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
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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
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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
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60 Seconds With…

 

Simon Oswald

 
Simon became Chelmsford Central parkrun's inaugural parkrunner of the year, as voted by the core team. Here are some of his stats and a 60 second interview with him about his running and parkrun...
 

 
Name: Simon Oswald
 
Club: Unattached
 
Age: 38
 
Number of runs: 43
 
Number of times volunteered: 14
 
Favourite volunteer role:
Timekeeping – you get to see everyone finish and they are smiling!
 
What is your motivation to run:
So I can eat more cake!
 

 
What do you like about parkrun:
Brilliant idea; brilliantly executed.
 
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:
First time I volunteered standing at Admirals Bridge in the snow.
 
Do you run naked or with tech? - why?
I run with a GPS as I like to analyse the data
 
What is your favourite running ‘fuel’:
I run on an empty stomach so I can eat more afterwards (can you see a theme?!)
 
Where have you been a parkrun tourist?
I went over to Maldon Prom parkrun on Christmas day
 
Have you/ do you run barefoot - why?
Not yet…
 
What is your running ambition?
I have 3 for 2014:
To break 22 minutes for parkrun
Sub 4hours for a marathon and
To complete an ultra
 
What's your favourite run?
It’s a long run… Danbury – Ulting – Little Baddow – 20 miles
 
If you had a running playlist, what would it look like:
Like an iPod shuffle!
 
Thank you Simon for sharing, supporting and generally just being you, and, of course, for being part of Chelmsford Central parkrun's history! As always, you have been AMAZING!
 
Sarah & Tracy
Chelmsford Central Core Team

 

Run Report for Event #53

 
September 29th 2012, 5 random strangers met in Admirals park for a 5k run...
 
This is how Chelmsford Central parkrun story begins. Just 4 weeks later the funding had been agreed and it was all systems go for getting Chelmsford Central parkrun in action. By the end of that year, our launch date had been agreed, training was complete and our test run arranged. We had no idea how many people we would have turn up! January 19th 2013 event #1 we welcomed 82 runners.
 
Event #1 - who remembers the snow?

 

Fast forward one year and we had an amazing 409 runners join us for the anniversary event! WOW! We are grateful to each and every one of you for supporting us here at Chelmsford Central parkrun; it has grown to be such an amazing community.
 
Now, we don't normally touch on what goes on behind the scenes, this week I am making an exception. We say each week that without not only our runners but our volunteers that parkrun would not be possible. This week that is especially true! Early hours of Saturday morning (2am ish) Gerry, discovered that Admirals park was flooded, almost knee high! He worked through the night measuring a new route in order for the anniversary event to go ahead. It is at this point I want to echo the sentiments expressed on Saturday... without his commitment and dedication we wouldn't be where we are today. I know he will be the first one to say 'it's not about us and what we do, it's about the runners and the community', and he's right! Only this week, had he not stayed up all night, we wouldn't have had an anniversary event. So, Gerry, it is a real pleasure being part of your team. Thank you for everything you do - we salute you!
 
Gerry McGovern, Event Director, Chief and unsung hero!
 
If anyone would like to order a copy of the photo book that we presented Gerry with, you can do so here
 
Right, now on to this weeks event, event #53, our first anniversary event. The build-up was incredible, and we were blown away with the amount of volunteers and it was lovely to see everyone getting into the spirit with their fancy dress and of course the CAKE!!
 
We had superheroes, nuns, 118 118, thing 1 & thing 2, popeye, cruella devil, a smurf and, of course, a horse all participating this morning - it truly was a magnificent sight!
 
We were joined by Antony Bensley from Chelmsford City Council, Counsellor Ride (cabinet member for leisure and culture) and the Essex Chronicle. The awards presentation took place with Gerry and the rest of the core team giving out prizes to 15 runners, these are set out below.
 
Male Points Awards – Criteria for award are points for running
 
1 - Paul MCKENNA - 3248
2 - Shengbing ZHU - 2749
3 - Gary CHANDLER - 2483
 
Female Points Awards – Criteria for award are points for running
 
1 - Anna LUFF - 3842
2 - Libby WATSON - 3741
3 - Claire SPLARN - 3216
 
Male & Female Volunteer award – Criteria for award are number of times volunteered
MALE – PAUL BROOKES
FEMALE – ABBIE MCGOVERN
 
Male Junior Awards – Criteria for award are number of runs
 
1 - Ryan SPLARN - 35
2 - Adam Stephen GANDY - 32
3 - Benjamin SPLARN - 31
 
Female Junior Awards - Criteria for award are number of runs
 
1 - Jenny CHANDLER - 30
2 - Katie BRAZIER - 25
3 - Sophie ASHWORTH - 16
 
Parkrunner of the Year - Criteria for award is - voted for by core team
Simon Oswald
 
The core team were then surprised by a speech by our inaugural parkrunner of the year winner, Simon Oswald, and gifts! We really were surprised and really appreciative of the gesture. So, to Anna Luff, who I understand masterminded the operation and also to Simon AKA professor parkrun, Sharon Bannister, Liz Irvine, Andy Hind, Nicky Hind, Cake at the Lake and to everyone who contributed - thank you we are all really grateful.
 
Today it was a 2 lap course. Conditions were dry, although, the grassy areas were muddy and slippery in places.
 
We had 44 first timers who we welcomed to the community and there were 84 PBs - well done to all of you!
 
A Few Run Highlights

Men's placings:
Gary CHANDLER AKA Tigger (must have been hot in that onesie!!!), was first over the line in 18:05 - 9th time in 32 appearances.
James WRIGHT, was second over the line in 18:28.
Scott DRYDEN, was third over the line in 18:43.
 
Women's placings:
Kaylee DODD, was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:08 - first time in 2 appearances.
Katie SOLIS, was second (7th overall) over the line in 19:12 - was first to finish once before.
Rosa PRIDEAUX, of Chelmsford AC, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 20:14.
 
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, a new year, the points have been reset! First finishers are now awarded 200 points, so your chance to gain points have now increased. Also, the first 3 times you volunteer you get a whole 200 points each time. So, why not give your points a boost and get yourself on the volunteer roster?
 
Gerry mentioned that all those who ran or volunteered would be entered into a prize draw for a running workshop. If your name does not appear on the results table, we are unable to include you in this. Please do get in touch if you did run and you are not showing on the results AND you would like to be entered into the prize draw. More details of the prize can be found here
 
This weeks volunteer roles were slightly more challenging, not only due to the number of runners, also because of the 2 lap course and the concentration of runners in a smaller area. I'm sure you'll agree that they all did an AMAZING job. Our volunteer shout outs go to: Amanda WATT, Ann NORRIS, Christian RAY, Clare CHANDLER, Danielle WILD , Darren FAZACKERLEY, Gordon HADDOW, Holly CHANDLER, John David HOSKYN, Kalli ISBORNE, Karen Laura BUTTRESS, Mark RAWLINSON, Maureen WILSON, Paul BROOKES, Rebecca MARTEN, Sarah ORLEY, Sharon HALDANE, Stephen EASLEY, Sue M SMITH and Toni TUNMER - Thank you!!
 
With that all that is left to say is that here is to another OUTSTANDING year, it has been an incredible journey to date here at Chelmsford Central parkrun HQ and we thank all 2,132 runners that have participated to date. Let's continue to build on the successes that we have already seen. I speak on behalf of the core team, Gerry, Len, Tracy, Matt, myself and Chris - it has been a pleasure and you have been AWESOME!
 
Sarah Davies
Run Director
Chelmsford Central parkrun
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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
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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
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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
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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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