Hadleigh parkrun, Essex is cancelled on 15 August 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

hadleigh parkrun #166

Hadleigh parkrun through the eyes of a tourist.

So, my first attempt at writing a run report as I noticed hadn’t been one for a few weeks at Hadleigh and always like to read up on a new course before attempting it. This was number 18 different event for me and my NENDY so was keen to add it to my personal list.

Firstly, the course itself has the most turns I have seen and was tough given the undulating nature. However, majority of it was on trail paths and the grassy sections were muddy but manageable. The final km was as tough as any I have done and certainly a test.

So, onto the experience itself. From arriving in the car park, quick pit stop in the very clean facilities and the trot up to the start point was greeted by numerous people all offering encouragement and advice - guess this was a clue to what was to come! Chatted to another runner from Milton Keynes as we compared Contra running gear and his two left socks (told him no one else would notice)!

First timers briefing was clear and welcomed into the parkrun family the new members who had chosen Hadleigh for their debut event. Main briefing was delivered clearly and on time so we got away nicely and although a narrow start all runners were so polite even when my stray elbows caught a couple of unsuspecting victims (apologies again). All the way round everyone was so welcoming, this includes all marshals (great job guys), runners going in opposite direction and all dog walkers (you have impeccably behaved dogs in Hadleigh). In addition, lots of words of encouragement from fellow runners as the nice downward start turned into a somewhat more challenging second half. Indeed, one of the first timers (see below) and I exchanged positions and words several times over the latter stages as we competed to see who could go the least slow on the climbs.

Lovely finish area and all results being recorded manually by the excellent volunteers to ensure we all get the time and run recorded. And here is one of the great things about parkrun, having volunteered to write the report I noticed the results were in and I had not received my usual text as my finish was not credited. Quick email and within very short time this was corrected, so my own personal thanks to Amie for continuing to work on the event during her weekend.

So to conclude my tourist experience, all in all a thoroughly enjoyable run, so for anyone else considering it, yes the course is a challenge but absolutely worth it.

For those who like their stats, today there were 171 runners, joggers and walkers who completed the course on what was event number 166. Unlike previous reports I have not looked for a random number generator to call out some runners so will use the following:

25th day of the year so well done to Peter McIntyre for finishing in 25th position in 25 minutes and 47 seconds.
January is the first month, so well done to our first finisher James Porter in a time of 19 minutes and 50 seconds.
This was my 56th parkrun, so well done to Michael Watts for finishing in 56th position in a time of 29 minutes and 20 seconds.
As it was event number 166 at Hadleigh but the finisher was an unknown well done to Linsey McCarthy who finished in 165th position in a time of 56 minutes and 35 seconds.
Finally, and not so random, well done to Lucy Byrne who came in 31st position in 27 minutes and eight seconds on her very first parkrun and was the first female finisher. I have picked her for no other reason than she is the lady I referred to in my notes above and seems to have immediately appreciated the joy and spirit of parkrun.

As we all know, parkrun is only possible due to those kind volunteers who give up their time so a big thanks to all of those who helped out today: We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Sarah BALL, Amie BRIGHT, Gary BRIGHT, Sally CLARKE, Lisa DEL VECCHIO, Mick DODGE, Graeme EDWARDS, Valerie JARVIS, Clive LAMBERT, Toby LAMBERT, Vanessa LOVE, Lily MAGGS, Eve MCCARTHY, Maia MCDONAGH, Edward SHORT, Jon STRUTT, Claudia TAYLOR

 

Christmas Day 2019 parkrun @ Hadleigh

Hadleigh parkrun
Event number 161
25th December 2019

And so, it came to pass that every year on December 25th, hundreds of people from Essex and beyond would descend upon Hadleigh Country Park to mark the start of the Christmas festivities with a merry little 5k run. Yes, we have become a tradition, and a growing one at that! This year, the Christmas Day parkrun at Hadleigh attracted a course record of 320 runners, smashing the previous record of 265 set this time last year.

‘It came upon the midnight clear.’ ‘It,’ meaning ‘320 runners,’ and ‘midnight,’ meaning ‘morning.’ The carol finally makes sense.

None of this would be possible, of course, without the efforts of a special group of people. Just like Santa has his elves, parkrun has its volunteers. With that in mind, let us give an extra special, festive ‘thank you’ to our Christmas Day Hi-Vis Heroes:

John BALL, Sarah BALL, Jack BALL, Gary BRIGHT, Amie BRIGHT, Beau BURKETT, Thomas CARSWELL, Sally CLARKE, Edward FENTON, Fenton HOPKINS, Valerie JARVIS, Patricia KEOGH, Nathan REEVES, Debra SAUND, Zach SMITH, Lee WALLINGS, Elizabeth WARRINGTON, Samuel WARRINGTON, Olivia WARRINGTON, Emma WARRINGTON, and Victoria WARRINGTON.

We all know that parkrun cannot happen without volunteers. If you were inspired by the generosity of this special group of people who gave up their time to allow us to run on Christmas morning, please visit https://www.parkrun.org.uk/hadleigh/volunteer/ for more information on how to get involved. Signing up to volunteer once a month makes for a great New Year’s resolution! Just saying.


Elves only get one day off a year. We are lucky that so many of them decided to spend it with us!

Congratulations to Adam SMITH, who completed his 100th parkrun today! The best present anyone could ask for!

13 people tried parkrun for the very first time on Christmas morning. Congratulations to:

Shaun HODDER, Luke RUANE, Chris HODDER, Helen RUANE, David SAVAGE, Caroline LEVY, Katie KEAM-GEORGE, Luke BOWERMAN, Summers ANDREW, Robyn MARSHALL, Joanne MARSHALL, Barbara OLIVER, and Linda CHAMBERLAIN.

Welcome to the parkrun family. I always say the first one is the hardest. Don’t believe me? Come back and try again next time! We’re here every Saturday.

We were also joined by 42 parkrun tourists, visiting Hadleigh for the first time. A warm welcome to:

James O'BRIEN, Michael O'BRIEN, Heidi SHARP, Briony ALLISON, Matthew RUANE, Natasha RUANE, Alice PALFRAMAN, Samantha GRAY, Zoe AGER, Rhiannon PALFRAMAN, Sam READ, Ann SHUTTLEWORTH, Jessie DEVERS, Terry ALLEN, Karen LAMMERT, Tim WOOLLEY, Colin FRANCIS, Aaron SAMUELS, Sharon RUFFY, Bob SPORLE, Scott REYNOLDS, Matthew LEARY, Rich HALL, Niki YOUNG, Theo BAHANNACK, John PARSONS, Benjamin SOOKRAH, Jake HODDER, Sam PHELPS, Sam SPENDLOVE, Heather PURDHAM, Emily AXFORD, Neil ADAMS, Kay HARRIS, Richard JACKSON, Andy BADGER, Lisa CONSTANTINE, Neil DAVIES, Soong-Kong AU-YEONG, Wai Meng AU-YEONG, Emma SCHNEIDER, and David RICHARDS.

We hope you enjoyed this fun and challenging course, and that you’ll visit again soon.


If you are running with a child under the age of 11, please keep them within arm’s reach. Even if they are invisible.


Dabbing? That’s so last decade.

And now, borrowed from my Southend parkrun run reports, it’s everybody’s favourite feature…Hadleigh’s Random Results!

Female Results:

First Timer, Katie KEAM-GEORGE (VW35-39) was 15th across the line (109th overall) with a time of 29:55. Congratualtions on completing your first parkrun, Katie!
Fay NORRIS (VW35-39) was 81st across the line (244th overall) with a time of 37:12.
Deborah HILL (VW45-49) was 98th across the line (270th overall) with a time of 39:34.

Male Results:

David BLOCKLEY (VM55-59) was 40th across the line (45th overall) with a time of 24:46.
Bruce GANDER (VM55-59) was 52nd across the line (58th overall) with a time of 25:30.
George GODDARD (SM20-24) was 172nd across the line (269th overall) with a time of 39:32.

N.B. The Random Results are picked using an online random number generator to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of getting a mention, regardless of finishing position. Will it be you next time? It’s quite an honour, don’t you know? For the full set of results, please click here.


Santa stopped drinking that fizzy drink he advertises and took up running this year. The results speak for themselves. Someone give that man a mince pie! He’s earned it! I do miss the beard though.

29 speedy so-and-sos must have been keen to get home and open their presents, as they set new Personal Best times! Congratulations to:

Oliver RANDALL, Matibini MATIBINI, Adam HEMSWORTH, Toby JONES, Lewis BELCHER, Nikki BAYNES, Michael GREENSLADE, Matt BARRETT, Phil HIGGINS, Jeremy WILKES, Mark AUSTIN, Rebecca HURST, Otis LUTON, Michael Carson YOUNG, Jesse BURKETT, Thomas CARSWELL, Felix BACON, Marie WAITE, Rachael L THORNTON, Amanda DAVIES, Harry JIMBROWN, Michelle LEE, Susan SMITH, Max DAY, Nicola DAY, Florence BALL, Katherine JACKSON, Nathan ELLIS, Aiden ELLIS.

In the spirit of Christmas, my highly coveted but entirely fictional PB-of-the-week award is going to be shared by everyone who achieved one today. No, of course it’s not a sneaky way of awarding it to myself! How could you even suggest such a thing?

That’s about it from me. All that’s left is for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be kind to one another. And happy running; however slow or fast you may be.

Same time next year?

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell (on loan from Southend).

 

Christmas Day parkrun @Hadleigh

Following the success of last years Christmas Day parkrun we have decided to do it again this year.

So make some room for all those mince pies and join us at Hadleigh Country Park Wednesday 25th December 2019 9am.

If you'd rather not run, how about volunteering?

 

Run report #141

Guest run report for 3rd August 2019 Event #141

By Martin England (A881678), Home parkrun: Hadleigh

 

As this is a particularly special parkrun for me I asked if I could write the run report, so here goes.

 

It is the 3rd of August, just a normal parkrun morning at Hadleigh, the sun is shining brightly and the cows have paid us their usual timely visit. Yet again another brilliant turnout for this week’s run with only one milestone, but it’s a big one, Martin England ran his 100th at Hadleigh and his Castle Point Joggers running club turned out in force to celebrate this event. This shows the benefits of belonging to a club, enthusiasm, friendship, inspiration, support, encouragement all from a pure running family.

 

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There were 174 people out and running for Hadleigh Parkrun #141, with 9 parkrun newbies in amongst the 28 first timers today, and 21 recorded new Personal Bests, a massive well done. Representatives from 13 different clubs took part, largest club obviously was CPJ with 41 runners, but sadly we welcomed no tourists. But wait, we did actually have one special tourist, CPJ's Albert Miles paid us a visit, a first timer at Hadleigh, ending his hundred plus consecutive parkruns & Volunteering roles at Basildon, just to celebrate Martin England's 100th and finishing first in the MV80-84 category, setting an Age Category record for Hadleigh of 37:09, thank you Albert and glad you enjoyed the hill. See you back here soon.

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Quickly back to the results from today, first finisher amongst the men was Crispian Bloomfield 17:44 and for the women was Freya Seymour 22:08 and since it started in 2016 2,827 participants have completed 18,152 parkruns at Hadleigh covering a total distance of 90,760 km, including 3,670 new Personal Bests.

 

All of this has been made possible by the fantastic individuals who have volunteered, without the hard work from our core team and our weekly volunteers, there wouldn't be a parkrun so a huge thanks to this week's wonderful volunteers.

Gary BRIGHT • Emma WARRINGTON • Dave FLANAGAN • Nicola WALKER • Sally CLARKE • Ty MCKEOWN • Carolyn WALL • Amie BRIGHT • Elijah BROWN • Bob MORRIS • Teresa MORRIS • Eleanor BALE • Allison BALE • Valerie JARVIS • Janet CLIFFORD • Deborah HILL • Fenton HOPKINS • Alex CRISP • Nicola CRISP

 

Great to see young Fenton Hopkins in his role as Run Director for his Duke of Edinburgh Award, with a lovely speech at the end about the 100th parkrun milestone runner from Dave Flanagan.

 

 

That was about me, Martin England, my personal story started on 5th June 2018, having been running for many years including marathons and ultras; I suffered a Cardiac Arrest after a 3K race. Thankfully I was next to a nurse who carried out CPR, with access to a defibrillator close by ( a very useful item, please note they have two defibrillators at the Hadleigh parkrun event and the main volunteers have CPR training ). I woke up in Basildon Hospital the next day, diagnosed with CAD, had two stents fitted and left hospital four days later with broken ribs and a lifetime of tablets. Next stop Cardiac Rehabilitation and trying to get back to some normality. I started by walking, then a little jog, more jogging, less walking, all part of my own CA to 5K program. Three months later I am back running the Hadleigh parkrun, home at last, a little slower than my PB but the enjoyment is immense. Fourteen months later, having run another 32 parkruns since my CA I finally reach the 100 parkrun milestone. parkrun has been one of the biggest factors in my recovery, the support and enthusiasm by all just inspires you to succeed. Being sensible obviously, but feeling safe with parkrun friends around me, my running continues to improve. Many times over the last year I would not have thought this would be possible but everything is possible, stay strong and believe, thank you parkrun for the support. Also thank you to each of you who congratulated me on reaching the 100th Hadleigh parkrun milestone today, my parkrunning family!

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Run report for Saturday 15th June

From a marshal's point of view "what a glorious day!" and I had the motorbike gate under control - nothing but humans, dogs and pushbikes squeezed through. Bright and breezy the Hadders parkrunners stream down hill into the sunshine but, from some of the worn out sweat ladened runners coming back up the Flint Hill "it was hot hard work our there on the range" (Or Mock Hill as one young man calls it - because it look very my like the end hill, that final push hill and the he realises the boulder are next - true grit young one!)

Hadleigh parkrun #134

Being a marshal is my only chance to ever see those mystical gazelle like front runners - who feet touch the ground but once or twice as they navigate the course to be back under 20mins!  Then come the amazing runners who can keep a good running speed up all the way around up hills and boulder. They make it look so easy and finish before 30mins.
Then the hardcore crew trickle trickle through with intent of a better PB, and plans not to let this tough hard flint hill beat them, determination, a lot of heavy breathing and a question of how long now.  All I can say is not far, but a lot of up and you will hear the cheering as you get closer to the (dare I say it) zigzag finisher.  They will all be home and in the shady tree by 40mins.  Sometimes I am in this gang!

Hadleigh parkrun #134

Then, again sometimes I am in the gentle runner's gang - enjoying the view - seeing if I can walk up the green hill backward to stretch my legs.  Chin waggin' with the newbies to parkrun or the course and trying not to give the secrets of whats to come away! Its best discovered by ones self.  Slow runners, dog walkers, small legs (kids)  and amazingly pushchairs (none this week)  Kudus to you all - showing adventure, true grit and up n at 'em for the morning.
My favourite bit is actually a well deserved cuppa at the cafe.  On this Sat. morning I met Dan & Steve - tourists!  They like to roam, Bexley to Basildon and all surrounding.  We had a good chat about the benefits of parkrun and I was given useful tips (which I will put into practice even if I look like something from the ministry of silly walks).  Dan, said he had actually been on 'Keith Flints' last run which prompted talk of mindfulness.
It is lovely to see the smiles and waves as people pass when you are a marshal but it is even better to have a cheer from everyone and anyone really as you get through the finishing funnel.  Keep the smiles and good will to other runners.

Hadleigh parkrun #134

There were 233 people out and running for parkrun #134 'Good show ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.  Our first man back through the finishing tunnel was  Damien Harvey 18:37 mins wowzwer  and extra wowzers our first lady in (and 5th runner back) was Vicky McElligott 20:50 mins.
This weeks Run Report was bought to you by Kathy MacPherson.
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