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!!