Billericay parkrun #134 – 4 January 2020

Over a period of just 11 days, we staged four Billericay parkruns; Christmas Day, Saturday 28/12/2019, New Year’s Day and Saturday 04/01/2020.

Four events which, in total attracted 1,364 runners and walkers , all supported by a total of 110 brilliant volunteers. Whether you attended, one, two, three or all four of these events, I hope you enjoyed the atmosphere, the sense of community and camaraderie, as much as being in the outdoors, being active and experiencing what happens to earth when it gets wet – yep, that’ll be the creation of mud!

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If I’m honest, on Saturday, I was a little caught out by the fact that 399 came out to play on our first Saturday event of the year. Of that number, 25 were taking part in a parkrun for the very first time and we were all delighted to see you and hope you'll be back time and time again in the weeks to come.

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Personal Bests
Amazingly, 26 achieved Personal Bests. I have to say on our adapted 5 lap course and with almost 400 in attendance, I am truly impressed that so many clocked up new PB times and optimistic that all 26 will be able to set even more PBs in the weeks to come.

Milestones
Officially, parkrun recognises six milestones. 10 runs (for under 18s), 50 runs, 100 runs, 250 runs, 500 runs and 25 Volunteering stints. On Saturday, it was brilliant to see us have five of the six milestones achieved – the first time this has happened in our 2½ year history.

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Well done to each and every milestone achiever and look out for Gavin in his dark green 250 parkrun T-shirt very soon :-)

Smiles
if you're anything like me, you'll love looking through the post event photos and, particularly, seeing the beaming smiles coming back off the screen at you. Not only does it help remind you of the fun we all had (yes, even in the mud!), but it's also a contagious behaviour. Based on that, here's a small selection from this week; go on, smile along, it's good for you :-)

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Volunteers
It really is easy to heap praise on our wonderful volunteers. We always get such great feedback for their efforts and Saturday was a particular case in point. Standing around in the cold and the mud, but still having loads of fun, shouting encouragement and helping us to lay on a safe and efficient event – what a great thing to do. So a huge thank you from me to every volunteer that helped on Saturday and to every volunteer that has helped at Billericay parkrun throughout 2019.

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If you haven’t helped at our parkrun before or not volunteered for a while, do please consider giving it a go. You can either pop an email into billericay@parkrun.com or sign up on our volunteer board at the event itself. All of the roles are straightforward and you’ll be given all the info you need to help others have a great run. Several roles can be combined with a run as well such as Pre Event Set-Up, Token Sorting, Pacing, Post Event Close Down and Run Report Writer as some examples.

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Running with headphones is absolutely fine at parkrun. However, as a multi lap course where it's impossible not to overtake or be overtaken during the event, it’s important your music isn’t so loud that you can’t hear instructions from volunteers or alerts from runners about to come through and overtake. So, as you dial up the volume, remember to dial up your awareness of what’s going on around you, keeping to the left as much as possible. If you’re totally in your own little bubble, oblivious to others and their needs, that’s when problems can occur. Thanks for your help with this.

On Saturday, Sam is your Run Director; he's the shy and retiring one of the group ;-)
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Hopefully we’ll be back on our standard 3.8 lap course. Either way, please be on time for the briefings in case he needs to share any last minute instructions or safety alerts. Even if you’re an experienced parkrunner, hearing the briefing is really important as well as a way to show respect to your fellow participants.

All that’s left for me to say is thank you for getting my parkrun year off to such a great start and he’s to your parkrun year in 2020 – make it a brilliant one !

David Hayday
Event 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