Southend parkrun #332

Who was given the first ever milestone t shirt at Southend parkrun??? Find out in this time travelling Run Report from Anne Purdham.

Southend parkrun #15 – Run Report
Southend parkrun #332 – Run Report

Spot the Difference – two parkruns, same date – 6 years apart.

Southend parkrun #15 12/01/13 – Stat Attack!
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the week’s run I wanted to highlight a few stats to show what an amazing thing we’ve all achieved over the last 15 runs and 14 weeks.
Southend parkrun #332 12/01/19 – Stat Attack!
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the week’s run I wanted to highlight a few stats to show what an amazing thing we’ve all achieved over the last 332 runs and 6 years.

First up we all know that parkrun wouldn’t work without the help of all our brilliant volunteers, and I have to say that I’ve been amazed at the response at Southend. Get a load of this; in our short time as an event an astonishing 69 different volunteers have filled 164 roles to enable us all to have our run on a Saturday morning. You’re all brilliant! If this is something that you think you can help out with, email us at southendhelpers@parkrun.com.
First up we all know that parkrun wouldn’t work without the help of all our brilliant volunteers, and I have to say that I’ve been amazed at the response at Southend. Get a load of this; in our short time as an event an astonishing 761 different volunteers have filled 5777 roles to enable us all to have our run on a Saturday morning. You’re all brilliant! If this is something that you think you can help out with, email us at southendhelpers@parkrun.com

As a result of all these dedicated volunteers we’ve managed to enable 447 different runners from as far afield as New Zealand, Bradford and Aberdeen to complete 1186 runs, covering 5930km in 533 hours. That’s the same as running to Washington DC, America from London!
As a result of all these dedicated volunteers we’ve managed to enable 8375 different runners from as far afield as New Zealand, Bradford and Aberdeen all over the world to complete 82705 runs, covering 413525km in goodness knows how many hours. That’s the same as running over 10 times round the equator.

We now have 692 runners who’ve registered Southend as their home run. Let’s hope you don’t all turn up at once when the sun comes out!
I’m sure you’ll all agree this is quite an achievement in such a short space of time, and you’re all to thank for making it such a success. Thanks to you all, runners and volunteers.
We now have 8516 runners who’ve registered Southend as their home run. Let’s hope you don’t all turn up at once when the sun comes out! Can you imagine!!!
I’m sure you’ll all agree this is quite an achievement in six years, and you’re all to thank for making it such a success. Thanks to you all, runners and volunteers.

So, this week at Southend parkrun. Another bumper turnout of 101, matched last week. Our weekly wind watch saw the breeze coming straight off the North Sea to make conditions down the sea wall challenging to say the least! I’m sure I was almost stopped dead in my tracks a few times as I came around the building before the grass turn. I think the most challenging conditions we have run in so far. At least it wasn’t raining!
So, this week at Southend parkrun. There was a record turnout of 505 (exactly 5 times that in 2013). Our weekly wind watch saw a benign breeze, no rain and it was a bit chilly, but we’ve seen far worse!

We’re getting ahead of ourselves though. Ably led for the day by Keith, our team of volunteers, Christine Hodges, Damon Parsons, Gary Matthews, George “Numbers” Greer, Gerald Dodds, Graham Purdham, Neil Coates, Sandy “1st Corner” Driskell and Sue Hickey. Not forgetting Nicola Lomas who put on the most enthusiastic display of marshalling I’ve ever seen! Keith’s first job of the day after the briefing was to hand out our first Club T-shirt at Southend to Nathan Thornton who received his 10 Club Shirt. If you don’t know about our Club T-shirts, have a look here for details: http://support.parkrun.com/entries/22042596-what-are-the-10-50-100-250-clubs When will you get yours?
We’re getting ahead of ourselves though. Ably led for the day by Guy, our team of volunteers Anne Purdham,  Barbara Gair, Barrie Jones, Béatrice Rouyer-Brown,  Claire Bissett,  Derek Birnie,  George Felton,  Geraldine Gapes,  Guy Hurst,  Ian ‘Second Corner’ Liesching-Schroder,   John Boswell,  John Gair,  Lin ‘1st Corner’ Taylor,  Marion Storey,  Martin Palmer,  Sally Hemmings,  Sandra Stamp, Sonny Palmer, Tom Haywood-Poilpre,  Tony Wellington,  William Ablethorpe . Guy’s first job of the day after the briefing was to announce those achieving milestones – Jeanette Taylor was running her 100th parkrun and Junior Niamh Staunton was running her 10th. If you don’t know about our Club T-shirts, have a look here for details: http://support.parkrun.com/entries/22042596-what-are-the-10-50-100-250-clubs When will you get yours?

We had lots of 1st timers again, 20 in total. Welcome to the parkrun family to the following, we hope you’ll all come back soon, I’ll try to turn the wind down a bit: David and Georgina McMasters, Matthew Webster, Sarah Duggans, Mary Harris, Barry Key, Paula Burton, Luke Burkett, Tracy Harding, Claire Kemp, Curtis and Richard Pond, Charlie and Sam Hadden, Lisa Alix, Aaron Patterson, Steve Waites, Shelley Toms, Michael Hodges, and practising for Chelmsford’s launch next week, Katherine Steward.

We had lots of 1st timers again, 57 in total. Welcome to the parkrun family to the following, we hope you’ll all come back soon, I’ll try to turn the make it a bit warmer: Archie Durham, Joss Onion, Carl Marston, Harvey Durham, Chris Durham, Alex Slater, Russell Wind, James Buttress, Kyle Slater, Clowance Lane, Vanessa Durham, Shirley Pullen, Eddie George, Antoine Becaglia, Amy Greenham, Jason Mowbrey, Carl Beaney, Nadine Langham, Karen Hoult, Alan Bowley, Paul Whybrow, Jane Hadler, Manners Heer, Rachel Sankey, Hayden Spurgeon, Oliver Sankey, Katie Quy, Matthew Deller, Dawid Viljoen, Sue Flynn, Ian Twaits, Jordan Waylen, Hayley Reid, Louisa Braddock, Gemma Rawlinson, Cara Hay, Richard Fletcher, Toni Tucker, Sarah Smartt, Julia Twaits, Julie Tysoe, Erin Hinds, Mark McGreevy, Carla Viljoen, Phoebe Hall, Paula Pegg, Steven Pegg, Helen Mackenzie-Burrows, Vicky Mansfield, Sam Verrall, Paula Berry- Pearson, Lucas Champ, Lucy Champ, Michelle Truter Banks, Clare Sugden, Alfie Verrall, Charlotte Worwood, Steve Gentle, Alexander Gentle, James Avis, Tracy Spurgeon, Aaron Spurgeon, Jennifer Avis, Alison McQuaid, Rita Byford, David Hughes, Jenni Sanderson, and I guess nobody needs to practise before Chelmsford’s 6th Birthday next week!

Do you remember our junior footballers who were 1st timers last week? Well they obviously liked it because they came back this week to collectively smash an amazing 8 mins and 25 secs of their PB. Well done Leigh Ramblers, don’t expect to do that every week though lads!
I’m keen on stats but this would be tricky!

So all those PBs in full: Kwame Kwaasi, Lauren Rubin, Stacey Robison (said you could do it), Lucien Withers, Nairn Willens, Ian Tatman, Lewis Barnes, Andrew Haines, Paul Button, Tony Riddle, Andrew McCarthy, Janet Burrows, Robert West, Richard Farr, Jaron Grotti, Connor Smith, Theresa Robison. Ben Maguire, Tony Balding and Neil Baker. Very impressive considering the conditions on the day.
So all those PBs in full: Naz Sheikh, Carl Mitchell, Bertie Richardsonson, Joanne Bolter, Nick Mendoza, Paul Carter, Rebecca Hurst, Niamh Staunton, Amir Rastkhadivmasouleh, James Polston, Dan Overing, Holly Harris, Stephen Field, Hannah Horsburgh, John Welsh, John Baker, Richard Mutsunge, Jill Stephens, Hayley Noakes, Martin Sanderson, Diane Eaton, Lyn Roche, Caryn Himsley, Dan Sibthorpe, Carianne Wilson, Jack Lane, Rebecca McGlashon, Martin Batterham, Alice Clancy, Carys Harding, Jack Tapp, Andy Bolter, Kim Tobin, Ines Matheson, Olivia Finch, Michael Osborne, Jess Ellis, Rhona Rivers, Sue Boygle, Jennifer Cooper, Keira Bailey, Sarah Newham, Marian Elias, Stacey Elphick, Rosie Anderson, Corinne Waylen, Maddison Fuller, Ami Howse, Lynn Neesam, Michael Fox, Elisabeth Simpson-Smith.
Very impressive considering how busy it was today.

This bit took me ages:
This bit took me ages: this bit doesn’t take ages as most of it is automatically generated these days.

Men's placings:
Lee TAYLOR (SM35-39) of Southend-on-Sea AC, was first over the line in 18:30 - third time in 5 appearances.
Ben MAGUIRE (JM11-14) of Flyers Southend, was first over the line in 18:33 – this is the first time Ben has finished in first position.
Aaron PATERSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:37.
Jack MORGAN (SM18-19) of Southend-on-Sea AC was second over the line in 18:48.
Paul RUFFY (SM35-39) of Benfleet RC, was third over the line in 18:43.
Archie DURHAM (JM11-14) of Chelmsford AC, was third over the line in 19:19.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Sean MCFARLANE (Unattached) 1346 pts.
Dean REEVE (Unattached) 1077 pts.
Scotty BRENTON (Unattached) 1018 pts.
There is no longer an annual points competition.

Women's placings:
Andrea HUGHES (SW30-34) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was first (16th overall) over the line in 21:52 - second time in 2 appearances.
Anna LOCKE (SW20-24) (UNATTACHED), was first (20th overall) over the line in 21:35, second time in first position.
Lisa Erica BOLTON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (33rd overall) over the line in 24:55.
Joanne BOLTER (SW45-49) of Flyers Southend was second (24th overall) over the line in 21:49.
Cheryl MACDONALD (VW50-54) of Pitsea RC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 25:01.
Elizabeth WELSH (SW20-24) of Flyers Southend was third (34th overall) over the line in 22:22.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Susannah TAYLOR (Unattached) 1280 pts.
Cheryl MACDONALD (Pitsea RC) 1247 pts.
Helen KELLY (Unattached) 1049 pts.
There is no longer an annual points competition.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Terence SPOONER (VM40-44) was graded 72.54 % for the time 18:49 (4th overall).
Lee TAYLOR (SM35-39) was graded 72.16 % for the time 18:30 (first overall).
Sean MCFARLANE (VM40-44) was graded 70.96 % for the time 19:31 (5th overall).
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Bertie RICHARDSONSON (JM10) was graded 79.83 % for the time 21:19 (16th overall).
Niamh STAUNTON (JW10) was graded 77.37 % for the time 23:25 (55th overall).
Archie DURHAM (JM11-14) was graded 76.96 % for the time 19:19 (3rd overall).

This week there were 101 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.
Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012, and since then 447 different runners, including participants from 38 athletics clubs, have completed 1,186 runs covering a total distance of 5,930 km, and there have been 271 new Personal Bests.

This week 505 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,375 participants have completed 82,705 parkruns covering a total distance of 413,525 km, including 14,452 new Personal Bests. A total of 761 individuals have volunteered 5,777 times.

The Women's course record is held by Sophie RICHES who ran in a time of 17:55 on 1st December 2012 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Alexa JOEL who recorded a time of 17:12 on 22nd June 2013 (event number 38).

The Men's course record is held by Danny NORMAN who ran in a time of 16:28 on 8th December 2012 (event number 9).
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 Simon LE MARE who recorded a 85.60 % run (17:22) on 13th October 2012 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded 90.53% (14:15) on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).

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


It isn’t always easy processing the results!

Run Report #322 written by Anne Purdham.

With thanks to Alex Thornton, who wrote Run Report #15.

 

Southend parkrun #329

Southend parkrun Event number 329.

Saturday 29th December 2018.

Happy New Year to everyone.

This event saw 400 runners turn out for the last Southend parkrun of 2018.

Well done to Paul WHITTAKER who came first with a time of 15:19 and to Sarah THOMPSON who was the first female finisher with a time of 21:02.

Volunteers.

A big thank you to the people who manage to make these events go ahead – I am talking of the Hi-Viz heroes who this week were: Alex S THORNTON- Ashley DAVIES-Ben ALDRIDGE- David WEST-Dawn SARGENT-Derek BIRNIE-Diane TREADWELL-Drew LIESCHING-SCHRODER-Georgina MCMASTERS-Giles PETTITT-Guy HURST-Hugo JONES-Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER-Jeff BROOKS-Lin TAYLOR-Malcolm KEYS-Phil BRANT-Sandra STAMP-Stuart AVIS-Terry COKER-Toby JONES- Tony WELLINGTON.

parkrun could not go ahead without volunteers if you would like to volunteer in future contact southendhelpers@parkrun.com .

First Timers

We had some first timers join us for the end of the year so welcome to the wonderful world of parkrun to: Alan HOCKETT-Anya BELL-Elizabeth ROBERTS-HALL-Dani PEARSON-Jennifer COOPER-Judith HARDING-Elsie CHAN-Matthew WATERS-Dean CURTIS-Steven JOSLIN.

I hope you all enjoyed your first parkrun and are looking forward to your next one.

Tourists

It looks like we had a few tourists visit Southend parkrun for the first time so welcome to Eva BELL-Kevin BROWN-Julie MASON-Julie COLE-Hannah WILKINSON-GRAHAM-Thomas KNOWLES-Charlotte LORDING-Jane HARDING-Jack FRYATT-Kay MARCKWICK-Lee MARCKWICK-Andy LORDING-Sam THWAITES-Emily GROMSKI-Jo FRANCIS-Atheer AMRAN-Leon BAILEY-Daniel LETHBY-Ben FOWLER.

I hope you liked the Southend course and hope to see some of you again in the future. (This is my first ever run report and I really hope this bit is OK has I possess a cow cowl myself)

P.B’s.

A few people ended the year in style by gaining a new PB – well done to Michael FOX-Luke THOMPSON-Gavin HALL-Helen CREAK-Diane NAZAR-Jane JOHNSON-Mary DUDDRIDGE-Natalie GREGORY-Rhona RIVERS-Lucy LOWRY-Michael FRANKS-Andi WRIGHT-Jess ELLIS-Gary HAMILL-Cj CHARLTON-Maria BRILL-Caroline CROSS-Debbie JONES-Samuel LOWRY-Matthew SNOOK-Robert Francis ALLEN-Jenny HILL-Peter RUTHERFORD-Grace FOLEY-Andy BADGER-Niamh STAUNTON-Paul CARTER-Richard PETTIT-Craig HAND-Heather CARSON-Joanna BOLTER-Nick HARNDEN-Chrisina

FRAGNITO-Sarah THOMPSON-Owen HOPKINS-Stephen MARKS-Todd HARDING-John STAUNTON-Theo BAHANNACK-David RUTHERFORD.

Milestones.

10

Achieving her 10th run was Rebecca KNOWLES

50

Joining the 50 Club were Nick HARNDEN-Stephen SHEEKEY-Maria BRILL-Mike GOOGE-Sally BELL.

100

Joining the 100 Club were Lee Taylor-Lucy WOOD.

Congratulations to everyone.

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012

Male Record Holder: Adam HICKEY 14:15 Event 181 (05/03/16)

Female Record Holder: Alexa JOEL Event 38 (22/06/13).

Age Grade Record Holder: Adan Hickey 90.53% -14.15 (05/03/16).

The Record attendance is 474 .

Run Report written by Jeff Brooks

 

New Year’s Day parkrun – 8:30am

As usual we will have our traditional NYD parkun.

Please be aware that this will be at the earlier than usual time of 8:30 am. This will allow runners to make their way to a local parkrun to complete a "double".

New Year's day is the only day of the year when you can complete two parkruns.

 

Southend parkrun #328

Southend parkrun
Event #328
22nd December 2018

Wow! What a turnout for the Christmas Fancy Dress special parkrun here at Southend. Dressing up had really been encouraged for the day, and you guys really went for it! Amongst the fancy dress outfits we saw included many elves, Santas, reindeer, Christmas Tree headgear, an angel, turkey heads and someone even dressed as a present. We also enjoyed some Michael Buble being played by a man dressed as Santa with fishnet stockings - we sang along! What fabulous outfits worn by many! Now, let's feast our Mince Pies on our Run Report.

Crowd of Southend parkrun

Patience was key for the morning, when the RD had some extremely important 'Elf & Safety' to discuss to make everyone aware, causing a 15 minute delay. However, all went ahead as planned and there were plenty of milestones achieved at the event - including two juniors achieving their 100th parkrun. Of course, our ever so important volunteers also received a round of applause too. We also had some tourists, including someone from Australia! Huge congratulations to the following:

100 Peter LAWRENCE, Juliette ROUYER-BROWN, Michelle LEE, Matthew AITKEN, Abigail AITKEN

50 Paul FRANKLIN, Emmanuel BROUSSE

And of course, our volunteers this week: Steven ALDER, Mark BENHAM, Nicki BENHAM, Derek BIRNIE, Claire BISSETT, John BOSWELL, Michael BRYANT, Terry COKER, Ashley DAVIES, Wendy DOBBIN, George FELTON, John GAIR, Sue HICKEY, Helen IVORY, Anne KIRBY, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Sharon MAKER, Georgina MCMASTERS, Giles PETTITT, Sandra STAMP, Lin TAYLOR, Jess WALKER, Nigel WALKER, David WEST

RD at Southend parkrun

Once all the cheering was completed, we were able to set off to start parkrun and get ourselves quickly warmed up as we run, for or walk the course, although the temperature was much warmer this time in comparison to the previous week. We had 395 park runners complete the course this week, first over the line being Damien HARVEY (1st male, 49th parkrun), 35th over the line being Jenny GALL (1st female, 10th parkrun), 97th being Jamie ROBINSON (20th parkrun and a PB), 182nd being Nicki BENHAM (219th parkrun), 208th being Martin PARISH (261st parkrun), 348th being Sian BEARDSELL (2nd parkrun) and all followed by this week's tail walker, Sandra STAMP (59th parkrun). Of these 395 parkrunners, 12 were running their very first parkrun and 13 were running for the first time at Southend parkrun, but had visited other parkruns previously. Of course, you can visit the full results page to see everyone that completed the parkrun.

Photographer at Southend parkrun

The weather was quite mild, especially compared to the previous week. Not a lot of wind, a high tide and the sun was out. A couple of the 100 milestone runners were running the course with some brilliant balloons. The balloons made it round most of the course, although a quick gust of wind had other ideas right near the end of the final lap - so close!

Barcode Scanning at Southend parkrun

Southend parkrun will next take place at the usual time on Saturday 29th December at 9am, however, there will be a special parkrun on New Year's Day at the earlier time of 8:30am which everyone is more than welcome to attend. In fact, because it is New Year's Day, you are actually allowed to do 2 parkruns for that day only. So if you fancy it, some possible options for parkruns starting at 10:30 you have (starting with the closest options): Hockley Woods, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford Central, Brentwood, Harrow Lodge, Shrone Woods, Bexley or Great Dunmow. Let us know if you plan to do a double in the morning of the parkrun!

Crowd at Southend parkrun

Today we came from Colchester, with our home run being Colchester Castle. Both of us have had 'Saarfend' parkrun on our list of courses to visit. We were not disappointed, what a great community and atmosphere you guys have. We definitely recommend people try out Southend parkrun! A lovely course, great fun and well organised.

Steven ALDER & Helen IVORY
A1165556 & A1038324

Helen & Steven

 

Southend parkrun #327

Southend parkrun
Event number 327
15th December 2018

Apologies for the lateness of this report but I've only just warmed up! Southend parkrun #327 certainly was a chilly affair, with a wicked wind thrown in for good measure. Well done to the 269 of you who took part.

Of course it's not just the runners who need congratulating. This week, Run Director Alex THORNTON was joined by a group of the bravest, hardiest souls on the planet: our Hi-Vis Heroes! Our warmest possible thanks to:

Nicki BENHAM, Derek BIRNIE, Thomas CARSWELL, Jay DENNY, Linda DONNELLY, George FELTON, Barbara GAIR, John GAIR, Sue HICKEY, Richard JUBB, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Georgina MCMASTERS, Elaine MITCHELL, Giles PETTITT, Kathie TULLY, and Nigel WALKER.

Southend parkrun would not exist without ordinary people being extraordinarily generous with their time. On cold, wet, winter days the generosity of our volunteers is brought into sharp focus. Please be sure to give a smile, wave, or a “thank you” as you pass them – it really does make it all worthwhile! Better still, why not sign up and get involved? Simply visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ to find all the relevant information. It can be difficult to fill the roster over the festive period, so if you think you might be too full of turkey and mince pies (or too hungover) to run, get your name down on the list! It is the season of giving after all.

Look at this lovely bunch of people! Fancy being one of them? Get yourself signed up!

Feeling Festive? Here are some parkrun dates for your diary:

Saturday 22nd December 2018 – Fancy Dress (optional) Southend parkrun at 09:00.

Tuesday 25th December 2018 – Christmas Day Hadleigh parkrun at 09:30.

Saturday 29th December 2018 – Southend parkrun, 09:00.

Tuesday 1st January 2019 – New Year's Day Southend parkrun at 08:30, followed by New Year's Day Hockley Woods parkrun at 10:30!

Saturday 5th January 2019 – Southend parkrun at 09:00

Other options are a available. For the full compendium of Christmas and New Year's Day parkruns in the UK, please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/.

Crikey! Is that the time? Best get running!

And now for some milestones:

Congratulations to junior parkrunner Pearl LAWRENCE for completing run number 10 this week!

Congratulations to Sophie BARNOUX, and Vicki TRACY for completing their 50th parkruns this week.

We love celebrating the unofficial milestone clubs as much as the official ones at Southend, especially when it's a big number and one of the core team! So congratulations to Mark 'Beno' BENHAM who completed his 200th parkrun this week!

Enjoying your 200th parkrun Beno?

Three people joined us to try parkrun for the very first time this week. Congratulations to:

Amir RASTKHADIVMASOULEH, Rachel ATKINS, and Danielle MATTHAMS.

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

Fifteen parkrun tourists visited Southend for the first time this week. Welcome to:

Andrew BELL, Elliot POTTER, Dave LLEWELLYN, David MASON, Karl GREENSIDES, Jason RICHER, Will BOYD, Paula JONES, Colleen EVANS, Victoria FROMENT, Sarah VICKERY, Nina BARTLETT, Marie MCENTEE, Jeanette RICHER, and Diane NAZAR.

We hope you enjoyed our event and that we'll see you again soon!

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

Female Results

Colleen EVANS (VW35-39) was 31st across the line (123rd overall) with a time of 28:37 in her first time as a parkrun tourist at Southend.
Debbie DAWS (SW25-29) was 64th across the line (181st overall) with a time of 31:25.
Teresa MORRIS (VW50-54) was 122nd across the line (266th overall) with a new Personal Best time of 46:10. Congratulations Teresa!

Male Results

Nick HARNDEN (VM45-49) was 21st across the line (22nd overall) with a time of 22:25.
Eddie O'SHEA (VM45-49) was 40th across the line (42nd overall) with a time of 23:51.
Oliver JEEVES (JM10) was 113th across the line (171st overall) with a time of 31:06.

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.



Mary's got the right idea! The cold weather can't stop her!

There were 30 new Personal Best times recorded at Southend parkrun this week. I'm surprised there were any to be honest. Were these people were desperately trying to stay warm, or just wanting to get it over and done with as quickly as possible? Whatever the reason, huge congratulations to this week's speedy so-and-sos:

Carl MITCHELL, Matt SIMSON, Paul WHITMORE, Paul SITCH, Robin ENDERBY, Samantha CHILDS, Mark CHILDS, Melvin POOL, Jenny HILL, Carloline HALLING, Juliet MILNE, Marenella WATSON, Hayley NOAKES, Simon JACKSON, Sue DIXON, Anne PAYLOR, Katherine MONERASINGHE, Emma CLAXTON, Dan BLOWERS, Yvonne LAWRENCE, Robin WILLIAMS, Amanda COLGATE-HERBERT, Bob MORRIS, Luke PUGSLEY, Jess ELLIS, Maggie RUSSELL, Jean LEWIS, Marian ELIAS, John Lewis BAILEY, Teresa MORRIS.

This week, my entirely fictional but highly coveted PB-of-the-week award is shared between Samantha and Mark CHILDS of the Leigh-on-Sea Striders, who ran together and now share a new Personal Best time of 24:29! Congratulations Samantha and Mark! Couples who run together, achieve PBs together!

That's it from me this week. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all parkrunners and volunteers. Be kind to one another; and enjoy your running, however slow or fast you may be.

All the fun of parkrun!

Same time next week?

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,176 participants have completed 80,644 parkruns covering a total distance of 403,220 km, including 14,253 new Personal Bests. A total of 753 individuals have volunteered 5,672 times.

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 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 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.

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