60 seconds with…

 

Ian Brazier

 
Ian Brazier is one of our regular runners here at Chelmsford Central parkrun. Read on to find out a little more about him and what parkrun and running means to him...
 

 
Name: Ian Brazier
 
Club: Springfield Striders
 
Age: 43
 
Occupation: Engineer
 
Number of runs: 64
 
Favourite volunteer role:
Tail Runner
 
What is your motivation to run:
Keep eating cakes!
 
How has parkrun changed your running:
I have more fun
 
What do you like about parkrun:
Motivates people to get fit
 
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:
Dressed as a Mexican Bandit chasing an inflatable clown for a finish
 
Do you run naked or with tech? - why?
Suunto Ambit GPS watch. But don’t run for times anymore
 
What is your favourite running ‘fuel’:
Cake
 
Where have you been a parkrun tourist?
Ilford, Maldon but need to travel more with my daughter Katie who runs too
 
Have you/ do you run barefoot - why?
Yes all the time…. Mainly in flip flops but barefoot too. It started as an experiment as I was flat footed and always injured wearing heavy correction shoes and insoles. Now I have strong foot arches again and less niggles
 
What is your running ambition?
Run a marathon with my daughter, complete a 100 mile ultra marathon and keep running as long as possible
 
What's your favourite run?
Anywhere in Little Baddow where we live. But I love the South Downs too.
 
If you had a running playlist, what would it look like:
Anything!
 
Thank you Ian for sharing and supporting, and, of course, for being part of Chelmsford Central parkrun! As always, you have been AMAZING!
 
Sarah
Chelmsford Central Core Team

 

Run Report for Event #117

 
This week we were joined by 341 runners, of whom 26 were first timers - welcome to Chelmsford Central parkrun, we hope you enjoyed your run and look forward to you joining us again in the future!
 
Course conditions were good, so good that 57 of you achieved PBs, well done to you all.
 
Ok, last week a note about 'funnel duckers' and 'double crossers' this week a little reminder about cyclists and parkrun... with the growing number of runners and due to health & safety reasons we are unable to allow cyclists to follow/keep up with runners during the event. This includes children on bikes who may be accompanying adults who are running. You will need to make alternative arrangements in this instance. The paths are narrow in parts and bikes weaving in and out ot the runners pose a risk at the best of times, without them trying to follow a runner. We do appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
 
Ok, so back to this week event:
 

A Few Run Highlights

Men's placings:
Nathan BREARLEY (JM15-17) of Chelmsford AC, was first over the line in 17:42 - first time in 14 appearances.
Steve TOOGOOD (VM50-54) of Buckley RC, was second over the line in 18:26.
Dc FURY (SM30-34) of RunFit Essex, was third over the line in 18:28.
 
Women's placings:
Rachel BROOME (JW15-17) of Chelmsford AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 19:36 - 5th time in 17 appearances.
Emma STEVENS (SW20-24) of BlackWater Tri Club, was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:00 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Emily SMITH (SW30-34) of RunFit Essex, was third (31st overall) over the line in 20:28 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
 
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.
This weeks volunteer shout outs go to:
 
Adam SKIPPINGS • Angela DAY • Claire FRY • Claire WOOKEY • Clare CHANDLER • Clementina ELEADY-COLE • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Gerry MCGOVERN • Graham LEE • Heidi MILLS • Joe SPENCER • John MCCAYNA • Kristian WOOKEY • Louise MORECROFT • Louise SHAW • Marie MARTIN • Nichola HANDS • Ruth FERGUSON • Sarah DAVIES • Sharon CEBOLLA • Simon OSWALD • Steve BUGDEN • Tim WOULFE • Tracy RAYNER • Xander ORLEY
 
I am handing over to Chris, and first up is 'chase the pacer' week! Please do show him your support if you are able to help, drop us a message.
chelmsfordcentralhelpers@parkrun.com and I wish you all a good Easter!
 
As always you have been FABULOUS!
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
The Chelmsford Central core team are:
Gerry McGovern : Sarah Davies : Chris Sewell : Tracy Rayner : Simon Oswald
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.
 

Run Report for Event #96

Event #96 only 3 more to go until our 100!! Hard to believe that in that time we have seen 3,771 different runners take part in our event, that have totalled a whooping 124,275km in a total of 24,855 runs!!
 
Anyway, moving on to this weeks event... we saw 367 runners cross the finish line, 22 of which were first timers!
 
Our one and only tourist (or the only person who raised their hand when asked!) was the Event Director from Southend parkrun, Alex Thornton, a big thank you for making him feel welcome as well as all our first timers. We hope you enjoyed your run with us!
 
We also had some of the Brentwood parkrun core team join us this week, to do some training and learn new skills. So a big thanks to them for filling some of our key volunteer roles.
 
We had one runner join our 50 club this week and that was none other than one of our juniors, Katie Brazier! She ran her first run with us back at event #4 and was one of our first junior runners to participate here at Chelmsford Central. What an achievement Katie, and welcome to club 50.
 
We reverted back to route A this week, so we saw the return of the 'hill' out at Admirals Park. Course conditions in general were good, although it was quite muddy in death valley and the other grassy areas of the course. This didn't stop 66 of you recording PBs this week - well done to you all.
 

A Few Run Highlights

Men's placings:
Thomas BEEDELL (SM25-29) of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies, was first over the line in 15:47 - second time in 2 appearances.
Tommy CARELESS (SM30-34) of Springfield Striders RC, was second over the line in 17:41 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Spencer WELCH (VM40-44) of Billericay Striders RC, was third over the line in 18:24 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
 
Women's placings:
Ellie MEADOWS (SW30-34) of Basildon AC, was first (34th overall) over the line in 20:45 - first time in 4 appearances.
Sara LUCK (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (46th overall) over the line in 21:22.
Rachel NOLAN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (60th overall) over the line in 21:58.
 
Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.
 
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.
This weeks volunteer shout outs go to : Adam TURNER • Chris GAREY • Clementina ELEADY-COLE • Daisy ELEADY-COLE • Daisy Helen MARTIN • David HAYDAY • Georgina BARRON • Gerry MCGOVERN • Gillian WARNER • Holly CHANDLER • Holly MEYERS • Jen GOULDEN • John GREEN • John MCCAYNA • Leigh NORRIS • Michael WHITEHEAD • Neil WARNER • Paul BROOKES • Robert HALDANE • Robin TUBBS • Sarah DAVIES • Tracy RAYNER • William BIDWELL • Xander ORLEY
 
Ok, so you may have seen the news item regarding Christmas Day and New Years Day parkrun here at Chelmsford Central, if not you can view it here
 
More excitingly, this week is bring your bling week!! If you have taken part in any races this year, then please do bring along your bling and sport a race t-shirt, if you have one or any other race memorabilia you have! Please arrive a little earlier so we can get a picture and so we can admire the bling!!
 
I will be your run director again this week, if you would like to volunteer drop me a message at chelmsfordcentralhelpers@parkrun.com
 
As always you have been FABULOUS!
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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.
 

Run Report for Event #63

 
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.
 
Men's placings:
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.
 
Women's placings:
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 chelmsfordcentralhelpers@parkrun.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 :)
 
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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.
 

Run Report for Event #62

 
So, in true parkrun weather tradition we had a lovely sunny morning this week. 360 of you took advantage of the glorious sunshine and joined us this week. As the weather had been kind we were able to use our 'usual' route, and the course conditions were good.
 
We kicked off the proceedings with awarding Aurav KANYAL with his club 10 certificate. Aurav has done so well, as have all of youngsters, with his progress over the last 10 weeks, knocking almost 5mins off his time. Well done to you!
 
It is always lovely to see so many families join us and this week, and perhaps for the first time, we were joined by 3 generations from one family - so a shout out to the McCann family.
 
We had a number of tourists this week from Valentines park, Pontefract (these can be seen pictured below giving us 'the bolt'). Not forgetting also our special vistor from Porth Cawl, in South Wales (big up the Welsh massive ;)) Brain Rule who joined us on his 80th birthday to run the course with his son Richard (one of our regular runners). We showed him some Chelmsford parkrun love with 3 cheers for him on his special day, from all 360+ in attendance. We hope you enjoyed your time with us Brian and had a fabulous birthday - who wouldn't want to start their birthday with a parkrun ;)
 
'Penblwydd hapus i chi, Penblwydd hapus i chi, Penblwydd hapus i Brian, Penblwydd hapus i chi'

 

So who knew that shoes grew on trees? A rather fascinating sight on Saturday, on the tree as you turn off to the finishers funnel... pairs of shoes hanging from the branches! I bet they weren't Asics, Saucony or Brookes! ;)
A Few Run Highlights

This week there were 360 runners, of whom 50 were first timers and 102 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.
 
Men's placings:
Matthew JOHNSON (JM15-17) of Chelmsford Canoe Club, was first over the line in 17:42 - second time in 5 appearances.
Russell DAVIES (SM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:45.
Gary CHANDLER (VM45-49) of Springfield Striders RC, was third over the line in 17:45 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
 
Women's placings:
Rachel BROOME (JW11-14) of Chelmsford AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:06 - 4th time in 13 appearances.
Jackie STRETTON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (10th overall) over the line in 19:43 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Emma STEVENS (SW20-24) of BlackWater Tri Club, was third (15th overall) over the line in 20:05 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
 
The women's record is held by Elizabeth DAVIES who ran in a time of 00:17:51 on 2014-02-01 (event number 55).
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.
 
Your volunteers this week were... Angela DAY • Benjamin SPLARN • Christine ABBOTT • Claire SPLARN • Diana BOND • Donna HALL-FREMONT • Jackie POULTENEY • Jody MATTHAMS • Kalli ISBORNE • Kerrie WOOD • Lauryn WOOD • Libby WATSON • Lucy JAMES • Martin JAMES • Michael SPLARN • Ryan SPLARN • Tim WOULFE • Tom WOOD - Thank you!!
 

With that, all that is left to say is have a great week, I'll be your Run Director for the next event. As always, you have been AWESOME :)
 
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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.
 

Run Report for Event #43

 
Well, what can I say… A NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD for Chelmsford Central parkrun this week :D :D :D :D :D!! An outstanding 275 of you turned out this week , despite the slightly chillier conditions! The drop in temperature certainly didn't get in the way of 89 of you achieving new PBs - excellent job!
 
Gerry presented 3 club 10 certificates – well done to our juniors!
 
This week we had 22 new runners who we welcomed to Chelmsford central parkrun, along with a tourist, well, only one that I spotted giving me a wave during the run brief!! And, not forgetting of course, all our regular runners.
 


 
A Few Run Highlights

 
Men's placings:
Gary CHANDLER, was first over the line in 17:06 - 7th time in 26 appearances.
Tim WOULFE, was second over the line in 17:39.
Dave TULLETT, was third over the line in 17:49 - was first to finish once before.

 
Women's placings:
Emily SMITH, was first (28th overall) over the line in 21:02 - first time in 15 appearances.
Natalie LONGMAN, was second (30th overall) over the line in 21:04.
Libby WATSON, was third (34th overall) over the line in 21:09.
 
The women's record is held by Elizabeth DAVIES who ran in a time of 00:17:57 on 2013-09-07 (event number 33).
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.
 

 
So, another successful event!! Only 9 more events, if you include our New Year’s Day event, until our 1st birthday!! That’s only 61 sleeps, people, 61 sleeps!! If you would like more information about this and arrangements for Christmas Day and New Years Day parkruns you can find it here.
 
As the weather gets colder I would like to say a special thank you to all our volunteers who make our events possible – there would be no Chelmsford central parkrun without you! If you are volunteering over the next few weeks, please do wrap up warm, this includes your feet – it can get particularly cold standing on the cold damp grass! This weeks stirling volunteers were: Abbie MCGOVERN, Alix WILSON, Bruce Jonathan HOGARTH-JONES, Christine ABBOTT, Elizabeth DAVIES, Heidi MILLS, Karen Laura BUTTRESS, Leighton WILLIAMS, Michael SPLARN, Paula CLARK, Robert HALDANE, Ronald Martin WILLIAMS, Sean BRISCOMB and William GREEN - THANK YOU!!
 
As I hand you over to Chris for the next week, all that is left to say, as always, you have been awesome :) !
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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.
 

Run Report for Event #39

 
Another great turnout for event #39 – 231 in total. Despite the damp and slightly muddy conditions there were 46 PB’s - awesome job!
 
Chester Tribley joined our other juniors in the club 10 category – well done Chester! It’s lovely to see this number continue to grow, as more and more juniors take part.
 
We also gave a shout out to one of our regular runners Joanne Knapek as it was her last run before getting married – so congratulations to her and her new husband, Pete , look forward to seeing you back as a ‘Parry’!
 
This week we had 27 new runners who we welcomed to Chelmsford central parkrun, along with some tourists and, of course, our regular runners.
 


 
A Few Run Highlights
- This week there were 231 runners, of whom 27 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.
 
Men's placings:
Gary CHANDLER was first over the line in 17:09 - 5th time in 23 appearances.
Dave TULLETT was second over the line in 17:32 - was first to finish once before.
Chris O'HARA was third over the line in 17:43.
 
Women's placings:
Anita COX was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:21 - first appearance.
Kate MILLS was second (20th overall) over the line in 19:42 - was first to finish once before.
Nichola HANDS was third (45th overall) over the line in 22:13.
 
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.
 
 
You know one of the great things about parkrun? Everyone who comes along to parkrun is on their own journey, whether that is to progress, to get into running, for fitness, for weightloss or to give back. For some, their first time and even first few times can quite often be daunting; they don't want to be last or think they won't be very good. Parkrun is a place where nobody judges, whether you are fit, fast, overweight, slow, running or walking; it’s a place to ‘just be’ and continue on whatever journey or goal you are working towards. Everyone is so encouraging and the community atmosphere here at Chelmsford Central continues to grow, and has developed in such a short space of time since its inception back in January this year. So to all our parkrunners and volunteers, thank you for being involved, for encouraging others and for helping to build the community. Let's all aim to inspire each other :)
 
Lastly, and by no means least, the volunteer shout outs this week are: Abbie MCGOVERN, Greg POTTS, Heidi MILLS, Jane POMFRET, Leighton WILLIAMS, Lesley A TIPLER, Libby WATSON, Neil WILSON, Ronald Martin WILLIAMS, Sharon HALDANE and Simon OSWALD. Our events would not be possible without you, so a MASSIVE thank you for getting involved. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, if you haven't already, you can do so by dropping us an email - we would LOVE to hear from you!
 
If you need a little coaxing to volunteer you can find some here it may just inspire you to get involved and hopefully not put you off ;)
 
We’d like to thank you for your patience regarding the issues experienced with some of the results this week. Many have now been resolved. If you feel that your time or position number is incorrect, please email and we will endeavour to resolve it as quickly as possible.
 
As I hand back to Gerry for the next 2 weeks all that is left to say is, as always, you have been FABULOUS! :)
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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.
 

Run Report for Event #20

 
We had another attendance record this week with 207 people successfully completing the run. The numbers just keep going up and up so thank to you all for wanting to be part of the parkrun community and for being here each week. As a team of volunteers we love to see new people come to each event and to meet old friends and regulars, it give us great satisfaction and all the reward we need!
 
It was a great run with dry and sunny weather and we presented two juniors with a Club-10 award for completing 10 events, so well done to Holly Chandler and Marianne Aspbury.
 
Thank you also to the team as we had great volunteer support this week and if you would like to help out then let us know and dont forget you also get points added to your parkrun total for volunteering.
 
Before I mention the details of the results I have to mention something that is becoming a little bit of a problem. It may seem like a small thing at the time but the effect can be significant for other runners and the volunteers. Ok so what is it, well some people seem to like to keep the position tokens and whilst I can understand that you may want to have a 'souvenir' of the run, afterall it is such an awesome experience ;), these are needed for us to re-use each week. If we lose a token and it is not noticed then someone, maybe even you, will get an inaccurate time and we would not want that to happen so PLEASE please give back the position token once you have finished.
 


 
A Few Run Highlights
- This week there were 207 runners, of whom 53 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.
 
Men's placings:
Chris BURGOYNE, of Springfield Striders RC, was first over the line in 16:57 - second time in 2 appearances.
Sean KETTERIDGE, of Tiptree Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:33.
Jonny MIESNER (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:03 - Was first to finish once before.
 
Women's placings:
Ellie BAKER, of Herts Phoenix AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 18:33 - second time in 2 appearances.
Elizabeth DAVIES, (Unattached) was second (7th overall) over the line in 18:34 - Has been first to finish on 2 previous occassions.
Nikki BROCKBANK, of Springfield Striders RC, was third (12th overall) over the line in 19:03.
 
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.
 
We mentioned in the pre-run briefing about pacing - If you would like to pace at a future event, we are holding a 'pacing' day on June 8th - do drop us a line if either you are interested in pacing or if there is a particular time you would like to be paced at.
 
The volunteer shout outs this week are: Angela DAY, Chris DAVIES, Claire TALBOT, George DAY, Gerry MCGOVERN, Jenny CHEWTER, John David HOSKYN, Kalli ISBORNE, Katy SODEAU, Len MARTEN, Nikki DAVIES, Paul BROOKES and Paul SMITH. We are most appreciative here at Chelmsford Central parkrun HQ; our events would not be possible without you. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, if you haven't already, you can do so here
 
We also have the great pleasure of welcoming Matt Burdge to the Core Team, and we hope you will show him the same support that you have to myself, Gerry, Len, Sue and Tracy - we are sure he will do an amazing job!
 
On a personal note from me, I shall shortly be taking a step back (not very far, mind you ;)) for a while, whilst we await the arrival of another little Davies - I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their support, the runners, the volunteers and the rest of the Core Team. It has been an incredible journey to date and I look forward to seeing Chelmsford central parkrun continue to thrive!
 
I shall now hand over to Len for event #21 and wish you all an amazing week!
 
Until next time, as always, you have been FABULOUS :)
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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.
 

Run Report for Event #19

This is the run report for event number 19.
 
Well, another great turn out for event #19 - 189 runners to be precise! The sun shone and other than a little surface water the conditions were extremely favorable.
 
We tried a different starting point this week, although kept with the other elements of the new start and finish. The new finish area has definitely made a huge difference. It is lovely to see parkrunners, who have already finished, encourage those who are coming across the finish line - so thank you for helping us build a real community spirit.
 

 
A Few Run Highlights
 
We had 35 first timers and of the 189, 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.
 
Men's placings:
James SMITH, of Springfield Striders RC, was first over the line in 17:36 - second time in 6 appearances.
John LAWLER, of Dacorum & Tring AC, was second over the line in 18:06.
Tommy CARELESS, of Springfield Striders RC, was third over the line in 18:12.
 
Women's placings:
Elizabeth DAVIES, (Unattached) was first (6th overall) over the line in 18:38 - second time in 5 appearances.
Jackie STRETTON, (Unattached) was second (8th overall) over the line in 18:46 - Has been first to finish on 6 previous occassions.
Sophie RICHES, of Chelmsford AC, was third (14th overall) over the line in 19:07 - Has been first to finish on 2 previous occassions.
 
We have 2 striders leading both the male and female annual points competition - both regular parkrunners and volunteers, well done to you both:
 
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ernie LERPINIERE (Springfield Striders RC) 1235 pts.
Simon OSWALD (Unattached) 1109 pts.
Paul JEGGO (Springfield Striders RC) 1071 pts.
 
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anna LUFF (Springfield Striders RC) 1558 pts.
Clare ST. JOHN-COLEMAN (Chelmsford AC) 1409 pts.
Jackie STRETTON (Unattached) 1287 pts.
 
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.
 
 
We had Liz Irvine, pacing for us this week at 9 min miles, which she was spot on with! Helping 2 ladies achieve new PB's - so thank you Liz!! If you would like to pace at a future event, we are holding a 'pacing' day on June 8th - do drop us a line if either you are interested in pacing or if there is a particular time you would like to be paced at.
 
The rest of the volunteer shout outs this week are: Abbie MCGOVERN, Bob GEAR, Cliff WEATHERUP, Gerry MCGOVERN, Heather GOODFELLOW, Ivan NEWMAN, Len MARTEN, Matt BURDGE, Paul BROOKES, Paul RICHARDSON and Tracy RAYNER We are most appreciative here at Chelmsford Central parkrun HQ; our events would not be possible without you. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, if you haven't already, you can do so here
 
So, as I sign off for the rest of the bank holiday weekend I would just like to express our gratitude for the amazing support we have received over the last 19 events. When the core team met up for the first time back last autumn, we really had no idea of the kind of interest we would have. As the numbers continue at a consistent rate and the community grows, it makes every part of it worthwhile. So to our runners, volunteers and for the rest of the core team - we salute you!
 
Until next week - you have been OUTSTANDING :)
 
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
 
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.
 

Run Report for Event #16

This is the run report for event number 16.
 
WOW! What can I say, what an amazing turnout this morning! There was definitely a warm fuzzy feeling watching all 202 of you set off this morning :) - what a privilege being involved in such a warm spirited community event. Each of the core team secretly aspires to be the one who holds the record course attendance on 'their' watch and this week, having set a new record last week of 143, it was completely smashed by today's numbers, and on MY watch!! So a MASSIVE thank you for everyone who came along and supported us today at Chelmsford Central parkrun - we are very honored :)
 
We had ideal conditions this morning, nice and sunny, not too hot and with a slight breeze, which meant there were no course changes and a good day to get a PB ;)
 
This morning, Gerry, started off by awarding Katie Brazier with her club 10 certificate - so a BIG well done to Katie!!
 
We were also joined by some lovely ladies who are taking part in the Moonwalk next week, along with more walkers. It was lovely to have more people join us from this category - so well done and thank you for coming along to support us.
 

 
A Few Run Highlights
 
We had 49 first timers this morning with 89 of the 202 achieving PB's.
 
Well done to our fastest male, Malcolm MUIR, first over the line in 16:32 - an amazing third time in 3 appearances!! Second over the line for the men was Ken HOYE, in 17:10 and placed third was Gary CHANDLER, in 17:44 - Gary has been first to finish on 2 previous occassions.

 
Our fastest lady, Jackie STRETTON, 10th overall, finished in 18:39 - 6th time in 12 appearances. Coming in second was Carys SUTTON, 25th overall, in 20:13 and placed third for the ladies was Siobhan COOK, 40th overall, in 21:19.
 
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.

I would also like to thank everyone for their patience in the short wait in getting everyone's barcode scanned - that is the biggest queue we've ever had!! So, my first volunteer shout out goes to Catherine Davey and Therese Brabant, our 2 lovely ladies assigned scanning duty this morning. Given the high numbers, they processed everyone quickly and efficiently - thank you ladies you did an awesome job :)
 
The rest of the volunteer shout outs this week are: Anna Luff, Sue Smith, Leonie Brabant, Paul Brookes, Nicole Callaghan, Chris Davies, Mark Moughton and his daughter, James Smith, Gerry McGovern and Clare Chandler! We are most appreciative here at Chelmsford Central parkrun HQ; our events would not be possible without you. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, if you haven't already, you can do so here
 
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.
 
So, I now hand over to Len and look forward to seeing our numbers continue to grow. Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend, make the most of the sunshine!
 
Until next time - you have been FABULOUS :)
 
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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