Billericay parkrun #84 – 19 January 2019

Like dark mornings and lettuce, freezing temperatures are an inevitability of this time of year we would definitely prefer to do without.

But even with the chill in the air and the slight frost on the ground, 312 brilliant runners, joggers and walkers took part in event #84. Well done to you all.

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As ever, it was all made possible by our 41 amazing volunteers. We can’t have a parkrun all year round without a full roster all year round, so a massive thank you to everyone who wrapped up warm and made it happen this week.

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We have some gaps to fill in on our volunteer roster over the next few weeks so if you are able to sign up to help, please email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com - we really appreciate everyone who steps forward and the event really can’t happen without you.


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On the subject of attendances, this week’s attendance was our 10th highest ever and our 11th time over 300.

Even more incredibly, it was our 4th consecutive week over 300.

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When we started the event in June 2017, any attendance over 250 (even in warm conditions!) was pretty unthinkable and it means a lot for us to see so many people supporting and loving the event all through the winter.

Here’s a comparison of our attendances this year vs same time last year. Left hand side is June 2017 (yellow) vs June 2018 (purple) and so on.

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It’s brilliant. Special thanks to everyone who’s introduced us to their friends and family ☺


 

Pacer week
We also had a record number of pacers this week - 13 volunteer pacers helped 59 of you to a brand new PB!

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Thanks very much to Simon (20), Kevin (22), Stephen (23), Oscar (25), Oliver (26), David (27), Danny (28), Ivor (29), Maggie (30), Chris (32), Nicola (33), Michaela (38) and Henry (40).

Seeing all the comments thanking them made our day ☺


A little reminder of our favourite phrase...
You probably hear keep to the left, overtake on the right ringing out around Lake Meadows all the time but it's crucial to the safety and enjoyability of the event so please do stick with it as much as possible.

Like driving on a motorway but with less noise and more ducks.

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Dave Sweet who has been a volunteer at Billericay from the start has joined the core team and is RD next week for the first time so be nice ☺ Good luck Dave you'll ace it.

Until next time!

Rachel
Run Director

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

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.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

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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Billericay parkrun #83 – 12 January 2019

Has anyone noticed how many people are smiling at parkrun each week? This week was no different...

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They may have been smiling because we have a new table for the gazebo - look at the space on it!  Room for all the cakes when someone next brings some.  And for our clipboards, and lanyards, and cakes...  Did we mention that we like cake?

Well we like tables too.  Many thanks to Billericay Striders for helping us out with a long term loan of this fine table.  When the Billericay 10k comes around again we will have to give it back as it will be needed elsewhere.

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Why else could runners be smiling? they may have been smiling because on Saturday 12th January 2019, an ordinary Saturday morning in Lake Meadows, Billericay, 359  people ran, walked and jogged the course.  We had an amazing 54 first timers. Here are some of them taking part...

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Congratulations also to those who reached a milestone.  Here is Isabelle Salako receiving her fabulous 50 bib to wear with pride as she ran the course.

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Congrats to Olly and Rosie who ran their 10th parkrun as well.

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Well done also to the other milestone runners yesterday; Nick Bayman, James King, and Pete Turner...

We welcomed some doctors (including our very own parkrun regular Dr Cockcroft who said a few words for us in the run briefing) and others who work across the NHS, to introduce parkrun practice.

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parkrun practice is an initiative between the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and parkrun.  Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices

This is a nice point to say thank you to Maria who was in charge of photography yesterday for the first time.  As you know doing something for the first time can be daunting, but she took on the challenge and we have some brilliant photos in the run report and on our Facebook page.  Well done and many thanks Maria.

Also, next week is pacer week, so if you would like to crack a pb, then do let us know your goal time and we will do all we can to make sure there is a pacer for that time.  Volunteer pacers also welcomed.

Before I sign off, I will just move on to less pleasing information, we received a complaint on Saturday from another park user about a lot of runners being on the paths and not leaving space for other park users.  Whilst it would be very easy to dismiss a complaint of this nature because we see all the good that is happening with parkrun, it is a useful reminder for us that we don't take priority over other park users.  So a very gentle reminder for us all to follow the highway code on the paths around the park; keep left and overtake when it is safe to do so.

Of course I do like to provide a balance of opinions so just before I hand over to Rachel for next Saturday I will leave you with an excerpt from an email received at Billericay parkrun HQ yesterday ...

"We just wanted to say a huge thanks for a fantastic parkrun.  Everyone was very friendly and it was really well organised.  I don't know if it was a record attendance but you handled the large numbers so well.  I especially enjoyed the RDs briefing; very funny"

Simon from Tooting

 

Best Wishes
Michaela
Run Director

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

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.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

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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Billericay parkrun #82 – 5 January 2019

After the excitement of the Christmas break, and all the extra parkruns (and calories) it was business as usual for Billericay parkrun. At 8.30am, our dedicated volunteers started to arrive in the park, and by 8.45 a huge crowd appeared for Core Team member Sam's first timers briefing:

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In fact, a HUGE 44 of you took part for the very first time, if you need convincing to come back for more, just take a look at all these smiles:

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If you do find yourself as addicted as us lot on the core team, and many of our regulars, you may find youself hurtling towards a MILESTONE. At parkrun we LOVE celebrating milestones with you all. This week one of our regular volunteers, Hazel celebrated her 50th parkrun, and brought fruit and brioches to share with everyone, THANK-YOU Hazel! Plenty more Billericay regulars celebrated milestones this week too: we had no less than FOUR juniors completing their 10th parkrun, only Max was brave enough to come forward at the briefing, but a massive well done all 4.
Joining Hazel with 50 runs was Michael Lambe, and we also had the wonderful Harriet Hill completing her 25 volunteering stint. Well done to all our milestones this week, we look forward to the milestone celebrations every week!

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2 particular achievements stuck out for me on Saturday, I love watching everyone taking part, and celebrate you all for getting up on such a cold morning. However in particular I would like to give a bit of a shout out to one of our dedicated D of E volunteers Oscar, who doesn't often run, he stormed round in sub 21 minutes at his first parkrun in 6 months. And a very inspiring lady, Tracey, walked the full course a mere 8 weeks after undergoing a full knee replacement. Two fantastic stories, which both go to show parkrun really is for everyone:

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I think all that leaves me to do is say an absolutely HUGE thank-you to all our fabulous volunteers, without whom, parkrun simply would not happen. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, take a look at our roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/billericay/futureroster/ and email in to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com, full training provided, and I promise it's alot of fun:

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Michaela is your Run Director next week, have a good week, it's back to reality in our house with kids back to school and grown ups back to work......
Catherine

 

Billericay parkrun #81 – 1 January 2019

Welcome to our first parkrun report of 2019!

For most of us, the festive period is a busy time and it can be difficult to fit in your normal parkrun fix. On top of that, like many other parkruns, we took the opportunity to stage extra events on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Then there’s even the opportunity of a parkrun double on New Year’s Day. Overall, the chance to complete 5 parkruns in just 10 days!

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With the benefit of some benign weather over the festive period it was great to see so many of you make the effort and keep your parkrun habit going.

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In all, that’s over 1,000 completed runs just at Billericay and we know that many of you also completed the double at nearby events such as Brentwood, Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers.

I wonder how many of you managed the full 5?

A special mention to Paul Molyneux and Emma Prideaux. Paul ran at Billericay and was our first finisher in a time of 16:29. He then ran to Chelmsford (with several others), ran Chelmsford parkrun and was again the first finisher in a time of 16:35.

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Emma also ran at Billericay and was our first female finisher in a time of 19:24. She then ran to Chelmsford, did Chelmsford parkrun and was also first female finisher there in a time of 19:11.

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Any way you look at it, that’s impressive running and a repeat of exactly what they both did on New Year’s Day in 2018! Perhaps their surnames ending in x means they’re turbo charged in some way?

Well done to everyone that completed a double, whether you ran (or cycled, Sam) between the two events or not, and especially those of you that took on the challenge for the first time.

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On New Year’s Day, we had expected to be busy and a total of 361, runners, joggers and walkers took us to a record equaling attendance – thank you.

Elsewhere in the UK, parkrun community attendance figures were being smashed left, right and centre with almost 1 in 2 parkruns declaring record numbers. This included our good friends at Barry Island whose numbers jumped from 435 (when we visited them in November) to a massive 616 - congratulations to Lyn, Ian and all the team at Barry.

To make all this possible, we needed volunteers and lots of them. To cover our four festive events over 100 volunteer stints were recorded. This is a fantastic response and I’m so, so grateful for a wide range of Billericay parkrunners regularly stepping forward to keep the roster ticking over. Please keep it up and if you’d like to volunteer, especially if you haven’t had a go yet, just drop a line to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com with your availability and we’ll slot you in. It’s easy, fun and gives you a very different perspective of the event, so do step forward in the weeks and months to come please.

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Talking of volunteers, …

Congratulations to Pete Holme who on Tuesday reached the milestone of 25 Volunteering Stints. Pete has done many of the volunteer roles at Billericay and was a busy chap on Tuesday handing out the finish tokens. Thanks Pete.
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Also, welcome and thanks to Dave Sweet. Dave has agreed to join the Billericay parkrun Core Team to help share the load and develop the event further. I see Dave as a great addition to the team and look forward to benefiting from his experience and input.
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As I’ve mentioned the Core Team, I would just like to thank Catherine Sunderland , Rachel Varnam , Samuel Hill and Michaela Molyneaux for all their hard work and dedication throughout 2018. So much of what they’ve done throughout the year goes unseen and, as Event Director, I’m hugely grateful to each and every one of them – thank you guys :-)

Pacer Week
As I mentioned briefly on Tuesday, our next Pacer Day is on Saturday 19 January 2019. If you’d like to offer to act as a pacer or would like a particular time included on the day, just drop a line to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com. Do remember, pacers aren’t just for the quicker runners. If you want a 35, 40, 45, 50 or whatever minute pacer, we’ll do our best to lay one on – after all we know that a PB feels great whatever the pace involved.
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Anyway, back to our usual Saturday routine from now on. I hope you enjoyed this festive parkrun season and here’s to a brilliant year of running in 2019. We’ve got lots of ideas on how to build on the event, so watch this space for these developments as the year progresses.

In the meantime, thank you everyone for your support and your interest. If 2018 was great, 2019 is going to be fab-u-lous darlings !

Catherine is back as your RD on Saturday, so be good !

Best Wishes
David
Event Director

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

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.

If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

 

Billericay parkrun 2018 rewind video

Well folks, that's a wrap on 2018.

52 events, 12,000+ finishers, 1,571 volunteering stints, 100 guided runs for people with sight loss, a Gavin & Stacey adventure, our first birthday and so many happy memories.

So here are 12 months in 287 seconds ...

Thanks so much to all our volunteer photographers for capturing these great photos, all our volunteers and to everyone who has been part of the event this year.


 

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

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