Billericay parkrun #135 – 11 January 2020

The wind was blowing and the rain had been falling during the week, but that wasn't enough to stop us from storming round Lake Meadows for the 135th Billericay parkrun back on the normal course of 3.8 laps round the park, and the pictures will tell that it wasn't as muddy as it had been in previous weeks!

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But it could always be worse couldn't it?

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And as we progress through the new year, we hosted 374 runners, walkers and joggers taking part, 28 of whom were first timers to our wonderful course as either brand new to parkrun - welcome to the best thing about Saturday's - or visitors from another parkrun - we hope you enjoyed our event! We also saw a fantastic 52 new personal bests, that's just under 14% of the field so a big well done if you're one of them! Next week is chase the pacer, think you can do it twice in a row?

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As always, we are an event that is made each week by you guys and girls, that is to say, each and every week parkrunners worldwide will give up their run or get up early/stay later to help with the set up or close down, and marshaling/timekeeping/scanning of the event and it goes without saying that those who volunteer with us will always go that extra mile to get you up that flat hill or round that last bend, clapping, cheering and helping keep everything on course. As part of the core team who have committed to this event, we love that this commitment is reflected back by the community we have all built together so thank you to everyone who's been involved in our event in any way! I'm not sure we ever envisaged we'd be seeing an average of over 300 participants each week when we first started!

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That's all from me this week, the weather will hopefully hold and we'll remain on course for the normal course, though do always watch this space for any announcements/changes and listen to the briefings, wouldn't want you all going to the start and trying to run backwards even though I told you all it was the normal direction now would we :D

Dave's in the hotseat next week, so give him a cheer and your best support as always Billericay! I'll see you there!

Sam
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 #134 – 4 January 2020

Over a period of just 11 days, we staged four Billericay parkruns; Christmas Day, Saturday 28/12/2019, New Year’s Day and Saturday 04/01/2020.

Four events which, in total attracted 1,364 runners and walkers , all supported by a total of 110 brilliant volunteers. Whether you attended, one, two, three or all four of these events, I hope you enjoyed the atmosphere, the sense of community and camaraderie, as much as being in the outdoors, being active and experiencing what happens to earth when it gets wet – yep, that’ll be the creation of mud!

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If I’m honest, on Saturday, I was a little caught out by the fact that 399 came out to play on our first Saturday event of the year. Of that number, 25 were taking part in a parkrun for the very first time and we were all delighted to see you and hope you'll be back time and time again in the weeks to come.

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Personal Bests
Amazingly, 26 achieved Personal Bests. I have to say on our adapted 5 lap course and with almost 400 in attendance, I am truly impressed that so many clocked up new PB times and optimistic that all 26 will be able to set even more PBs in the weeks to come.

Milestones
Officially, parkrun recognises six milestones. 10 runs (for under 18s), 50 runs, 100 runs, 250 runs, 500 runs and 25 Volunteering stints. On Saturday, it was brilliant to see us have five of the six milestones achieved – the first time this has happened in our 2½ year history.

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Well done to each and every milestone achiever and look out for Gavin in his dark green 250 parkrun T-shirt very soon :-)

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if you're anything like me, you'll love looking through the post event photos and, particularly, seeing the beaming smiles coming back off the screen at you. Not only does it help remind you of the fun we all had (yes, even in the mud!), but it's also a contagious behaviour. Based on that, here's a small selection from this week; go on, smile along, it's good for you :-)

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It really is easy to heap praise on our wonderful volunteers. We always get such great feedback for their efforts and Saturday was a particular case in point. Standing around in the cold and the mud, but still having loads of fun, shouting encouragement and helping us to lay on a safe and efficient event – what a great thing to do. So a huge thank you from me to every volunteer that helped on Saturday and to every volunteer that has helped at Billericay parkrun throughout 2019.

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If you haven’t helped at our parkrun before or not volunteered for a while, do please consider giving it a go. You can either pop an email into billericay@parkrun.com or sign up on our volunteer board at the event itself. All of the roles are straightforward and you’ll be given all the info you need to help others have a great run. Several roles can be combined with a run as well such as Pre Event Set-Up, Token Sorting, Pacing, Post Event Close Down and Run Report Writer as some examples.

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Running with headphones is absolutely fine at parkrun. However, as a multi lap course where it's impossible not to overtake or be overtaken during the event, it’s important your music isn’t so loud that you can’t hear instructions from volunteers or alerts from runners about to come through and overtake. So, as you dial up the volume, remember to dial up your awareness of what’s going on around you, keeping to the left as much as possible. If you’re totally in your own little bubble, oblivious to others and their needs, that’s when problems can occur. Thanks for your help with this.

On Saturday, Sam is your Run Director; he's the shy and retiring one of the group ;-)
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Hopefully we’ll be back on our standard 3.8 lap course. Either way, please be on time for the briefings in case he needs to share any last minute instructions or safety alerts. Even if you’re an experienced parkrunner, hearing the briefing is really important as well as a way to show respect to your fellow participants.

All that’s left for me to say is thank you for getting my parkrun year off to such a great start and he’s to your parkrun year in 2020 – make it a brilliant one !

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 #133 – 1 January 2020

418 runners and walkers completed Billericay parkrun #133 yesterday – which meant we were able to welcome in the new decade with our second highest ever attendance.

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Thanks so much to everyone who chose Billericay as your first parkrun of the 2020s, hope you enjoyed it!

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New Year’s Day is the only day when you can record two parkruns on the same day, and as the years have passed, the New Year events have grown ever more popular all over the world.

We are so lucky in Essex to be surrounded by loads of fantastic parkrun events, meaning that there was a great choice of New Year Double on offer. We’ve had a look and we reckon 211 of you (that’s 50.4% of the field) completed a double yesterday, with the runners we sent on to the four closest 10:30am destinations shown below:

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Chelmsford Central – 128, Hockley Woods – 46, South Woodham – 32, Harrow Lodge – 5
Thanks to my brother Matt for coding some software that helped us find the doubles!

Congratulations especially to our neighbours and friends at Chelmsford Central parkrun who processed an amazing record attendance of 991 parkrunners – that inevitable 1,000+ attendance is closer than ever – and also to South Woodham and Harrow Lodge who similarly welcomed record attendances yesterday.


 

New Year’s Day parkruns always have a special kind of magic and yesterday was no exception.

A lot of it is because of all the visitors to Billericay - a special welcome to the 112 tourists who ran Billericay for the first time and the 13 people who did their first ever parkrun. Hope you enjoyed our event and got a cheesy picture or two with our signage ☺

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But it was also special because of people from closer to home. Our local running club, Billericay Striders, have been a fantastic support from the start of Billericay parkrun and we were really happy they once again decided to have their first club run of the year with us. 49 Billericay Striders completed Billericay parkrun yesterday - thanks so much to you all for coming.

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We also love seeing the incredible ‘parkrun2parkrun’ runners (many of whom ran in parkrun hi-vis jackets yesterday) who not only completed the Billericay / Chelmsford parkrun double, but also ran the 8.3 miles in between. It’s an amazing accomplishment - well done to everyone who took on the challenge this year.

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Also marking NYD with a great achievement were the four milestone achievers celebrating their 50th parkrun – a huge well done to Sam, Michael, Tom and David who'll all be receiving red t-shirts in the post soon.

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There were some brilliant unofficial milestones too. Well done to Austin and Erin who wore their ‘19 different events in 2019’ shirts having completed an epic tourist challenge last year – and well done to mum Sam who drove them all over the place to help them do it!

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And we reached a milestone of our own, with Sonia Patten becoming our 35,000th ever finisher. The total running distance recorded at Billericay parkrun is now approximately 45% of the average distance between the Earth and the Moon!

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Of course, none of the above could have happened without the 30 amazing people who started their 2020 with parkrun volunteering. A massive thank you to all of them.

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Just some of the people who made our parkrun possible yesterday

If you’d like to volunteer at an upcoming Billericay parkrun, drop us an email at billericay@parkrun.com - we’d love to hear from you.

And if you're reading this thinking about coming along - please do, you really won't regret it and we'd love to see you!

The only thing left is to wish you a year (and decade) full of health and happiness, free of 59:59s, funnel duckers and forgotten barcodes. Here’s to a great 2020, hopefully see you on Saturday - and if not, maybe at next year's double? ☺

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

 

Billericay parkrun #132 – 28 December 2019

Saturday 28th December was our last parkrun of 2019. A foggy but dry morning, 253 of you came and ran, jogged and walked the course.

Due to the continuing muddy conditions, we were again on the 5 lap path course and we made some enhancements to the start process including increasing the number of arrows marking the route to the finish. Many thanks to Andy Smith for making our 28 start position, and Dave Sweet for all the new signs.

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That just left a slightly slippy finish from the path onto the grass into the finish funnel, but fortunately marshal Shane White was on hand to warn the runners.

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Despite the 5 hills, we managed to entice 24 first timers to join us, who were treated to a First Timers Briefing by David Hayday, our Event Director. Indeed, this was also the Saturday that David finally achieved his 100 milestone. This would have been reached earlier, had David not selflessly stepped in so often to volunteer to ensure Billericay parkrun operates so smoothly.

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Both Catherine Sunderland, formerly of the core team, and Paul Sillence were behind the camera this week and provided great shots despite the fog !

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Below is a pick of the many fabulous photos from this week's event:

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As usual we had a bumper crop of volunteers to help with the smooth running of the event. What is particularly nice is that so many of you keep an eye on the roster and come forward the day or evening before the event if there are still gaps to be filled. Many thanks to you all !

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This is the final parkrun report of the year and the final parkrun report of the decade. The first Billericay parkrun started back on 24th June 2017, and since then, has established itself as part of the Billericay community as demonstrated by the number of regular attendees, runners and volunteers, across the age categories and genders. Throughout 2019 we have collectively shared many achievements, celebrations and memories. So many of you have reached your 50th milestone this year that I could not possibly name you all and now that we have completed 132 events at Billericay, it was no surprise that this was the year our 100 milestones started appearing from our regular runners. Additionally the 25 volunteering milestones have been coming thick and fast. Since Billericay parkrun started in 2017 - a total of 470 individuals have volunteered 3,788 times - truly impressive !

Have a great New Year, and Rachel Varnam will be your Run Director on New Year’s Day to take us all into 2020 ….

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 #131 – 25 December 2019

Well how about that, in 2017 we hosted the first ever Christmas Billericay parkrun (number 27) to which 132 people received a barcode from Santa, a year later at event number 79, the second Billericay parkrun saw 261 (almost double!) overjoyed runners, walkers and joggers take to Lake Meadows for a Christmas day parkrun, this year, at event 131, 294 (not quite double...) of you pounded the paths earning that turkey and Christmas pudding for the forthcoming day of over indulgence and gift sharing - we really hope you loved every minute of it!

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And for those of you who turned up, from near and far (Finland!) we hope you enjoyed this years Christmas treat, instead of the reverse course, which is entirely due to the recent weather which saw of making the sad but ever so necessary decision to cancel last weekend - we might have to use this course for a few more weeks yet, no longer than necessary but we do need to do our part to allow the park to recover from the recent deluge. In the interim, if 5 laps aren't your thing, why not volunteer? We love volunteers and thanking them is an unforgettable part of the weekly briefing (editors note: unlike pacers...) so have a look at the future roster and sign up by dropping us an email or jotting down on the board on the day - no jobs is difficult or without training and without volunteers our event just simply could not take place - what have you got to lose?

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And so, from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future (I'll let you decide who's who below!) we look very quickly to the next event on Saturday which will in turn very quickly look to the new years day event where you can complete a rare double (Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers or Hockley woods are both on at 10:30)! But the most immediate will see Maggie the 30 minute pacing extraordinaire in the hot seat for the revised route - we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

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Sam
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 #130 – 14 December 2019

Another great, but slightly chilly, parkrun this week with 211 of you running, jogging and walking round Lake Meadows. With all the rain we had last week the course was noticeably muddier and more slippery but that didn't stop 13 of you achieving new Personal Bests so well done!

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We had a bumper crop of milestones this morning. Congratulations Marcus Leake on completing 10 parkruns, and to the 5 of you who this week reached 50 parkruns Aman Chandra, Liz Chandra, Lauren Dadds, Karl Greenslides and Mark Hodgson. Also a huge thank you to Simon Jordan who has volunteered 25 times, thank you for all the time you have given to volunteering at Billericay parkrun.

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A huge thank you to all our other volunteers, we simply couldn’t run the even without your help so thank you. As always we welcome anyone who wants to volunteer so if you see any roles you fancy please drop us an email and we will add you to our roster.

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Finally, thanks to everyone that came along to our Christmas parkrun drinks at Inn on the Green on Saturday night, it was a great turn out. From a personal point of view I have made so many new friends from Billericay parkrun which is one of the best things about it, not only can you get fit but meet so many new people, it really is amazing.

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Rachel is your RD next week and if you’re lucky she might do another rendition of Beyonce for you before the run brief!

Merry Christmas!

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 #129 – 7 December 2019

Another great parkrun with 264 of you running, jogging and walking round Lake Meadows this week. A bit windy, but warmer than last Saturday and maybe slightly less muddy (maybe). That didn't stop 32 of you achieving Personal Bests this week so well done !

This Saturday was a particularly colourful event as Billericay Bees from Billericay Rugby Football Club paid us a visit... many thanks to Paul Bolton, Billericay Bees U14 Team Manager, for rounding up all the bees and sending them over to parkrun, along with all the supporting friends and family who joined them.

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As usual, a nice crop of milestones. Congratulations to the U18 group Isabelle Bates, Sam Hughes, Emily Lorenc, Harry Salter for reaching 10 parkruns and also Phil Jeremiah for reaching 50 parkruns.

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A huge thanks to our volunteers covering all the roles from marshall to time keeper to photographer to barcode scanner to token sorting : Oscar PIGGOTT • David HAYDAY • Dave SWEET • Simon JORDAN • Carol CARTER • Rachel HILL • Josie BENNETT • Alan PORTER • Mia DADDS • Aine DOWSETT • Pawel GORA • Andy SMITH • Katie SMITH • Oliver SMITH • Shane WHITE • Arnaud SALAKO • James BUCHAN • Abigail KING • Ellen FORREST • Emily GREEN • Victor BURLEY • Joe ANDREETTI • Bethan HUNT • Poppy BROOKS • Carolyn GREEN

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And last, but not least, here's another set of smiling faces enjoying parkrun (or so the camera tells us !). Active and happy, what a great combination !

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Until next Saturday, when Alexa is your run director. Have a great week !

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 #128 – 30 November 2019

When the car tells you it’s –2 degrees outside and the locks to our equipment storage area are frozen solid, you know that it’s proper cold and that winter has well and truly arrived. And that was exactly the case on Saturday.

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That said, a few hard frosts after the recent weeks of wet weather are probably quite helpful for our weekly 5k and, arguably, better cold and dry than warmer and wetter!

Unsurprisingly, at this time of year our numbers fell back a bit to 232 intrepid walkers, joggers and runners. Even so, our average weekly attendance for 2019 is still well over 300 per week at 324.

Even with the slightly lower numbers we were still blessed with the four regular groups that are always great to see:

First Timers
Not a day when we’d expect to see loads and loads of first timers, but brilliant that 5 people brought their shiny new barcodes along and got their first parkrun on the board. I hope you all enjoyed it and we’ll see you back throughout the winter and throughout 2020 and beyond.

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It’s always lovely to welcome parkrunners from elsewhere in the county, the country or even from abroad, so a warm welcome to all our visitors this week and a particular hello to Sue Millward, the Event Director of Westmill parkrun near Ware in Hertfordshire, for coming to say hi.

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Personal Bests
Again, not necessarily a day for loads and loads of PBs, but perhaps the cool and still conditions and a little more space on the run helped an amazing 31 of you set new Personal Bests. That’s 14% of the field setting a new best time; what a great effort and congratulations!

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Milestones
This week we had three regulars making it to the big 5 – 0 of parkruns, so huge congratulations to Dean Oliver, Michael Grosvenor and Keith Overill. We’ll all be looking out for the new shiny t-shirts over the next couple of weeks.

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Volunteers
On the volunteer front, a total of 26 Hi Viz heroes made it all possible including 5 out of 6 of our Duke of Edinburgh scheme volunteers. A big thanks to Jessie for taking the photos for the first time and Ellen for sharing the Run Director duties, including the Run Briefing and processing the event results, again, for the first time. It never ceases to amaze me how talented and adaptable our DoE volunteers are - I know I would have run a mile at the prospect of doing those roles when I was that age, so a big thank you to all of our brilliant crop of youngsters that help week after week.

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Of course, for all of our brilliant volunteers, order of the day was LAYERS and lots of them!

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On the subject of volunteering, it would be remiss of me not to mention Pawal Gora and Rachel Varnam for their unofficial volunteer milestones of 100 and 200 volunteering stints respectively. That’s a great achievement and a huge help to literally tens of thousands of parkrunners. So thank you both and well done.

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Next time it’s Maggie in the Run Director vest, so please be on time and ready for another great slice of parkrun fun on Saturday; I’ll next be behind the mic in the New Year, so see you then :-)

Best wishes

David
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 #127 – 23 November 2019

Our guest Run Report Writer this week is Ellen Forrest :

As the countdown to Christmas begins, many of us are seen running away from persistent relatives clutching decorations as we repeatedly yell “IT’S NOVEMBER PUT THEM AWAY”. However, at Lake Meadows on Saturday morning, 284 of you were seen running, jogging and walking the weekly 5k instead.

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As this week’s photographer, I was slightly disappointed that I could not capture a photo of one of the runners jumping over a puddle or making a large splash, as who doesn’t love seeing others try to avoid large puddles in a panic? Alas, everyone handled the mud very graciously and even though many shoes will now sit neglected in the cupboard whilst we put off cleaning them, at least everyone left with the satisfaction that they did not fall in a puddle.

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Now moving on to the stats for the week:

As mentioned above, 284 of you participated in this week’s parkrun, 25 of whom were first timers, 12 being representatives of different clubs and there were even 31 recorded Personal Bests! Along with this, there were 24 volunteers ensuring that this event was made possible, so a very big thank you to all of you

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Furthermore, we celebrated three important milestones! We had Pete Hall, who has volunteered 25 times with us, Luke Wotton who has completed 50 parkruns and last but not least, Chris Maloney who has run 100 parkruns! A big congratulations to all of you.

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I would now like to take a moment of your time to show you some adorable photos of the dogs who ran with us on Saturday (it is important that we show our love and affection for them now as we know deep down that at least one of them will eat some part of the Christmas dinner they were not supposed to, causing an uproar in their household):

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Finally, this section goes out to all of the camera lovers, when even running, they can still strike a pose. I hope everyone has a lovely week, and you never know, by the next parkrun we may all have our decorations up!

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Huge thank you to Ellen Forrest for writing our report, as well as taking the photos this week. Over now to David Hayday who is our Run Director for next week.

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 #126 – 16 November 2019

I have a theme of talking about the weather in my reports and that's not going to change today, long gone is the sun and out comes the rain, but once again despite showers all week the park remained dry on the Saturday morning at 9am and 336 intrepid runners, walkers and joggers took the the paths of Lake Meadows park in Billericay for their weekly fix of a free 5K parkrun!

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And perhaps most importantly, as ever, were the volunteers a whopping 33 of them giving up part of their Saturday morning to help make our 126th event as incredible and fantastic as the first, as always, a massive thank you from myself and the rest of the core team, you all help to make our parkrun what it is, the best! I'll also give a small shout out again to Harry who completed his DofE Bronze with us on Saturday and also to Joe who as Photographer took some absolutely stunning photos!

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And yes, that does include the pacers and also the our milestone achievers, those of you regular to my briefings will probably spot i always miss at least one thing off my briefing, usually it's to ask if we have any tourists visiting from other parkruns, well today it was the the solid line of pacers covering a wide range of times and also the fantastic milestone achievers, and I will call out one in particular, not that the others don't deserve it, with Mark and Sonia doubling up for a couples 50 and Maren returning to civilian life after her stint in the SWAT team, but because her achievement was built on a the back of an injury causing her to fall out of love with running after an accident but before she knew it she was earning that 50 shirt! So a big well done to Christine, it really is great to see people enjoying their time at our event so to the 12 first timers to parkrun on Saturday, we hope we'll see you on that milestone board in the not so distant future!

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I think I've waffled on long enough for this week, next week it's a bit more simple, things just "click" into place, like building lego you could say, that's right, 30 minute Maggie is in the hotseat so I'll see you there for your next weekly dose of parkrun! I know some of you can't wait ;)

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Sam
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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