24 June 2017 - the first Billericay parkrun. 22 June 2019 - our 2nd birthday.
As it was our birthday, there had to be cake or, to be more accurate, cakes along with a mountain of fruit.
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.
It’s great to see the triumph of a new PB – 57 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.
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!
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.
If you haven’t volunteered at parkrun yet, do please give it a go. Pick a week, drop us a line at email@example.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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.
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.
If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE