The “Miles of Miles” Festival 2019


Have you ever thought about how fast you could actually run a mile?
Would you like to run on an athletics track?


The mile is the classic race.
Since 1976, the mile has been the only non-metric distance recognized by the IAAF for record purposes. The current male record is 3:43.13, while the female record is 4:12.56

Chelmsford Athletics Club are delighted to announce that we are hosting “The Miles of Miles Festival”, a series of 1 mile track races for novices, for those runners who’ve not had the opportunity to run on a track or those with very little experience of track running. Parkrunners, road runners and new runners we want YOU.

So many of you who ran the Chelmsford 10k enjoyed finishing on the track, and this unique event gives you the chance to feel the excitement of track running over the iconic distance of 1 mile.

The mile is 4 x 400m laps of the Melbourne stadium track. Or just one third of the poarkrun distance!

Now, don't go thinking you will be racing against faster runners and will get lapped!
The beauty of this event is that each entrant will be seeded against runners at the same pace, so if you do parkrun in 30 mins you will be matched against other runners at the same pace.
All you have to do is to be honest with your 5k time when you enter (can be checked on the parkrun stats don't forget) and you will be seeded to that time.

The running agenda would be 16 runners per race, 4 races per hour throughout the day.
There are a series of junior runs as well.

Where. Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre
Date. August 11th from 11am
Cost. Only £10

What do I get? Well apart from the experience of track running, you’ll get an official 1 mile time with a certificate and an event specific tee shirt.

Bring friernds and family along to support you, it will be a great day for runners and spectators as alike.

Entries are now open and we are receiving significant interest, so please enter early to avoid disappointment. REGISTER HERE


Run Report for Event #203

It very rarely rains at 9am on a Saturday and for about 90% of our runs the weather is nice and dry but we made up for it this week with it starting to rain at 8.30am and not stopping! This no doubt put off some of our regular runners but 430 of you braved the elements and smiled your way through another fantastic parkrun.

WK 203 (7) WK 203 (9)
WK 203 (89) WK 203 (411)

Even more committed were the 21 parkrunners for whom today was their first ever parkrun - keep going it'll get drier.

WK 203 (13)

A special mention today to our wonderful volunteers who braved the elements to ensure the event was as successfully as ever, that pesky rain sticks the finish tokens together, messes with the scanners, and generally make everything wet but this week's heroes shrugged it off and carried on as normal.

WK 203 (576) WK 203 (569)WK 203 (3)

Last week 125 of you got personal bests, this week the hill was back and it struck back with a vengeance with only 37 personal bests this week. A special mention to Theo Barrett who got a pb on his 130th parkrun.

WK 203 (295)

The best news you'll hear this week is that in 7 weeks it'll be New Years Day which is the only time in the year that you're able to run 2 parkruns on the same day. Chelmsford Central Parkrun will be starting at 10.30am giving you the opportunity to run Great Notley or Maldon at the earlier time of 9.00am. The bad news is that it's only 6 weeks to Christmas!!

This weeks results are as follows

Stephen STRANGE (SM20-24) of Basildon AC, was first over the line in 16:31 - 15th time in 16 appearances.
Tim WOULFE (SM30-34) of Braintree & District AC, was second over the line in 17:30 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Phillip SMITH (VM35-39) of Springfield Striders RC, was third over the line in 17:59.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Peter ADKINS (Unattached) 12069 pts.
John CUTTER (Unattached) 10908 pts.
Paul TURNER (Unattached) 9636 pts.

Female placings:
Karis GRAYBURN (SW30-34) of RunFit Essex, was first (39th overall) over the line in 20:57 - second time in 83 appearances.
Emily SMITH (VW35-39) of Springfield Striders RC, was second (53rd overall) over the line in 21:33 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Claire SPLARN (VW35-39) of RunFit Essex, was third (70th overall) over the line in 22:02.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kristy BURTON (Unattached) 12643 pts.
Diana BOND (Unattached) 11733 pts.
Nichola NORMAN (Springfield Striders RC) 10578 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Stephen STRANGE (SM20-24) was graded 78.10% for the time 16:31 (first overall).
John HOLLAND (VM75-79) was graded 77.49% for the time 24:53 (153rd overall).
Ruth FERGUSON (VW60-64) was graded 76.54% for the time 25:43 (195th overall)

Chelmsford Central parkrun started on 19th January 2013, and since then 7,615 different runners, including participants from 364 athletics clubs, have completed 72,338 runs covering a total distance of 361,690 km, and there have been 13,858 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Gemma KERSEY who ran in a time of 00:16:52 on 9th August 2014 (event number 82).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:14:56 on 17th August 2013 (event number 30).
The Age Grade course record is held by Billy BRAZIER who recorded a 90.95% run (21:44) on 30th April 2016 (event number 176).

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

Have a good week.

Run Director

The Chelmsford Central core team are:
Gerry McGovern : Tracy Rayner : Paul Brookes Taara Brabant : David Hayday

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.

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: and we will do our best to help.

Why not trade up your paper barcode to some of those snazzy plastic barcodes and wristbands, you can get them at ERS barcodes and never worry about soggy paper ones again! ICE details can also be printed on them as well.
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If you would like to donate to this parkrun you can find out more HERE and if you would like to buy some excellent parkrun gear, you can SHOP HERE.


Christmas & New Year runs 2015/6

Who wants to have a festive season of running?

Due to the way the calendar has fallen this year, we will be putting on events over the festive period which are on consecutive days, even Santa couldn't do a better present than that for you!

  • 19th December - Start time 9:00am a normal Saturday parkrun
  • Christmas Day - Start time 9:00am (Friday)
  • (215 runners last year)

  • Boxing Day - Start time 9:00am (Saturday) - (BD5 starts at 11am)
  • New Years Day - Start time 10:30am (Friday)
  • (308 runners last year)

  • 2nd January - Start time 9:00am a normal Saturday parkrun


Wk #102 (246)
Christmas Day last year.

WK #104 (62)
NYD last year.

Most other local parkruns will be having events over the festive period so please check their news pages for details.

Other parkruns nearby

Great Notley (9.3m), Maldon Prom (9.6m), Basildon (10.8m),Brentwood (11.4m), Hockley Woods (12.3m), Hatfield Forest (13m)

You have the opportunity on New Years Day to do a double so please check the the other events news pages for the closest event that is running at 9am, some will not be operating as it's voluntary for Xmas/NYD.

Please make your way back safely and slowly to Chelmsford for 10:30am, there is plenty of time between events to do this and then enjoy another 5k run.

All runs you do will count towards your run totals, so the extra NYD run will count towards that much coveted club t-shirt.

All events over the xmas period are subject to the weather, so please check the social media of the event before heading out. 


Run Report for Event #89

Thanks to all 370 runners who came along to Saturday’s run. It was the most runners we’d had for a while and I thought the volunteers did a really good job at keeping up.

There was a slight queue in the funnel at one point and everyone’s patience was appreciated, but to put it into perspective it was 112 more runners than the week before so that is quite a bit leap in attendance. Special thanks to Claire Fry for coming through at the last minute as the funnel manager.

Before the run brief we did a big group photo for everyone who had ran Pleshy the week before and had came along in their t shirts (photo below). Notice Chris in the middle can't resist the chance to pose. I have to admit that I was a bit jealous not to have completed this myself.

The Chelmsford Marathon is in a few weeks time and they are still looking for volunteers so if you are interested check out the page for more information. Some of the roles will be similar to those we have at parkrun so it’s a good chance to branch out on your volunteering.

And now to the results. We had a welcome return to first place for Malcolm Muir who came first in our very first parkrun! We had Erin Fairhead a first timer at Chelmsford Central win the race for the women

Men's results:
1st man : Malcolm Muir, 16:56
2nd man : Paul Dobson, 16:57
3rd man : Dave Tullett, 17:37

Women's results:
1st woman: Erin Fairhead, 19:18
2nd woman: Natalie Longman, 20:35
3rd woman: Emily Smith, 21:13

That’s me for RDing for a few weeks, but I’ll leave you with Chris for the next week and what a week it is. Pacing and parkrun’s 10th anniversary all in one week.

Run Director


Run Report for Event #88

Congratulations to all 258 parkrunners who took part this Saturday. As accurately predicted by the BBC the rain did in fact clear for the duration of the run, but understandably the inclement weather stopped some people coming out. Although, unlike other things you can do during precipitation, running in the rain does not have its own song it is not without a certain charm as I’m sure many of you will realise over the winter. So although the parkrun weather fairies are usually good to us try not to let it put you off.

As the fair was on we were still operating a slightly different course with the finish under the viaduct, but I know this route has its fans so I hope people enjoyed it while they got the chance. Despite the run director forgetting to mention it in the briefing people were still good enough to clap others across the line and who doesn’t deserve a hero’s welcome after completing 16 404 feet of running.

The volunteers came flooding in early for the event and it’s always pleasing for the run director to know that so many people want to help and it makes our job much easier, so thanks again to everyone who volunteered!

The results were:
Women's placings:
Wendy KING (VW40-44) of Chelmsford AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:05 - third time in 6 appearances.
Kym EDEN (VW35-39) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 21:21.
Amy HOYE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (56th overall) over the line in 22:28.

Men's placings:
Jonathan BRIGGS (SM25-29) of Chelmsford AC, was first over the line in 16:45 - second time in 3 appearances.
Stephen JACKSON (SM30-34) of Elvet Striders, was second over the line in 17:48.
Dave TULLETT (VM45-49) of Chelmsford AC, was third over the line in 17:59 - was first to finish once before.

That's all for now. See you all on Saturday.

Run Director


Running Workshop is back!

You may remember at our anniversary event in January the Chelmsford City Sports department donated 20 places at a running workshop held at Melbourne Stadium. Those that attended it really enjoyed it and expressed an interest to do it again, well here are the details;
The workshop is designed to improve runners technique, stamina and overall performance.
Workshops will include interval training sessions that will take place predominately on the synthetic floodlit outdoor track, as well as local parks.
Taking place on the 1st Wednesday of every month the session will run from 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Sessions are suitable for adults and children above 8 years. Prices are adults (18+) £10, and children £6 per session.
The dates are:
2nd July - 6th August - 3rd September - 1st October - 5th November - 3rd December
To book a place, just call the Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre on 01245 605666


2013 Edward Carr Great Baddow Charity Race

The Rotary Cub of Chelmsford Mildmay are putting together the finishing touches to the 2013 Edward Carr Great Baddow Charity Race. The Great Baddow Charity Race is now in its 29th year, and since it was first run, the event has become a firm favourite in the sporting calendar of Chelmsford, and particularly Great Baddow. Held on Sunday 19th May, there is a 10 mile road race for the serious runner and a 2 mile fun run for all to join in.

This year one of the beneficiary charities is Alzheimer's Society which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in Essex through local support services such as Singing for the Brain in Chelmsford and Maldon and the Memory Clinic at Broomfield hospital.

As Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Society in Essex, I would like to invite any runners interested in taking part in the event to consider doing so runners to raise sponsorship money for Alzheimer's Society We depend on voluntary donations to continue our vital work.You can be part of our plan to deal with dementia.

Click here to go to the Alzheimer's society page.

If you have any questions or would like more information and support in fundraising for Alzheimer's Society, please feel free to give me a call on 01245 257513 or email me at

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