#244 – The one with another new RD, the milestones…and some uninvited guests!


Easter Saturday dawned bright and sunny and it was time for Jeremy HARRISON to take control of the SS Chichester parkrun for the first time.  He’d already had the RD hazing as on Friday evening he received a call from Chichester Police regarding the appearance of Travellers in Oaklands Park which may have caused a cancellation on safety grounds.  But following his quick visit to the park and chat with the ‘residents’ it was deemed safe to continue with his inaugural RD stint!


Long serving Set-Up Crew, Peter and Nadia ANDERSON, were on site early to help Jeremy with a small amendment to the bottom half of the course to avoid the new build at the turn-around and once that was completed, Jeremy was able to relax a bit before welcoming the myriad of runners who arrived for our 9am start.  Ellie HARRISON performed her role of ‘New Runners Brief’ beautifully and then it was time for Jeremy to ascend the great heights of ‘The parkrun Table’ to begin his brief!  I believe there may have been some very good natured heckling from the amassed Chichester RD’s present – I think pretty much the whole Core team were present plus the odd ex-RD too - you may be able to check out but you can never leave parkrun, Mr BARTY!


Jeremy welcomed tourists from parkrun’s spiritual home - Bushy Park and lots of other places – MANY apologies for not shouting out everyone who visited but usually I remember to ask the RD for the ‘tourist list’ – I forgot this week!  I am suitably chastised.  We then celebrated a mass of Milestone runners – in no particular order:  Peter FIELD and Lola (100); Luisa RICOTTINI (50); John CANNON (50) – great family effort here too – a PB for Amelie and a first completed parkrun for Isabelle; Peter MIDDLEWICK (100); Richard ACTON (300); Oliver HITCH (50); Molly BYE with a new PB too (10) and finally, but you couldn’t really miss them with their Easter Bonnets and Balloons – Jane MOODIE (100) and Lee MOODIE (100).  Jeremy then warned of our uninvited guests and their random movements around the park in their vehicles and we were off to the start bang on time – he runs a tight ship does Mr HARRISON!!


The countdown done – the masses started!  I always think it looks amazing watching everyone take off across the park towards the turnaround, albeit 18yards closer this week!  A little while later I decided that I was going to be really lazy and joined Lis PESKETT (who was nursing her injured hip) and Johanna HARRISON who was tail-walking.  Do you see the casual roping in of family members to be volunteers by Jeremy???  First across the line was Bertie PARADISE who was followed by Gina GALBRAITH – both claiming new PB’s; the next 2 named male finishers were Jonathan PATRICK and Ian GRAY and the female speedy finishers were Fay CRIPPS and Holly SHAW.  We were blessed with 64 new Personal Bests – well done to all with a special shout out to Phillip LOW!!    I’m also going to give Lis PESKETT a mention for her (and also mine) Personal Worst time…it was a pleasure walking the course with you and Jo as it’s not all about the speed!


Chichester parkrun always celebrates the aesthetically pleasing time of the week – this week’s winning time is Sandra HOOK’s 26:00 – almost looks like 2 Easter Eggs sitting there!!!


As always – parkrun is staffed by volunteers and they always deserve the biggest cheer – this week’s heroes were:  Michael SHELDON • Tom BLAYLOCK • Nadia ANDERSON • Peter ANDERSON • Jeremy HARRISON • Eleanor HARRISON • Colin ANCKORN • Peppy ANCKORN • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Ashley PLEDGER • Trevor BAKER • David NASH • Johanna HARRISON • Dan BUSHER • Carly SOFFE • Elizabeth ROBINSON • Justine-Elizabeth STAMP • Laura NASH and me, Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER

So nothing left for me to do but wish all runners taking part in next week’s London Marathon the best of luck and hopefully a cool, day with a gentle breeze – if you’re running look out for the Chichester parkrun cheer station just after half-way!!!  Until next week….have fun and don’t eat too many Easter Eggs!