Southend parkrun #305

Southend parkrun
Event number 305
14th July, 2018

It was another scorcher in glorious Southend, and Race director Alex Thornton, welcomed everybody to Southend parkrun number 305, provided us with the obligatory safety briefing, welcomed tourists, thanked the volunteers and celebrated new Milestone Club Members. Thank you Alex.

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There was a special mention and thank you from Alex for two of our amazing volunteers, Lin TAYLOR and Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, who between them have notched up enough volunteering sessions to cover 5 years solid of parkruns! From us all, thank you for the encouragement, high fives, cheers and hugs and especially for your commitment in standing there for our benefit in all weather!

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The fabulous Ian and Lin sharing the love of volunteering.

Please consider volunteering, it is very rewarding and makes our parkrun sustainable. Take a look at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ and see how you may be able to help. It’s easy…

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Despite the unfortunate defeat of England in the World Cup this week, spirits were high and in true Southend Parkrun fashion, there were still plenty of smiles about…

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John Gair sporting his new 25 Volunteer parkrun T-Shirt!

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Was this a celebration for France and the World Cup? NO... it was a celebration of Bastille Day!

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It’s official – Parkrun makes you happy!!

Congratulations to the following people joined the 50th Parkrun milestone club today:

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Lisa WILSON • Rosemary HILL • Alex DOWNER

A shout-out to all the parkrun tourists who joined us at Southend for the first time, we hope you enjoyed our parkrun and that you will visit us again. A special mention to the 11 park runners from the club Ware Joggers, Hertford who joined us as tourists this week; they have run over 1,000 parkruns between them, and Colin NAMAN chose to celebrate his 200th Parkrun at Southend today!

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49 Southend park runners achieved personal best times this week! Congratulations to:

Alistair FISHER • Jon COLLISON • Millie NORTH • Rosie DAVIES • Dale CLARIDGE • Oscar DOBINSON • Iain CAINE • Andrew GROUT • Fraser WALKER • Alan MANSON • Oliver HALL • Jonathan ROWLEY • Peter LAWRENCE • Horatio FALLON • Clare BAXTER • Natasha CRAGO • Yvonne SCARSBROOK • Philippa LYNCH • Chris STACEY • Benjamin LEE • Adam SHAPIRO • David MORROW • John BAKER • Lorraine EVERETT • Catherine BONNER • Lisa CAUSTON • John CLARIDGE • Julie BASHER • Daniel FLOYD • Mark THIPTHORPE • Daniel IVERS • Joanna WARR • Joseph LOWRY • Karen SHIELDS • Alexander GIBBS • Hannah HALL • Yvonne HAWES • Claire ALWAN • Michael ALLEN • Martin ROOT • Charlie COTTER • Alan RAYNER • Molly ROOT • Kevin CARTER • Paul STIBBARDS • Martin PYKE • Davis JACOB • Neil KEELER • Jackie AGDOMAR

 

7 people chose Southend to try parkrun for their very first parkrun (good choice!), well done and welcome to our parkrun family: Simon SCARSBROOK • Sam CAREY • Adelaide HALLIDAY • Wesley GROUT • Guy LAMMERT • Tony ATKINSON • Katelyn GOLLOP

 

A big thank you to this weeks 20 stalwart volunteers who made this event possible:

Alex S THORNTON • Georgina MCMASTERS • Macy RICHARDSON • Donna RICHARDSON • Kathie TULLY • Lin TAYLOR • Kathy SHORE • Tony WELLINGTON • Geraldine HANSFORD • Jacky HALLS • Paula CLARIDGE • Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER • Giles PETTITT • Thomas CUFLEY • Sandra STAMP • Niamh RUSSELL • Barbara GAIR • John GAIR • Sally HEMMINGS • William ABLETHORPE

 

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.

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).

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 7,496 participants have completed 72,814 parkruns covering a total distance of 364,070 km, including 13,164 new Personal Bests.

Report written by Sandra Stamp

 

 

 

 

Southend parkrun #304

Southend parkrun
Event number 304
7th July 2018

 

Apologies for the lateness of this report. I would like to say that it's tactical; that you'll read this on Friday evening and it will inspire you to jump out of bed extra early on Saturday morning and get on down to parkrun. However, in truth it's mostly just down to laziness. Plus there was a football match this week, but I don't want to talk about that. Some scars take a little time to heal.

 

Joining Run Director Matt BARRETT for Southend parkrun #304 (if you can remember back that far) were the following bunch of Hi-Vis Heroes known as parkrun volunteers. Our thanks to:

 

Kelly BARHAM, Derek BIRNIE, Thomas CARSWELL, Paula CLARIDGE, Samantha COOMBES, Thomas CUFLEY, Linda DONNELLY, Pam FELTON, Rachael FLOYD, Geraldine GAPES, Gary PHILLIPS, Anne PURDHAM, Macy RICHARDSON, Lin TAYLOR, Kathie TULLY, Tony WELLINGTON, Rob WEST, and David WEST.

 

As we all know by now, parkrun can't happen without the help of volunteers. Looking for a way to give something back? Check out http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ where you can find information on all the different roles and check out the upcoming vacancies. It's a lot of fun and really easy. You can even turn in a report 6 days after the event and nobody bats an eyelid! Just don't take that laid back attitude into work or school. You might end up in trouble!

 

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Don't mind our volunteers. They are just obsessed with looking at running shoes!

 

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Speaking of volunteers, allow us to direct you towards the roster!

 

Does anybody know the collective noun for a group of First Timers? Is it 'Gaggle'? 'Fleet'? 'Ambush'? Whatever it is, there were 17 of them this week! They were:

 

Beau MACDONALD, Jack STEVENSON, Jamie GLADD, William FRASER, William PATERSON, Rob SMITHSON, Ciro GENOVESE, Niall HIXON, James GREGORY, Lauren BAILEY, Dean PRESTON, Sarah NUNN, Gary GENTRY, Molly ROOT, Charlotte ABLETHORPE, Paul STIBBARDS, and Martin ROOT.

 

Congratulations on completing your first runs and welcome to the parkrun family! Ah yes, 'family'. That's a much better word.

 

We were also joined by 5 parkrun tourists who all visited Southend for the first time. Welcome to:

 

Daniel WEST, Ian Grant RICHARDSON, Dominic TURNER, Karen RICHARDSON, and Ian GORMAN.

 

Can you believe these people have completed 753 parkruns between them and yet none of them had ever run at Southend before! We'll let Ian GORMAN off because he has only completed 8, but the rest of you: what are you playing at? We expected you much sooner! Thank you for joining us at Southend (#betterlatethannever). We hope to see you again soon.

 

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That feeling when you get told there's still one lap to go. We've all been there.

 

Now for some milestones...

 

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Congratulations to Akemi PUGSLEY and Maggie RUSSELL, who completed their 50th runs this week!

 

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Congratulations to Anne PURDHAM who, unless I'm mistaken, becomes only our second regular runner at Southend to reach 250 runs! An amazing achievement! The key to such longevity? Volunteering. She's done that over 100 times too!

 

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She volunteered to lead the First Timers Briefing, completed her 250th parkrun, AND ran with a buggy all on the same day? Is there nothing this woman cannot do?

 

And now for everybody's favourite feature...Southend's Random Results!

 

 

Female Results

 

Diana ANDERSON (VW45-49) was 56th across the line (202nd overall) with a time of 32:48.
Barbara CHILDS (VW65-69) was 105th across the line (283rd overall) with a new Personal Best time of 43:21 in only her second parkrun! Well done Barbara!
Anne KIRBY (VW70-74) was 111th across the line (291st overall) with a time of 1:03:33.

 

Male Results

 

Graham PURDHAM (VM60-64) was 28th across the line (30th overall) with a time of 21:44.
Tim SAYER (VM55-59) was 120th across the line (151st overall) with a time of 29:56.
Keith PASSINGHAM (VM65-69) was 135th across the line (179th overall) with a time of 31:33.

NB: Southend's Random Results are picked using an online random number generator. Everybody has an equal chance of getting a mention. Will it be you next time? Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.

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Obligatory photo of some really fit people running really quickly! Look at them go!

It was a mega hot one this week, and that is reflected in the relatively low number of people who achieved Personal Best times. Huge congratulations go out to the 28 of you who did so:

 

Joe FARROW, Christopher LOUGHRAN, Mackinley GALL, Zoe WOODHAM, Scott MANGHAM, Richard DE VILLE, Rosie DAVIES, James YOUNG, Francesco MENEGHEL, Tony DALEY, Archie HARDING, Ian SNOAD, Hannah BARDELL, Daniel EDWARDS, Gordon MCAULAY, Carly MONTERO, Benjamin LEE, Jack SHERWIN, Lucie CARD, John CLARIDGE, Darren WINNARD, Cathy MARTIN, Joseph LOWRY, Elizabeth LAWRENCE, Claire ALWAN, Julia ELSTON, Lily PROWSE, and Barbara CHILDS.

 

This week, my entirely fictional but highly coveted PB-of-the-week award goes to Archie HARDING (JM11-14), who ran 23:00 exactly! It was also his third consecutive PB at Southend. Congratulations Archie!

 

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I'm happy to report that the handsome guy in the sunglasses resisted the offer to 'Stroke Pete', but it took an enormous amount of willpower. What? It's a running vest for the 'Stoke Association' charity? Well this is awkward. Seriously though, it's a good charity. Check them out. 

 

Well that about wraps things up from me. After 3 reports in a row, I think I'll take a little break and leave you in the capable hands of Sandra Stamp next week.

 

Be kind to each other.

 

And happy running, however slow or fast you may be.

 

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 7,451 participants have completed 72,465 parkruns covering a total distance of 362,325 km, including 13,115 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 294 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.

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

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.

Photographs by Geraldine Gapes.

 

 

 

Southend parkrun #303

Southend parkrun
Event number 303
30th June 2018

 

It's currently 17:30 on Tuesday and I am desperately trying to get this run report finished in time to watch the England game. If you happen to be reading this any time after the match, please select from the following two sentences, depending on your mood.

 

Hooray – we're in the quarter final! / What a huge disappointment that was!

 

One thing that certainly never disappoints is Southend parkrun! Joining Run Director Graham PURDHAM for #303 were the following team of Hi-Vis Heroes known as volunteers:

 

Derek BIRNIE, Thomas CARSWELL, Samantha COOMBES, Katy DUDDRIDGE, Barbara GAIR, John GAIR, Geraldine GAPES, Geraldine HANSFORD, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Gary PHILLIPS, Anne PURDHAM, Sandra STAMP, Zoe STORRAR, Lin TAYLOR, Rob WEST, and Paula YOUNG.

 

Thank you all for your efforts this week. For more information about volunteering, or to sign up, please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ where you can find information on all the different roles and check out upcoming vacancies. We all know parkrun cannot happen without volunteers and, if you're an adult, it's actually the quickest and easiest way to bag yourself a milestone t-shirt! What could be better?

 

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Volunteering - the quickest way to our hearts, and to a snazzy milestone t-shirt!

 

Speaking of milestones...

 

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Congratulations to Chris WICKER who completed run number 50 this week!

 

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Congratulations to Nigel BOWIE, Richard FISHER, and Donna GIBBS, who all completed run number 100 this week!

 

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Donna GIBBS - 100 runs and great taste in balloons!

 

We also celebrated an unofficial milestone this week. Congratulations to Carol Anne ELLIS on completing run number 150.

 

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Carol completed run number 150 after taking part in Harp 24 last weekend! An amazing achievement!

 

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I don't get to use the 250 picture very often; however, casting an eye over the results, it appears as though we have quite a few regular runners approaching this particular milestone over the next few weeks. We look forward to the celebrations! #bringcake

 

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Err, Beno, the cake is meant to be eaten after the run!

 

 

A fantastic 18 people changed their lives for the better and tried parkrun for the first time this week. Let's give a warm Southend welcome to:

 

Aaron MCGIVNEY, Edward MCPHERSON, Abbie HOLLEBONE, Philippa LYNCH, Godfrey EMMANUEL, Lisa CAUSTON, Nichoals BERG, Christopher LOUGHRAN, Catherine BONNER, Rachel COLEMAN, Darren WINNARD, Kevin LEHANE, Mary BARHAM, Stephen BARHAM, Alexis ROY, Brendon FAIRBRASS, Edoho EMMANUEL, and Mollie COTTER.

 

Congratulations guys! The first one is always the hardest. Don't believe me? Come back and try again next week!

 

We also had 4 parkrun tourists joining us at Southend for the very first time. They were:

 

Christopher CHILDS, Charlotte CLIBBENS, Tamsin INGLE, and Fiona BAKER.

 

We hope you enjoyed your time with us and that we'll see you again soon!

 

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Run Director Graham checks the rules and confirms that bikes are not allowed. My, what a dainty left arm you have Graham! All the better to model watches with, my dear.

 

And now for everybody's favourite feature...Southend's Random Results!

 

Female Results:

First Timer Philippa LYNCH (VW35-39) was 22nd across the line (154th overall) with a time of 28:53. Congratulations on completing your first run, Philippa!
Huibrie PUTT (VW35-39) was 95th across the line (295th overall) with a new Personal Best time of 37:04. Congratulations Huibrie!
Amanda LOTHIAN (VW50-54) was 110th across the line (325th overall) with a time of 41:51.

 

Male Results:

Mike DOWNER (VM45-49) was 11th across the line (11th overall) with a time of 21:01.
Steve COTTER (VM45-49) was 216th across the line (329th overall) with a time of 44:29.
Stéphane ROUYER-BROWN (SM20-24) was 218th across the line (339th overall) with a time of 52:45.

 

NB: Southend's Random Results are picked using an online random number generator. Everybody has an equal chance of getting a mention. Will it be you next time? Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.

 

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Alright you lot! Who pinched Peter's bum?! They all look so innocent! My money is on Aoife...unless there happens to be a certain Run Director with a dainty left arm hiding at the back! All the better to pinch you with, my dear.

 

46 of you achieved new Personal Best times this week! Congratulations to:

James BRANDEJS, Johnny O'BRIEN, Sean HASSELL-GREEN, Howell DAVIES, Rebekah YOUNG, Adrian HOLDEN, Stuart BELLETT, Graham BUTTON, Mark JOHNSON, Gary JOPLING, Gary PARKINS, Adrian PUTT, Mark CARTY, Ian SNOAD, Thomas FISHER, Daniel EDWARDS, Horatio FALLON, Michael SMITH, Andrew DREDGE, John PUTT, Kirsty FLYNN, George WOOD, Neil CURRAN, Alison DUNN, Hayden CARTY, Francis MCCAGUE, Hayley MEAD, Vikki KENNEY, Jasmine FEDDON, Samantha GRANT, Debbie DAWS, Hannahlisa KNOETZE, Benjamin LEE, Jason STATHAM, Joseph LOWRY, Jack SHERWIN, Charlotte Poppy SIMSON, Elizabeth LAWRENCE, Daniel FLOYD, Claire ALWAN, Claire MORGAN, Alana PUTT, Huibrie PUTT, Jackie AGDOMAR, Chris SANDERSON, and Eve WEEKS.

 

This week, my entirely fictional but highly coveted PB-of-the-week award goes to Rebekah YOUNG (JW11-14). Rebekah's time of 23:18 was her fastest since October 2017 and propelled her to the dizzying heights of 4th female finisher which, incidentally, is also a PB! Congratulations Rebekah!

 

That just about does it for me this week, and there are still a few minutes left before kick-off! I might order a pizza! It's OK - I'll burn off the calories next Saturday!

 

Fancy joining me?

 

 

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 7,429 participants have completed 72,171 parkruns covering a total distance of 360,855 km, including 13,087 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 342 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers.

 

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.

 

Photographs by Geraldine Gapes.

 

 

 

Southend parkrun #302

Southend parkrun
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vent number 302
23rd June 2018

 

Well it looks like summer is well and truly here! And what better way to celebrate than by packing away the base layers, smothering yourselves in sun scream and mosquito repellent, and heading down to Gunners Park for a lovely 5k run? That's what 305 of you did on Saturday morning for Southend parkrun 302!

 

Soaking up the rays with Run Director Jason MITCHELL were the following bunch of bronzed beauties known as parkrun volunteers:

 

Nicki BENHAM, Thomas CARSWELL, Helena COCHRANE, Catherine COCHRANE, Samantha COOMBES, Thomas CUFLEY, Linda DONNELLY, Samuel FAIRLESS, Kelly JONES, Anne KIRBY, John MARSHALL, Joseph MITCHELL, Antoine ROUYER-BROWN, Béatrice ROUYER-BROWN, Niamh RUSSELL, Alex S THORNTON, Gary WALSH, and Tony WELLINGTON.

 

Thank you all so much for your efforts this week!

 

On the subject of volunteers: parkrun can't happen without them. I'm sure you all know that by now! Did you also know that the summer months are when we have the most difficulty filling the rota? It's true - some people genuinely believe that going away on holiday is more important than helping out at their local parkrun! (#selfish) Don't worry though, I won't be going anywhere. Keith has me chained to my desk! If you feel like you can help us out over this busy period, or you haven't volunteered before and fancy giving it a try, please check out the future roster page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ for more information and get yourselves signed up!

 

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Shame on you all - sneaking off whilst the Run Director's back is turned! The first five rows are disqualified!

 

And now for some parkrun milestones...

 

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Congratulations to junior runners Alana PUTT, John PUTT, Alexander GIBBS, and Henry GIBBS for completing their 10th parkruns this week! John PUTT may get a second mention later on in this report...but I don't want to give anything away!

 

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Congratulations Andrea WILSON, Aran GIBBS, and Claire JAWORSK for completing their 50th runs this week!

 

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2 out of 3 GIBBS family milestone runners appear in this photo. That ain't bad.

 

18 brave people changed their lives for the better and tried parkrun for the very first time this week. Congratulations to:

 

Will BRYAN, Reuben ANDREWS, Kirsty FLYNN, George WOOD, Horatio FALLON, Conor HARDING, Mark THIPTHORPE, Hannah MALCOLM, Karen FISHER, Benjamin LEE, Catherine MALCOLM, Joseph LOWRY, Neil KEELER, Linzi SWINDON, William HAWKRIDGE, Paul HAWKRIDGE, Lisa PHILLIPS, and Lucy LOWRY.

 

Welcome to the parkrun family. The first one is always the hardest. Don't believe me? Come back and try again next week!

 

We also had 11 parkrun tourists visit us at Southend for the first time. Welcome to:

 

Matthew SEARCH, Victoria MARTIN, James DORRINGTON, Luke BONHAM, Evie DORRINGTON, Mike FULLER, Jane FULLER, Nicholas COLEMAN, Lindsay GOUBEL, Michelle LAMARRE, and Andrea COLEMAN.

 

We hope you enjoyed your time with us and that we'll see you again soon. Incidentally, Mike and Jane FULLER were the most experienced parkrunners of the entire field this week with 275 (Mike) and 319 (Jane) runs under their respective belts. Worthy winners of my Interesting-tourist(s)-of-the-week award, I'd say!

 

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There were good vibes at Southend parkrun this week!

 

And now for everybody's favourite feature...Southend's Random Results!

 

Female Results:

Claire KIRKLAND (SW30-34) was 30th across the line (142nd overall) with a time of 28:46.
Karina DOWNING (VW40-44) was 83rd across the line (255th overall) with a time of 36:40.
Diane KRALIK (VW35-39) was 93 across the line (271 overall) with a time of 38:04.

 

 

Male Results:

James BRANDEJS (SM25-29) was 10th across the line (10th overall) with a new Personal Best time of 19:48. Well done James!
John FREEL (VM60-64) was 113th across the line (143rd overall), also with a new Personal Best time of 28:53. Well done John!
First Timer Conor HARDING (SM18-19) was 137th across the line (176th overall) with a time of 30:16.

 

NB: Southend's Random Results are picked using an online random number generator. Everybody has an equal chance of getting a mention. Will it be you next time? Today's full results can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.

 

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I don't have a photo-of-the-week award, but if I did, these would be finalists.

 

There were 44 new Personal Best times achieved this week! Congratulations to:

 

Daniel TOMS, James BRANDEJS, Eddie CLAMPIN, Max FIDDES, Mark MATTHEWS, Richard JUBB, Zoe WOODHAM, Gary PHILLIPS, Dean TROTTER, Paul STALLEY, Donna KILDAY, Laura MATTHEWS, Howard WHITE, Tony SMITH, Rebecca TAYLOR, William MALCOLM, Max DEVINE, Colin BRODIGAN, David BARHAM, Mark JOHNSON, Adrian PUTT, Melvin POOL, Michael SMITH, Gemma OLDER, Helen TURNER, Finley MAHONEY, Geoff BROWNE, John FREEL, Francis MCCAGUE, Rachel AL-SOUFI, John PUTT, Helen STEVENS, Henry IRONS, Steve DREW, Charlotte Poppy SIMSON, Daniel FLOYD, Kevin CARTER, Claire ALWAN, Ian THOMAS, Valerie HOLMAN, Jackie AGDOMAR, Joanne THIPTHORPE, Tracy REID, and Janet WELLS.

 

I can't resist a milestone PB. Remember junior milestone runner John PUTT from earlier? Well here he is again scooping up my highly coveted but entirely fictional PB-of-the-week award! In just 10 parkruns, John has set 8 new PBs! His latest time of 30:17 is a massive 16 minutes and 6 seconds faster than his first attempt! If he continues this trend, by the time he reaches 30 runs he'll be so fast that he'll probably be able to travel backwards through time. Something to look forward to. Congratulations John! Keep up the good work.

 

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Another new PB for Eddie this week. He might have picked up a certain fictional award too, if it wasn't for a pesky kid!

 

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Voguing whilst running?! I LOVE it! I only wish I'd thought of it first!

 

Can a run report have too many awards? I don't think so! So brace yourselves for another...

 

In the latter stages of this week's parkrun, some of you may have noticed that a titanic sprint finish between father and son ended with a tumble, a cloud of dust, and a couple of badly scraped hands and knees. What a disaster! However, the young lad in question got back on his feet and gamely crossed the finish line! For that reason I'm giving the first ever parkrun-hero-of-the-week award to Alexander GULL! Well done Alexander. We hope those scrapes have healed up and that you'll be back running again with us soon. Please note: I intend this to be a one-time only award. I don't want the rest of you throwing yourselves to the ground in desperate bids to emulate Alexander! I know what you're like!

 

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There is a photo of the injuries...but this one's nicer! parkrun-hero-of-the-week award winner Alexander GULL

 

That just about wraps things up from me. Be kind to one another.

 

Same time next week?

 

Me vs Mo

#nailedit!

 

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 7,407 participants have completed 71,829 parkruns covering a total distance of 359,145 km, including 13,041 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 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.

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

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.

Photographs by Béatrice and Antoine Rouyer-Brown.

 

Southend parkrun #300

Southend parkrun

Event number 300

9th June 2018

Welcome parkrunners to the 300th Gunners park parkrun run report! Today marked the big milestone of 300 parkruns completed at Southend! The parkrun was celebrated as people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part, some of whom decided to commemorate the occasion as well as the 70th birthday by dressing up as doctors and nurses!

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As ever the event was made possible by 21 fabulous volunteers who give up their Saturday morning to help others enjoy a run around the park! It's very rewarding and well worth a go! If you'd like to volunteer please see the run director of each week or visit the future roster page on the Southend parkrun page!

The names of this weeks volunteers are listed below!

Sean MCFARLANE • Anne PURDHAM • Macy RICHARDSON • Jim GARDINER • Lin TAYLOR • Kathy SHORE • Mark SAMUELS • Helen MARRIOTT • Tony WELLINGTON • Stuart AVIS • Hannah BARDELL • Debbie DOCHERTY • Derek BIRNIE • Jo WELSH • Matthew AITKEN • Michael WALKER • Thomas CUFLEY • Andrew ROUYER-BROWN • Kerry FAIRLESS • Sophie BARNOUX • Niamh RUSSELL

Now for the first timers who bravely made the decision to hop out of bed and join us all for their first jaunt! Congratulations to,

Martin WREN, Chris HAYLOCK, Janice JORDAN, Emily MCCARTHY, Lynn CUFLEY, Chris HARGRAVES, Thomas FISHER, Yvonne HAWES, Samuel FISHER, Daniel HARRISON, Jade Holly WREN, Adam SHAPIRO, Jenny GALL, Zoe WREN, Mackinley GALL, Bob FRAKE.

Well done and we hope to see you next week!

Now for the amazing 58 yes 58 personal bests set today at parkrun who were,

Omolemo KGOATHE, Hayley MEAD, Stephanie FILER, Julie ALDRIDGE, Amy SHEIL, Jimmy SEARS, Amelia LEADLEY, Jack JERMAN, Claire SHARP, Lauren PORTER, Alexander GIBBS, Catalina SANZ COLLINS, Pritesh PATEL, Richard JUBB, Jon COLLISON, Mason NICHOLLS, Julie BASHER, Geoff RHODES, Michael SMITH, Alex FIDDES, Rachael FLOYD, Hugo JONES, James BRANDEJS, Howard GALE, Nicola SMITH, Neil DAVIES, Debbie DAWS, Max COLLISON, Jackie MUSSETT, Daisy WILLIAMS, Joanne THIPTHORPE, Alistair JOPLING, David HORNE, John BAKER, Laura MITCHINSON, Robin SHREEVE, Kim PORTER, Keith MAKINSON, Chris HALL, Wendy DOBBIN, Helena COCHRANE, Huibrie PUTT, Nicholas TOMS, Mark JOHNSON, Simon BOYGLE, Claire HODBY, Alex CARTY, Max FIDDES, Grace MILFORD-COTTAL, Lorraine EVERETT, Kyle WILLIAMS, Marie WAITE, Noah GRIBBON, Oliver JEEVES, Melvin POOL, Henry GIBB, Kevin CARTER, Kerry FULLER.

Congratulations to you all, let's see if you can double up next week!

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

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This park run was a special one for me as Sophie Line celebrated her 30th Birthday! My mum aforementioned first timer Lynn Cufley tackled the course and Dim who turns a big birthday this coming Wednesday showed off his age defying pins!

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My last feature is an interview with a specially selected parkrunner, this time it falls to founder of Southend park run Alex Thornton:

Q: What males you get out of bed on a Saturday morning?

A: Seeing my friends

Q: What would you say to people who say they can't do it?

A: You're wrong and you'll never be last

Q: What's the best thing about parkrun?

A: Inclusivity

Q: Custard cream or bourbon?

A: Bourbon

Q: PB or fun?

A: PB

Q: Hills or undulations?

A: Hills

Q: Flying feet or flyers wings?

A: Flyers wings

The Keith Passingham controversial Q: London or Brighton?

A: Brighton

That brings my report to an end, I hope you've had a decent read!

HAPPY PARKRUNNING PARKRUNNERS!!!

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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).

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 7,339 participants have completed 71,141 parkruns covering a total distance of 355,705 km, including 12,956 new Personal Bests.

 

 

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