Run Report #57 – 21st July 2018

It's becoming a bit like groundhog day, how many more mornings will we wake up to this beautiful sunshine? Personally I hope it's here until October, I love the sunshine, the warm weather and not having to put layers and layers on! Which leads me to say.... Billericay parkrun #57 came round with another absolutely glorious, sunny morning, and a huge 287 of you came along for a fun, free, timed 5km in the park with friends. We welcomed tourists from Newark and all the way from Australia, along with 32 first timers.

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It was the third Saturday of the month, which can only mean one thing - pacer week! We had 7 fabulous pacers, and the results say it all, a huge 74 people got new PB's yesterday. If you fancy trying your hand at pacing, or you are chasing a certain time please let us know.

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One of our pacers, Henry, along with two other Billericay regulars, Simon and Toby, were celebrating their 50th parkruns today. Congratulations to all 3 of our super milestone achievers.

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The most amazing thing about one of our milestone achievers this week, is that Toby is only 9 years old. He has now done 250km worth of parkruns and is our under 10 record holder, because not only has he done alot of parkruns, but he's whizzed round in under 22 minutes! I asked Toby if he could sum up what parkrun means to him and this is what he said:
"parkruns are really fun and to get to 50 is amazing, but I couldn't of got there without my Daddy who has been helping me through all the hard ones. I like getting PB's and getting new records. parkrun is nice and friendly, and I enjoy it there, especially when I run with my friends"

As always, parkrun does not just 'happen', every week we rely on volunteers to ensure the run can go ahead safely. This week 32 people donned a hi vis jacket and cheered, timed and scanned you amongst other roles. As we are entering school holidays many of our regular volunteers are going away, so if you've been a bit nervous to step up, take the plunge and put your name down to volunteer, it's rewarding and enjoyable.

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And thank-you to all our loyal, and wonderful runners and walkers. The event would not flourish without you all.

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David is your Run Director next week, I will leave you in his very capable hands. In the meantime, enjoy week 1 of the school holidays!

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Catherine
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 #56 – 14th July 2018

This week's run report comes from Jolene Clark who was one of our volunteer marshals this week with her lovely guide dog Zena! Thanks Jolene :)

We have a lot of spaces on our volunteer roster over the next few weeks so if you'd like to get involved and help us keep running, walking and jogging all through the summer, check out our roster page to see which roles are available and how to get in touch here


And they're off....

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Saturday saw another scorcher which did not deter 233 enthusiastic runners, joggers and walkers.

We were joined by some avid runners from across the water, 1 being from Brazil and 2 from New Zealand.

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Left photo: Patrick joining us all the way from Brazil, Right photo: Christine and Peter from New Zealand

I applaud those of you running with a pram in this heat I'm not sure how you do it!

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Photos: parkrunners with buggies!

After the parkrun the core team had some crucial defib training from our local First Responder Dan Bunce. Thank you Dan for that vital training which we hope we won't need to use.

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Photo: Left to right: Michaela, Catherine, Sam, Rachel, Dan and David, next to the mannequin and Billericay parkrun's defibrillator, kindly donated by the Billericay Lions last year

A HUGE thank you to all of our HI vis heroes who gave up their time to ensure you had a fun and safe run. This includes the guide runners and all of those adorable children who helped marshal and cheer you on.

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Top photo: Marianne and Chris, Left: Our timekeepers getting ready to start the stopwatches, Right: Oscar completing his Bronze D of E volunteering - well done Oscar. Don't worry, he'll still be back volunteering!

We had 2 VI runners this week, one of which got a new PB, well done Sam!!

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Left photo: Cameron with guide runner Peter, right photo: Sam with her VI guide and mum Linda smashing their PB

When you're doing your run, just take the opportunity to take in your surroundings like the sounds of laughter and nature at it's finest. One of my personal favourites is the sound of the water fountain. Enjoy the smell of fresh flowers and the grass, just like those who are unable to see.

Enjoy another beautiful week and see you on Saturday for another great parkrun and remember #DFYB

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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 #55 – 7 July 2018

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Well that was a hot one wasn't it?

Saturday saw what I'm sure has been our hottest event over the past 12 months and certainly a world away from just a few months ago when it was all we could do to avoid the mud and puddles at various parts on the course. Well done to many of you who left thoughts of PBs behind and just enjoyed the park, got your 5k fix and kept hydrated as you went.

Not that there weren't any PBs. 26 of you clearly revelled in the heat bagging a shiny new Personal Best - well done :-)
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First Timers
Perhaps unsurprisingly, fewer first timers joined us on Saturday. However, all 10 newbies were really welcome and we hope to see you back time and time again in the weeks to come. One of that 10 was a well known Billericay stalwart Craig Bickerstaff. Craig is most often seen at Billericay parkrun in partnership with Sophie marshalling. However, with mum Nicola injured, it fell to Craig to run with son Aaron. I don't imagine many runners wearing a 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt have attended their home event's first timers briefing and, yet, there was Craig - brilliant. I'm sure Aaron kept you straight Craig and thanks to all the family for continuing to be so supportive.

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Milestones

In terms of milestones, it was fitting that the focus was on just two Billericay parkrun regulars, Martin & Janice Jones. You have to love a bit of co-ordinated milestone synchronisation! If you ask Martin and Janice what they do on their Saturday mornings, their profile shouts back one word very loud and very clear - parkrun!

Particularly impressive is that Janice only took up running after her birthday in July of last year. Fast forward 50 weeks - yes, just 50 weeks - and the 50 parkrun milestone has been achieved; with 35 events at Billericay, a PB improved by well over 10 minutes and a smattering of parkrun tourism too. Many congratulations to you both; it's a great achievement and you're at the vanguard of many other Billericay parkrunners who are honing in on the same milestone in the weeks and months to come.

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Volunteers

As ever, none of this happens without a great group of volunteers; experienced, inexperienced, young and not quite as young ;-), runner and non-runner alike.

This week we were joined by Rory Marriott. Rory's been involved in parkrun for a considerable time and his fingerprints can be found on a variety of events across Essex and Suffolk. It was fascinating listening to his parkrun experiences as well as picking up some 'top tips'. And when I say wealth of experience I'm not kidding. I consider myself to be a pretty experienced parkrun volunteer, but I'm a novice in comparison with Rory who has volunteered at parkrun on almost 500 occasions. How amazing is that? 10 years of Saturday mornings at parkrun - now that is one hell of a contribution. Great to see you Rory and thank you.

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In addition to Rory, we had 24 other Hi Viz heroes on parade on Saturday. I am so grateful to each and every one. Some have volunteered lots of times at Billericay and some volunteered for the first time this week. That mixture is brilliant and helps us not only to stage the event in a safe and organised way, but also helps people to see the event from a different, and often very illuminating, perspective. Whether you volunteered this week, or will volunteer next week or next month, thank you - we really can't do it without you!

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and Finally ....
Let's not forget the other essential component to a successful parkrun; the walkers, joggers and runners. 199 of you accepted the challenge of a 5k on Saturday. You took on the heat, the distance, the parts of the course you like and those you don't and you did it! Never to be taken for granted, never to be underestimated and always to be celebrated. Well done! We'll be ready and waiting for you next Saturday to do it all again.

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and finally, finally ...
Just a quick thank you to everyone that took on board my plea for under 11s to be accompanied throughout the event by their parent, guardian or designated adult. We mention this every week (for very good reason as I explained in the briefing), yet recently things have gone a bit haywire. On Saturday things were much improved and I really appreciate your help making sure both our juniors and our event are protected.

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Have a fantastic week. Keep the faith with the football and Michaela will offer you another super serving of parkrun next week. Until next time :-)

David
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 #54 – 1st July 2018

This week we took our first brave steps into our second year of operation with a brilliant turnout of 269 runners, walkers and joggers and an absolutely fantastic team of 31 volunteers. Thank you all!

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And, for the first time in four or so weeks (after our volunteering event, VI running awareness event, our birthday….), we settled back into a ‘normal’ routine.

Well. I say normal. But we’ve been around Lake Meadows enough times now to know that every week is different.

And this week was… no different!

We welcomed our first hen party, well done girls!

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Suzanne Jacks and Jemma Achurch

And regular super volunteer Dave Sweet cracked 20 minutes on his third ever parkrun, paced by our female course record holder Alexa.

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We also have the rare sight of two 250 icons on our results this week, courtesy of Tony and Paul from Redway Runners who came to visit us.

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Finally, in the hot weather please do be careful and think twice about bringing your dogs as the pavements are extremely hot, even at 9am.

Hopefully see you tomorrow and apologies for the lateness of this report, we've had a lot on this week!

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 #53 – 23rd June 2018, our first birthday

Exactly a year ago today, on a beautiful Saturday morning, 258 people set off for the very first Billericay parkrun.

And, 364 days and 52 events later, with even more perfect weather, we were back in Lake Meadows and joined by almost 100 more people than we had on that first day (a record that stood for about six months!), rounding off a fantastic first year with a cumulative total of 11,101 finishers and an amazing new attendance record of 344 participants.

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That's baffling enough, but put it this way:

  • 11,101 5ks equates to 1.38 circumnavigations of the Earth
  • The hills (without adding the extra for the original summer course) add up to a total elevation gain of more than 377,434m (that's climbing Mount Everest 43 times!)
  • The 239 days 2 hours 46 minutes 14 seconds of total Billericay parkrunning time is time we could have spent watching all the James Bond movies back to back 108 times. Dr No way to choosing that over parkrun!

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We can bearly believe it!

It was great to celebrate with many of the people who have supported us from the very beginning.

We also, fittingly, marked the 50 milestones of three Billericay regulars, each of them running parkrun every week for the equivalent of almost a year - congratulations to Harriet Hill, Dawn Potter and Danny Piggott.

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It's not just about numbers though. While it's always been abundantly clear, at least to us, that parkrun in Billericay would work, what has been the best and most fulfilling part of all of this for us has been to watch the development of a truly amazing community at our event - something that is frequently commented on by visiting parkrunners who may have done many tens and even hundreds of different events before coming to ours.

A lot of that comes from our strong community of volunteers and it was great to see so many of the stalwart volunteers who've supported the event week after week out on the course - as runners, walkers, volunteers, and even escaped prisoners!

A massive thank you to the 34 brilliant people who made our event happen this week, and the 293 people who have made it happen this year.

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And even after such a fantastic Halloween event last year, I think we outdid ourselves this year with the most brilliant array of costumes.

Where else could you high five Winnie the Pooh with one hand and an excitable parkrun bear with the other, try to find Wally hiding in a huge group photograph, get chased by Spiderman (whose spidey senses clearly helped him colour coordinate with the floor!), follow the Yellow Brick Road to the finish line with Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, encounter a chain gang from Stock prison, see Camilla Parker-Bowles..... the list goes on.

Here are just some of the great costumes:

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And though it was a very tough call, the winners, as chosen by the one and only Mrs H, are..........:

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The Stock prison chain gang and the Wizard of Oz! Collect your prizes from us next week, congratulations! :)

Thanks also to Steve Mitchell at Active Basildon for providing the awesome outdoor games and finish track, everyone who brought picnic food, and the incredibly talented Josie Tullett who sang for us.

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parkrun is many things to many people, but for me, it's about community. It's about building your strength, both physical and mental, in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere, and celebrating other people's successes, whatever they may be, as you would your own.

It's also about friendship, and I can't quite believe how many people I have met in the past year who have all made my life infinitely more colourful. I hope it's been the same for you.

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Many hands and many hearts make and have made this event happen for free for everyone who takes part - week in, week out, come rain, shine, (safe amounts of) snow, ghosts, Christmas Santas... everything. With no volunteers, runners, walkers or joggers, it would be nothing.

So here's to the next 12 months! The best is truly yet to come and we have so many exciting things coming up.

Yesterday was the perfect end to the perfect year. Thanks for making it special.

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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