Well done to the 163 people that ran, jogged and walked at Clacton Seafront parkrun this week and it was great to see a good level of orange in memory of fellow parkrunner Keith Flint it is good to see the parkrun community taking the time to help remember Keith and also brings into the conversation issues around mental health.
As my post said welcoming the gesture of wearing orange one of the reasons I love parkrun personally is because of the inclusive nature of the event, we welcome everyone and are always happy to chat.
Clacton Seafront regular Sam PLUMMER finished 1st this week closely followed by another of our regulars Ben SELDON.
Kelly BRACEGIRDLE finished as first female followed by a superb effort from Polly STACEY in the JW11-14 category it is great to see younger members of the parkrun community giving it their all.
This week we had 15 first timers at Clacton Seafront as well as 4 people who were coming for the 2nd time (even though some of you hid when I asked for 2nd timers at the briefing), that's fine I never want to call anyone out who is going to be embarrassed or anxious about me doing so but the reason I like to ask is to see if anyone came back for the 2nd time as it gives us a measure of how welcoming we were last week, hopefully we do not scare people off.
An outstanding 21 new Bersonal Bests were recorded this week including Paul BOGGAS who's achievement was even more notable as parkrun was sandwiched between two longer runs this week, that was either brilliant or crazy … I'll let you decide.
Other PBs of note were that of Adrian ROSE who is fairly new to parkrun so good to see progress there and also Mandy QUYE who I know was being pushed over the line by Michelle HOWARD I seem to remember words to the effect of "Do you want this PB or NOT??" great to see our parkrun regulars coming together to meet their goals.
Well done to everyone else who got their PB, I know it takes everything on the day to hit that time.
Representatives from 17 different clubs took part and we had tourists from Germany and a lady from Melbourne Australia who was right on queue as I was congratulating the lady from Germany from being our furthest tourist …. and my exact words were "unless someone pops up from Australia" … and as if by magic there she was.
As I always say no volunteers = no parkrun so of course we would like to thank this week's 17 high-vis heroes.
Donna CARR • Mel WILLSMORE • Nigel BUTCHER • Jack WILDERS • Gemma CANN • Amanda ROSE • Pete INMAN • Paul CRAWFORD • Matt PLUMMER • Sam PLUMMER • Heather ENGLAND • Rebecca ENGLAND • Fiona SYRETT • Daniel CASEY • Mitchell ROSE • Tamsin CLARKE • Jon CLARKE
Also worth a special mention for Neal WOLTON-HARRAGAN who joined the parkrun 100 club this week, milking his applause during briefing for all he could get, but a great achievement and 55 of those have been with us at Clacton Seafront.
Thanks once again for braving the wind and thanks for reading the report.
I will see you again for my next Run Director duty on the 30th March but hope to be running next week where Mel and Maria will be your RD and VC team.
Jack - RD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clacton Seafront parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ramadan OSMAN who recorded a time of 16:07 on 1st January 2019 (event number 112).
The female record is held by Daisy GLOVER who recorded a time of 18:32 on 1st January 2019 (event number 112).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 89.11% (24:11) on 4th August 2018 (event number 91).
Clacton Seafront parkrun started on 15th October 2016. Since then 2,801 participants have completed 14,433 parkruns covering a total distance of 72,165 km, including 2,979 new Personal Bests. A total of 271 individuals have volunteered 1,734 times.