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.

*** BILLERICAY BEES SWARM OVER BILLERICAY PARKRUN ***

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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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parkrun Tourists
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.

“barcode”

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