School team is first to take part in parkrun

Children, staff and parents from Chichester Free School taking part in the Chichester Parkrun
Children, staff and parents from Chichester Free School taking part in the Chichester Parkrun

CHICHESTER Free School has become the first to take part in the weekly Chichester Parkrun as a school.

A group of 63 children, along with parents, carers, siblings and staff from the city’s newest school, took part in the free weekly run at Oaklands Park last Saturday.

The 43rd Chichester Parkrun meet, in Oaklands Park on Saturday, May 16

The 43rd Chichester Parkrun meet, in Oaklands Park on Saturday, May 16

They were being sponsored to raise money for outdoor play equipment for the school, in Vinnetrow Road, Runcton.

The sun came out as the siren went at 9am and staff said the children’s enthusiasm was obvious as they vied for position in either the 1k, 3k or 5k distances.

Principal Guy Martyn said: “This was a fantastically organised event by Chichester Parkrun and we are so grateful to them for allowing the school to take part.

“We had a lot of fun and I know that it has inspired many of the children – and a few of the staff – to take part in future meets.”

Thomas from year eight beating Chichester Free School's PE teacher into second place

Thomas from year eight beating Chichester Free School's PE teacher into second place

Chichester Parkrun is open to runners of all standards and it is organised entirely by volunteers to give people the chance to run for enjoyment. People are encouraged to jog or run together, regardless of their abilities.

Founder Mike Houston said: “It’s brilliant to see so many children running and getting a lot of personal satisfaction and enjoyment out of it.

“There is no pressure to win with Parkrun, this is not a race but it is a lot of fun.

“Chichester Free School were a fantastic addition to our 43rd meet and the children were a credit to their school.”

Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/chichester for more information about the runs.