#251 never straightforward

Life is never a straight line, and nor is Chichester parkrun; twists and turns, stretches of flat carefree cruising, steep inclines and sharp descents are very typical of the beautiful Oaklands Park and this week's parkrun was no exception, with our Run Director almost losing his voice, a "faller" on the start line (who was gallantly supported with back up by fellow parkrunners - as always) and the icing on the cake when the then, potentially third to finish parkrunner - who on approaching the final turning was abruptly stopped in his tracks by his companion dog (Ralph), who decided this was a good time to perform his morning constitution. Classic move.

This week we saw almost 200 participants (199 to be precise- minus the disgraced Ralph) to include 20 first timers, representatives from 17 different clubs and visitors from London, Isle of Wight, Southsea and a mysterious couple from the Royal Borough of Windsor.

As always, parkrun would not be possible without the highly appreciated and valued contribution of the Chichester parkrun Volunteers, who this week included: Michael SHELDON • Jill RENSON • Paul STALLARD • Aaron BAKER • Jonathan GARDAM • Robert MALLETT • Chris ARMSTEAD • Jeremy HARRISON • Eleanor HARRISON • Emma WICKENS • Jane BUCKLEY • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • James STANBRIDGE • John ODDE • Ivan GARDNER • George STANBRIDGE • Guy BLACKMORE • Felicity NOWELL and Sandra L YOUNG - so thank you!

In terms of the results, local (unrelated) Chichester parkrun heroes James Baker and James Gardam sped round the course in super quick time ahead of the pack- with James B clocking an impressive age related 81.47% and James G achieving a PB of 17.40 and our first female finisher was Emily Moore in a very pleasing time of 21.12 (more of the pleasing times later). However, the taking part is the important factor and with 1 in 8 parkrunners getting Personal Bests this week and almost half of the field now exceeding more than 50 parkruns each- the event goes from strength to strength.

Aesthetically pleasing times include:

Emily Moore 21.12
John Orden 22.22
Philip Carr 23.23
Chris Haramis 24.24
Newman Andrew(?) 32.32
Jenny Gumbrell 44.33 (and Personal Best as well)