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