The one with the Roman soldier tail walker

Chichester parkrun #269

It was a breezy but dry start to this week's Chichester parkrun in Oaklands park. Luckily it seems I left the rain behind in Basingstoke.

Well done to the 168 people who ran, jogged or walked the course, 26 of whom were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests!

Congratulations to Neil Davies on completing his 200th parkrun.

Aesthetically pleasing time this week goes to Jon Grave, who clearly had perfect vision of the finish line, completing the 5k in a time of 20:20

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who gave their time to make the event happen. Special shout out to Nadia Anderson who cheered us all on from her upstairs window.

It was great to be back in Chichester this morning seeing so many people out having fun and running together, and just remember #DFYB (Don't forget your barcode!)

This weeks hi-vis heroes were-
Jane TAYLOR • Nick TAYLOR • Lis PESKETT • Neil DAVIES • Aaron BAKER • Stephen TEE • Jeremy HARRISON • Eleanor HARRISON • Rob MOORE • Emma WICKENS • Steve WHITMEE • Charlotte RENNIE • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Phillip LOW • Tony HACK • Rebecca WORGAN • Sarah LEE-JONES • Ieuan WORGAN • Nick DOWSWELL

~ Charlotte Rennie


The one with the (unofficial!) marshal cheering from the window

We are living in momentous times. 2 weeks ago Dame Kelly Holmes (double Olympic champion) graced the hallowed turf of Oaklands Park; in Vienna, Kipchoge ran the first sub 2 hour marathon (see ) as this week's front runners were fast completing their second lap. Chichester parkrun was the atmospheric setting for Alex CONSTERDINE's prenuptial early morning run, whilst both Jill RENSON and Tom BLAYCOCK were clocking up their respectively 200th and 150th running anniversaries; Matt De LACY and John BULLARD become centurion Chichester parkrunners and next week we have the Sloe Fair on our doorstep.... what more could you ask for ?

This week's Chichester parkrun was packed with 200 runners including our latest recruit from far-flung Perth, Western Australia (welcome Ned), 28 first timers, 27 Personal Bests (watch out Kipchoge !) and representation from 16 clubs. The pack was lead in by a mysterious unknown runner , our first female finisher was Claudia MILBURN and impressively Lottie was the first canine finisher - although she didn't have her barcode on her (remember no barcode, no time!).

Other notably results include the following;

Matt RUSSELL in at 20.20
Ali BLAIR-FISH in at 23.32
Joseph LEWIS in at 26.26 (and PB to boot)
Rob MORE achieving an impressive 71.56% age grading
and Mathew SAUNDERS, Freddie and Charlie JONES leading in the junior wing of Chichester parkrun in 39th, 40th and 41st positions respectively.

The final words go out to all 20 Volunteers -namely Gary DICKER • Ian STEVENS • Eric WOOD • Maggie MEDHURST • David PIKE • Aaron BAKER • Ian ROBERTSON • John WAITES • Jeremy HARRISON • Eleanor HARRISON • Colin ANCKORN • Emma WICKENS • Steve WHITMEE • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • James BEAUMONT • Ivan GARDNER • Rachael JAMESON • Jonny GARDAM and of course Nadia ANDERSON who was cheering on parkrunnners from a bedroom window overlooking the course!


#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!!!


#265 The one with STAR quality!

Little did I know when I left home on Saturday morning that parkrun would be different…

After running to the park, we found Chris(py) ARMSTEAD all present and correct as Run Director – calmly organising his Set-Up crew of Colin HANCOCK and Geoff SUMNER and then welcoming the rest of his merry band of volunteers.  Their brief done, he asked Ellie HARRISON to welcome our New Runners and Tourists (from Havant, Bracklesham, Newbury, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Essex and Pulborough) and once that was completed he called everyone to gather closer to hear his cheery welcome and vital parkrun information – we were all raring to go so Chrispy sent us off to the start.  But then, as we were assembling….OMG….a figure approached Chrispy to introduce herself…  it was none other than DAME KELLY HOLMES, Double Olympic Champion and parkrun Ambassador!  Dame Kelly was visiting Chichester parkrun with her family as her Dad was running his very first parkrun to celebrate his 70th birthday (Monday 30Sep) – you’re never too old to start they say!!!!

Chris and Dame Kelly

Chrispy asked Dame Kelly if she would like to start our run, she kindly agreed and so was offered the parkrun klaxon to get us under way….oops, it broke, so a traditional 3…2…1… and we were off!   3 laps later and 223 of us had finished our 5k – our fast finishing men were James BAKER, James ROSS and Wesley ADAMS with a new PB of 18:33; our first finishing ladies were Dame Kelly HOLMES, Claudia MILBURN and Naomi WARD with her new PB of 24:25.  Overall, we had 19 PB’s recorded – well done to you all!  Some runners then did more laps – some as a cool down but one as our unofficial Cheerleader – I’m not sure how many laps Dame Kelly did but she encouraged many of us to keep running and to do our best, stopping for selfies along the way and never without her wonderful smile!!!  I know I’m ‘going on and on’ - I’ve met a few sports personalities over time but Dame Kelly was charming, approachable and eager to inspire without making anyone feel inadequate!  Dame Kelly

She took the time out of her family day to make our parkrun special – we thank her very much for that!!  I hope her Dad enjoyed Chichester parkrun – Dame Kelly tweeted a picture of him relaxing afterwards, it’s pure magic!  Find her on Twitter at @damekellyholmes

 As always, we like to find an Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week – for once (!) I’ve not picked one of the wonderful palindromic times but I’ve plumped for Terence GODDARD’s 28:52 which is as near to this week’s half-way time as I could get!!!

 Our parkrun was made possible by 17 Hi-Viz heroes - Ian STEVENS • Geoff SUMNER • Neil WORGAN • Chris ARMSTEAD • Jeremy HARRISON • Eleanor HARRISON • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Colin HANCOCK • Lee MOODIE • Jack O'CONNOR • Johanna HARRISON • Caroline CORBRIDGE • Clare MCNAIR • Nathaniel CHARLES • Sarah LEE-JONES • Donna CHAPMAN.  Why not volunteer in one of the next few weeks??  It’ll give you a seriously warm-and-fuzzy moment and a cool purple T-shirt once you’ve done a few!

Finally, a quick appeal – if you know anyone in Hong Kong – please share this plea from our beloved Mike HOUSTON – search #FindBlueTed on FB or Twitter!  He’s lost in HKG… ☹


See you next week!!!  We can't promise another Sports Personality but we can promise a warm welcome and a free 5K timed run!



#261 The one where we returned!!!

Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny and Oaklands Park was empty of visiting travellers and Softball players so parkrun was ON!!!!  It strange how much I’ve missed it – although I wasn’t running this week, I was glad to be back in the park!

Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER was RD for the day and happily aided by a merry crew of volunteers - Lis PESKETT • Aaron BAKER • Neil WORGAN • Alex MEDHURST • Peter ANDERSON • Jeremy HARRISON • Emma WICKENS • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • James STANBRIDGE • Sandra BALCOMBE • Philippa NEATHEY • Trevor BAKER • Warrell HARRIES • Luisa RICOTTINI • George STANBRIDGE • Colin HANCOCK • Tony HACK • Johanna HARRISON • Rebecca HARTLEY • Jo BRINING.  Thank you all for your time!!!

We welcomed visitors from Poole, Reading and West London and a total of 235 people completed the course – including 29 new to Chichester parkrun and 13 brand spanking new parkrunners!  It was lovely to see some runners who’ve been away for a while – Chrispy ARMSTEAD was back from his Staycation somewhere Norfolk/Suffolk way (you’d never have guessed that I have an A level in Geography!); Jonathan HARRINGTON who’s just been running too far on a Saturday morning and the every busy BARTY’s (lovely Sue and Dave).   We cheered Amelia FIELD and Rosemary BLACKMORE who were celebrating joining the Black T-Shirt gang by completing their 100th parkruns.  We’ve a number of other runners rapidly closing in on their milestone runs, look out for more shout-outs in the coming weeks – so our new parkrunners will quickly notice that it’s an addictive way to spend your Saturday morning!!!

First home for the boys was James BAKER, followed by Nick CASBURN and Ben RITCHIE and for the ladies it was Sarah LOY (she was celebrating her birthday weekend too!!), followed by Lucie WEST and the lovely Nadia ANDERSON!  It was especially quick out there yesterday as 36 runners logged a PB – well done to you all – a Special Mention to Sophie HAIDON for her shiny new PB, Sophie was ably guided round by Aaron BAKER who completed his first Guide Runner stint – well done both!!  Guide Running is another way that you can give back to parkrun – volunteers are an essential part of our community, each week we rely on them to get us round safely – please do spare a thought and if you’re resting before an event on any given Sunday or just not feeling it during the week – please drop the Chichester RD’s a quick line and get your free gift – a warm and fuzzy feeling!

Anyone, no make that everyone, who’s read one of my Run Reports before knows that my aesthetically pleasing time of the week usually has a palindromic theme but this week I’ve gone for a different thread – Jackie ALLEN’s 33:16 is mathematically genius = 3+3x1=6!

Happy Trails everyone – See you next Saturday!!!
Sanchia Stanleigh-Turner



Chichester parkrun #259: Now We are 5

In just 5 years, Chichester parkrun has taken place on 258 separate occasions, which have been made possible by 542 volunteers assisting in a total of 4,410 roles to allow 6,885 participate a total of 41,078 finishes. As of today, with our record breaking attendance of 360 finishers, we begin the next 5 years welcoming 67 first timers and 58 runners achieving new Personal Bests. In today's event, Peter expertly guided us through the run brief and introduced our special guest, the Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester, Richard Plowman, who also started the runners off. Our wonderful band of volunteers this week were: Robert SPENCER • Kevin WILLIAMS • Mike HOUSTON • Jane TAYLOR • Lynette WOODWARD • Margaret ENSTONE • Paul STALLARD • Vanessa FRANKLIN • Lis PESKETT • Geoff SUMNER • Louise WEST • Peter ANDERSON • Peppy ANCKORN • Steve WHITMEE • Jane BUCKLEY • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Flo DUDLEY • Phillip LOW • Marieann DICKER • Jane MOODIE • Sheenagh BROADHURST • Judith NORTH • Theo WEST. We remembered Peter Chittenden and Laura Bagnall who were with us on our first parkrun and are sadly no longer with us, but no doubt looking down today. 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. Leo Stallard, Chris West and James Hampshire were the first men over the line in under 18 minutes. Juliet Stallard, Jessica Thomson and Lucie West were the first women. The parkrunner with the greatest total number of parkruns attended (all over the country) was Robert Spencer, who has done 467 events.

It's astonishing when you lay the facts out like that. And also when you look carefully to see what stories lie beneath the parkrun phenomenon. I know of people who met current partners at Chichester parkrun, who's children have grown up since it began, people who became ultra runners from starting their very first run just a few years ago and firm friendships that have been made. I was at the inaugural event 5 years ago. Back then, I had been running on and off for 9 years, starting off on the treadmill where no one could see me, feeling like an idiot for the first 10 minutes and timing my runs on the clock at the railway station as a vague approximation, using a map and string to measure the distance I might have run. I ran my first race for life in 2005 and my first 10k a few months later. I did times I was happy with and then never bothered to enter races again... until I found parkrun. I walked up to Mike after having huffed and puffed my way round the original Oakland's course and said I wanted to be a regular volunteer. He asked whether I wanted to run direct so I said 'go on then' and within 6 weeks I was directing by myself and in the core team at at time when getting people to commit regularly was more challenging that it is now. It's fair to say parkrun changed me from a fair weather runner who didn't feel worthy of joining any club, to someone who got the confidence to run their first 10 mile and then half marathon in 3 months of starting it. And that in turn helped me pluck up the courage to join a running club working my way through numerous 10ks, half marathons and a full marathon (London) I was honoured to run for my club, Chichester Runners, in 2016. I know I wouldn't have done it without parkrun though. Anyone who runs is a runner and anyone who wants to try can do it. There are as many battles with running as there are people out on that course each week, but we all get round. My life has changed tremendously since 2014 (not all down to parkrun), but the free weekly run has been a constant and a focus for me that has also provided a great group of friends and second family as well as a dose of teamwork that I was really missing. It's also brilliant for puppy socialisation should you be thinking about getting a dog :)

Over to Mike, founder of the event, the original event director and first run director in his own words:

It’s more than just a run.

I regret I was not able to experience this parkrun family celebration personally. I find myself away with my own immediate family but only to pleased to respond to a kind invitation I received to write a few words.

For this I need inspiration to do it justice. There’s certainly no shortage of that at Oakland’s Park. Post Second World War; Never has so much, been owed by so many, to so few. Superlatives run dry as I to attempt to fairly, honestly describe and praise how I feel about everyone that has made Chichester parkrun possible. Especially those that choose to regularly lead and aid the production of a safe, free and fun 5km timed event. Every seven days. 

It would be unfair for me to single out one for fear of missing and offending others. Everyone that has walked, jogged, run, supported, volunteered and encouraged anyone to come along over the past half decade has played a part.

The community is strong. Sometimes even just being there to share and care is enough. It’s more than just a run but those that have been part of it many already knew this. 

The journey has been long, at times hard work but, with many hands, light too. 

I only hope Chichester parkrun can experience another 5 successful years improving the lives and wellbeing of thousands in our community and beyond. By that time it is perceivable to have surpassed 500 events. Remarkable. 

Long may this and many other schemes like it in our local community be created and continue.

Thank you for being part of Chichester parkrun. There are so many stories out there and we want to hear them. Why not sign up for the Run Reporter one week and tells us about them?

This is for everyone. 

So we should enjoy it while we can and, to reflect further, I have done a verse based on one of the greatest acclaimed songs of all time for one of the best concepts in a lifetime.

Where will you be in 2024? We can only imagine.

Imagine there’s no parkrun,

it’s queasy if you try.

No timed walk, jog, run,

will make us only sigh.

Imagine all the people,

living on Saturday.


Imagine there’s no cafes,

something hard to do.

Nothing to meet or chat for,

and no community to.

Imagine all the people,

living with no PBs.

You hoo...

You may say I’m a dreamer,

but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you’ll join us,

with your barcode along at one..

Imagine no positions,

I wonder if you can.

No need for help with tokens,

or to take times or scan.

Imagine all the people,

sharing no parkrun world.

You hoo...

You may say I’m a dreamer,

but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you’ll join us,

and the world can share the fun.

Thank you Chichester parkrun. What a beautiful thing you are. 

Thanks to Mike and to Ian Robertson who has now stepped down from Chichester parkrun. Pete and I look forward to guiding you through the next phase in the life of parkrun and are grateful as ever for your support. Our first aesthetically pleasing runners of the new parkrun year are Persephone Hagan at 25:00 and Joseph McClusker at 27:00.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chichester parkrun Results Page.



The one with the welcome drizzle

Well what a run that was as 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. The tourist travelling the furthest distance was from Johannesburg S.A.

Congratulations also go to Ned Potter with an age grade of 82.74%
First male and female finishers were Ned Potter ( new PB!”) and Emily Moore.
Welcome to the five first timers ( to parkrun) and to the other 23 who visited Chichester. We hope you enjoyed it and maybe see you next week
Two runners had also achieved the dizzy heights of over 300 runs!
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
David PIKE • Aaron BAKER • Ben RITCHIE • Louise WEST • Chris ARMSTEAD • Jeremy HARRISON • Eleanor HARRISON • Rob MOORE • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Caroline MCKELLAR • Philippa NEATHEY • Phillip LOW • John ODDE • Marieann DICKER • Tony HACK • Theo WEST Neil Davies
As always, a massive thank you to all those who answered the call out for volunteers this week.

Next week is our 5th birthday and as a means of celebrating we are asking for donations to the local foodbank. The food bank not only requires food but can also include items like toothpaste and other essentials. More about what is needed will be posted shortly, so please keep an eye out for that.

The male record is held by Steven NAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:39 on 1st November 2014 (event number 14).
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 17:20 on 13th August 2016 (event number 106).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen DEAN who recorded 88.28% (22:37) on 5th January 2019 (event number 229).
For those who like stats here are some
Number of events: 258
Number of runners: 6,885
Number of runs: 41,078
Number of first finishers: 162
Number of clubs: 575
Number of PBs: 6,962
Average number of runners per week: 159.2
Average number of runs per runner: 6.0
Biggest Attendance: 310
Average run time: 00:28:27
Total hours run: 2Years 81Days 20Hrs 14Min 0Secs
Total distance run: 205,390km
Chichester parkrun started on 2nd August 2014.


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:



#254 The Unexpected One!

#254 The unexpected one!

How’s your weekend been everyone???  Did you get enough sunshine??

Mine started with parkrun – as it does most weeks and as usual, I was not feeling it!  Nothing new here say most of my parkrun family….  It was HOT out….and whilst I just love summer, I’m not good at running in the heat!  Still with my running buddy, Mr Phil (LOW), side-lined through injury but taking up the marshal position at the bottom of the hill, I listened attentively to our Run Director, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, give the run brief, welcoming runners from far and wide and if I’m reading Aaron BAKER’s writing properly following his New Runners Brief, our touristing runners were from Musselburgh, Burgess Hill, Cork, Oxford, Maidenhead, Southsea, South Africa, Chester, Brighton, Farnborough and Guildford.  Lizzie warned of dehydration, possible unpredictable doggies and other park users and then sent us to the start.

**I thought I'd just mention here, if you're running with a dog in the heat - there is a tap on the side of the cricket pavilion on the top part of the course and there's usually a plastic bowl there if your doggie over-heats on the run - it's equally possible for runners to get under the tap if you really need it!!!!**

The lovely Mr BARTY (I always call him that but to everyone else, he’s Dave!!) corralled everyone to behind the start line for Lizzie to set us on our way….  Three laps lay ahead – the gazelles were leaping forward, I just followed – chivvied along by Chrispy ARMSTEAD at every opportunity.  The gazelles were really speedy yesterday – first finishers were Ben MORTON, in a new PB of 17:20, for the chaps and Lucy REID, on her Chichester parkrun debut (and impressive over 82% age grading), for the ladies!  Steven AMOS (another PB of 19:13!) and Mikey NEVILLE were the next 2 chaps home with Emily MOORE and Emily ALDEN finishing next for the ladies.  Of the 207 runners 9 registered Personal Best times which was impressive in the conditions – well done to Wendy STEIBELT (27:22); Louise WEST (26:50); Matthew DACOMBE (25:41); Amy COX (25:18); Rebecca HARTLEY (23:18); Nathan PEARSON (21:34) and Ben PARKER (19:44).  We also had 22 First Timers – I hope you like it and will return soon, as Lizzie said during the brief – parkrun is addictive!!!

As always, we like to have an APTOW (aesthetically pleasing time of the week) and this week, drum-roll please…..  it goes to Claudia MILBURN with her perfectly palindromic 23:32!  Regular readers of my Run Reports will know I’m a sucker for a palindrome!!!

Thanks as ALWAYS goes to our Hi-Viz Heroes – this week they were:  Ian STEVENS • Alice WRIGHT • Susan BARTY • Nick TAYLOR • Aaron BAKER • Nadia ANDERSON • Peter ANDERSON • Colin ANCKORN • Peppy ANCKORN • Amelia BROMELL • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • James STANBRIDGE • Phillip LOW • Joe GODWOOD • Marieann DICKER • Jane MOODIE • Lee MOODIE

Please think about volunteering once in a while – we have a great bunch of regular volunteers but if everyone took at turn twice a year we’d have a huge stack of new volunteers to guide you all round the event!!!  Yes, I was trying to work out the percentage of new volunteers this would create but statistics were never my strong point – I’m a biologist masquerading as a Travel Agent, not a Mathematic boffin!!!

So have a great week parkrunners – I’m going to try to squeeze in the runs this week but there’s TENNIS on the TV now and no Phil to keep Lizzie and I company….  Ah well, there’s always next Saturday’s parkrun….tennis doesn’t start until noon on Middle Saturday!!!!

Take care – run safe!!!


PS the unexpected one refers to the last minute Run Report – sorry if it’s not up to the usual standard!!!



#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)

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