Bognor Regis Report 6 November 2021

Today was Bognor’s 305th parkrun, with 242 people completing the course, enjoying sunny and dry conditions.
A great atmosphere, with the “Harlow Friends” on their annual visit to Bognor Regis and dressed to impress!
Harlow Friends
For 20 people, it was their first time here. Well done to Jack Penfold who was first home in 18:28, & to Caroline Brown, the first lady home in 20:14.
Congratulations to all the 45 people who recorded a PB today, and a big shout-out to those completing their milestones today:
Linda Winning completing 250 runs
Mark Green and Nick Solti with 100 runs
In addition unofficial milestones: Jeanette Adams (with 200 runs and a PB!) and Chris Orange (with 450 runs!!!!!)
A special well done to the six people who completed their first ever parkrun today - Charlotte Tennant; Agnieszka Wojcik; Elizabeth Perry; Andy Trust; Sue Trust and Kevin Trust.  Saturday mornings will never be the same again!
pre run brief
A big thank you to the Run Director, Anita Watkins, and to all 25 volunteers who made this morning’s event run so smoothly. To highlight just a few of them, Marion and John Keers for their enthusiasm handing out the barcode tokens and the very popular Derek Winslow (AKA The Legend) on “Derek’s Corner”:

The  KeersDerek The Legend

If you are reading this thinking about coming to Bognor Regis parkrun, I can thoroughly recommend it. The 4-lap course around Hotham park is a fantastic and very well run event, and you will get a very warm welcome from the parkrun volunteer team!!!!!

Bognor Regis start sign

Rob Burford: Home parkrun - Portsmouth Lakeside


Christmas and New Year

Good news for those of you who love a festive parkrun.  Subject to there being enough festive volunteers Bognor Regis parkrun will take place on both Christmas Day and New Years Day, both days are Saturdays so there will be no additional 5K parkruns this year.

EDs at Christmas Santa and the fairy from the tree

There is no longer any option to take part in a New Years Day double and both Christmas Day and New Years Day parkruns will start at 9:00 a.m.

Thank you to Jason Rae and Keith Hardwell who have agreed to take charge as Run Director for these special dates.


Running Scared at Hallowe’en

Run report for Bognor Regis parkrun number 304 on 30/10/21

191 people completed parkrun at Bognor Regis this week. Runners  We were very lucky with the weather as the forecast was awful and it did rain a bit before the start but I think the majority of runners were finished before the heavens opened again. TreeThis was good news for those who were wearing fancy dress outfits and had faces painted as it was the Halloween parkrun. Lots of people made an effort including the run director Sarah Curl.
Char and Michelle
I saw a devil, grim reaper, pumpkins
P{umpkin, Wednesday from the Addam’s family, a ghostly pirate, a mummy, werewolf, lots of skeletons and some Halloween leggings. I think the best costume was Lisa Broad who was dressed as a very scary Pennywise.
Nic and LisaLorna took photos and these can be found on the Bognor Regis parkrun page via Facebook.

Of the 191 runners, 26 were first timers to Bognor with Nigel Jewell, Liam Turbet, Sarah Dafforn, Bertie Lee-Sadler, Elliot Dupuis, Anna Lake, Katy Nordell and Louise Reeve doing their first ever parkrun. 15 people recorded new Personal Bests.

Congratulations to the milestone runners this week - John Comins and Maria Wright doing their 50th parkrun.

Simon Hazelden reached his milestone of 50 volunteering parkruns this week. Simon regularly does our first timer briefings and will have been the first introduction to parkrun for many of you.

There are plenty of volunteering positions available to do in the coming weeks so please consider helping out. Check out the volunteer roster and email
Charlotte Widdows


#301 – Brisk autumnal morning attracts 194 parkrunners, joggers and walkers

A clear and sunny October morning, without a cloud in the sky, prompted just under 200 parkrun enthusiasts to don their favourite sportswear and head to Hotham.

There was no need for the parkrun faithful to frantically refresh their weather forecast feeds on Friday evening. What a difference a week makes following the downpour that hit soon after last weekend’s event!

Elite runner and parkrun veteran, JAMES BAKER, finished in first place and registered a mightily impressive time of 16:58 – in doing so he also claimed the club bragging rights for Chichester Runners & AC. RICHARD TURNER, of Havant-based Victory Athletic Club, navigated his way to second spot in a commendable flat 19:00 mins on his maiden event at Hotham Park. Representing Tone Zone Runners, p3 was claimed by parkrun royalty DAVID ROWE (19.30) in what was his 549th event – yes you read that right. parkrun Towers will need to design a new milestone t-shirt in a hurry to recognise David’s imminent and incredible achievement. To put it into context, that’s an equivalent of 10 and a half years of consistent parkrunning every weekend!

photo collage 2 from Sylvia
Out of a field of 13 junior participants, congratulations go to LIZZIE BROWN who picked her moment to run a personal best in 22:23 and finish ahead of the pack. Well done to the four individuals on reaching their personal milestones, including Tone Zone runner REBECCA JONES who joined the 50 parkruns club following her time of 28:07. As recently announced by parkrun HQ, a new 25 milestone club has been introduced to mark the 25-run landmark – matching that of the volunteer equivalent. Notching their 25th parkrun this weekend were: COLIN GODFREY (Promenade Plodders), MIKE FRYER and ALEXEI DOCHERTY. Notably, Mike was among 23 motivated people to clock a PB. Eleven of you attended your first parkrun on Saturday, we hope you enjoyed the experience, however you chose to complete the course, and are encouraged to return to your local parkrun many more times.

All of the volunteers deserve praise for simply smiling and clapping us on, but I’d like to give a special mention to the lovely, vocal lady situated adjacent to the crazy golf (you know who you are – Wendy Wiseman)…your positivity and humour made me look forward to approaching that stretch on each lap! No matter the role, it cannot be said enough how grateful the community are for our vital hi-vis heroes and how much we appreciate their efforts week in and week out to put on the event we love.
photo collage from Sylvia
Today was my first visit to Bognor Regis parkrun and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of completing a proper course around park grounds and all of its unique twists and turns. I look forward to returning soon and enjoying a post-run coffee with my parkrun comrades.

Thank you to Sylvia for taking some great pictures this week (as always). We look forward to your photo collages.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Nicola BAGLEE, Darren Barber, Lauren Barber, JANE BOLLAM, Lisa BROAD, Allan BROWN, Sylvia ENDACOTT, J FAGGETTER, Simon HAZELDEN, Tony HOLCOMBE, Lois HOLLINGWORTH, Grahame HURREN, John KEERS, Marion KEERS, Ray KNIGHT, Gary MACEY, April MARTIN, Peter MILLYARD, Wendy MORRIS, Emma PARNCUTT, Jack PENFOLD, Kirstee PORTER, Leonie RANSON, Nigel SCHOFIELD, Donna STROWGER, Richard TAYLOR, Jessica THOMSON, Derek WINSLOW, WENDY WISEMAN and Jack BACON.

Jack Bacon


parkrun Celebrations

Saturday 2nd October marked Bognor Regis parkrun's 300th event. It was also the 17th anniversary of the start of the parkrun in Bushy Park.

Celebrating volunteering was the theme chosen by parkrun HQ for the celebrations and we took the opportunity to recognise the contribution that volunteers make to the parkrun community. Claire Tarrant did write us a run report to mark the occasion which I'm afraid the internet goblins have hijacked somewhere along the road - my IT skills haven't managed to retrieve it yet from wherever it has vanished to. It'll appear here as an update when I find it again, sorry Claire! In the meantime, here are some of the photographs taken by our volunteering regular Sylvia Endacott.
David and Sharon Rowe
Did you spot the very special parkrun anniversary t-shirts worn by David and Sharon Rowe? The t-shirts were to mark the 5th anniversary of the start of parkrun and are kept for an annual anniversary outing.


It's great that the alterations to the path by the adventure golf and the car park have made our parkrun more accessible for everyone.


It was brilliant to see some parkrunners celebrating our 300th run by getting in to the party mood with fancy dress.

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