Chichester parkrun is clocking up the miles (or is it kilometres) week by week; everything is in order and everything runs like clockwork. Familiar faces and routines, slick organisation from the merry band of volunteers, relatively predictable times and positions (albeit the prospect of PBs, Visitors and First Timers) and an overall sense of wellbeing and order.
However what I have learnt is that the parkrun creates the opportunity for new conversations and perspectives each week. Depending upon your position in the pack or on the course as a volunteer, there is always someone new to nod to, smile and say hello (or sometimes grunt between breaths). The diversity is diverse and with no pecking order, new connections are made. This is the beauty of the parkrun and is just as important as the physical fitness that often first motivates individuals to do the 5km parkrun challenge.
This week we saw 207 parkrunners, including 24 First Timers and 20 Personal Bests (which technically means there were 44 PBs this week -or 21% of this week's pack!). Chichester parkrun legend Mike Houston led us all in , Joshua Collins headed up the junior section in an impressive 21.15 on his first outing at Oaklands Park and Fray Cripps was our first female finisher.
However, another perspective is to consider the order by age ranking, which sees Keith Toop romping home in 73.17% and Liz Phelps notching up third place in 71.37%.. Perhaps this is much better way of recognising our diversity !!
Most pleasantly pleasing time was clocked by Jessica Brown in 23.23
Final shout out goes to our volunteers - namely: Aaron BAKER, Sandra BALCOMBE, Guy BLACKMORE, Paul BRANLEY-JONES, Jane BUCKLEY, Peter CARVER, Neil DAVIES, Jonny GARDAM, Ivan GARDNER, Grant HARRIS, Jeremy HARRISON, Johanna HARRISON, Jan HILL, Keri JOHNSON, Ruby JOHNSON, Phillip LOW, Henry MAGRILL, Mike MOORCROFT, John ODDE, Peter SHAW, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Ian STEVENS and Simon WEAL