Billericay parkrun #128 – 30 November 2019

When the car tells you it’s –2 degrees outside and the locks to our equipment storage area are frozen solid, you know that it’s proper cold and that winter has well and truly arrived. And that was exactly the case on Saturday.

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That said, a few hard frosts after the recent weeks of wet weather are probably quite helpful for our weekly 5k and, arguably, better cold and dry than warmer and wetter!

Unsurprisingly, at this time of year our numbers fell back a bit to 232 intrepid walkers, joggers and runners. Even so, our average weekly attendance for 2019 is still well over 300 per week at 324.

Even with the slightly lower numbers we were still blessed with the four regular groups that are always great to see:

First Timers
Not a day when we’d expect to see loads and loads of first timers, but brilliant that 5 people brought their shiny new barcodes along and got their first parkrun on the board. I hope you all enjoyed it and we’ll see you back throughout the winter and throughout 2020 and beyond.

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parkrun Tourists
It’s always lovely to welcome parkrunners from elsewhere in the county, the country or even from abroad, so a warm welcome to all our visitors this week and a particular hello to Sue Millward, the Event Director of Westmill parkrun near Ware in Hertfordshire, for coming to say hi.

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Personal Bests
Again, not necessarily a day for loads and loads of PBs, but perhaps the cool and still conditions and a little more space on the run helped an amazing 31 of you set new Personal Bests. That’s 14% of the field setting a new best time; what a great effort and congratulations!

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Milestones
This week we had three regulars making it to the big 5 – 0 of parkruns, so huge congratulations to Dean Oliver, Michael Grosvenor and Keith Overill. We’ll all be looking out for the new shiny t-shirts over the next couple of weeks.

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Volunteers
On the volunteer front, a total of 26 Hi Viz heroes made it all possible including 5 out of 6 of our Duke of Edinburgh scheme volunteers. A big thanks to Jessie for taking the photos for the first time and Ellen for sharing the Run Director duties, including the Run Briefing and processing the event results, again, for the first time. It never ceases to amaze me how talented and adaptable our DoE volunteers are - I know I would have run a mile at the prospect of doing those roles when I was that age, so a big thank you to all of our brilliant crop of youngsters that help week after week.

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Of course, for all of our brilliant volunteers, order of the day was LAYERS and lots of them!

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On the subject of volunteering, it would be remiss of me not to mention Pawal Gora and Rachel Varnam for their unofficial volunteer milestones of 100 and 200 volunteering stints respectively. That’s a great achievement and a huge help to literally tens of thousands of parkrunners. So thank you both and well done.

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Next time it’s Maggie in the Run Director vest, so please be on time and ready for another great slice of parkrun fun on Saturday; I’ll next be behind the mic in the New Year, so see you then :-)

Best wishes

David
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 #127 – 23 November 2019

Our guest Run Report Writer this week is Ellen Forrest :

As the countdown to Christmas begins, many of us are seen running away from persistent relatives clutching decorations as we repeatedly yell “IT’S NOVEMBER PUT THEM AWAY”. However, at Lake Meadows on Saturday morning, 284 of you were seen running, jogging and walking the weekly 5k instead.

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As this week’s photographer, I was slightly disappointed that I could not capture a photo of one of the runners jumping over a puddle or making a large splash, as who doesn’t love seeing others try to avoid large puddles in a panic? Alas, everyone handled the mud very graciously and even though many shoes will now sit neglected in the cupboard whilst we put off cleaning them, at least everyone left with the satisfaction that they did not fall in a puddle.

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Now moving on to the stats for the week:

As mentioned above, 284 of you participated in this week’s parkrun, 25 of whom were first timers, 12 being representatives of different clubs and there were even 31 recorded Personal Bests! Along with this, there were 24 volunteers ensuring that this event was made possible, so a very big thank you to all of you

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Furthermore, we celebrated three important milestones! We had Pete Hall, who has volunteered 25 times with us, Luke Wotton who has completed 50 parkruns and last but not least, Chris Maloney who has run 100 parkruns! A big congratulations to all of you.

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I would now like to take a moment of your time to show you some adorable photos of the dogs who ran with us on Saturday (it is important that we show our love and affection for them now as we know deep down that at least one of them will eat some part of the Christmas dinner they were not supposed to, causing an uproar in their household):

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Finally, this section goes out to all of the camera lovers, when even running, they can still strike a pose. I hope everyone has a lovely week, and you never know, by the next parkrun we may all have our decorations up!

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Huge thank you to Ellen Forrest for writing our report, as well as taking the photos this week. Over now to David Hayday who is our Run Director for next week.

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 #126 – 16 November 2019

I have a theme of talking about the weather in my reports and that's not going to change today, long gone is the sun and out comes the rain, but once again despite showers all week the park remained dry on the Saturday morning at 9am and 336 intrepid runners, walkers and joggers took the the paths of Lake Meadows park in Billericay for their weekly fix of a free 5K parkrun!

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And perhaps most importantly, as ever, were the volunteers a whopping 33 of them giving up part of their Saturday morning to help make our 126th event as incredible and fantastic as the first, as always, a massive thank you from myself and the rest of the core team, you all help to make our parkrun what it is, the best! I'll also give a small shout out again to Harry who completed his DofE Bronze with us on Saturday and also to Joe who as Photographer took some absolutely stunning photos!

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And yes, that does include the pacers and also the our milestone achievers, those of you regular to my briefings will probably spot i always miss at least one thing off my briefing, usually it's to ask if we have any tourists visiting from other parkruns, well today it was the the solid line of pacers covering a wide range of times and also the fantastic milestone achievers, and I will call out one in particular, not that the others don't deserve it, with Mark and Sonia doubling up for a couples 50 and Maren returning to civilian life after her stint in the SWAT team, but because her achievement was built on a the back of an injury causing her to fall out of love with running after an accident but before she knew it she was earning that 50 shirt! So a big well done to Christine, it really is great to see people enjoying their time at our event so to the 12 first timers to parkrun on Saturday, we hope we'll see you on that milestone board in the not so distant future!

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I think I've waffled on long enough for this week, next week it's a bit more simple, things just "click" into place, like building lego you could say, that's right, 30 minute Maggie is in the hotseat so I'll see you there for your next weekly dose of parkrun! I know some of you can't wait ;)

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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 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 #125 – 9 November 2019

This week saw our return to Lake Meadows after our cancellation for the fireworks display last week.

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About 55 of us continued our now 3 year tradition of visiting another parkrun event when we have our annual cancellation. This year we went to Bushy parkrun, the home of the very first parkrun, where we woke up at 5:30am only to get thoroughly rained on and blown around by strong winds #loveparkrun

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It was still absolutely brilliant though ☺ Special congratulations to Alexa whose fantastic run was the 9th fastest female parkrun time in the whole UK last week.


This week, we had another type of weather to contend with – fog. Quite often there’s a bit of mist when we turn up to set up the course, but it is no match for even the weakest winter sun and fizzles away before 9am.

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Unusually this fog had quite a bit of extra staying power and wanted a piece of the parkrun action - and who could blame it because it was a great week, as Katie’s beautiful photos show!

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So here are the stats:

An amazing 333 of you completed your free timed 5k this week.

All made possible by our fantastic team of 32 hi vis heroes.

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I was so happy to present Oscar with his silver D of E certificate. Oscar has now volunteered at parkrun 60 times, completing his silver and his bronze D of E volunteering at Billericay parkrun. Congratulations on your award and all your hard work Oscar!

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We are so proud to have so many brilliant young volunteers at our event and in fact, every one of our result gathering roles on Saturday (timekeepers, barcode scanners, finish tokens and results processor) and our funnel manager, our number checker and our photographer were all volunteers aged 18 and under. You are all great!

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We celebrated 9 brilliant milestones, which I think is the most we’ve ever had on one day.

Congratulations to Maggie Topliss, Shane White and Peter Tullett on their 100th parkruns, Andrea Bray, Andy Smith and Carl Devlin on their 50th parkruns, Max Proctor and Liam Tyler on their 10th parkruns, and Keith Walker on his 25th volunteer stint.

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Thanks to Maggie, Andy, Shane and the Tulletts for all the post-run snacks! And great to see 4 generations of the Tulletts, Sunderlands and Handlings (Tunderlings?) turning out to celebrate Pete’s milestone.

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In difficult conditions, 37 of you managed a brand new PB – including mother-son duo Sam and Rachel – well done!

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And we welcomed 36 first timers, 18 of you doing your first ever parkrun. Hope you enjoyed Billericay and that we’ll see you again soon.

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Coming weeks up to 2020

As I mentioned in the briefing, we are a bit thin on the ground for volunteers over the next few weeks. If you can help, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com - volunteering is so much fun, incredibly rewarding and all in all a great way to spend the morning.

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And I hope you won’t mind me uttering the word Christmas in November… I am a total grinch until mid-November but now the time feels right to mention the 3 Christmas events we're putting on in addition to our normal Saturday parkruns.

• Billericay parkrun Christmas Drinks, Inn on the Green - 8pm, 14 December 2019
• Christmas Day parkrun - 9am, 25 December 2019
• New Year’s Day parkrun – 9am, 1 January 2020.

On New Year’s Day, you can do two parkruns in one day. The following events are starting at 10:30am for you to complete your double parkrun: Chelmsford Central parkrun, South Woodham Ferrers parkrun, Hockley Woods parkrun and Harrow Lodge parkrun

And the café at Lake Meadows will be open on NYD ‘weather permitting’ if a double espresso is more appealing than a double parkrun.

Sam is your Run Director next week. See you then!

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.

“barcode”

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

 

Christmas 2019 and New Year’s Day 2020

Once again, we are going ahead with our Christmas Day parkrun and our New Year's Day parkrun - both at 9am as usual! We'll also be meeting on December 14 from 8pm in Inn on the Green for our Christmas Drinks.

On New Year's Day, some nearby parkruns will be starting at 10:30, giving you the chance to do a New Year's Day Double where you can record two parkruns on the same day.

So far, the following neighbouring events have confirmed they are starting at 10:30am on New Year's Day:

  • Chelmsford Central parkrun
  • Harrow Lodge parkrun
  • South Woodham Ferrers parkrun
  • Hockley Woods parkrun

It is up to the volunteer core team of each parkrun whether or not they put on extra events over the Christmas period - you can follow which events are running extra events on the Christmas Compendium.

Thanks to everyone making our extra runs possible!

Join the Facebook events below:

Christmas Day parkrun

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New Year's Day parkrun

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Christmas Social - Inn on the Green

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