Run Report for Event #379

Hot on the weather news this week following Storm Ciara was the impending Storm Dennis!
As we do most weeks, we keep a beady eye on the weather and Storm Dennis was highlighted to be a menace on Saturday!


Now, Dennis the Menace is a much loved character from the Beano Comics (you can read all about him HERE), those of you born after 1985 will probably have no idea what a comic is!
Comics were the "mobile phones" of the past, they entertained, enthralled, informed, gave us heroes and provided escapism which is pretty much what mobile phones do these days (the first mobile phone call in the UK was made in 1985 by Ernie Wise)!
(You can get it on your phone now!)

A course check Friday night showed no problems although we were hearing of cancellations of local events but mainly the Essex Country Park ones, they do have specific controls about high winds so the rangers closed the parks and unfortunately the parkruns were affected as well.
We have no such restrictions, but of course take your safety as paramount, a further check took place at 7:30am by the set-up team of Curly, Pieface, Rubidium von Screwtop and Toadface McGurty known as the menaces.


It was decided to do the Viaduct start/finish as that gave a degree of cover from the predicted high winds and rain.

Dennis wasn't as naughty as he usually is, his wide range of pranks and weaponry in order to cause chaos and mayhem to those around him (you read the Wikipedia link, didn't you!) but the park was relatively calm and in fact rather mild.

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I have digressed a bit! This week 734 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests.

We had a group of runners from Running Colchester with us today, they said they enjoyed their run with us, thanks for visiting. :)

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This week the event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Ann THOMAS • Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Michael RICHTER • Mamie LIU • Matt KNIGHT • Chris BEAZELEY • Robin Edward MCCOY • David JEFFREY • Alix WILSON • Rebecca SMITH • Katy HODIVALA • Nichola NORMAN • William KNIGHT • Sophie PARKER • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Linda DOSSET • Jeffrey DOSSET • Steve JACKSON • Alison RAYNER • John GREEN • Sue TATTERSALL • Sue MAPES • Claire LAYTON • Kathryn HELLEN • Kris REYNOLDS • Rebecca BENTLEY • Gemma DAVIES • Carole BEESTON • Penelope HILTON • Andy HOLMES • Toby HELLEN • Don COCKRELL • Nathan MCKEOGH • Anthony KIELY • Laura CHITTENDEN • Louise GROCOTT • Thomas GRIFFITHS • Claire NEWMAN

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Banksy "John" pointing out his handiwork!
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Here are some reminders on what we need YOU to do each week!
1. If you enter the funnel you need to STAY in it, it doesn't matter that you have forgotten your barcode, it matters that you have been recorded to have finished the run by the Timekeepers, collecting a token at the end of the funnel and dropping it in the bucket.
That way, the stopwatch times match the token number given out and we can provide a clean set of results.
2. There were a lot of Gnashers with their owners today and it is really important that the owners are on short leads as they have a tendency to wander across the path and trip up other park users and runners. Keep the leads tight and close to you.

Please help us to help you have a great run each week and speedy and accurate results!

Dennis will be most happy!

See you all next week.


The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey: 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

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