Chichester parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event number 288: 14th March 2020

This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

At last it was dry and virtually windless.  The course was sadly still waterlogged in places so it was again a four lap route.  

The runners mingled and elbow bumped glad that they could take part this week.  Who knows what the future will hold, but I know all of you want parkrun to continue every week.  Not only is it a great physical activity but the benefits to our mental health are well known.  We will miss parkrun if it is deemed we cannot meet.  Watch this space for breaking news...

We gladly welcomed Harry  LELEU , who should have been representing Great Britain at a triathlon in Spain, but it had been cancelled.  He had an awesome run and made it look effortless. There were quite a few tourists, even a participant from France joined today’s run. 

Congratulations to Ian Stevens who completed his 250th Park Run and thank you for the delicious cookies.  

Several dogs enjoyed their park run and a new puppy was introduced to everyone.  

Lots of runners and volunteers met in the Theatre Cafe afterwards.  I too enjoyed a delicious cappuccino.  

Helen Stiles

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Mike HOUSTON • Victoria IRWIN • Wendy WHELAN • Lynette WOODWARD • Lis PESKETT • Aaron BAKER • Alex MEDHURST •Peter CARVER • Jeremy HARRISON • Steve WHITMEE • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Lisa ENGLISH • Jack ENGLISH • Michael JOHNS • Matthew O'SHEA • Tony HACK • Thomas HOUSTON • Donna LELEU • Helen STILES • Sue FOOTT • Fiona O'SHEA

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

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 Age Grade course record is held by Helen DEAN who recorded 88.28% (22:37) on 5th January 2019 (event number 229).

Chichester parkrun started on 2nd August 2014. Since then 7,835 participants have completed 47,440 parkruns covering a total distance of 237,200 km, including 7,538 new Personal Bests. A total of 609 individuals have volunteered 5,011 times. 

Thanks so much, Helen, for a lovely report. Today we had such a lovely parkrun and it had a great atmosphere. We do hope to see everyone next week, but please keep an eye on the news and the website as well as our Facebook page for any developments.



Chichester parkrun 287 – 7 March, 2020.

At present it is difficult to write a Run Report without mentioning the weather or coronavirus but maybe one of the benefits of parkrun is that it serves as a useful distraction from such matters. For some, of course, the challenge of running the 5k course is in itself quite important whilst for many parkrun is a valuable safety valve providing a weekly escape from the pressures of everyday life.

This week's event saw 180 "escapees" circumnavigating Oaklands Park in the still somewhat  sticky underfoot conditions (Oops ! I nearly mentioned the weather) which did not prevent 15 Personal Best performances. It was great to welcome 29 first timers to Chichester including parkrun tourists from Whiteley (short trip down the M27) and France (you must know where that is). Well done to everyone.

As always we had the support of our marvelous volunteers. Great to see plenty of new faces amongst our volunteering ranks recently. Today's Luminescent Lads and Lasses (formerly known as  the Hi Viz Heroes) were.........

Lis PESKETT • Geoff SUMNER • Aaron BAKER • Nadia ANDERSON • Peter ANDERSON • Clarissa HARRINGTON • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Lisa ENGLISH • Jack ENGLISH • Phillip LOW • Jane MOODIE • Lee MOODIE • Matthew O'SHEA • Becky GARNETT • Kimberley HARVEY • Michelle STONE • Mike COLE • Neil FELLINGHAM • Jane BEAN • Sue FOOTT • Stephen O'SHEA

Before I started volunteering I had found that the physical exertion of parkrun made me feel good (admittedly often with delayed rather than instant gratification) but I had not realised that volunteering itself was an even more powerful way of achieving the elusive "feelgood factor". Many thanks to all our volunteers this week - I am pretty sure that they will have a good feeling having contributed towards another enjoyable event. There is nothing to fear from catching the parkrun volunteering bug (Oops ! I nearly mentioned coronavirus) - however, this bug does actually make you feel BETTER !

Geoff Sumner



Blow, winds and crack your cheeks!

Words by Victoria Irwin.
This week 178 hardy runners, walkers and strollers (and several dogs and buggies!) took to Oaklands Park for a resurrection of Chichester Park Run. Although cloudy and blustery, the weather gods were kinder than last week and kept the rain away, although there was plenty of mud to keep things interesting!
Today’s Park Run included 31 first timers and 15 new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part, including tourists from Havant, London and Cornwall.
Today’s winner was Tom Le Lievre on his 5th Parkrun who finished in an impressive 17.49. The first female was Naomi Ward in 24.36.
Today’s milestones included Matt Irwin’s 100th Parkrun - he should be commended for volunteering between his 99th and 100th run - given that the Run Directors often have to ask for last minute volunteers...please take note. Other milestones included Lani Charles and Jeremy Harrison (150 park runs).

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

Once again, I’m afraid we had to delete a number of U11 runners who were not with a parent or named adult. It’s a big safeguarding issue and needs to be taken seriously - Chichester Parkrun could end up in lots of trouble with Parkrun HQ. We do not want this issue to impact on future runs which we all enjoy.

Finally, today’s Parkrun was made possible by 23 volunteers, some upbeat music and fantastic pom-pom cheering. So a huge thank you to Ian STEVENS, Jane TAYLOR,  Victoria IRWIN, Lis PESKETT, Stephen TEE,  Catherine CANNON, Chris ARMSTEAD, Emma WICKENS, Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Lisa ENGLISH, James STANBRIDGE, Grant HARRIS, Sandra BALCOMBE, Jack ENGLISH , Andrea TEE, Matthew O'SHEA, Nick TAYLOR, Donna LELEU, Jo PROSSER, Luke LELEU, Denise FOXE-KING, Samantha FOXE-KING



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

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