Run Report for Event #375

This week, at Chelmsford Central Parkrun, we celebrated our 7th Birthday!

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Although the sun was shining, our usual route was extremely muddy and wet in places, so we had a slight change in route. But that didn't stop 955 people running, jogging and walking the adapted course.

We welcomed 72 first timers and 98 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

It was fantastic to see so many of you dressed up!

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We remained in the Top 10 biggest parkrun's this week! Bushy Park (1620), Southampton (1612), Milton Keynes (1240), Clapham Common (1218), Heaton Park (1112), Poole (1050), Cannon Hill (996), Coventry (976), Chelmsford Central (955), Cardiff (940)

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The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Holly CHANDLER • Michael RICHTER • Sarah BOWERMAN • Robin Edward MCCOY • David JEFFREY • Christopher BROWN • Rebecca SMITH • Nichola NORMAN • Graham LEE • Nigel COCKRELL • Christy WILLETT • Jane GOWERS • Laura WILLIAMS • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Jeffrey DOSSET • Richard BAXTER • Elizabeth LAUGHLIN • Liz ETHERIDGE • George CHAMBERS • Kathryn HELLEN • Robert HELLEN • Gemma DAVIES • Alan CHAMBERS • Samantha CHAMBERS • Luke CHAMBERS • Lisa DYER • Carole BEESTON • Peta LAGER • Claire MUSSELWHITE • Andrew OAKLEY • Alexandria BESSENT • Michelle HUNSCHER • Don COCKRELL • Nathan MCKEOGH • Anthony KIELY • Harry CANNON • Russell COWELL • Vivienne TOBIAS • Laura CHITTENDEN • Christine RHODES

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chelmsford Central parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 14:56 on 17th August 2013 (event number 30).
The female record is held by Jessica JUDD who recorded a time of 16:23 on 18th February 2017 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth DAVIES who recorded 90.98% (16:49) on 13th July 2019 (event number 347).

Chelmsford Central parkrun started on 19th January 2013. Since then 15,374 participants have completed 185,060 parkruns covering a total distance of 925,300 km, including 27,457 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,447 individuals have volunteered 12,183 times.

See you all next week!

Nichola
Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey: Nichola Norman

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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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!

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If you like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
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Want a bit of fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

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

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

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

 

Run Report for Event# 374

It must be that time of year as you can see from the numbers below that the popularity of Parkrun continues to grow with all the usual suspects experiencing large turnouts.

Biggest UK parkruns: Bushy Park (1663), Southampton (1436), Clapham Common (1310), Tooting Common (1092), Heaton Park (1080), Cardiff (1050), Poole (1000), Finsbury Park (969), Cannon Hill (966), Chelmsford Central(921)

There is the outside chance that word had spread of Paul`s oratory skills looking at the first timers who had ventured down to Central Park for the first time. There were in fact 74 making their first venture into Chelmsford parkrun.

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In amongst the throng of 921 runners, walkers and joggers 78 of you achieved a PB.

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Whether its chasing that PB, meeting up with or making new friends or just getting out there and giving it a go
Parkrun certainly seems to tick all the boxes.

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Well done to all this weeks milestone achievers, especially those brave enough to step out the front.
You can even bring your own trophy.

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Once again a big thank you to the 40 volunteers who made this all happen this week.

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and here they are.

Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Anita COCKRELL • Holly CHANDLER • Michael RICHTER • Sarah BOWERMAN • Apryl HAMMETT • Robin Edward MCCOY • David JEFFREY • Robert HALDANE • Christopher BROWN • Sharon HALDANE • Rebecca SMITH • Patrick STURCH • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Linda DOSSET • Jeffrey DOSSET • Dc FURY • Alison RAYNER • Elizabeth LAUGHLIN • Henry BELL • Giles ADAMS • Nick MILLS • Paul COCKRELL • Charlie THACKERAY • Judith BROWNE • Lisa DYER • Carole BEESTON • Peta LAGER • Toby HELLEN • Fiona GRIFFITHS • Shirley EMPTAGE • Don COCKRELL • Darren BODDY • Hazel GADSDEN • Nathan MCKEOGH • Anthony KIELY • Amy RASSELL • Laura CHITTENDEN • Angela WOODWARD

With the large numbers that we are getting at the moment there are a number of things you can do to make the volunteers life a little easier.

1. Don't forget your barcode, remember no barcode no time. Please don't put the volunteers in an awkward position by asking.
2.If you don't want a time don't run into the funnel or past the time keepers.
3.Once in the funnel please stay in position and be patient waiting for your token as jumping out of line causes havoc with everyone`s time and position.

These little things will help everything to run smoothly.

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Well that's it for this week just a reminder that we turn 7 years old next week so its time to get baking and dust down those fancy dress outfits.

You might be surprised what sort of characters turn up in the park on a Saturday morning.

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Hot off the Press!
The inaugural Good Friday 10k will take place on April 10th (11am) at Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre. You can enter HERE.
Unique Medals to all finishers, secure bag drop area, eco friendly water stations, fast rural route and you finish in Melbourne Athletics Stadium on the track.

Nichola will be your hostess for the next couple of weeks.

Thanks
Dave
Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes David JeffreyNichola Norman

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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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 like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Want a bit of fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

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

 

Run Report for Event #373

So with something approaching normality resumed it was Parkrun at 9am on a Saturday morning and with the added bonus of pacer day and whilst not hitting the heights of last week there was still a bumper turnout of 915 runners, joggers and walkers enjoying their free 5k trip around Chelmsford`s parks.

Everyone likes to get back to the old routine.

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This week with the hint of new year resolutions in the air we welcomed 73 first timers and the odd dog.

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We also had a healthy array of tourists visiting Chelmsford this week although not many travelled as far asTrev and Janine Bowdidge whose home Parkrun is The Entrance poarkrun which is just outside Sydney.

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To carry on the Aussie theme a couple of our regular runners had an unplanned meeting in a land down under on the 28th December at Margaret River parkrun, they didn't really know each other but Rob Knight and Ivan Newman recognised that they both ran at Chelmsford Central.
"Margaret River parkrun" is on the other side of Australia to "The Entrance parkrun" about 3,000 miles away by road!
Amazing that two Chelmsford runners were at that particular event on the same day 9,000 miles away from here!!
Parkrun can be a small world sometimes!

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With such large numbers we rely even more heavily on our volunteers so a big thank you to those who stepped up to the mark this week.

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915 is an awful lot of clicking on the stop watch and having eyes in the back of your head also helps.
Luckily Laura and John were more than up to the task.

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It also takes a bit of dexterity to hand out that many tokens to keep everyone moving along so a big thank you to Jo and Claire who was on debut at the end of the funnel.

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And here are all this weeks stars.

Gerry MCGOVERN • Liz IRVINE • Paul BROOKES • Anita COCKRELL • Steve BARR • Holly CHANDLER • Gary CHANDLER • Michael RICHTER • Lynne GAREY • Chris BEAZELEY • Richard SEE • John MCCAYNA • Paul STUKAS • David JEFFREY • Phil HARPER • Christopher BROWN • Dan SUMMERS • Rebecca SMITH • Sue ARMSTRONG • Nichola NORMAN • Chris PRO • Stephen LUSHINGTON • Robert ADAMS • Alex BENSON • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Linda DOSSET • Mark WARD • Jeffrey DOSSET • Alison RAYNER • Les GRAY • Clive COXON • Jo JIGGINS • Paul MORGAN • Peter SNOWDON • Rachel MCKEOWN • Paul COCKRELL • Antony KARAS • Gavin TILLING • Charlie THACKERAY • Toby HEWING • Emily THORPE • Lisa DYER • Carole BEESTON • Rachael BASSETT • Jeremy LAGER • Peta LAGER • Fiona GRIFFITHS • Andrew OAKLEY • Alexandria BESSENT • James GRIFFITHS • Paul FORSTER • Don COCKRELL • Nathan MCKEOGH • Anthony KIELY • Laura CHITTENDEN • Elizabeth MATHISON • Angela WOODWARD • Daniel MARTIN • Claire NEWMAN • Hannah ADEDOTUN • Christine RHODES

This week Chelmsford was 8th in the Uk attendances

Bushy Park (1815), Southampton (1387), Clapham Common (1103) Heaton Park (1025), Tooting Common (1019), Poole (1011), Cardiff (960), Chelmsford (915)

What ever the numbers it certainly puts a smile on people`s faces.

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Have a good week.

Dave
Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey: Mandy Coxon : Nichola Norman

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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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 like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched in 2018 is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an independent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called
With Me Now
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Run Report for Event #372 (New Years Day)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

On the first day of 2020, we welcomed 991 (new record) people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 140 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests.

(Here is John pressing the button for Paul to raise his arms in welcome!)
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The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Gerry MCGOVERN • Gemma CONN • Graeme ST LEGER • Paul BROOKES • Damian BARRETT • John MCCAYNA • David JEFFREY • Patrick BIDWELL • Christopher BROWN • Rebecca SMITH • Elizabeth SURREY • Rich WALKER • Faye BANKS • Linda DOSSET • Jeffrey DOSSET • Alison RAYNER • Sue TATTERSALL • Gill WARNER • Clive COXON • Paul MORGAN • Lucy ROPER • Speranza HOLLOWAY • Clive WITCOMB • Peta LAGER • Sara MOORE • Pj RICHARDS • Andrew OAKLEY • Paul FORSTER • Nadine COLLINS • Don COCKRELL • Amanda CRADDOCK • Robert COWL • Amy RASSELL • Laura CHITTENDEN • Angela WOODWARD • Karen BRANGHAM • Shelley REVELL • Vincent MILES • Christine RHODES

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A special mention to Nadine Collins who picked up the stopwatch for the very first time, also to the scanning team Sara Moore, Speranza Holloway, Lucy Roper who also were doing this for the first time with Elizabeth Surrey who stepped in to help out scanning after running. They all did such a great job it made the results processing a doddle.
Thanks so much for volunteering.

The New Year Day run is the only day in the parkrun UK calendar that allows you to do TWO parkruns in ONE DAY. This really is at the largesse of the actual event teams being prepared to do an Event on a Bank Holiday and at different times as they are not obligatory for teams to put on.

It is also an opportunity for a number of runners do "parkrun2parkrun" which in our case is mainly from either Great Notley or Billericay as they are the closest to run between.
Of course, others travel between other events, like Maldon Prom or further afield if they start at 9am.

Who came to Chelmsford after doing a 9am event?
Billericay - 127
Great Notley - 122
Maldon Prom - 69 (150 went to South Woodham Ferrers)
Raphael (Romford) - 2
Burnham on Crouych - 1

In the UK there were 390 (645 usually) parkruns and 158,866 parkrunners.

Biggest UK parkruns: 1. Southampton (1331) 2. Bushy Park (1285) 3. Huddersfield (1008) 4. Chelmsford Central (991) 5. Lee-on-the-Solent (987) 6. Conkers (977), Bournemouth (967) 7. Stretford (962) 8. Scunthorpe (919) 9. Richmond Park (913) 10. Leamington (905)

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YEAR END 2019 STATS

As we closed off a decade and opened a new one, our year end stats are detailed below with our "all time" stats!
For the organising team, an interesting stat is always the volunteer one, this year is trending a lower % than our all time average despite higher attendances!
Those new year resolutions could include adding some volunteering at parkrun??

Chelmsford Central Stats for past year:
Registrations: 2,139
Runs: 38,846
Participants: 5,561
Volunteers: 448 = 8% of participants

All time stats from 18th January 2013 to 31st December 2019:
Number of events: 371
Number of runners: 15,014
Number of volunteers: 1,433 = 9.5%
Number of runs: 181,278
Number of first finishers: 197
Number of clubs: 685
Number of PBs: 27,135
Average number of runners per week: 488.6
Average number of runs per runner: 12.1
Biggest Attendance: 912
Average run time: 00:28:08
Total hours run: 9Years 257Days 4Hrs 44Min 45Secs
Total distance run: 906,390km
Female record holder: Jessica JUDD - 16:23 - Event 219 (18/02/17)
Male record holder: Alastair WATSON - 14:56 - Event 30 (17/08/13)
Age graded record holder: Elizabeth DAVIES - 90.98 % - 16:49 - Event 347 (13/07/19)

National attendances 25th & 28th December.

25th December:
In the UK there were 264 parkruns and 89,255 parkrunners
Worldwide there were 469 parkruns, and the worldwide parkrun population was 120,927 parkrunners.

Biggest UK parkruns: 1. Bushy Park (2545*) 2. Norwich (1358*) 3. Poole (1345*) 4. Southampton (1072) 5. Edinburgh (968*) 6. Preston Park (867*) 7. Cardiff (857) 8. Bromley (826) 9. Milton Keynes (817) 10. Huddersfield (808) 11. York (803*) 12. Coventry (793) 13. Richmond Park (762*) 14. Conkers (757*) 15. Walsall Arboretum (739*) 16. Delamere (720*) 17. Forest Rec (712) 18. Shrewsbury (698*)1 9. Pollok (697*), 20. Chelmsford Central (692)

There were 36 attendance records * made on Christmas day with Bushy leading the way as expected.

28th December Attendances were back to normal:
In the UK there were 645 parkruns and 146,955 parkrunners.
Worldwide there were 1610 parkruns, and the worldwide parkrun population was 265,641 parkrunners.

Biggest UK parkruns: 1. Bushy Park (1358) 2. Southampton (1091) 3. Poole (902) 4. Worcester (724) 5. Heaton Park (722) 6. Cardiff (685) 7. Bromley (672), 8. Chelmsford Central (672) 9. Conkers (659) 10. Coventry (658) 11. Birkenhead (648) 12. Milton Keynes (646) 13. Shrewsbury (641) 14. Black Park (636) 15. Moors Valley (634) 16. Ferry Meadows (607) 17. Edinburgh (600) 18. Huddersfield (599) 19. Newbury (599) 20. Cannon Hill (588)

The next run is SATURDAY 4th January and it is our monthly Chase the Pacer event.

A special BIG thankyou to Alison for the coffee provisions to the core team for the next few weeks, very kind of you.

Gerry

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey: Mandy Coxon : Nichola Norman

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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 like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched in 2018 is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an independent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called
With Me Now
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Want a bit of fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

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

 

Run Report for Event #371

This week 672 people ran and jogged the course in grey, damp conditions but that didn't stop you smiling all the way round.

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with many people off work this week, it's a good time to travel around being a parkrun tourist and we had 40+ tourists this week including Sabrina Buurmann...

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...whose home parkrun is Aachener Weiher in Cologne which, alphabetically, is the first parkrun worldwide, and one that I thought Chelmsford's own parkrun tourist legend Gary Chandler wouldn't have done but unsurprisingly it is one he's ticked off.

Another tourist who gets a special mention is Joshua Smith, Joshua from Beverley Westwood was a parkrun tourist volunteer, volunteering yesterday and on Christmas Day - thank you Joshua.

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Our other Hi-Vis heroes this week were

Alexandria BESSENT • Alison COOK • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Andrew VICKERS • Angela DAY • Chris BEAZELEY • Christine RHODES • Christopher BROWN • Clive COXON • Dc FURY • Don COCKRELL • Gavin TILLING • Holly CHANDLER • Jeffrey DOSSET • Joshua SMITH • Laura CHITTENDEN • Lisa DYER • Mary COWL • Matt KNIGHT • Michael RICHTER • Nathan MCKEOGH • Nichola NORMAN • Nigel COCKRELL • Paul BROOKES • Paul MORGAN • Peta LAGER • Rebecca BENTLEY • Rich WALKER • Sandra LEVEY • Sophie SCOTT • Steve CLEAVER • Sue JOHNSON • Sue TATTERSALL

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Thanks also to all the volunteers that have stepped forward to help out on New Year's Day.

Here is Robert Salmon who completed his 50th Milestone this week, well done.

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Finally, you've only got 3 days to wait until the next opportunity to run a free, timed 5k parkrun, and it's the time every year that there's the opportunity to run two parkruns on the same day and do the 'double'. To facilitate this our neighbouring parkruns at Great Notley, Billericay and Maldon are starting at 9am and Chelmsford Central parkrun will be starting at 10.30am. If you're doing the double please travel safely between events.

Gerry will be looking after you on New Year's Day.

See you on Wednesday.

Paul
Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes David JeffreyMandy Coxon : Nichola Norman

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Details of our Christmas and NYD runs can be found HERE

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You can read the parkrun profile about Chelmsford Central parkrun HERE
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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 like a good podcast to listen to, here are the parkrun ones:

The parkrun show This ran from September 2011 to March 2015 and gives a fascinating history of parkrun through those years and where some of the things you hear now were started, like #DFYB.
Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

Launched last year is a podcast from Vassos Alexander (Virgin Radio) Free, Weekly, Timed

For an indpendent parkrun podcast from the presenters of The parkrun show called With Me Now
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Want a bit of fun with your parkrun stats? This extension to the Chrome browser is available and free to use, you just add your parkrun ID and let the fun begin!

Badge Collecting Chrome extension
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Have you got a question? try the FAQ's section on our website, if you are still stumped send a lovely e-mail to: chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com and we will do our best to help.

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

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