First, a very Merry Christmas from Chichester parkrun. My apologies for not getting the report done yesterday but I spent the day cooking for family!
So, on Christmas morning, we woke up to a typical British Christmas scene...grey skies, slightly damp, not overly cold. And mud in Oaklands Park. Lots of slippy mud; quite a change from the icy, frozen scene, with sunshine and blue skies just a week earlier. However, the conditions, weather and special day didn't deter us hardy parkrunners and in total, 152 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 1 person recorded a new Personal Best. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part, including Welwyn Garden City, Haslemere, Southampton, Rayleigh, Wimborne, Havant, Cardiff, Andover, Wimbledon, Rutland and Stubbington Green.
As always, parkrun cannot happen without volunteers and this week's event was made possible by 18 volunteers. Thank you to Kevin Williams, Tracy Skinner, Dave Barty, Lynette Woodward, Maggie Medhurst, Tom Blaylock, Lillian de Lacy, Jennifer de Lacy, Aaron Baker, Ian Robertson, Greg de Lacy, Jack Stallard, Jeremy Harrison, Steve Whitmee, Liz Stanleigh-Turner, Janice Betts, John Odde and Johanna Harrison.
The future volunteer roster is always at the foot of the statue should you feel like adding your name and helping out or alternatively, contact Chichester parkrun.
Stats wise the placing and age grades are:
Mike Houston (VM35-39) of Chichester Runners & AC was 1st finisher with a time of 18:45
Leo Stallard (JM15-17) of Chichester Runners & AC was 2nd with a time of 19:20
Mitchell Campbell (SM20-24) of Southampton University Triathlon Club was 3rd with a time of 20:26
Lucy Thraves (SW20-24) of Chichester Runners & AC, was 1st (11th overall) with a time of 22:23
Kirstin Ridley (VW35-39) of Chichester Runners & AC was 2nd (37th overall) with a time of 25:58
Nadia Anderson (VW50-54) of Chichester Runners & AC was 3rd (38th overall) with a time of 26:07
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Mike Houston (VM25-29) 71.73% for a time 18:45 (1st overall)
Leo Stallard (JM15-17) 70.86% for the time 19:20 3rd overall)
Andrew Holt (VM50-54) 70.04% for the time 21:35 (6th overall)
The male record is held by Steven Naylor who recorded a time of 15:39 on 1st November 2014 (event number 14).
The female record is held by Rebecca Moore who recorded a time of 17:20 on 13th August 2016 (event number 106).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rebecca Moore who recorded 85.38% (17:20) on 13th August 2016 (event number 106).
Chichester parkrun started on 2nd August 2014. Since then 4,667 participants have completed 26,001 parkruns covering a total distance of 130,005 km, including 4,966 new Personal Bests.
The "aesthetically pleasing number award" goes to Matt de Lacy and John Bullard, with times of 23:45
Finally, a big well done to the "elf" who ran the course in his elf outfit, holding a gift wrapped present under his arm the whole way, proceeding to unwrap and distribute the contents (chocolates of course) to his fellow parkrunners.