parkrun Episode 246 – The one where it was Star Wars Day

Words by Jane Moody

A long time ago in a Galaxy far, far away……(well Saturday morning in Oaklands Park), 253 walkers,
joggers and runners attended Chichester parkrun Episode 246. 36 of these were First Timers.
Once we were welcomed by our Rebel Commander Chris Armstead and sternly reminded not to be
Funnel Duckers (try saying that really fast 5 times!!!), we then assembled at the start and were
swiftly sent on our way.
Our Chichester Rebel Fighters were joined from others in the Alliance from places such as Tyne and
Wear, Winchester, Worthing and Portsmouth, sorry if I missed any others but welcome.
There were lots of signs around the park for some motivation, my personal favourite being ‘No, do
or do not, there is no try’. I have to admit, I say this to myself a lot when running (because I’m
secretly a bit of a geek) and it helps a lot. Thank you Master Yoda for your wisdom.
Our 1 st finishers this week were James Gardam (18.01), Andy McMillan (18.14) & Barney Reed - at his
1 st parkrun (18.57) for the men and Fay Cripps (20.21), Lucie West (22.12) and Megan Goring (22.36)
for the ladies. 41 of you recorded Personal Bests – well done all of you! The award for the
aesthetically pleasing time of the week goes to Anna Camp (33.44). Congratulations to Victoria
Buckle on her 50 th parkrun and shiny new PB as well. Congratulations also to Louise West on her 50 th
parkrun.
This week’s parkrun was brought to you by the following members of the Rebel Alliance, sorry Hi-Viz
Heroes. Lynette WOODWARD • Margaret ENSTONE • Sue CARMICHAEL • Alex MEDHURST • Chris
ARMSTEAD • Eleanor HARRISON • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Laura
HOLDER • Trevor BAKER • John ODDE • Jane MOODIE • Amy GAUNT • Johanna HARRISON • Carly
SOFFE • Nick TAYLOR • Carolyn KNIGHT • Jo BRINING • Clare MCNAIR • Debbie BUCKLEY
Why not think about volunteering one week, it really is worthwhile.
Finally, there is only one thing left to say. Remember, The Force will be with you, Always.