#266 A dark and storm-free run – in Chichester on Saturday 5 October 2019

A dark and storm-free run – in Chichester on Saturday 5 October 2019 (#266)

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a band of rebel runners were gathered in the Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a 208-strong band of rebel runners were gathered in The Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain, after a surprisingly rain-free parkrun – the rain through the week meant it was a bit slippery in places, and the dew was still on the grass.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runners from as far afield as London’s Mile End, Clacton, Reading and Kinston (upon Thames, not upon Hull)?  Or the 11 who ran without a barcode so didn’t get a run time, including someone who came in 6th and was true to the parkrun ethos that it’s a run not a race, even now, 15 years after the first time trial in Bushy Park.  I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a band of rebel runners were gathered in The Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about all the new runners running their very first parkrun - Alison DAVIS, Angus CASTLE, Annabel ANDERSON, Ceara BAILEY, Claire LEWIS, Colin IVE, Daniel LEWIS, David ANDERSON, Ghiajhinn YATALI, Honor MICHELL, Isobel ANDERSON, Joanna NOBLE, Joseph LEWIS, Laura DOWSWELL, Line PAULSEN, Lynne IVE, Madelene LEWIS, Mark Rupert ROWBOTHAM, Matthew SAUNDERS, Oliver ANDERSON, Paul STROSS, Ross GARDNER, Rowan SHULMAN, Sue YATALI, Thomas SAUNDERS, and Tim GOFF? And the 21 others with this as their first Chichester run?  I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a band of rebel runners were gathered in The Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runner hitting a milestone – Gary DICKER ran his 100th today? I asked him to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a band of rebel runners were gathered in The Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the first runners home – for the women, Cerys DICKINSON (21.33) followed by Gemma APPLETON (23.15), plus the men James BAKER (16:56), followed by Bertie PARADISE (18:48)? I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a band of rebel runners were gathered in The Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runners who managed a PB - Amelie TAYLOR, Ben WILLIAMS, Benedict GODDARD, Bradley HOLDER, David SWEETMAN, Gabriel COLLINSON, Jenna OTTLEY, Jenny GUMBRELL, Josie WILLIAMS-FYNE, Judi GADSBY, Kelsey HAYES, Lauren ASHWORTH, Luke LELEU, Mostafa SOUD, Neil FELLINGHAM, Paul SANZEN-BAKER, Robert LANGLEY, Sarah LEE-JONES, and Zac FERRIS? I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a band of rebel runners were gathered in The Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runners who achieved an age grade time of at least 70% - Don GRANT, Cerys DICKINSON, James BAKER, Liz PHELPS, Mike FORDER, Rob MOORE, and Tony COOLEY?  I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night.  And a band of rebel runners were gathered in The Festival Theatre cafe, sheltering from the rain.  Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the volunteers today – Kevin WILLIAMS, Ian STEVENS, Jane TAYLOR, Jill RENSON, Robert DE LACY, Neil WORGAN, Stephen TEE, Catherine CANNON, Ben RITCHIE, Peter ANDERSON, Jeremy HARRISON, Eleanor HARRISON, Emma WICKENS, Trevor BAKER, Johanna HARRISON, Ian KNIGHT, Elizabeth ROBINSON, Henry MAGRILL, Narmada DE SILVA, Ieuan WORGAN, and the run director, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER? Lots of cheering and encouragement from the marshals helped everyone around the course.  Volunteering is very easy, and helps the parkrun run smoothly, so why not give it a go?

Thank you for running and reading – look forward to joining the parkrun next week.

Fabulous Run Report - thank you Narmada!  See you all soon, Rebels one and all!!!