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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Hadleigh parkrun #133 run report

It was my pleasure to be your Run Director today at a very blustery some may say "fresh" parkrun.  Conditions not the best but that still did not stop 136 of you braving the elements...
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A special mention to Lyn Ballard completing her 50th run today (45 being at Hadleigh) and Ian Clay (47 at Hadleigh) also smashing the 50 barrier and not forgetting Jackie Robinson who today hit the 100 mark (99 being at Hadleigh) all three regular attendees at Hadleigh.  Well done to the three of you fantastic !!
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We were also pleased to welcome 20 first timers today of which 6 picked Hadleigh as your first ever parkrun......very brave picking one of the most challenging courses in the UK but if you are going to start...start BIG.  We also had 28 people smashing their PB's this morning, with visitors from Maldon, Nottingham and Wolverhampton. Also a few of our local cows decided to see what all the fuss was about and joined us at the finish.....MOO MOO !!
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I got involved in parkrun at Hadleigh sometime ago after running it for a while but having to stop due to knees having enough, so started marshalling as family and friends would still be running and it was a way of still being involved.  I was then asked to become a core member of the team.
You will normally see me with my trusted sidekick, my young daughter Imogen who is shouting encouragement and giving out high fives up the grass bank aka 'Imogen's Mount' or at the other points out on the course.  
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Its great fun and rewarding seeing our regular runners / walkers improving over the years be it with their time or being able to crack those annoying boulders!!! I am sure someone comes along and adds a couple !!
We are a friendly bunch at Hadleigh who enjoy a laugh, normally at each others expense so if you ever fancy a chance to wear a Hi-Vis and hand out some well deserved encouragement, scan or even hit that special stopwatch button then email into hadleighhelpers@parkrun.com 
We are very lucky to have great facilities at Hadleigh with the Hub, so don't be shy give it a try !!!!
Hadleigh parkrun would not function without our super band of volunteers.  So a massive thanks to Imogen Wallings, Elijah Brown, Nathan Reeves, Bailey Keer, Alex Crisp, Fenton Hopkins, Lottie Poulton and George Schneider (all under 18) plus Bob and Teresa Morris, Suzanne and Adam Smith, Valerie "cattle grid" Jarvis, Mike Grout & Dave Flannigan.
A special well done to George who gave the first time runners briefing this morning.
 
We look forward to welcoming you back next Saturday happyparkrunning.....

 

 

hadleigh parkrun #131 Benfleet RC takeover

 

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This weekend Benfleet running club took over Hadleigh Parkrun, hopefully 20+ red and Whites made your 5K parkrun all the more enjoyable cheering you on up those hills!

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The heavens opened just as the 200 runners took to the start line but luckily  the clouds parted and the sun shone whilst you all made the most of the first down hill.

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Having never been brave enough to embark on one of the toughest but most picturesque park runs in the country it was fantastic to see so many runners of all ages even including somebody who was seven months pregnant! Well done to you all, I may swap my normal relatively flat park run for Hadleigh even if only once!

If the hopefully friendly encouragement of the Benfleet marshals around the course have inspired you to join a local club then it would be great to see you at either our beginners juniors or adult training sessions, please see our website for membership details or come down on Tuesday or Thursday to meet some of our runners

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And finally a word from Lilly's mum Tracey about the fundraising she's been doing:

Lilly is taking on her Brownies Charity Badge and chose the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance because last May they attended to her Daddy when he had a bad accident at the Hadleigh Mountain Bike track (on his bike) and this would be her way of saying thank you for that day. This is also the reason why she chose the Hadleigh parkrun as this is near the site he had his accident.

Lilly is not an active runner (she prefers horse riding) so saw this as a personal challenge, she has raised a massive £315 and will have to present her reasons for her chosen charity to her Brownie Leaders.

Just to say Thank you all so much for supporting her today she’s a very shy little girl and she’s been buzzing all day.

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This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

James CALDON • Gary BRIGHT • Emma WARRINGTON • John CRISP • Lynda CRISP • Kelly HOLLANDS • Stephen BURTON • Graham DOUGLASS • Lee WALLINGS • Kevin JUDGE • Shelley HALL • Angela HALL • Sally CLARKE • Ty MCKEOWN • Nikki LEIGH • Paul REED • Ann REED • Ian CALDWELL • Richard LEIGH • Amie BRIGHT • Leigh TOWNER • Susanna STIDSTON • Bailey KEER • Fenton HOPKINS • Oscar FRANKLAND • Barbara OLIVER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hadleigh parkrun, Essex Results Page.

The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 16:59 on 27th May 2017 (event number 31), and by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who also recorded a time of 16:59 on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Eleanor WHYMAN-DAVIS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 29th September 2018 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded 81.55% (16:59) on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).

Hadleigh parkrun, Essex started on 22nd October 2016. Since then 3,494 participants have completed 16,663 parkruns covering a total distance of 83,315 km, including 3,462 new Personal Bests. A total of 362 individuals have volunteered 2,286 times.

 

Hadleigh parkrun run report #122

What a still and mild parkrun day today compared the wild wind we had last week. Lets hope this is the start of the warmer weather to come.

Firstly myself and the rest of the parkrun team would like to say a massive 'Happy 7th Birthday" and congratulations on your 50th parkrun Sophia Hyde. What an amazing achievement!
For those of you that don't know Sophia, she ran her very first Hadleigh parkrun back in January 2017 at 47:15 and has since reached a PB that we'd all be proud of 34:19.
I once overheard Sophia offering Emma (one of our core team with whom Sophia has a special bond with) some 'encouragement', it went something like this " Come on, why are you sooooo slow?"
We all learnt early on that Sophia is a little girl with a BIG personality.

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Poppy a Leigh on sea Strider and junior parkrunner completed her 50th parkrun with us at Hadleigh. She also got a fantastic new PB of 28:09 too! Well done Poppy.

Today also saw Benfleet Running Club Youth Section out in full force. It was great to see all the red and white shirts, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

At parkrun we support the Duke of Edinburgh award and we have been very lucky with the amount of volunteers we get. They spend either 13 or 26 weeks with us to complete the volunteer aspect of their award and we are always sorry to say goodbye when their time is up. So with that in mind I'd like to say good luck and thank you to Sam Knight who did his final volunteer week with us today. Sam your help has been invaluable and I hope to see you again at parkrun soon (maybe running?).

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Lastly a big shout out to all our volunteers, without your continued support this great event couldn't go ahead. If you fancy helping out at parkrun in any way, we'd love to meet you.

See you all again next week. #loveparkrun

Amie

This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Gary BRIGHT • Emma WARRINGTON • Sarah COLQUHOUN • Kirsten TOMPKINS • Lee WALLINGS • Karen HAWTIN • Daniel AYLING • Madelyn SCHNEIDER • Sally CLARKE • Ty MCKEOWN • Oliver SMITH • Amie BRIGHT • Valerie JARVIS • Libby WALLER • Samuel KNIGHT • May HOPE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hadleigh parkrun, Essex Results Page.

The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 16:59 on 27th May 2017 (event number 31), and by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who also recorded a time of 16:59 on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Eleanor WHYMAN-DAVIS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 29th September 2018 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded 81.55% (16:59) on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).

Hadleigh parkrun, Essex started on 22nd October 2016. Since then 3,263 participants have completed 15,091 parkruns covering a total distance of 75,455 km, including 3,175 new Personal Bests. A total of 327 individuals have volunteered 2,100 times.

 

Hadleigh run report #120

What a windy day - perfect for the washing my mum would normally say but no, not today - Val had her place at the cattle grid!

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Today 182 people came and joined in the action - 3 first timers to parkrun - not sure if they were from Harlow or Holland - but all the same they were tourists and very welcome to Hadleigh. 23 Hadleigh first timers and 36 PB'S recorded. Members from 15 clubs took part - any of them goats??!! There were 9 dogs with their owners all well behaved and looking happy with the final climb! (the dogs were too)

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Congratulations to Jo Dunn and Suzanne Smith in celebrating their big 50 run!! - and also for your supporters who set up the cake table in celebration of such a mile stone. I didn't sample any of the cakes but I know that they looked delicious.

Thank you to run director this week SAM KNIGHT - who was likened to a KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR! (well done Lee with that one!). It was his first time at being run director and I think that he did a cracking job!

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Thank you to all the volunteers who, without them the races couldn't be run - however without my mum the washing could have been hung out!!
so high 5 to..

Emma WARRINGTON
Sarah COLQUHOUN
Patrick O'CONNOR
Theresa PHILIPS
Lee WALLINGS
Karen HAWTIN
Madelyn SCHNEIDER
Sally CLARKE
Oliver SMITH
Adam SMITH
Rob DUNN
Amie BRIGHT
Imogen WALLINGS
Nathan REEVES
Alison BALE
George SCHNEIDER
Valerie JARVIS
Libby WALLER
Samuel KNIGHT
Lucy KEAM-GEORGE

For your full result and placing this can be found on the Hadleigh Parkrun Essex results page.

 

Hadleigh parkrun run report #119

View from a Local Tourist

The home page of every parkrun lists the closest other parkruns, and I have been gradually working my way through the list from my local run. With the growth in popularity of running, new parkruns have sprung up in a number of places, and it is just over two years since I noticed that Hadleigh had appeared, and it was only 11.4 miles away. As the crow flies. Unfortunately, there is something called the River Thames in the way, and the diversion via the Dartford Tunnel nearly caused me to miss the start, as one of the bores was shut.

Great Lines is probably within sight of Hadleigh (on a clear day). It’s in Gillingham (Kent), but was named Great Lines as that is the name of the former MoD training ground, now turned local park, where I usually run. Not Medway parkrun, so that another one could be set up, if there is sufficient demand, and not Gillingham, to prevent people from driving around Dorset, looking for us.

Fortunately, this morning, I knew exactly where I was coming to, so no concerns on that matter, and as a native Southendian, today’s run fitted in well with the early kick-off time at Roots Hall. I had done a little bit of homework on the course, but as a veteran of the Benfleet 15, I already knew I was in for a run which started downhill, and finished uphill. Nevertheless, I joined the First Timers’ Briefing, where Bob Morris cheerfully let us know that there were 19 harder parkruns in the country (I did the hardest, Lanhydrock, when I was on holiday in Cornwall last Summer). After that, I went and said hello to Run Director, Gary Bright, so he knew that his roving Run Report Writer had arrived, and after a few rounds of applause, we were off.

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I set off fairly near the back, as I am one of those few people who prefers running uphill to down, and I wanted to have plenty of energy left for the final climb. The little twists and turns made for an interesting course, and I was ready for those little climbs on the downhill section. The marshals’ encouragement clearly showed they were enjoying themselves as well, although I’m not sure the shout of “You’re nearly there” at the bottom of the green hill was quite as truthful as I was wishing a hundred yards later. Nevertheless, as I had set myself mentally for a climb all the way to the top of the zig-zag path, the finish appeared suddenly, so I used my reserves of energy to increase the pace in order to avoid being outsprinted by those I had passed on the green hill and beyond.

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After the run, I took the time to chat to a few locals, take the obligatory selfie, cheer on some of those behind me into the finish, and then study the Kentish coastline to see if I could spot Egypt Bay and St. Mary’s Bay on the other side of the Thames (I had run there on Friday afternoon, and had done much the same looking across the water in the opposite direction). They were just about visible. After that, it was time for the post-parkrun coffee, and then on to the football (the less said about that, the better).

One of the things I really enjoy about parkrun, in general, is the atmosphere of encouragement, and the complete mixture of people who take part. It has also given me several hundred other new places to run, and loads of new friends. It was clear from those I saw, and spoke to, that the spirit of parkrun is alive and well at Hadleigh. Thank you to all involved at Hadleigh parkrun for an enjoyable run, and maybe one day, I’ll get to see some of you at Great Lines; after all, it’s only 11.4 miles away (and our finish is downhill!)

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Hadleigh parkrun, Essex
Event number 119
2nd March 2019

This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Gary BRIGHT • Emma WARRINGTON • Dave FLANAGAN • Patrick O'CONNOR • Andrew BURGESS • Sarah BALL • Karen HAWTIN • Madelyn SCHNEIDER • Sally CLARKE • Oliver SMITH • Amie BRIGHT • Bob MORRIS • Teresa MORRIS • Nathan REEVES • Lyn BALLARD • Valerie JARVIS • Libby WALLER • Joanne GROOM • Deborah HILL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hadleigh parkrun, Essex Results Page.

The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 16:59 on 27th May 2017 (event number 31), and by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who also recorded a time of 16:59 on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Eleanor WHYMAN-DAVIS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 29th September 2018 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded 81.55% (16:59) on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).

Hadleigh parkrun, Essex started on 22nd October 2016. Since then 3,171 participants have completed 14,508 parkruns covering a total distance of 72,540 km, including 3,066 new Personal Bests. A total of 322 individuals have volunteered 2,045 times.

 

Run report parkrun #118

Once again a great turnout to Hadleigh parkrun 118. Well done to all the volunteers for your help making parkrun possible, Hadleigh are always looking for new volunteers
The girl guides gave an enthusiastic vocal support that really helped on the final hill.The sun broke through the fog by the end and there was an impressive selection of cakes for hungry runners and supporters.

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The spring like weather brought out over 200 runners, the youngest of all athletes being 5years old and the first runner home clocked an impressive 19 minutes and 48 seconds.
A mother and daughter came today to celebrate their 1 year anniversary and we are glad to be able to have shared their milestone here at Hadleigh.

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We were even lucky enough to have tourists from as far as Cumbria joining us.
There were a small band of new runners ready to take on the
hilly course including my friend Lucy Keeble. Lucy was among these new runners as we had talked her into joining the parkrun community which she ended up enjoying (much to her surprise). She really benefitted from the support that she received from runners, volunteers and girl guide leaders.

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I contribute at Hadleigh parkrun with Libby Waller to complete 12 weeks of volunteering for my bronze Duke of Edinburgh. I have really enjoyed putting together this report and helping Libby collate memorable photographs for the website.

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I look forward to next week hope this is the start of the nice spring weather to come.

Madelyn

Hadleigh parkrun, Essex
Event number 118
23rd February 2019

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Emma WARRINGTON • Richard BONHAM • Sarah BALL • Lee WALLINGS • Madelyn SCHNEIDER • Sally CLARKE • Amie BRIGHT • Nathan REEVES • Valerie JARVIS • Libby WALLER • Melanie GRAHAM • Charlotte GRAHAM • Janet BALL • Doreen LONGHURST • Gillian BATH • Jenny SUTTON • Helen GLADWIN • Jackie COLE • Nancy KING • Paula MATTHEWS • Katie MATTHEWS • Sharon LACEY • Theresa LOUGHRAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hadleigh parkrun, Essex Results Page.

The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 16:59 on 27th May 2017 (event number 31), and by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who also recorded a time of 16:59 on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Eleanor WHYMAN-DAVIS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 29th September 2018 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded 81.55% (16:59) on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).

Hadleigh parkrun, Essex started on 22nd October 2016. Since then 3,156 participants have completed 14,337 parkruns covering a total distance of 71,685 km, including 3,027 new Personal Bests. A total of 318 individuals have volunteered 2,026 times.

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