The sun continues to shine here at Chelmsford Central parkrun, meaning excellent PB conditions! Some great PB's at that AND a news Ladies course record!! LIZ DAVIES broke her previous course record knocking 13 seconds off, what an outstanding effort from Liz - well done to you!
A further 109 PBs were achieved this morning, including a remarkable 20:45 from junior Ryan Splarn - top effort from everyone!
A touch of parkrun royalty at this weeks event. We were joined by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun founder and his wife Jo Sinton-Hewitt. Paul started parkun in 2004 with just 13 runners in Bushy Park, Teddington. Since then, the Bushy parkrun has become a well established running event; open to everyone who happen to be near a parkrun venue on Saturday morning. Events now take place every week in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
So for those of you who are interested in some stats, as a few of us are over here at Chelmsford Central HQ, here are a few interesting figures (courtesy of parkrun & wikipedia)
Global participation first exceeded 10,000 in April 2011 and 20,000 in August 2012. Neither participation nor event numbers show any sign of slowing with global participation first exceeding 30,000 in April 2013 (225 events), 40,000 in August 2013 (282 events), 50,000 in November 2013 (317 events) and 60,000 in January 2014 (340 events).
As at 31st December 2013, there were over 760,000 registered parkrunners across 10 countries. Just over 332,000 individuals did their first run with parkrun in 2013, taking the total number of individuals who have ever run with parkrun to 663,900. Just over 1.95 million runs were recorded in 2013 taking the total number of runs since it started in 2004 to 3.92 million runs. Making all this possible were the contributions of 42,800 unique volunteers who volunteered in excess of 180,000 times across 362 events or locations while delivering 14,015 events during the year. 153 new events were added in 2013.
As Garry Smith, one of regular runners, tweeted (@garrygen) 'what a awesome thing he has started' awesome is, perhaps, an understatement!
We were also joined by Paul Graham, founder of Junior parkrun, also at Bushy Park. They had come along to talk to myself and Gerry about the proposed Chelmsford Central Juniors parkrun, that we are hoping to launch early May. We welcomed them in true Chelmsford Central parkrun style as they joined the other 352 of you who ran the course. We received some great feedback on the course and the atmosphere, so thank you to all our runners and supporters for creating such a wonderful community to be a part of and making everyone feel welcome.
We also had one of regular runners and newest member of the core team, Simon Oswald, undertake his 50th parkrun. Well done to Simon! We are going to see our club 50 grow as the year progresses, meaning it wont be long until we welcome our first 'homegrown' club 100 runner!
|A Few Run Highlights
This week there were 355 runners, of whom 48 were first timers and 110 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different athletics clubs took part.
Matt GRANGER of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was first over the line in 16:23 - first appearance.
Tim WOULFE (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:25 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Gary CHANDLER of Springfield Striders RC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 17:38 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Elizabeth DAVIES of Springfield Striders RC, was first (third overall) over the line in 17:38 - 16th time in 23 appearances.
Nikki BROCKBANK of Springfield Striders RC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Katie SOLIS of Chelmsford AC, was third (18th overall) over the line in 19:36 - was first to finish once before.
The women's record is held by Elizabeth DAVIES who ran in a time of 00:17:38 on 2014-03-29 (event number 63).
The men's record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:14:56 on 2013-08-17 (event number 30).
You can find the latest results for Chelmsford Central parkrun by going to the Latest Results page on the website, or by picking a specific week from the Event History table.
Also worth a mention, Tim Woulfe, Tim ran the course in 17:25 mins and then jumped straight on to volunteer to scan barcodes! There are a few roles that we have available for post run, some dependent on your course time, although our token sorting slot is proving very popular! It has been lovely to see the last couple of weeks families sat down in the Cafe sorting tokens together! If you would like to volunteer, do drop us a line at email@example.com Thank you to all our volunteers, without whom our events would not be possible! This weeks shout-outs go to.... Abbie MCGOVERN • Ann THOMAS • Charlie HANDS • Claire FRY • Elaine TRIBLEY • Heidi MILLS • Joanna POWER • Jody MATTHAMS • John CUTTER • Lauretta DODSWORTH • Louise SHAW • Oliver HANDS • Paul ANDERSON • Robert HALDANE • Samantha JONES • Sharon HALDANE • Tim WOULFE •
I hand you over to Len who will be your Run Director for the next 2 weeks. Once again and as always, you have been F.A.B
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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