There was cake!
Four years! Four glorious years of Basildon parkrun. Who would have thought it? Well clearly some people did, those brave intrepid explorers who were brought together by Tracy Bliss (who?) to band together and form the first version of the core team. The core team has changed over the past four years with just one of the originals remaining (blimey i didn't realise that). These new faces and old have bought many skills to the table, some providing the actual table, but ultimately each and every one has the same goal in mind, and that is to provide a free, weekly, timed run, jog or walk in the park. Followed by socialising in the cafe of course, yes i'm looking at you the Pitsea running club cafe society (not exclusively for members of Pitsea running club, anybody can join).
Looking at the photos from this weeks parkrun and comparing them to our early events (thanks to facebook memories) its amazing how far our parkrunners have come, and in some cases gone. The original under 11's that needed an adult to run with them are now pretty much grown up, runners that started as walkers, now easily completing the 5km weekly and going on to run 10kms, halfs, marathons and in some cases ultra marathons. The new additions to the parkrun family that will grow up with parkrun in their lives from the day they were born, completing the course in a buggy as a baby, now demanding that Daddy runs faster and through the puddles. The parkrunners that have gone of to pastures new, not just in the UK, but further afield, Australia and Canada spring to mind. parkrunners that are now event directors and core team members of newer local parkruns. Its not until you think of all the things that parkrunners do and have done that makes you realise the effect that parkrun has on peoples lives, and its all to do with just a run round the park with some mates, ok maybe a couple of hundred mates.
As i said in my run briefing each and every one of you that come to parkrun are parkrunners of the year, and for those that volunteer you are all volunteers of the year, all though there was no most supportive hubby of the year award, mostly because there are no supportive hubbies for the core team, i suppose i could have had most supportive wifey....hmm. Maybe a thought for next year.
SO i would like to thank each and every one of you for a great 4 years, and for many years in the future, that's all new runners past and future, all tourists, and if you haven't visited us yet come and see us soon, we have a cafe and toilets. To all the under 11's that make sure they look after their adult, to all our dogs that run attached by a short lead to one runner. To our timekeepers that may miss a runner or bleep the stopwatch too many times, to our finish tokens hander outer that may or may not drop some on the floor, to our barcode scanners that politely remind runners no barcode no time, to our pre event set up helpers, that have marked dog leavings with spray chalk. To our tailwalkers that support walkers, joggers and runners in more ways than they realise. To our marshals that clap, shout and clacker support to everybody equally. Our pacers that help people reach personal bests that they would never have thought possible when they first started. To our VI guide runners that take branches to the face to allow VI runners to take part. And to anybody i have forgotten THANK YOU for parkrun.
I almost forgot.. to the CAKE makers who never let us down when we need a cake fix. (Happy now J?)
AND TO THOSE ABOUT TO PARKRUN... I SALUTE YOU!!!!
And now for the boring bit
Basildon parkrun Event number 212 7th April 2018
This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Pip PIPERDY • Kalli ISBORNE • Dave MULLENDER • Nicola HAWKINS • Ingo DIERKSCHNIEDER • Coral HOLMES • Jacqui WEST • John WILKINSON • Nelson HOWE • Richard MOORE • Carole WHITE • John HOLMES • Charlie LLOYD • Susan HUGHES • Macy JAMES • Suzanne FIGGINS • Paul OMER • Garry TOOEY • Dawn HARVEY • Penny JACKSON • Philip BEAUMONT • Anne COGGIN • Peter LAVER • Lewis HARVEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Basildon parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:40 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 21).
The female record is held by Gemma HOLLOWAY who recorded a time of 18:34 on 1st November 2014 (event number 31).
The Age Grade course record is held by Breege NORDIN who recorded 85.97% (22:34) on 25th December 2017 (event number 198).
Basildon parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 4,429 participants have completed 30,865 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,325 km, including 6,121 new Personal Bests.