Welcome to Basildon parkrun Run Report 225 - Pitsea Massive takes on Basildon parkrun - this week sent in by Paul from Pitsea Running Club!
Saturday 7th July was the day that the Pitsea ‘Massive’ Running Club embraced Basildon parkrun and for that day we ‘took over’ the run and supported a fantastic weekend ritual for thousands of runners, joggers and walkers. Preparation was like a military operation, volunteers came flooding forward to fill all the major roles. Our Pitsea gazebo and flags were erected near the start / finish and we had some free cake and water for the runners as it was a scorching hot day.
162 runners gathered in the sun with many (21) first timers listening to the first timers briefing and then the Race Directors address. The volunteers took their places around the course ready for the start and before long the runners were off including some of our own Club runners new and old.
The volunteering side of Parkrun is just as rewarding as running in the event, however, its not always recognised how much effort goes into organising the event each week so hats off to the Basildon Parkrun ‘core team’, all volunteers who give up there time not only on a weekend but during the week to ensure we all have fun and are safe on a Saturday Morning. Our own Pitsea RC ‘core team’ of race organisers assisted for this weeks run.
I had decided to volunteer for Tail Walker, a role I had never done before at parkrun and usually an uncomplicated role although due to the heat we had a few tail walkers only do two laps (no not through the finish funnel!) so unusually I had to sprint to catch up the tail of the run. Being the Tail Walker (with two other volunteers) was fun, I got to talk to some of the runners and also my daughter for a change as she was walking with us and our Dog (who only made one lap before sitting down in protest and going no further). It was also a special day for me, my 100th parkrun at an event that also allowed me to run, volunteer and helped me meet and join the Pitsea Running Club, thank you parkrun!
Apart from the searing heat the run was off to a smooth start and settled down into a familiar pattern with new and familiar faces. The club marshals were fantastic, giving lots of support and encouragement for the runners, and some of the regular marshals also joined us on the day to lend their support.
It was clear though that the heat was a challenge for some, and our Marshalls had to help a few that were suffering in the heat, lucky we ended up bring that water with us!
By the time I finished everyone was enjoying the sun, tucking into the Cake under the Pitsea Running Club gazebo and generally having a great social time which for many is the best bit about parkrun. You don’t have to get that PB every time, just enjoying the running and company is therapy in itself.
A warm thank you from Pitsea Running Club for allowing us the privilege of taking over the event this weekend, a thoroughly good time was had by all!
Basildon parkrun Event number 225 7th July 2018
This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Peter BATES • Linda BATES • Ian HAWTHORN • Tim SHEA • Steve MACDONALD • Cheryl MACDONALD • Pip PIPERDY • David DAVIDSON • Dave MULLENDER • Tim SHEA • Valerie SINCLAIR • Natalie GORHAM • Ingo DIERKSCHNIEDER • Danielle TAYLOR • Kenneth CAREY • Marion BREEZE • Angela SMITH • Lucy KEMISH • Paul AGASTINA • Carole WHITE • Charlie LLOYD • Robert SMITH • Adam STOW • Nicola RUDGLEY • Sara OMER • Paul OMER • Tracey LANG • Anne COGGIN • Maureen FIGGINS
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 4,724 participants have completed 33,406 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,030 km, including 6,582 new Personal Bests.