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Run Report Event #220 by Daniel McVitie

This morning was a strange parkrun adventure as I was only travelling with my son… The joy of GCSE revision requiring only a short trip, my wife and daughter would be going to Walsall Arboretum whilst my son and I headed south to meet up with family at midday in Brentwood. As a very keen parkrun tourist, the first thing I checked was parkruns on route… We would just have to meet up parkrun fresh! (Hopefully, a quick mopping with a baby wipe will be enough)
Although parkrun starts at 9am, after playing catch the tail runner (as the last finisher was known in 2013) when we couldn't find the start we arrive early even if it does mean trying to wake a teenage boy before 6am!
Sat in the car I ran through the postcodes of parkruns we had yet to visit on route; Brentwood was a possibility… meaning post run we could enjoy a leisurely chat and café stop before finishing our journey.
So as my son snored away in the passenger's seat - so much for scintillating conversation - Google Maps navigated me down the M40 and M25.
The 1st day of June sees the meteorological start of summer and it certainly felt that way in Weald Country Park at 8:15am as only a few wisps of clouds filled the azure blue sky as we pulled into the empty car park, but the feather parkrun banner was already flying high and a finish funnel was ready for runners.
A tourist needs to make a tricky decision at a pay and display car park… How long will the visit be? How long will the visit to the café be? I don't begrudge councils charging as the fees are used to maintain and improve the park so happily put in for 4 hours. If you are a regular you can get a pass for £75 for one car - that pays for itself after only 23, 1 hour parkrun visits and even quicker if you stay longer and use the 10% off at the café as well. And you could pop and visit on other days to do a training run… 10 hill reps of Heartbreak Hill anyone?
An early arrival does mean that I do have time for taking a picture of some of the week's #HiVizHeroes that make the parkrun possible in my homemade parkrun frame and if I am lucky grabbing the Run Report Writer's role. It should also mean a decent warm up but parkrunners at Brentwood are a friendly group so the only muscles I properly warmed up before the new runners briefing were in my jaw!
The first-timers briefing was a busy affair with 18 runners new to Brentwood today, 3 of them using their barcodes for the very first time. So a huge welcome to James SYDENHAM,
Harry JAMES & Nimma PANESSAR we hope we will see you return to parkrun soon.
At the main briefing, there was a call out for any milestones runs, yet all was quiet. But scanning the results I can see that a few people join a milestone club. Jasper JAYCOCK (JM11-14) running his 10th parkrun will see a 10 white t-shirt icon after his name on the results (sorry to any adults hitting this milestone but it is only for juniors and you will have to wait patiently like East London Runners, Liam DEMPSEY until you get to 50 parkruns to earn that red icon). Hopefully, the links to order your parkrun milestone t-shirt will be activated soon and you will get to run wearing it very soon.
Unlike other milestones, there is one that is very hard to work out from the results data… V25 - The aubergine shirt. Run milestones get replaced when you reach the next level - your Red 50 becomes a black 100 and that goes to a Green 250 to a Blue 500… But the V25 runs alongside those; it recognises those that have volunteered on 25 different days - so your results show both icons. Today Tanya THERON completed her 25 stint - congratulations and thank you.
My choice, of course, this week was based on the location so before I arrived I was clueless what lay ahead; luckily I come prepared with both road and trail shoes in the car just in case. Checking the course description post run I noticed ‘Trail shoes are recommended for this event but in times of dry weather, standard trainers with a suitable grip would be sufficient’ This was very sound advice as with the recent dry weather my road shoes were fine to run in. By run I mean taking strategic walking breaks up the hills - changing pace - that’s Fartlek training!
Had I realised what the course had to offer, Brentwood wouldn’t have been chosen. I would have left for another weekend as a one hilly, one lap trail course that zigzags through large wooded sections is my wife’s favourite type of course; even more so in the beautiful warm sun. What will make it worse is that she will be proofreading my report before I e-mail it off after having run a fairly flat 3 lap tarmac city park and realise that she missed out even more!
The wide uphill start at Brentwood meant that I couldn’t blame the time it took to cross the start for my personally slow time this week - I will blame the 70m of elevation over the course instead.
Last year, I set myself the challenge to try and write a run report for every parkrun I visited; just like regular parkrunning habits form, so I keep writing. Writing the run reports forms a record of my parkrun travels and prolongs the parkrun fun beyond the café and allows me to properly thank all the volunteer heroes in hi-viz who make these events possible. Whilst I do try and thank them as I run, on an undulating course like Brentwood at points I barely can barely manage a wheeze at some marshals and if you don’t understand BSL you might think I am blowing you a kiss as I huff and puff past. So Si ADAMS, Peter BARRETT, Peter BLACKLOCK, Steve DANBY, Gergana DANBY, Frank DANINO, Philippa DANINO, Clara FOSSEY, Lucas FOSSEY, John HOLLAND, Deborah KNIGHTBRIDGE, Tina LEUNG, Connie LLOYD-MACKAY, Scott REEVE, Gill SAUNDERS, Thomas SMITH, Stephen SMITH, Tanya THERON, Teresa USCATEGUI, Jane UWINS, Mike WARD & Fraser WELLS – many thanks.
As today’s Run Director, John HOLLAND mentioned in the main briefing parkruns rely on volunteers to make them happen. If you fancy being the person clapping and encouraging others around the course, pressing that stopwatch every time one crosses the line, handing out finish tokens or scannings we would love to have you. Don’t worry if you have never done it before there is always someone that will teach you what to do, you don’t even have to be a runner - maybe you have a none runner at home who would like to help. So please look on the roster for gaps or just e-mail in to - and you too could be a #HiVizHero for an hour. If every runner volunteered a few times a year the roster would always be full.
Turning to enjoy the downhill element of Heartbreak Hill, the whole field of runners was spread out, mostly before me. Had it not been for a post parkrun chat about number patterns of attended events it would have been the last I saw of Billericay Striders RC’s, Crispian BLOOMFIELD (VM40-44), as he disappeared into the woods to start the loop as he finished in a blisteringly fast new PB time of 16:58 to take the first finishers token 2½ minutes ahead of 2nd place!. That would be impressive in itself but this was Crispian’s 100th first finish at parkrun!
In 33rd place over the line, Brentwood Running Club’s Lisa JAMES (VW40-44) finished in a new PB of 24:21 and was first lady this week. Wo,w superb running.
It seemed it was a good day for PBs this week - as well as our first lady and man over the line, 33 other parkrunners set a new PB! So a huge well done to :- Adam HAVIS, Andrew ROSAM, Anthony MOORE, Ben THOMAS, Cathal TREACY, Charlotte DAVIS, Charlotte WHARF, Chika MUORAH, Dave REDMAN, Elizabeth THOMPSON, Elliot TAYLOR, Evie KNIGHT, Garry OFFIELD, George THOMPSON, Gill CASH, Jacob KNIGHTBRIDGE, James PLUMB, Jennie OHALLORAN, Jenny BARRETT, Jessica LINNECAR, Julie DEFRIES, Julie LAVENDER, Katie NEGUS, Lauren REEVE, Lisa SMITH, Maia India BARRETT, Mary LLOYD ,Naomi HOLLAND, Roy HENDLEY, Scott BUSH, Stuart MORRIS, Vikki CARTER & William MASTERS
Disappointingly, although the course description notes ‘it is quite common to see numerous forms of wildlife including deer whilst in the park’ I noticed none - I guess a large group of parkrunners charging around would have put off many animals from making an appearance - although post run a lovely peacock wondered past.
Normally after I have finished my run and have collected my finisher's token I head back on course to run in with the last member of my family, but with the heat and the idea of having to run (in all honesty - walk) the last hill again I collapsed under the shade of a tree and waited for my son to cross the line. Well as he keeps telling me - he is 13 so can run parkrun on his own!
The post parkrun café trip has become as much a part of the tourism adventure as the run, having a coffee and chat with other runners and the team as the results get processed and the tokens fully sorted and ready for next week. If you haven’t stayed for a post-run drink yet give it a try.
Thank you to everyone at Brentwood parkrun for being so welcoming to my son and; we had a great time at your parkrun.
Happy parkrunning.
Daniel Connolly
As always a full set of today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brentwood parkrun Results Page.

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All change at Brentwood parkrun

Last weekend, the 30th March, Brentwood parkrun said thanks and wished good luck to Event Director and founder Leigh Norris, who is moving on to fresh challenges.

It was in 2014 Leigh Norris invited Steve Danby to work with him to establish Brentwood’s Parkrun course in South Weald park.  Setup for the event started in June 2013. On December 6th2014, having recruited a Core Team, Leigh managed the first ever Brentwood Parkrun and became its Event Director.

That first event saw 137 runners take part, and attendances have grown over the years with the highest attendance of 225runners earlier this year.  Brentwood Parkrun now attracts many local residents regularly to the park every Saturday morning at 9 am for a free, friendly, timed, 5k run for everyone over the age of four, with children under 11 accompanied by an adult. As well as local park runners the beautiful trail course is very popular and attracts tourist park runners from all over the country.In214 events to date, over 4500 different runners and walkers have participated in our event!

Leigh’s involvement also saw the launch of Brentwood Junior Parkrun, with Peter Blacklock as Event Director,, which is a 2k run in South Weald park on Sunday mornings at 9am for children aged between 4yrs and 16yrs.

Leigh and his core teams have supported a number of other community activities including Brentwood Foodbank collections, the Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme that has seen over 10 young people complete Gold, Silver and Bronze awards; a number of Cancer Research Race For Life events and Leigh obtained funding for and then presented a Defibrillator to Weald Country Park for the benefit of all park users. Leigh has also installed marker signs to permanently mark out the main route and a new winter route to take in the most attractive areas of the park. Plans are in motion to install a new information board to highlight the parkrun events at the park.

Leigh was the driving force in those early days, responsible for fundraising and organising everything needed to run a successful parkrun event, but now he has decided to hand over the reigns of Event Director to his successor, Simon Adams, who has stepped up from being  a member of the Brentwood Parkrun core team for many years.

For his last event on March 30th, Leigh briefed the runners and volunteers and also ran the course in the park he loves so much. Steve Danby on behalf of the core team and the many runners offered thanks and a presentation to Leigh, who was clearly very proud of the success of the event and he wished the remaining core team all the best for the future. Leigh also made special thanks to the wonderful runners and volunteers that he has come to know over 5 years, without whom there wouldn’t be an event.

If you’d like to know more about Brentwood parkrun and how you can take part for free, visit you can register to be a part of the friendly parkrun community.  To find out about other local parkruns, some of which have fewer hills, visit

And you don’t have to be a runner as parkrun as you can jog and walk and also volunteer to help make events run smoothly, and all those who are happy to be marshals, timekeepers, barcode scanners and many other roles are welcomed.  Brentwood parkrun has been lucky to have many teenagers volunteering as part of their achievement of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Event #214 Part 1 - Leighs Farewell as ED

Event #214 Part 2 - Leigh's Farewell as ED


Farewell to Leigh – 30th March 2019

This weekend we say thanks and good luck to Leigh Norris who after spending the last 5 and a bit years working tirelessly to get Brentwood set-up and to be an established and fantastic event, is moving on. If you have ever run, walked or jogged Brentwood parkrun or been part of Leigh's network that has made Brentwood parkrun possible please join us, can you all try to get there early so we can extend the briefing to say a few words of thanks. The Core Team


Brentwood parkrun Christmas and New Year’s Day updates

Hello all.

A quick update to inform you that we’re NOT operating Brentwood parkrun on Christmas Day  2018 but we ARE holding a New Year’s Day 2019 event but at the later time of 10.30 am.

This will give you the chance to run at another local parkrun at 9 am if you’d like to or just have a longer lie-in! Further details of what events are operating at what times will be posted nearer the time. I know Billericay will be starting theirs at 9!

Briefings on NYD from 1020 am.

We’ll see you there!

Thanks all.

Brentwood parkrun Core Team


Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 events

Good morning all!

Our first post for a while.

Just to let you know there will be no Christmas Day  Brentwood parkrun event on 25/12/17 but....cue drumroll...we will be running on New Year’s Day 2018 but at 1030am to allow our wonderful runners and walkers to visit a nearby event (Billericay are running at 9am) and then come and see us at Weald Country Park a little later on!

Our Festive 2017-18 programme looks like this:

23/12: usual 9am start;

25/12: No event;

30/12: usual 9am start;

1/1/18: 1030 am start.

Thanks all.




No Christmas or New Year’s Day runs at Brentwood

Hello all!

This is just to let you know that there will be no Christmas nor New Year's Day Brentwood parkrun events.

We will however be running as normal on Christmas and New Year's Eve so please come and join us at Weald Country Park.

There are a number of other events running on both 25/12 & 1/1 including Chelmsford and Maldon for you to enjoy.

Thanks for all your continued support.

#Christmas #newyear


Brentwood parkrun link page

Welcome to Brentwood parkrun link page.

We are only using this page occasionally to post news items, but all our activities, general news, pictures and future events can be found on our Facebook page and on Twitter .

As ever, you are welcome to join us every Saturday at Weald Park, Brentwood,
at 8:45am for one of the best parkruns in the South!

Don't want to run this weekend? Then please join our volunteer team by sending an email to
you'll be very welcome ;)

The parkrun Core Team.


Brentwood parkrun #44 – 17 October 2015

Brentwood Parkrun
Event number 44

There's no doubt about it - autumn 2015 has arrived in South Weald. During course set up it was surprisingly mild but as the morning progressed it seemed to feel colder and colder and colder....although it was notable that some runners finished carrying their extra layers of clothing. Despite the obvious change in season the course is in good condition with only a few muddy areas. With just 75 days left now until the end of the year I'm hoping that it stays that way for as long as possible. Today's conditions certainly suited race winner Anthony Came.


This week we welcomed several tourists including Matt from Chelmsford. Matt is busy touring the Essex parkruns for the next few weeks and it was a pleasure to meet him today. First timers today included Colin and Becci. Colin was particularly keen to get his first parkrun started having arrived at 8:20. Post run, Colin remained moderately more enthusiastic about 'parkrun number 2' in the cafe than Becci. I look forward to seeing you both again next week.


It always amazes me each Saturday morning, as the clock edges closer to 9:00AM, when people start arriving from all different directions around the park. It's great to see so many friendly faces and have the opportunity to catch up. Today was a special Saturday because the September Sweatshop prize winner was announced. Big CONGRATULATIONS go to Jemimah Knightbridge - looking forward to seeing your new trainers soon.


Event in detail:
We had 115 runners and 22 first timers on the day. In addition we had 26 personal bests(PBs), and 8 different athletics clubs were represented.

Male placings:
Anthony CAME (SM25-29) of Thrift Green Trotters, was first over the line in 18:54 - third time in 4 appearances
Colin WAGGON (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:56
Jon WARREN (SM30-34) of Pirate Ship of Fools, was third over the line in 20:01

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Elliot WORTH (Unattached) 3722 pts.
John HOLLAND (Unattached) 3065 pts.
Don MAGEE (Unattached) 2284 pts.

Female placings:
Kate Georgina O'NEILL (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:31 - 9th time in 11 appearances
Claire BRINSMEAD (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 24:36
Holly MEYERS (SW20-24) of Basildon AC, was third (35th overall) over the line in 25:11 - was first to finish once before

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Virginija JANAVICIUS (Unattached) 2668 pts.
Susan BANNOCKS (Phoenix Striders) 2627 pts.
Trudie EMBERY (Unattached) 2474 pts.

During the last few months it has been a pleasure to meet so many new runners. In particular I'd like to mention David Mackay who gained another PB today - 27:54 (51.61%). I remember when David's target was to achieve a sub 30 minute at Brentwood parkrun with an age grade better than 50%. Awesome David. On another note: we're are rapidly approaching the 1st anniversary of Brentwood parkrun. Looking at the current women's standings- Is anyone going to be able to stop Virginija taking the title this year!!!! There are a few contenders...



Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brentwood Parkrun Results Page.
As well as checking on this site regularly, don't forget that you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Weekly reminders:
1) we do ask that children under 11 are accompanied by an adult. We know there are some very fast children in our regulars and sometimes adults can't keep up, but the rule is there for a good reason.
2) please keep your dog on a short lead at all times during the race. You know your dog is friendly; other park-runners don't!
3) please, please only go through the finish funnel once, always take a ONE token and always give it to the token scanner; tokens are NOT medals to take home!
4) and of course, remember of your own barcode every week, keep it dry and clean - we don't want you to miss out on your official time

Our volunteers:
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Jack BAILEY, Georgina BARRON, Dawn BARTLETT, Jude BARTLETT, Peter BLACKLOCK, Amanda EMBERY, Dominic HARRINGTON, Heather KENNEDY, George LLOYD, Lorna MESS, Daisy MESS, Gavin MESS, Phil OLSON, Laura RIDEOUT, John TAYLOR

and finally...
So just a reminder that everyone is welcome to a Sunday morning run on Weald park with other runners each Sunday (starting 18th October - and then throughout the winter months) at 10:00 am; the more the merrier. See 'Weald Park Warriors' Facebook page for more details (this group is not affiliated to Parkrun).

Bring your friends and DON'T FORGET YOUR BARCODE to the next parkrun!

Dominic Harrington
Run Director for Brentwood Parkrun


Event 43 10/10/15

As the week begins as RD we hope to open the volunteer book and weekly roster and see only a few blank spaces, well there was only a few filled and lot of spaces, we needed more this week as we also had pacer week, but so many of you came forward and on Saturday morning we had lots of volunteers and a full roster and people still coming forward to help out. So thank you to all our volunteers this week:

Amanda EMBERY • Ann CARDUS • Claire EZARD • Colin WARD • David GILES • Dominic HARRINGTON • George LLOYD • Georgina BARRON • Geri DANBY • Jack BAILEY • Jasper BARTLETT • John HOLLAND • John TAYLOR • Katy SODEAU • Laura RIDEOUT • Melvyn COOPER • Michael HENRY • Michael WHITEHEAD • Monty BARTLETT • Steve DANBY • Susan BANNOCKS • Suzy SMITH • Vashti GREEN

This week there were 23 volunteers, 117 runners & 8 of them were first timers & a brilliant 30 recorded new Personal Bests.

Male placings:
Patrick HANNAH of Manchester Tri Club, was first over the line in 19:25 - second time in 6 appearances.
James NICHOLS of East London Runners, was second over the line in 20:28.
Peter WAITE was third over the line in 20:43.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Elliot WORTH 3626 pts.
John HOLLAND 2976 pts.
Don MAGEE 2284 pts.

Female placings:
Dita KOTOULOVA was first (8th overall) over the line in 22:50 - 4thtime in 13 appearances.
Lisa JAMES was second (29th overall) over the line in 26:10.
Philippa DANINO was third (30th overall) over the line in 26:23.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Virginija JANAVICIUS 2589 pts.
Susan BANNOCKS (Phoenix Striders) 2558 pts.
Hannah KNIGHTBRIDGE 2433 pts.

Dita Kotoulova is traveling to Ohio Next week to compete in the obstacle racing world championship, Good luck Dita and look forward to hearing all about it on your return.

Brentwood parkrun started on 6th December 2014, and since then 1,147 different runners, including participants from 114 athletics clubs, have completed 4,369 runs covering a total distance of 21,845 km, and there have been 1,164 new Personal Bests.

Dates for your diary

Halloween Parkrun on 31st October, we would love to see some scary and spooky costumes.

We will be hosting a Christmas social at the Dairy Man in Brentwood High Street on the 16th December 7:30pm, so come along and talk all things running.

Well done to core team members Leigh Norris and Michael Henry who ran the royal parks half marathon on Sunday and to the trotters who also took part.

We are pleased to have a full team for next week but still looking for volunteers in future weeks please take a look at out roster and if you can help please email

Next week your RD is Dom

Happy Running

Laura & George

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