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



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.



#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*


Do they know it’s Christmas?


Firstly - a huge thanks to all the volunteers without whom 251 of us would not have had the pleasure of a Christmas day timed 5k run (anti-mud 4 lap version!) around Oaklands Park. A special mention must go to our Run Director today Peter Anderson – thank you for taking on the responsibility and giving up hours of your Christmas Day to oversee the whole event and to process the results on our behalf on what is traditionally a day spent at home with the family.

A question for you reader! When you were asked what you were doing on Christmas morning and you said ‘going to parkrun’ – what was the response? I’ll bet a few of you received some raised eyebrows – why would you do that on Christmas morning when you could be at home in your pyjamas, eating chocolates and opening your presents?

It has struck me lately how much Christmas has changed over the years. I am looking at my cards and not one of them has any traditional Christmas imagery – no nativity scenes, wise men or shepherds in sight. Now - I am not exactly a practicing Christian (more of a hatched, matched and dispatched kind of a gal) but I do think we have lost something about Christmas in recent years. I’m not sure the excitement over the John Lewis advert quite cuts it for me. It does seem to have become a festival of online shopping and overindulgence. Wasn’t Christmas about something more meaningful than this?

I remember the Church at the bottom of my road having a sign outside saying ‘CH_ _ CH – what’s missing?’ And that for me that’s what’s gone wrong with Christmas. What I enjoyed was the sense of community – coming together to celebrate a special magical event (if you believe in it or not!) – but with a common purpose - and not an Amazon delivery in sight!

And that’s why I think so many of us were in the park this morning in a temperature of just 3C, sliding abut in the mud – wishing each other a Merry Christmas, hugging the friends that have become our parkrun family. Being together – sporting our Santa and elf costumes (personally, I opted for the antlers – note to self – remove the bells next year as after 4 laps they got most annoying!). For me – that is the magic of Christmas.

Harry LeLeu and Rachel Shaw had the bragging rights over the Turkey as first male and female finishers – 15 runners had a PB for Christmas and Neil Store gets my nomination for aesthetically pleasing time with 24.24. Oh - and to the lady with the birthday balloon – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thank you Jane Taylor for taking time away from your revelries to write this report. I totally agree with the sentiments, so many happy faces this morning.

Our Volunteers this week were:

Colin HANCOCK  •  Debbie BUCKLEY  •  Helen STILES  •  Ivan GARDNER  •  Jane MOODIE  •  Jane TAYLOR  •  John ODDE  •  Lee MOODIE  •  Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER  •  Lucie WEST  •  Margot TURNER  •  Peter ANDERSON  •  Stephen TURNER  •  Theo WEST  •  Tracy SKINNER  •  Vanessa FRANKLIN

Thank you all, Peter



Chichester parkrun #273 – a rather chilly one

The Chichester parkrun is all about equality: everyone wins  every time.
Young, old(er) and those in the middle  join together  to enjoy 5km  of running and occasional walking  every Saturday morning come rain or  shine .  Many parkrunners have been doing this for a while -  Claudia  MILBURN  for example  clocked up her 300th  and Eric WOOD made his century  tee shirt, whilst a total of 23 first timers were  warmly welcomed to a total field of 206 parkrunners from as far as Australia, Spain, Leeds and even London.
The fraternity of Chichester parkrunners this week was upheld by Chloe and Mark HOLMAN, accompanied  by the mysterious unknow parkrunner putting in a steady , stable and sensible time - and there was 19  recorded Personal Bests  (including mine) - although I suspect that technically there was approximately 206 PBs this week.
On the flip side of Chloe's and Mark's strong and steady  performance, this week also saw James BAKER clocking up another impressive first place, closely followed by Finlay BURCHETT and  Andrew WANDS - and poetically  Louis HOLMAN was the first junior finisher., just ahead of Fay CRIPPS as the first female finisher.
All times are pleasantly pleasing, but a two stand out;
Julia SMITH  33.33
Jane MOODIE  34.56
Beat that !
As always we acknowledge and thank the volunteers, as well as those cheering from the sidelines. This week's volunteers were Peter ANDERSON, Nadia ANDERSON, Tom BLAYLOCK, Jacqueline EVANS, Jonathan GARDAM, Ivan GARDNER, Chloe HOLMAN, Mark HOLMAN, Mike MOORCROFT, Lis PESKETT, Peter SHAW, James STANBRIDGE, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Sanchia STANLEIGH-TURNER, Liz WINGHAM, Neil WORGAN


Chichester parkrun # 270…..the one with the double milestone


I really liked this parkrun , it was just about the complete package.  The day starts well when it’s easy to find, when there’s masses of parking at a reasonable price and there are toilet facilities in the car park, which was as close to the start line as you could hope for.

I travel about quite a bit for parkruns and the constant for me has been the efficient organisation, the relaxed atmosphere, and the friendliness and helpfulness of the volunteers and runners alike; no exceptions so far.  But I couldn’t help noticing something at Chichester that was done exceptionally well, and that was communication and information sharing.  If you don’t volunteer, you may not appreciate this aspect quite so much, but Liz and Peter who are core team volunteers, were so quick to respond and I have never before had such precise instruction and timing for the various volunteering roles.  Very few even mention the Run Report Writer and none have had any written instruction at all, so if you are thinking of having a go, this is definitely the one to start with!  There are plenty of roles you can choose from if you want to run as well, both before the event and after, so you needn’t miss out.

With many parkruns you will have to queue at the start in the order you expect to finish, but not this one.  There’s plenty of room for a mass start and things just sort themselves out without undue elbow barging.  Then something else I noticed that was a first for me was when I encountered permanent course markers.  I’m not saying no-where else has them, but certainly not within 50 miles of where I live and a few places beyond.  They even have the parkruns logo beautifully carved into the tops of the square wooden posts and you can tell how popular they are by the number of people who use them to stop themselves slipping as they take the sharp turns around them.  You can’t do that with the plastic ones!

Okay, so there were some slippery bits.  Well, we’ve had an extraordinary amount of rain, but mud was in relatively short supply, considering.  Mostly it could be found at those sharp bends with the marker posts, but wherever it was, it could be easily dodged if you had a mind to.

The course was mostly grass, there was a shortish but wide pathway of compacted sand and a truly wonderful, long gentle downhill slope on tarmac almost to the finish.  I think we all like finishing like that!  But what goes down, must go up.  Or so it goes in the parkrun world.  The up bit is probably about half the way round the course, of which there are three laps, and is steeper but quite short.  Being on the hard sand section, however, makes it that little bit easier.  My son and I both took part, we both enjoyed it immensely and in case you’re wondering, he just pipped me, by 212 places.

All in all, I’d say this is a very good all-seasons course, with variation in levels, in surface, and in scenery from parkland to roadside which all conspire to make the laps go by quickly – for some people quicker than others, I might add!  Okay, but my excuse was that I was recovering from a gammy leg and I could otherwise easily have come inside the top two (hundred!).

But the icing on the cake was the après race.  What we also like to do when we travel away from our ‘home’ venue for the first time, as it was today, is to explore and Chichester is just the most delightful city in which to do that.  With the historic city centre within five minutes walking distance of the car park, it has plenty of shops, parks, cafés and restaurants, and pedestrian precincts.  We took full advantage and bought a breakfast and a coffee, and did a little shopping.  It was a great morning out and it’s one that I shall most certainly repeat.  I’m not sure how the team managed to organise the rain to hold off until we got in the car to go home, so as well as it all started out, so did it finish.  More of that next time please!

This week at Chichester, among the 228 runners, assorted pushchairs and dogs, there were landmarks for Andrew Carmichael and Caroline McKellar for their 50th parkrun and Marcia Knight for her 100th, so a very well done to them.  And finally, I could not let this opportunity pass without a sincere thank you to all the volunteers, and especially to those who turn up week in, week out, just to volunteer and nothing else.

Thank you Dennis Spencer for this excellent report, and his kind words about our parkrun and city. Dennis modesty omitted  to mention that he was celebrating double milestones of 50 runs and 25 volunteers.


This weeks Chichester parkrun was brought you courtesy of:

Carly SOFFE  •  Dennis SPENCER  •  Eleanor HARRISON  •  Ellen PERRY  •  Ieuan WORGAN  •  Jeremy HARRISON  •  Johanna HARRISON  •  Leon PERRY  •  Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER  •  Lucy HOUSTON  •  Mike HOUSTON  •  Nadia ANDERSON  •  Neil WORGAN  •  Peter ANDERSON  •  Peter CARVER  •  Peter DUNNE  •  Philippa NEATHEY  •  Thomas HOUSTON  •  Tom BLAYLOCK


Chichester parkrun #262

Although the playwright Alan Bennett wittily described History as "Just one thing after the other" it is often illuminating to view things through the "rear view mirror" as a way of getting a fresh perspective about the future. Looking back over the 5 years since parkrun started at Chichester we have now clocked up 262 events and our course has been completed over 42,000 times !
Our first course started by the old cricket pavilion towards the top end of Oaklands Park and was notable for a very wet section close to the Archery field in the winter months with three challenging climbs directly up the path alongside Broyle Road. We then migrated to Graylingwell Park whilst that path was being re-surfaced before moving to our present Start/Finish close to the Chichester Festival Theatre.
If on Day 1 our Event Director Mike Houston had announced that we would need 547 folk to perform 4497 volunteering roles over the subsequent 5 years I suspect that many of us would have wondered whether this could really be achieved. What we now know is that our volunteers soon became the foundation upon which Chichester parkrun has been built, with special credit to the core team who do so much behind the scenes. When we started I think few of us appreciated the effect that volunteering would have upon parkrun - volunteering enables one to become a contributor towards parkrun which is a far more positive and rewarding relationship than simply that of a "customer" or even a "consumer". I think it is fair to say that everyone who has volunteered has found that becoming a "contributor" has been a positive for them (and obviously for parkrun).
That we can now look back at what has been achieved gives an interesting perspective on how we tend to look at challenges ahead. For many of us the prospect of managing to even complete a 5k run seemed highly improbable and yet every week we now see former "non-runners" not only clocking up parkrun milestones, but taking part in 10ks, Half-Marathons and even full Marathons and Ultra distance events. I wonder what we will see in another 5 years ? The "Story so far" suggests that with a "can do" attitude there may be a lot more to come. 
Anyway, less of "All our Yesterdays" and what about today ? Oaklands Park was a picture and provided perfect conditions for our 234 runners and walkers, albeit slightly nippy for the 17 volunteers. Lynette opened proceedings with her briefing and we welcomed 42 first timers. We hope to see you all again soon. There were 34 Personal Bests and no less than 21 people exceeded the very respectable 70% Age Grade. The following get an honourable mention for exceeding 75%......
Keith TOOP 78.55%
Fay CRIPPS 75.78%
After exhaustive in-depth analysis of today's results I feel that Robert de Lacy showed great vision to cross the line in 20:20 to take this week's Aesthetically Pleasing Time award.
As always, parkrun cannot take place without volunteers and today we must thank the following for their contribution to a great event....


 Geoff Sumner



#255 The one with goodbye cakes (but it’s not really goodbye!)

It was another very warm morning on Saturday, and with the Festival of Speed taking place, it's always hard to judge how many people will turn up (the traffic can be a nightmare!), but the first few parkrunners arrived very early, having run down from the Goodwood camp site.

When I first attended Chichester parkrun in September 2014 (as a volunteer marshal, I still hadn't run 5k at that time), I was greeted cheerfully by Sam Houston who was Run Directing and very much enjoyed my first marshal spot down at the archery club U-turn (for those who remember our original route!).

I obviously enjoyed the experience, as I returned to regularly volunteer and then in 2015 had my first stint as Run Director under the excellent tutorage of Mike Houston. Four years later, and after 113 volunteer stints at 97 different events, I've decided that it's time for me to hang up my RD high viz vest, and to hand over the role of Event Director to some new blood. I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating Peter Anderson and Lynette Woodward who will be taking on this role together.

Being a run director is a little bit more involved than standing up on the picnic tables looking and feeling like a burk and cracking a few jokes. Here is a rundown of the activities of the role.

Sunday – The official handover of RD responsibilities from last week’s run director. We monitor the mail box for messages about missing times, and volunteers signing up for future weeks.

Monday –As we usually have gaps, we put out a request on Facebook for more volunteers often using the seemingly obligatory tactic of using sad looking animals.

Wednesday – New appeal on Facebook, and a volunteer appeal email to those who have registered to receive the volunteer emails (if you haven't done so, please do log onto your account and opt in to the emails).

Thursday – Write some notes for run briefing and send a reminder email to those who have signed up to volunteer.

Friday – Final check, ensure everything is ready, Finish tokens in right order, stopwatches and scanners cleared down and charged. Check laptop for windows updates. Often a last minute appeal for volunteers

Saturday – parkrun day. Arrive early at the park (usually before 08:00 for me so that Alice can have a run about whilst we get ready). Get all our kit from the store and wheel it round to the start area. Set up the finish funnel whilst the set up crew pick up the trolley and head round the course setting up the cones and the arrows. Greet the volunteers as they arrive, hand out the high viz, give some guidance and training as required, check with the set up crew for any issues out on course, get the first timer brief started, get up on the picnic table to do the run brief (after shutting Alice in the car to try and drown out her somewhat exuberant barking), then gather everyone at the start line ready for the 09:00 start.

Once the runners start running home, we try and keep everyone in order through the finish funnel, write down the numbers of any unscannable barcodes (NOT the numbers for anyone who has forgotten their barcode!) and then collect back all the equipment, lock up the store, head home to fire up the laptop, download the stopwatches and barcode scanners, process the results (hoping there are not any issues), add any manual times, update names from the volunteer board, liaise with the run report writer to get the report, update this, check the email boxes for any queries, and then try and relax!

It's a lot of work that people don't see, and can be made much more difficult if people don't help us out by following the simple requests of only crossing the finish funnel once, staying in order through the finish funnel, taking a finish token (even if you have forgotten your barcode or do not want a time), going through the scanners with your barcode ready and handing over the finish token and then moving away from the scanning area to leave space for those runners behind you. I think all of the RDs have had Saturdays where we have been working through to the evening on a Saturday because people have crossed the line twice or who have ducked out of the finish funnel without taking a position token.

I've enjoyed almost every minute of it(!) and I know that we have such a great core team at Chichester that you won't notice any difference (other than the ba. I'll still be running regularly with you guys, so it's goodbye, but not goodbye!

My aesthetically pleasing time of the week goes to Ben RITCHIE for achieving a very impressive 20:14 (being the year I first attended Chichester parkrun).

As always, we are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Peppy ANCKORN, Trevor BAKER, Jo BRINING, Marieann DICKER, Martin EMMETT, Vanessa FRANKLIN, Tony HACK, Jeremy HARRISON, Matt IRWIN, Lee MOODIE, Jane MOODIE, Jo PROSSER, Ian ROBERTSON, Justine-Elizabeth STAMP, George STANBRIDGE, James STANBRIDGE, Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER, Geoff SUMNER



Chichester parkrun #252

This week we were very pleased to welcome the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust who introduced us to their SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) Campaign. Their thought provoking presentation was very well received by our 16 vital hi-vis volunteers and 207 runners/walkers.

I think it would be fair to suggest that we need our society to accept that mental health issues are not uncommon, not something to hide nor something that makes someone "a lesser person". If someone gets appendicitis, for example, we do not think badly of them so why should it not be the same with mental health ?

Many of us tend to be reluctant to open up about concerns or anxieties. It is now well established that problems can be successfully dealt with if they are addressed at an early stage but for this to happen individuals need to be encouraged to become more open and to know where they can get help.

I guess we all have a little "headspace" reserved for things we are reluctant to expose, sometimes even to ourselves. This is also probably quite an "English Thing" so we have often become conditioned to holding back on concerns or worries. It is now recognised that opening up our communication with each other can be very beneficial. Our guests today from the SAFE Campaign made this point eloquently and with conviction. How lucky we are in this country to have people and organisations dedicated to helping people through the difficulties, pressures and hazards of life in the 21st Century. So, thank you to our local health professionals who joined us today.

Sussex Mental Heathline Call: 0300 5000 101

Hope Line UK Call: 0800 068 41 41

The Samaritans Call: 116 123 or email

Many thanks also to our volunteers without whom today's event would not have been possible. They were.....Mike HOUSTON • Mike MOORCROFT • Jane TAYLOR • Geoff SUMNER • Liz WINGHAM • Peter ANDERSON • Jeremy HARRISON • Joely WHARTON • Steve WHITMEE • Liz STANLEIGH-TURNER • Kik DEACON • Colin HANCOCK • Tony HACK • Terry FALASCHI • Elizabeth ROBINSON & Jan IRELAND

Excitement is reaching fever pitch since participants at Chichester parkrun have now covered a total distance of 199,190 kms so next week I estimate that finisher 162 should take us past the 200,000 kms mark.

Extensive in depth analysis revealed lots of aesthetically pleasing times this week but since it was his debut parkrun the award goes to Elliott Wadley with 32:32. Commiserations to all the other contestants in this most challenging of contests.

Geoff Sumner
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