This week was a big week for parkrun. Not only did it celebrate its 14th birthday on Tuesday, but on that very same day it got the biggest birthday present when the 5,000,000th barcode was registered by one Sarah Hewitt. Who, by weird coincidence, shares her last name with the person who started it all!
From a simple yet ingenious idea launched in Bushy Park in Teddington with 13 runners and 5 volunteers, parkrun has now grown to more than 1,000 different events around the world, everywhere from Siberia to Namibia to Australia to the Golden Gate Bridge - and your barcode works at every single one of them.
All these pictures are from yesterday, from parkruns all over the world:
Top L-R Crissy Field parkrun, San Francisco | Albert parkrun Melbourne, Australia | Voortrekker Monument parkrun, South Africa ... Bottom L-R West Coast Park parkrun, Singapore | Etna parkrun, Italy (featuring my brother!) | Hobart parkrun, Tasmania, Australia
Back to Billericay
It was a special week of our own this week because we celebrated our 15,000th ever finisher. Well done to Nigel Whitworth who, by crossing the line in 273rd place, completed the 75,000th kilometre at Billericay parkrun since we started in June 2017. He also won a money can't buy certificate which I am sure he will cherish forever.
Yesterday was Nigel’s second parkrun after his first parkrun last week, also at Billericay. Well done Nigel and hope to see you back many more times ☺ Here is Nigel alongside our 5,000th finisher Debbie and our 10,000th finisher Paul.
Bonus stats for the nerds
• We’ve now covered one-fifth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon
• There have been 3,828 PBs registered at our event, including 76 yesterday (that's 24% of the field)
• More than 3,100 different people have completed at least one Billericay parkrun
• There have been 83 guided runs for visually impaired people at Billericay made possible by 28 different volunteer VI guides
• We’ve circumnavigated the Earth 1.87 times!
• Our attendance this year (purple) compared to this time last year (yellow)! Thanks very much to everyone who’s brought their friends and families along:
Yesterday, we welcomed 316 brilliant runners and walkers.
All made possible by 35 fantastic volunteers. Thanks very much to all of you.
We said hello to 22 first timers, including first finisher Sam Swaysland who powered up that hill next to the café like it was nothing and crossed the line in 17:44 (a new SM20-24 age category record). Welcome to all of you.
And unusually there really were no milestones this week. But I am reliably informed that next week there might be a cheeky 50 or two ☺
This won't hurt a bit...
As some of you are aware, while we often have to do a few nips and tucks here and there when we process the results, what we did yesterday was pretty much the equivalent of results open heart surgery!
These things happen from time to time, we tried our very best to stitch the results back together as accurately as possible with the information we had! Thanks very much to everyone who had their watch time written down by our number checker Karen as it was invaluable this week.
Coming up soon…
We’ve found ourselves with a flurry of events coming through as we approach the end of the year, so here’s a quick summary of what’s going on in addition to our normal Saturday routine!
• 20th October – pacer event! Request a pacer time by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and Sam will try to sort it for you
• 27th October – our Halloween event, prizes for best dressed adult, best dressed child and best carved pumpkin (please bring yours along as we use them to line the finishing straight)
• 3rd November – BILLERICAY PARKRUN IS CANCELLED, however because we are very dedicated or very lacking in common sense (or both), a good number of us will be travelling over to Wales to do a Gavin & Stacey parkrun at Barry Island parkrun – find out more here
• 17th November – pacer event! Again, it’s your chance to request a pacer time by mailing email@example.com and Sam will try his best ☺
• 15th December – pacer event
• 25th December – EXTRA Christmas Day parkrun, 9AM start
• 1st January – EXTRA New Year’s Day parkrun, 9AM START (check the parkrun Christmas Compendium here for details of the events going ahead on New Year’s Day to plan your parkrun NYD double - but note some events are yet to announce.
We always try to fill our volunteer roster early for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day so if you or someone you know fancies a beautiful hi vis start to your Christmas Day / 2019, drop us a line. Both NYD and Christmas day were fantastic last year, so hopefully you can make it
The Christmas and New Year’s Day events will be up on Facebook shortly.
That’s all for now, thanks Billericay for another great event. Sam’s RD next week for event #69.
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.