Billericay parkrun #114 – 17 August 2019

This week we welcomed 294 runners, walkers and joggers to Lake Meadows.

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With our 11 volunteer pacers spurring you on, a fantastic 58 of you recorded a new personal best, that’s 20% of the field. Congratulations to all of those who went faster than ever before yesterday!

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We also welcomed 27 first timers to Billericay, of whom 16 were doing their first ever parkrun. I hope you all enjoyed the event and, of course, congratulations on your brand new PB at Billericay!

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Thanks to all our brilliant volunteers this week who made it all possible. It’s more difficult for us to fill our roster in the summer, so it’s really appreciated that so many people stepped forward to help in our time of need!

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If you fancy giving volunteering a try, we still have lots of spaces on our roster. It really is a great way to spend a morning with some of the nicest people in town and to see how the event works behind the scenes too ☺ Just drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com - it’s not possible to do it wrong and all help to support the event is very much appreciated!

Also, after 25 volunteers you get a free purple shirt from parkrun as a thank you! Maggie tried to keep her 25th volunteer quiet this week, but this was not possible as I always check on our results system. Sorry Maggie! Well done also to Howard Webb who celebrated his 10th run yesterday!

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The summer holidays mean we get even more visitors than usual and this week was no exception, welcoming visitors from Gladstone parkrun (London), Hillsborough parkrun in Sheffield, York parkrun and Peacehaven parkrun along with some more local locations like Raphael parkrun in Romford, Brentwood parkrun and Basildon parkrun.

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Hope you felt very at home at Billericay and it’s always fun to see apricot t-shirts from far and wide.

We also love seeing our own parkrunners repping Billericay parkrun elsewhere and this summer we’ve been sent some brilliant photos – some from exotic parkruns far away, and others from where you’ve set up your own 5ks in places where parkrun hasn’t quite reached yet.

Here are just some of them from this summer.

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  • The Sunderlands and Tulletts at Brandon Country Park parkrun as part of a recent trip to Center Parcs
  • Paul and Nicky at their own parkrun in Majorca
  • Christine taking advantage of there being no upwards flat sections at Hereford parkrun and getting a PB
  • Ann at her own parkrun in Turkey (before it got too hot!)
  • Dave and Alexa at Bushy parkrun in Teddington (the very first ever parkrun)
  • Harriet and Rachel at Citypark parkrun in Craigavon, Northern Ireland
  • Lucy and friends taking on the ‘Curly Wurly’ at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun (check out the spiral course, which is used as a motocross track during the week)
  • And this fool on a very fun trip to Barry Island parkrun in Wales a few weeks ago...

There are now more than 1,500 different parkruns in 23 countries and 5 continents, and your barcode works at every one of them. So if you’re ever away, why not do a quick search of the new parkrun events map and give it a go ☺

Check out the map here.

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That’s all from me. Sam’s your Run Director next week – so in honour of his costume last week, I offer my favourite dinosaur joke.

Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom?
Because the p is silent.

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I will show myself out. Bye for now and see you next week!

Rachel
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:

David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericay@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericay@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

 

Billericay parkrun #113 – 10 August 2019

What is it with the British obsession with the weather? Well, given the different elements we've endured over the past three weeks, it has to be the unpredictability of what we face that keeps us on our toes. This week it was strong gusty winds; next week who knows?

However, thankfully, the rain held off and 322 of you made it to the blowy finish line. Given the conditions it was really impressive that 39 of you set new PB figures; clearly the wind was in your sails this week.

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Equally impressive was the fact that 54 of you had never taken part at Billericay parkrun before - 28 having done parkruns elsewhere before visiting us (will parkrun ever be the same for you now?) and 26 tackling their first ever parkrun. Well done for completing your debut event and for joining a fantastic community of people. Here's to parkrun number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and many, many more besides.

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Several of those first timers were colleagues from Hassengate Medical Centre in Stanford-le-Hope. It was lovely to see the group of colleagues celebrating their collective achievement and what a brilliant way to end a no doubt busy week. Well done everyone!

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Volunteers
Summer is often a tricky period for many parkruns in terms of trying to keep their volunteer rosters ticking over and avoiding having to make frequent volunteer appeals. Having mentioned the need for several volunteers for future weeks, especially for this coming week, I was so pleased to see many of you offer your help. This is hugely appreciated and makes organising this fantastic event so much easier. Thank you. We really mean it when we say, we simply couldn't do it without you.

If you fancy a bit of volunteering, and it is great fun, just email your details and the week(s) you'd like to help to billericay@parkrun.com. It's that simple. If you come parkrunning each week and leave the other half at home, maybe they'd enjoy volunteering if running / walking 5k isn't their thing?

Talking of volunteers, a H-U-G-E thank you to all of the fantastic team of Hi Viz heroes this week - 25 in all. You won't have noticed, but several of the team were doing key tasks for only the first or, maybe, second time, and yet all went smoothly - even chasing down signs thrown around the park by the strong winds.

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And then there's 'Terry Rex', aka marshal Sam Hill. Last time it was Pom Poms and cheerleading, this week it was an 8ft tall inflatable dinosaur. Goodness knows what Core Team member Sam will come up with next, but I hope his antics brought a smile to your face.

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Health checks
Finally, there was Lyn, Jan and Sue once again offering free health checks to those over 40. Great to see several of you taking advantage of this outreach activity and I hope the test results and advice were helpful.

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This Saturday Rachel is your Run Director. So please offer her your full support and co-operation and, in return, she'll no doubt do her best to avoid us having snow; fingers crossed ;-)

Until next time.

David
Event Director

The Billericay core team are:

David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericay@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericay@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

 

Billericay parkrun #112 – 3 August 2019

Thankfully the weather was much improved this week with not a brolly in sight for Billericay parkrun number #112, yes that’s #112 not #111 :) , and my first as your Run Director.  A glorious sunshine filled Lake Meadows saw 306 runners, joggers and walkers complete our 3.8 lap course.

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Of the 306 we welcomed 27 first timers to Billericay with tourists visiting us from as far afield as Colorado and Canada! We very much hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that you will return to see us soon!

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Despite it being a little bit on the warm side, (shouldn’t complain really after last week’s wash out),  55 of you achieved a new personal best!

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A special mention must go to Vic Burley, who was well and truly aboard the PB train this morning.  Taking part in his 5th parkrun today, Vic smashed his target of 60 minutes finishing in a fantastic 58:40!  Vic completed his first Billericay parkrun back in May and since then has knocked over 11 mins off his time!  He's also volunteered 5 times :) A huge thank you and well done to Vic.

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Congratulations also must go to our milestoners this week,  juniors Ashton Bowerman and Sonny Bowerman who completed their 10th parkrun (with Ashton also picking up a shiny new PB), and to Pawel Gora, who completed the ‘unofficial’ milestone of his 50th tail walk.  Thank you Pawel for making sure we all get around safely.

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As always, we are extremely grateful to the volunteers, or as we so affectionately know them, our ‘hi viz heroes’. Thank you to the 28 of you who gave up your Saturday morning to help with the smooth running of our event.

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As is often the case for the summer holiday period we do have a few gaps in our volunteer roster over the coming weeks.  If you can take a turn volunteering, it really does help, it is nice to see the event from a different perspective and we are so very appreciative. Please take a look at the current volunteer roster and then just drop us an email to billericay@parkrun.com if you can help. Thank you!

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Finally a huge thank you to everyone that supported me on my RD debut, it is certainly a very different experience from running! Thanks of course to the amazing Core Team, firstly for inviting me to join the team which was a huge privilege, but also for being so supportive both in the lead up and today itself.  Thanks also to my family and friends who helped with various volunteering roles this morning – thank you, thank you.

I’m handing over to our seasoned pro David who is your RD next week, until next time…..

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Alexa
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:

David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericay@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericay@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

 

Billericay parkrun #111 – 27 July 2019

On my last stint as your Run Director, I was talking about the mercury rising, this week, I’m saying what a nice day it was for ducks! Unlike Sam last Saturday, I wasn't lucky enough to get the “window of weather” at 9.00 am that he somehow achieved. The shutters well and truly came down, so much so that I refused to venture outside of the gazebo to deliver my RD brief to you all - my excuse is that I needed to keep our PA unit dry :-)

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Anyway, 194 of you brave souls ventured out (mostly lastminute.com at 8.50), to see what our lovely course looked like through copious amounts of rain.

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Amazingly, 39 of you still managed to squelch away afterwards with a shiny new PB to your name, so that would certainly have made it worth the effort.

Also, there were 17 of you who were First Timers, so I hope you enjoyed your first experience of Billericay parkrun, or even your first ever parkrun. Please come back and see us again when the sun shines. Our Tourist Travel Trophy (TTT) for this week went to Tracey Fleet from Manchester, so congratulations to you all.

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However, I think the biggest cheer should be for the Volunteers who make this happen, and this week there were 23 members of the High Viz Gang (HVG), who really were the heroes of the day, cheering and encouraging you all round to take your mind off the soaking you were receiving. So, to you all, a massive thank you, and congratulations to David Stanley who certainly picked his day to notch up his 25th Volunteer stint and will soon be the proud owner of the 'limited edition' (well sort of), purple t-shirt.

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As is sometimes the case over the summer holiday weeks, there are quite a few gaps in our volunteer roster over the coming weeks. If you can, please take a turn volunteering. It makes such a difference to the overall smooth running of the event and, besides anything else, is great fun and helps you to see the event from a different perspective. To volunteer, take a look at the current Volunteer Roster and then just drop a line with your details and the week(s) you're free to billericay@parkrun.com.

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You may also have seen that our parkrun profile went live on Facebook this week. Thanks for the supportive comments and to everyone who makes Billericay parkrun the event that it is.

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So, next Saturday your lady on the mic for Billericay parkrun #112, making her Run Director debut, is the newest and now fastest member of the Core Team and our female course record holder, Alexa Joel. You’d better all pay attention otherwise you’ll get lines and detention!

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Until next time. :-)

Dave
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericay@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericay@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

 

Billericay parkrun #110 – 20 July 2019

In my three years of taking part in parkrun, I’ve only ever had it rain during a parkrun once! And when at 8:30 we were pelted by rain and hounded by thunder, it was certainly cause of concern with thoughts of potentially cancelling due to lightning looming, but, the great thing about parkrun, is you just know that at 9 am on a Saturday morning, it almost certainly won’t be raining and lo and behold, the rain cleared off and the thunder ceased at about 8:50 just in time for your briefing!

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And, despite the earlier showers and booming thunder which had now subsided, we still welcomed a massive 342 of you to the wonderful 3.8 laps of Lake Meadows which constitutes Billericay parkrun, amongst you were many first timers (most impressive given the earlier conditions), tourists from both near (the noisy neighbours in Chelmsford and Hockley), far (Switzerland) and the downright absurd (Sydney Australia), recording a whopping 95 personal bests helped on by the fantastic team of pacers, marshals and all the other volunteers who come together each week to make this event happen – if you’ve never volunteered before, why not give it a go and experience the event from a different angle?

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This includes our four milestone celebrations (that I know of!) yes, that’s the three run milestones, one 10, a 50 and a 100! But also one birthday runner! Isn’t that right Craig?

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There’s not a lot more to say about another brilliant parkrun, just keep your eye out on the forecast for this coming weekend where once again, despite potentially hitting 35 of the big C’s on Thursday (that’s just under 97 for those of you still in the past), the forecast is currently set to rain for most of the day (excluding obviously, a roughly one hour window around Lake Meadows from about 8:45!) – so don’t turn up in your bikinis just yet (looking at you Mr Bates!)

Dave takes over for his next RD stint this week so give him all a big cheer!

Sam

Run Director
The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericayhelpers@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at the parkrun barcode website and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE

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