Today marked the return of Parkrun in England after being away for an incredible 70 weeks. Where has that time gone?
Prior to the start brief, lots of socially distanced groups formed to catch up and chat. It was just like the old days. Jeremy gave the start brief and he advised us of the slightly amended course, the changes with the finish tokens and took us through the safety briefs. As quick as a flash, we were lining up on the start line. Everybody was ready and raring to go but well behaved and remained socially distanced. We were set off and started on our first Parkrun of 2021 at the wonderful Oaklands Park.
The weather was dry and not too hot, perfect conditions and 24 finishers took this opportunity and recorded a PB. Well done.
Welcome to the parkrun family the 22 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 50:05 from Sophie BYE. Sophie is in the JW10 age category and was completing her first Parkrun. Well done Sophie on this week’s greatest honour.
Whilst parkrun isn’t a race the first three gents to finish were George DEMPSTER, Ian GAY and Dexter GARDIAS. The first three ladies to finish were Emily MOORE, Abby ROSS and Victoria HOMER. Whatever your time today, well done to all of our 192 finishers.
Both the physical and mental health benefits of Parkrun were felt today and I for one didn’t realise that I had missed this feeling so much. Parkrun is a magnificent initiative and I hope that it continues for many years to come.
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: Chris ARMSTEAD, Greg DE LACY, Narmada DE SILVA, Gary DICKER, Simon EVEREST, Colin HANCOCK, Eleanor HARRISON, Jeremy HARRISON, Johanna HARRISON, Matt IRWIN, Caroline MCKELLAR, Jane MOODIE, Lee MOODIE, David PIKE, Jill RENSON, James STANBRIDGE, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER, Ian STEVENS, Jane TAYLOR, Nick TAYLOR, John WAITES, Wendy WHELAN, Neil WORGAN. A special thank you goes to Jeremy HARRISON for being our RD this week.
This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers including 22 new to parkrun, welcome. 24 new Personal Bests were recorded. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.