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.