This Saturday, Tilgate Park Run will be celebrating its 100,000th finisher. For a tiny amount of upfront funding from the council, volunteers have produced probably the greatest public health intervention in the town’s history, introducing dozens of new people to the joys of physical fitness every week.
Running has become an increasingly popular hobby in Crawley over recent years, yet aside from last Sunday’s annual K2 10k (from which the aches and pains have yet to subside) we haven’t had a local long run. All that is now set to change and in a big way.
Today we launched Run Gatwick, a flagship half marathon hosted in and around our borough. The event is being organised by the team behind the UK’s most successful half marathon Run Reigate (which I’ve enjoyed participating in over the last two years), in association with the council and a range of other partners. With Run Gatwick they are kicking things up a notch, the scale of the event is on a whole new level and pitched to an international audience. It’s a great opportunity for our town and something I’m genuinely excited by.
To find out more, read Paula Radcliffe’s endorsement of the event and sign yourself up (I’ve already got my place booked), visit: https://www.rungatwick.com/