Billericay parkrun #144 – 14 March 2020

We suspected Saturday might be our last event for a while, so we really made the most of it.

Last week seems a whole world away, and you’ll have seen that all UK parkruns and junior parkruns have been added to the list of COVID-19 related cancellations until at least the end of March – meaning that for the first time in 15 years, there won’t be a parkrun anywhere in the world on Saturday and no junior parkruns on Sunday ☹

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All of us at Billericay parkrun will really miss seeing everyone each week and having parkrun as part of our weekly routine. That being said, we have loads of plans to keep our Facebook active with different things so keep watching out there!

Although it’s important we stay active through all this, please don’t organise any 'alternative' group runs or turn up on Saturday anyway as that would defeat the purpose of our suspension. No one wants parkrun to be cancelled, least of all us, but it’s paramount we listen to government advice to keep everyone safe and to maintain the goodwill we have with the rest of the Billericay community.

To keep track of parkrun Head Office’s coronavirus updates, which apply to all events, please visit the dedicated webpage at www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/


 

Back to happier times, and Saturday’s parkrun was definitely happy.

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On our 5 lap course, we saw 38 brilliant new PBs set.

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We also saw two truly out-of-this-world 5k performances from Nina and Elizabeth who exterminated all 5 ascents of the hill in full fancy dress. Well done to both of you :)

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We welcomed 17 first timers – 9 of them doing their first parkrun and 8 of them tourists visiting for the first time including from Preston in Lancashire and Southend. Hope you felt really welcome at our event and enjoyed seeing spring begin to bloom in the park!

And thanks so much to the 32 fantastic volunteers who made it all possible.

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We also celebrated four brilliant milestones. Congratulations to Christopher on 10 runs and Jo Huxley and Catherine Ross on 50 runs each – hope you all receive your new t-shirts in the post soon!

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The fourth milestone achiever was unofficial, and won’t get a t-shirt… but he did get his face (badly) photoshopped onto a card! Well done to our Event Director, David, who celebrated his 250th volunteering stint on Saturday. We dusted off our calculator and found that a grand total of 81,233 finishes were recorded across the 250 parkrun events David has volunteered at since 2013 – representing a total distance equivalent to the distance between the Earth and the Moon. That’s quite something – so thanks David from all of us.

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To celebrate this glamorous achievement, David will be cleaning the mud off of all our signs while we are off.


 

For many of us, parkrun is that one time in the week where the stresses of the week melt away, where we can catch up with friends and appreciate the outdoors - and it’s a pocket of niceness in a world that can often feel ever more divided, judgmental and unkind.

It will be hard for that to be taken away, but we are all in the same boat and we will be back sooner or later - hopefully on our 3.8 lap course too.

Stay healthy, stay happy and we’ll see you when we see you. And feel free to email us any time at billericay@parkrun.com with any suggestions for our Facebook page or if you just fancy a chat.

Hopefully we can return to normal soon.

Rachel
Billericay parkrun core team

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