Profile #1 – David Hayday

Well, we're still suspended, but that doesn't mean we can't hear from some of the amazing people that make up our community. We’re going to publish a brief profile on some familiar members of our fantastic parkrun community - so even though we can't see each other in the park, we can still deliver a bit of parkrun to you each week.

First up is our Event Director David Hayday.

If there's someone you'd like to nominate - an individual, a couple or a whole family - do let us know at billericay@parkrun.com!


 

What are your parkrun vital statistics?
Total number of runs: 103
Number of different parkrun events: 10
Number of volunteering stints: 250

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Tell us about your first parkrun
My first parkrun was at Chelmsford Central. In the summer of 2013, I took part in the ‘Back to the Stadium’ 10k in the Olympic Park and was looking around for a way to run more regularly. That's when I stumbled across parkrun. As an occasional runner, I instantly fell in love with the fact that everyone was genuinely welcome.

When did you discover Billericay parkrun?
Haha. Well, having volunteered at Chelmsford for a while and helped to set up Brentwood parkrun, I got involved in a Facebook conversation about how great it’d be for Billericay to have its own event. That was back in 2016 which, in time, led to Catherine Sunderland and I approaching the Council. So the journey began, with our event going live on 24 June 2017.

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How many times have you run at Billericay and what’s your PB?
Probably not as often as I should, but 50 times. Billericay PB 26:23. All time PB 26:05 at Victoria Dock parkrun.

What’s your favourite volunteer role?
That’s so difficult. I like all the roles, but probably photographer and barcode scanner are my absolute favourites. It’s also brilliant when you’re Run Director, when the weather’s nice and things are going well. In those circumstances you actually don’t have much to do and you can just stand back and watch it all unfold – that’s such a lovely feeling.

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What’s your favourite memory from Billericay parkrun?
That’s an impossible question, it’s like choosing your favourite child - harder even. Over our 144 events, there’s been so many. Getting started at event #1, our first birthday, our trip to Barry Island (were we mad?), Reg's running retirement and our trip to Bushy parkrun have been just a few.

However, many of my fondest memories are often much smaller things. Seeing how chuffed nervous first timers are after they’ve completed their run and seeing them come back time and again. Seeing families, couples, parents with children making parkrun a part of their weekly routine and having parkrun tourists come up to me after an event to say how friendly, encouraging and well organised the event is. That really makes it all worthwhile.

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How long have you lived here and what do you do when not doing parkrun stuff?
‘Team Hayday’ moved to Billericay almost 30 years ago and we’ve loved it ever since. During the week, I work for DWP and since COVID-19 has hit, I’ve been helping to set up a Shielding Service for the most medically vulnerable in society. Fair to say, it’s been busy! Along with my better half, Jackie, I’ve got two grown sons – and a gorgeous one-year old grandson, Arlo, who I can’t wait to see again in the flesh – video calls are all very well, but I want a cuddle!

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Name one thing that’s different for you since Billericay parkrun started?
Having lived in Billericay for a long time, I now know so many more lovely people than I ever did before. Rarely do I go into town without bumping into one of our Billericay parkrun family.  That’s such a joy, even if it’s just a case of exchanging a nod and wry smile. Thank you Billericay.

What are you most looking forward to when we get back?
That’s an easier question. Two things. Seeing everyone safe, well and happy. The normal 3.8 lap course!

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Thank you to David for being our first victim. 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 #144 – 14 March 2020

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

Hopefully we can return to normal soon.

Rachel
Billericay parkrun core team

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericay@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericay@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

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

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

 

Billericay parkrun #143 – 7 March 2020

We might still be on our 5 lap course, but what a difference the event is without the gales and rain ! We almost doubled last week’s participation as 346 of you ran, jogged, walked the course, supported by 26 volunteers. The sun even made a brief appearance !

Thank you for all your support in making our temporary course work, not only taking care coming into the finish funnel but also avoiding walking back along the path thus averting any collisions with those still going round. Thanks to Rachel Forrest who was on hand as marshal at the finish area to ensure you didn’t slide into the finish funnel. And many thanks to all the other marshals around the course, who provided the encouragement for an impressive 39 of you to reach PBs, so well done ! Thank you to Paul Sillence who was on hand to photograph you all in action !

We welcomed 40 first timers, many of whom heard Poppy Brooks and Dave Sweet at the first timers briefing.

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This week we celebrated International Women’s Day parkrun, and had a great turn out - we had an almost even split of male and female participants at Billericay parkrun, which is fabulous to see.
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The selfie frame was very popular, thank you to Jack Dadds and mum Lauren Dadds for providing us with such a fabulous section of selfie photos !

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We had a range of milestones this week, congratulations to Caitlin Blyth and Katie Smith for reaching their 10 junior milestones, to John Hancox and David Porter on their 50 milestones and to Alan Porter on his 100 milestone. Thank you for the cake !!

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Many thanks to all our volunteers who supported the event. You might have read about the troubles with one of our stop watches, fortunately we received a replacement on time for this week, and Joe Andreetti and Arnaud Salako were on hand to record your times.

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Whilst we celebrated International Women's Day parkrun, I didn't want to overlook all our male friends and relatives, so here are a selection of photos to round off the run report !

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February might be over but unfortunately the ground is still wet, and the rain keeps coming, so we will be staying on our 5 lap course for a while.

Next week, over to Sam Hill who is your Run Director.

Have a great week and see you all next Saturday !

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Maggie
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at 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 #142 – 29 February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time...

RD

Alexa :)
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at 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 #141 – 22 February 2020

The weather gods still do not like us at Billericay, so we continue with the path only 5 lap course, which is not only a challenge in itself with 5 times up the “hill” now, but also a mental challenge for the runners, joggers and walkers to keep count of how many laps they are doing. I must have been asked at least half a dozen times, how many laps is it?
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At least Saturday was dry and mild if on the blustery side, with the funnel tape doing its very best to strangle the finishers and the course signs doing their best to knock everyone into the lake on the way round. Fortunately It finished 0-0 on that front, thank goodness!
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So sheltered from the wind in our new HQ area we welcomed 305 runners, joggers and walkers of which 27 of you were given a gold star First Timers Briefing by core team member Maggie,
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and in addition 35 of you or 11.5% of the field gained wind assisted lovely pb’s for your efforts, which a bit pf pre run stretching no doubt helped with.
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Speaking of efforts, we had 26 members of the pretty in pink club or the high viz gang (HVG’s), expertly guiding you round the course,
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so a huge thank you guys and girls, as you really do make everyone’s parkrun morning so much more enjoyable, especially when the weather is not playing ball.
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We also had a few milestones to celebrate with Billericay regular Pete Holme running his 100th parkrun (90 of them at Billericay), and Anthony Oliver, Daniel Large and Gill Scott running their 50th parkrun.
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A bit of late news, unfortunately, when it came to process the results, we found that one of our stopwatches, Gavin to be precise (can you guess the name of the other!), went sick, and it did not look good for poor Gavin. So, core team member and volunteer surgeon Sam, took Gavin home for some TLC to see if he could bring him round, and from seeing the subsequent pictures of open watch surgery, I have to say, it’s touch and go if Gavin makes it to parkrun #142.
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But we will let you know whether he pulled through in run report #142. But in the meantime, I’ll hand over the RD waistcoat and mic to Alexa, who will guide you through next week.

Until next time
Dave
Run Director

 

Billericay parkrun #140 – 15 February 2020

In recent weeks, there's been a lot said about the weather, storms and cancellations in the parkrun and junior parkrun world and this time of year is always a challenge for volunteer teams as things can change so very quickly. At Billericay parkrun, this is our third winter now and it's certainly been a tricky one since conditions worsened in the park from November and have been very up and down ever since.

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However, we've been pleased to get to this point having only cancelled once in that time and the Core Team are really grateful for how everyone's been so flexible and patient as we've tweaked things week to week.

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Although we have no intention of sticking with a 5 lap, path only course, whilst things are so changeable, we're going to commit to the five lapper for at least two more weeks irrespective of what happens with the weather. If nothing else, it helps you know what to expect and us to know what we need to gear up for.

The 5 Lap course has five particular things for you to bear in mind ...

- Please make sure you come to the event briefing which is held by the Bowls Pavilion. Even though some of the content you may have heard before, it's important you attend to make sure you hear any specific safety or other instructions from the Run Director. It also shows respect to your fellow runners and the event volunteers.

- Keeping track of how many laps can be an issue for some. My advice, if you don't have a distance measuring watch or App, is to pick a point on the course or a relevant marshal point. Maybe the hill, the cafe, the playground etc. Pass that point 5 times and then peel off to the finish funnel the next time you reach it.

- We're normally a keep left, pass on the right course, but this becomes even more important when we're running 5 laps - so please follow that convention all of the time, as well as being super considerate to other park users.

- As you approach the finish, especially if you're in the first 1/3rd or so of the field, please plan your left turn towards the finish funnel with care so that you don't cut across, trip or compromise the run of others that have further laps still to do.

- Once you've finished, had your barcode scanned and collected any belongings, if you're leaving the park through the main entrance, please walk back via the path by the lake, rather than walking back against the flow of other runners still completing the course - it just makes life easier for everyone.

We'll be back on our 3.8 laps soon enough, but the above points enable us to make the 5 lapper a safe and a viable alternative.
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This week, we managed to dodge Storm Dennis and it was great to host 275 finishers. Thanks for supporting the event. From the 275, three completed their first ever parkrun (super well done coming out on a day like Saturday to join the parkrun family) and another eight completing their first parkrun at Billericay.

When we call out for our regular first timer's briefing, we normally get 10 - 20, sometimes even 30+. As Alexa held up our giant barcode on Saturday, her audience very quickly assembled - just the one person ! Possibly our first ever 1-2-1 First Timers Briefing :-) :-) :-)

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Three of the 275 were celebrating great milestones; Elizabeth CONDON (50), Oscar FARLEY (50) and Judith CAMPBELL (100). It's great to see these brilliant achievements week after week. Well done everyone, even though the first Oscar knew it was his big 50 was long after the event - doh !

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Other great achievements this week were 40 shiny new PBs. It's always lovely to nab a PB, so well done to everyone that set new figures for their Billericay parkrun times.

For some of you, the key to that PB will have been the brilliant group of pacers we had this month. Twelve regular parkrunners who volunteered to help others get a good parkrun outcome - how great is that? With a spread of 21 minutes to 35 minutes, that covered almost three quarters of Saturday's field, so I hope it helped if you were tracking a new target time.

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Our next pacer event is on Saturday 21 March 2020 so if you'd like to volunteer to pace or have a time you'd like paced - any time at all - we'll do our very best to find someone to target that time. Just email billericay@parkrun.com.

From one group of volunteers to another, and along with the 12 pacers, we had a further 29 brilliant volunteers covering off all of the other moving parts of the event. What a fantastic bunch who made my job an absolute breeze - thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Please keep an eye on our Volunteer Roster and do consider having a go at one of the many roles on offer. It really is fun and rewarding and makes a big, big difference to the whole event. Check out our future roster and simply email billericay@parkrun.com with your details and when you'd like to get involved.

Finally, as we approach the Half and Full Marathon spring season, best wishes to all of you that are in training for these fab challenges. Equally, best wishes to those making great strides towards completing their Couch to 5k challenges. Depending on your starting point, both can be tough challenges and both are brilliant achievements - go smash it, either way :-)

Until next time Billericay. Dave Sweet's in the RD vest next week for 5 laps of fun.

Have a great week

David Hayday
Event Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at billericay@parkrun.com

As well as checking on this site regularly for the latest information and updates, don't forget you can also find us on Facebook.

Have you got a question? Try the FAQs section on our website. If you are still stumped send a lovely email to billericay@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

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

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

 

Billericay parkrun #139 – 8 February 2020

The (relatively) warm, calm morning we enjoyed on Saturday was a far cry from the conditions at the same time yesterday morning!

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Poor Lake Meadows junior parkrun had to cancel, along with all but 11 of the other 350+ junior parkrun events in the UK, as howling gales and heavy rain swept through the country.

But luckily we were able to enjoy the calm before the storm!

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In total, 338 runners, walkers and joggers completed our normal 3.8 course – which despite its long rest, was still a bit slippery after some unforecast rain overnight.

Nevertheless, it was a day of great achievements, with 51 of you recording a brand new PB at the event on Saturday. Well done if you were one of them - I reckon you'll go even faster once the ground recovers fully!

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Congratulations also to the 14 people who joined us for the first time on Saturday - including tourists from locations as exotic as Brentwood, Basildon and Chelmsford! Great to see you and you're welcome any time :)

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More great achievements came from our two milestone parkrunners, Adrian Lawrence and Kathy Scourfield, who celebrated 50 parkruns apiece. And thanks to Adrian for the bumper box of chocolate brownies which while perhaps not meeting all the criteria for being a ‘complete’ breakfast food, were completely delicious.

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There was one more fantastic individual achievement - congratulations to Core Team member Alexa, who while visiting Raphael parkrun in Romford ran the 5th fastest female parkrun time in the whole UK on Saturday - completing the course in an incredible 17:23. Congratulations Alexa on this brilliant achievement.

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And well done to Rosa, a regular visitor to Billericay parkrun, on also making the top 10!


 

Yesterday's parkrun was made possible by our fantastic volunteers, who got to break in the new pink hi vis vests parkrun HQ sent us this week.

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While there has been no official confirmation from parkrun about the inspiration behind the new colour, we might very well have a bit of a trendsetter in our midst...

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Thanks very much to all our encouraging volunteers who cheered everyone on and kept the event safe!

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And you may be interested to know that all our results on Saturday were brought to you by young people aged 17 and under – our two timekeepers, all our scanners, finish tokens, funnel manager, and photographer are all teenagers or younger. Even when it became very busy they kept us on track - we are so lucky to have them at our event.

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There are lots of ways to volunteer at parkrun - including before and after each event - but Saturday presented a unique volunteering opportunity because we welcomed a team from Alzheimer’s Research UK, who were conducting a session to gather feedback on a new campaign which will let people know how they can reduce their risk of developing dementia. parkrun HQ asked us to put together a group of Billericay parkrun volunteers and we were so amazed and delighted by the response, thanks very much to everyone who stepped forward to help.

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We’re back next week for pacer week – let us know if you can pace, or if there’s a time you’d like to be paced at, as soon as possible so Sam can factor you in to his rostering. Just email billericay@parkrun.com

See you there!

Rachel
Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at 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

 

Volunteers needed to help shape Alzheimer’s Research UK’s next campaign

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parkrun UK's partner Alzheimer’s Research UK is developing a new campaign to educate people about ways they can reduce their risk of developing dementia. The charity would like to share some creative ideas for feedback from a focus group of Billericay parkrunners.

If you're aged between 40 and 55 and can give an hour of your time straight after parkrun here this Saturday (8 February) and again on 29 February, from 10-11am, to provide focus group feedback on this exciting new campaign as it develops, please drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com

The sessions will be in the Community Room next to the café in Lake Meadows and refreshments will be provided.

We're looking for 10 people to be part of this group, who are available to attend on both dates.

Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Billericay parkrun #138 – 1 February 2020

Another exhilarating parkrun, 319 of you ran, jogged, or walked the course, supported by 27 volunteers. January might be over and the rain has eased off more recently but unfortunately the ground is still quite wet in places, as you might have seen from the puddles especially near the café and start area. So we decided to continue with our temporary 5 lap path only course.

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Thank you for all your support as it takes a truly combined effort to make this operate smoothly given it is not our regular course, but it was noticeable that runners were taking care coming into the finish area to avoid any collisions with those still going round which was great to see. Thanks to all our marshals and in particular to Shane White and Vicky Andreetti who were marshals at the finish area not only encourage you on but also look out / call out during any congestion coming off the path.

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We welcomed 36 first timers, including tourists from West Yorkshire and Bristol. Many of whom listened to David Hayday, our Event Director, at the first timers briefing.

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Despite some blustery weather, and 5 hills or slight inclines, depending on your point of view, an impressive 48 of you still managed to reach PBs, so well done ! As usual, many smiles for the camera.

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Our photographers, Joe Andreetti and Paul Sillence produced such a great selection of photos that I struggled to pick out which ones to include in the report. I love the fact there are so many groups of friends.

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Many thanks to all our volunteers, whether marshalling, time keeping, barcode scanning, token sorting, setting up the event, packing up afterwards … we are very appreciative that you all come forward to help support our event.

Rachel FORREST • David HAYDAY • Ruth HAVIS • Penny FORD • Victoria ANDREETTI • Rachel VARNAM • Josie BENNETT • Aine DOWSETT • Pawel GORA • Andy SMITH • Maggie TOPLISS • Katie SMITH • Shane WHITE • Arnaud SALAKO • Stephen FOGGO • James BUCHAN • Abigail KING • Louise MONAGHAN • Maren BARTON • Ian BARTEN • Ellen FORREST • Anthony MONAGHAN • Paul SILLENCE • Victor BURLEY • Joe ANDREETTI • Poppy BROOKS • Matthew BENNETT

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Indeed, both our milestones this week were for volunteering, so many congratulations to Victor Burley and to my husband Andy Smith for reaching their 25 volunteer milestones. Also congratulations to Arnaud Salako for reaching an unofficial milestone of 50 volunteer stints !

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Next week, over to Rachel Varnam who is your Run Director. Let's see if the weather improves !
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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 #137 – 25 January 2020

Another unfortunate week of poor weather meant myself and ED David, made the executive decision to hold Saturday's 137th Billericay parkrun on our all path 5 lap course for another week. Mud aside, slightly warmer weather than last week made conditions pretty good with 366 of you joining us for a walk, run and jog around our beautiful park.

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Aine, one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, welcomed 43 first timers at our first timers briefing, it really is great to see new people coming along to our parkrun each week!

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Of the 366, 68 of you achieved a new personal best, maybe running up that hill 5 times isn't quite as bad as people think?

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I always love to see the photos of so many smiling faces, here are some of my favourites from this week's selection. Thanks to our volunteer photographers this week, Paul Sillence and Jack Dadds for some fantastic pictures.

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As always our event was supported by such a fabulous group of volunteers, we are really lucky at Billericay parkrun that so many people are willing to give up their time to help our event run smoothly. This week was no exception with 28 of you belonging to this Saturday's Hi Vis Gang. Thank you.

If you are interested in volunteering why don't you check out the roster for any roles you fancy trying and simply email billericay@parkrun.com. We always welcome everyone with open arms!

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3 people achieved milestones this week, junior Lucas Ramsden achieved his 10th parkrun, Mia Parnaby her 50th, and a big thank you to Ian Barten who achieved his 25th volunteering stint. Well done to all 3 of you.

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I'll keep my fingers crossed for some better weather this week, I may even do a weather dance! Next week the lovely Maggie is on the mic, so until next time...

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Run Director

The Billericay core team are:
David Hayday : Rachel Varnam : Samuel Hill : Dave Sweet : Maggie Topliss : Alexa Joel

Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do and all are rewarding and great fun. If you want to volunteer, email us at 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

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