Event #270 ~ 13th Oct ~ Bubble Rush day

This week's report comes for our guest writer Christine Brown...

What joy it is to take part in Maldon Prom parkrun. Until parkrun I hadn't run since I left school – and that was a very long time ago. It has taken me nearly three years but I have managed 53 runs. As I walk down the road to the Prom each time I think how lucky I am to run in such a beautiful setting.

Today, run number 270, was amazing. 9am in the morning, middle of October, 22C. The tide was out and the famous Maldon mud was glinting in the sunshine. The Prom was putting on an excellent show for the 28 first timers; surely they will be back.

Run Director Belinda gave the usual briefing and then added a warning about bubbles. It was more about being aware of the possibility of set up vehicles on the course rather than the actual bubbles being a hazard, the bubble festival would start later in the day..

Then we were off. Pity any poor child looking for conkers in the Prom today. 280 runners very soon crunched them underfoot. I mean conkers of course, not children. As I run round I try to thank the marshals.

With the dry ground and only a light breeze conditions were excellent for running and there were 23 Personal Bests. It wasn't for me but I am just pleased that I am able to get round the course. I enjoy the camaraderie of parkrun and I usually find someone there that I know. As I volunteer I get to know even more people.   In fact, parkrun has been described as the new church; a community-led project where people come together each week.

A big thank you to all volunteers and the core team without whom Maldon Prom parkrun wouldn't happen.

Christine Brown,

Your Core Team:-
Sue Smith - Bob Gear - Belinda Amner - Elaine Vaughan - Alison Hughes
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Event #267 Any excuse for cake!

Today’s run report is written by guest writers Harlee and her mum Rebecca.  Take it away Rebecca...

I offered to write this week’s run report when I realised that between pregnancy and my new found love for buggy running, baby Harlee has now accompanied me on 50 parkruns!

 Fair enough, too young for her own barcode but still…cake, right?!

 As I was saying, I “offered” to write the run report but Harlee beat me to it, so here’s her contribution:

Once upon a parkrun day, Mum and Dad went for a run

Unaware that I was there, snug in Mama’s tum.

They soon found out and without a doubt, I began to show

My body grew – Mama’s too – and our times started to slow.

Some weeks we ran, some weeks we jogged, some weeks we volunteered

We even walked a few of them, as my due date neared.

Winter arrived and so did I but we didn’t run that week

A little cold, I was 3 days old and something about lack of sleep?

But now we have a running buggy to help get Mama fit

And on Saturdays at 9am I have a nap in it.

So I know it’s not official as I’m too young to record a time

(And I’ve never actually been awake when we’ve crossed the finish line!)

But it’s still a milestone to me and we brought cake to share with you

So here’s to my first 50, and my 10 month birthday too!

On the subject of celebrations, there were a few official milestones this week too! Congratulations to Connor Garrett and George Pryor-Bennett on joining the junior 10 club and Neil Want for running his 50th!

 Happy Birthday to Adele Bovingdon for choosing to start her birthday with us and welcome to the 12 first timers!

The weather conditions, whilst probably a little nippy for the volunteers (especially those on timekeeping, tokens and scanning) were pretty perfect for running so well done to the 44 of you who took advantage of this and recorded new PBstoday!

Some of you may be aware one of our regular runners took a tumble this morning.  Like the well-oiled machine that Maldon Prom parkrun is, the hazard was quickly identified and marshalled whilst Paul was tended to by fellow runners and Event Director, Sue.  On behalf of us all I do hope that Paul is OK! (*Update-Paul hasn’t suffered any broken bones, but has had 4 stitches in his finger.  Heal quickly Paul*)

Which leads me on to thank our wonderful volunteers without whom Maldon Prom parkrun wouldn’t be possible.  Please do get in touch if you are able to volunteer for future weeks!

Thank you to our volunteers:

Sue M SMITH • Bob GEAR • Elaine VAUGHAN • Annette GEORGE • Mary BURNS • Karen BERRY • Stephen SAWYER • David STOKES • Rebecca RICHARDS • Imogen GIDDINGS • Tracy HOWARD • Jenny SHAW • Deborah CUTLER • Alan CUTLER • Emma POTTER • James SKILLERN • Tony MACE • Jack HOWE • Elliott LYLE • Kaytie LYLE • Stephanie MORGAN • Richard FENTON

 Have a cracking weekend everyone – see you all next week for the Dengie 100 Runners pacer event!

Rebecca & Harlee

Thank you so much for such a wonderful run report Rebecca and Harlee and of course for the cake (thank you also Adele for the biscuits).  I hand over to Bob for the next two weeks.  Have a good weekend, and once again thank you everyone for your support today.

 

Elaine Vaughan
Run Director
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Your Core Team:-
Sue Smith - Bob Gear - Belinda Amner - Elaine Vaughan - Alison Hughes

No Barcode = No Time
Don't forget your paper barcode! See your initial registration email, your weekly parkrun newsletter, previous results emails, or you can request a reminder email. Phones don't scan, so please bring a printed copy.

We operate a "No barcode, No result" policy. If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.

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Event #266 A parkrun morning…

No drama.  No panic.  A great volunteer team.  Results processed in a blink of an eye.  Great weather.  The Prom looking beautiful.

It really was a wonderful parkrun  morning at the Prom, and regular Prommer and volunteer Libby Woodhull has kindly written a run report.  Thank you Libby

Today felt like a return of summer as the sun came out and we were all pleased to see it! Luckily it wasn't too warm which after the heatwaves of July we were grateful for. As ever the lovely marshalls cheered us round (sorry for those of you who got a wave instead of an actual thank you) and everyone else was on hand to make sure we had a fun and safe run.  Thank you volunteers:

Elaine VAUGHAN • Belinda AMNER • Mark AMNER • David STOKES • Matthew SMITH • Philippa SMITH • Jessica ARCHER • Elizabeth WOODHULL • Janet SIMS • Alan SIMS • Michelle LAMARRE • Gabrielle BOLAND • Julie BENNETT • Liane ROWLAND • Emma POTTER • James SKILLERN • Jack HOWE • Elliott LYLE • Kaytie LYLE • Stephanie MORGAN

Lots of milestones to be celebrated this week, Den Allwright and Shirley Springett celebrated their 50th parkruns and Annette George and Mary Burns their 100ths, but a huge well done to everyone who turned up and walked, ran or volunteered - you make my Saturday morning so much fun!

Congratulations to the 260 finishers, 40 of whom recorded personal bests (Whoop!  Whoop!) and 27 of whom were first timers.

See you next week.

Regards,

Elaine Vaughan
Run Director
Maldon Prom parkrun - Facebook - Twitter

Your Core Team:-
Sue Smith - Bob Gear - Belinda Amner - Elaine Vaughan - Alison Hughes

No Barcode = No Time
Don't forget your paper barcode! See your initial registration email, your weekly parkrun newsletter, previous results emails, or you can request a reminder email. Phones don't scan, so please bring a printed copy.

We operate a "No barcode, No result" policy. If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.

ERS Barcodes

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Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrun friends!

 

Event #265 Get him to the church on time

A great day, and one with 29 first timers and 54 personal bests among the 295 runners and walkers and our 22 volunteers. As ever the community spirit was  high and the weather continues to allow us to mingle as well as run before heading off in our various directions.

One runner was headed off in the direction of his wedding! George and his Groomsmen ran the course in various dress (picture below) despite having been out the night before and headed to a very important date. Likely no personal bests, but a good time had, and we hope the whole Wedding Party had a great day after this energetic start.

Wedding Runner

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maldon Prom parkrun results page. Congratulations to Colin and Julian who ran their 50th run today, and thanks again to all the volunteers who make it possible.

All the best~
Belinda Amner
Run Director
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Your Core Team:-
Sue Smith - Bob Gear - Belinda Amner - Elaine Vaughan - Alison Hughes

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Event #263 Happy 5th birthday!

What better way to read about our 5th birthday celebrations, than from a Maldon Prom stalwart and someone who was running at the inaugural Maldon Prom event-John Buchanan. Thank you very much John.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALDON PARKRUN!
The autumnal chill in the weather was countered by the enthusiasm of the 310 runners/ joggers/ walkers + free-riders (those pushed in buggies) & dogs and supporters who turned up for our fifth birthday event. The lure of cakes may have helped- thank you to all those who provided the table load of assorted cupcakes and chocolate munchies!

Quite a number had heeded the call for fancy dress. We had a nun, the Grim Reaper, various tutus, Sponge Bob, morph suits and a gold mankini. Well done to Brian Eames as the fastest (if only) rabbit! Must have been extremely hot in that suit! Also to Regan Marney as Deadpool who I think beat Captain America if that’s who you were… (I am not a Marvel fan though I will note of course that Psylocke and Captain Britain were both born and brought up in Maldon!)

It was great to welcome 13 first timers and also 40 tourists from other parkruns. We had visitors from all around Essex, as well as from Herts, Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent, London, Oxford and Manchester.

The furthest travelled was a runner from Australia!

Just to reflect for a moment, since Maldon Prom parkrun began back in 2013, there have been 6229 participants- that’s a lot of people! It’s great too that since 2016 there has also been a Sunday Junior parkrun, which in itself has attracted over 1100 runners. (For anyone not aware, this is also in the Prom park and is open to 4-14 year olds, over a shorter distance).
For many, parkrun at Maldon has led to all kinds of new friendships and adventures. Little did I know I would end up running a marathon!

From what I can figure out, a dozen of those present at the first Maldon event were also running or volunteering yesterday- Barbara Hobbs, Bob Gear, Kate Priest, Kerry Marsh, Len Marten, Linda Allen, Nicki Brockback, Paul, Meryl & Nicholas Dobson as well as myself and our Run Director for the birthday event, Elaine Vaughan. (Sorry if I have missed anyone…)
At the briefing, Elaine greeted us all and congratulated milestone achievers and birthdays, including James Mabbitt, who as a junior was running his 100th run on his birthday- well done James, a real achievement! It was also the aforementioned Nick Dobson’s as well as Simon Priest’s 100th and Kaytie Lyle’s 10th run.

As ever, she thanked the volunteers of the day. On this occasion I would like to highlight the fantastic work by the core team themselves. Without them there would be no Maldon parkrun at all. To set it up, a huge amount of imagination, drive, perseverance, negotiation and back room paperwork and coordination was required. So an extra big shout out to Sue Smith and Bob Gear and the rest of the core team over the years- Len Marten, Anthony Marsh, Claire Talbot, Simon Baker, Belinda Amner, Tim Baker, Elaine Vaughan, Alison Hughes & David Stokes and anyone I have missed. You have changed people’s lives!
All the best
John Buchanan

Thank you so much for your kind words, John. This event wouldn’t happen without the volunteers
Bob GEAR • Linda ALLEN • Elaine VAUGHAN • John BUCHANAN • Belinda AMNER • Meg VAUGHAN • Emma VAUGHAN • Owen VAUGHAN • Wendy SIMPSON • Alison HUGHES • Paul TAWN • Christopher PARKINSON • Michael ELDRED • Elizabeth WOODHULL • Carol NOBES • Michelle LAMARRE • Gabrielle BOLAND • Joanne DENNIS

I hand over to Sue, after this short stint at the helm. On a personal note thank you to everyone for making Maldon Prom parkrun such a wonderful event to be involved with.

Have a great Bank Holiday,
Regards,

Elaine Vaughan
Run Director
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Your Core Team:-
Sue Smith - Bob Gear - Belinda Amner - Elaine Vaughan - Alison Hughes

No Barcode = No Time
Don't forget your paper barcode! See your initial registration email, your weekly parkrun newsletter, previous results emails, or you can request a reminder email. Phones don't scan, so please bring a printed copy.

We operate a "No barcode, No result" policy. If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.

ERS Barcodes

Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes.
Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrun friends!

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