Welcome to Basildon parkrun Run Report 295, this week sent in by Tony Kenyon!
When I volunteered to be run report writer this week, I initially feared that, with heavy rain and winds forecast, and the rugby final on TV, Basildon parkrun 295 might have just been me and a few hardy volunteers! Fortunately, this was not the case and we had a very respectable 160 runners with 18 PBs and 32 first timers.
Today was my 50th run, and I wanted to write about the positive impact parkrun has had on my running. Back on 25/8/2018, I drove to Northlands Park to attend my first ever parkrun (one of the “reverse” course runs due to a fallen tree!). I had only completed the NHS Couch to 5K programme a few days earlier and prior to June 2018, I had not done any running at all since leaving school which as you can tell from my age category, was quite some time ago!
Rewind a few months, and in early 2018 with my young son running rings around me in the garden playing football, and me out of breath and concerned about my health, I knew something had to change. I spent the first few months of 2018 getting walk fit before attempting Couch to 5K in June (which I would recommend to anyone who wants to start running). My biggest fear was that once C25K was completed, I would have little motivation to carry on running. Step forward parkrun!
Some very good neighbours of ours told me about Basildon parkrun whilst I was in the middle of C25K so I was all signed up, barcode tags purchased and ready to go once I had completed the C25K programme. It was great to see how inclusive it was. All ages, all abilities, everyone welcome, everyone encouraged. Everyone was supported, whether you sprinted the 5K in 15 minutes or walked it with the tail walkers. I ran part of my first run with another first timer that day, and we still chat today. I’ve got to know many other parkrunners online via Strava, Instagram etc. It really is a great community.
Since then I have run at 14 different events as I decided a bit of parkrun tourism might be fun (maybe something to talk about in a future report) but I wanted to come back to Basildon for my 50th to see some friendly faces, cheered on by the wonderful volunteers, who as we all know, without whom parkrun simply could not happen.
So, thank you parkrun. I’ve said it before to many of my friends… it may have been Couch to 5K that got me running, but there is no doubt that especially during those weeks I almost couldn’t be bothered to carry on with it all, it has been parkrun that has kept me running.
Thank you Tony!
Basildon parkrun Event number 295 2nd November 2019
This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Linda BATES • Ian HART • Dave MULLENDER • Jacqui WEST • Lucy KEMISH • Pauline MACKENZIE-MOORE • Elaine STATON • John VICTORY • Albert MILES • Colin WILKINSON • Paul OMER • Laura HEARD • Anne COGGIN • Nikki SPRATT • Nigel HOROBIN • Tony KENYON • Mike WILLIAMS • Paul CONDON • Claire HITCHCOCK • Patricia HEARD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Basildon parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:40 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 21).
The female record is held by Gemma HOLLOWAY who recorded a time of 18:34 on 1st November 2014 (event number 31).
The Age Grade course record is held by Breege NORDIN who recorded 85.97% (22:34) on 25th December 2017 (event number 198).
Basildon parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 6,211 participants have completed 46,540 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,700 km, including 8,682 new Personal Bests. A total of 675 individuals have volunteered 5,893 times.