Billericay parkrun #93 – 23 March 2019

The sight of 502 runners, walkers and joggers gathering in the start area ready for Billericay parkrun #93 is something we will never, ever forget!

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Of that 502, we welcomed a massive 126 first timers to Billericay of which 114 were doing their first ever parkrun – making for a crowd at the first timers’ briefing by newlywed Chris that was as big as our whole field has sometimes been.

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It was all made possible by our fantastic 41 parkrun volunteers who made sure that everyone got round the course safely and kept the funnel and barcode scanning queues moving.

Thanks so much to all of you – from building an emergency extra-long funnel to handing out raffle tickets when we ran out of finish tokens(!), to putting all 448 tokens back into the right order, it couldn’t have happened without you.

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The amazing turnout was all down to a special event where Billericay parkrun joined forces with volunteers from the local community and charity DKMS to raise awareness and build up the stem cell donor register.

As far as we know, this is the first time a donor drive of this kind has ever been attempted at a parkrun event.

It was all inspired by Henry Walker (aged 5), who lives in Billericay.

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As Henry’s Grandad David told us, Henry was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia last year – a serious condition affecting the blood where the bone marrow and stem cells do not produce enough blood cells.

With a compromised immune system, a severe infection took hold and Henry’s family were informed that he needed an urgent stem cell transplant. Sadly, there were no matches on the donor register and there was no choice but to use a parent (only a 50% match). As a result, Henry’s recovery continues to be incredibly complex.

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Henry’s school friends and their parents wanted to ensure that families with a similar diagnosis would have a greater chance of a match being available.

They wore yellow – Henry’s favourite colour – dressed up as superheroes, and brought their Wadey Bears for extra encouragement.

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And by the end of the morning, we had absolutely achieved our goal – running out of swabs only an hour into the event and seeing a massive new record attendance.

Just as an illustration, yesterday we were the second biggest parkrun in Essex and the fifth biggest across the whole East of England region (Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire) – pretty good for a 3.8 lap course in a small town!

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Thank you to the three ‘Be THE superhero’ teams, the runners, the swabbers and the supporters – you were all brilliant, enthusiastic and best of all, you want to do it all again!

And thanks so much to all the parkrun hi vis heroes who responded so well to all the extra runners to make sure everything went without a hitch.

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It was very busy, and for most not a PB day, but showed everything that makes Billericay a great place to live - and how volunteers can come together to make amazing things happen.

Thanks again to everyone who came along and hopefully see you back soon.

Henry, this one was for you :-)

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If you want to be 'swabbed' and join the register of potential donors...
If you came and weren’t able to be “swabbed”, please fill out the form via the link below and quote yesterday's drive number if possible.

They will send you a kit directly to your home.

Link: www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now
Drive number: PKR 003

Thanks very much, you are making a real difference.


 
Hopefully see lots of people back next week, when David will be your Run Director!

Run Report by Zoe Howe, Isabelle Dervish and Rachel Varnam


 

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux : Dave Sweet

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.

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

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands? You can get them at www.parkrun-barcode.com and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.

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Billericay parkrun #84 – 19 January 2019

Like dark mornings and lettuce, freezing temperatures are an inevitability of this time of year we would definitely prefer to do without.

But even with the chill in the air and the slight frost on the ground, 312 brilliant runners, joggers and walkers took part in event #84. Well done to you all.

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As ever, it was all made possible by our 41 amazing volunteers. We can’t have a parkrun all year round without a full roster all year round, so a massive thank you to everyone who wrapped up warm and made it happen this week.

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We have some gaps to fill in on our volunteer roster over the next few weeks so if you are able to sign up to help, please email us at billericayhelpers@parkrun.com - we really appreciate everyone who steps forward and the event really can’t happen without you.


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On the subject of attendances, this week’s attendance was our 10th highest ever and our 11th time over 300.

Even more incredibly, it was our 4th consecutive week over 300.

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When we started the event in June 2017, any attendance over 250 (even in warm conditions!) was pretty unthinkable and it means a lot for us to see so many people supporting and loving the event all through the winter.

Here’s a comparison of our attendances this year vs same time last year. Left hand side is June 2017 (yellow) vs June 2018 (purple) and so on.

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It’s brilliant. Special thanks to everyone who’s introduced us to their friends and family ☺


 

Pacer week
We also had a record number of pacers this week - 13 volunteer pacers helped 59 of you to a brand new PB!

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Thanks very much to Simon (20), Kevin (22), Stephen (23), Oscar (25), Oliver (26), David (27), Danny (28), Ivor (29), Maggie (30), Chris (32), Nicola (33), Michaela (38) and Henry (40).

Seeing all the comments thanking them made our day ☺


A little reminder of our favourite phrase...
You probably hear keep to the left, overtake on the right ringing out around Lake Meadows all the time but it's crucial to the safety and enjoyability of the event so please do stick with it as much as possible.

Like driving on a motorway but with less noise and more ducks.

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Dave Sweet who has been a volunteer at Billericay from the start has joined the core team and is RD next week for the first time so be nice ☺ Good luck Dave you'll ace it.

Until next time!

Rachel
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux : Dave Sweet

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 billericayhelpers@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 billericayhelpers@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

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

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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Billericay parkrun #77 – 15 December 2018

As most of you know (because we mention it at every opportunity... sorry!), in November a big group of us went over to Barry Island parkrun in Wales to twin our parkruns together in honour of Gavin & Stacey.

When we went, we gave our new friends in the Barry Island core team team a gift - a blue sign - which matches one at Billericay, in the hope that people would take up the challenge of doing the double and get their photo with both.

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And now, the first person has!

After running Barry Island last month, Kieran Hughes from Taunton in Somerset completed Billericay this week, as part of his bigger challenge of running a different parkrun each week until he gets to 100 parkruns.

And he even offered to write our run report and sort our tokens too. Thanks very much for liking our silly idea Kieran, and congratulations on this tidiest of parkrun achievements. Over to you!

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A few weeks ago I heard about the exploits of a group of Billericay parkrunners venturing over the Bridge to Barry Island to find out “what’s occurring”.

This is Tourism at its best and I thought to emulate such a challenge.

To this end I visited Barry Island on the 10th November and encountered strong winds blowing the sea over the promenade wall. Despite the windswept conditions I was blown away with the warm welcome and encouragement I received by volunteers and runners alike.

Today, encouraged by Uncle Bryn to get a chance to use my SatNav, I journeyed from Taunton to Billericay.

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After a three and a half hour drive I discovered the delightful Lake Meadows.

Although the temperature was low my excitement was high. I received a very warm welcome upon arrival from the volunteers who made me feel at home. Thank you for the shout out at the briefing. Whilst running the course I received lots of encouragement from runners and marshals. This clearly made an impression on me, one of my fastest times this year!

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Now for the statistics, there were 186 who ran jogged or walked Billericay parkrun with a whopping 20 runners from Billericay Striders and others from following clubs Vegan Runners, RunFit Essex, Haywards Heath Harriers, Flyers Southend, East London Runners, East Essex Triathlon, Chelmsford AC, Castle Point Joggers, 26.2 RRC and #thisgirlcanessex.

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A special mention to Gary PHILLIPS, Grant ENGLAND, Chris MALONEY and Mike WHEATLEY, all four ran their 50th parkrun event today. An amazing accomplishment showing determination and an example to us all.

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Don't worry - Chris's 50th was definitely not bike assisted!

Congratulations to the spectacular 31 new PBs and a cheer goes out to Charles PARMENTER, Verity PECK, Sophie BICKERSTAFF, Joey HICKS, Shane WHITE, David PORTER, Kimberley HUGHES, David TOWNSEND, Christine PORTER, James KING, Nicola NICHOLS, Richard BARNETT, Michael GROSVENOR, Stephanie COLLINS, Anthony MONAGHAN, Sharon VOLLER, Max POUNDER, Rob HARDY, Abbey RICHARDSON, John HANCOX, Les WALKER, Kevin CLAYTON, Paul NICHOLS, Josie TULLETT, Gary CLIFFORD, Carl DEVLIN, Mark STEPHENS, David HAYDAY, Samantha Rosa LEFTWICH, Jamie HANCOX and Edward SAINSBURY.

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A warm welcome to the four first timers to the parkrun family, Joe SALMONS, Pip BRENNAN, Tobias HANCOCK, Naomi BRENNAN. May this be the start of your parkrun journey!

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This event would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the following Hi Vis Heroes: Maria ANDREETTI, Andrew BAKER, Kevin BATES, Eamon BROWN, James BUCHAN, Gary CLIFFORD, David DADDS, Rachel FORREST, Ellen FORREST, Pawel GORA, Samuel HAVIS, Ruth HAVIS, David HAYDAY, Samuel HILL, Pete HOLME, Kieran HUGHES, Alexa JOEL, Kathryn JOEL, Martin JONES, Mark JONES, Simon JORDAN, Chris MALONEY, Michaela MOLYNEAUX, Jo PATMORE, Alan PORTER, Arnaud SALAKO, Katie SMITH, Dave SWEET, Maggie TOPLISS, Elisabeth TULLETT, Rachel VARNAM, Ivor WALDNEY, Spencer WELCH, Kate WEST.

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If you would like to volunteer simply email: billericayoffice@parkrun.com

I feel privileged to have ran and volunteered at both Barry Island and Billericay parkruns as a tourist, The challenge has now been laid down, who will be next to pick up the gauntlet?

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Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who came to the pub last night with us. It was really amazing to see so many there- even if we were all doing a few double takes to recognise people out of running gear!! :) Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did - cheers!

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The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

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 billericayhelpers@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 billericayhelpers@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

 

Run Report #73 – 17 November 2018

This week was a week I felt so proud to be part of all of this, but finding myself weirdly unable to put it into words, I decided to take my time turner and cast my mind back to event #22 – exactly a year ago - to explain exactly why.

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Run report #22 started with ‘Well what a great week for Billericay parkrun’ and looking through that write up, so much of what we covered at that event we covered at this one too.

But the event has developed and changed so much since then in ways we could only have dreamed of last year and that's all down to the continuing support of the whole community. Thanks to you all.

How lucky am I that I get to spend pretty much every Saturday morning with some of the kindest, funniest and most inspiring people I know.


Active Basildon Award

On Thursday, Sam, David and I went to the Active Basildon Awards at Reids in Billericay and we were so happy to come away with the Services to Inclusive Sport Award.

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This award was in recognition of our 6 regular visually impaired participants and 30 different volunteer sighted guides. This time a year ago, not one VI participant had completed our event. But since meeting Jolene, Cameron, Samantha, Richard, Michael and many others through BASIS and Gary Perryman, our VI athletes and sighted guides have completed almost 100 guided parkruns at Billericay since February.

It takes a whole lot of courage for anyone to do anything for the first time, but to step out without your cane or guide dog and run, in some cases for the very first time, is a great act of trust.

Thank you to all the visually impaired participants, guides and guide dog sitters who have supported this event and become great advocates and volunteers for parkrun. We now have some of the most VI participants across all parkruns nationally and that is something we can all be massively proud of as a community.

If you’re interested in joining our team of volunteer sighted guides for VI runners, email us at billericayoffice@parkrun.com and we'll get you started! No experience necessary.

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Thanks also to Richard, Glen and everyone at Basildon Council Parks and Open Spaces Team who resurfaced many of the paths in Lake Meadows this year in support of our VI athletes, and who put so much love and care into the park every day to make it a fantastic place for the whole community to enjoy.

This is our second Active Basildon Award in the one and a half years we've been going - across two different categories - which is great. Super proud.

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Amazing attendance

As ever, Lake Meadows was pretty quiet yesterday until right before the run briefing when 299 parkrunners flooded into the park from every direction!

That is an amazing attendance full stop, and especially for November, and it’s such a proud sight for us to see the Billericay parkrun course full of runners, walkers and joggers. Whether you’ve been with us from the start or were one of the 27 who joined us for the first time this week, it’s great to see you and thank you for spending Saturday morning with Billericay parkrun.

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All those parkrunners were supported by 42 brilliant volunteers. As we’ve grown in numbers, our roster has needed to grow too – so thank you to everyone who stepped forward to help this week and in future weeks as the event couldn’t happen without you.

If you haven’t seen Mandy Baker’s brilliant (and hilarious) livestream of her first parkrun volunteering stint as funnel manager, make sure you check it out as it speaks to exactly why we’re here and why we do what we do.

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Billericay parkrun is 100% a volunteer effort – everyone in the core team and everyone you see in hi vis each week. If you’d like to put your name down to help make Billericay parkrun happen, email billericayoffice@parkrun.com or sign up at our noticeboard.

A special well done to Chris Maloney who hit the big 25 volunteer milestone this week. Thank you for all your help Chris - in truly all weathers including my least favourite, torrential downpour! Well done also to Matthew Cousins and Monty Mein on their 10th runs.

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Pacer week

Looking back at event #22 revealed to me that this week was actually our anniversary of having pacer weeks! Trust me, I can find a party in anything...

Slightly terrified that our 3.8 lap course couldn’t handle lots of pacers, we started small with just three pacing guinea pigs in pacer bibs borrowed from Chelmsford Central parkrun…

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A year later and we had ten amazing pacers lining up in our very own ‘beautiful in their own way’ fluorescent vests, from 19 to 38 minutes.

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Whenever it’s pacer week, we have the great joy of seeing the PBs coming through thick and fast and this week was no exception, with some brilliant new times set by many of you including a lot of Billericay regulars.

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Shane, Susan, Vicky, Chris (and his number one fan!), Milo, Stephen and Dominic all celebrating new PBs

We also saw FOUR new age category records this week:

JM15-17: Leon Wheeler – back for his second parkrun after first visiting almost a year ago – beat his previous record with a fantastic achievement of 16:45.

SW20-24: Rosa Prideaux – Rosa’s first recorded parkrun at Billericay paced by her mum Emma to a brilliant 18:57.

VM60-64: Nick Sirs – Nick is a tourist whose home parkrun is the home of parkrun – Bushy Park. Well done Nick for achieving a new record of 19:23 in this category.

JW15-17: Maia Grundy – Maia brought her PB and age category record down to 22:08.

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And an honorable mention to Emma Prideaux who, even as 19 pacer, equalled the PB she set last week (and overall age graded record for Billericay parkrun) with a time of 18:48. Congratulations – I think it’s fair to say that record is going to be toppled very soon!

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One more PB of note – well done to Billericay parkrun event director David Hayday who managed to stick with our 28 pacer (and Mayor) David Dadds for a very deserved new personal best, his first PB in a year.

He wasn’t really able to talk (or even move) at the end, but I think everyone, whether you finish in 16 minutes or 66, can understand this photo and all the determination that went into that time. Well done.

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Finally, a mention of everything coming up this Christmas. Click on the links to join the events on Facebook - they will open in a new tab.

Thanks Billericay for being every bit the event we dreamed of and more. Let’s hope this time next year, we have even more to say.

See you next week!

PS: We ran out of Christmas flyers, sorry! If you would like to print one for your fridge, you can download one here:
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Rachel
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

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 billericayhelpers@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 billericayhelpers@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 and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run Report #72 – 10 November 2018

On Saturday 3rd November, a group of crazy people travelled from Billericay to Barry Island to set up the Gavin and Stacey parkrun club. These two blue signs, lovingly adorned by Rachel and Lucy, are now firmly in situ, one in Billericay and one at Barry Island parkrun. Get your photo at both of these locations with each sign and you join the prestigious club. We've started the ball rolling, its up to you to carry the baton.

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Here are the first crazy people to join the club...Billericay This is the record breaking field at Barry Island paying full attention to the First Timers Briefing - it was very entertaining... Record attendance

You wont be disappointed with a visit to Barry Island, they gave us a very warm welcome and I hope we can return the favour when they visit Billericay.

 

That brings us to Saturday 10th November when normality resumed.  In the early morning, the rain stopped raining and 26 volunteers congregated in Lake Meadows, Billericay to prepare for the 72nd Billericay parkrun. IMG_0003 (2)IMG_9864 (2)IMG_0279 (2)

268 people ran, walked and jogged the course. Some with what seemed like effortless ease of a gentle 5k.

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Congratulations to Emma Prideaux who set a new Age Graded course record of 84.49%.  IMG_0011Congrats also go out to our 3 milestone celebrants; Isobel Aylen and Lauren Dowsett on completing their 10th parkrun and David Townsend for completing his 50th parkrun.  Look at them enjoying themselves...IMG_0250

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We had a massive 30 first timers to Billericay parkrun, of whom 17 completed their very first parkrun.

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I’d also like to take a moment to recognise all those people who aren’t included in our numbers above. Those people who are still working up to completing the full course, maybe starting out for the first time and only doing one or two or three laps of the course. We salute you. And we look forward to the week when you make it all the way around and you get your very first parkrun time. Come and find us and tell us when you are working towards finishing the full course.  Especially when you complete 5km.  Its a big moment and we really want to share that with you.

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Up and coming events to keep an eye out for are...

Saturday 15th December Christmas Social at the Inn on the Green, 8pm
 
Christmas Day – Get your parkrun fix on Christmas day by coming down to Lake Meadows and joining us in our festive parkrun – either run, walk, jog or volunteer.
 
New Years Day – The only day of the year you can complete 2 parkruns in one day. Join us at 8.45am for Billericay parkrun and then either quickly go through to Chelmsford, Brentwood, South Woodham Ferrers or Hockley Woods for a second 5km parkrun.
 
Check out http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ with details of all parkruns who have declared their intentions for both Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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That's all until next week when Rachel takes the helm...

Michaela
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

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 billericayhelpers@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 billericayhelpers@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 and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run Report #71 – 27 October 2018

 

Yesterday, 9am was witching hour and we well and truly frightened the life out of Lake Meadows.

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A massive thank you to everyone who got dressed up for our Halloween special. It was so fantastic to see all the amazing costumes on display and everyone getting into the spirit (hoho) of Halloween – and this week it definitely made the first bitter autumn chill that bit better!

We’ve definitely said a sad but firm farewell to summer 2018 now, but even with the temperature drop, we still welcomed 276 amazing parkrunners. Well done to all of you.

That included several pumpkins....

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A terrifying mummy
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An axe-wielding jedi knight and Darth Vader

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Slenderman and Harley Quinn
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A coven of witches
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Morticia Addams
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Some little devils
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A ghostbuster
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Bats and cats
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A vampire
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A corpse bride
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Werewolves
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A good few skeletons
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And one VERY excited funny bones.
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But it was no joke for our judges Jackie and David to choose the winners of our costume and pumpkin carving prizes – especially as every minute that passed up to 9 o’clock saw yet more incredible monsters flowing into the park!

The bell of judgment tolled eventually. A big well done to Colleen the corpse bride, Scarlett the mummy, Olly the ‘Cereal Killer’ and the skeletal spouses for their costumes and to Team Molyneaux for their impressive patch of pumpkins.

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And a special shoutout to our final winner Debbie Phillips, one of our tail walkers and token sorters this week, who is clearly the Michelangelo of the pumpkin world with this amazing Pennywise pumpkin – complete with his signature red balloon!

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As ever, all this was made possible by our fantastic volunteers - some more fearsome than others! Thanks so much to you all.

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And now for the scariest news of all – THERE IS NO BILLERICAY PARKRUN NEXT WEEK because the park is closed for the firework setup.

But save your screams because there are so many brilliant parkruns all around us who’d love to see you.

Our closest are

  • Basildon (three laps in Northlands Park)
  • Brentwood (a beautiful trail route through South Weald Country Park)
  • Chelmsford Central (one lap in the town centre’s Central Park)
  • South Woodham Ferrers (Marsh Farm)
  • Hadleigh (on the Olympic mountain bike track by Hadleigh Castle!)

So many to choose from, all very different but all fantastic. Hope you enjoy your parkrun wherever you are and send us photos from your trip!

And as for us, we’ll be heading over to Barry Island parkrun!

After first contacting their team in January this year, it’s been a long build up but it’s finally happening – even though I don’t think any amount of time can prepare me for the 3:30am start, which in a slightly belated tribute to Halloween will probably be more of an exhumation than a wake up for me!

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Anyway, hope you’ll watch out on our Facebook page for pictures from our little adventure ☺

Finally, we’d like to say a huge congratulations to two of our regular parkrunners who have made massive sporting achievements in the last fortnight: Tom Browning who just became the national boxing champion in his category, and Keith Walker who took first place in his age group for GBR at the European Duathlon Championships last weekend.

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Well done to you both and see you back soon.

Well, that's all for this week and next week! See you again on Saturday 10 November.

Our roster is looking quite empty on 10 November so if you can help us, please email at billericayoffice@parkrun.com and we will be most grateful.

All the best Billericay. Over and out.

Rachel Varnam
Run Report Witch


 

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

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 billericayhelpers@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 billericayhelpers@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 and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run Report #67 – 29 September 2018

As you know Catherine was Run Director on Saturday but I love writing run reports so much that I offered to write hers for her (ahem).

Thank you Catherine for making it a brilliant parkrun, we all appreciate it. P.S. you owe me a run report now. Tee hee heee.

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I’ll keep it brief. A total of 278 runners, walkers and joggers, braved the cooler start this week.  29 first timers, here are some being briefed by Don Hayday.

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77 worked hard to get a personal best (PB). Dont forget to ring our PB bell.

Our lead runner nearly set a new age graded record. Just a bit further to go Crispian, although its not often i get lapped twice by the lead runner in my first lap - it was a slow day for me. :-)

Brevity doesn’t mean we miss out on the most important part of parkrun - our fabulously wonderful volunteers....

Here is the Browning family. Tom (left) was our lead runner from last week, giving his time back to parkrun as he focuses on his boxing through the next season.  Thank you Tom and family.  The second photo is of Ellen, our latest Duke of Edinburgh volunteer with Andy aka the master timekeeper, apart from when it all goes a bit wrong, thankfully not this week ;-)

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Now you know we like to celebrate milestones at parkrun and this week was no exception.  These two hardworking volunteers (below) were celebrating their 25th volunteering stint on Saturday, sporting their celebratory high vis jackets. Thank you to shining stars James Buchan and Lis Tullett for all your support at parkrun.  You both help make parkrun a very easy thing for everyone to do.
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Special mention also to Peter Hall, for his warm weather toting stand-in Sophie… Much respect to you for braving shorts!!!!!
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I've been meaning to talk about "armography" for some time.  Now I thought this was a parkrun word, BUT IT ISN'T. Following some extensive 30 second googling, I have discovered it is “pending investigation” as a new word to be added to the dictionary. It is supposedly a term used in ballroom dancing to refer to the shape dancers make with their arms….. And I thought these brilliant armography examples were running. No they were actually ballroom dancing.

From the subtle...

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to the not so subtle...

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to the absolute crazy...

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Well that finishes off this week's run report.  We are back next Saturday with Rachel at the helm.

Keep jogging, walking or running next Saturday - International parkrun Day.

Michaela - run report writer

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

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 billericayhelpers@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 billericayhelpers@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 and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

 

Run Report #66 – 22 September 2018

We had our 3rd highest attendance yesterday with 336 runners, walkers and joggers completing our parkrun on yesterday. Falling behind only our 1st birthday celebration in June and Reg’s running retirement last week.

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This means a lot to us at parkrun, because this means that people want to come to run regardless of the occasion.  You are all making it a part of your busy lives and having a great start to the weekend, even those of you with hangovers – you know who you are.

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Oh of course, it was Jeanie returning from over yonder to celebrating her 50th parkrun that could have brought the crowds in. Jeanie, those brownies you brought were amazing. I'm sorry if anyone didn't get one because I may have had more than one. hic  You are missed at Billericay parkrun both as a runner and a volunteer.

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Or maybe it was Henry celebrating his 10th parkrun. Here he is running with his mum and brother. Its a family affair...

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Looking through the photos getting ready to write this run report, I was struck at how many untold stories there are throughout the field, but that parkrun brings everyone together regardless of their story.

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There are stories of those new to running,the injured runner returning to running or just simply taking part as a volunteer. There are stories of loss of a loved one, of overcoming adversity, stories of lack of belief in ourselves. Stories of those who have moved away to pastures new, or parkrunners who became friends and those who will also be moving away or just simply taking a break for a while. IMG_1804 Each one of us brings inspiration to parkrun. Whatever is going on in our lives, we come and we run, walk or jog. We show up and we take part. We start and we cross the finish line. And we make all our lives better together. But it doesn’t stop there, we spread the word about how brilliant parkrun is. We encourage our family, friends, work colleagues and customers. And we slowly infect everyone we know with the parkrun bug. IMG_1333 IMG_1327 IMG_1669 (2)

We must not forget that we had 53 first timers (wow) and 74 hardworking people made it a personal best yesterday, so well done to you all. You are all brilliant.
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None of these achievements could have happened without the help of our 28 volunteers today so thank you to Catherine, David, Rachel, Oscar, Peter, David, Jo, Dave, Anthony, Paul, Ric, Andrew, Elisabeth, Mia, Jack, Pawel, Marianne, Paul, Stephen, James, Craig, Sophie, Keith, Drew, Ellen, Rachel and Sam.

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See you next week when Catherine will be your Run Director. And if we don’t, we wish you all well in whatever you are doing.

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Ps. That’s the end of the gushy ramblings. ;-)
Michaela
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Catherine Sunderland : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Michaela Molyneaux

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 billericayhelpers@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 billericayhelpers@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 and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.

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