Run Report for Event #381

Well we might have had Wet Wet Wet in the past but this time it was definitely Mud and having `Tiger Feet` would not of helped much on Saturday as conditions were atrocious but that did not stop 509 of you being `Crazy` enough to enjoy your free timed 5k run, walk and jog around the parks.

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A big well done to the 22 first timers who looked out the window in the morning and thought `Oh Boy`(yes 9 weeks at No 1 in 1974) this is going to be fun but still got down for the 8.50 first timers run brief.
Rest assured it`s not normally like this.

With this being a leap year and Saturday falling on the 29th you are going to have to wait another 28 years until 2048 to have this much fun again at Parkrun on the 29th Feb.

There are certain myths and old wives tales about what happens on the 29th Feb but it is actually a day that is added in leap years as a corrective measure to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth`s revolutions around the sun.
Although it makes people do some strange things.

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But no matter how wet and cold it was there were still plenty of smiles around to lighten up the morning.

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Well mostly smiles.

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Congratulations to this weeks milestone achievers for coming out from underneath the viaduct and receiving their soggy applause.

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A special thank you to the following 39 hardy souls who made this all possible, even on miserable days like this Parkrun still provides that unique feeling of achievement whether cheering on as a volunteer or getting soaking wet and covered in mud.

Ann THOMAS • Paul BROOKES • Holly CHANDLER • Verity BROOKES • Michael RICHTER • John David HOSKYN • Daniel HARDY • Angela DAY • Apryl HAMMETT • Robin Edward MCCOY • Guy HAMMETT • John MCCAYNA • John CUTTER • David JEFFREY • Nichola NORMAN • Derek BANKS • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Mark WARD • Sabina WITEK • Neil CHURCHILL • Philip HUGHES • Warren PRENTICE • Sandra LEVEY • John GREEN • Clive COXON • Alison HANDLEY • Gavin TILLING • Robert MANNING • Lisa DYER • Carole BEESTON • Toby HELLEN • Andrew OAKLEY • Alexandria BESSENT • Sophie SCOTT • Don COCKRELL • Nathan MCKEOGH • Harry CANNON • Vivienne TOBIAS • Laura CHITTENDEN


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Next week we will be celebrating International Womens Day and Parkrun would like to celebrate female participation and welcome as many women and girls as possible to come along.
In England #IWDparkrun is being supported by This Girl Can a campaign created by Sport England.

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See you next week.

Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:

Gerry McGovern : Paul Brookes : David Jeffrey: Nichola Norman


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Chelmsford Central parkrun features in these episodes - February 2013 and August 2013

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