Chichester parkrun #208….the one that was just about right.

For some reason my parkrun reports seem to coincide with extremes of weather - too wet (February), too cold (the 'beast from the East' in March), or too hot (the recent July heat). For once I picked a week that was just about right, with overcast but pleasantly warm conditions, dry ground, and a cooling breeze. Sadly it didn't help me much - I had 'un jour sans' and found today's parkrun hard going right from run director Peter ANDERSON's 3-2-1-GO countdown - but cooler conditions were clearly enjoyed by most of the 174 other people who ran, jogged and walked the course, with 24 people setting new personal bests.

First finisher was a man of mystery, his name and time known only to himself ("don't forget your barcode!"). Robin CHARNOCK was second over the finish in 20:28 with Vince STARR following closely behind and setting a new Chichester personal best in the process. First female finisher was Hannah TOLLINTON, followed by Claudia MILBURN and Elizabeth ROBINSON, while Jenny HUGHES set the highest overall
age grade performance of the week with 75.10%. No adults reached any of the major milestones this week, but Sam KEATING (JM10) and Ellie KEATING (JW11-14) both reached ten parkruns. Well done! We also had our 31,000th Chichester parkrun finisher, with Caroline MCKELLAR taking the honours.

Aesthetically pleasing time of the week is shared by Jonathan CRANFORD and Megan CRANFORD, who both finished in exactly 30:00

As always, parkrun could not happen without our team of volunteers. This week we thank Colin ANCKORN, Peppy ANCKORN, Peter ANDERSON, Nadia ANDERSON, Andrew CARMICHAEL, Elaine CRUTTENDEN, Jeremy HARRISON, Johanna HARRISON, David MCCLEAN, Jane MOODIE, Lee MOODIE, Ellen PERRY, Leon PERRY, David POLLOCK, Ben RITCHIE, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Emma WICKENS. And on a personal note, I'd like to thank the marshals in particular - it's not always easy to say "thanks" while running (especially on a 'bad day'!), but your words of encouragement as we work our way around the course are always greatly appreciated.

Thank you Ben Richie for this week's report.

Remember, because of another event in the park, there will be no Chichester parkrun next week (25/8), please take the opportunity to take part in a bit of 'parkrun touristing', but don't forget to come back in a fortnight.