Billericay parkrun #140 – 15 February 2020

In recent weeks, there's been a lot said about the weather, storms and cancellations in the parkrun and junior parkrun world and this time of year is always a challenge for volunteer teams as things can change so very quickly. At Billericay parkrun, this is our third winter now and it's certainly been a tricky one since conditions worsened in the park from November and have been very up and down ever since.

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However, we've been pleased to get to this point having only cancelled once in that time and the Core Team are really grateful for how everyone's been so flexible and patient as we've tweaked things week to week.

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Although we have no intention of sticking with a 5 lap, path only course, whilst things are so changeable, we're going to commit to the five lapper for at least two more weeks irrespective of what happens with the weather. If nothing else, it helps you know what to expect and us to know what we need to gear up for.

The 5 Lap course has five particular things for you to bear in mind ...

- Please make sure you come to the event briefing which is held by the Bowls Pavilion. Even though some of the content you may have heard before, it's important you attend to make sure you hear any specific safety or other instructions from the Run Director. It also shows respect to your fellow runners and the event volunteers.

- Keeping track of how many laps can be an issue for some. My advice, if you don't have a distance measuring watch or App, is to pick a point on the course or a relevant marshal point. Maybe the hill, the cafe, the playground etc. Pass that point 5 times and then peel off to the finish funnel the next time you reach it.

- We're normally a keep left, pass on the right course, but this becomes even more important when we're running 5 laps - so please follow that convention all of the time, as well as being super considerate to other park users.

- As you approach the finish, especially if you're in the first 1/3rd or so of the field, please plan your left turn towards the finish funnel with care so that you don't cut across, trip or compromise the run of others that have further laps still to do.

- Once you've finished, had your barcode scanned and collected any belongings, if you're leaving the park through the main entrance, please walk back via the path by the lake, rather than walking back against the flow of other runners still completing the course - it just makes life easier for everyone.

We'll be back on our 3.8 laps soon enough, but the above points enable us to make the 5 lapper a safe and a viable alternative.
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This week, we managed to dodge Storm Dennis and it was great to host 275 finishers. Thanks for supporting the event. From the 275, three completed their first ever parkrun (super well done coming out on a day like Saturday to join the parkrun family) and another eight completing their first parkrun at Billericay.

When we call out for our regular first timer's briefing, we normally get 10 - 20, sometimes even 30+. As Alexa held up our giant barcode on Saturday, her audience very quickly assembled - just the one person ! Possibly our first ever 1-2-1 First Timers Briefing :-) :-) :-)

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Three of the 275 were celebrating great milestones; Elizabeth CONDON (50), Oscar FARLEY (50) and Judith CAMPBELL (100). It's great to see these brilliant achievements week after week. Well done everyone, even though the first Oscar knew it was his big 50 was long after the event - doh !

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Other great achievements this week were 40 shiny new PBs. It's always lovely to nab a PB, so well done to everyone that set new figures for their Billericay parkrun times.

For some of you, the key to that PB will have been the brilliant group of pacers we had this month. Twelve regular parkrunners who volunteered to help others get a good parkrun outcome - how great is that? With a spread of 21 minutes to 35 minutes, that covered almost three quarters of Saturday's field, so I hope it helped if you were tracking a new target time.

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Our next pacer event is on Saturday 21 March 2020 so if you'd like to volunteer to pace or have a time you'd like paced - any time at all - we'll do our very best to find someone to target that time. Just email billericay@parkrun.com.

From one group of volunteers to another, and along with the 12 pacers, we had a further 29 brilliant volunteers covering off all of the other moving parts of the event. What a fantastic bunch who made my job an absolute breeze - thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Please keep an eye on our Volunteer Roster and do consider having a go at one of the many roles on offer. It really is fun and rewarding and makes a big, big difference to the whole event. Check out our future roster and simply email billericay@parkrun.com with your details and when you'd like to get involved.

Finally, as we approach the Half and Full Marathon spring season, best wishes to all of you that are in training for these fab challenges. Equally, best wishes to those making great strides towards completing their Couch to 5k challenges. Depending on your starting point, both can be tough challenges and both are brilliant achievements - go smash it, either way :-)

Until next time Billericay. Dave Sweet's in the RD vest next week for 5 laps of fun.

Have a great week

David Hayday
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 #139 – 8 February 2020

The (relatively) warm, calm morning we enjoyed on Saturday was a far cry from the conditions at the same time yesterday morning!

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Poor Lake Meadows junior parkrun had to cancel, along with all but 11 of the other 350+ junior parkrun events in the UK, as howling gales and heavy rain swept through the country.

But luckily we were able to enjoy the calm before the storm!

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In total, 338 runners, walkers and joggers completed our normal 3.8 course – which despite its long rest, was still a bit slippery after some unforecast rain overnight.

Nevertheless, it was a day of great achievements, with 51 of you recording a brand new PB at the event on Saturday. Well done if you were one of them - I reckon you'll go even faster once the ground recovers fully!

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Congratulations also to the 14 people who joined us for the first time on Saturday - including tourists from locations as exotic as Brentwood, Basildon and Chelmsford! Great to see you and you're welcome any time :)

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More great achievements came from our two milestone parkrunners, Adrian Lawrence and Kathy Scourfield, who celebrated 50 parkruns apiece. And thanks to Adrian for the bumper box of chocolate brownies which while perhaps not meeting all the criteria for being a ‘complete’ breakfast food, were completely delicious.

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There was one more fantastic individual achievement - congratulations to Core Team member Alexa, who while visiting Raphael parkrun in Romford ran the 5th fastest female parkrun time in the whole UK on Saturday - completing the course in an incredible 17:23. Congratulations Alexa on this brilliant achievement.

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And well done to Rosa, a regular visitor to Billericay parkrun, on also making the top 10!


 

Yesterday's parkrun was made possible by our fantastic volunteers, who got to break in the new pink hi vis vests parkrun HQ sent us this week.

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While there has been no official confirmation from parkrun about the inspiration behind the new colour, we might very well have a bit of a trendsetter in our midst...

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Thanks very much to all our encouraging volunteers who cheered everyone on and kept the event safe!

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And you may be interested to know that all our results on Saturday were brought to you by young people aged 17 and under – our two timekeepers, all our scanners, finish tokens, funnel manager, and photographer are all teenagers or younger. Even when it became very busy they kept us on track - we are so lucky to have them at our event.

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There are lots of ways to volunteer at parkrun - including before and after each event - but Saturday presented a unique volunteering opportunity because we welcomed a team from Alzheimer’s Research UK, who were conducting a session to gather feedback on a new campaign which will let people know how they can reduce their risk of developing dementia. parkrun HQ asked us to put together a group of Billericay parkrun volunteers and we were so amazed and delighted by the response, thanks very much to everyone who stepped forward to help.

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We’re back next week for pacer week – let us know if you can pace, or if there’s a time you’d like to be paced at, as soon as possible so Sam can factor you in to his rostering. Just email billericay@parkrun.com

See you there!

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

 

Volunteers needed to help shape Alzheimer’s Research UK’s next campaign

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parkrun UK's partner Alzheimer’s Research UK is developing a new campaign to educate people about ways they can reduce their risk of developing dementia. The charity would like to share some creative ideas for feedback from a focus group of Billericay parkrunners.

If you're aged between 40 and 55 and can give an hour of your time straight after parkrun here this Saturday (8 February) and again on 29 February, from 10-11am, to provide focus group feedback on this exciting new campaign as it develops, please drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

The sessions will be in the Community Room next to the café in Lake Meadows and refreshments will be provided.

We're looking for 10 people to be part of this group, who are available to attend on both dates.

Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Billericay parkrun #138 – 1 February 2020

Another exhilarating parkrun, 319 of you ran, jogged, or walked the course, supported by 27 volunteers. January might be over and the rain has eased off more recently but unfortunately the ground is still quite wet in places, as you might have seen from the puddles especially near the café and start area. So we decided to continue with our temporary 5 lap path only course.

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Thank you for all your support as it takes a truly combined effort to make this operate smoothly given it is not our regular course, but it was noticeable that runners were taking care coming into the finish area to avoid any collisions with those still going round which was great to see. Thanks to all our marshals and in particular to Shane White and Vicky Andreetti who were marshals at the finish area not only encourage you on but also look out / call out during any congestion coming off the path.

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We welcomed 36 first timers, including tourists from West Yorkshire and Bristol. Many of whom listened to David Hayday, our Event Director, at the first timers briefing.

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Despite some blustery weather, and 5 hills or slight inclines, depending on your point of view, an impressive 48 of you still managed to reach PBs, so well done ! As usual, many smiles for the camera.

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Our photographers, Joe Andreetti and Paul Sillence produced such a great selection of photos that I struggled to pick out which ones to include in the report. I love the fact there are so many groups of friends.

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Many thanks to all our volunteers, whether marshalling, time keeping, barcode scanning, token sorting, setting up the event, packing up afterwards … we are very appreciative that you all come forward to help support our event.

Rachel FORREST • David HAYDAY • Ruth HAVIS • Penny FORD • Victoria ANDREETTI • Rachel VARNAM • Josie BENNETT • Aine DOWSETT • Pawel GORA • Andy SMITH • Maggie TOPLISS • Katie SMITH • Shane WHITE • Arnaud SALAKO • Stephen FOGGO • James BUCHAN • Abigail KING • Louise MONAGHAN • Maren BARTON • Ian BARTEN • Ellen FORREST • Anthony MONAGHAN • Paul SILLENCE • Victor BURLEY • Joe ANDREETTI • Poppy BROOKS • Matthew BENNETT

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Indeed, both our milestones this week were for volunteering, so many congratulations to Victor Burley and to my husband Andy Smith for reaching their 25 volunteer milestones. Also congratulations to Arnaud Salako for reaching an unofficial milestone of 50 volunteer stints !

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Next week, over to Rachel Varnam who is your Run Director. Let's see if the weather improves !
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Maggie
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 #137 – 25 January 2020

Another unfortunate week of poor weather meant myself and ED David, made the executive decision to hold Saturday's 137th Billericay parkrun on our all path 5 lap course for another week. Mud aside, slightly warmer weather than last week made conditions pretty good with 366 of you joining us for a walk, run and jog around our beautiful park.

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Aine, one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, welcomed 43 first timers at our first timers briefing, it really is great to see new people coming along to our parkrun each week!

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Of the 366, 68 of you achieved a new personal best, maybe running up that hill 5 times isn't quite as bad as people think?

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I always love to see the photos of so many smiling faces, here are some of my favourites from this week's selection. Thanks to our volunteer photographers this week, Paul Sillence and Jack Dadds for some fantastic pictures.

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As always our event was supported by such a fabulous group of volunteers, we are really lucky at Billericay parkrun that so many people are willing to give up their time to help our event run smoothly. This week was no exception with 28 of you belonging to this Saturday's Hi Vis Gang. Thank you.

If you are interested in volunteering why don't you check out the roster for any roles you fancy trying and simply email billericay@parkrun.com. We always welcome everyone with open arms!

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3 people achieved milestones this week, junior Lucas Ramsden achieved his 10th parkrun, Mia Parnaby her 50th, and a big thank you to Ian Barten who achieved his 25th volunteering stint. Well done to all 3 of you.

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I'll keep my fingers crossed for some better weather this week, I may even do a weather dance! Next week the lovely Maggie is on the mic, so 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

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