Event #86, chase the pacer week!! Another glorious morning here at Chelmsford Central parkrun, where we were joined by 387 of you. We used our primary route and other than it being slightly slippery on the grassy areas the course conditions were good.
We welcomed 46 first timers to our community, and whilst I forgot to give them a shout-out in the run brief (note to self!), I am sure our regular runners and rest of our community made them feel very welcome
I also forgot to welcome any tourists and give anybody doing their 50th run a mention!! We hope you enjoyed your run with us and well done to those completing their 50th run! Also, noted for this week! You just cannot get the staff
So, tree cutting vans! Who would have thought they would just appear and park themselves on the route just as I said '3-2-1 GO'! Certainly not I! Anyway, thanks to quick thinking volunteer Paul and his daughter who hot footed it over there and expertly marshalled all our runners safely around both vehicles, we adverted any crisis! Our events really would not be possible without our volunteers!
Which leads me on to the narrow metal bridge... Now I know that you lot are all lovely people, but when you are in a pack of runners hurtling through the park, you can actually, unintentionally, be quite intimidating and daunting to other park users. Especially at this point, we are asking you to cross the bridge in single file, keeping to the left and if you need to give way or stop, then please do, there is always another run and another PB. We have no priority over other park users and if other park users do stop for the runners, then please show them some love. If there are angry words, please just smile and thank them. We would not want to be in a position whereby the Council are receiving complaints and we are no longer able to put on the event. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this area
So our pacers, helped 98 of you achieve PBs this week, so well done to you and massive thanks to our pacers!
Pacers and their times:
Gary CHANDLER - 17:42
Ken HOYE - 18:47
Robert Andrew MILLS - 19:50
Damian BARRETT - 21:55
Mark CALLAN - 22:43
Stuart HARKNETT - 23:47
Claire SPLARN - 24:49
Apryl HAMMETT - 26:47
Anna LUFF - 27:49
Christine CALLAN - 28:44
Therese BRABANT - 30:02
Simon OSWALD - 31:25
Trevor MILLARD - 34:21
|A Few Run Highlights
An unknown runner was first.
Ben COLEMAN (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:41.
Gary CHANDLER of Springfield Striders RC, was third over the line in 17:42 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions.
Elizabeth DAVIES of Springfield Striders RC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:04 - 22nd time in 30 appearances.
Tracey RANSON of Springfield Striders RC, was second (15th overall) over the line in 18:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Joceline MONTEIRO of Chelmsford AC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 19:46.
This week there were 387 runners, of whom 46 were first timers and 98 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different athletics clubs took part.
Chelmsford Central parkrun started on 19th January 2013, and since then 3,456 different runners, including participants from 189 athletics clubs, have completed 21,237 runs covering a total distance of 106,185 km, and there have been 5,432 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Gemma KERSEY who ran in a time of 00:16:52 on 2014-08-09 (event number 82).
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).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael BRIDGELAND who recorded a 89.95% run (17:05) on 18th May 2013 (event number 18).
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.
Massive shout out to our volunteers! Pip who doubled up as marshall and funnel manager, Anthony who was not my volunteer gone AWOL just the one I'd sent out to Admirals with Christopher! Heidi and Rob Mills, for doubling up by taking photos as well as timekeeping and pacing. Janet, Apryl, Chris and Simon who expertly assisted pre-event. My scanning team Janet, Michael and Daisy, all the remaining marshal's Clementina, Gordon, Hilda, Holly, Lizzie, timekeeper Michael, finish tokens by Paul and his daughter, and my post event support crew Matt, Chris, Anna, Janet, Simon and Nikki. Lastly, and by no means least our tailrunner Darren - I hope I have captured everyone!! Thank you for helping the event run smoothly!
Did you know that we have volunteer slots that will also enable you to run? If you run sub 22 then you can barcode scan, be our scanning manager or funnel manager. We also have pre and post event set-up volunteer opportunities which will also allow you to volunteer and run, and of course there is also chase the pacer each month! If any of our volunteer roles sound appealing, which obviously they do ;), then please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you and get you on the roster!
Right, that's it for now from me, I will be your Run Director again this week.
As always you have been FABULOUS!
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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