Event #22 – 8th September 2018

We've been incredibly lucky since we started parkrun in Great Dunmow. The weather has been very kind: dry, (very) warm, pleasant conditions on the whole.

That wasn't the case this Saturday which felt very autumnal with cool temperatures and light rain. I certainly regretted wearing shorts in the hope that the sun would appear as it usually does!

However the weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits of our runners or our wonderful volunteers who created a really wonderful atmosphere around the course and at the finish area.

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The introduction of our new PB Bell went down really well, and it was great to see how often it got used. If you believe you have recorded a course PB or a parkrun PB, then grab the bell as you exit the finish funnel, give it a ring, and get a cheer from everyone around you!

The Run

The overcast, slightly wet conditions meant that the grass was greasy to run on although the ground underneath was still pretty firm from the long, hot summer we have experienced. The cooler air temperature was certainly welcomed by our runners amongst whom we saw a whopping 29 PBs registered: well done to you all.

This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part. Well done to each and every one of you for your achievements.

A particular mention must go to our very own Rik Williams who celebrated his 100th parkrun with a course PB. Many congratulations, Rik!

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Rik on his way to a GDpr Course PB on his 100th parkrun

Tourists

We had tourists who joined us this week from Wanstead Flats, Stevenage, Witham, Westmill, Harlow and Bishop's Stortford. We love seeing new people come and visit, so we hope you all enjoyed our event here at Great Dunmow and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Volunteering

Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to volunteer at the parkrun, without all of you we wouldn't be able to provide an event for everyone to enjoy. Please, if you're yet to volunteer, consider offering your services at some point, all the roles are easy, training is also provided.

One easy way to do this is to help us to set up the course route or pack it down at the end of the run. Alternatively, if you're a faster runner & used to regularly reading your name up in lights in these run reports, why not pick up a clipboard once you've run? Scanning and the clipboard roles at the finish are all suitable for faster runners as we can hand these over to you.

We also need some people to not run in order for everyone else to get to run. This means volunteering to marshal, perform timekeeping, finish token duties. Do you attend parkrun with family or friends? Why not ask them if they can assist the event? All they need to do is register with parkrun so that they can gain a credit for helping out.

Thanks once again to the Latham's for their really lovely photographs which I know we all really appreciate.

A big thank you to this week's volunteers: Amanda BAINES  •  Brian CHARLESWORTH  •  Carol LATHAM  •  Casey FAIERS  •  Charlotte COWGILL  •  Chris PITTS  •  David MCMILLAN  •  Derek WILLIAMS  •  Doris SIMS  •  Elizabeth BELLINGER  •  Jo WILLIAMS  •  Kristina ROGERS  •  Lee RHODES  •  Linda PLEDGER  •  Megan EVANS  •  Nicholas YEADON  •  Philip CHAPLIN  •  Rachael ANDERSON  •  Robert BURGESS  •  Simon ELLICE  •  Simon LATHAM  •  Steve SAUNDERS  •  Susan ANDERSON

Just a further reminder that because of the carnival there is NO PARKRUN NEXT SATURDAY

However, we will be back for event #23 on 22-September, when we hope to hear the PB bell ringing once more!

Have a great time next weekend wherever you go.

Simon

Core Team: David, Susan, Rachael, Steve, Simon, Mark, Jason, Phil, Michelle, Jo, Derek, Darren, Linda, Richard, Des.

 

Event #21 – 1st September 2018

A stunning sunrise greeted me and the rest of the “set up” gang as we arrived on Saturday morning, the final weekend of the school holidays. Although it was warm, it felt a little more autumnal than of late, the mist hung low over the Rec while my trusty team made their way round to lay out the course. Our Volunteer Coordinator last week, Richard, had done an awesome job at collecting volunteers so I had a relatively easy week to prep after a short break since I was last Run Director.

The Run

After a long, hot summer, the fields seem to be beginning to recover from the very dry weather. The area is lush and green though a little damp under foot due to the morning dew.

Each week, we try and guess how many people are at the start line and it’s great to see that we are regularly getting around 100 parkrunners. It makes all the work that goes on behind the scenes so worth it, so thank you for your continued support.

In fact, 103 of you ran, jogged or walked round our 5k course. It’s lovely to see how many of you, week after week are coming back and gradually improving your times. Remember that parkrun isn’t about how quick you are compared to others, it’s about getting out and enjoying the fresh air with like-minded people, making friends and, along the way, maybe improving your health a little. Keep it up! (Maybe I should actually try this running lark!).

Tourists

We had a few local tourists who joined us this week, from Colchester, Great Notley and Harlow. We love to find out where people are visiting from, this week, our furthest visitors came from Bushy Park, Bath and Cwmbran. We hope you all enjoyed our event here at Great Dunmow.

Volunteering

Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to volunteer at the parkrun, without all of you we wouldn't be able to provide an event for everyone to enjoy. Please, if you're yet to volunteer, consider offering your services at some point, all the roles are easy, training is also provided.

If you're a faster runner & used to regularly reading your name up in lights in these run reports, why not pick up a clipboard once you've run? Scanning and the clipboard roles at the finish are all suitable for faster runners as we can hand these over to you.

We also need some people to not run in order for everyone else to get to run. This means volunteering to marshal, perform timekeeping, finish token duties. Do you attend parkrun with family or friends? Why not ask them if they can assist the event? All they need to do is register with parkrun so that they can gain a credit for helping out.

A big thank you to: Amanda BAINES • Bekah CRANCH • Brian CHARLESWORTH • Cameron MORLEY • Carol LATHAM • Casey FAIERS • David MCMILLAN • Denise ALLSOPP • Des O'DWYER • Hayley MORLEY • Lee RHODES • Mark LAWRENCE • Michelle HASTY • Philip CHAPLIN • Rachael ANDERSON • Richard BAINES • Richard CORBY • Sam BAINES • Simon ELLICE • Simon JUDKINS • Simon LATHAM • Steve SAUNDERS • Susan TREMBATH • Szabina NÉMETH • Thomas WILTON • Tim DANBURY • Victoria MADDOX

As always, I had a blast this week! I now hand you back to the lovely Simon, who is your RD for this coming Saturday.

See you soon,
Rachael xx
Core Team: David, Susan, Rachael, Steve, Simon, Mark, Jason, Phil, Michelle, Jo, Derek, Darren, Linda, Richard, Des.

 

Event #19 – 18th August

Welcome to the round up for event #19.

With the holiday season in full swing it was a bit of struggle getting enough volunteers together to put the event on and give everyone a time.

A little background information.
When we started the process of putting the event together, one of the things we had to do was submit a risk assessment which detailed mandatory marshal points. We cannot run the event without these positions filled, once these are covered we can then start to fill the finish line roles of timekeeping, giving out the finish tokens and scanning. It is part of each Run Director's responsibility during their week to reach out to our community and fill the volunteer roster.

If you haven't given volunteering a go yet, please do. I promise you'll enjoy it, and it's a great way for us and you to start to put names to our regular faces.
The core team started out as a group of people who had been together helping to run other events, but since we started Great Dunmow several people have been regular volunteers and 2 of those have now agreed to become members of the core team, so I would like to officially welcome Des O'DWYER and Richard CORBY as volunteer co-ordinators.
Whilst on volunteering, I would like to give a special thank you to Jenny HINDLE. Jenny regularly volunteers at 13 different parkruns around her Norfolk home and decided to stop off and help us out on Saturday on her way down to the south coast to compete in a triathlon, I hope it went well for you Jenny.
Also, if you haven't already please consider opting in to our volunteer email via your parkrun profile.

102 of you ran, jogged or walked round this week.
First lady home was Lucy LLOYD in a time of 22:30. Lucy is a bit of a tourist running at Brentwood and Clapham Common most often and this was her first 1st place.
First man home was George LLOYD in a time of 18:53. Also a bit of tourist running mostly at Brentwood but not a Clapham Common so not sure if the surname is coincidence or not?

A massive thank you to this weeks volunteers:
Alexandra ANNING • Casey FAIERS • David MCMILLAN • Derek WILLIAMS • Des O'DWYER • Eleanor RODGERS • Harry MCMILLAN • Ian RODGERS • Jenny HINDLE • Jo WILLIAMS • Nikki MAGUIRE-SMITH • Pauline MARTENS • Pete NORMAN • Philip CHAPLIN • Rachael ANDERSON • Richard CORBY • Steve SAUNDERS • Susan ANDERSON • Susan TREMBATH • Thomas WILTON

Philip is your run director this week and he is again struggling for volunteers so please get in contact if you can help this week or in the coming weeks.

Steve

 

Event #17 – 4th August

Another warm weekend was upon us for Event #17 at Great Dunmow parkrun. With temperatures in the high 20’s at 9am we were joined by 98 runners for 5km of the park.
As I mentioned in the briefing this week, this event relies on volunteers to help us put this on stress free each week, this week I was fortunate to have a full roster early on, but the next few weekends are looking very empty, so if you are able to help out this weekend or over the coming weeks then please either speak to the Volunteer co-ordinator at the event, drop us a message on Facebook or email us at greatdunmowhelpers@parkrun.com where we will be more than happy to welcome you along. If everyone volunteers just three times a year we would never struggle to put this event on!


A massive welcome to our first timers this week, it’s great to see so many new faces joining us each week and we would love to see you come back and join us again next weekend.
First across the line this week was Simon Ellice, finishing in 18:55 who was followed by Anthony Kilbey in 20:55. Our first lady this week was Cheryl Sacks finishing her 280th parkrun in 4th overall in a time of 21:26.
A massive thank you to the following people who gave up their Saturday morning (or combined it with a run)
Brian CHARLESWORTH • Carol LATHAM • Cheryl SACKS • David MCMILLAN • Derek WILLIAMS • Eileen JOLLY • Jason HASTY • Jo WILLIAMS • Kirsty BREEZE • Linda PLEDGER • Mark LAWRENCE • Nikki MAGUIRE-SMITH • Rebecca BIRD • Richard BAINES • Richard CORBY • Sam BAINES • Simon ELLICE • Simon JUDKINS • Simon LATHAM • Steve HADLEY • Steve SAUNDERS • Susan ANDERSON • Thomas WILTON • Victoria MADDOX

On Sunday some of you may have seen team Dunmow manning a water station at the Hatfield Forest Half Marathon – well done if you ran, the conditions were scorchio! We hope you enjoy seeing your amigo’s as you ran past.

Next weekend Sue takes back to the helm as your Run Director for event #18
Mark
Run Director

 

Event #13 – 7th July 2018

Once again we were blessed with glorious weather at Great Dunmow parkrun.... glorious for those not running! With the mercury touching 25 degrees by 9am it was going to be a day to be sensible, to slap on the sunscreen and to drink plenty of water.

We had 4 new set-up volunteers this week which is absolutely fantastic! Taken under the wing of ED Dave, our volunteers got a first glimpse of course conditions for the week which were 'firm' and 'arid'!

We were delighted to welcome tourists from Sheffield, Kingston Upon Thames as well as closer to home: Great Notley and our neighbours; Bishop's Stortford. A special mention goes to Andrew Howard who cycled all the way up from Wansted Flats to complete his 180th different parkrun, helping us on set-up before the run and then cycling back home!

Whether you are local or from far afield, it is lovely to welcome you to Great Dunmow.

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Andrew Howard enjoying his first run at Great Dunmow

Congratulations to our very own Jo Williams for running her 50th parkrun and also a very Happy Birthday (belated now) to Steve Eccles who chose to kick-start his birthday celebrations with a warm, sunny run!

Thanks Jo for the sweets to celebrate your 50th run. I think there finish area volunteers left some for the runners....!

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Jo completing her 50th parkrun with husband Rick

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Many Happy Returns, Steve!

This week 94 hardy souls ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. In those conditions, this is particularly impressive so well done to you all! Representatives of 9 different clubs also took part.

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Thank you to Carol and Tia Latham who took some beautiful photographs, capturing everything that parkrun is all about. The full album can be found on our Facebook page or follow this link

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Well done to each and every one of you. A full list of results can be found here

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Danny NORMAN • Darren WOMACK • Len MARTEN • Des O'DWYER • Emma BULLOCK • Steve SAUNDERS • Sandra PAVITT • Jason HASTY • Simon ELLICE • Michelle HASTY • Nicholas YEADON • Isaac BULLOCK • Linda PLEDGER • Sophie PLEDGER • Susan ANDERSON • David MCMILLAN • Shaun PLEDGER • Derek WILLIAMS • Tia LATHAM • Rebecca BIRD • Jo WILLIAMS • Helen ANDREWS • Martin LOCK • Carol LATHAM • Alan CARTER • Kathleen SHANNON • Kendal LAVERY • Lee MCKEAN • Stuart LAMBERT • Jane MCKEAN • Hannah LOCK • Szabina NÉMETH • Katie LAMBERT • Richard CORBY

So that's my second stint as Run Director done and dusted! Philip takes over the reigns for this coming Saturday. There are still a few volunteer spots up for grabs, so please give Philip as much help as possible to fill the roster up. Remember this event can only take place with the help of volunteers.

Happy running (and COME ON ENGLAND!!!!!!!!)
Simon

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