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