Cancelled 15th February 2020

We are sorry to report that Chichester is cancelled this Saturday 15th February 2020. Chichester District Council have asked all sports clubs and teams who use the parks to cancel their events this weekend due to the weather warnings from the Met Office in the interests of safety. Hope to see you next Saturday!



Another Saturday, another 5km

Chichester parkrun is clocking up the miles (or is it kilometres) week by week; everything is in order and everything runs like clockwork. Familiar faces and routines, slick organisation from the merry band of volunteers, relatively predictable times and positions (albeit the prospect of PBs, Visitors and First Timers) and an overall sense of wellbeing and order.

However what I have learnt is that the parkrun creates the opportunity for new conversations and perspectives each week. Depending upon your position in the pack or on the course as a volunteer, there is always someone new to nod to, smile and say hello (or sometimes grunt between breaths). The diversity is diverse and with no pecking order, new connections are made. This is the beauty of the parkrun and is just as important as the physical fitness that often first motivates individuals to do the 5km parkrun challenge.

This week we saw 207 parkrunners, including 24 First Timers and 20 Personal Bests (which technically means there were 44 PBs this week -or 21% of this week's pack!). Chichester parkrun legend Mike Houston led us all in , Joshua Collins headed up the junior section in an impressive 21.15 on his first outing at Oaklands Park and Fray Cripps was our first female finisher.

However, another perspective is to consider the order by age ranking, which sees Keith Toop romping home in 73.17% and Liz Phelps notching up third place in 71.37%.. Perhaps this is much better way of recognising our diversity !!

Most pleasantly pleasing time was clocked by Jessica Brown in 23.23

Final shout out goes to our volunteers - namely: Aaron BAKER, Sandra BALCOMBE, Guy BLACKMORE, Paul BRANLEY-JONES, Jane BUCKLEY, Peter CARVER, Neil DAVIES, Jonny GARDAM, Ivan GARDNER, Grant HARRIS, Jeremy HARRISON, Johanna HARRISON, Jan HILL, Keri JOHNSON, Ruby JOHNSON, Phillip LOW, Henry MAGRILL, Mike MOORCROFT, John ODDE, Peter SHAW, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Ian STEVENS and Simon WEAL


Chichester parkrun 284….despite the date the one without any pinching or punching

On a glorious sunny and windy Saturday morning 203 people ran, jogged and walked our tough winter course, of whom 33 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. We were joined by tourists from Cambridge, Hayling Island, Twickenham, Exeter, Portsmouth, Worthing, Sutton, Nettley and wait for it Adelaide.

A huge shout has to go to our amazing Volunteers, who stepped up and supported everyone this morning, without you parkrun could not happen.

The tremendous team were:


First over the line this morning was Peter Bird and his adorable dog with a time of 18.34, in second place was Chris West and in third place was Jon Grave.

Our first lady was Emily Moore with a time of 21.47, followed in second female place by Rebecca Mason and in third place was Elizabeth Robinson, fantastic running by all.

To mention our aesthetically pleasing times this week the awards go to Nick Casburn 25.52, Fraser Dixon 27.27, and Richard Acton 33.33

Two of our park runners achieved the magic age grading of over 70%: Alec Trevelyan 71.29% and Liz Phelps with 70.64, excellent. The following people reached milestones namely Naomi Ward and Thomas Saunders running their 10th parkruns, Ivan Gardner running his 50th with Emma Crayton and Warrell Harries both having completed 150. Well done all!

Although I have volunteered before, mostly as a marshal, with what has been described as an ‘enthusiastic’ style, today I apprehensively agreed to bar code scan. And I have to say, with a lot of support from Emma and Matt and our Run Director Peter, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was taken back by how patient and happy all the runners who came through the line were. I encourage everyone to volunteer and be amongst the fabulous atmosphere of parkrun.

Nadia Anderson

The male record is held by Steven NAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:39 on 1st November 2014 (event number 14).

The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 17:20 on 13th August 2016 (event number 106).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 17:03 on 24th December 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen DEAN who recorded 88.28% (22:37) on 5th January 2019 (event number 229).

Thank you Nad for her excellent report and also stepping in at the last minute to barcode scan despite her trepidation.



Chichester parkrun #283

Is there a better start to a Saturday morning than being told that you are going to run 4 times around the vegetable patch? I love many things about parkrun, but one of the top ones is discovering gems of parks in new cities and Chichester you did not disappoint. What a great idea to use a patch of ground for a community vegetable garden.

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Chichester parkrun #283 started on a slightly foggy morning, when 227 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part. Visitors came from Yorkshire, Lancashire, London and Surrey.

New to parkrun were Mark Watson, Gur Wadge, Daniel Cobden, Lewis Wwatson, Lewis McLeod, Richard Yeomans, Gustav Verster, Annelize Meyer, Izzy Stuart, Darah Davis, Rebecca Clark and Philip Clark. Well done on your first parkrun and we hope to see you back again soon!

Congratulations to Danielle Allen on reaching the 50 club, and Jan Hill and Mark Gibson on reaching the 100 club.

Today’s event was made possible by 19 volunteers, ably lead by Run Director Lynette Woodward.

Kate HICKEN • Dave BARTY • Lynette WOODWARD • David PIKE • Susan Jayne PIKE • Aaron BAKER • Neil WORGAN • Robert MALLETT • Peter CARVER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Phillip LOW • Colin HANCOCK • Jane MOODIE • Lee MOODIE • Tony HACK • Benedict GODDARD • Felicity NOWELL • Jane BEAN • Guy PHELPS

We did have a last minute marshal have to come forward at 7:30am on Saturday in order for the run to go ahead.  parkrun cannot happen without volunteers and it is very stressful to have to wait until the last minute to fill the rosters. If you would like to volunteer you will be given full instructions and delightful hi-vis vest to wear for an hour and a wonderful feeling of gratitude of 200 parkruns to start your weekend with. Remember to fill in the volunteer board if you can help out in the coming weeks (and if you did fill in today remember that it starts on 8th Feb as next week is already full).

The first male over the line was Mike Houston of Chichester runners and AC in a time of 18:45, and first female was Rosie Hiles in a time of 20:21.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chichester parkrun Results Page.

Great running everyone! Thank you for such a great parkrun and such a friendly welcome

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!



With thanks to Kate who came to visit from Homewood parkrun and kindly wrote the report for us. Apologies that I forgot to ask all our visitors where you had come from to visit today. We do hope you come back soon and to our more expansive 3 lap route.



#282 – The one which was cold and slippery underfoot

So now it's time for the part it would like to call *drumroll please* the Chichester Parkrun Awards #282. I, Benedict GODDARD, will be your host for the next 3 minutes whilst you read below.

Today, I will start by saying “Well Done” to the 217 parkrunners and 24 volunteers who managed to muster the motivation this morning to get out from under their warm covers of which was their beds and arrive ready and prepared for what proved to be a slightly chilly parkrun (slightly might be an understatement). I know that when the alarm went off this morning, I did consider for a moment staying in bed where I was warm and cosy. But alas, I got up, got dressed, and by 10 am I’d already achieved something today and was pleased to have done so. Everyone should give themselves a pat on the back and a round of applause.

Moving on to the award for first place male. This goes to Merlin DUFF with a time of 20:02. Merlin DUFF was shortly followed by Ian GRAY with a time of 20:24, and Alastair GREENFIELD with a time of 20:54. A special mention to Alastair GREENFIELD of whom this was their first time completing the Chichester course.

The award for first place female goes to Lucie WEST who came 15th overall with a time of 22:48. Second and third place female goes Nadia ANDERSON (25:37) and Rebecca HARTLEY (25:39). At this moment I will also pause to mention that Nadia ANDERSON also wins the award for highest age grade with 69.75%. For those of you who do not know, age-grading gives an indication of how well the parkrunner has done relative to their age and gender. Further information on age-grading can be found at the bottom of the results page and in the parkrun FAQs on the website.

I and I'm sure everyone else is very grateful to the 24 volunteers who made today’s event happen: Trevor BAKER, Sandra BALCOMBE, Tom BLAYLOCK, Lauren COLLINS, Peter DUNNE, Craig ENGLISH, Jack ENGLISH, Benedict GODDARD, Johanna HARRISON, Jeremy HARRISON, Robert MALLETT, Philippa NEATHEY, Lis PESKETT, Helen Amy PUNNETT, Jill RENSON, Ben RITCHIE, Elizabeth ROBINSON, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Karen TAYLOR, Simon THRAVES, Steve WHITMEE, Emma WICKENS, Andrew WINGHAM, and Neil WORGAN. parkrun is committed to providing free events for everyone, forever, but without volunteers, it just is simply impossible to run these events each week. If you are a regular parkrunner please consider volunteering every once in a while. There are a number of roles which need to be filled each week to ensure safety and smooth running. Each role is very simple and full briefing is provided each time. Having completed the role of barcode scanning just last week, I can see the benefit of seeing the event from a different aspect and also meeting new people.

Despite not being the best conditions underfoot (slippery & frosty) Adam MAINWARING, Dan GRESHAM, Helen MACKEN, John ANSCOMBE, Molly HARDIMAN, Christian MALTBY, James FAWL, Susannah BROUGHTON, Juliette STANGROOM, Claire COOK, Jane BEAN, Anna STANGROOM, Phoebe NOBLE, Anthony MITMAN, Roxana SIMCOX, Hannah BEDDOES, Catherine BEDDOES, and Sylvie STANGROOM all achieved personal best time for themselves. Well done.

Milestones go to Roderick SMITH and Marika PRANDINI both who completed their 50th parkrun today. The ones to watch next will be Mark GIBSON celebrating their 100th next time and Nick TAYLOR who will be celebrating their 200th next time. Please, make sure to announce this nice and loud at the start next time so we can all applause you.

There were 24 people of whom this was their first time running the Chichester course. I hope you enjoyed it. A special welcome goes to Aoife MCLAUGHLIN, Grant ROSS, Helen REYNOLDS, Rob REYNOLDS, Andrew THOMAS, Deborah THOMAS, Alex ARMITAGE, and Heather HANLON. This was the first parkrun for these 8 people. I am sure their Saturday mornings will never be the same again, as we see hopefully see them week after week. As for the other 16 parkrunners, they came from Yorkshire, Lee-on-the-Solent, Newcastle, Bristol, and I’m sure other places.

And the final award goes to everyone who ran this morning. Every single person should be proud of themselves for completing another parkrun, especially in the cold and slippery conditions. I am sure there are many individual success stories and achievements out there which have not been listed above but should be celebrated in their own right.

And so, concludes our Chichester parkrun Awards for another week. I hope to see many of you again next week at the same time and in the same place. *cue snazzy credits*

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