Run Report for Event #353

The summer returned in force this week ready for the late August Bank Holiday weekend.
Mind you, the morning dew meant we had wet feet for the set up but it was done with a smile.
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This week 785 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests.
Our little Facebook game was won by Mark Golledge who guessed 784, well done Mark!

Largest UK parkruns this week are:
1. Bushy Park (1354) 2. Southampton (887) 3. Heaton Park (822) 4. Cardiff (819) 5. Poole (805) 6. Edinburgh (794) 7. Chelmsford Central (785) 8. Nonsuch (744) 9. Cannon Hill (702) 10. Weymouth (655)

A day in the life...
I am token #0156 and my day started off by being together with all my friends in the splendidly unique token box ready for my one function in life, which is to make a parkrunner happy by giving them a time for their efforts on parkrunday.
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The day started off fantastically well and I was so excited, there was a great buzz of anticipation in the token box, the weather was amazing and I could hear that we were being transported across the park to the finish area.
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After we waited a while it was our turn to to be presented to parkrun world, out of the bag, box onto the table, lid slid off, and we could smell the grass and feel the warmth on our little barcode stripes. We joined our best friend the "PB bell", now he has a great parkrun job, lifted up, shaken about and making a lot of noise. But that's OK, if he is busy, parkrunners are happy, and that makes me happy as well.
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Peeping over the top of our box we could see that lots of parkrunners were in the park and the chatter was reaching a crescendo of noise, so exciting!
Then the announcements were done and the runners were set off, it was like a herd of wildebeast thundering along the ground making our little table shake and rattle.
We then found out who will be giving us out to the finishers and were so pleased when we found out it was Elizabeth and Samantha. This was Sam's first time so I think she was as excited as we were!
A bit of instruction to Sam & Elizabeth on how to handle us, so much nicer in female hands rather than those rough male hands, the first runners are coming in...funnel is filling up!
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I can feel my little barcode stripes standing up in excitement and anticipation.
Soon it will be my turn...#0153 Yay! a first timer...#0154...nearly me!...#0155 No PB bell ringing yet...It's me next, so exciting! YES I am in the hands of a parkrunner, my job is nearly done, now over to see the wonderful scanners so my runner can get a time for their efforts on such a warm day.

This seems to be taking a long time! Whoa, whoa, whoa...why are we going out of the park, that's not right, all my friends are calling for me, who are you and why are you doing this?
I only wanted to make you happy!

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Why am in in Bond Street? Tea and cake at John Lewis maybe? It's not right, I shouldn't be here, oh no not at all!
Noooo! I am now on the floor, I could be trodden on, scrapped along or swept up.

Hey, I am being picked up, an eagle eyed parkrunner has found me and understands the importance of my role in parkrun, thankyou Louise you are my saviour!
I will be returned to my friends next week, but now I have a twin as the team had to replace me or the results would be wrong next week! But that's ok I will be back amongst my friends where I belong.
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This story was brought to you by Token #0156.

If you run into the funnel, you need to collect a token at the end, if you don't want a time recorded then drop the token into the bucket as you exit the funnel. Help us to help you.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Holly CHANDLER • Chris BEAZELEY • John MCCAYNA • David JEFFREY • John HOLLAND • Rebecca SMITH • Nichola NORMAN • Louise DYER • Nigel COCKRELL • Elizabeth SURREY • Laura WILLIAMS • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Jeffrey DOSSET • Claire ANSBRIDGE • Steve JACKSON • Alison RAYNER • Dominic KIRK • John GREEN • Paul MORGAN • Rachel MCKEOWN • Chloe SMITH • Abbie JACKSON • Jane GRAY • John SPILLANE • Nicola DESSOUKI • Rebecca BENTLEY • Samantha CHAMBERS • Samuel HAJDER • Peta LAGER • Andrew VICKERS • Andrew OAKLEY • Don COCKRELL • Nathan MCKEOGH • Amy RASSELL • Vivienne TOBIAS • Elizabeth MATHISON • Karen BRANGHAM
Next week we will be at the Viaduct as there is a food fair in the park.
See you all then.

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes David JeffreyMandy Coxon : Nichola Norman


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 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

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