#289 The one that we had all been waiting for – the return of Parkrun in England.



Today marked the return of Parkrun in England after being away for an incredible 70 weeks. Where has that time gone?


Prior to the start brief, lots of socially distanced groups formed to catch up and chat. It was just like the old days. Jeremy gave the start brief and he advised us of the slightly amended course, the changes with the finish tokens and took us through the safety briefs. As quick as a flash, we were lining up on the start line. Everybody was ready and raring to go but well behaved and remained socially distanced. We were set off and started on our first Parkrun of 2021 at the wonderful Oaklands Park.


The weather was dry and not too hot, perfect conditions and 24 finishers took this opportunity and recorded a PB. Well done.


Welcome to the parkrun family the 22 people who joined us for their inaugural parkrun. Congratulations on choosing the best free weekly timed parkrun in Chichester. We hope to see you back again soon.


My most aesthetically pleasing time prize for today is 50:05 from Sophie BYE. Sophie is in the JW10 age category and was completing her first Parkrun. Well done Sophie on this week’s greatest honour.


Whilst parkrun isn’t a race the first three gents to finish were George DEMPSTER, Ian GAY and Dexter GARDIAS. The first three ladies to finish were Emily MOORE, Abby ROSS and Victoria HOMER. Whatever your time today, well done to all of our 192 finishers.


Both the physical and mental health benefits of Parkrun were felt today and I for one didn’t realise that I had missed this feeling so much. Parkrun is a magnificent initiative and I hope that it continues for many years to come.


A big thank you to everyone who volunteered today. Parkrun would not exist without the volunteers. If you are willing and able to, please consider volunteering. Full training is provided and it is incredibly rewarding. After volunteering 25 times you even get a free t-shirt to say thank you. There are even some roles that can even be completed as well as running. Today’s hi-viz heroes were: Chris ARMSTEADGreg DE LACYNarmada DE SILVAGary DICKERSimon EVERESTColin HANCOCKEleanor HARRISONJeremy HARRISONJohanna HARRISONMatt IRWINCaroline MCKELLARJane MOODIELee MOODIEDavid PIKEJill RENSONJames STANBRIDGELiz STANLEIGH-TURNERSanchia STANLEIGH-TURNERIan STEVENSJane TAYLORNick TAYLORJohn WAITESWendy WHELANNeil WORGAN. A special thank you goes to Jeremy HARRISON for being our RD this week.



This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers including 22 new to parkrun, welcome. 24 new Personal Bests were recorded. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.




Neil Worgan



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


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*


#281 The one with the 4-lap reminder

They say that 10th January is the day that most people break (or give up completely on) their New Year’s Resolutions.  I say ‘Phooey’ to that….the numbers of parkrunners attending Chichester’s best free weekly timed 5k run is still well over 200 with lots of new faces and lots of volunteers too!  Let’s keep it up readers – they also say that it take 66 days to make a habit….that leads us into March so we hope to still see you at #289 on 7th March where the lovely Lis PESKETT will welcome you all!  (Who are the ‘they’ that I speak of??  Answers on a postcard please!!!)

Today’s welcome was from RD Jeremy HARRISON who was aided by his gorgeous set up crew of Peter and Nadia ANDERSON – I’m putting my Recruitment hat on here:  The set-up crew is a vital role to each week’s parkrun – it’s also a role that you can do and still run so you don’t lose out on either front – warm and fuzzies from Volunteering and slightly smug face from getting some Saturday morning exercise before going home for breakfast in bed, isn’t that right Nads?!!  Once Jeremy had briefed his volunteers, it was over David POLLOCK to give the New Runner’s Brief, another Volunteer role that doesn’t stop you running!  That done Jeremy  welcomed all to the park and explained our Winter course to our newbies and Tourists and the important Safety information.  He then sent us off to the Start where we eagerly awaited the off…  That first run up the ‘Hill’ is always a bit of a shock to the system – it’s still a bit sticky and slippery but on the whole it’s an improving surface to run on – I’d still say it’s probably soft, but good to soft in places.

At the first corner we came across Lis PESKETT marshalling us round and onto the path – Lis was brilliant in reminding us that the Winter course should be run on the RIGHT and that it was FOUR laps….how many???  FOUR!!!!  It’s really important that we keep right – head on crashes would be uncomfortable for all and would inevitably lead to the RD having to make an incident report which is something they always try to avoid if possible as it might delay the results…joking aside, please try to give each other the space needed to run – the first lap is always a bit cosy.  If you’re needing to overtake runners, please take to the grass to pass!!  The next marshal encountered was Lauren COLLINS, then Guy PHELPS, Emma WICKENS all giving us the much-needed encouragement around the Allotment and the back to see Lis again for another 4 lap reminder!!  Up the long slope, it’s not a hill – that’s all in the mind, and then the relief of the downhill run past Tina WEBSTER and Philippa FRANCIS for the start of another of our FOUR laps.

As we know, parkrun is not a race but a free weekly timed 5k run – kudos go the our first three chaps past the Finish line:  Mikey NEVILLE, Jon GRAVE (with a new nicely palindromic PB of 20:02 – well done Jon!!) and Joe SOLTI; even more kudos to our first lady, Rosie HILES who actually came in front of Joe in finishing order.  There are also major kudos for Rosie as she then volunteered by Barcode Scanning - the speedy runners amongst you might want to consider one of the finish line volunteer posts in future, like Rosie!  Our 2 following ladies were Fay CRIPPS and then Cerys DICKINSON.  We had 15 new PBs – impressive with the going being so challenging!  We also had 5 of the stars of the future – our Under 11 runners – please remember you must keep your responsible adult with you at all times and please advise the RD if your names are different – it’s all so we can keep our T’s crossed and I’s dotted for parkrunHQ.

As always there’s a special mention for our Hi-Viz heroes – this week Jeremy was joined by Jill RENSON • Lis PESKETT • Nadia ANDERSON • John WAITES • Peter ANDERSON • Jeremy HARRISON • Eleanor HARRISON • Tina WEBSTER • Lauren COLLINS • Emma WICKENS • Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • David POLLOCK • Tony SPOONER • Philippa FRANCIS • Sarah CUTLER • Johanna HARRISON • Benedict GODDARD • Rosie HILES • Guy PHELPS

One of the final tasks of my parkrun week is to choose the Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week!  I do love this bit (yes, I’m that sad!!!) – as most will know the palindromes fascinate me so it’s tough to move past Jon Grave’s 20:02 or Kate HABASHI’s 35:53 but I shall…  Jenna OTTLEY – your 30:00 is my APTOTW – it’s also my goal for parkrun 2020! Oh boy – I’m not sure I should have put that in print but hey ho, it’s there for all to see!

The last thing to do is to wave a fond farewell to Margaret ENSTONE who is leaving the Chichester parkrun family to move north!!!  Margaret’s first parkrun was also Chichester parkrun’s first event in August 2014 and she’s been a smiley face here ever since – she’s always been super supportive of new runners and we will miss her!  We’ll just have to do some parkrun Touristing to somewhere called Darlington….I’m told it’s north of Watford but my UK geography is useless.  WISHING YOU MASSES OF LUCK FOR THE MOVE, MARGARET – keep in touch please!!!!

See you all next Saturday…

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