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!

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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!)
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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.

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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!

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Dennis will be most happy!

See you all next week.

Gerry

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 some 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 #378

This week 849 people ran, jogged and walked the course in dry and warmish weather for February, we certainly had the better weather of the weekend! We also welcomed 23 runners enjoying their first ever parkrun.

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This week we welcomed Harold Wood Running Club who were doing the 'Pirate' tourist thing of parkruns consisting of 'seven seas and an 'arr' (7 C's and 1 R) Chelmsford being one of the 'Cs' - get it!

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The event was made possible by 46 hi-vis hero volunteers looking nice and smart in the new Vitality parkrun bibs.

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Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Holly CHANDLER • Chris BEAZELEY • Paul STUKAS • David JEFFREY • Christopher BROWN • Sharon HALDANE • Rebecca SMITH • Nichola NORMAN • Patrick STURCH • Faye BANKS • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Linda DOSSET • Jeffrey DOSSET • Neil CHURCHILL • Alison RAYNER • Elizabeth LAUGHLIN • John GREEN • Jo JIGGINS • Stephen BARLOW • Jackie BARLOW • Emma MURLEY • Simon WATERS • Rebecca BENTLEY • Matthew GILBERT • Sue GILBERT • Alan CHAMBERS • Michael LOW • Francesca LOW • Carole BEESTON • Alison COOK • Jeremy LAGER • Toby HELLEN • Andrew VICKERS • Alexandria BESSENT • Charlotte CAMPION • Don COCKRELL • Nathan MCKEOGH • Anthony KIELY • Harry CANNON • Emily WATERS • Amy RASSELL • Christine RHODES • Kathryn EVANS

Last week I mentioned the welcome return of Daisy to volunteering duties, as there was no picture last week and Daisy inexcusably failed to read last week's run report I'm rerunning the welcome back message with specially posed photo. Welcome back Daisy, we've missed you.

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If you want to give volunteering a go please get in touch by emailing chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com

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Gerry will be in charge of you for the next 2 weeks, 8.50am first timer and tourist briefings, 8.55am run brief, and don't forget your barcode!

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See you all Saturday

Paul
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 #377

This week 855 people ran, jogged and walked Chelmsford Central parkrun, after couple of waterlogged weeks we were back on the normal course on a unseasonal but welcomed warm day.

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Parkrun would not be possible without volunteers that make it happen every week, this weeks Hi-Vis Heroes were:

Gerry MCGOVERN • Donna HINDLE • Paul BROOKES • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Anita COCKRELL • Holly CHANDLER • Damian BARRETT • Chris GAREY • Mamie LIU • Tim SPENCER • Robin Edward MCCOY • Guy HAMMETT • John MCCAYNA • Hilda O'KELLY • Karen HADLEY • David JEFFREY • Phil HARPER • Dan SUMMERS • Alex MANTON • Rebecca SMITH • Richard CONLEY • Steve CLEAVER • Nichola NORMAN • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Jeffrey DOSSET • Neil CHURCHILL • Kate MONAGHAN • Elizabeth LAUGHLIN • John GREEN • Sue MAPES • Fiona COLLINS • Neil WILDIN • Rob DUNCOMBE • Rachel MCKEOWN • Paul COCKRELL • Alison SWEENEY • Gavin TILLING • Paula TILLING • Rebecca BENTLEY • Emily THORPE • Ruth KENTISH • Michael THOMAS • Lisa DYER • Carole BEESTON • Alison COOK • Toby HELLEN • Andrew VICKERS • Andrew OAKLEY • Clare COLLINS • Don COCKRELL • Stephen HUGHES • Nathan MCKEOGH • Anthony KIELY • Amy RASSELL • Vivienne TOBIAS • Laura CHITTENDEN • Christine RHODES • Tony PELLOWE

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We're very fortunate that we have great volunteers that normally fill the volunteer roster a week ahead making it so much easier for the core team. However, we're always looking out for new volunteers so if you want to give it a go please drop us an email at chelmsfordcentral@parkrun.com

We welcomed back volunteer stalwarts John and camera-shy (this week only) Daisy after a few weeks absence.

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And Vivienne Tobias reached the milestone achievement of 25th volunteering stint, well done Vivienne.

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There were 38 runners undertaking their first ever parkrun this week, and ably assisted by this week's pacers 100 of you achieved personal bests including William Radley who in his 48th parkrun ducked under 18 minutes for a pb of 17.58

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See you all next week in plenty of time for the run brief at 8.55am.

Paul
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!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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 #376

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Although the weather was damp and grey, it didn't stop 857 of you coming down to the park to enjoy your weekly dose of parkrun.

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Yet again, we had to tweak the course because of the very wet and slippery conditions along the grassy areas of our course.

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There were a fantastic 72 first timers and 104 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 50 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Paul ANDERSON • Ann THOMAS • Gerry MCGOVERN • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Holly CHANDLER • Michael RICHTER • Jon SPRULES • Tim SPENCER • Chris BEAZELEY • David JEFFREY • Christopher BROWN • Rebecca SMITH • Nichola NORMAN • Neil CHURCHILL • Lee MONK • Steve JACKSON • Elizabeth LAUGHLIN • Henry BELL • Sandra LEVEY • Giles ADAMS • Karen GIBSON • Rachel MCKEOWN • Jane GRAY • Kathryn HELLEN • Emma MURLEY • John SPILLANE • Abi ELDRED • Lisa DYER • Carole BEESTON • Penelope HILTON • Peta LAGER • Toby HELLEN • Andrew OAKLEY • Sophie SCOTT • Andrew HILTON • Harry CANNON • Amy RASSELL • Laura CHITTENDEN • Angela WOODWARD • Thomas GRIFFITHS • Christine RHODES

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If you've never volunteered before, why not give it a go?! There are plenty of opportunities to give a bit back to your parkrun. All you need to do is email us on chelmsfordcentralhelpers@parkrun.com and let us know what dates you are available. We will then pop you on the roster, you'll get an email reminder nearer the time and you'll enjoy parkrun just as much - but you'll have added feel good factor!

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Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, we have had a few complaints from park users about runners participating in parkrun. As we always stress in the run brief, we do not have priority over other park users. We therefore ask you to keep left as much as possible, which we understand is difficult when there are so many of you, especially at the start. Please keep your heads up so that you can make allowances for cyclists and pedestrians coming towards you.
It also helps if you run without earphones in, you can then hear other runners shout warnings of impending cyclists and other park users.

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 15,446 participants have completed 185,917 parkruns covering a total distance of 929,585 km, including 27,561 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,448 individuals have volunteered 12,224 times.

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See you on Saturday, when Paul will be in control!

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
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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 #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!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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# 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!

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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 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
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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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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 #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
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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 #370 (Christmas Day)

Having to cancel last Saturdays event due to the flooding in Admirals Park, our extra event on Christmas Day was greeted with blue skies and sunshine.

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Perfect running conditions and even the last of the flood waters had dispersed off the path, there was just a little mud to deal with!

I opened the run brief by talking about Mandy (you can read a tribute HERE) thank you all for the warm applause in appreciation of Mandy's life and her involvement in parkrun.

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This week 692 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Gerry MCGOVERN • Paul BROOKES • Holly CHANDLER • Linda ALLEN • Chris BEAZELEY • John MCCAYNA • David JEFFREY • Christopher BROWN • Rebecca SMITH • Nichola NORMAN • Nigel COCKRELL • Alistair WILLIS • James COCKRELL • Amelia ADLEM PROBERT • Jeffrey DOSSET • Simon TONKINSON • Vivien KIGGINS • Katherine DELARGY • Kathryn HELLEN • Chloe ESPINDOLA • Robert HELLEN • Peta LAGER • Toby HELLEN • Andrew OAKLEY • Lucy HILTON • Joshua SMITH • Don COCKRELL • Nathan MCKEOGH • Amy RASSELL • Laura CHITTENDEN • Angela WOODWARD • Karen BRANGHAM • Christine RHODES

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Year to date there have been 5,541 individual runners taking part and 446 individual volunteers giving us a ratio of 8% volunteers to runners!
Maybe a new years resolution??

There were over 100,000 at parkrun today with 2,545(tbc) at Bushy, home of parkrun.

Our next event is Saturday 28th December, then Wednesday 1st January (10:30), then Saturday January 4th (chase the pacer) Please look at the roster and start that resolution!

Paul will be looking after you on the 28th.

Merry Christmas
Gerry

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
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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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