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.
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.
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 –
Junior parkrunners - Ellie WILLIAMS, Lily-Ann SHARP completed their 10th runs.
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!
When preparing to run on a cold day always stretch those legs to warm up first.
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.
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!
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.
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!