Run Report #31 – 13 January 2018

This week's guest run report writer is Karen Tullett, a regular at Billericay parkrun and one of yesterday's volunteers from Revival Church Billericay. Thanks very much Karen!


Maybe there’s something in the air or maybe New Year's resolutions are being well adhered to as a phenomenal 245 runners descended on Lake Meadows for Billericay parkrun #31 on Saturday, including 49 first timers and a whopping 43 new PBs!

Very well done to everyone who achieved a personal best this week, as well as to everyone who completed the course, whether you ran, jogged, walked or managed a combination of the three you deserve a big cheer as you take control of your own physical and mental health by making the positive decision to participate in physical exercise.

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This week's first timers - well done all!

Cheering you all on so very well this week were joyful high vis heroes who were all part of a volunteer takeover as Revival Church Billericay took the reins (well almost... we served under the superb leadership of Run Director Catherine)! Revival Church were extremely pleased to be involved and will continue to support Billericay parkrun in whatever way we can in the future.

With many of the church having never been to a parkrun before, we were struck by the positive community atmosphere which drew people together and made a really fun and inclusive event! This really is such a unique selling point for parkrun, the professional efficiency and organisation of the core team ensures a slick and well run event, alongside the community focused culture of the town means that Billericay parkrun is friendly and enjoyable as well as physically challenging!

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We were also able this week to join together and celebrate an important milestone reached by Alexander Cory- an 11 year old who achieved his 50th parkrun this week with a strong run, very well done to you Alexander, you are an inspiration to us all!

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There were many smiles all around the park this week as people enjoyed the cool fresh air, and we welcomed our furthest tourist of the week, Donna M McDonald an Alice Holt parkrun regular who came to support her Dad as he volunteered for the first time as part of the Revival Church Takeover!

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If parkrun is something you have never done before I urge you to join the 49 first timers from this week and bite the bullet to join us next Saturday 20th January at 8:45 for Billericay parkrun #32...

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Next week Rachel will be your run director and guide you through the joyful experience that is parkrun! It's our pacer week, with five brilliant pacers ready to help you to that new shiny PB. See you then!

Karen Tullett
Guest reporter


The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run Report #30 – 6 January 2018

It was great to see 197 of you keen, walkers, joggers and runners, on a crisp, not so warm but very definitely 2018 Saturday morning and the only thing better than that, was the 24 Hi-Viz heros who turned out in their droves, giving up their run and their time to ensure your parkrun went ahead. As always - a massive thank-you to all of you!

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So as the new year carries on we know many of you will have new year resolutions to keep, and we hope parkrun will continue to feature in your week, at around 8:45am for a 9:00am start at Lake Meadows every Saturday, we're not going anywhere that's for sure! Accordingly, we were un-surprised to see 28 first timers amongst the ranks this week, a massive welcome to you all and welcome to the parkrun phenomenon! And a part of that phenomenon, is being a tourist, that is where you visit a parkrun that is not your own - a parkrun holiday so to speak, and this week we welcomed seven first time tourists to Billericay, from as near as Chelmsford, Brentwood and Basildon to as far as... well, Wanstead Flats, though it's not the distance travelled that was the twist this week, but the method of travel with Andrew Howard arriving at Billericay parkrun by bike! Well done Andrew!

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On the subject of tourism, the past week saw the first woman (and 4th person ever) to complete their 100th parkrun at 100 different courses - is that extreme tourism or parkrun vegabonding? you decide, either way it's a fantastic achievement!

Next week sees a volunteer take over by the local church, the Revival Church Billericay, we hope you'll give them all a warm welcome to parkrun led by our Run Director Wonky Catherine who's in charge again next week!

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Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun.

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: billericayhelpers@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run Reports #28 & #29 Combined

Out with the old
Saturday 30th December was our last Billericay parkrun of 2017. We saw 148 runners, walkers and joggers join us after the indulgences of Christmas. This included 21 first timers and 3 personal bests. Well done to all who ran, not least given the very testing conditions; wet, windy and ever so muddy.

Just out of their boxes at Christmas some of you had new watches to test out...
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And three of you had milestones to celebrate. Ruth Havis on her 50th run and juniors Bradley Watts and Sam Quaye running their 10th parkrun. Well done to all and here's to new challenges in 2018.

With the wetter weather settling in, we introduced a slight change to our normal winter route. This was all about reducing degradation to the grassy area heading towards Perry Street. Well done to everyone that took the change in their stride, not least as we may well need to make this kind of minor alteration to the course as we seek to navigate our way through our first winter at Lake Meadows.

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As if that wasn't enough fun, we did it all again two days later .... 1 January 2018

In with the new !

On New Years Day 2018, 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Sorry, can I just say that again, 332 ! Our previous highest attendance was 258, way back in June when the sun was shining and the grass was green, so adding another 70+ to that figure and more than doubling our recent numbers was a bit of a surprise to say the least!

Within that number, a huge 187 were first timers. 18 brand new to parkrun and a massive 169 visiting Billericay for the first time, mostly from other local parkruns around Essex. A huge Billericay welcome to all of you, but especially to the 18 newbies. All I can say is that it isn't always that busy, but it is always that much fun so do come back again to add to your tally :-)

Despite the size of the field, 24 of you recorded shiny new Personal Bests - well done; now you have new figures to go for in 2018 !

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(what a wonderful sight !)

Of the 45 different running clubs represented, one club made Monday their New Years Day social run. Billericay Striders have given us some incredible support since we started back in June last year. Every week we're delighted to see Striders within the results and especially grateful to a handful of their members who really put themselves out to volunteer with us most Saturdays, helping the event run smoothly and give encouragement to runners, walkers and joggers. We really do appreciate all their support and for those locals wanting to develop their running and to take on new challenges beyond our fab 5k weekly run, take a look at their website at www.billericaystriders.com.

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Volunteers
Whether it was Saturday or Monday, the combined field of around 500 would have been no where without some truly brilliant Hi Viz Heroes. It's one thing coming out in the summer wearing a T-shirt, shades and shorts. It's quite another coming out in multiple layers, wellies, hats and gloves simply to enable others to run. So please spare a thought for every volunteer that made this weekend's events possible.

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Special thanks to Dave Sweet, Kathy Joel, Peter Holme, Amie Holme and Hazel Powling who were simply on top form to keep pace with such big numbers for Billericay on New Years Day - timing, scanning and "finish token giving outing" at near to the speed of light!

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(left to right: Dave, Amie, Peter, Hazel and Kathy)

If you haven't volunteered with parkrun, do please make it a Must Do New Years resolution, as you'll be surprised just how enjoyable it can be. If you can help, especially for Saturday 20/01/2018 onwards, please email billericayhelpers@parkrun.com.

Finally, this week, followers on Facebook were also treated to a fabulous highlights of the year YouTube video created by one of our core team, Rachel Varnam. Its brought a tear to a few eyes around Billericay. As a member of the core team I was full of pride, everyone who has taken part in parkrun, volunteers, runners, walkers, joggers, sponsors who made it happen, we can all look at that video and know that "we made Billericay parkrun happen".

Here it is for anyone who missed it....

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Billericay parkrun started on 24th June 2017. Since then 1,841 participants have completed 5,524 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,620 km, including 1,436 new Personal Bests.

Thank you to everyone who makes it possible, Watch out 2018, we're going to make it even better.

Next up is event number 30 on Saturday 6 January 2018. Sam is your Run Director and please give him your full support. Until next time ...

Michaela Molyneaux
Run Director


The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run Reports #26 & #27 Combined

So, as it's Christmas, double helpings of Run Reports for everyone covering Saturday 23/12/2017 and, of course, our first ever Christmas Day run. In turn ...

Saturday 23 December 2017

What a difference a week makes. No snow, no ice and temperatures that didn't make your eyes water.  As a result, 152 walkers, joggers and runners set the Christmas preparations to one side for a short while; all possible because of 19 fantastic volunteers.

With the leaves fallen from the trees, its great to catch sight of everyone trailing through the park at different points on the course and its amazing how each week the park and the course changes, ever so slightly.  With the shortest day now behind us, it'll soon by the renewal of Spring before we career towards our birthday in June.

Also on Saturday we had a good selection of Christmas wear on show just to add that little bit of sparkle.

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Of course our volunteers always sparkle.  We're so lucky at Billericay that we have some fantastic volunteers that keep coming back week after week, but it's important to share the load so do please volunteer with us in 2018; at least every once in a while.

If you haven't volunteered with parkrun, do give it a go.  Not only is it good fun, it also gives a different perspective on the whole event and helps to explain how it all fits together and why its so special.  So thank you all !

Christmas Day

A parkrun.  On a Monday?  Surely not.  Well yes, one of only two occasions a year when it's possible and the first Christmas parkrun at Billericay.  Well if that's not a special occasion I don't know what is.

As a result and fresh from a hard night's work, Santa dreamt up a revised course as a special treat.  It seemed that opinion was divided on whether it was better or worse than normal (to paraphrase the legendary Morecambe & Wise, all the right hills, just not necessarily in the right order!) but still great to see 14 brand new shiny PBs secured.

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In addition to the PBs, it was great to see two returning tourists visiting us to celebrate their respective 50 milestone runs. Thanks for sharing this great achievement with us Louise and Ryan.

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It was somehow fitting that our milestone achievers on Monday included two of our brilliant volunteers.  Pawal Gora (aka Paul Hill :-) ) and diminutive Core Team member Michaela Molyneaux.  Volunteering at 25 different parkrun events is no mean feat, but I know both would confirm the enjoyment they've gained from volunteering and running at parkrun comes in equal measure.

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Thanks also to the other 20 volunteers that enabled a Christmas parkrun to be possible.  It's pretty amazing to give up 90 minutes on Christmas Day to ensure 130+ other people can have a parkrun.  Thank you one, thank you all - you're amazing.

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Please join in the fun. Volunteers particularly needed for Monday 01/01/2018 and Saturday 06/01/2018 or for any week from Saturday 20/01/2018. Interested ? Please email billericayhelpers@parkrun.com.

 

As well as volunteer milestones, there was another milestone reached too, with the 5,000th finisher at Billericay parkrun since we started back in June.  Congratulations to Debbie Tomlinson who, by crossing the line in position 88, helped us reach that special point. 5,000 finishers means over 25,000 kms travelled, enough to reach to the Falkland Islands and back - now that is a long run !

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Old Head on Young Shoulders

It was also great to have Adam Havis helping me with the Run Briefing.  Adam, only 10, is a parkrun veteran having clocked up over 50 runs.  He was explaining the importance of under 11s running with a designated adult within arms reach for the full 5k distance.  Most juniors and their parents do stick to this hugely important parkrun rule.  However, we know that some don't, especially in the second half of the run.  I'm sorry, but this simply isn't on.  Grown ups, please play your part and ensure under 11s running with you stay with you all the way round; doing anything else is letting your juniors down and is placing our whole event at risk.  I know it can be difficult if your little 'un desperately wants to run at a different pace to you, but we don't want to pull runners off the course if they are on their own and appear under 11. 

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Need even more parkruns ?

If two parkruns in three days wasn't enough for you, then buckle up and hold on tight.  Next up is Saturday 30/12/2017 and then Monday 01/01/2018.  Both at 9:00am.  Also, remember, that if you want to squeeze an extra run in on News Years Day, you can also run at Chelmsford Central parkrun or Brentwood parkrun at 10:30, but do travel safely between the two.

Michaela is your Run Director on Saturday, so please be on time and give her your full support for event #28.

David Hayday
Run Director


The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run report #25 – 16 December 2017

Even Michael Fish could have spotted that the weather didn’t really want us to have our parkrun this morning.

It threw a bitterly cold tantrum with sub-zero temperatures and frozen puddles that stretched all the way across the path in a few areas.

It was fantastic to see 127 of you turning up on the main field undaunted - leaving the duvet behind is always a bit of a struggle in these conditions, so well done! It's always worth it in the end.

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Today’s volunteers were also on top form and countered the freezing temperatures with smiles, encouragement and lots of knitwear.

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I can’t emphasise enough how vital it is that we are able to have a full roster of volunteers in the winter – it was invaluable to be able to do a last minute rejig this morning and position marshals at the five very slippery areas to redirect everyone around them, which meant we didn’t have to cancel and that 127 of you got your parkrun.

A massive, warm, thank you to all the generous hi viz heroes who helped us today!

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It really was quite touch and go, and the ice nearly took its first victim early on when our poor ED David generously volunteered to locate a previously unseen piece of black ice. Fortunately he was wearing an enormous puffer jacket which protected him but also made him look a little bit like the walrus on Blue Planet II when it accidentally slipped off the ice floe and into the sea.

Luckily marshals Craig and Sophie were then able to move slightly forward from Sophie's Corner to protect that area, and I'm pleased to say that David lives to fight another day ready to be your run director for the next two runs (including our Christmas Day run - more on that later!)

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We also had our full complement of five pacers for the first time this week – the configuration we’ve now decided to continue with on every third Saturday of the month (varying the pacer times each time).

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A big well done to first time pacers Peter (21 mins), Becca (25 mins), Catherine (30 mins) and Emma (32 mins), and to slightly more seasoned pacer Sam (27 mins), who all tackled less-than-ideal conditions to produce excellent, evenly paced runs which no doubt contributed to the 16 new PBs recorded today.

Well done if you were one of the 16! A big cheer also goes to Leon, who managed a sub-17 time this morning at his first parkrun appearance.

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One thing I did forget to mention amidst the excitement of all of the above is that today, Billericay parkrun turned six months old!

It doesn’t seem possible that that first morning on the main field, when we anxiously waited to see whether anybody (or everybody!) would show up, is already half a year ago, but I suppose the temperature did deliver a big cold slap in the face to remind me that it's not June any more.

This is my last RD stint of 2017, so I’d like to say a quick thank you for the year so far, being part of this event and working with everyone here has been a massive highlight of my year :)

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As mentioned, David will be your run director for the next Saturday, as well as on our Christmas Day event.

Here’s a full schedule of our runs coming up so you can make sure your Christmas is a cracker and not a big old turkey:

    • Saturday 23 December: parkrun 9am

 

    • Monday 25 December: CHRISTMAS DAY PARKRUN 9am
      (it gives you a free pass to eat ALL the Christmas chocolate even if that is two whole tins of Quality Street #sciencefact)

 

    • Saturday 30 December: parkrun 9am

 

    • Monday 1 January: NEW YEAR'S DAY PARKRUN, 9am – for one day only, Chelmsford and Brentwood are starting at 10:30 so you can record two parkruns in one day

 

    • Saturday 6 January: parkrun 9am



We really need volunteers for all of the above runs, so if you are able to help at even one run, please email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com

Wishing you the very best of the festive season, and see you next week!

Rachel Varnam
Run Director


The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

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