Very windy was the initial thought in the minds of the parkrunners heading to Oaklands Park this Saturday for Chichester parkrun 215. Welcomed as we have been on so many occasions by Mike Houston as our Run Director - Mike announced it was to be his penultimate time as the Run Director - we'll miss that light Scottish lilt enormously and our regular unknown fact about Chichester. Thank you and your family for all your tremendous efforts over the last few years to establish and keep going, as you say, the best 5km parkrun in Chichester.
Thank you also to our incredible volunteers, all 22 of them this week - it's what makes parkrun possible, please put yourself forward for volunteering if you haven't yet done so, it really is great fun. For the run itself, despite the wind, it was incredibly warm and my full cold weather survival outfit was quickly disgarded.
This week there were 174 intrepid runners - making a "running" total of 32313 at Chichester since the parkrun started. First over the line this week was James Baker in an incredible 16:28, followed by Bertie Paradise in 18:36. First unknown was unknown in an unrecorded time! First female was Sarah Loy in 20:51 and then Jo Fleming in 21:06. Aesthetically pleasing time of the week was an extremely tough one with lots of candidates, but the final decision goes to Gideon Sherwood in a very neat and mathematically pleasing 24:48.
This week we also welcomed tourists from Brighton, Essex, Horsham, Weymouth and Australia and North Wales (Andrew SCOTT celebrating his 100th run). Apologies for missing some, there were a lot. Possibly heard we are having a late summer surge and decided to visit. All welcome as always we hope you all enjoyed it.
Additional anniversary congratulations this week also go to:
Johanna HARRISON (50 runs),
Tom BROUGHTON (100 runs):
We are also delighted to announce this week Tom BLAYLOCK reached his milestone 25th event as a volunteer. Free t-shirts for all! Thank you also to Johanna and Tom BROUGHTON for their generous treats post event.
Thank you to everyone that assisted Gary BURCHETT at the finish yesterday. Gary badly injured himself and snapped a knee tendon. We know Gary will not be running soon but he is stable and his family wish offer a "huge thank you to everyone who helped after Gary's dramatic finish this morning. We were overwhelmed by your kindness. A snapped tendon means we’ll be back to volunteer before we manage our next Chichester parkrun."
From all involved with Chichester parkrun we would like to wish Gary a speedy recovery and hope he does return to Oaklands Park for parkrun where he and his family will always be welcome.
Thank you Brian for another excellent report.
If anyone wishes having a go at the report, please get in touch. Additionally did you know. There are at least 6 roles (Set-up, Take-down, Token sort, Run Reporter, First timer brief and Tail Walker) where you can still participate and volunteer during the same week This was uou don't lose the opportunity to run and help in the same week.