Profile #15 – The Salakos

Thanks so much to the Salakos for this week's profile - another great Billericay parkrun family!


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 92 by Isabelle, 23 by Femi, 4 by Arnaud, 2 by Chloe
Number of different parkrun events visited: 2
Number of volunteering stints: 53 by Arnaud, 5 by Chloe, 4 by Isabelle

All In Bangkok 2018

How did you start running and volunteering at parkrun?
Isabelle: I started running 10 years ago when I took a career break and needed to find a way to keep active. I started running alone and soon after I joined the running group where we lived at the time. Since moving to Billericay I joined the Billericay Striders and discovered parkrun! The rest is history…

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Chloe: My mum convinced me to join her one Saturday. I am not a runner but do enjoy the occasional jog with friends.

Femi: I ran my first parkrun when I took part in the Royal College of GPs parkrun Challenge as my Practice became affiliated to parkrun. I have been attending whenever I can ever since. Before that I somehow completed the London Marathon in 2012 – raising funds for St Luke’s Hospice.

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Arnaud: My Mum asked me to volunteer one Saturday when you were short of helpers and I have been going ever since.

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Arnaud, what are your favourite volunteer roles? And as one of our most regular photographers, do you have any favourite pictures you've taken at the event?
My favourite role is barcode scanning – I enjoy congratulating the participants and sharing the amazing feeling of achievement after they have crossed the finish line. As for my favourite photo, it has to be the Flying Squirrel!

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What are your favourite memories from the event?
Isabelle: Every event is in itself memorable but my highlight is probably getting my 50 shirt.

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Arnaud: Getting my 25th T-shirt was great.

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Femi: Going over the finish line still standing up and being cheered on!

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What do you do outside of parkrun?
Isabelle: I work in London so my weeks are pretty hectic. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and cooking.

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Femi: My favourite pastime is watching football either on TV but preferably at White Hart Lane as often as possible. Arnaud and I went to Barcelona just before lockdown – it was an amazing experience.

Chloe: I have just graduated from Dundee University. Baking is certainly the hobby I enjoy the most – I find it relaxing and I get to eat cake!

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Arnaud: I am an Air Cadet with the Billericay Squadron. I take part in many activities in the community like the Billericay Fireworks where we help with car parking and clearing up the following day. I also go swimming every Saturday. Breaststroke is my favourite but I am best at Butterfly.

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Femi, as a GP have you suggested parkrun to your patients and what do you see as the main benefits of people getting involved?
As I take part in parkrun I do feel able to encourage my patients to give it a go without feeling like a hypocrite!

There is no doubt that the event helps improve general health not to mention mental and cardiac health and helps relieve isolation.

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Isabelle, you've run all of your 92 parkruns at Billericay apart from one - Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, Texas! What was that event like and did you enjoy running at a completely different event?
Terry Hershey parkrun was a memorable experience and so different from Billericay! Firstly because of the heat – it was the middle of July when we were there, start time is 7.30am!

Secondly, the turnout is a lot lower – on the day I attended there were about 60 runners – amongst them a few British Expats. There is a shower at the finish line which I must say was very tempting – and the traditional get-together in the nearby café.

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Chloe, what have you enjoyed about volunteering and running at parkrun?
I love being able to encourage others achieve their goals to complete the 5 km course. I occasionally like to run to support my father. However since I have been away in Scotland up until now I have not been able to take part often. I expect you will see more of me from now on…

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Name one thing that's different for you since taking part in the event.
Isabelle: Weekends are for sure more interesting and fulfilling whenever they start with a parkrun. It is also our weekly family outing which is the perfect way to switch off and recharge.

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Femi: I have met a lot of people I would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. And I have lost weight!

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Chloe: I get treated to some new running outfits from time to time...!

Arnaud: As I go to parkrun, I wake up earlier than I would otherwise!

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What are you all most looking forward to when we get back?
Isabelle: My 100th Shirt and getting to see everybody again.

Femi: Going back to the less punishing 3.5 lap course and keeping fit!

Chloe: Now that I am back home I hope to be able to volunteer more and earn my purple shirt soon.

Arnaud: Seeing everyone.

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Thanks so much to Isabelle, Femi, Chloe and Arnaud :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #14 – Rachel

This week’s profile is from Rachel. A founder Billericay parkrun Core Team member, uber volunteer and part of the very fabric of our event :)


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 166
Number of different events visited: 35
Number of volunteering stints: 229!

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When did you first become aware of parkrun and what was run #1 like?
I first became aware of Chelmsford parkrun in 2014 after Googling local exercise groups, but I hadn’t passed my driving test back then so regrettably I didn’t sign up as I had no way of getting there! A few years later, my friend Lucy (who I’ve known since I was 7) finally convinced me and dragged me along with her mum Rachel and brother Tom.

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The first run really wasn’t pretty but I remember being so ready to go back and improve my time the next week. I loved the togetherness of the community and that it is a place where everyone’s achievements are respected and celebrated.

You’ve visited quite a few different parkruns, what have been your tourism highlights and what are your ‘must visit’ targets?
I enjoy each event I go to and I’ve been to so many places I never would have seen otherwise. Aside from the group Billericay parkrun trips, the parkruns that stick in my mind are Crosby parkrun which is next to Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation on a beach near Liverpool and Whitley Bay parkrun, which has a beautiful course along the seafront and an even more beautiful independent gelato shop as its official cafe where you get a discount if you show your barcode!

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The one I really want to do next is Fountains Abbey parkrun in Yorkshire which is around a beautiful medieval monastery and water garden.

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What are your most memorable moments from Billericay parkrun?
There have been so many that I can’t really choose. Though it’s obviously very rewarding to see the more orchestrated things like the Bushy and Barry trips, our VI guiding event and the event birthdays coming together, I think my favourite memories are in the quieter moments - like seeing someone ringing the PB bell or achieving a milestone, conversations at our Christmas drinks, or just someone saying how much they’ve enjoyed the event and what it has meant to them.

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Rumour has it, you were the architect of the truly epic trip to Barry Island parkrun for the Gavin & Stacey parkrun in 2018. What were your highlights?
There were a lot of architects of that day, especially Lyn and Ian from Barry Island who put on the most amazing parkrun event I think I’ve ever been to. Not to mention that the most ambitious part of all was attempting to do it as a day trip with a 3:30am wake-up, which definitely wasn’t my idea!

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So I really can’t claim all the credit, but it was certainly quite surreal hearing about it on the radio and opening up the BBC News app when we were in the car home and seeing the story right there on the homepage.

There was such a special atmosphere that day, I think because everyone was there for the fun and silliness of it so it felt like one big in-joke.

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You’ve volunteered 229 times in almost every role possible. What are your favourites and why?
Of the roles on the roster, I enjoy them all but it would have to be Run Director, Timekeeper or Pacer. I like the interactions you get in those roles and the chance to see people enjoying the event and achieving their goals.

Overall though, my favourite role is probably ‘core team member’. Being part of a parkrun team is such a fantastic experience because it’s so full of variety and so much goes into the event - a great deal of it unseen. I love the freedom and creativity of making it happen with little to no money and I’ve found myself doing some very strange and unexpected things along the way, like being on the radio and inviting the Queen to our birthday party!

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I don’t really know what I expected when I signed up for this, but I have learnt so many new skills and most importantly have met some incredibly kind and talented people who have taught me so much - I feel very grateful for them all.

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What motivated you to push for a junior parkrun in Billericay and what are the key differences between the 5k and the junior format that you most enjoy?
I’d done quite a lot of parkrun volunteering before we started Billericay and almost all of it was at junior parkrun, so I’ve been around it for quite a long time.

Junior parkrun is organised in the same way as Saturday parkrun with the same website, barcodes and tokens - only it’s at 9am on a Sunday, it’s a 2k course and it’s for 4-14 year olds. The key difference is that kids of any age can run or walk without an adult if they want to, as every part of the course is within the sight of a marshal.

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There’s such a sense of joy and fun which seems to flow through junior parkrun events - and where else could I lead a warm-up with a huge T-rex next to me (deflating slightly with every sun jump!) We have a brilliant core team and so much support from the community, including many regulars from this event.

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On a more personal level, I’m passionate about keeping young people involved in sports. I was very sporty while I was at primary school but found PE really offputting when I got to secondary school - not least because of the horrible clammy kit we had to wear! - and I think I lost a lot of confidence with it then. I hope the kids at junior parkrun will have a love and fearlessness when it comes to running (and fitness generally) that will last throughout their lives.

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What do you do outside of parkrun stuff?
I am training as a solicitor at one of the large law firms in the City and will qualify in March next year after about four years of exams and training. I mainly work on large mergers and acquisitions and really enjoy working across lots of different sectors with people all round the world.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing and arranging music. My main instrument is the oboe - I was in the university symphony orchestra and have also spent a lot of time playing in chamber music groups and in pit orchestras for operas and musical theatre productions around London. My best moment was when I got to play the cor anglais solo in the New World Symphony, best known as the song from the Hovis advert!

I also play the piano and mainly focus on that now as it is more difficult for me to get to orchestra rehearsals these days.

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We understand you’re a parkrun ambassador, what does that entail?
I’ve been an ambassador for over two years now and I am actually one of two ambassadors on the Billericay core team, along with David. It’s a programme organised by parkrun Head Office where you are matched up with the core teams of other local events and you act as a friendly ear to support them as and when things come up. I know from my own experience of being an Event Director that it’s often quite helpful to have a person to go to for a second opinion or to bounce ideas off of, and that’s what I hope I am to the events I support.

Ambassadors also help to start up new parkruns. I had the chance to do this recently both with Lake Meadows junior parkrun and Northlands junior parkrun in Basildon, which I really enjoyed.
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I’ve met so many brilliant people from being an ambassador and it’s great to have the chance to be a small part of other parkrun communities outside of Billericay.

What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
I’ve been doing quite a lot more running so I’m really looking forward to having another go at the course and to gradually chipping away at achieving the green 250 shirt. Most of all though, I just want to see everyone and to be together in the park again.

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Thanks so much to Rachel.

Don't forget that our birthday quiz is open until Tuesday 30 June at 10pm - take part for your chance to win your very own Billericay parkrun bear :)

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Join the quiz here

If you'd like to read more profiles, here are the others from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Billericay parkrun 3rd birthday quiz

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The quiz has now closed, so here are the answers! Congratulations to the 3 people who scored 100%!


1. What year did the very first parkrun take place in Bushy Park, London?

A. 1984
B. 1994
C. 2004


2. Which of these famous singers doesn’t share a surname with a Billericay parkrun record holder?

A. Billy Joel
B. Dolly Parton
C Kenny Rogers


3. On 23 March 2019 we achieved a record attendance of 502. What organisation were we supporting on that day?

A. RNLI
B. DKMS
C. DKNY


4. How many Daves or Davids volunteered at the last Billericay parkrun before the event was paused?

A. 4
B. 5
C. 6


5. Which of these is not a Billericay parkrun marshal position?

A. Blue Railings
B. Perry Street
C. Hollow Tree


6. Who was our 99th finisher at our 99th event ?

A. Andy Smith
B. Oliver Smith
C. Katie Smith


7. In terms of our visit to Barry Island parkrun in November 2018, which of these statements is not true?

A. The then Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, helped behind the counter at Marco’s Café serving post run teas, coffees and bacon rolls
B. BBC featured the event on their website’s main news page
C. A cast member from Gavin & Stacey conducted a hilarious first timers’ briefing


8. In total, how many separate finishes have we had at Billericay parkrun?

A. 37,845
B. 39,452
C. 38,542


9. Which parkrun are we hoping to visit as a part of our annual bit of tourism on 7 November 2020?

A. Severn Fields
B. Severn Valley
C. Severn Bridge


11. When did we buy ‘Billy’ our hand pulled trolley for £99.99 from the Billericay parkrun donations pot?

A. 30 November 2018
B. 31 January 2018
C. 28 February 2019


12. Which of these is a regular at Billericay parkrun?

A. FA Cup Winner
B. Olympic Rower
C. World Champion Gymnast


13. In Total, how many people from ‘Team Slug’, ‘Billericay Striders’ and ‘Zombies, Run!’ Running Clubs have completed our event?

A. 176
B. 196
C. 186


14. When timekeeping at Billericay parkrun, what band is used to remind our volunteers of the correct sequence of stop-watch buttons to press?

A. AC/DC
B. ABBA
C. INXS


15. Which local parkrun is our 3rd closest neighbour?

A. Brentwood
B. Wickford
C. Basildon

 

Profile #13 – Lucy, Rachel and Ellen

Thanks very much to Lucy, Rachel and Ellen for this week’s profile! Rachel is one of our most regular volunteers marshalling all around the course, Ellen is one of our fantastic Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who’s working on her Gold Award - a whole year of volunteering - and Lucy has reduced her PB by more than 25 minutes!


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Number of parkruns: 63 by Lucy, 4 by Rachel, 3 by Ellen
Number of different events visited: 2 - Billericay and Chelmsford
Number of volunteering stints: 58 by Rachel, 44 by Ellen, 2 by Lucy

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How did you first hear about the event and come along for the first time
Rachel: I joined up a long time ago when parkrun was in Chelmsford before it came to Billericay but could not seem to drag myself over there for 9am. When I saw on Facebook that Billericay was starting I did not really have an excuse any more, especially as we pretty much roll out of bed to get there now.

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Lucy: Rachel mentioned it to me when we were first together and then a couple of friends mentioned it and how great it was, so I thought I’d give it a go. I hadn’t run for 25 years but was a long distance runner for Essex county so thought to myself, how hard can it be! I ran off from the start like I was still 16 years old in my 20 year old trainers, after barely one lap I limped the rest of the way and cleared it at 51 minutes!

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Ellen: I first heard about it when Mum and Lucy first ran it. However, every time it was mentioned my brain made the executive decision to ignore it, because I could not comprehend the thought of being awake and exercising before 10am on a Saturday.

After my mum began volunteering and the more I heard about it, the less painful being awake at that time it sounded. It was a few months later I had signed up for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh and volunteering at parkrun was the best option to choose.

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Ellen what’s been your experience of doing your Gold D of E at the event and what have been your favourite volunteer roles and experiences?
Volunteering at parkrun for my D of E has been a very enriching experience. I first marshalled with my mum and I am not going to lie, I was mortified! I’m not a shy person but I found yelling at all of the runners too embarrassing.

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As time went on I went from an awkward clap with a few quiet well dones to being able to show more enthusiasm and find the joy in marshalling.

As for my favourite roles I enjoy barcode scanning and timekeeping the most as it is lovely to see how cheerful the atmosphere is and to be able to cheer people across the finish line.

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What are your favourite memories of the event
Rachel: Christmas and New Year’s Day runs. The numbers that come are fantastic and it's lovely to see families and children with their new bikes all getting together in a real sense of community.

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Lucy: I loved my first Christmas Day run – I just could not believe I was running on Christmas Day. I really knew then that parkrun and reaching my goals had really become a big part of our lives.

Of course finally after hovering around 30 minutes for so long hitting sub 30 was a huge highlight for me, I couldn’t wait to ring that bell. Everything was spot on that day and that sometimes is just how it is… you feel great, you believe you can do it, you push on and the weather is perfect.

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Ellen: I can’t pinpoint a best experience as I really do enjoy so many of them. However I would say that I really enjoy seeing people collect their milestones as I love that even though we have hundreds of runners, every week we make the time to congratulate those individuals.

It’s lovely to watch and see the pride on people's faces as they get presented with the special milestone vest.

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Lucy, what would you say you have gained from taking part in parkrun and have you gone on to do any other fitness activities since?
I have gained so much. I have found my thing, it's great to have something we can all do together. It has given me confidence and I have certainly grown as a person. I am now that annoying friend that constantly goes on about running and times!

Once I reached sub-30 my next goal was to try 10k and of course it had to be Billericay Striders 10k. It felt amazing doing it and never imagined I would be doing such a thing and now I have a medal hanger in our spare room which I am looking forward to filling up.

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Rachel, what do you enjoy most about marshalling at the event and do you have a favourite marshal post?
I love watching everyone improve each week. I’ve learnt a few names so I can personalise my light-hearted heckling! I enjoy being able to give something back to the community. My favourite spot… that is a tricky one… I’ve probably had them all. I would probably say it's the start as I like encouraging everyone “up that hill”.

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What do you all do outside of the parkrun stuff?
Rachel: I’m a Children’s Nurse in the NHS, I was in a management role but due to the current situation I have been redeployed into a community nursing team. This has been challenging but also enjoyable seeing patients again.

Outside of that Lucy and I are Warrior Women, it’s a local exercise group that mixes HIIT and strength focused classes with a touch of non contact combat. During lockdown we have been able to carry on with online Warrior Women classes.

We’ve also been doing some DIY and home improvements... and replanning our wedding that has been rescheduled from May 1st this year to April next year… Every cloud… gives us time to plan and save for a even bigger party!!

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Lucy: I am a marketing events manager based in Colchester. I manage trade shows, seminars and technical schools across Europe Middle East and Africa. I get to travel which my job every now and then but this is annoying when it clashes with parkrun. Currently I work from home which I am really enjoying with this lovely weather.

Since lockdown I have started getting up early to get out for a run before it gets too busy out there, it has been lovely to explore new routes - we are very lucky to have all this beautiful countryside and footpaths around us.

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Ellen: Outside of parkrun (pre lockdown) I would be studying for my A-Levels, going to work, going to the gym and dragging my friends to see every film possible at the cinema. Due to Covid-19 my exams have been cancelled and the cinema is closed it has been quite a shock to the system.

Now I sleep, watch Netflix and have just started going back to work, then watch more Netflix... I am having a lovely time! Of course, I miss going to the cinema but as a substitute I make Mum and Lucy watch films with me instead. The most recent one being Interstellar and Mum did not pay attention and then complained it was confusing. She has watched Happy Feet far too many times we needed to stage an intervention!

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What’s the best thing about parkrun?
Rachel: The opportunity it provides for the community to exercise outdoors, no matter the ability and it provides everyone support to achieve their goals.

Lucy: It’s been great meeting people I wouldn’t have probably crossed paths with. I only moved to Billericay 4 years ago and it really does feel like home for me. I feel like part of the community and it is really lovely that we have something that we can all do as a family. parkrun is just so uplifting - no matter what the weather is we all put our gear on and get out there, it brings people together.

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Ellen: Overall it has to be the sense of community. No matter what has happened I am left feeling happy and it is so lovely to be around a group of people all sharing the same enthusiasm.

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What are you most looking forward to when lockdown is over – at parkrun and outside of it?
Rachel: Being able to see families and friends again and getting back to our Saturday morning routine of parkrun and Warriors followed by a cheeky Cloud9 breakast – we have really missed that!

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Ellen: Once lockdown is over I am looking forward to taking my driving test and going to the cinema. However if I am being honest I will still probably enjoy sleeping and watching Netflix all day!

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Lucy: I know that when we are all together in Lake Meadows again that some form of normality has resumed. Saturdays will feel the same again and knowing we will have that again one day is what gets me through this lockdown. Getting a PB on the first one back - now that would be like winning the lottery!

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Thanks so much to Lucy, Ellen and Rachel :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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alexa 94351089_1559908744180199_2806183506374295552_o 1F7F57D0-EBA9-42A4-B738-A7813057F3B9
shane and judith smiths Sinead
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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #12 – Dave Sweet

This week’s profile is from Dave who has now volunteered more than 100 times at Billericay parkrun, becoming a run director at the event last year :)


Number of parkruns: 26
Number of different events visited: 3
Number of volunteering stints: 118

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How did you first hear about parkrun starting in Billericay and why did you want to help?
It was when the Striders received an email from David advising he was trying to get one started and would we be interested in helping financially to get it off the ground. At the time we were looking to improve the Striders facilities with the provision of a running surface at Hannakins, so our club funds were potentially tied up, so we turned him down!!

I first volunteered on 1st July 2017 at the second event as I could not make the launch event, but I liked the idea of being involved with a new local project (especially as it was running orientated), and I saw the possibility for there to be a link with the Striders later on.

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After several months of volunteering you did your first run - what made you want to give it a try?
In July 2017 the Striders were entering teams in a 5k Relay event at the Olympic Stadium in London, and the men's captain didn't know what team to put me in as he had no recent 5k time to judge me by, so I thought I'd better see what I could do.

I clocked 20.45, and from then on I thought OK, how much can I lower this by, as I thought with effort I could possibly go sub 20 minutes. So Alexa offered to be an unofficial pacer for me and got me to 19.58 a couple of weeks later.

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What are your best memories from the event?
The Striders takeover of the event is certainly up there, as we had 65 members of the club in attendance in some capacity, including a record 16 pacers, I was RD for the event, and the weather was great!

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Also I cannot leave out my first time as RD, and to say I was nervous or worried how it would go would be an understatement.

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And finally lowering my PB to 19.49, which meant I had an Age Grade of 80%, which classified me as National Standard for my old boys age group!

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What’s your favourite volunteer role?
I used to think it was Timekeeping, as it was nice to encourage all the runners/walkers as they approached the finish funnel, but in winter when it's freezing cold and bits of you either don't want to function, or want to drop off, it's not so great.

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I enjoy the set up first thing, and either making Dave's finish curve shallow or deep depending on if I am running or whether I feel like making others run further. Either way some of the Striders give me flak. However, I now enjoy Barcode Scanning as you are constantly doing something and you get more interaction with everyone.

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How would you describe the experience of being part of a parkrun core team?
It's a really great team we have with a real mix of personalities and strengths, and we all know that if something is not going quite right, other core team members will readily help if needed.

It's also a great feeling when we do one of the anniversary events, with some large attendances and it all just goes so smoothly. It's nice post event to also see everyone happy (more often than not!) and saying thank you for organising the event, when really now the event pretty much looks after itself. It's also lovely to watch those taking part striving just that little bit more to get that PB, or dip under that magic target time they may have set themselves.

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What do you do outside of parkrun stuff?
For 40 years out of my 41 year work career it was spent in insurance mainly in London with a few years in Romford. I started back in 1977 with a company called Alexander Howden, that after numerous takeovers and mergers became Aon, and then a few other companies. I was made redundant in 2017, so decided in the words of the song..I'm coming home I've done my time (retiring).

My family are Deb, my wife, and I have a sister Gill in Westcliff, and a 21 year old Niece who has her own dog grooming business. I lost my Dad in 2012 just before the London Olympics, so he never got to see me be a Games Maker, and my Mum in 2001 the day after my first London Marathon, to Motor Neurone Disease, hence I volunteer for the charity at a lot of their (mainly running) fundraising events, which if you like other than running is probably my biggest hobby if it can be referred to as that.

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As in addition to London 2012, I was a Clyde Sider at Glasgow 2014, and a Hockey Maker at the Women's World Cup in 2018. I hope to do Birmingham in 2022.

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I have also attended numerous Steve Cram Training Camps which are held around Kielder Water in Northumberland and Rutland Water. I think I found out about the Camps through Steve's charity COCO. He came up with Cram Tags (small waterproof ID tags) for runners to wear on their shoes that had your contact details on in case you had an accident, as Steve's brother tripped up and died while out running and he had nothing on him to say who he was.

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The camps are fun and brilliant for training ideas as he has so much knowledge, coaching ideas (he coaches Laura Weightman), and experience to pass on to us club runners. He also gets some fantastic guests along for the weekends, with my highlight being Paula, and Steve and his guests are very much hands on. We also get some fantastic kit to wear and take away with us as well. Apart from the first camp in the New Forest where 5 Striders went, I have yet to get the club members to buy into these!

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What would you say to someone who's enjoying parkrun who's thinking about what they might gain from joining a running club like the Striders?
I would simply say come along and try us out for a couple of weeks with no commitment. I like to think we are an inclusive club in all aspects, as we have Striders who were beginners and came to the club from parkrun, and those who now do parkruns when they never had previously, as they lacked the confidence, so it works both ways.

We have Tuesday coached sessions for all abilities (hugely popular and will definitely help you push yourself and therefore improve), Thursday runs in various distance and pace groups (these are more social running), we also organise numerous internal competitions, take part in 2 Cross Country Leagues, and of course we stage the Billericay 10k, the largest single participation event in Billericay, which has been going for 24 years, and nearly all of the club help out at. So there should be something there for everyone whatever your ability.

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What do you think the impact of parkrun has been on grassroots running?
In one word - unbelievable. You only have to look at the stats to see the effect it has had, and how it has got so many people out if not running then exercising. A lot of people have attended parkruns maybe as walker/joggers first of all, and then once their confidence builds and they get to run further and then do the 5k without walking, they are made up and then want to find out how to go to the next level.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
Seeing all the team again, Sam's appalling jokes, and seeing the smiling faces of hundreds of runners/walkers, at the relief of being able to do what they love and have been missing....parkrun!

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Thanks very much to Dave :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #11 – Olly

This week's profile comes from Olly who is 11.

Olly's whole family enjoys running and he has been at Billericay parkrun from the very start of the event. He also often runs and volunteers at junior parkrun on Sunday mornings.


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 77
Number of junior parkruns: 31
Number of different events visited: 16
Number of volunteer stints: 48

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How did you first start running and how old were you?
I don’t really remember not running, a lot of my family run so I always used to go and watch them and then one day we found out that Brentwood junior parkrun was starting and we went along to the test event and then started to go every week. That was back in 2016 so I was 7 years old.

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Olly at Brentwood juniors in 2016 and this year at Lake Meadows juniors

I then started running the full parkrun when I was 9, with my mum mostly, but sometimes with other family members and I prefer the longer distance.

I have now run at 13 different 5k parkrun events, but I've run 62 of my 77 total at Billericay.

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Olly at Constantia Greenbelt parkrun in South Africa with mum Catherine, aunt Karen and brother Leo

Apart from Billericay, what's your favourite parkrun you've visited and why?
My favourite parkrun apart from Billericay is Barry Island. I really enjoyed it but just jogged around slowly with my Mum, my brother Leo and our friend Jack. I would like to go back and run it faster, now I am 11 and can run on my own. We got a hotel room the night before so it was a good weekend.

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What's your best memory from Billericay parkrun?
My best memory from Billericay parkrun is getting my PB. I ran with my dad and we were aiming for under 23 minutes, I couldn’t believe it when I got to the end and I had got 22.08. I also really enjoyed getting my 50th run and bringing cake!

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What are your hobbies outside of running?
Apart from running I like going to the gym, I usually go to teen gym 2 or 3 times a week. I am really into Marvel and like building Lego.

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Which Marvel character would have the fastest parkrun PB?
Quicksilver – he is extremely fast. Unfortunately though, he died in Age of Ultron!

Are there any races or distances you’d like to do when you are older?
When I am older, I would like to do a 10K. I am not sure about as far as a marathon, but one day it would be good to do the London Marathon.

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What's your favourite volunteer role and why?
I have volunteered 48 times and my favourite role is timekeeping. I really like this role because you have to pay attention and be accurate, I have done it 9 times now. I also like number checker where you have to ask people their times at the end.

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How many members of your family are runners - and what’s the best thing about being part of a running family?
Loads of my family members run. When we have a family get together there is usually a parkrun involved. My mum, sometimes my dad, my brothers Leo and Jake, my grandparents, my aunties, my great uncles and great aunties and my cousins. Even my great grandpa was doing parkrun up until very recently, he is 90 now and he walks a bit and cheers us on. I like being part of a family that runs because we are all interested in staying fit.

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Even on holiday we do parkrun, and once at Center Parcs there wasn’t a parkrun on so we measured out a route, and 14 of us ran, my great grandpa timed us and my grandma marshalled!

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What would you say to someone thinking about trying junior parkrun or a 5k parkrun?
I would say do it! You will get fitter and feel proud of yourself!

What are you most looking forward to when parkrun starts up again?
I am looking forward to seeing some of my friends there, and just being able to run it again.

It was so muddy before we went into lockdown, so I am hoping I can try and get a PB again once parkrun is back!

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Thanks very much to Olly :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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alexa 94351089_1559908744180199_2806183506374295552_o 1F7F57D0-EBA9-42A4-B738-A7813057F3B9
shane and judith smiths Sinead
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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #10 – Alan and Chris Porter

parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 101 by Alan, 58 by Chris
Number of different parkrun events visited: 6
Number of volunteering stints: 6

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So when did you first decide to start running?
Probably after watching the first London Marathon in 1981. Can't believe I was only 29 back then! The family has always been sporty and even though my football and cricket careers didn't appear to be going anywhere (I couldn't find a football team bad enough to pick me!!), running seemed to be a good idea.

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How did you start taking running more seriously?
Working in the City didn't always lend itself to serious training - but by chance I got to know a fe wserious lunchtime runners and that's when I got into it properly. There didn't seem to be anything unusual in doing 4 x 1 mile reps in a lunch hour. Lunch hour??

Running with these guys and girls certainly improved my times and I still look back at PBs in 1988/9 and think that they were pretty good. My club in those days was Ilford AC. When we moved to Billericay in 2001, I joined the Striders and I'm still playing cricket for Chelmer Veterans, but maybe not this year!

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As time went by, I continued to run distances from 5K to the Marathon, realising after doing a few of the long ones they weren't really for me. I even managed to get a work trip to tie in with the New York Marathon. The downside was that I couldn't walk up the stairs to the office on the Monday morning. I didn't hit the Wall, I stopped and built it.

How did you find out about parkrun?
A few years ago a friend introduced me to the parkrun at Chelmsford. It sounded good so I went along. It only took a couple of weeks to get me hooked. Shortly after that, news was that a new one was starting in Lake Meadows. Couldn't be any better.

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How did Chris start doing parkrun?
That's been the real plus - getting Chris involved. Previously she had started running and had got up to 10Ks, but a few years ago she had an accident in Majorca when she broke her hip - by the way, don't ever knock the NHS, it was not a good experience being in hospital in Majorca.

After the accident and long recovery, it appeared that running was a thing of the past, but I told her about Billericay parkrun and said to her that people walk it, come and have a look.

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There is something that breeds confidence running in a park, away from traffic. She came to watch, walked the next week, ran and walked a few and was then hooked. She's now run over 50, has the t-shirt and whenever we are away from home we always look for a parkrun!

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Tell us about some of your favourite parkrun memories
The furthest so far is Tampa in Florida, where we visited Weedon Island Preserve parkrun. Only 30 people generally run but it's great. Strangest thing about the Tampa parkrun? The week that we did it the guy who came 2nd was from Springfield Striders. There were 8 Brits out of a field of 30.

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Closer to home, the parkruns we've been to are becoming increasingly family events - a bit annoying as our grandson Adam and son-in-law Lyndon are so much faster than us! Maybe it's an age thing!

Our best turnout was the week when the six of us ran - I would never had believed that it would happen - our daughter, Gilli, and granddaughter Holly made up the six that day! That was our favourite memory from the event - and I managed to get a PB that day too, I have no idea how.

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What habits do you still have from when you started running, and how have times changed?
I still have one of my old habits, keeping a diary which started in 1984. How on earth did a very average runner manage to run a total distance of over 40,000 miles?

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Running has changed enormously since I started. I joined the running boom back in the 80s. The same guys kept going but there never seemed to be any new blood. I was still running against the same guys 25 years later. parkrun has introduced the next generation to the sport which is such a benefit.

What do you do outside of parkrun stuff?
I worked in the City in banking, stockbroking and regulation for 46 years. Chris did a number of things in her career including being a nursery nurse, working at the London Stock Exchange and being a Weight Watchers Leader.

On hobbies, as mentioned I enjoy cricket, and I have been a season ticket holder at West Ham for so many years, I can't recall how many. My dad first took me in 1961. If you ask Chris where we met, she would probably say it was at Leicester City's old ground, Filbert Street. In those days we did away games as well!

I'm very interested in our family history, which is something that never ends.

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What's the best thing about parkrun?
parkrun is fantastic and a huge thank you to the team that put it on every week. We have met so many wonderful people, made lots of new friends and I can't think of anything better to do on a Saturday morning. Let's hope it's not too long before we all get together again.

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Thanks so much to Chris and Alan :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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alexa 94351089_1559908744180199_2806183506374295552_o 1F7F57D0-EBA9-42A4-B738-A7813057F3B9
shane and judith smiths Sinead

If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #9 – Sinéad Clarke

This week's profile comes from Sinéad :)

Since coming to Billericay parkrun for the first time at event #9, Sinéad has rarely missed a week and has now racked up a total of 120 runs at Billericay - more, we think, than anyone else.

In that time she has also reduced her PB by more than 15 minutes.

Thanks very much Sinéad!


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 123
Number of different events visited: 2 - Billericay and Chelmsford Central
Number of volunteer stints: 1

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How did you first hear about Billericay parkrun? And how did you feel when you came along for the first time?
The internet - I looked for parkruns near me and Lake Meadows, Billericay popped up!

The first time I went I just came to look to see where to go and how it worked. People were welcoming and friendly and far from questioning whether I’d be good enough to take part, and encouraged me to get involved. So I came back to give it a try. I was nervous, not sure if I would get round but I got to the finish and left elated.

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What's your parkrun routine and do you have any particular rituals?
Not really, I get up, put on my running gear, have some breakfast, check I have my key, barcode and a bottle of water and go. I usually walk to and from the park and often see others jogging, cycling or walking to the start.

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What have been your favourite memories from Billericay parkrun?
Particularly during the first year getting PBs was always good and helped me gain confidence about being able to do it. When I did my hundredth run my daughter and my three grandchildren turned up to cheer me on which made that extra special.

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What's one thing that's different for you since taking part in Billericay parkrun?
Mainly it’s been a confidence boost, overcoming long held assumptions that sport wasn’t for someone like me.

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What do you do outside of parkrun stuff?
Like a lot of people family is central to my life, I have grown up children in their 20s/30s, 3 grandchildren aged 5, 3 and 1 1/2, and a mum aged 89. Since taking early retirement just over 4 years ago I have been helping my daughter and son-in-law with child care. That normally keeps me on my toes and I’m really looking forward to being able to have a cuddle again!

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Many of us sometimes find it hard to leave the duvet behind and go for a run, especially when it's cold and rainy! What's the key to consistency?
It probably helps that I’m not really a lie-in kind of person, so getting up on a Saturday morning is fine. I’m not a fan of cold and miserable weather and running in the rain isn’t always easy when you wear glasses! But for me the positives more than offset the negatives.

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It’s a friendly, supportive environment and the effort involved always leaves me feeling good. For 30/40 minutes every Saturday morning, I am repeatedly told that I’m doing fantastic, that I should keep going and that what I am doing is great, and that isn’t something that happens anywhere else!

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What would you say to someone who's considering coming along to parkrun for the first time but isn't sure whether it's for them?
Definitely come and give it a try, you will be welcomed and encouraged whatever your level of ability, and with the tail walkers in place you won’t be last or left behind.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back? And do you have any particular goals / aims for when we do?
Looking forward to my weekly dose of positivity.

In terms of goals I’d love it, even if it was only once, if I could get round in under 30 minutes, but it won’t spoil it for me if that doesn’t happen. Getting my age-graded score back over 60% might be more easily achieved, even if it just means getting older and trying not to slow down!

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Thanks very much Sinéad :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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alexa 94351089_1559908744180199_2806183506374295552_o 1F7F57D0-EBA9-42A4-B738-A7813057F3B9
shane and judith smiths

If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #8 – The Smiths

Thanks to Maggie, Andy, Katie and Oliver for this week's profile :)


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 112 by Maggie, 60 by Andy, 45 by Oliver, 10 by Katie (227 total)
Number of different parkrun events visited: 2 - Billericay and Bushy
Number of volunteer stints: 98 by Katie, 42 by Maggie, 37 by Oliver, 28 by Andy (205 total)

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How did you find out about the event and start coming along as a family?
Andy: Maggie and I had been trying on and off to start running but somehow hadn’t found the time or motivation to make it work. I read on social media that Billericay was starting up a parkrun, so mentioned it to Maggie and we turned up to event 2. After that, we were hooked. (Maggie more than me to start with!) We have only ventured to one other parkrun – and that was to Bushy with the Billericay parkrun visit!

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parkrun isn’t a race, but who is first out of the door on a Saturday morning and who is last?
Andy: Maggie is always up first, especially if Run Director as she will be double checking everything or making any last minute changes. Katie is an unknown factor … if she is volunteer coordinator then will be up and ready, if it’s cold and rainy then it’s more of a challenge! There will be no sign of Oliver until the last minute when he miraculously turns up ready so somehow I tend to end up last!

What are your favourite volunteer roles and why?
Katie: There are so many roles to choose from! Volunteer coordinator, timekeeping and barcode scanning are probably my top three favourite roles. This is because I feel that these three roles allow the most social interaction and one of my favourite things about parkrun is talking to people.

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Maggie: When I started parkrun back in 2017, I struggled to get round, I must have stopped about 8 times the first time. I felt really unfit and it became a milestone in my head to get under 30 mins. When I finally did, I was so happy that day my daughter thought I was drinking! (Andy: She probably was!) So now I like to pace 30 mins to help others break that barrier so they can be as happy as I was that day! I should point out it still took me many months before I could run the whole course without stopping!

Oliver: I started pacing when I saw how much my mum liked it (and coincidentally I got a smartwatch for my birthday). I like it when I have a crowd running with me. Almost enjoyable. Just to point out that any discrepancy in my running pace is due to the course length and not me!

I also help my dad sometimes with finish tokens and I've been official photographer.

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Andy: A bit tricky when you are competing with the rest of your family for roles … I enjoy finish tokens as you get to congratulate people when they are finishing, I try to do this role whenever Maggie is Run Director.

I have also recently been doing pacer coordinator and it's great to chat with all our fantastic pacers.

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Katie – you are a familiar face to many - what have you gained from all your volunteering at the event?
I started volunteering at parkrun for my silver DofE back in January 2018. I found I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to and part of the reason for that was I realised that parkrun was helping me so much to build up my self-esteem and confidence. So when I finished my six months of volunteering for DofE, there was never any doubt that I would continue volunteering. parkrun has really made me appreciate people’s challenges and how it is helping them overcome them.

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Has parkrun encouraged you to take on any other running challenges?
Maggie: Billericay 10K in 2018. I never thought I would be able to run that far, David Hayday was really supportive and we went running a few times beforehand to build up my confidence.

Oliver: After mum ran Billericay 10K, I agreed to run with her on holiday (once). We signed up for the Lucerne 10K, and it was better than I thought it was going to be. It was part of the Marathon set of activities so we got to run the best parts of the route (through football stadium, red carpet etc) without the pain of training for a marathon (or indeed any training on my part). I ran with my mum for about one minute and then I was off!

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Andy: 2020 was the year I was going to master 10K. I signed up for four. All have been cancelled or postponed!

What do you do outside of parkrun stuff ?
Maggie: I’ve been collecting Lego Creator pieces for a number of years. I can spend hours on Killer Sudoku or Candy Crush!

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Andy: I love watching and playing sport (so finding it hard at the moment!) We have season tickets at West Ham, I have to bribe Oliver with some chips to come with me! I have been doing yoga for 6 years and enjoy playing tennis. I have recently started Lego Technic as I couldn’t let Maggie have all the fun!

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Katie: Nothing to do with Lego! I am interested in History (it is one of my A-levels). When we went to Japan, it coincided with the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. We went to the ceremony held in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which the prime minister, survivors and relatives attended. There was a release of doves which symbolised peace. In the evening, paper lanterns were lit and placed on the river.

I also enjoy binge watching Netflix and Disney+!

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Oliver: Rugby – I play for Billericay Bees. I like playing computer simulation games.

What are your most memorable moments from parkrun?
Oliver: Top of the list is Christmas Day, although this is not a great memory! I had injured my foot playing basketball a few weeks before and was unable to do any sport so I signed up to do timekeeping. It was really cold, my foot was freezing and wet due to a hole in my trainer (not sure how that got there). I managed to survive until the first set of runners were coming through and then I passed out, face down in the mud…. My mum took me off the volunteer roster for abandoning my post and my sister mocked me for the rest of the day! Thankfully there are no photos.

Andy: Best part of parkrun for me is the social interaction. I have also had opportunities to do roles that I wouldn’t otherwise have had such as walking with Richard as a VI guide. I enjoyed our trip to Bushy although the weather could have been better! But my favourite memory is the day I managed to run at 25 minutes which Maggie has been doing her best to match ever since!

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Katie: Warm sunny days, family days and birthdays are all great memories. I have to admit my funniest memory is Christmas Day when Oliver fell down in the mud. Obviously as the caring sister I am, I sat my poor brother down on a bench and checked he was okay before almost falling over laughing.

Maggie: I love all the special events. One that stands out for me was in March last year when Billericay parkrun joined forces with volunteers from the local community and charity DKMS to raise awareness and build up the stem cell donor register. It was an amazing event and saw our largest attendance.

On a more personal level, achieving my 100 milestone at the same time Andy achieved his 50 milestone was a memorable day. We owe a lot to parkrun for getting us both running and feeling fitter.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
Katie: I am on 98 volunteering stints so I am looking forward to getting to 100! I can't wait to see everyone again.

Andy: Meeting everyone again and talking to people other than my family!

Maggie: Seeing everyone and running in a group again! And maybe matching Andy’s PB!

Oliver: Lapping my family and retiring to the café with a slice of fruit cake. Shame no WIFI!

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Thanks very much Maggie, Andy, Katie and Oliver :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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

 

Profile #7 – Shane White and Judith Campbell

Thanks very much to Shane and Judith, two very familiar faces from our event, for this week’s profile! :)


parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 102 for Judith, 105 for Shane
Number of different events visited: 11
Number of volunteering stints: 40 by Shane, 24 by Judith

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How did you find out about Billericay parkrun and come along for the first time?
Judith and her sister Sally had already been running at Hadleigh and Basildon parkruns but were contemplating giving up as Basildon was having car parking issues. That same week, Judith heard that Billericay was starting so they both took part in event #1. I followed 2 weeks later at event #3 and the "armography" started the week after!

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Are you from Billericay originally?
Judith: I grew up in Thundersley, and then spent a short time in Kent before moving to Billericay about 24 years ago.

Shane: I grew up down the road in Stock but have called Billericay home for over 20 years now.

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What are your favourite memories from the event?
One of our favourite memories is driving all the way to Barry Island in Wales and the delight in seeing the core team and several other regulars (as well as other people from all over the country) had been mad enough to do the same, just for one parkrun!

Organising the trip to Bushy was a pleasure and we think it was a success (other than the weather which wasn't what we ordered!)

We've also enjoyed the birthday events (and the uplifting messages that people wrote and hung up), the fancy dress efforts and seeing all the milestones clocking up!

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You’ve visited lots of different events, what have been your best trips?
We loved visiting Padua in Italy - after deciding not to parkrun on holiday in the Italian Lakes, Shane lasted two days before researching Farfalle parkrun, only a two hour drive for a parkrun in the Butterfly Park! A similar course to Billericay (4 laps), nice and flat with a lovely little cafe. They average 23 runners per week and about 40% of them are usually tourists.

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We also enjoyed running in Copenhagen, Denmark. This one was planned, we went to watch our niece compete in the Ironman Triathlon and had the choice of four parkruns. We decided on Amager Faelled parkrun but finding it was slightly difficult as they don't have a David Hayday setting up at 7am with signs/flags! Another flat course with a friendly set of volunteers, and you just follow the flour arrows on the ground for two laps.

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The other one that stands out was Durham - this one was needed, after celebrating our nephew’s wedding in the castle until the early hours, we managed to drag ourselves out of the hotel for this parkrun hangover cure! A great run along the riverbank finishing by the bandstand with a perfect photo opportunity, followed by a walk back to the start to enjoy a much deserved bacon roll.

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We have also taken part in the Billericay November tourism events to Barry Island (so lush) and to Bushy (the home of the first ever parkrun), and look forward to another tourism event in November.

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what do you do outside parkrun?
Judith: Up until very recently I worked full time in the City and during my precious free time love seeing friends and family and having the odd G&T!

Shane: I work in the industrial computing sector providing services for the food industry, outside of that I enjoy going to gym, running with the Billericay Striders, eating out with friends, cinema and watching motorsport.

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What’s the best thing about parkrun?
Feeling fitter and healthier of course but more importantly feeling part of the community and seeing lots of new parkrun friends whether it be during parkrun or whilst out and about in Billericay.

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What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
Seeing everyone again and having a bacon and egg "sarnie" at the cafe!

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Thanks so much to Shane and Judith :) If you'd like to read more, here are the other profiles from this series so far:

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If there's someone you'd like to nominate for us to profile, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

Until next time!


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.

“barcode”

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

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