This week we welcomed 294 runners, walkers and joggers to Lake Meadows.
With our 11 volunteer pacers spurring you on, a fantastic 58 of you recorded a new personal best, that’s 20% of the field. Congratulations to all of those who went faster than ever before yesterday!
We also welcomed 27 first timers to Billericay, of whom 16 were doing their first ever parkrun. I hope you all enjoyed the event and, of course, congratulations on your brand new PB at Billericay!
Thanks to all our brilliant volunteers this week who made it all possible. It’s more difficult for us to fill our roster in the summer, so it’s really appreciated that so many people stepped forward to help in our time of need!
If you fancy giving volunteering a try, we still have lots of spaces on our roster. It really is a great way to spend a morning with some of the nicest people in town and to see how the event works behind the scenes too ☺ Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org - it’s not possible to do it wrong and all help to support the event is very much appreciated!
Also, after 25 volunteers you get a free purple shirt from parkrun as a thank you! Maggie tried to keep her 25th volunteer quiet this week, but this was not possible as I always check on our results system. Sorry Maggie! Well done also to Howard Webb who celebrated his 10th run yesterday!
The summer holidays mean we get even more visitors than usual and this week was no exception, welcoming visitors from Gladstone parkrun (London), Hillsborough parkrun in Sheffield, York parkrun and Peacehaven parkrun along with some more local locations like Raphael parkrun in Romford, Brentwood parkrun and Basildon parkrun.
Hope you felt very at home at Billericay and it’s always fun to see apricot t-shirts from far and wide.
We also love seeing our own parkrunners repping Billericay parkrun elsewhere and this summer we’ve been sent some brilliant photos – some from exotic parkruns far away, and others from where you’ve set up your own 5ks in places where parkrun hasn’t quite reached yet.
Here are just some of them from this summer.
- The Sunderlands and Tulletts at Brandon Country Park parkrun as part of a recent trip to Center Parcs
- Paul and Nicky at their own parkrun in Majorca
- Christine taking advantage of there being no upwards flat sections at Hereford parkrun and getting a PB
- Ann at her own parkrun in Turkey (before it got too hot!)
- Dave and Alexa at Bushy parkrun in Teddington (the very first ever parkrun)
- Harriet and Rachel at Citypark parkrun in Craigavon, Northern Ireland
- Lucy and friends taking on the ‘Curly Wurly’ at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun (check out the spiral course, which is used as a motocross track during the week)
- And this fool on a very fun trip to Barry Island parkrun in Wales a few weeks ago...
There are now more than 1,500 different parkruns in 23 countries and 5 continents, and your barcode works at every one of them. So if you’re ever away, why not do a quick search of the new parkrun events map and give it a go ☺
That’s all from me. Sam’s your Run Director next week – so in honour of his costume last week, I offer my favourite dinosaur joke.
Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom?
Because the p is silent.
I will show myself out. Bye for now and see you next week!
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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 email@example.com
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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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