were safe). Most of the predictions ended up falling wide of the mark, but it was still a great feeling to see so many people gather in one place for a free run in what I believe is one of the best parks in the South East of England.

Having been involved with Tilgate parkrun from the start, I recall a meeting when the original core team (me, Julie, James Spalding, Keith Johnson & Nick Keating) got together after 12 weeks for a catch up. We said then at that meeting wouldn’t it be great if we got to break 200!. Well we didn’t have to wait long, breaking 200 for the first time was very exciting, 300 was amazing as it was a Halloween reverse route run and our 621 record was also memorable being marked by a guest appearance by Dame Kelly Holmes.

Saturday was the 30th time we have set a new attendance record in 403 runs and as mentioned earlier, the first for a whole year; see below a list of our previous records:


date Runners event date Runners event date



09/06/2012 171 72 02/11/2013 305 212 11/06/2016



18/08/2012 173 91 08/03/2014 330 220 06/08/2016



01/09/2012 195 97 19/04/2014 380 221 13/08/2016



08/09/2012 205 103 31/05/2014 419 257 15/04/2017



05/01/2013 206 150 18/04/2015 421 296 06/01/2018



30/03/2013 213 153 09/05/2015 429 297 13/01/2018



20/04/2013 217 157 06/06/2015 471 300 03/02/2018



11/05/2013 226 165 01/08/2015 502 349 12/01/2019



18/05/2013 254 205 23/04/2016 506 350 19/01/2019



08/06/2013 269 207 07/05/2016 544 403 18/01/2020


Just like our runners with their PB’s, age graded and age category performances and our volunteers with their volunteer counts, as a core team the attendance records are keenly monitored. Another similarity with our runners is the longer you do something it seems harder to beat your previous best. So an increase by the smallest of margins it may be, but an increase it was and we thank all those that came along and helped us achieve our new PB.

I wish I had thought of it on Saturday but as I was on my long run on Sunday morning contemplating what I was going to write in the Run Report, the idea struck me that we should have got a photo of us ringing the PB bell with token number 722 in hand, never mind, maybe we’ll mock it up next week.

The run itself, given the icy conditions and the large field was more or less trouble free, with just a few incidents that make our lives as volunteers a little difficult:

Dogs must be kept on a short leash at all times, we had reports of a dog owner allowing their dog to run loose, for the safety of all our runners and other park users too, please bear this rule in mind. If we do identify runners who allow their dogs off their lead during the run we will remove their result.

Funnel ducking, this is where a finisher crosses the line and leaves the funnel before taking a token. Whilst these occurrences are rare, we had a few on Saturday and it causes problems when processing the results (stopwatch position does not match scanned finish position), this means more time being spent by our volunteers before they can go home and enjoy their weekends. If you notice someone leave the funnel early, please let the token issuer know and they can reserve a finish token thereby ensuring that our stopwatch and token positions stay in sync.

I hope you all enjoy your week and will join us again on Saturday, the weather forecast is good. Will we finish January off with another 700+ attendance and maybe a new record, well it is set and records are made to be broken.

Happy parkrunning


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