Christmas hats and jumpers run no.179

Today was a parkrun with a difference with a fantastic atmosphere. The crisp frosty morning was enhanced by the volunteers and runners dressing up in Christmas hats and jumpers.

Today was a take over event by the parkrun juniors team taking over the role of the volunteers under the run directorship of Karen Vilday and her team.




Luis Harden started the event with a pre-run warm up routine!!

Video can be seen here:

There were many children that helped this morning including Emily Swanson, Daisy and Teddy Vilday, Zoe Bowers, Libby and Jayden Kearsley and Finlay Hughes and all the other children that dressed up and "high fived " us this morning. It made it all a fun morning as we jingled our way around the course.

Stats.: First into the finish funnel today was James baker in his bright new running shoes in 17.16 minutes.

We had many first timers at Bognor and 5 virgin park runners welcome to you all and hope you enjoyed our run. Carol dolling Catherine Ingram, Michelle woodhouse, Matthew parslow and Archie harden.

We had 32 pb's today that is amazing well done to you all.

We also had some milestone runners today
Running their 50th - Eric beck, Isabella Colby and Sarah freeman-smith

We also had a 100th run - Andy hale

What a fab and fun parkrun

Written by Karen wainwright


Christmas and New Years Day parkrun!

Keeping with our yearly tradition, Bognor parkrun will be holding runs on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day!

This is the only two days of the year that we are allowed to hold extra runs that count towards your run totals, so why not make the most of it.

Christmas Day is always a special morning and I am sure this year will be no different. Come down with the family in your Santa Hats and Christmas jumpers and join in the fun!
Run Director Anita Watkins will be master of ceremonies on the big day so be sure to bring some mince pies and a little tipple to wish each other a Merry Christmas.

New Year’s Day is a chance to do two parkruns in one day! Starting at the later time of 10:30am, We have teamed up with Chichester parkrun to allow you to run at Oaklands Park at 9:00am and then head straight to Hotham Park for another 5k. Unfortunately only one run will count on New Years Day, but who cares! Two parkruns in one day!!

We look forward to welcoming you over the coming festive period.

Ben Bowers
Event Director

Photos by Peter Jenkins



Due to another event taking place in Hotham Park on the 28th October there will be no Bognor Regis parkrun.

We will return on the 4th November for our special Fancy Dress Halloween Run!

Start thinking about your costumes!!


Bognor Regis parkrun #171 – The 13th Anniversary Celebrations

Another 249 eager runners, joggers and walkers descended on Hotham Park this weekend to partake in Bognor Regis parkrun #171. This happily coincided with the 13th Anniversary of the first ever parkrun or Bushy Park Time Trial as it was then known.

Amazingly despite the damp and drizzly weather, this tiny little park was crammed with runners of all ages and abilities desperate to get their weekly parkrun fix. Even more amazing is that this is happening up and down the country and around the globe. Every single week. Completely free. And organised solely by volunteers. Crazy.

Imagine attempting to organise any sort of event that runs week in week out, solely on the generosity of volunteers. Its ludicrous, yet somehow it works. And for that, every one of us that has ever taken part should be forever grateful.


With this in mind, today as with every week I attempted to thank each of the volunteers on my way around. And as its a 4 lap course there's no excuse not to do so on at least one occasion.

As in recent weeks we were again running the slightly altered course due to ongoing works within the park. Now I'm quite adverse to change and fully expected to dislike this alteration. Yet I've grown to really like the new route and hope the powers at be decide to stick with it permanently. We shall see.

I particularly like the long stretch that runs almost the length of the park, a section we normally only get to enjoy on the first small lap of the original course. It was here this week that a marauding hedgehog made an appearance causing myself and several others to take evasive action. The echoes of 'Hedgehog! as way of a warning to subsequent runners was a particular highlight of this weeks run for me.

Of the 249 winners today, I calculated that 17 of you run around faster than ever before, 35 people made their Hotham Park debut and 14 of those choose today to experience parkrun for the very first time. All of which added to the millions of lucky people that have run, jogged, walked or skipped their way around a parkrun since just 13 friends did that very same thing 13 years ago. Astonishing.

Gary Baynes.

Photo courtesy of Mark Gordon


Run Report Event #167 Saturday 2nd September 2017

A Tourist's Perspective

Today was my first run at Bognor Regis. I was having a late summer break with the family on the south coast and as Bognor was the nearest parkrun it seemed rude not to!

If any other tourists are thinking of running here I would definitely encourage them. It's a lovely park, and the course is flat and fast, and although the field was much larger than my home run it still had that same parkrun community feel.

The park itself is a lovely, historic town centre park, with plenty of nice trees, situated between Butlins and the railway station. I found it easily and parked in the large car park on London Road (just before the police station). It's just a short walk or jog from there to the start with plenty of parkrunners headed the same way.

I couldn't have picked a better day for; it was sunny and dry but there was a slight breeze and plenty of shade from the many trees. I met up with my friend (also a tourist) and together we listened to Anita give an excellent run briefing. Then a presentation was made to Derek Winslow. There didn't seem to be any reason for the award except that he seemed to be a really good bloke, and had been away for a few weeks and had been missed, which is reason enough!

It's a relatively small park and so it was a bit crowded at the start so you have to choose your position according to your speed, and it has to be four laps to get the distance in. This, I felt added to the great atmosphere of the run; there are always runners around about you, those overtaking you are encouraging, and runners are calling out for you to keep right. Also you pass each marshal four times and they are also encouraging, especially Derek (I now knew why he had been missed!), and the lady that said I looked fantastic (you're not fooling anyone but it did help keep me going!).

On that note, a big thank you to all the 21 volunteers who gave up their time this week. You have a great parkrun that attracts large fields and is growing, and that is largely down to those of you that volunteer. It's quite a tight run but it seemed to pass off without any problems and had the usual parkrun spirit. Trip Advisor don't do parkruns but if they did this one would be getting five stars!

Here is this week's full roll of honour:

Anita WATKINS  •  Bob CATLIN  •  Callum ALDOUS  •  Charlie ORGAN  •  Cheryl LAING  •  Chris CAMPBELL  •  Chris SHELTON  •  Derek WINSLOW  •  Emily HOWARD  •  Gervais WARD  •  Helen BISHOP  •  Ian RUSHMER  •  Janet ATTWATER  •  Michelle MAXIM  •  Nicola BOREHAM  •  Sarah MERCER  •  Steve BALDWIN  •  Sylvia ENDACOTT  •  Tony HOLCOMBE  •  Trev STROWGER  •  Zilla HOWARD

Anita WATKINS led the volunteers this week as Run Director and a big thank you goes out to her as well!

If you fancy joining the noble band of volunteers at Bognor please sign on to receive the volunteer emails. Even if you only help out once in a while it is greatly appreciated. You can even run and volunteer with some of the roles (tail walker, course set up, run report writer, new runner's briefing etc). And if you have another run or other event on a weekend it's a nice way of getting your parkrun fix without taking too much out of your legs.

This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were running at Bognor for the first time, including 14 running their very first parkrun. An amazing 32 runners recorded new Personal Bests. It was great to see so many first timers - hopefully you all enjoyed your morning and will become regular parkrunners!

Leading home the field at Bognor this week was Jacob MADISON in a fast time of 18.16. Second over the line was Callum ALDOUS of Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club in a time of 19:15. Then came Steven AMOS in 19:20 (a new PB!).

The first female to finish was Juliet STALLARD of Tone Zone Runners in a time of 21:16. Second over the line was Alice COX-RUSBRIDGE of Chichester Runners and AC in 21:34, followed by J FAGGETTER of Tone Zone Runners in 23:22. Great running all!

There were lots of other good runs, too numerous to mention individually, but today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bognor Regis parkrun Results Page.

After the run I queued for coffee at the very nice park cafe and watched the final runners finish. It's great to have the finish right by the cafe as there were lots of people milling around, sitting on the grass, enjoying coffee or a breakfast, and generally encouraging the runners.

That's all folks! I noticed on the website that there is no parkrun at Bognor next week so it's a good opportunity to get in some tourism. Bognor returns on 16th September; same time, same place! I won't be there, sadly, but I'll definitely be back one Saturday to try and beat the time I set today.


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