Bognor Regis parkrun is cancelled on 28 April 2018: Bognorphenia Event

Easter in the park – No 196

A massive turnout today 343 runners/participants and the rain held off to make it another lovely morning in the park.

Firstly a big thank you to all the volunteers this morning for making the event happen under the run directorship of Ben Bowers.

Today's first home into the finish funnel was Joseph Harrison in a time of 19.45 giving him a new PB. I had a chance to chat with Joseph in the cafe queue when he told me
"My first fun at Bognor was on Christmas Day 2016 when my brother Jack beat me, this inspired me to join a run program I now live in The Hague having completed a few parkruns this is my 2nd in Bognor" - (checking out the stats over 7minutes quicker than 2016) WELL DONE . This is a real family affair (as it is for many of us here at Bognor) Jack also runs along with mum Rose Calderwood who is proud of her 28 runs and so she should be as she suffers with MS.

This sums up our park run at Bognor - which this week features on the parkrun website -friendly and welcoming.


343 runners
38 first timers (welcome - look forward to seeing you again)
51 PB's (including Lindsey Brayfield - two weeks in a row)

Juniors (10) Joseph Russian
Juniors (10) Tatum O'Keeffe
50 - Gary Smith
100 - Christian Shelton
100 - Darren Hill

Apologies to anyone I may have missed but congratulations to all.

Reminder : 7th April event/run is now on and we will require volunteers so
Contact the office if you can assist.

As written by:
Karen Wainwright


Plod in the Park!

The Promenade Plodders became The Park Plodders for the day as they took over the running of the 192nd Bognor Regis parkrun.


It was a freezing cold morning for runners, spectators and volunteers. Particular thanks in these conditions must go to the marshals and the timekeepers. I know I would not relish standing still and marshalling in the cold and it’s not very easy to use those stop watches with gloves on either! However a huge thanks to all of the volunteers who gave up their own time to ensure the event again went as smoothly as ever.

Matthew Court was our guest RD for the day and he stood in front of the 303 runners and delivered his run brief.
A few statistics to mention:

303 runners
27 volunteers
69 PB’s
37 first timers
21 running clubs represented

Amongst the notable tourists were a group of 7 very keen Rebel Runners from Medway. I heard on the grapevine that they were on a hen do so I hope that went well. I am sure running The Bognor Regis parkrun was the highlight of the weekend!? We also had a runner all the way from Yeovil too.

Finally a very special mention must go to one of our regular runners, David Rowe. It wasn’t a milestone run for him however it was his 450th parkrun. What an achievement that is! That is 2,250km or to but it another way about 53 marathons that David has run during his parkrun career to date.

Well done again to the Promenade Plodders it was a great takeover and hopefully will happen again soon.



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!!

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