Basildon parkrun Run Report #296

Welcome to Basildon parkrun Run Report 296, this week sent in by Peter Eates!

Phoenix Striders parkrun takeover

Hi, my name is Peter Eates and I find myself in a strange and different role this week. My normal Saturday morning is spent with my fellow Event Director at Thurrock parkrun a few miles up the road. I also chair the Phoenix Striders and it's in this role that I was shadow RD to Ian and spending a morning with you lovely guys and sharing our story and some nibbles.

Phoenix Striders last did a parkrun takeover at Basildon in September 2017 and it feels high time that we did a bit of paying back. Basildon is not only Phoenix's local parkrun, we have some 30 striders run here every week and around ten regular volunteers so for many, it is their parkrun home.

I can't say it felt inviting when I started unloading the car at 07:30 in a 0ºC fog. Of course, I knew it would clear by 09:00 (actually 11:40) and the crowd would turn out for our all important event #296.
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With the gazebo set up and all in place as we approached nine o'clock, I thought "where is everybody".
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I soon realised that you were very wise and staying in your cars until the last possible minute.

I started the briefing by thanking the lovely Basildon parkrun core team for hosting us this week and also thanked 30+ volunteers that turned out to help us make the event happen.

I also introduced our intrepid team of pacers from 20 to 38 mins although Rob V seemed very reluctant to swap his coat for the flimsy pacer vest.
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I also welcomed Sam and her team of C25k striders who were graduating in there first official 5k today (post run celebratory picture below)
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Having reminded everyone to come and see us for cake and a chat at the end, we got a great field of 221 participants under way.
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The pacers paced, the runners run / walked / jogged as they saw fit and achieved 50 PB's - wow. I was delighted when a number of people approached me afterwards and thanked us for the pacers and described how they had helped with their PB's.

With the tail walkers home, we stood around in the improving sunshine and shared a few nibbles while bathing in the lovely atmosphere of another parkrun well done.
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Thank you to everybody that made us welcome this morning and we hope to be back in the spring.
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Thank you Peter and the Phoenix Striders!

Basildon parkrun Event number 296 9th November 2019

This week 221 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Ian HART • Dave MULLENDER • Elizabeth COX • Natalie GORHAM • Joy LEADER • Nicola HAWKINS • Michelle HOLMAN • Robert VINICOMBE • Lee HAZELWOOD • Ruth ROBERTS • John WILKINSON • Nicola MASLEN • Kristina READ • Lucy KEMISH • Gemma JONES • Paul AGASTINA • Lynsey GRAY • John VICTORY • Albert MILES • Jo PEARCE • Neal CLARK • Martin ORFORD • Ewan MCFARLANE • Ryan SIBLEY • Sharon WILKINSON • Colin WILKINSON • Peter EATES • Anne COGGIN • Nikki SPRATT • Claire LEEKS • Stephen PARMENTER • Ellie-Mae HOLMES • Jamie LIDDLE • Chris MASKELL

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 6,231 participants have completed 46,761 parkruns covering a total distance of 233,805 km, including 8,732 new Personal Bests. A total of 681 individuals have volunteered 5,928 times.

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