#280 The back to normality one

Neil Worgan - 04/01/20

The first Saturday parkrun of 2020 is now completed and Christmas seems like a distant memory (well for me anyway). We are now back to the normal schedule of ONE parkrun per week after the last few weeks where some lucky people managed to clock up SIX. The new winter FOUR-lap course is doing well and I for one enjoyed seeing everyone as we were passing on the gravel path before going up THAT hill. Today the course was relatively dry if not a tad muddy but 16 people still managed PBs. Well done.

Welcome to the parkrun family the 21 people who joined us for their inaugural parkrun. Congratulations on choosing the best free weekly timed parkrun in Chichester. We hope to see you back again soon.

My most aesthetically pleasing time prize for today is shared between Lisa SUTHERLAND and Mrs BRID at 37:37. I like the fact that two people can share this week’s greatest honour.

Whilst parkrun isn’t a race the first three gents to finish were James BAKER, Mike HOUSTON and Stewart ELLABY. The first three ladies to finish were Rosie HILES, Grace BIRD and Jessica EARP. Whatever your time today, well done to all of our 287 finishers.

Congratulations go to Thomas BRIXEY, Michael JOHNS, Gideon SHERWOOD, Mandy WALDON and Alessandro AGOSTI for completing their 50th parkruns today. Joining the 100 club today was David POLLOCK and Johanna HARRISON.

A big thank you to everyone who volunteered today. parkrun would not exist without the volunteers. If you are willing and able to, please consider volunteering. Full training is provided and it is incredibly rewarding. After volunteering 25 times you even get a free t-shirt to say thank you. There are even some roles that can even be completed as well as running. Today’s hi-viz heroes were: Peter BIRD • Eric WOOD • David PIKE • Lis PESKETT • Geoff SUMNER • Neil WORGAN • Chris ARMSTEAD • Jeremy HARRISON • Louise FLUDE • Joely WHARTON • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • David PHIZACKERLEY • James STANBRIDGE • Sandra BALCOMBE • George STANBRIDGE • Marieann DICKER • Carly SOFFE • Rob GOLDSMITH • Theo WEST.

A special thank you goes to Chris ARMSTEAD for being our RD this week. (Honestly I was last one out of the room! - Chrispy)

This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers including 21 new to parkrun and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.