#279 The one welcoming in the New Year (with a Resolution)!

Seems like only yesterday since we were in the park running up that hill…if only I could, I’d be running up that hill! I always try to get you singing and after my slight misquote on Saturday, I know for a fact this one is Kate Bush!!! So who’s done 4 parkruns in 11 days then?? More importantly, who’s got more bragging rights and done 5??? Hope those that did enjoyed the Chichester/Bognor Regis double today!!! Was there anyone mad enough to do the double and then the WSFRL Hangover 5??

Enough bragging, here’s some details about our first parkrun of 2020!! Our RD for today was Aaron BAKER and I think Aaron may have been a little jaded after his prize-winning efforts at The Bell’s Roaring Twenties Fancy Dress NYE party but he was onsite early with his set up crew of Andrea TEE and Stephen TEE to prepare everything for us to safely run. Catherine CANNON happily welcomed our New Runners and Tourists during her brief and then it was over to Aaron for the RD Brief on our (not-so) new course and all the usual information including milestone runs for Louise FLUDE (100); Abby CORBIN (50) and Gabriella SPANDLEY (Junior = 10) and a special birthday shout out for Jane TAYLOR and no, I’m not going to mention her age – that would be just wrong!!!

Without much ado we were off to the start and running up that hill again… Even the Winter Course was a bit muddy last week but the lack of rain since Saturday has allowed it to dry out on the first hill so the going wasn’t too heavy. I do like parts of the Winter Course – you get to high 5 people on the path and sing along to some music by the allotments (thanks Kevin!!), I’m just not so keen on the slopes! We had 212 parkrunners around the 4 lap course today – we had 30 first timers with 6 brand new to parkrun - including Alwyn WORGAN and Ieuan WORGAN who finished their first full 5k today - Alwyn and Ieuan aren’t new to Chichester parkrun though, they are regular volunteers with their Mum, Rebecca WORGAN, and today’s Tail Walker and Dad, Neil WORGAN.

As we know, parkrun isn’t a race but we do like to give bragging rights to our Gazelles – our top 3 for the boys was Matt JOLLY, Ben PARKER and Jon GRAVE, with the ladies being led home by Rosie HILES (on only her second parkrun!), Emily MOORE and Emma WICKENS. 14 PB’s were recorded – well done to you all, what a way to start 2020!! As always, onto the hotly anticipated (well by me anyway!) Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week award which goes to Abby CORBIN’s 24:48! I know it’s odd for me especially in a week where there are 4 palindromic times (James BEAUMONT, Roxana SIMCOX with a new PB too, Bruce RATTRAY and Ben PARKER)!

Now, onto the Resolution part of my Run Report. When you write the report you get an email from the RD and parkrun that lists all the volunteers for that week and without wanting to sound too judgemental it’s usually a regular bunch of heroes! Perhaps all runners would consider volunteering just once over the coming year. If that happened it would mahusively increase the volunteer pool and give all those who volunteer the ‘Warm and Fuzzies’ for the rest of the day. I really do know the feeling – you just want to run…either chasing the PB or it’s your only chance to run in our ever-so-busy lives but whether you’ve done 352 parkruns like David MASON or just 1 you’ve experience the power of the volunteers – without them parkrun just wouldn’t happen and the world would be a poorer place – so much good is done in and around the parks and promenades of the UK during the parkrunhour on a Saturday morning! Please just consider it….you can always go for that PB next week!!! Don’t forget, there are also roles where you can still run – these include Set Up Crew, First Timers Brief, Take Down Crew and this role, Run Report Writer – so more opportunity for the warm and fuzzies….

Speaking of hi-viz heroes – today’s were Kevin WILLIAMS • Wendy WHELAN • Susan Jayne PIKE • Tom BLAYLOCK • Neil DAVIES • Aaron BAKER • Neil WORGAN • Alwyn WORGAN • Ieuan WORGAN • Stephen TEE • Catherine CANNON • Amelie CANNON • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Phillip LOW • Ivan GARDNER • Andrea TEE • Marieann DICKER • Jackie WILLIAMS • Sue FOOTT – Thanks to all!!

So until the next parkrun – in another 3 sleeps just in case you’re still disorientated with what day it is….enjoy the rest of your week and please think about the volunteer pledge for 2020!!

Sanchia

 

#278 The last one of the year…

#278 The last one of the year!
When there seem to be reviews of the year everywhere it only seems right to have a brief running review of the year!  It’s not all about me but I have managed to pass one milestone I set myself this this year - based on last year’s efforts it seemed achievable to get to 500k and I’ve actually managed it with a month to spare as by the end of November I had run 506k with about another 50k to add from December, I’ll have to up my efforts next year…  I realise my target is much lower than a lot of other runners but it is all about the community and support of others to enable you to reach for the stars!!! (who's singing Steps now???)   Thanks to all for the never ending support - it really is appreciated!!!
When I say it’s not all about me, I really mean it!  If it were not for the Chichester parkrun family I’d be wandering aimlessly around Tesco’s on a Saturday morning…  I’ve met so many friendly, inspiring and just plain fabulous people since my first parkrun in August of 2015, I promote it to anyone who mentions fitness to me!
Saturday morning was quite dark – it didn’t really seem to get light until about 8:30am when a fairly large crowd of runners had already assembled, Avenger-like, in front of the Festival Theatre – perhaps the thought of another sausage roll or mince pie tipped them over the edge and out the door…  Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, our RD for the day, ably assisted by fabulous Set-up Crew of Martin EMMETT and Ben RITCHIE (and more help from Peter ANDERSON) was ready to welcome runners from near and far – in fact the New Runner’s Briefing by Lynette WOODWARD was almost better attended than the main brief.  The tourists came from…ooops, the list seems to have mizzled…I know Basingstoke was on it – I apologise most profusely for my memory lapse but the welcome was warm!
Liz started us out on the second running of the new ‘Winter Course’ thus avoiding the Bog of Doom and off we went up the hill.  The new course seems easier to some, to some tougher (including me!) but overall, it seems more friendly as everyone passes each other a little more often – especially now we’re sometimes facing each other!  What do you all think of the course???  Comments on a postcard – please be nice…
First home for the Chaps were Ned POTTER, Harry LELEU and Tom CLEWLEY and they were followed by the Ladies first finishers – Ailbhe BARNES, Charlotte WARREN and Emily MOORE.  I’m super impressed by the PB’s set – in no particular order:  Esca HAYWOOD (27:49); John CIESIELCZUK (27:16); Russell BUGDEN (29:55); Paul HANCOCK (24:02); Barbara GLUE (46:21); Jane BEAN (34:35); Anna MCKENNA (37:40); Melissa RATLEDGE (37:45) and Felicity JOHNSON (26:10).  As always, we like to have an APTOTW (aesthetically pleasing time of the week) and as no-one quite got the ultimate 20:20, yesterday’s went to Johanna HARRISON for her 40:40 which was twice the fun as she was with Frankie HARRISON too.
Finally, a quick reminder for you all – there are 2 extra parkruns this week – Chichester and our friendly neighbour, Bognor Regis are offering the chance to do 10k before lunch on New Year’s Day (that’s in 3 sleeps time if you’ve no idea what day it is….).  Don’t forget Chichester starts at 9am followed by Bognor Regis at 10:30am.  If you’re feeling even more energetic you might like to try the West Sussex Fun Run League’s first run of the year – the aptly named Hangover 5 at Hill Barn, near Worthing – see http://westsussexfunrunleague.org.uk/fixture-list/ for details!
This week’s band of fabulous-ness that were our Volunteers included:  Ian STEVENS • John Martin GARRITY • Jane TAYLOR • Susan BARTY • Jill RENSON (with Delilah) • Dave BARTY • Lynette WOODWARD (with Douglas) • Catherine CANNON • Ben RITCHIE • Jeremy HARRISON (with Boni) • Peter FIELD • Amelia FIELD (with Lola) • Martin EMMETT • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Phillip LOW • Gary DICKER • Marieann DICKER • Tony HACK • Carly SOFFE (with Rocket) • Steve LAWRENCE • Theo WEST.  Thanks to all for giving up their time and runs…
See you in 3 sleeps!!!
SST
 

A very muddy one!

Chichester parkrun offers a brief interlude from the outside world. Each Saturday morning, we come together as one nation, for the many and not the few as a green movement - to get the it done (the parkrun) in the best possible time. In doing so, we leave our affiliations behind but remain focused on the task in hand.

Our exit polls this week were roughly correct, with Harry Boulter first past the post, and Rowena Barker was duly elected the first female finisher in am impressive landslide of fifth placing overall. Other notable candidates included Alec Trevelyan achieving a 67.48% age rating and both Jessica Goddard and Joylon Wilson for getting the only PBs - a great result given the turbulent weather conditions

We also welcome a few tourists from other far flung constituencies such as Hong Kong and North Derbyshire and the whole event was ably supported by the Chichester parkrun local party members and activists .. Aaron BAKER, Sandra BALCOMBE, James BEAUMONT, Tom BLAYLOCK, Jo BRINING, Catherine CANNON, Laura COLLINS, Neil DAVIES, Gary DICKER, Nick DOWSWELL, Philip FAULKNER, Jonathan GARDAM, Johanna HARRISON, Jeremy HARRISON, Laura HOLDER, Donna LELEU, Mike MOORCROFT, Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Brian J SULLIVAN, Theo WEST, Emma WICKENS, Neil WORGAN

 

Chichester parkrun 275 14th December 2019: The One Where We Turned Up …

It certainly wasn’t the most promising of mornings this morning – after the heavy rain on Thursday there was a sting in the wind and the clouds were lowering, and I for one was wondering whether an extra half an hour under the duvet might have been a better option; but despite that 157 of us were there, including representatives from nine different clubs, no less, 11 first-timers and a visitor from Queensland, who must have been wondering if the culture-shock was worth it. A couple of weeks back I’d swapped running for bar-coding, and it had struck me then that there’s a real difference in perception between watching the start and taking part; watching, everyone seems to start off almost in slow motion along that first stretch, but it certainly doesn’t seem like that when you are in amongst it! And that was particularly true this week when – were I Peter O’Sullevan – I’d have to describe the going as distinctly ‘soft’! Indeed, that first stretch was muddy, slippery with leaves and in places waterlogged, and at one point I thought I was going to lose a shoe, and there was a certain amount of hilarity as everyone bunched and slithered round that first post (which I’ve come to think of as ‘Travellers’ Corner’…). Thereafter it was back to the usual slog, that sharp pull up to the trees and more slippery roots (that bit always takes me back to school cross-country runs, and reminds me why I tried so hard to get out of them; how have I ended up here now?), and the swing round the rugby field and the strategically placed equipment (we get muddy so they don’t have to!). By that point my existential angst regarding my duvet was beginning to resurface, but fortunately was banished by the cheery encouragement of the marshals, and the sight of an enthusiastic dog (and owner) sprinting past me with so much ease that I suddenly became acutely conscious of my age. But, I’d actually managed to get half way round the second lap before James Baker (who was first to finish; how is it even possible to run the whole thing in 16.56?), lapped me, which is always my test of just how slow I’m going. By that time, however, the combination of plain running, trying to balance and keep my feet and swinging my arms on the up-hill was beginning to feel like a full body-work out, so as usual the best bit was reaching the finish, and being able to stop! And we all managed it, too, before a slight spit of rain, and to be rewarded with some particularly nice mince-pies some kind soul had contributed. That’s the thing about parkrun – whatever mood you start out in (and look, I haven’t mentioned politics once!) the easy camaraderie of the event always lifts your spirits, and it isn’t just down to endorphins! Congratulations to Joe Parker, who was second with a new PB of 19.45, and as to ‘most aesthetically pleasing time’, I’m going to go for poptastic Tom Broughton, with 25;25 (anyone remember the song by Zager and Evans? No? Never mind…). And of course none of it would have been possible without our wonderful volunteer high-viz heroes, Claudia MILBURN, Daniel BYE, Lynette WOODWARD, Stephen TEE, Nadia ANDERSON, Chris ARMSTEAD, Eleanor HARRISON, Mark WHEELER, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, David THAIR, Yvette THAIR, Andrea TEE, Johanna HARRISON, Molly BYE, Jonny GARDAM, Helen STILES , Theo WEST and Laura DOWSWELL. With the holiday season looming, there’s sure to be a need for more volunteers over the next couple of weeks, so why not see if you can give it a go?

Ian Knight

thanks for a great first-time report Ian! We are definitely on the lookout for all our events on:

21st; 25th; 28th and the 1st Jan

All at 9 am. Don't forget, we are double events with Bognor again this year (who are going at 10:30). Let us know if you can help!

Lynette

 

 

Chichester parkrun 274 – 7th December, 2019

Today's event was made possible by our great volunteers to whom we say "Thank you". They were.......
As we reach the end of the year can you recall your last New Year Resolutions ? Did you resolve to volunteer at parkrun but not quite get round to it ? If so, it's not too late ! Extra parkruns over the festive season give you several chances to redeem yourself and tick-off that glaring item on your "Must Do" list. Equally if you have not volunteered recently, there is still time to take advantage of our FREE seasonal Volunteering bargains in December. We make no charge but guarantee you a seasonal helping of the famous "parkrun Feelgood Factor" to help get you through the bleak mid-winter.

Recovering from recent rainfall and now in reasonable condition Oaklands Park saw 186 runners and walkers today, including 29 first timers among whom were visitors from nearby parkruns and as far away as Aberdeen and Peterborough - hopefully you enjoyed our event and will visit again. 22 people achieved Personal Bests and 9 exceeded the very respectable 70% Age Grade standard.

The battle for Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week produced another exciting deadheat with the nicely symmetrical efforts of Emily Martyn with 25:52 and David Thair with 30:03.

Hopefully YOU will have already decided upon a "Volunteer at parkrun" Resolution for next year so why not get out your calendar NOW and commit to a couple of opportunities thus getting ahead of the game ! Even better, please help us to fill the Volunteer Roster through the busy weeks to come.

Geoff Sumner

 

Chichester parkrun Event number 272 23rd November 2019

You always think it's raining at this time of year - but in reality
isn't when you identify a specific time every week. Just like 09:00 am
every Saturday - how often does it actually rain when you are running,
not often in my experience.......however, this week didn't look
promising - it was pouring down when I first looked out of the window
this morning and remained like that when I got to Oaklands Park.
Nonetheless there were 204 other intrepid runners all ready to do battle
with the elements and take part in the world's best parkrun (I think
this is what our Director Jeremy said!). The 204 were joined by numerous
volunteers - please join them, it wouldn't happen without them and it
helps share the burden around. Joely Wharton was running to her 100K goal for St Wilfreds (The Hospice where her mother lived her final days) and kindly provided with sustenance post run in terms of bacon rolls, cup cakes and coffee.

Back to the weather and yes it did rain,
admittedly lightly, for the most of the run, hey ho - who cares, once
you've started you soon warm up and forget about the weather and begin
to feel very pleased with yourself that you are not lying in bed ( I
think there's a part of Henry V that covers this point .....something
about people accursed that they were not with us etc etc). Back to the
plot....this was Chichester's 272nd parkrun, a staggering 7334 runners,
running 219730 kms- wow! Today we welcomed parkrun tourists from many
exotic places including Fareham, Southampton and Havant! This week,
first male finisher was James Baker in 16:55, first female was Fay
Cripps in 21:26. Most aesthetic time this week was a rather neat 21:12
by Theo Francis - not just aesthetic, but a PB as well.

This week 205 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Brian J SULLIVAN • Jan HILL • Lis PESKETT • Neil WORGAN • Ben RITCHIE • Jeremy HARRISON • Tina WEBSTER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Philippa NEATHEY • John ODDE • Tony HACK • Sheenagh BROADHURST • Johanna HARRISON • Carly SOFFE • Donna LELEU • Corin MICHELL • Rebecca WORGAN • Neil FELLINGHAM

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

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).

Chichester parkrun started on 2nd August 2014. Since then 7,364 participants have completed 44,151 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,755 km, including 7,312 new Personal Bests. A total of 570 individuals have volunteered 4,681 times.

 

The one with a free mudpack for every runner….

Run Report for Chichester parkrun 16th November 2019

We’ve never had a parkrun on 16th November before. You see, there’s always a reason to celebrate with Chichester parkrun. And as usual, there were many reasons to celebrate this morning. It wasn’t raining! There was a 100th milestone! We welcomed runners from South Africa! And being Children In Need, it was a great excuse for Sanchia and for me to don our Pudsey ears. (I had no idea it was CIN - I just assumed you had both gone a bit peculiar - Chrispy) 

Chris ARMSTEAD did a great job as Run Director today, ably aided and abetted by a fabulous team of volunteers who ensured our run could happen. (I noted on Facebook earlier he’d referred to ‘a cough of rain in the air’. A wonderful phrase – is this something a BBC forecaster would say?!)

Chris welcomed runners from as far afield as Fareham and Coventry, but I think the prize for the furthest travelled goes to Johannesburg. You all picked the best 5km parkrun in Chichester, welcome. In total we welcomed 199 runners, of whom 8 were complete first timers, and 23 were new to Chichester (aka the Tourists). Milestones commemorated today included John DOUGLAS joining the 100 club – well done!

It was a bit muddy at the start. And at the first bend. And at the Rugby Club. Actually quite a lot muddy – you know it’s been a good one when the mud is splashed up beyond the back of your knees, and your friendly neighbour suggests you might need a bath. (To be fair, she was running too). Top tip to all runners – please don’t caress the posts as you go around them – they’re not as strong as they look.

For those who love their numbers, the facts and figures behind the run report are as follows. First male finisher was Mikey NEVILLE in a time of 19:44. Second male finisher was unknown, while the third male finisher was Ian BARNETT in 20:37. Our first lady over the line was Cerys DICKINSON, in a time of 21:36. Second lady finisher was Claudia MILBURN in 24:12, and our third lady was Karen WARDLE in 24:21 (and that was Karen’s first time with us, from New Forest Runners). 10 runners secured a Personal Best, well done, not easy in all that mud.

My Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week (otherwise known as the APTW) is Jane MACKINNON, a tourist from Bedfordview Country Club, with 32:32 – a nice double figure, and 32 is double 16 – and today’s the 16th.

None of the above, as we all know, would happen without our merry volunteers. An enormous THANK YOU to all the heroes (high-vis and those incognito) who made our parkrun possible this morning. Chris ARMSTEADSandra BALCOMBESheenagh BROADHURSTCatherine CANNONPeter CARVERKatie EVANSEleanor HARRISONKelly HEANEIan KNIGHTSarah LEE-JONESPhillip LOWAlex MEDHURSTSanchia STANLEIGH-TURNERLiz STANLEIGH-TURNERLucy STARESBrian J SULLIVANJane TAYLOREmma WICKENSNeil WORGANIeuan WORGANAlwyn WORGANRebecca WORGAN. A particular shout out to our youngest volunteers who were marshalling at the top of the field (as you turn onto the tarmac path) – a great family effort there.

Please look at your diary up till Christmas / New Year and see when you could put your name down for a volunteer role. Some can be combined with running. The Run Directors would love to hear from you.

 

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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/50025543 ) 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!!!