Southend parkrun #279

Southend parkrun #279
6th January 2018

For those who didn’t make it to parkrun on New Year’s Day, whether you overslept, forgot to set your alarm, felt a little delicate or maybe were even still out celebrating, well done on completing your first parkrun of the year today and therefore setting your fastest time of the year.

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It was a slightly chilly start at Gunners Park. Okay Andy, maybe it was actually only 3°C, but on the plus side the breeze appeared to have been persuaded to stay away (until you turned left at Ian’s corner anyway!).  However, the cold didn’t put off the 397 runners which included 21 parkrun first timers and 8 tourists to Southend from Romford, Sheffield, Cornwall, Glasgow and Brisbane - which is quite a journey for a 5k run!

 

First timers - Alex BIRNIE, Joseph MEAKIN, Michael COLBEAR, Samuel BROOK, Fraser WALKER, Gary PARKINS, Katarzyna SACHARZEWSKA, Louise SHIRLEY, Adam CHURCH, Linda DONNELLY, Alan UNDERDOWN, Rebecca HARDING, Chloe SMYTH, Alexandra THIEL, Emma APPLEBY, Samantha GODDARD, Thomas PERRY, Megan BAILEY, Becky THOMPSON, Babu PANTHAGANI, George BIRCHAM.

 

Tourists - Jesse PANTHAGANI, Caz O'HAIRE, Sophie MATHLIN, Lucie CARD, Simon BAYFIELD, Greg DOW, Christopher HALL, Joe MCLAUGHLIN.

 

Well done to you all, I hope you enjoyed your time at Southend.

 

Parkrun could not operate every week without our fantastic bunch of high viz heroes aka volunteers. One volunteer this week has now volunteered 100 times  . . . . . . Any guesses who? Hands up if you know the answer.

 

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Ah yes . . . today’s Run Director Lloyd RICHARDSON, 100 times a volunteer and 222 parkruns completed too! That’s quite an achievement. So, a great big thank you and high 5 to Lloyd and ALL our volunteers this week.  I hope you have all thawed out now.

Volunteers - Barbara GAIR, Benjamin ANDERSON, Derek BIRNIE, Diana ANDERSON, Elizabeth WELSH, Geraldine HANSFORD, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Isabel TOFIELD, Jasmine TAYLOR, Jo DYSON, Jo WELSH, John GAIR, Kathie TULLY, Lin TAYLOR, Lloyd RICHARDSON, Maggie RUSSELL, Megan MATTHEWS, Nicki BENHAM.

Please take a look at the future roster on the Southend parkrun page and sign up to be a high viz hero.

Congratulations to the new members of the parkrun milestone clubs this week –

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Junior parkrunners - Ellie WILLIAMS, Lily-Ann SHARP completed their 10th runs.

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Richard HARDMAN completed his 100th run in a new pb of 21:29.

Trevor HUGHES completed his 150th run and joins the ‘unofficial’ 150 club.

There were 35 parkrun pb’s this week. Well done to
Abbie EASTWICK, Adam SLAYFORD, Alex DOWNER, Alison MITCHELL, Andy SAUNDERS, Anthony BOOTY, Arthur LONG, Ava BAISDEN, Ben MAGUIRE, Catherine COCHRANE, Charlotte COCHRANE, David CHRISTY, David EASTWICK, David TURNER, George DEBENHAM, Graeme EDWARDS, Jack TAPP, Jessica WALKER, John FISHER, John HOUGHTON, John WELSH, Kerry PRIGG, Laura MATTHEWS, Linda COOMBE, Lorraine BROWN, Mark MATTHEWS, Martin PYKE, Matthew LONG, Max FIDDES, Rachel AL-SOUFI, Richard HARDIMAN, Sandra STAMP, Simon NORRIS, Simon PANTHER, Tom WEBSTER.

18 unknown runners were recorded today. Next time DONT FORGET YOUR BARCODE!

 

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When preparing to run on a cold day always stretch those legs to warm up first.

 

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Thumbs up from Dan Slayford in first place, while Jordan Lacey, first female finisher, has a quick check of her watch before crossing the line.

 

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Look mum . . . no hands and I can fly!

 

Southend also has a regular pack of four legged parkrunners and on days like today when it was more than a little chilly I rather wish I had their fluffy coat and ran as quick as they did.

They are also far more photogenic when running than I am!

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No humans were beheaded in the production of these photos!

 

Following on from previous run reports, but being a little OCD with numbers, I have had to recalibrate Thomas Carswell’s online number generator and the not so random results this week are –

Clive SLAYFORD      VM 40-44 time 22:00
Alan GRANT              VM 50-54 time 25:00
Kevin IMBUSH           VM55-59  time 26:00
Tim SAYER                VM55-59  time 28:00
Alan UNDERDOWN   SM30-34  time 32:00
Philippa FAULKNER  VW50-54  time 33:00
Jody GORDON          VW40-44  time 38:00

 

I have never been very good at writing, so volunteering to write the run report for the first time was a little daunting. However, I have had an entertaining evening looking at the parkrun photos, re reading previous run reports and looking at today’s results. The number of participants and the photos showing laughter and smiles (or grimaces on occasions) capture the spirit and atmosphere of Southend parkrun. What else would you rather be doing on a Saturday morning! We all agree with Geraldine, thumbs up for Saturday parkrun, wherever you take part.

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Can we persuade another 3 people to come along and take next week’s participants to 400 . . . . .  I do like round numbers!

Photos by Elizabeth Welsh, Run Report by Jo Welsh, parkrun PB by John Welsh – A family affair this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southend parkrun #278

Southend parkrun #278
1st January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

And what better way to kick off 2018 than by participating in Southend parkrun #278? We're a considerate bunch at Southend, which is why we allowed an extra hour in bed for those who were feeling 'delicate'. Joining Run Director Alex S THORNTON, and listed amongst Time Magazine's 'Best People of 2018 So Far' were our wonderful volunteers! Thanks to:

Derek BIRNIE, Maggie CAMPBELL-FREEMAN, Thomas CARSWELL, Eddie CLAMPIN, Peter FREEMAN, Geraldine GAPES, Geraldine HANSFORD, Guy HURST, Katie KENNINGTON, Anne KIRBY, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Melvin POOL, Lloyd RICHARDSON, Glen TAYLOR, Lin TAYLOR, Alex S THORNTON, Kathie TULLY, Daniel WEIGHT, and Andy WEIGHT.

Winston Churchill once famously said, “Volunteering at parkrun is the best thing a person can ever do.” And he's right! By now I'm sure most of you have broken your New Year's Resolutions. Don't worry, I'm not judging you! Resolutions are so hard to keep because they usually involve denying yourself something (alcohol, chocolate, enjoyment etc.). So this year, why not make a different resolution and volunteer just 1 hour of your time to parkrun each month instead? That's only 12 hours in total! Easy! Statistically, you'll probably spend more time throughout the year blowing your nose (although don't quote me on this – I haven't done the research!). There are lots of different volunteer roles available. Check them out and sign up here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/.

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Look at these cool dudes! You can be like them too. Just follow the link, sign up, and grab a Hi-Vis vest - the cloak of heroes!

New Years Day is a great time to welcome new entrants into parkrun's milestone clubs, so without further ado...

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Congratulations to junior parkrunner John PUGSLEY, who completed his 10th run today! Will he get to 50 before 2019?

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Congratulations to Neil COATES, Andrew COOMBES, and Kerry FAIRLESS, who completed their 50th runs today! Reaching 100 before 2019 will be very tough, but you never know!

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Take a look at these eager beavers! I chose to start at the very back this week. Our start looked nothing like this.

And now, for the first time in 2018...Southend's Random Results!

Female Results:

Abbie EASTWICK (SW20-24) was 68th across the line (204th overall) with a time of 32:09.
Emma FISHER (JW11-14) was 78th across the line (219th overall) with a time of 32:38.
Lorraine BROWN (VW50-54) was 121th across the line (285th overall) with a time 38:19.

Male Results:

Martin ROBBINS (VM55-59) was 135th across the line (197th overall) with a time of 31:48 in his first parkrun at Southend!
Ole WEST (JM10) was 160th across the line (275th overall) with a time of 36:54.
Martin PYKE (VM55-59) was 171st across the line (300th overall) with a time of 41:53. This was a new PB for Martin, in his second parkrun at Southend!

N.B. Southend's Random Results were chosen using an online random number generator. The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.

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Graham PURDHAM: Always fast. Always smiling. Never looks like he's trying. It makes me furious if I'm honest. I can never stay mad at him for too long though -  just look at that face!

New Year, New Personal Bests! What a start to 2018 these guys and girls have had! Congratulations to:

Mick MOXHAM, Mason BURRAGE, Ben MAGUIRE, Alex DOWNER, Dean TROTTER, Sean PARKER, Ian HART, David WAHL, Elizabeth WELSH, Tony SMITH, Kairen HART, Mark WHITNEY, Rob GLOVER, Hannah STIRRUP, Matthew GUYLER, Katy BROWN, Emma DUPOUX, Elizabeth COX, Anthony BOOTY, Leanne RANDALL, Daniel BASHER, Julie BASHER, Steve PUGSLEY, Liz PARKES, Angela GREENHALGH, Jane SKUDDER, Louise EVERARD, Alice WEIGHT, Liz CROWTHER, Martin PYKE, Allison PYKE, and Tracy REID.

This week my highly coveted and completely fictional PB-of-the-week award goes to Ben MAGUIRE. You may remember a few weeks ago Ben's 100th parkrun coincided with his 13th birthday. This week, his exceptional time of 21:18 marks his first PB since May 2014! Well done Ben!

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PB-of-the-week: Ben MAGUIRE...I think! Apologies for the blurred photo - he's just too fast!

25 parkrun tourists decided to spend New Year's Day with us at Southend for the first time. A warm welcome to:

Paul MARTIN, Siobhan FREEL, Stuart HARRISON, Max RAINBOW, Peter MATASSA, Joseph BENNETT, Russ ANDREWS, Charlotte DAVIS, Rebecca CLAY, Andy BADGER, Jennifer SPITTLE, Graeme MASON, Matthew SMITH, Jo RESTALL, Josie HAYES, Stephanie BENNETT, David LEYLAND, Ty MCKEOWN, Caz THOMSON, Tristan WAHL, Martin ROBBINS, David RUSSELL, Megan COOPER, Steve COOPER, and Stephen SEDGE.

We hope you visit again soon.

7 people decided to change their lives for the better and try parkrun for the first time. Congratulations to:

Louie DAY, Kim BALLANTYNE, Nicholas AINSCOUGH, Luke PUGSLEY, Isla May RANDALL, Tracy SEAGROATT, and Stuart BUCHAN.

Welcome to the parkrun family! If you've caught the running bug, our usual day and time is Saturday at 09:00. We'll see you there!

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Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2018, from our family to all of yours!

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 6,787 participants have completed 63,242 parkruns covering a total distance of 316,210 km, including 11,866 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Alexa JOEL who recorded a time of 17:12 on 22nd June 2013 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 14:15 on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded 90.53% (14:15) on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).

This week 330 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.

Photographs by Geraldine Gapes.

 

Southend parkrun #277

Southend parkrun #277 - 30/12/2017

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed I was absent from Southend parkrun #277. "How does he have the audacity to write a report for a run he wasn't present for?" I hear you ask. Well, the answer is a simple one: I wanted to. More specifically, I wanted to join the volunteer 25 club before the start of 2018, something I have now achieved! Plus I had a spy, namely my mother, filling me in on everything I missed. Some details, such as the alien invasion, the Thames Estuary parting like the Red Sea, and the dead rising from their graves, I am inclined to be sceptical about. However one detail I am assured is true, is that during the run my mother was hit by another runner's spit! This is a fact that delights and horrifies me in equal measure! DNA tests have so far proved inconclusive, but I hope to bring you updates on 'Spitgate' at some point in the near future. It's just what good reporters do.

I was not the only absentee from Southend parkrun #277. We also had no photographer! In lieu of photographs I will instead be publishing your #whyIloveparkrun statements. Thank you to those who took part!

It enables me to burn off the calories for my bacon buttie before I've even eaten it! #whyIloveparkrun

Victoria Jeeves

 

Volunteering for what I'm told was more 'Tough Mudder' than parkrun this week were the following tough bunch of Hi-Vis Heroes. Huge thanks to:

Matthew AITKEN, Matt BARRETT, Mark BENHAM, Derek BIRNIE, Emma-Jane BURLEY, Thomas CARSWELL, Jo DYSON, Pam FELTON, Barbara GAIR, John GAIR, Vicky JEEVES, Anne KIRBY, Juliette LE MARE, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Macy RICHARDSON, Antoine ROUYER-BROWN, Lin TAYLOR, Kathie TULLY, Rebecca WEIGHT.

Looking for the perfect New Year's resolution? Get volunteering at your local parkrun! Once a month should do it. These events cannot take place without ordinary people being extraordinarily generous with their Saturday mornings. Check out the variety of roles we have available and sign up here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/

It changes lives for the better and always puts a smile on my face! #whyIloveparkrun

Maggie Campbell-Freeman

 

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To my knowledge, we only had one entrant into a milestone club at Southend parkrun this week. Congratulations to Ali HAYWARD on completing 100 runs!

And now for the ever popular...Southend's Random Results!

Female Results:

Catherine COCHRANE (JW10) was 58th across the line (209th overall) with a time of 33:00.
Olivia FAHY (SW25-29) was 62nd across the line (217th overall) with a time of 33:33.
Vicky JEEVES (VW40-44) was 65th across the line (220th overall) with a time of 33:44.

Male Results:

Mark BALCOMBE (VM50-54) was 29th across the line (31st overall) with a time of 22:48.
Daniel CLAMPIN (SM25-29) was 86th across the line (97th overall) with a time of 26:56, in his first parkun at Southend.
Tommy MAHONEY (JM10) was 147th across the line (194th overall) with a time of 31:39.

N.B. Southend's Random Results were chosen using an online random number generator. The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.

We can all take part! #whyIloveparkrun

Béatrice Rouyer-Brown

I get exercise! #whyIloveparkrun

Juliette Rouyer-Brown

I don't!! #whyIloveparkrun

Antoine Rouyer-Brown (the little scamp!)

 

15 of you survived the mud to slip and slide your way to Personal Best times this week. Congratulations to:

Gerard WILLIAMS, Ethan BARRY-HANNAN, Mark MAGRATH, David CHRISTY, Helen WALKER, Gert NEL, Howard GALE, Harrison TRACY, Daniel BASHER, Liz PARKES, Linda COOMBE, Victoria JOHNSON, Katherine JACKSON, Sharon BALCOMBE, and Harry CAMPBELL.

This week, my highly coveted and entirely fiction PB-of-the-week award goes Linda COOMBE. In 90 runs at Southend, Linda has seen her time drop from 49:46 at her first attempt, to 35:13 today! That is an astonishing improvement. Well done Linda!

It really brings people together and never fails not to make me smile, especially your run reports! #whyIloveparkrun

Linda Coombe

 

Flattery will get you everywhere! It will even win you PB-of-the-week! Just kidding. She won it on merit. Seriously, look at those times!

13 parkrun tourists joined us at Southend for the first time this week.

John CLAMPIN, Daniel CLAMPIN, Owen DAY, Rob GLOVER, Richard DAY, Suzanne CLAMPIN, Lois AYRES, Liz AYRES, Jane SKUDDER, Steve PUGSLEY, Liz CROWTHER, Shaun DESENA, and Louise BEDFORD.

We hope to see you again soon!

It's a fun and friendly way to get some exercise as a family! #whyIloveparkrun

Katy Duddridge

 

6 people changed their lives for the better and tried parkrun for the very first time. Congratulations to:

Jack CLARK, Wesley HAGAN, Katherine DOWNHAM, Chay CLARKSON, Ava BAISDEN, and Amanda YEATES.

Welcome to the family guys!

It's a great place to make friends! #whyIloveparkrun

Georgina McMasters

 

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012.

The female record is held by Alexa JOEL who recorded a time of 17:12 on 22nd June 2013 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 14:15 on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded 90.53% (14:15) on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.

 

 

Southend parkrun #276

Apologies for the slightly late and truncated report this week. I’m afraid I was caught up with the festivities of Christmas. It won’t happen again!

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who turned out for Southend parkrun #276. They were:

Matt BARRETT, Derek BIRNIE, John BOSWELL, Emma-Jane BURLEY, Thomas CARSWELL, Geoffrey CATEN, Ashley DAVIES, Barbara GAIR, John GAIR, Joseph HART, Anne KIRBY, Michelle LEE, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Giles PETTITT, Sally ROTHWELL, Eloise ROTHWELL, Niamh RUSSELL, Lin TAYLOR, Isabel TOFIELD, Kathie TULLY, David WARD.

We couldn’t do it without your help!

 

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Congratulations to junior runners Daniel FLOYD and Carla DEBENHAM who completed their 10th runs this week!

 

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The 50 club welcomed its newest member this week! Congratulations to Andy SAUNDERS!

This week was our Christmas fancy dress extravaganza! Here are some of the highlights:

 

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And now for Southend's random results!

Female Results:

Abigail AITKEN (JW10) was 9th across the line (80th overall) with a time of 24:31, which was a third successive PB! Well done Abigail!
Hannah MCELROY (JW15-17) was 32nd across the line (137th overall) with a time of 27:37.
Vicki TRACY (VW35-39) was 79th across the line (223rd overall) with a time of 32:23.
Male Results:

Stuart COXHEAD (SM30-34) was 32nd across the line (35th overall) with a time of 21:43.
Trevor HUGHES (VM60-64) was 124th across the line (167th overall) with a time of 28:53.
Peter YOUNG (VM50-54) was 151st across the line (233rd overall) with a time of 32:51.

N.B. Southend's Random Results were picked using an online random number generator.  Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.

 

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Santa Andy's been at the mince pies again!

 

35 of you achieved Personal Best times this week! It's a Christmas miracle! Congratulations to:

Dominic LE MARE, Alex CHILDS, Andy SAUNDERS, Roisin BROWNE, Steven CHURCHYARD, Laura KIDD, David DUTTON, Dean TROTTER, Adrian LAVERY, Simon NORRIS, Abigail AITKEN, Liliana TAYLOR, Laura MATTHEWS, Tony SMITH, Jordan WEBB, Matt MILLS, Michael CRUDGINGTON, David CHRISTY, Keith DORRINGTON, Jenni KIRKLAND, Zoe FAULKNER, Katherine WILCOCK, Deborah PARK, Natalie GEARY, Kerry RILEY, Abbie EASTWICK, Carol EASTWICK, Charlotte COCHRANE, Melanie MILLS, Elizabeth YOUNG, Natasha PEARMAN, Kelly CARR, Julie MCDONAGH, Lisa HUNTLEY, and Sandra STAMP.

My entirely fictional PB-of-the-week award goes to David DUTTON this week. David's latest PB of 21:25 was recorded at his 142nd attempt! Amazing work David!

 

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There's a "lovely puddings" joke here...but I'm above it.

 
16 parkrun tourists visited Southend for the first time. Welcome to:

Russell KOBER, Jamie GREENHALGH, Lucy THOMPSON, Richard WOOD, Katherine JOLIVET, Richard SMITH, Hannah STIRRUP, Joshua JOLIVET, Ivor WALDNEY, Jenny MARSTON, Jacqueline WOOD, Tina FABER, Samuel JOLIVET, Toby FABER, Mick FABER, and Theresa O'HARE.

We hope you enjoyed our course!

14 people gave themselves early Christmas presents and tried parkrun for the very first time. Congratulations to:

Luke FURLEY, James WILD, Alex BROWNE, Marc GREENBAUM, Will SPENCE, Rebecca SPENCE, Janvi KARIA, Claire DUGGAN, Kelly CAHILL, Andrea FROMENT, Phoebe FROMENT, Allison PYKE, Martin PYKE, and Lizzie KENYON.

We hope to see you again soon!

It's business as usual on Saturday 30th December, and feel free to join us for a run on New Year's Day at the slightly later time of 10:00am.

 

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Merry Christmas from all at Southend parkrun.

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 6,736 participants have completed 62,594 parkruns covering a total distance of 312,970 km, including 11,818 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Alexa JOEL who recorded a time of 17:12 on 22nd June 2013 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 14:15 on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded 90.53% (14:15) on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).

This week 353 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers.

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell

Photographs by Geoff Caten.

 

Southend parkrun #275

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

At least it was at Southend parkrun #275. Run director Keith PASSINGHAM was certainly in a festive mood as he treated us to a rousing, briefing-themed rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Although it has to be said, he was a little miffed by the lack of audience participation at first. Personally, I prefer not to join in any Christmas carolling until I've had at least six glasses of mulled wine and, considering it was before 9am on a Saturday morning, I'd only had the three. Still, we all got the hang of it by the tenth day.

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"On the 1st Day of Christmas parkrun sent to me...one dog per runner on a short lead!" Sing along if you know the words!

Joining Keith were the following bunch of merry little elves we call our volunteers. A huge thank this week to:

Derek BIRNIE, Gavin BURT, Thomas CARSWELL, Linda COOMBE, Ashley DAVIES, Carol EASTWICK, Peter FREEMAN, John GAIR, Barbara GAIR, Jemma LEE, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Sophie LINE, Megan MATTHEWS, Georgina MCMASTERS, David MCMASTERS, Giles PETTITT, Isobel PRYOR, Niamh RUSSELL, Lin TAYLOR, and Kathie TULLY.

It might surprise you to learn that the gift of parkrun is not some Christmas miracle, it relies on ordinary people being extraordinarily generous with their time! Fancy being one of those people? Of course you do - Christmas is a time for giving after all! Check out the future roster page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ for information on how to get involved.

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This is what volunteering looks like! Be like Giles, not like Scrooge!

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Five runners joined the 50 club this week! You guys can now choose to order individual '50' t-shirts, or pool all of your runs together and order one giant '250' t-shirt to share. Cosy! Congratulations to:

Adam BELL, Eddie CLAMPIN, Terry COKER, Elaine ODDIE, and Caroline BRENNAN.

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What a team! Eddie and Terry hit 50!

The unofficial 150 club also welcomed it's newest member this week! Congratulations to Kim DENNY.

My latest feature, #whyIloveparkrun, was met with an underwhelming response on social media. Luckily there were contributions from Beatrice, Juliette, and Antoine ROUYER-BROWN (my three favourite parkrunners). The rest of you are currently all on the naughty list, however there is still time to get involved. Simply write one sentence stating why you love parkrun and leave it in the comments section on Facebook with the tag #whyIloveparkrun. Easy! I am hoping to use the contributions in my New Year's Day run report so we can kick off 2018 in a positive way.

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Smiling Faces! #whyIloveparkrun

Right then, onto a marginally more popular feature...it's time for Southend's Random Results!

Female Results:

Alison HALL (VW45-49) was 5th across the line (36th overall) with a time of 23:42.
Juliette ROUYER-BROWN (JW10) was 26th across the line (95th overall) with a time of 27:54.
Nikki ASTELL (SW30-34) was 97th across the line (217th overall) with a time of 47:43.

Male Results:

Jason MITCHELL (VM40-44) was 7th across the line (8th overall) with a time of 20:46.
Mick STAINES (VM70-74) was 41st across the line (50th overall) with a time of 24:53.
David MORROW (SM25-29) was 77th across the line (107th overall) with a Personal Best time of 29:26. Well done David!

During the briefing, I distinctly remember Run Director Keith PASSINGHAM warning us about the ice and frost, declaring "These are not PB conditions!" Well, 18 of you defied him, and I hope you're all feeling suitably ashamed of yourselves! Congratulations to:

Charlotte GREGORY, Tim MACGREGOR, Honor SHARP, Gerard WILLIAMS, Lauren GUICHARD, Allison TYNAN, Abigail AITKEN, Matt MILLS, Tom WEBSTER, Celine DELGRANGE, Fiona COSS, David MORROW, Zoe FAULKNER, Sally HEMMINGS, Noemi THANNNI, Barbara JEANS, Lisa HUNTLEY, and Harry CAMPBELL.

This week, my highly coveted and completely fictional PB-of-the-week award goes to junior parkrunner Abigail AITKEN for her second consecutive PB. Her time of 25:05 means she'll surely break the 25-minute barrier soon. Could it be next week? Only if the conditions are right!

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Run, jog, or walk. It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you do it. 

4 parkrun tourists joined us at Southend for the first time. A warm welcome to:

Nathan KENNEDY, David KENNEDY, Paul SITCH, and Jamie BROWN.

We hope you visit us again soon.

2 people changed their lives for the better and tried parkrun for the first time! Congratulations to:

Claudia CAMEL and Lucy ASTELL-CHANDLER.

We hope you had fun!

Up next is Southend parkrun #276 on Saturday 23/12/2017 at the normal time of 9am. It's also our 'optional' (but not really) Christmas fancy dress week! We look forward to seeing you there! Itching for a run on Christmas morning? How about New Year's Day? This link will tell you all you need to know about which parkruns will be taking place! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

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Is it just me or are these newer 'Where's Wally' puzzles just not as difficult as they used to be?

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 6,706 participants have completed 62,241 parkruns covering a total distance of 311,205 km, including 11,783 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Alexa JOEL who recorded a time of 17:12 on 22nd June 2013 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 14:15 on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded 90.53% (14:15) on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).

This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers.

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.

With Photographs by Geraldine Gapes.

 

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