Run Report #68 – 6 October 2018

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:

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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

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Back to Billericay

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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.

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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:

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Yesterday’s parkrun

Yesterday, we welcomed 316 brilliant runners and walkers.

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All made possible by 35 fantastic volunteers. Thanks very much to all of you.

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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.

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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.

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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 billericayoffice@parkrun.com 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 NovemberBILLERICAY 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 billericayoffice@parkrun.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 :)

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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.

Rachel
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.

 

New Year’s Day 2019

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We're running an extra parkrun on New Year's Day to get 2019 off to the best possible start. It's the only day of the year when you can get credited for running TWO different parkrun events on the same day.

Our friends at Chelmsford Central parkrun, Brentwood parkrun (at South Weald) and, for the first time, Hockley Woods parkrun, are starting their parkruns at 10:30am, so you have a choice of New Year Double.

If you don't feel up to two parkruns, the cafe will be open so you can enjoy a nice warm coffee after your virtuous start to the year!

If you'll be away for New Year this year, a full list of all Christmas and New Year parkrun events around the UK is available here

Please travel safely between events :)

 

Christmas Day 2018

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Hohoho! Yes, there's an extra Billericay parkrun on Christmas Day!

Meet us in the park as usual 08:45, it's gonna be a cracker.

Just bring family, friends, and festive cheer! Hopefully see you there!

If you'll be away for Christmas this year, a full list of all Christmas and New Year parkrun events around the UK is available here

 

Run Report #67 – 29 September 2018

As you know Catherine was Run Director on Saturday but I love writing run reports so much that I offered to write hers for her (ahem).

Thank you Catherine for making it a brilliant parkrun, we all appreciate it. P.S. you owe me a run report now. Tee hee heee.

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I’ll keep it brief. A total of 278 runners, walkers and joggers, braved the cooler start this week.  29 first timers, here are some being briefed by Don Hayday.

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77 worked hard to get a personal best (PB). Dont forget to ring our PB bell.

Our lead runner nearly set a new age graded record. Just a bit further to go Crispian, although its not often i get lapped twice by the lead runner in my first lap - it was a slow day for me. :-)

Brevity doesn’t mean we miss out on the most important part of parkrun - our fabulously wonderful volunteers....

Here is the Browning family. Tom (left) was our lead runner from last week, giving his time back to parkrun as he focuses on his boxing through the next season.  Thank you Tom and family.  The second photo is of Ellen, our latest Duke of Edinburgh volunteer with Andy aka the master timekeeper, apart from when it all goes a bit wrong, thankfully not this week ;-)

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Now you know we like to celebrate milestones at parkrun and this week was no exception.  These two hardworking volunteers (below) were celebrating their 25th volunteering stint on Saturday, sporting their celebratory high vis jackets. Thank you to shining stars James Buchan and Lis Tullett for all your support at parkrun.  You both help make parkrun a very easy thing for everyone to do.
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Special mention also to Peter Hall, for his warm weather toting stand-in Sophie… Much respect to you for braving shorts!!!!!
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I've been meaning to talk about "armography" for some time.  Now I thought this was a parkrun word, BUT IT ISN'T. Following some extensive 30 second googling, I have discovered it is “pending investigation” as a new word to be added to the dictionary. It is supposedly a term used in ballroom dancing to refer to the shape dancers make with their arms….. And I thought these brilliant armography examples were running. No they were actually ballroom dancing.

From the subtle...

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to the not so subtle...

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to the absolute crazy...

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Well that finishes off this week's run report.  We are back next Saturday with Rachel at the helm.

Keep jogging, walking or running next Saturday - International parkrun Day.

Michaela - run report writer

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 #66 – 22 September 2018

We had our 3rd highest attendance yesterday with 336 runners, walkers and joggers completing our parkrun on yesterday. Falling behind only our 1st birthday celebration in June and Reg’s running retirement last week.

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This means a lot to us at parkrun, because this means that people want to come to run regardless of the occasion.  You are all making it a part of your busy lives and having a great start to the weekend, even those of you with hangovers – you know who you are.

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Oh of course, it was Jeanie returning from over yonder to celebrating her 50th parkrun that could have brought the crowds in. Jeanie, those brownies you brought were amazing. I'm sorry if anyone didn't get one because I may have had more than one. hic  You are missed at Billericay parkrun both as a runner and a volunteer.

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Or maybe it was Henry celebrating his 10th parkrun. Here he is running with his mum and brother. Its a family affair...

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Looking through the photos getting ready to write this run report, I was struck at how many untold stories there are throughout the field, but that parkrun brings everyone together regardless of their story.

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There are stories of those new to running,the injured runner returning to running or just simply taking part as a volunteer. There are stories of loss of a loved one, of overcoming adversity, stories of lack of belief in ourselves. Stories of those who have moved away to pastures new, or parkrunners who became friends and those who will also be moving away or just simply taking a break for a while. IMG_1804 Each one of us brings inspiration to parkrun. Whatever is going on in our lives, we come and we run, walk or jog. We show up and we take part. We start and we cross the finish line. And we make all our lives better together. But it doesn’t stop there, we spread the word about how brilliant parkrun is. We encourage our family, friends, work colleagues and customers. And we slowly infect everyone we know with the parkrun bug. IMG_1333 IMG_1327 IMG_1669 (2)

We must not forget that we had 53 first timers (wow) and 74 hardworking people made it a personal best yesterday, so well done to you all. You are all brilliant.
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None of these achievements could have happened without the help of our 28 volunteers today so thank you to Catherine, David, Rachel, Oscar, Peter, David, Jo, Dave, Anthony, Paul, Ric, Andrew, Elisabeth, Mia, Jack, Pawel, Marianne, Paul, Stephen, James, Craig, Sophie, Keith, Drew, Ellen, Rachel and Sam.

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See you next week when Catherine will be your Run Director. And if we don’t, we wish you all well in whatever you are doing.

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Ps. That’s the end of the gushy ramblings. ;-)
Michaela
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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