Chichester parkrun #257 – the one when the weather couldn’t make up its mind

After all the rain on Friday night, I was pleasantly surprised when I got up this morning to see that it was currently not raining and the ground didn’t look particularly muddy. Little did I know that Mother Nature had a few surprises up her sleeves for us this morning!

Special CONGRATULATIONS must go to Jeremy Harrison this week as he completed his 100th volunteer stint this morning welcoming tourists to Chichester and any first timers. I believe we have a few volunteers at Chichester with over 100 volunteer credits which is amazing. We could always do with some more volunteers, why not consider giving it a go one time in the future? It really is worth it and thoroughly rewarding.

We welcomed tourists from Bognor (I believe Bognor parkrun was cancelled this morning), Hemel Hempstead, Bromley, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Evesham, Orpington, Newport (Gwent), Spain & Northern Ireland. Welcome all and hopefully we will see you again soon.

As we started the run, it was drizzly, then as the run progressed, it got quite windy and then at the end, it was boiling hot and the sun was out. Strange how the weather can change so drastically in quite a short period of time. It was so hot on my final lap, I was secretly wishing it would start raining again to cool me down a bit, but then also hoping it would stay dry for the rest of the day. No pleasing me eh!!

This week 207 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers who were,
Mike MOORCROFT • Lynette WOODWARD • Lis PESKETT • Stephen TEE • Jeremy HARRISON • Peppy ANCKORN • Jane BUCKLEY • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Janice BETTS • Caroline MCKELLAR • Flo DUDLEY • Jane MOODIE • Tony HACK • Sheenagh BROADHURST • Anne HARRADINE • Justine-Elizabeth STAMP • Theo WEST

Congratulations also to Doug Greenhalgh on completing his 50th parkrun this morning. Looking through the results, I can see that there are quite a few milestones (official and unofficial) coming up in the next few weeks.

My award for the most aesthetically pleasing time of the week goes to Sarah Brockwell with 24.42.

Have a good week everyone. Don’t forget August 3rd is Chichester parkrun’s 5th birthday – see you there!



Note about the birthday, we will be organising a Food Bank collection again as we have done in years past so please do consider bringing something along. You can find their latest list of desperately needed items here: