Southend parkrun #317
6th October 2018
“Houston, Gunners Park base here. The runners have landed.”
A momentous day in the life of Southend parkrun – more on that later.
It was another beautifully crisp morning for the 340 competitors who had great conditions to run, jog and walk their way around the course. Run Director Lloyd RICHARDSON was in charge of proceedings for the 317th running of this great event. Before the race even started he was required to raise his voice loud enough to be heard above the Great British Bark Off going on between a couple of our four-legged friends just ahead of some rather worried front runners lining up on the start line!
The event is getting so popular not only with runners but volunteers too. Soon there will be a rota to go on the rota! Thanks to this week’s two dozen diamonds for giving up their time :
Matthew AITKEN, Tracy BAINES, Derek BIRNIE, Claire BISSETT, Thomas CUFLEY, Ashley DAVIES, Linda DONNELLY, Jason FAIRLESS, George FELTON, Peter FREEMAN, John GAIR, Howard GALE, Geraldine HANSFORD, Ian LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Melvin POOL, Anna PROWSE, Lloyd RICHARDSON, Antoine ROUYER-BROWN, Kathy SHORE, Sandra STAMP, Robbie STEVENSON, Lin TAYLOR, Tony WELLINGTON, Jo WELSH.
History is made. As the 132nd runner crossed the line on Saturday, it was one small step for Debra MITCHELL, one giant leap for Southend parkrun. Yes, we have finally reached the moon! Southend parkrun has now clocked up a staggering 385,440km surpassing the average distance from Earth to Moon which is 384,400km. Well done to the 7,895 runners who have contributed to make it all happen (names available on request.......).
And now for the OSCARs (Officially Splendid Completion Achievement Records):
Congratulations to Paul CARTER, Simon NORRIS, Laura SUTTON, Giles PETTITT and Sally ROTHWELL on completing a superb 50 parkruns!
Well done to Martin PARISH on completing a magnificent 250 parkruns!
My not-so-random PB of the week award is shared jointly this week. Firstly, well done to my nemesis Gareth MCKINLEY (24:33) who ran 48 seconds faster than ever before. It was his third consecutive PB and, more importantly (for him), he is now 5 seconds ahead of me. The speed of his sprint down to the finish line had not been seen since Usain Bolt was told of the 2 for 1 offer on boxes of chicken nuggets at his local supermarket. Secondly, congratulations to John Lewis BAILEY (42:13), the oldest competitor at Southend parkrun this week (a sprightly 79 years and 27 days young), who is in training to be fit enough to beat his 15 grandchildren at his 80th birthday celebrations next year! If you are unsure of whom I am talking about then he is the one who is 8 feet tall and walks faster than he runs – seriously.
We had a literally breathtaking 60 PBs this week. Congratulations to the following runners:
John Lewis BAILEY, Darren BAKER, Scott BALDOCK, Maureen BARTLETT, Liam BEARDSELL, Emma BEARDSELL, Katherine BROWN, Anita BURNS, Lisa CAUSTON, Luke CLARKE, Clare CLARKE, Graham CUTTS, Paul DARBY, James DRABBLE, Horatio FALLON, Rachael FLOYD, Kerry FLOYD, Alexa FOSTER-CARTER, Barbara GAIR, Andi GAYWOOD, Anthony GOODING, Jan HOOKS, Janice HOYES-THOMPSON, William IMBUSH, Henry JAGO, Daniel JAGO, Carl JENNER, Alex KHALDI, Lula LAWRENCE, Sue LESSER, Joseph LOWRY, Annabel LUND, Gareth MCKINLEY, Hayley MEAD, Daniel MENDOZA, Jackson MENDOZA, Nick MENDOZA, Kieran NAIR, Simon NORRIS, Debbie OSBORNE, Andrew PALMER, Barry PLUMBLEY, Alana PUTT, Zoe RANDALL, Michael RATNAGE, Emma READ, Rhona RIVERS, Jamie ROBINSON, Molly ROOT, Gary ROSE, Jenny ROSE, James RUSSELL, Kirsten RUTT, Brian SHAW, Chris STACEY, Debbie TRUMBLE, Harry TULLETT, Jessica WALKER, Jenny WALKOM, Tim WATTS
17 runners came to a parkrun for the very first time this week. Congratulations to:
Anita AGGARWAL-STANBRIDGE, Caroline BREEDS, Sarah DRABBLE, Nathan ELLIS, Aiden ELLIS, Natalie GREGORY, Shem HAQUE, Malcolm KEYS, Pearl LAWRENCE, Hermione LAWRENCE, Mohammed MANNAN, Ayeesha MANNAN, Richard MASKELL, Harley SADLER, Rachael SMALLEY, Joseph STORY, John STORY
Welcome aboard and we hope you enjoyed it enough to return next week!
17 parkrun tourists visited Southend this week. A warm welcome to:
Matthew ADAMS, Vanessa GLOVER, Darren GLOVER, Nick HUNTER, Jackie HURST, Rosie IMBUSH, Andy LIVSEY, Becky NEWMAN, Matt NEWMAN, Warwick John PAYNE, Matthew PRICE, Danny SHORT, Matthew SNOOK, Amy Lauren STENSON, Laine TAYLOR, Catherine WEIR, Ethan WILLIAMS
We hope to see you again soon!
Finally, a big big thank you to everyone who contributed towards the new defibrillator.
Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 7,895 participants have completed 77,088 parkruns covering a total distance of 385,440 km, including 13,782 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).
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers.
Photographs courtesy of Jo Welsh.
Run report compiled by Melvin Pool.