The run-up to the big day was not without its issues. Worthing parkrun was cancelled, so all arrangements were made to divert to Uckfield parkrun. Subsequently Worthing parkrun was back on, so the Uckfield visit was cancelled and Worthing visit reinstated.
All 13 attendees arrived promptly by 7:15 AM at Reigate College, and within minutes we were off on our way to Worthing sea front.
We arrived in good time to have a walk down the promenade to visit the toilets, have a photo taken, and listen to the pre-parkrun mentions by the Race Director. We had a mention and a cheer for Reigate Priory AC.
The race started a little later than 9AM. There was a small tail wind on the way out, which meant that there was a nice cooling breeze on the return to the finish.
I think that everyone did so well. Results as below (PBs as noted from parkrun website for recent parkruns).
|17||Paul Walters||19:42||78.00%||Missed PB by 11 seconds (set at Worthing)|
|258||Fran Afonso||28:23||59.78%||Course PB, 2nd fastest recent parkrun|
|376||Sarah Walters||33:05||54.71%||Missed course PB by 1 second|
Full results are here.
So about half of our runners returned with parkrun PBs, and I'm not going to single out any runners for their achievement because I know that there actually was so much personal achievement on the day within our party, I don't want to single out any individual for fear of not mentioning others.
What I would like to say is that it was a wonderful morning out, and I'm so glad that the people who attended this event supported the club in this venture, but more, I think that the club can be proud of the individual achievement at Worthing parkrun. A really big thank you to you all.
After the parkrun we climbed into the minibus to attend a breakfast laid on at the Burlington Hotel. As per last visit, the hotel really did us proud. We had our own room, with the table laid out in a large square arrangement, and a wonderful waitress service breakfast for a really reasonable rate. I'd recommend the Burlington for any such event, and I hope that we will be returning in the not so distant future.
We went onto Worthing beach for a photo call as below.
While the minibus was packing up for the return journey to Reigate, Usha, Paul and I were stopped by a 90 year old gentleman in a mobility buggy. He had noticed that we were from Reigate, and he had spent most of his years in Reigate. He was recalling his time from his earlier days, including a story featuring Donald Campbell. I wish we could have talked for longer. A really interesting chap.
During our return the results were published. Shock horror - they were all longer times than expected, but nil desperandum, they were all corrected during Saturday afternoon.
All in all a very successful time, and let's look forward to our next outing - Mole Valley parkrun on the 27th July 2019. See you there!