Chalkwell Beach parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Normality in the middle of chaos. Chalkwell Beach #3

It’s been a peculiar last set of days. Our friends in other parkrun countries ended up with their run cancelled… and friends were completing 5k runs, either freedom runs on parkrun courses or on roof terraces from lockdown. For now it’s keep hands washed and be sensible in the UK, but check on facebook before setting out on a Saturday.

Chalkwell Beach is a prom run. That means, for visitors, that it will always be windy. It’s an out and back (stay left at all times) with just one turn near the pier. There are toilets near the start and the café for a coffee afterwards near the station. Parking near the seafront is paid, but it’s possible to park in town for free… or let the train take the strain.

The start was slightly delayed as there were lots of thank yous to do. Big thank yous to The Rotary club of Leigh and to the Finish Line Fund for their financial assistance. Thank you very much to James Duddridge and the local councillors for their support.




We also made sure to thank our awesome volunteers, Len MARTEN, Lloyd RICHARDSON, Donna RICHARDSON, Paula MARTEN, Carol Anne ELLIS, Kieran MOTE, Mark SAMUELS, Gary PARR, Helen MARRIOTT, Debbie DOCHERTY, Peter GOLDRING, Harriet WHITE, Diane BEAVER, Darren LOCK, Helen EAGER, Claire KILCOYNE, Helen TABOR, Bob SPORLE, Julia CANNON, Jess ELLIS, Tabby BARRY, Mike SLADE, Annabel BARRY, Abbi WILKINS, Dave PEATREE. It was a cold morning, threatening proper rain but only drizzling slightly during the actual parkrun; coats, scarves, hats and gloves are the order of the day. March traditionally comes in like a lamb and out like a lion… and a prom will always accentuate the breezy side of life so wrap up with care.

Once the thank yous were done we lined up in an approximate finsh time order and trotted off down to the pier. There are lots of lovely distractions on the way to the turn, and awesome marshals making sure we got back as quickly as we were able to. There were pirates, and racing snakes, walkers and chatters. It was a lovely atmosphere and it made for a great morning.

It’s a new parkrun so there are more interesting results than at more established parkruns. There were 13 first timers enjoying their first ever parkrun. Welcome and do come back. There were 77 new PBs which, in the rather cold weather was lovely. While all PBs are special, there were seven very special PBs, for parkrunners who have managed to improve their times over all three of the first parkruns. Very well done to Chris WEBSTER, Matt WILLIAMS, Oliver COOPER, Dan JONES, Ronald VIALLS, Sharon HOOD and Steve REYNOLDS. Can you do it next time?

To the results. Well done to the 331 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 207 were first timers. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

Today’s runniest runner was Danny NORMAN – host of the With Me Now parkrun podcast. Do listen next week on to hear his report.


Pippa White
Queen Elizabeth


Run Report #2

Event #2 has come and passed, and we finally got some blue sky! The runners came in their masses, of which we believe to be the start of something huge, and they ran along the Chalkwell promenade and back with great positivity albeit a few complaints about the route distance.

The core team have been adjusting the route to ensure its safety for other users and to make sure the distance is still accurate. They have asked runners to remember that they are still in the blending process, so there may be some tweaks over the first few weeks. But fear not! its there every week for the foreseeable future!

This week 363 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 293 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

PR event 2

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Lloyd RICHARDSON • Donna RICHARDSON • Kieran MOTE • Alison HALL • Anne KIRBY • Nigel WALKER • George FAWKES • Ben HORSBURGH • Jeanette TAYLOR • Geraldine GAPES • Helen EAGER • Ros JACKSON • Claire KILCOYNE • Helen TABOR • Bob SPORLE • Tabby BARRY • Annabel BARRY • Dave PEATREE

PR event 2 x2

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chalkwell Beach parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded a time of 16:40 on 7th March 2020 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Sarah WORLEY who recorded a time of 19:17 on 7th March 2020 (event number 2).
The Age Grade course record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded 83.80% (16:40) on 7th March 2020 (event number 2).

Chalkwell Beach parkrun started on 29th February 2020. Since then 543 participants have completed 622 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,110 km, including 36 new Personal Bests. A total of 28 individuals have volunteered 38 times.


Run report #1

After months of hard work, organising, meetings, WhatsApp messages and a dry run, Chalkwell Beach parkrun was finally ready for launch on 29th February 2020.

Sadly the weather was not kind and didn’t match the excitement of those attending for the first ever event. In what can only be described as ‘biblical’ conditions, 259 people walked, jogged and ran the brand new course along the (usually) glorious seafront.


Well done to everyone who joined in and appreciation is extended to all for your enthusiasm and support for the new parkrun. The commitment to coming out and the positive atmosphere makes it all worth it. A highlight for the team today was the gentleman practising wearing his Guide Dogs mascot suit ahead of an upcoming event - to be fair he probably was drier than the rest of us!


Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chalkwell Beach parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Malcolm MUIR who recorded a time of 17.32.
The female record is held by Hollie BOYD who recorded a time of 21.56.
The Age Grade course record is held by Malcolm MUIR who recorded 80.89% today.

This event was made possible by 20 hardy volunteers, who weren’t put off by the prospect of standing in the wind and rain for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning:

Lloyd RICHARDSON, Donna RICHARDSON, Kieran MOTE, Mark SAMUELS, Jane HOPKINS, Paul REED, Yvonne FRANCIS, Claire KIRKLAND, Jeanette TAYLOR, Helen EAGER, Claire KILCOYNE, Francesca NEWELL, Ben HALEY, Helen TABOR, Samuel BROOK, Bob SPORLE, Beverley STEELE, Tabby BARRY, Mike SLADE, Annabel BARRY.


If anyone would like to support the team by volunteering in the coming weeks, please drop an email at

Thank you all so much for joining and bearing with the team as we get to grips with everything that is Chalkwell Beach parkrun. Further photos will be displayed in the coming days once our Facebook page is up and running.


Inaugural request.

As you may know, the first Chalkwell Beach event starts on the 29th February. As a team we are super excited to be bringing another parkrun to the Southend borough.

Starting a new parkrun with a new team is a stressful time for all involved and we would ask that if you are a regular at another parkrun or will be travelling past another parkrun to reach us that you choose a future week to visit to help the team bed in on this inaugural event.

Your thoughtfulness and cooperation would be much appreciated by the volunteer team, and we look forward to seeing everyone as time goes on.


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