This week saw our return to Lake Meadows after our cancellation for the fireworks display last week.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
In difficult conditions, 37 of you managed a brand new PB – including mother-son duo Sam and Rachel – well done!
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.
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 email@example.com - volunteering is so much fun, incredibly rewarding and all in all a great way to spend the morning.
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!
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