Billericay parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Profile #9 – Sinéad Clarke

This week's profile comes from Sinéad :)

Since coming to Billericay parkrun for the first time at event #9, Sinéad has rarely missed a week and has now racked up a total of 120 runs at Billericay - more, we think, than anyone else.

In that time she has also reduced her PB by more than 15 minutes.

Thanks very much Sinéad!


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 123
Number of different events visited: 2 - Billericay and Chelmsford Central
Number of volunteer stints: 1

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How did you first hear about Billericay parkrun? And how did you feel when you came along for the first time?
The internet - I looked for parkruns near me and Lake Meadows, Billericay popped up!

The first time I went I just came to look to see where to go and how it worked. People were welcoming and friendly and far from questioning whether I’d be good enough to take part, and encouraged me to get involved. So I came back to give it a try. I was nervous, not sure if I would get round but I got to the finish and left elated.

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What's your parkrun routine and do you have any particular rituals?
Not really, I get up, put on my running gear, have some breakfast, check I have my key, barcode and a bottle of water and go. I usually walk to and from the park and often see others jogging, cycling or walking to the start.

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What have been your favourite memories from Billericay parkrun?
Particularly during the first year getting PBs was always good and helped me gain confidence about being able to do it. When I did my hundredth run my daughter and my three grandchildren turned up to cheer me on which made that extra special.

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What's one thing that's different for you since taking part in Billericay parkrun?
Mainly it’s been a confidence boost, overcoming long held assumptions that sport wasn’t for someone like me.

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What do you do outside of parkrun stuff?
Like a lot of people family is central to my life, I have grown up children in their 20s/30s, 3 grandchildren aged 5, 3 and 1 1/2, and a mum aged 89. Since taking early retirement just over 4 years ago I have been helping my daughter and son-in-law with child care. That normally keeps me on my toes and I’m really looking forward to being able to have a cuddle again!

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Many of us sometimes find it hard to leave the duvet behind and go for a run, especially when it's cold and rainy! What's the key to consistency?
It probably helps that I’m not really a lie-in kind of person, so getting up on a Saturday morning is fine. I’m not a fan of cold and miserable weather and running in the rain isn’t always easy when you wear glasses! But for me the positives more than offset the negatives.

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It’s a friendly, supportive environment and the effort involved always leaves me feeling good. For 30/40 minutes every Saturday morning, I am repeatedly told that I’m doing fantastic, that I should keep going and that what I am doing is great, and that isn’t something that happens anywhere else!

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What would you say to someone who's considering coming along to parkrun for the first time but isn't sure whether it's for them?
Definitely come and give it a try, you will be welcomed and encouraged whatever your level of ability, and with the tail walkers in place you won’t be last or left behind.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back? And do you have any particular goals / aims for when we do?
Looking forward to my weekly dose of positivity.

In terms of goals I’d love it, even if it was only once, if I could get round in under 30 minutes, but it won’t spoil it for me if that doesn’t happen. Getting my age-graded score back over 60% might be more easily achieved, even if it just means getting older and trying not to slow down!

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Thanks very much Sinéad :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #8 – The Smiths

Thanks to Maggie, Andy, Katie and Oliver for this week's profile :)


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 112 by Maggie, 60 by Andy, 45 by Oliver, 10 by Katie (227 total)
Number of different parkrun events visited: 2 - Billericay and Bushy
Number of volunteer stints: 98 by Katie, 42 by Maggie, 37 by Oliver, 28 by Andy (205 total)

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How did you find out about the event and start coming along as a family?
Andy: Maggie and I had been trying on and off to start running but somehow hadn’t found the time or motivation to make it work. I read on social media that Billericay was starting up a parkrun, so mentioned it to Maggie and we turned up to event 2. After that, we were hooked. (Maggie more than me to start with!) We have only ventured to one other parkrun – and that was to Bushy with the Billericay parkrun visit!

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parkrun isn’t a race, but who is first out of the door on a Saturday morning and who is last?
Andy: Maggie is always up first, especially if Run Director as she will be double checking everything or making any last minute changes. Katie is an unknown factor … if she is volunteer coordinator then will be up and ready, if it’s cold and rainy then it’s more of a challenge! There will be no sign of Oliver until the last minute when he miraculously turns up ready so somehow I tend to end up last!

What are your favourite volunteer roles and why?
Katie: There are so many roles to choose from! Volunteer coordinator, timekeeping and barcode scanning are probably my top three favourite roles. This is because I feel that these three roles allow the most social interaction and one of my favourite things about parkrun is talking to people.

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Maggie: When I started parkrun back in 2017, I struggled to get round, I must have stopped about 8 times the first time. I felt really unfit and it became a milestone in my head to get under 30 mins. When I finally did, I was so happy that day my daughter thought I was drinking! (Andy: She probably was!) So now I like to pace 30 mins to help others break that barrier so they can be as happy as I was that day! I should point out it still took me many months before I could run the whole course without stopping!

Oliver: I started pacing when I saw how much my mum liked it (and coincidentally I got a smartwatch for my birthday). I like it when I have a crowd running with me. Almost enjoyable. Just to point out that any discrepancy in my running pace is due to the course length and not me!

I also help my dad sometimes with finish tokens and I've been official photographer.

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Andy: A bit tricky when you are competing with the rest of your family for roles … I enjoy finish tokens as you get to congratulate people when they are finishing, I try to do this role whenever Maggie is Run Director.

I have also recently been doing pacer coordinator and it's great to chat with all our fantastic pacers.

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Katie – you are a familiar face to many - what have you gained from all your volunteering at the event?
I started volunteering at parkrun for my silver DofE back in January 2018. I found I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to and part of the reason for that was I realised that parkrun was helping me so much to build up my self-esteem and confidence. So when I finished my six months of volunteering for DofE, there was never any doubt that I would continue volunteering. parkrun has really made me appreciate people’s challenges and how it is helping them overcome them.

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Has parkrun encouraged you to take on any other running challenges?
Maggie: Billericay 10K in 2018. I never thought I would be able to run that far, David Hayday was really supportive and we went running a few times beforehand to build up my confidence.

Oliver: After mum ran Billericay 10K, I agreed to run with her on holiday (once). We signed up for the Lucerne 10K, and it was better than I thought it was going to be. It was part of the Marathon set of activities so we got to run the best parts of the route (through football stadium, red carpet etc) without the pain of training for a marathon (or indeed any training on my part). I ran with my mum for about one minute and then I was off!

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Andy: 2020 was the year I was going to master 10K. I signed up for four. All have been cancelled or postponed!

What do you do outside of parkrun stuff ?
Maggie: I’ve been collecting Lego Creator pieces for a number of years. I can spend hours on Killer Sudoku or Candy Crush!

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Andy: I love watching and playing sport (so finding it hard at the moment!) We have season tickets at West Ham, I have to bribe Oliver with some chips to come with me! I have been doing yoga for 6 years and enjoy playing tennis. I have recently started Lego Technic as I couldn’t let Maggie have all the fun!

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Katie: Nothing to do with Lego! I am interested in History (it is one of my A-levels). When we went to Japan, it coincided with the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. We went to the ceremony held in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which the prime minister, survivors and relatives attended. There was a release of doves which symbolised peace. In the evening, paper lanterns were lit and placed on the river.

I also enjoy binge watching Netflix and Disney+!

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Oliver: Rugby – I play for Billericay Bees. I like playing computer simulation games.

What are your most memorable moments from parkrun?
Oliver: Top of the list is Christmas Day, although this is not a great memory! I had injured my foot playing basketball a few weeks before and was unable to do any sport so I signed up to do timekeeping. It was really cold, my foot was freezing and wet due to a hole in my trainer (not sure how that got there). I managed to survive until the first set of runners were coming through and then I passed out, face down in the mud…. My mum took me off the volunteer roster for abandoning my post and my sister mocked me for the rest of the day! Thankfully there are no photos.

Andy: Best part of parkrun for me is the social interaction. I have also had opportunities to do roles that I wouldn’t otherwise have had such as walking with Richard as a VI guide. I enjoyed our trip to Bushy although the weather could have been better! But my favourite memory is the day I managed to run at 25 minutes which Maggie has been doing her best to match ever since!

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Katie: Warm sunny days, family days and birthdays are all great memories. I have to admit my funniest memory is Christmas Day when Oliver fell down in the mud. Obviously as the caring sister I am, I sat my poor brother down on a bench and checked he was okay before almost falling over laughing.

Maggie: I love all the special events. One that stands out for me was in March last year when Billericay parkrun joined forces with volunteers from the local community and charity DKMS to raise awareness and build up the stem cell donor register. It was an amazing event and saw our largest attendance.

On a more personal level, achieving my 100 milestone at the same time Andy achieved his 50 milestone was a memorable day. We owe a lot to parkrun for getting us both running and feeling fitter.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
Katie: I am on 98 volunteering stints so I am looking forward to getting to 100! I can't wait to see everyone again.

Andy: Meeting everyone again and talking to people other than my family!

Maggie: Seeing everyone and running in a group again! And maybe matching Andy’s PB!

Oliver: Lapping my family and retiring to the café with a slice of fruit cake. Shame no WIFI!

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Thanks very much Maggie, Andy, Katie and Oliver :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #7 – Shane White and Judith Campbell

Thanks very much to Shane and Judith, two very familiar faces from our event, for this week’s profile! :)


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 102 for Judith, 105 for Shane
Number of different events visited: 11
Number of volunteering stints: 40 by Shane, 24 by Judith

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How did you find out about Billericay parkrun and come along for the first time?
Judith and her sister Sally had already been running at Hadleigh and Basildon parkruns but were contemplating giving up as Basildon was having car parking issues. That same week, Judith heard that Billericay was starting so they both took part in event #1. I followed 2 weeks later at event #3 and the "armography" started the week after!

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Are you from Billericay originally?
Judith: I grew up in Thundersley, and then spent a short time in Kent before moving to Billericay about 24 years ago.

Shane: I grew up down the road in Stock but have called Billericay home for over 20 years now.

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What are your favourite memories from the event?
One of our favourite memories is driving all the way to Barry Island in Wales and the delight in seeing the core team and several other regulars (as well as other people from all over the country) had been mad enough to do the same, just for one parkrun!

Organising the trip to Bushy was a pleasure and we think it was a success (other than the weather which wasn't what we ordered!)

We've also enjoyed the birthday events (and the uplifting messages that people wrote and hung up), the fancy dress efforts and seeing all the milestones clocking up!

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You’ve visited lots of different events, what have been your best trips?
We loved visiting Padua in Italy - after deciding not to parkrun on holiday in the Italian Lakes, Shane lasted two days before researching Farfalle parkrun, only a two hour drive for a parkrun in the Butterfly Park! A similar course to Billericay (4 laps), nice and flat with a lovely little cafe. They average 23 runners per week and about 40% of them are usually tourists.

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We also enjoyed running in Copenhagen, Denmark. This one was planned, we went to watch our niece compete in the Ironman Triathlon and had the choice of four parkruns. We decided on Amager Faelled parkrun but finding it was slightly difficult as they don't have a David Hayday setting up at 7am with signs/flags! Another flat course with a friendly set of volunteers, and you just follow the flour arrows on the ground for two laps.

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The other one that stands out was Durham - this one was needed, after celebrating our nephew’s wedding in the castle until the early hours, we managed to drag ourselves out of the hotel for this parkrun hangover cure! A great run along the riverbank finishing by the bandstand with a perfect photo opportunity, followed by a walk back to the start to enjoy a much deserved bacon roll.

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We have also taken part in the Billericay November tourism events to Barry Island (so lush) and to Bushy (the home of the first ever parkrun), and look forward to another tourism event in November.

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what do you do outside parkrun?
Judith: Up until very recently I worked full time in the City and during my precious free time love seeing friends and family and having the odd G&T!

Shane: I work in the industrial computing sector providing services for the food industry, outside of that I enjoy going to gym, running with the Billericay Striders, eating out with friends, cinema and watching motorsport.

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What’s the best thing about parkrun?
Feeling fitter and healthier of course but more importantly feeling part of the community and seeing lots of new parkrun friends whether it be during parkrun or whilst out and about in Billericay.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
Seeing everyone again and having a bacon and egg "sarnie" at the cafe!

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Thanks so much to Shane and Judith :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #6 – Sam Hill

As we're not able to be together in the park right now, we're running a series of profiles about some of the amazing people that make up our community.

This week our profile is from Sam, one of our Run Directors :)

If there's someone you'd like to nominate to take part, drop us a line at billericay@parkrun.com


parkrun vital statistics
Number of runs: 143
Number of different parkrun events visited: 12
Number of volunteer stints: 96

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How did you first hear about parkrun?
I first heard about parkrun through my brother and sister, who started going for a reason I can’t even remember. Eventually my mum joined them but it wasn’t until my job moved my location to Chelmsford and my friend Joe and I set ourselves a silly challenge to do a triathlon that I started running.

I took a while to decide to go along to parkrun (approx. 6 weeks from my first run) and it took me just over 31 minutes, with stops, but it was the first time I’d run 5k and I’ve been at parkrun almost every week ever since (think I’ve only ever overslept 3 weeks.....) The rest, as they say, is history!

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Many people at Billericay might not know that you’ve been on a bit of a fitness journey. Tell us about that.
Well, my weight has more or less yo-yoed my whole life and the last turning point for it was after Isabelle, also known as Squish (who likes to turn up to parkrun most weeks with me and be pushed around by grandma) was born. I took a picture of her with me and I very much disliked what I saw. Combined with the office move I’d just undergone, the opportunity to exercise at lunch in Chelmsford was a much more attractive proposition than it ever was in London and our aforementioned challenge of completing a triathlon, it was the perfect opportunity to do something about it properly.

Over a period of just 6 months I lost a lot of weight and managed to wipe 7 minutes off my best parkrun time completing several triathlons, 10ks and even a half marathon. I never expected to keep it up myself and when I found myself still exercising come the new year I joined the local triathlon club and now sport and exercise is just a part of my life.

Perhaps the best bit was on a visit back to the London office, getting into a lift with a colleague I hadn’t seen since I moved out to Chelmsford and they didn’t recognise me at all, the difference was just that vast! Since then I’ve gone on to complete a marathon and half ironman distance triathlon - I enjoyed the latter much, much more!

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What sporting achievements are you most proud of and why?
That’s a difficult one, race wise it’ll be completing the Staffordshire half Ironman last year, it took me just over 6 hours and was the culmination of several hard months of training, none of which I would’ve achieved as successfully as I did without the help and support of my club and club coach Zena.

Outside of races, without a doubt it’ll be the community we have set up at Billericay parkrun, not an individual achievement but an achievement of everyone who turns up to run, walk or volunteer – having been to several parkruns, none have that same feel as Billericay, or should I say, home.

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Of the 12 other parkruns you've completed aside from Billericay, any particular favourites and any others you really want to complete?
Apart from Billericay? Am I allowed to choose another? The best thing about parkrun courses is that no two are the same! Every course has its ups and downs (some more than others, Hadleigh...), though I really loved the trips to Barry and Bushy we undertook, one madder than the other.

I look forward to Billericay every week, the ease and simplicity of it makes it more attractive to me, plus like Peter said, the eco-consciousness kicks in a little - though I do look forward to our cancellation for fireworks each year to undertake some mad journey to try somewhere different!

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People at Billericay parkrun often talk about the 'Three Hills', but there's more than three from your extended family that support our event. Tell us a little about the family's participation and who has progressed the most?
I still want the original course with the extra hill back! But no, our 3.8 lap course is perfect as it is. We’re pretty much a family of parkrunners now, starting with Lucy and Tom, Mum joined in shortly after, then I started and later Harriet before Dad finally joined in wanting to take part.

Way back when our local parkrun was Chelmsford, it was some sort of military drill to get us all there on time! Now we’ve spread out a bit more, Lucy is spoilt for choice with all her London parkruns, Tom will go up and down the Canterbury hills, Harriet will occasionally wake up before midday to test her student will in Durham, and Mum and Dad are staunch Billericians, Mum you’ll probably have seen pushing my Squish around in her pram (though she turned 4 the week that parkruns were all shut down, so she’ll be running the junior parkrun soon enough!), and Dad is the tail walker supreme!

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As for who has progressed the most, that’s not an easy question to answer, in terms of started to current point, you could argue me, having improved by over 10 minutes from my first run, or Lucy (and I suppose Tom) who’ve both run (or in Tom’s case mostly walked) marathons, but I think it’d be fair to say mum who has, just before this all happened, been improving incredibly and even managed to run her first sub 30 recently, though she won’t be happy until it‘s on her parkrun record!

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You were a part of Billericay parkrun from the outset, what are your favourite memories from the event?
Favourite memories, well there’s certainly a few, the Barry and Bushy trips are no doubt up there, Halloween number 1, the dinosaur suit, the now infamous Christmas suit, meeting the original core team for the first time and the journey we’ve been on to reach where we are now, but perhaps my favourite memory will always be the ones I get after we close down for the week - they’re always different each week but they speak volumes for what goes on and for everyone who takes part, always brilliantly captured in photos so that even though right now it does feel like only a distant memory, you can almost relive them!

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You've volunteered almost 100 times at parkrun - what are your favourite roles and why?
Have I? That’s crept up! Another difficult question, I really enjoy being the run director, seeing everything come together is incredibly rewarding. Barcode scanning is one I really enjoy too, being able to watch people and talk to them (even if some can’t talk back). Timekeeping is one I’ve not done much but was still an enjoyable experience and the stopwatches or the parkrun app are really easy to use! And then there’s marshalling, I love encouraging people to take part and cheer them on with bad jokes, or silly costumes – you never know what I might have planned if I’m on the roster to marshal!

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What do you do outside of parkrun stuff?
Outside of parkrun, as previously mentioned, I train and take part in triathlons. I’m also a committee member for the club and in charge of the club league and organising the GoTri events, which are not dissimilar to parkrun in ethos for getting people involved in sport. I also enjoy computer games, currently racking up a lot of hours on Age of Empires 2, it’s only a 20 year old game!

Between leisure I work in insurance for Aon (though don’t ask me about your renewals unless you own a power plant) and spending time with my children, not that they want to spend time with me (who can blame them)!

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What are you most looking forward to when we return?
A return to routine! I’m not enjoying the loss of simple daily routine, it’s a small thing but really important and it makes a big difference when you have a routine you follow to so many aspects of day to day life. I’m also, of course, looking forward to the return of the 3.8 lap course, the 5 lap course is great when the 3.8 (normal) lap course is unavailable, but the weather at the start of the year was really against us so it’ll be great to be back “home” so to speak!

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Thanks so much to Sam :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

dh linda and james
parkrun3 alexa
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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #5 – Paul Allen and Lisa Reader

As we're not able to be together in the park right now, we're running a series of profiles about some of the amazing people that make up our community.

This week our profile is from Paul and Lisa :)

If there's someone you'd like to nominate to take part, drop us a line at billericay@parkrun.com


parkrun vital statistics
Number of runs: 41 for Paul, 49 for Lisa
Number of parkrun events visited: 2 - Billericay and Bushy!
Number of volunteering stints: 6

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How did you find out about Billericay parkrun?
We always walk our dog Alfie in Lake Meadows and have our breakfast in the Park Café at weekends. Whilst sitting outside the café enjoying our coffee we saw the first run take place. We spoke to one of the runners and asked how we could participate. They explained we had to register online for a barcode which we did and have enjoyed taking part ever since, whether running or marshalling.

It has such a great community spirit and we have met some good friends. It's great to see everyone come together no matter what age or ability to take part.
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Paul, we heard you like football a bit. Can you tell us about some of the highlights from your career?
It was my dream from a very young age to become a professional footballer. I have lots of great memories but the ones that stand out for me are playing for West Ham in the 1980 Cup Final at the age of 17 against Arsenal and being on the winning side.

I was also lucky to play in two further Cup Finals this time for Spurs in 1987 when they lost to Coventry City and again in 1991 when Spurs beat Nottingham Forest.

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But being Billericay parkrun's 10,000th ever finisher was even better than all of that right? ;)
Ha ha, believe it or not that was a great moment for me as it was shared with the late Kevin Brushett who laughed as much as I did when I was presented with a certificate from David Hayday and yes I do still have the certificate! It is coming up to the anniversary of Kevin's passing and he is very much in our thoughts.

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Lisa, can you tell us about your fitness routine during lockdown and your next goals?
I am still working out most days. I do a circuit or HIIT class in the garden in the mornings before I start work and then Paul, Tilly and I go for a walk late afternoon. It is not the same as working out in the gym or doing boot camp or parkrun in the park but at least I am keeping active. My next parkrun will be my 50th and although I know I will not get a PB that is my goal for future parkruns.

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What are your favourite moments from Billericay parkrun?
Paul: There have been lots of great moments but I really enjoyed and looked forward to running with Kevin Brushett and Keith Walker. On the back of us running together at parkrun they talked me into joining Billericay Striders.

Lisa: For me, being a quite competitive person it is achieving those PBs, such a great feeling!

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What do you do outside of parkrun stuff?
We both work full-time so what spare time we have is spent exercising and socialising with friends and family. Since lockdown we have mastered many new things such as hairdressing, dog grooming, cooking and Zoom!

Name one thing that’s different for you since Billericay parkrun started
Before we participated in parkrun we did not comprehend how much work was involved in making this great event happen every week. There are so many good people who give up their time week in week out.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
Lockdown has made us really think about all the things we take for granted, coming together as a group to do parkrun is one of them and we cannot wait for the lockdown to be lifted so we can see all our parkrun friends again.

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Thanks so much to Paul and Lisa :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

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