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Going on the run for leap year

By Lotte Pegler


Runners made history in Hotham Park as they leapt over puddles for the special occasion.


There was a big turnout at the parkrun event in Hotham Park at the weekend, which took place on February 29 for the first time in parkrun history.


There won’t be another chance to run parkrun on a leap year day until 2048, with the last one having taken place on Monday, February 29, 2016.


This also means there was a total of five parkruns in February for the first time.


To make the run extra special, organisers held a stand asking runners to bring items to donate to homeless charity, Stonepillow.


Stonepillow is a charity which provides vital support for homeless and vulnerable people.


Founded in 1989, it helps people in Bognor Regis, Chichester and Littlehampton, working with over 130 people every single day, empowering them to rebuild their lives and find independent accommodation they can call home.


Coming in as the fastest runner at Hotham Park on Saturday was Mike Houston from the Chichester Runners & AC group with a time of 17 minutes 38 seconds.


Over the weekend of February 29 and March 1, there were 575 parkruns which went ahead in the UK with 124,024 parkrunners.


Laura Bulbeck, fundraising and communications manager, said: “We really appreciate support from the local community and are so grateful to Bognor Regis parkrun for collecting much needed items from our wish list.


“Stonepillow empower homeless and vulnerable people to change their lives, find accommodation and regain their independence.


“We support approximately 130 people in our services every single day and rely on donations of food from the public to provide meals for our clients.


“If you would like to donate food to Stonepillow, please visit our website and check out our wish list.


“We are also looking for volunteers to support with surplus food collections from local shops, cafes and restaurants.


For more information on Stonepillow, visit:

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