Welcome to Basildon parkrun Run Report 288, this week sent in by Paul Omer!
Pitsea RC parkrun Takeover
parkrun one little word that has changed so many people’s lives! Every Saturday morning 9am across the UK and now world runners/walkers and all-important volunteers regardless of ability come together to run 5k at their own pace for free. Our local Basildon parkrun is always well attended by Pitsea Running Club and over the years we have built up a strong network of friends, expanded our membership and had thoroughly good times (especially the post run coffee/chat/sandwich). Last Saturday the club put a little bit back into parkrun by ‘taking over’ the running and volunteering of the event alongside the parkrun core team and other volunteers. We had a fantastic response to the usual call from help with the major roles including marshalling, time keeping barcode scanning etc. In addition, the club supplied ‘pacers’ across the full spectrum of times to help fellow runners aim for a PB or set time.
Organising a takeover cannot be done without organisation and Nigel Pointer stepped up to ensure we had a good club presence; we forget sometimes that the core team must do this every weekend! Thanks to all the volunteers that stepped up to make this week’s event happen, volunteering can be as much fun as running and the parkrun core team are be happy to help anyone in understanding the volunteering options.
Big thankyou also this week to our brave pacers (it is brave and slightly daunting for some as the route is difficult to pace). We also had Anne Peterson celebrating her 100th parkrun milestone, and Stephen Tate celebrating his 50th parkrun - congratulation both!
For those not aware of the volunteers assemble early from 8am onwards so that the course and volunteers can be prepared, in addition this week we set up our Pitsea gazebo and pacer team with bibs etc. we have a first timers briefing for which there were lots! Which is followed by the main runner’s safety briefing including highlighting Anne and any other milestones for the day.
Today over 262 people completed parkrun (plus volunteers!) so a good turnout and near the highest at 281. The run started in the usual ‘stampede’ to the first pathway with the fast ones dashing off to avoid congestion and the mid to slower groups happily sorting themselves into a rhythm. Our pacers, highly visibly to other runners through blue bibs also start the difficult job of setting the pace for others. 3 laps of the course can be challenging with path/trail and up/downhill sections but the atmosphere is always great and particularly pleasant on a nice cool but sunny morning, ideal for running. First finishers will complete the day in 17 ish minutes with the tail walker (you are never the last to finish at parkrun) coming in around the hour mark.
Post run you get your barcodes scanned (your personal barcode and your finish token, please don’t forget to give that one back) and then head for the café for a drink and perhaps food but almost always a good chat!
As is customary for milestones cakes/sweets were provided for all and they went down a treat.
Thank you, Basildon parkrun, for allowing us to help with this weeks event and supply the pacers.
Well done to all the runners, joggers and walkers that always make a Saturday morning so special.
Paul Omer – on behalf of Pitsea RC.
Basildon parkrun Event number 288 14th September 2019
This week 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Michael WOODWARD • Tim SHEA • Dave MULLENDER • Don SINCLAIR • Valerie SINCLAIR • Theresa HOWE • Robert VINICOMBE • Kenneth CAREY • Marion BREEZE • John WILKINSON • Kristina READ • Lucy KEMISH • Mark SCOTT • Richard MOORE • Pauline MACKENZIE-MOORE • Paul AGASTINA • Jo PEARCE • Martin ORFORD • Macy JAMES • Nicola RUDGLEY • Peter MCLAUGHLIN • Gemma HIGGS • Suzanne FIGGINS • Tony GRIFFIN • Trevor PETERSON • Kay MOORE • Janet HEAD • Anne COGGIN • Karen HEARD • Dawn CADDELL • Jane YELLOP • Charlotte KILLINGBACK • 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 6,082 participants have completed 45,344 parkruns covering a total distance of 226,720 km, including 8,505 new Personal Bests. A total of 664 individuals have volunteered 5,742 times.
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