Run Report #418 – Stalwarts lead the way!

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.

Chris Cheeseman

 

Milestones Event #416 – 21 August 2021

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

  • 50th run Laura Harris, 33 at Tilgate
  • 50th run June Harrison, 44 at Tilgate
  • 100th run for Jonathan Teasdale, 72 at Tilgate

Although these are not official parkrun milestones they are still worthy of a mention...

  • 150th Cat Sawyers, 111 at Tilgate
  • 150th Adrian Bailey, 104 at Tilgate
Congratulations to you all!
 

Tilgate parkrun 413 – 5k for those not in Tokyo

As we arrived this morning on the front lawn, we were welcomed with aspects of blue sky and a glimmer of summer sunshine but as we are writing this report and looking out the window, the rain is pouring down!  Think we made the best of the morning!  Mike and his crew had already made a great start with the set up and a few last-minute touches were being made to the finish area – notably the new finish funnel and there was lots of discussion and movement of posts and ropes!  However, we think it worked – could we remind people to move away from the finish funnel and barcode area once they have completed their run to clear the area a bit more.

 

Slowly but surely, the volunteers began to make their way and we cannot thank them enough for coming forward as it was a very close call this week whether we had sufficient volunteers to stage the event.  Our volunteers along with you the runners are what make the event happen but without them the event cannot take place so a HUGE thanks goes out to every single one of you who volunteered this week.  With the new COVID regulations we do need more volunteers so if you would like to give something back to Tilgate parkrun why not think about volunteering one week  - just email in to tilgatehelpers@parkrun.com - we would love to hear from you!

 

Unfortunately, due to the new COVID regulations, our run brief is brief which does not give me a chance to welcome our new runners or tourists.  Overall, there were 43 first-timers, 19 of which was their first-ever parkrun.   However, no one came as far as a few joggers that travelled over to Tokyo to run their 5k, and that is on a 12.5 lap course!  I’m sure you’ll agree our course is much more picturesque, albeit not as flat.

 

Out of the 413 total runners today, there were a few runners at the back happily chatting (or running late!) who made their way through the pack and began their run!  It must be noted that one runner in particular, David Bull ended up finishing in a close second behind Ian Black, our leader for two consecutive weeks.  Well done to you both!  Our first female finisher was Katie Foss who got an amazing 27-second course PB finishing in 20:15. This was just one of our 35 runners who also got a PB this morning.

 

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 Helen Howard, all at Tilgate
  • 50th run for Phillip Tidd, 49 at Tilgate
  • 100th run for Julie Sanders, 95 at Tilgate, who was dressed up for the occasion (thanks to Annabel Kolter)
  • 100th run for Chris Hastings, 88 at Tilgate (Take note Chris, fancy dress next milestone!)

Although these are not official parkrun milestones they are still worthy of a mention...

  • 200th run for Clare Clarke-Jones, 172 at Tilgate
  • 200th run for Nick Dean-Webb, all at Tilgate
  • 200th run for Frances Johnston, 195 at Tilgate
  • 200th run for Martin Owens, 191 at Tilgate

 

See you all again next week.

Claire and Darren 

 

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

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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

 

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!

Max

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tilgate parkrunner of the Month

Our December 

Tilgate parkrunner of the month is

Tony Sanders

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Congratulations to Tony on becoming our parkruner of the month for December. Tony has been running at Tilgate for four years and just recently he has come to form with a flurry of impressive PBs.  We were interested to know if he has found a hidden shortcut or a new training secret, so we asked him a few questions:-

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

63 runs completed (61 at Tilgate), 10 PB’s (6 of which have come since the beginning of November), PB time is now 29.06, volunteered 40 times.

2) You started your Tilgate parkrun journey in January 2016.  Can you recall how you heard about Tilgate parkrun and what did you used to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?

I heard about Tilgate parkrun through friends and then my Son ( who was 13 at the time) wanted to run it and our friends ran with him whilst I watched for a while. Then I saw how much people seemed to be actually enjoying running the course that I thought, why not have a go and I now try to run or volunteer whenever I can. Before attending Parkrun, it was more or less a case of having an easy morning to get over the week at work.

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

Not really, apart from my well earned second breakfast when I get back home of a croissant and a coffee :)

4) You've made some progress recently, have you got a secret to explain your recent performances?

My Wife Julie runs too and it is just really satisfying for me to actually finish ahead of her for a change :-)

On a more serious note, my improvement is really being helped by the fact that I changed jobs last year and now spend most of my working days walking up and down staircases on building developments and am averaging around 18000 steps on a daily basis. This and the fact that I have actually ran more over the last month or so is certainly helping improve my times and getting me up the hills (more about these later!!)

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

The fact that everyone is so friendly and you can feel part of a great experience no matter what your level of fitness. If you want to walk the course you can and people will support and encourage you all the way.

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

I have bought a barcode wristband and “ Have you got your barcode” is the last question that we all think of before we leave the house on a Saturday morning.

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

Marshalling is my favourite role as it gives me that chance to cheer on and encourage those running or walking the course. It is also great when you get those “ thankyou Marshall” shouts and is something I really appreciate.

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

My ambition was to get below the 30 minute mark, which I have done now so I am now looking at getting below 28 minutes.

9) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Well it, has got to be getting this award and having my name called out at the beginning of the event on Saturday. I couldn’t believe it to be honest as there are more than 500 runners on a weekly basis and I never thought for one minute that I would be voted for as the parkrunner of the month. Just goes to show that if you put the effort in, anything is possible.

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

My main fitness was based around cycling before I started parkrun as I have never been a keen runner but as I mentioned earlier, the fact that you are amongst a friendly group and there is no pressure on you apart from that what you put on yourself, you can just take it easy and enjoy the experience.

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

Give it a go. Don’t think you cant do it just because you can't run the distance, that will come over time and as it is on every Saturday come rain or shine, you have plenty of time to improve and Tilgate is a beautiful park to run or walk around anyway so what’s not to like.

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

Chevron as once you have got up this one you know you have done the hills 

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

Got the be the Lake on a crisp Autumn morning with the sun reflecting off the water.

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Welcome into the Tilgate parkrun Hall of Fame

 

Tilgate parkrunner of the Month

Our November

Tilgate parkrunner of the month is

Peter Airey

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Congratulations to Pete on becoming our parkruner of the month for November. Pete has been a Tilgate regular since event No1, and as we now approach event No 400, he was kind enough to answer a few of our questions:-

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

Runs 370

PB’s 25

PB Time - 25:27

Volunteered - 24

2) You started your Tilgate parkrun journey in June 1012, can you recall how you heard about Tilgate parkrun and what did you used to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?

I completed 34 parkruns at Hove Park with Brian Purnell who mentioned Tilgate was starting up and as it’s near to home I thought, lets give it ago,

Being a member of Saints & Sinners we were invited to the testing of Tilgate parkrun. Now there’s only one favourite for me and that’s Tilgate.

Life before Saturday Parkrun was household chores now I get home have a shower and like magic all the work done.

Don’t let my wife see this.

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

I try to run 4 times during the week. A mix of long and short runs.

(Every Saturday halfway up Chevron I say to myself I must start adding hills into my training)

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

It’s like having a second family I’ve got to know and become good friends with so many people. 

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

After twice forgetting my barcode I decided on a Wristband also I carry a spare barcode in the car.

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

It has to be pacer, I enjoy the satisfaction of helping others improve their times.

(If your looking for 30 to 40 minutes you can always ask me for help)

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

I’ve now completed 370 runs so I’m looking forward to achieving 400 by July 2020 and of course the big 500 in 2022.

8) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Everyone of my 25 PB’s I spend the rest of the day feeling on top of the world.

9) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing in anyway?

Knowing Saturday mornings are looming It certainly helps me to stay focus on my mid week training. 

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

Don’t be afraid it’s not a race it’s for everyone and you will soon feel part of this great parkrun family.

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

Chevron - once it’s been completed that’s the hills out the way.

12) What is your favourite part of the course and why?
Around the lake throughout the seasons it’s such a beautiful area.

Welcome into the Tilgate parkrun Hall of Fame

 

 

parkrunner of the month

Our October

Tilgate parkrunner of the month is

Sarah Clapp

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Congratulations to Sarah on becoming our parkruner of the month for October. 

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We did ask Sarah (with the xmas pud) a few questions in time honoured fashion, to find out just a little bit about her parkrun experience. Although I really can not imagine that anybody told you off ;) but I guess it can get a bit fraught for the VC and RD in those last few minutes, if a key volunteer has not arrived.

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

122 runs - 104 at Tilgate / 30 pb's - 25 of these at Tilgate / pb is 24:04 - my birthday is 24th April so this is destined to stay!! / 79 volunteers!!!

2) You started your parkrun journey in April 2017, can you recall how you heard about Tilgate parkrun and what did you used to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?

I did Couch to 5k on my own and friends that ran - Craig Jenkins and Steve Brock both encouraged me to give it a go.  I was very reluctant as I didn't class myself as a runner.  I finished C25K early December and decided to come and parkrun as my son was at his Dad's that Christmas.  Prior to this I would no doubt have been on the couch!

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

The Easter after starting parkrun I joined Saints and Sinners so most weeks I run with them on a Monday and Wednesday.  I don't eat before parkrun - just get up and go...I have been 'told off' for cutting it fine getting my child volunteer there - but we always make it for the start!!!

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

The friends that I see week in week out and the way we all support each other!  One friend I met on my very first parkrun - she has become a good friend!

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

I have a purple wristband!  I treated myself for my birthday this year as I went up an age group!  I upgraded from the plastic tag!

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

I like anything - I love to marshal, it's great giving support to my friends, fellow club members and everyone else participating.  I do also enjoy finishing tokens and barcode scanning - it is great to see everyone happy when they have completed their run.

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

Although my pb is very apt it would be great to get sub 24 although I don't think that is close to happening!  I have yet to do Bushy parkrun so that is on my bucket list!

8) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Not one particular moment - I love Christmas day parkrun, my parkrun anniversary!  I love the double on New Years day.  S&S celebrate each others milestone runs and we have had many great runs wearing our yellow tutus!  I also really enjoy parkrun takeovers - not just S&S but all the clubs - it is great to have marshals in places where they are not normally placed, giving welcomed cheers and encouragement.

9) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing in anyway?

It doesn't matter what level you are - I have been tail walker many times and enjoy chatting to and encouraging the walkers - as long as you are out doing it and enjoying it.  One week I picked up my son from my Dad's and he was in a foul mood - he was tail walker and he came back in a completely different mood.  It gets your endorphins going and sets you up for the day ahead!

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

Do it!  Although I have a lovely anniversary day, Christmas will always be special, I wish I had joined sooner.  No one is there to judge, just help, encourage and support!  The core team are amazing as are the volunteers, regulars and newbies...I'd say try both, running and volunteering.

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

Oooh....I think very slightly Chevron - it's always feels like an achievement getting to the top and it's mostly downhill from there!

12) What is your favourite part of the course and why?
I love the buzz around the finish area! Earlier finishers cheering me in and I cheer in those behind me.  I just love everything about parkrun - what an amazing event we can participate in each week.

Welcome into the Tilgate parkrun Hall of Fame

 

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