Event #50 23rd March 2019

A nice spring morning greeted the set-up team as we met at the Angel and Harp and we were soon off setting up the course. Once done it was just a matter of waiting for the runners, joggers and walkers to turn up. At 08:45 I was getting a bit worried as there seemed to be more volunteers than runners. But within 10 minutes plenty of people had joined us at the start.

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This week 97 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
Full results can be found here
Congratulations to Core Team members Megan and Simon who both completed their 50th parkrun.
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This week the event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Megan EVANS • Thomas WILTON • Steve SAUNDERS • Tegan YAPP • Jason HASTY • Simon ELLICE • Michelle HASTY • Linda PLEDGER • Susan ANDERSON • David MCMILLAN • Rachael ANDERSON • Simon LATHAM • Oscar NOBLE • Carol LATHAM • Ruby FEATHERSTONE • Laura GRIFFITHS • Brian CHARLESWORTH • David GRIFFITHS • Mandy LINE • Chris LINE • Sam WARDER • Susan MCNALLY.
Thank you. If you would like to volunteer for future events please see our future roster here

1st BIRTHDAY INVITATION!

It's our Birthday on the the 13th April and you're invited to Great Dunmow parkrun's 1st Birthday Party. Dress up, party wear or fancy dress, or just your normal running gear, it's all fine. There will be cake, balloons, fun and merriment. Come and join the core team and celebrate our first year.
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That's my RD stint over. Mark takes over the reins for the 30th March. Please help him as much as possible.
Thanks
Jay

 

Event #49 – 16th March 2019

Event number 49 (yes; that's right; we'll be celebrating our first anniversary in 3 weeks!!) was a windy, muddy affair, and with only about 10 minute to run time, it looked like our regulars had been put off by the conditions as there were more volunteers than runners!

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Waiting patiently for the runners to arrive

Incredibly by the time we started the briefing there was a crowd of around 70 raring to go, 5 of whom were first timers trying Great Dunmow out for the first time.

Personal Bests

We also saw 4 runners set PBs which is particularly impressive given the conditions:-

- Our very own Harry McMillan broke the 35 minute mark for the first time
- Zoe Wiehahn improved on her first ever parkrun in January with a PB in her return to Great Dunmow
- Chris Rowe recorded an impressive GDpr PB knocking 1m45s off his previous best course time
- Thomas Bennett recorded a 39-second PB over his first ever parkrun last month here at Great Dunmow.

WELL DONE ALL OF YOU!!!

Milestones

Congratulations to the following:

- Libby McKean was completing her 10th parkrun this week. Well done Libby! Libby and Mum will be our tail walkers next saturday.

- Mark Lawrence completed his 100th separate event as a volunteer which is a great effort. Well done and thank you Mark!

Volunteers

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Megan EVANS • Mark LAWRENCE • Thomas WILTON • Tegan YAPP • Lee RHODES • Simon ELLICE • Susan ANDERSON • David MCMILLAN • Derek WILLIAMS • Robert BURGESS • Oscar NOBLE • Martin LOCK • Ruby FEATHERSTONE • Dom WALBANKE • Hannah LOCK • Szabina NEMETH • Nikki MAGUIRE-SMITH • Brian CHARLESWORTH • Sam WARDER • Tim GOODBODY

We can't put on a parkrun without the volunteers so a big thank you to everyone who helped by volunteering on Saturday morning. If you are able to volunteer please email us during the week to greatdunmowhelpers@parkrun.com or 'Like' our facebook page to follow the latest news on the event.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Great Dunmow parkrun Results Page.

That's it from me this week. I'll now put you in the capable hands of Jason who will be your RD next Saturday.

Have a great week.

Simon

Your core team is
David; Susan; Rachael; Steve; Jay; Michelle; Simon; Megan; Phillip; Mark; Octavia; Darren; Tom; Jo; Linda

 

Great Dunmow parkrun Event #46 23rd February 2019

We were greeted by with a foggy morning when we arrived early for set up and despite the day being gorgeous and sunny later it never really quite lifted during Saturdays event.foggy It didn't however dampen the spirits of everyone and we once again had a lovely parkrun morning.

Tory Foot and Ollie Last from the Castle Park Core team joined us by running from Bishops Stortford first, both training for up and coming events; and we were also joined by Deb, Hannah and Michelle from Southend (had to do an obligatory RD photo bomb, sorry ladies) and Martin from Harlow. Of course we cannot forget our visiting neighbours from Castle Park & Great Notley, we love having you along guys. A warm welcome to any other tourists who joined us on the day. we hope to see you all again. photo bomb

This week 92 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.group park run

Roddy Kesterton joined us for early morning set up with his dog Pepper who got an exercise first and then managed a PB, thanks and well done Roddy. Nicola Wittman managed her 13th PB in 24 runs at Great Dunmow; fantastic effort and also to everyone who walked, jogged or ran.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Megan EVANS • Thomas WILTON • Steve SAUNDERS • Lee RHODES • Simon ELLICE • Roddy KESTERTON • Linda PLEDGER • Susan ANDERSON • David MCMILLAN • Shaun PLEDGER • Derek WILLIAMS • Rachael ANDERSON • Harry MCMILLAN • Julie GRAY • Oscar NOBLE • Szabina NEMETH • Doris SIMS • Brian CHARLESWORTH • John SIMS • Sam WARDER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Great Dunmow parkrun Results Page.Great Dunmow parkrun Results Page.

We say it every week guys, but we do need your help with putting on the event. If you can volunteer, please help, honestly its great fun and brings you one step closer to that magical free purple volunteer T-shirt.

Anyway over to Sue for next week, her pre Cambridge Half Marathon morning so give her a good luck shout on Saturday morning!
Thanks again to everyone on Saturday

David
Event Director

Your core team is
David; Susan; Rachael; Steve; Jay; Michelle; Simon; Megan; Phillip; Mark; Octavia; Darren; Tom; Jo; Richard; Linda

 

Run report 16/02/19 Event no. 45

My first time as RD in 2019 saw a good response to my appeal for help. I even had an extra little helper arrive to help set up (Thanks Lee!) who noticed I was a little short – and though I wasn’t sure whether he was referring to the state of the roster or my lack of height, his help was gratefully received! We say it all the time, but we really can’t put this event on without your help, so it’s much appreciated when people give up their time to support us. Thank you!!
The course was still a little soggy under foot but it was, at least warmer than the last couple of weeks. There was the most amazing sunrise as I headed out from Chelmsford at 6.45 and as always, the Rec looked amazing. We had a few issues with mole hills down towards the river, but Phil, one of our core team, marked them out clearly with some extra flags. Ironically, he later slid over while running
93 of you ran, walked or jogged round our lovely course. Well done to everyone, especially those of you who ran for the first time or bagged yourself a PB! phil

This week, we had visitors from all over Essex. A large group of you, called the Rayleigh Rats came to see us. Hope you enjoyed our little course! Sorry for “photobombing” your group shot! As always, it was lovely to meet parkrun tourists. We hope you come back to visit us again soon. rats
Thank you as always to our volunteers. If you haven’t tried volunteering at parkrun yet, please consider doing so. All the tasks are pretty easy, and training is given for anything technical! Some of the roles can also be combined with a run (for our faster runners).
My band of super starts this week are: Carol LATHAM • David MCMILLAN • Derek WILLIAMS • Doris SIMS • Jason HASTY • Jo WILLIAMS • Lee RHODES • Mark LAWRENCE • Michelle HASTY • Oscar NOBLE • Philip CHAPLIN • Rachael ANDERSON • Richard BAINES • Sam BAINES • Sam WARDER • Sandra PAVITT • Simon LATHAM • Steve SAUNDERS • Susan ANDERSON

Why not get involved and volunteer? You can contact us on Facebook or by emailing us at greatdunmowhelpers@parkrun.com

Thanks again parkrunners for a fabulous week. See you soon. David is the “main man” this week. There are a few gaps on the roster so please help him 19out if you can.

Rachael xx
Run Director

Your core team is
David; Susan; Rachael; Steve; Jay; Michelle; Simon; Megan; Phillip; Mark; Octavia; Darren; Tom; Jo; Richard; Linda

 

Event #43 – 2nd February 2019

This weekend may have been one of the coldest parkrun’s we have held at Dunmow! As we set up temperatures were showing -3 with a wind chill bringing it down to -6! A massive round of applause to our volunteers this week who braved the cold to help us deliver the event – without the help of all these wonderful hi-vis heroes we wouldn’t be able to put the event on each weekend and I hope you have now finally thawed out!

Brian CHARLESWORTH • Carl WHAY • Chris LINE • David MCMILLAN • Derek WILLIAMS • Jane MCKEAN • Jason HASTY • Jo WILLIAMS • Joe MATTHEWS • Lee MCKEAN • Linda PLEDGER • Mandy LINE • Mark LAWRENCE • Oscar NOBLE • Philip CHAPLIN • Rachael ANDERSON • Sam WARDER • Simon LATHAM • Steve SAUNDERS • Tom MCKEAN • Vicki NORMAN

This week we saw 107 parkrunners take part with our regular Great Dunmow contingent bolstered by several runners from Castle Park parkrun, whose event has been cancelled due to ice! David Rutter, who is a regular runner at Castle Park ran his 99th run with us this weekend, which means he will join the 100 club this coming Saturday! We also saw attendees from Colchester Castle parkrun, in particular, Sean Duffett, who ran with us for the first time today and recorded his first ever first finish! Great Running Sean! Colin West was another of our tourists from Cambridge joining us this weekend to complete his 231st parkrun – having run at 96 different parkruns across the country. Dan Cane was another of our tourists this weekend, a regular at Worcester – Dan has completed his 349th parkrun with us having run at nearly 150 different locations.
We had 7 people run their first ever parkrun with us this weekend – for those who joined us for the first time, we looked forward to seeing you again over the coming weeks where we can “promise” it will be much warmer!

A delight for results processing as well this weekend as 98% of the field crossed the line with the barcode – a near perfect set of results!

That’s my stint as Run Director complete for another week and now I hand over to Philip who will take the helm for this week and he has promised far warmer conditions

Mark
Your core team is
David; Susan; Rachael; Steve; Jay; Michelle; Simon; Megan; Phillip; Mark; Octavia; Darren; Tom; Jo; Richard; Linda

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