Billericay parkrun #142 – 29 February 2020

This week I'm sure lots of you were very aptly leaping over the many puddles that currently make up Lake Meadows! Today's parkrun was the first ever leap day parkrun, and there won't be another one until 2048!



We are really having a tough time of it weather wise at the moment and this morning was no exception. Although the wind did die down the non stop rain, and at some points hail, meant the conditions were far from ideal. Amazingly 14 of you achieved new pb's, you must have been trying to get out the rain as soon as possible!

Despite the poor weather we still saw lots of smiles this morning..

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smile man

smile lady

As David has previously said we have no intention of sticking with the 5 lap, path only course, but whilst the park is so waterlogged we are extending our commitment to the five lapper for a further two weeks irrespective of what happens with the weather. We will hopefully be back on our 3.8 lap course soon!



At one point this morning we had more volunteers than runners so I was pleased to see that we did eventually end up with 178 runners, joggers and walkers who braved the appalling conditions. We also welcomed 17 first timers and a tourist from Portsmouth. We hope you all enjoyed our event as much as you could in the circumstances and hope you will return on a much more pleasant and drier occasion!

first timers

A trio of milestones this morning. Oscar Farley finally came forward to celebrate his 50 parkruns (it was actually his 52nd today) along with junior Olivia Bysouth who completed her 10th, and Elaine McSweeney who completed her century! Well done all.

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Thanks to this weeks hi viz heroes who truly were heroes this morning, they were all in high spirits cheering and encouraging you around the course even though they were absolutely drenched by the end.



Alexa JOEL • Bethan HUNT • Chay HATCH • Danny PIGGOTT • Dave SWEET • David STANLEY • Howard WEBB • Ian BARTEN • Jack DADDS • James BUCHAN • Joe ANDREETTI • Julie DAVIES • Kathryn JOEL • Katie SMITH • Lauren DADDS • Lucy WEBB • Matthew BENNETT • Mia DADDS • Mike WHEATLEY • Oscar PIGGOTT • Paul NICHOLS • Pawel GORA • Penny FORD • Poppy BROOKS • Rachel FORREST • Rachel VARNAM • Stephen PAGE • Trevor LINAHAN • Victor BURLEY

A huge thank you from me for supporting us. Thankfully Dave has kindly taken our hi viz vests home to dry so you won't be expected to wear a soggy vest next week!

Please keep an eye on our Volunteer Roster and do consider having a go at one of the many roles on offer. It really is such a fun and rewarding experience and makes a huge difference to our event. Check out the roster here and simply email with your details and when you'd like to volunteer.

Some sad news coming next and I am sorry to report that our poorly stopwatch Gavin did not recover from open watch surgery last week. RIP Gavin. Thankfully Stacey is in full health and was on top form this morning to record all your times to perfect accuracy!


Our next pacer event is on Saturday 21 March 2020 if you would like to be paced to a particular time we will do our best to accommodate and find someone to target that time, just email Similarly if you would like to be a pacer please get in touch.

Next week is International Women's Day and along with many other parkruns around the world we will be showing our support by encouraging as many women and girls as possible to participate as runners, joggers, walkers, spectators and volunteers. Whether it's your 1st or 101st parkrun we would love to see you at the event to celebrate!


Maggie is your Run Director next week, in hopefully much drier conditions.

Until next time...


Alexa :)
Run 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

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 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.


If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE