Awards Finalists 2020

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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


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 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.


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!



Tilgate parkrun Attendance records


Date Runners Theme Route
1 18 Jan-20 722   Boathouse
2 19 Jan-19 721 350th Run Boathouse
3 11 Jan-20 704   Boathouse
4 12 Jan-19 686 Boathouse
5 30 Mar-19 671 Lawn Start
6 04 Jan-20 667   Boathouse
7 03 Feb-18 665 300th Run Boathouse
8 13 Jan-18 653 Boathouse
9 05 Jan-19 642 Boathouse
10 06 Jan-18 630 Boathouse
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Tilgate parkrun - Every Saturday - 9am start by the lake - Run, Jog, Walk, Volunteer - Enjoy!


Happy New Year RR#400

I arrived at the boathouse at 8am and already, Mike and Ant had completed the event setup; thanks as always chaps for the usual morning eagerness!

At 08:50 I announced the new runner’s brief and Cathy Holroyd did a sterling presentation to one of the largest new groups I’ve seen in a while. To each and every one of you, I hope you enjoyed your run whether it was your first run EVER, or simply just the first at Tilgate for you.

Congratulations to Ben Short - our first finisher this morning in an impressive 16:44. Following in second place was James Collins who seemingly only likes to run with us on New Years Day having today registered his 4th run at Tilgate with the last three all being NYD events.

We were thrilled that 533 runners safely crossed the line, both stop watches were in sync and our two number checkers were also perfectly aligned. Fantastic!!! .... results processing was surely going to be simple.

We got back to a very quiet Golf Club and Julie Kalsi and I started processing the results. First the stop watches...... no problem there.

First barcode scanner ...... perfect.
Second barcode scanner ...... perfect.
Third barcode scanner ...... NO DATA!
Fourth barcode scanner ..... perfect.

Back to third scanner .... still empty. A different USB port and retry ..... still empty. Reboot the laptop and try again ..... scanner EMPTY!

This very rarely happens and the only 3 reasons for this are:

- faulty scanner
- scanner wasn’t used
- scanner was reset and results permanently lost.

As a test, we scanned Julie’s barcode and tried to import the data..... 1 record found! With nearly 200 missing results, we feared option 3 above and continued to process what we could.

On this basis we had intended to notify everyone via social media to advise us if their result was missing so that it could be manually added (we had all of the times from the stopwatch .... but a load of missing names).

Fortunately, we discovered afterwards that one of our barcode scanners had used the mobile phone app rather than the scanner and the email had arrived in our inbox, we only realised after we had processed the initial results (and indeed many runners had emailed in already having noticed the “unknown runner” results).

My thanks to Julie for reprocessing the results with the missing file and all should now be in order.

Please don’t forget the single biggest parkrun motto : “Don’t forget your barcode .... #DFYB!” We do strictly enforce this rule that if you don’t have your printed barcode, we are unable to include you in the results; it just isn’t fair on our volunteers who give ip their time freely to burden them with additional manual data entry as part of the results processing.

See you all on Saturday for your second free organised run of the year (third if you took advantage of the NYD double at Reigate Priory or elsewhere.

Happy New Year



The Crawley AC young guns show the way……. RR#397

The last Saturday before Christmas is always a special Tilgate parkrun, with lots of happy runners looking forward to the holiday period ahead. The 2019 edition was suitably festive with plenty of crazy parkrun people dressed for a Christmas party rather than running. 456 finishers was an excellent number.

The Saturday before Christmas has also become the parkrun that attracts runners from Crawley AC. This year the ‘young guns’ running from the Club were particularly impressive. It must be great to be young and fast? 

Hugo Hewitt (SM18-19) was the first finisher, in an excellent 17.26. He was closely followed by Thomas Kimber, Callum Stone, Luke Newton, Dylan Hanslow and Nathan Buckeridge, all from Crawley AC and all under 17s. Excellent running by all of you.  

The incredible Julie Briggs was the first lady finisher. Julie is in the 50-54 age group and ran 19.30 for an 85.98% age graded performance.  She was followed by Amelia Brown,Nicole Airey, Kathy Peters Anne Mathews and young Alelia Cox, all running excellent times. Kath Garrido (VW70-74) also ran an exceptional age graded performance (83.85%), running 27.27. That is great running Kath.  

It was the 50th parkrun run for Deborah Causer and Mohammad Arshad. Well done!

Everyone came, everyone ran and everyone went home and as far as I know there were no problems or incidents. And thanks as always to all the volunteers who made it happen.

Happy parkrunning to everyone in 2020.

See you.

Chris Cheeseman


Christmas is coming RR#395

After a few freezing days we were greeted with quite mild conditions on Saturday morning.  As I arrived at 7:30 to complete a trip around the parkrun route, MIke and Ant were busy beavering away constructing the finish area funnel and as I found during my leisurely run that they were obviously beavering whilst I was stull tucked up in bed - the signs were already out! Great work guys.

It was nice to return to Tilgate parkrun; last week I was in Newcastle, however anyone trying to stalk my parkun profile will dispute that as yes - I forgot my barcode.  My barcode travelled all the way to Newcastle with me, but for some reason as I set out in the -3 cold I figured that my barcode should probably stay wrapped up warm in my wallet at my hotel room - Oh well, just goes to show that the experienced ones can forget their barcode too - doh - a lesson learned.

Anyway as I said it was nice to return to Tilgate and seeing 2x parkrun routes in Newcastle (yes I even went to 2 as one was cancelled), I can certainly see why so many people like our park and return each week, we are (albeit with Chevron and a couple of road crossings) very lucky to have our run in the beautiful Tilgate park and I highly recommend if you haven't done so already to take a leisurely run/walk around our route sometime, it is glorious.

Christmas shopping and visiting is certainly well underway and if you were not with us on Saturday I announced our Christmas running plans. We plan to run on Saturdays' as normal but we also have 2 bonus runs too.

21st December - Christmas Theme - Fancy dress, mince pies & mulled wine

25th December - Christmas Day run

28th December - parkrun as normal

1st January - New Year's Day run (Could be Event 400 if no cancellations beforehand)

Al our runs are a 9am start.  We are also collecting for Crawley Open House on 21st & 25th December, the items for donation are available at the attached link

On new Years day there is the option to run a parkrun double, this year both the Tilgate and Horsham teams have decided to run at 9am to avoid the issues we both experienced last year. As stated there is still the opportunity of a double but it won't be Tilgate and Horsham.  If you are interested or are away visiting, have a look at the following link to help you plan your bonus parkruns

As I am also Volunteer Coordinator, it would be great to hear from anyone wishing to give a little during December.  We can't parkrun without volunteers and we need 25 roles covered during the run as well as support roles before and after.  If you can help, please email in to with your name, parkrun ID and the role you would like to try - our roster can be accessed here and you needn't worry, all our roles are straightforward, easy to learn and much easier than charging up chevron!

Last week's results can be accessed here Well done to our milestone achievers

200th Volunteer Darren & Sophie Hunt - father & daughter celebrating as joint Timekeepers

100th run Steven O'Neill, Lance Quirico and Claire Jones

50th run Chis Collier, Graham Panton & William Smiles

Have a fun week and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Happy parkrunning







Tilgate parkrun milestone finishers

150,000 runs done!

750,000km have now been run around Tilgate park at #Tilgreatparkrun.

We haven't updated this news item for a little while, so well done also to Leonie Kilborn on being 130,000th, Josephine Lynch on being 140,000 and to our recent milestone hero Alli Hawes on being our 150,000th finisher.

Milestone Name Date Event #
150,000th Alli HAWES 07 Sep-19 382
140,000th Josephine LYNCH 20 Apr-19 363
130,000th Leonie KILBORN 29 Dec-18 346
120,000th James MOOR 11 Aug-18 325
110,000th Richard Gurd 24-Mar-18 306
100,000th Vicky Revis 04-Nov-17 285
90,001st * Warwick Bilham 10-Jun-17 265
80,000th Stephen Deasley 04-Feb-17 247
Moon landing Claire Sander 22-Oct-16 231
70,000th Paul Talmey 17-Sep-16 226
60,000th Joanne Hartland 07-May-16 207
50,000th Susan McDonald 05-Dec-15 183
40,000th Corin Lyon 13-Jun-15 158
30,000th Jonathan Pink 29-Nov-14 129
25,000th Peter Longworth 16-Aug-14 114
20,000th Tony Parkes 03-May-14 99
15,000th Jodie Williams 28-Dec-13 80
12,000th Trevor Holmes 05-Oct-13 68
10,000th Laura Taylor 03-Aug-13 59
9,001st * Bill Freestone 06-Jul-13 55
8,000th Danielle McComb 25-May-13 50
7,000th Ray Ko 20-Apr-13 46
6,000th Hugh Harris 09-Mar-13 40
5,000th Peter Airey 12-Jan-13 33
4,000th Douglas McComb 01-Dec-12 26
3,000th Brian Purnell 20-Oct-12 20
2,000th Ben Griffin 08-Sep-12 14
1,000th Peter Wagstaff 28-Jul-12 8
500th Joanna Boxall 30-Jun-12 4
100th Phillip Bridge 09-Jun-12 1
1st finisher Ben Golding 09-Jun-12 1

* recorded next finisher as milestone finisher was a runner without a barcode


T is for Terrific RR#363

I’ve written a few run reports, today, I honestly don’t know where to start.

I’m a parkrun tourist that’s working my way through the alphabet challenge and Tilgate is a prime example of why.

I was actually planning on staying local over Easter but last night decided to go for my T.

Tilgate looked like a nice (hour and a half) drive from my home parkrun in Eastleigh so armed with the postcode at 7am this morning, off we set. (That’s me and my other half that didn’t run today but was marshalling along the road bit, offering high fives).

We followed the signs to park in the free car park and followed our fellow parkrunners up a bank to the most gorgeous looking park and lake. STUNNING!

We were directed to the loos (an integral part of my tourism) by a parkrun volunteer (Len) who explained that while he hasn’t been well enough to take part in parkrun, he still turns up week after week to offer his services, I’m sure he said he was getting close to his 250 volunteer role(?) Kudus to that man!

We introduced ourselves to Justin, todays volunteer coordinator and I walked over to the 1st timers brief.

Lots of first timers there today, the course was described very well by a very engaging chap (Alnur), so everyone knew what to do and where to go.

The main brief gave us a chance to thank all of today's volunteers aka the high viz heroes with a massive round of applause - well deserved.

Some parkrunners were congratulated for joining milestone clubs.

Congratulations to Richard Evans running his 50th today.

Congratulations also to Simon Pearce, Kevin Langridge, Leanne Stevens, Sarah Clapp and Miyuki Stephenson who all joined the 100 club today.

You may have noticed Sarah and Miyuki had more than a few supporters there today from their Crawley Saints and Sinners Running Club! (I did leave thinking that yellow is the new black?) Great team support and well done everyone that are now waiting to order your new tops.

Not official milestone clubs but congratulations to Nicola Blackwell who ran her 150th today and Fiona Viles who ran her 350th, Sebastian Hetherington and Martyn Clarke-Jones both ran their 99th this week so I’m guessing there will be more cake next week?

So, what did I think of the course?

A clear, blue sky day, a lap around the most beautiful lake with sunlight reflecting off of the ripples, along a wooded area where the morning sun was hazily beaming through the trees...

Past an abundance of super friendly, extremely encouraging marshals, and when I say marshals, I mean Easter bunny’s, one in a tutu with bright orange pompoms (Nigel)…

At one point I was running along with a chicken (Nina) (yes, I said chicken) who sang come on Eileen to me as I passed.
Then around a beautiful park area, with spectacular trees, spring flowers, blossom and lots of dog walkers playing with their best friends. Finally back around the stunning lake one more time before being cheered and reinvigorated along and into the well organised finish funnel.
We had the opportunity to talk to some really welcoming, friendly people in the short queue for scanning, one lady that we spoke to said that Tilgate parkrun was special and I wholeheartedly agree.

We passed the cake table,, so much cake, and then met Abbie, probably the most well known and most popular 12-year-old barkrunner who today, ran her 302nd parkrun.. along with her very friendly, sociable owner Brian who is on track to run his 400th parkrun at Christmas.

With each new parkrun I go to, my list of top three favourites changes. Today was no exception. Tilgate, without doubt has taken the lead. We would love to come back, maybe again in the summer, but we want to see if on a cold frosty morning too.

One last thing to add, while running around the lake, I noticed a lady who had a memorial pinned to her back. The lady said she was running for her two friends that had sadly passed away. It wasn’t until we were leaving, when I found out that this lady Claire Artemenkova actually ran her 11th half marathon this morning! Claire is running a half marathon every month for a year in loving memory of her two friends and raising money for the hospices that looked after them in the process. lots of runners were doing extra laps too, how fabulous!

We had a really lovely morning. Thank you to everyone that made us feel welcome. It was a pleasure meeting and chatting with those of you that we did. We look forward to coming back and joining you again soon!
Kind regards



Don’t miss the 0900 start RR#362

Another Saturday morning and time for another Tilgate parkrun.

We had a trial of a pre-recorded safety announcement which was repeated three times before the normal pre-run briefing starting at 0855. This seemed to work well, but it did mean the following run Director’s briefing was a bit shorter than usual. I think this is a good thing! As a result the runners were sent on their way by 9.02. So apologies if you missed the start. But we should aim to start the run as close to 9.00 as we can.

Fastest runner on the day was Tilgate parkrun stalwart Jason Harrold, running an excellent 17.18, his fastest time for well over a year. First lady finisher was Tilgate parkrun first timer Frances Sille who finished in an excellent 21.13 and was delighted with her run. Conditions were obviously good as there were a good number of PBs all the way down the finishers; 482 finishers is not at all bad, particularly given the number of Tilgate parkrun regulars who were probably resting up in preparation for the Brighton Marathon on the following day.

It was the 10th Junior run for Dexter Brown, the 50th parkrun for Arron Trott, Michael Trott and Michelle Matthew and it was the 100th parkrun for Rana Mohana Reddi Dodda, 99 of which have been at Tilgate. And many congratulations to Clive Darbon running his 250th parkrun.

Everything seemed to go well and there were no incidents to report. Thanks to all the volunteers for making it happen and particularly those who were trialling a new longer meandering finishing funnel in preparation for the increased numbers expected next weekend.

Congratulations also to Trevor Johnson who is our Tilgate parkrunner of the month for March 2019. Trevor has gone from an initial pb of 26.47 down to 20.50 in almost exactly a year. Amazing progress.

Happy Easter to everyone and keep the training going!

Chris Cheeseman

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