Billericay parkrun #106 – 22 June 2019

24 June 2017 - the first Billericay parkrun. 22 June 2019 - our 2nd birthday.

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As it was our birthday, there had to be cake or, to be more accurate, cakes along with a mountain of fruit.

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Huge thanks to Dave & Debbie Sweet, Gill Culff, Jan Pardon, and both the Page and Smith families for the beautiful cakes and all the fruit. It all looked fantastic and tasted even better :-)

Now, the temptation, especially for a parkrun geek like me, would be to rattle off dozens and dozens of facts and figures about Billericay parkrun in this Run Report. Some of those figures are fascinating; no, really, they are, but far more important I think is to reflect on what we see and experience each week.

Our event is well established and well known now. We’re attracting over 300 participants per week; many from far and wide, but mostly very local regulars. I, for one, know countless more local people than I did two years ago and love to see the way that the event has brought together all-sorts for a simple common and personal challenge - to get around 5k.
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It’s great to see the triumph of a new PB57 this week. It’s great to see first timers, nervously approaching the field with barcode in hand – 46 this week. It’s great to see the pride of a milestone achievement (running or volunteering) – 8 this week. It’s great to see families making parkrun their Saturday morning habit and ‘besties’ out there encouraging their friends to come along and get involved. It’s great to see buggies (and even double buggies), dogs (even dogs in fancy dress) and it’s great to see our park always different, always beautiful – never more so than on Saturday.

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As someone that’s been doing parkrun for a while now, it’s actually hard to remember what Saturday morning is like without it. Whether you’ve been a part of Billericay parkrun from the start or have just joined the gang recently, I really hope you get more from the event than just a simple, free, timed, 5k run, jog or walk – though that alone isn’t a bad start is it?

Mentioning fancy dress, a huge thank you to everyone that raided their dressing up wardrobe and entered into the spirit on Saturday. Whether a super hero, star from stage and screen or that old favourite coming as a runner! A bit of occasional fancy dress always brings extra wide smiles to the event and for Pete Hall (aka the big bear) it’s even a way of sweating pounds off in the summer sunshine!

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To make it all possible, we had 32 Hi Viz heros on parade on Saturday. Every week, those that don the Hi Viz enable us to operate so thank you to everyone that’s made a contribution this year.
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Saturday saw two Volunteer Milestones (25 Volunteering Stints); Lauren Dadds and Maria Andreetti. Congratulations to both and especially to Maria who had cause for double celebration completing her Silver Duke of Edinburgh scheme Volunteering on Saturday too.
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If you haven’t volunteered at parkrun yet, do please give it a go. Pick a week, drop us a line at billericay@parkrun.com and we’ll make sure you have all the info and briefing you need to have a great time. You’ll be surprised what you learn and appreciate about the event from just an occasional volunteer stint. Go on, why not give it a go? There are still gaps for Saturday – just saying ;-)

So that’s probably enough for this week, except that my statistical Tourettes has got the better of me and here are a few national figures from this weekend:
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This Saturday there were 602 parkruns in the UK with 153,688 participants and 13,033 volunteers. The largest event in the UK was, as ever, Bushy Park with 1,414 attendees and the smallest (not including those within prisons and YOI) was Beverndean Down parkrun with 22 finishers. 1,229 parkrunners (including 3 from Billericay) joined the 50 milestone club and 319 Hi Viz heros made it to 25 volunteering stints - including Lauren and Maria. Ahhhh, that feels better and nice to see that our little part of the parkrun family is a small portion of a much larger global movement - that's nearly 300,000 runners and volunteers taking part this weekend worldwide!

Dave is your Run Director on Saturday, so be good or he’ll extend the finish curve ;-)

Best wishes
David

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 #105 – 15 June 2019

Sunshine and warmth were back this week to greet 329 runners, walker and joggers taking on the 3.8 laps worth of Billericay parkruns 5 km (3.1 miles to those of you in the stone age) course, and what better way to start than to introduce the (at least) 16 of those amongst you who took on for the first time what has become the Saturday morning routine for so many – we welcome you all and hope we’ll see you again, same time, same place – every Saturday! Yes, that includes you Richard!

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Now, for a little bit of housekeeping, those of you who listen regularly to the run briefing (as you all should!), you’ll know we have a few consistent messages which reflect the few rules that we have, these include requirements for dogs and under 11’s as well as keep to the left and overtake on the right and a big thanks to volunteers. As repetitive as they maybe we will keep repeating these week on week and thank you massively for listening and most importantly following these rules which help our event to run smoothly and without issue. We are also aware that some people are not receiving their parkrun results/volunteer reminder Emails – rest assured HQ is aware of this issue, but this is not something we can resend, If you haven’t received your results Email please check the results page for your result.

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Finally, today I received an Email from Parkrun congratulating me on my third parkrun anniversary! Related to that, two years ago today we hosted our test event which was a final system check preceding the inaugural Billericay parkrun #1 on the 24th June 2017 meaning that this weekend sees Billericay parkrun celebrate its second birthday!! We hope to see as many of you who can at this weekend’s celebrations!

David is lucky enough to be hosting the day this year so we look forward to seeing you all there!

Sam
Run Director

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

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

 

Billericay parkrun #104 – 8 June 2019

As people started to arrive at Lake Meadows on Saturday morning, we could be mistaken in thinking it was late October, not the 8th June. It was windy, cold and the threat of rain loomed overhead with dark clouds.

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But that didn’t stop 260 of you turning up to run your favourite parkrun. We even had 27 first timers, all ably briefed by regular runner and volunteer Chris.

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Thanks so much to all 31 volunteers who braved the most disappointing June day ever to make sure our event could go ahead!

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And thanks also to the NHS for sending their health check van and generally for keeping us all in good shape :) Hope you found the van useful if you were one of the many visiting it yesterday.

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There was a bumper crop of milestones yesterday, junior Charlie Gould did his 10th parkrun, Bridget Rayner and Andrew King were doing their 50ths, Kevin Bates on his full century and Leo Cole was the first person to wear one of our 250 vests! Well done all of you, and thank you Bridget for the cakes and chocolates – we always welcome treats.

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A special shout out to Sue Keiller who, having recently celebrated a ‘special’ birthday, stormed round in a huge new age category record with 24.14, a very commendable 78.95% age graded score. And a huge well done to all 47 of you who recorded a new PB, well done.

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Every week, without fail, we have a fantastic set of photographs to look through, and I am always overwhelmed when I see just how many smiles there are:

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Personally, my favourite moment of the morning (apart from being presented with prosecco!) was seeing Tail Walkers Andy and Anabelle (father and daughter) having an epic sprint finish! And just so you know, Anabelle did pip Andy to the finish line!!

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Finally I would like to personally thank each and every one of you who has played a part in Billericay parkrun’s fantastic journey. Back in February 2016 we could never have predicted what a fantastic community event this would become, I have loved every minute of it and am very grateful to have been a part of the Core Team for the last 2 years. I am off to drink my prosecco….. *hic*

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Sam is your Run Director next week, let’s all hope for nicer weather. See you then!

Catherine


 

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss

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

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 email us at 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 #103 – 1 June 2019

Yesterday two English teams battled it out in Madrid…

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And we had exactly 400 champions of our very own – our third largest attendance ever – who came out in the heat for Billericay parkrun #103 and our first parkrun of June.

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Of that number, 28 were doing their first ever parkrun and 15 were tourists from other events - including Carl Heaps who was doing his 498th parkrun. Have a brilliant 500th parkrun in 2 weeks' time Carl, what a fantastic achievement.

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Despite such a large field, there was just one milestone achiever this week - congratulations to Sarah Mayhook who completed her 50th parkrun, all of them at Billericay.

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None of this is ever possible without all our amazing volunteers – 31 in total this week! Our event can only continue because people give their time to make it happen week after week – so thanks so much to everyone who has volunteered, especially those who volunteer every week.

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Something’s occurring…
This week the BBC announced the return of Gavin & Stacey for a Christmas special – and in the announcement, which appeared as one of their top stories, they kindly included a link to our story from when we visited Barry Island parkrun last November!

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Very tidy, and who knows, perhaps we and Barry Island parkrun together played a small part in keeping the dream alive ;)

And maybe one day we’ll have a reunion of our own…

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GP Pledge Day
Yesterday was the launch of a big parkrun initiative to encourage GPs to come and experience parkrun and more than 1,400 pledged to take part across the UK. We already have a few familiar GPs running with us regularly but we were joined by several more yesterday. Hope you all enjoyed it, and special congratulations to Dr Cockcroft who got a new PB after completing his first marathon last week ☺

If you are a GP or work in a GP practice, you can find information about becoming a parkrun practice here. It is a Royal College of General Practitioners initiative to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients and to consider the use of social prescribing as an alternative to conventional medications where possible.

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We need your help!
When we started Billericay parkrun almost two years ago, we never thought we would ever reach 300 runners, let alone 350 – but now we are seeing that number almost every week and had a record attendance a few weeks ago of more than 500 finishers, which is fantastic and also sort of unbelievable.

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Year 1 (purple) vs Year 2 (orange)

As a 3.8 lap event, it is an inevitability that everyone will lap someone, be lapped themselves, or both – and it is easy to stray over the path, especially when it is hot and you just want to reach that finish line!

However we do ask that everyone keeps to the left unless you are overtaking, in which case please check there is enough space and then overtake on the right. It is so important to our continued success as an event as we want everyone to have a great start to their weekend each and every week – and this will ensure we can continue to grow without problems.

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Coming up in June
As Michaela mentioned, it is our 2nd birthday on 22 June. More details to be confirmed later but it’s fancy dress and there will be cake and a breakfast picnic afterwards, BYOC - Bring Your Own Croissants :) We can’t wait!!

Click here to join the Facebook event!

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That’s all for now. Catherine is Run Director next week, it will be a special one so don’t miss it.

Rachel
Run Report Writer


 

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux : Dave Sweet

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 email us at 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 #102 – 25 May 2019

This week's event was a very sad occasion, but we were honoured to dedicate the run to our very dear friend Kevin and even more honoured that so many of his friends and family joined us – from so many different parts of his life.

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The turnout was fantastic, with 414 finishers completing the parkrun yesterday – it really was an amazing sight as we watched everyone disappearing out into the park.

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We also celebrated our 25,000th ever finisher – congratulations to Dan Thompson, who fittingly was one of the many people doing their first parkrun in memory of Kevin this weekend.

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It was all made possible by our amazing 37 volunteers, including six barcode scanners and three(!) funnel managers after we constructed an emergency extra long funnel when we saw just how many people had come to support this week’s event.

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And we celebrated two great milestones - congratulations to Billericay regulars Kate West on her 50th parkrun and Elliot Hawkins on his 10th run.

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It is hard to know what more to say. This is not a run report we expected to write, and Saturday wasn’t an event we expected to put on. We hope we did Kevin justice as it was an absolute pleasure to know him and our event is richer from everything he put into it. We miss him very much.

Thank you Kevin.

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David, Catherine, Rachel, Sam, Michaela and Dave
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The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux : Dave Sweet

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 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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