With yet another successful parkrun at Southend done and dusted, it means we're hurtling towards our landmark 300th event! Only 9 to go! Rumour has it we might even get some nice weather by then, but whisper it softly – we wouldn't want to jinx it!
Joining Run Director Mark BENHAM and 287 budding participants for Southend parkrun #291 this week were the following bunch of Hi-Vis Heroes, also known as volunteers:
Sophie BALDWIN, Thomas CARSWELL, Lisa CURETON-BURGESS, Linda DONNELLY, John GAIR, Barbara GAIR, Jacky GREEN, Lorraine JOYCE, Martin PARISH, Giles PETTITT, Gary PHILLIPS, Anne PURDHAM, Macy RICHARDSON, Andrew ROBERTSON, Andrew ROUYER-BROWN, Juliette ROUYER-BROWN, Maggie RUSSELL, Niamh RUSSELL, Mark SAMUELS, Dawn SARGENT, and Val TAYLOR.
Volunteers are the backbone of parkrun. These wonderful events simply can't take place without them. So please give a cheery smile, wave, or a “thank you” when you see them – it really does make it all worthwhile. Better still, why not sign up yourself one week? There are lots of varied roles available and it feels great to give back to something that you love! Check out the future roster page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ for more information.
Look at this lovely bunch of volunteers! Fancy joining them? Sign up!
There was only one official parkrun milestone club entry this week, so congratulations to Barry PLUMBLEY who completed his 50th run!
We also celebrated an unofficial milestone as Janice MARSHALL completed her 150th parkrun. Congratulations Janice!
Running with friends - that's what parkrun's all about!
And now for everybody's favourite feature...Southend's Random Results!
Sarah MAPPLEBECK (VW40-44) was 5th across the line (38th overall) with a time of 22:37.
Julie COOMBS (VW45-49) was 18th across the line (119th overall) with a time of 27:16.
Katy DUDDRIDGE (VW40-44) was 43rd across the line (172nd overall) with a time of 30:06.
John STEPHENSON (VM60-64) was 90th across the line (106th overall) with a time of 26:43.
Matthew CROW (VM50-54) was 136th across the line (195th overall) with a time of 32:02.
First timer Paul CONBY (VM40-44) was 163rd across the line (259th overall) with a time of 37:58.
NB: 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.
Under 11s must run within arms reach of their accompanying adult. Well done to those adults who are able to keep up, especially on the sprint finish!
50 people set Personal Best times this week! That's 17.4% of the entire field (#maths). Congratulations to:
James PORTER, John STAUNTON, Roisin BROWNE, Alex FIDDES, Mark MATTHEWS, Simon RICHARDSON, Stuart COXHEAD, Lewis BURGESS, Honor SHARP, John COLBY, Dean TROTTER, Ivan NEWMAN, Richard JUBB, Elizabeth WELSH, Tim MACGREGOR, Laura MATTHEWS, Martin THOMPSON, Fraser WALKER, Gary PARKINS, Alex LAING, David CHRISTY, Tobias HARTLEY, Lizzy CLARKE, Alex ROGERS, Sarah HUTCHINSON, Neil SAPLER, Paul MARCHANT, Laura DRAKE, John GOLDSWORTHY, Emma FARROW, Pritesh PATEL, Christopher SANDALL, Katy BROWN, Michael BUSH, Charlotte FOTHERBY, Niamh O'SHEA, Lucy BARRETT, Charlotte BIDSTON, Charlie GLEW, Lisa WILSON, Daniel BASHER, Anne ODEKE, Noah GRIBBON, Simon GREEN, Gizella SIMPSON-HAYES, Greg HERRIOTT, James MATTHEWS, Martin PYKE, and Tracy BAINES.
There were many notable contenders for my entirely fictional but highly coveted PB-of-the-week award this week. So many in fact, that I'm going to be controversial and split it between three people who proved that no matter how many parkruns you have under your belt, a PB is still possible! Congratulations to Stuart COXHEAD, Ivan NEWMAN, and James PORTER who set new Personal Best times on their 193rd, 168th, and 146th respective parkruns!
We had 8 parkrun tourists visiting us for the first time this week. Welcome to:
Wasim JUNED, Dave GIRT, Roger S WILSON, Gill WILSON, Geoffrey POSNACK, Alex BALDWIN, Jamie PATIENCE, and Paula FRANCIS.
As well as PB-of-the-week, we also have a 3-way tie for my Interesting-tourist-of-the-week award, as three of our tourists are members of the illustrious 250 milestone club! They are Roger S WILSON (322), Gill WILSON (316), and Paula FRANCIS (265). We hope all of our tourists enjoyed their time with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
11 people made the life-changing decision to try a parkrun for the very first time this week! Congratulations to:
John FITZ-GIBBON, Kyle WILLIAMS, Philip CLARK, Kate HAND, Danielle GERAGHTY, Neil JONES, Megan JONES, Dylan CONBY, Paul CONBY, Joanna FURTAK, and Andie JAMES.
Welcome to the parkrun family! The first one is always the hardest. Don't believe me? Come back and see for yourselves next week. Be warned though – parkrun is addictive!
Congratulations to Joanna FURTAK and Andie JAMES, two of our first-timers this week.
I had the pleasure of being Tail Walker this week. Every time I volunteer for this role I'm shocked to discover just how far 5k actually is! With that in mind I would like to end this report by offering a huge congratulations to everybody who participated in Southend parkrun this week. It doesn't matter how you did it; or how fast you did it: just that you did it!
Same time next week?
Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 7,111 participants have completed 67,693 parkruns covering a total distance of 338,465 km, including 12,466 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 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 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 Dawn Sargent and Geraldine Gapes.