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.

 

#112 Hadleigh parkrun

It was absolutely perfect running weather today – around ten degrees, a bit of a breeze, and not a hint of rain. 211 people agreed and got up early to run, walk, jog, push little ones or drag dogs around our beautiful "undulating" course, not even stopping to admire the glorious views in their pursuit of a PB. Some even came from as far away as Northamptonshire and Southwalk to enjoy our challenging route.

Last week's turnout was even higher, and one has to wonder whether the new year's resolutions, as much as the weather and scenery, are responsible for bringing along FIFTY TWO first timers (almost a quarter of all runners) to Hadleigh Country Park. I chatted to one family who told me that they planned to get fitter in 2019 – parkrun is a great place to do that guys, good choice and well done. FORTY people got PBs too, so congratulations to all of you (I'm going to single out Dawn Harvey and Sallly Mortimore just because I can) and if your resolution was to get a parkrun PB this year you can relax, job done!

The trick with new year's resolutions is to keep them up though. It's harder to come to parkrun when it's really cold, raining, muddy or (if you can remember what that feels like) hot. Happily we're a very friendly bunch, the sense of achievement is more than you can get on any old flat 5k course, and the Hub café serves really good coffee*, so getting into the habit of coming each week is well worthwhile.

A quick shout out to the Edeys (and Katie) who arrived late, had to run all the way from the car park in order to overtake the tail walkers, and still finished faster than I did last time I "ran" Hadleigh parkrun.

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Emma WARRINGTON • William David MAYES • Rick WADE • Sarah BALL • Sally SMITH • Jon STRUTT • Anna BUTTIMORE • Sally CLARKE • Oliver SMITH • Adam SMITH • Amie BRIGHT • Zach SMITH • Joachim ADENUSI • Alexandra TOURBASSOVA • Valerie JARVIS • Thomas GERRIE • Samuel KNIGHT

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 3,037 participants have completed 13,320 parkruns covering a total distance of 66,600 km, including 2,828 new Personal Bests. A total of 298 individuals have volunteered 1,914 times.

* Anecdotal evidence only, no survey has been conducted, and since I don't drink coffee this does not represent my opinion.

 

Christmas Day Special

Hadleigh parkrun
Event number 109
25/12/2018 – Christmas Day!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas Everybody! This year, a new tradition was started: Christmas Day parkrun at Hadleigh, and what a roaring success it was! So successful in fact, that with 265 participants, it became the highest attended event at Hadleigh so far. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Hadleigh parkrun: perfect if you've been out delivering presents all night and have eaten one too many mince pies!

Of course it wouldn't have been possible without the help of our dedicated team of Hi-Vis Heroes, more commonly know as parkrun volunteers. Our thanks this week to:

Amie BRIGHT, Gary BRIGHT, Thomas CARSWELL, Colin DUNN, Clara EDEY, Thomas GERRIE, Chris HYDE, Lisa HYDE, Sophia HYDE, Valerie JARVIS, Patricia KEOGH, Zach SMITH, Adam SMITH, Sally SMITH, Suzanne SMITH, Oliver SMITH, Emma WARRINGTON, Olivia WARRINGTON, Victoria WARRINGTON, Samuel WARRINGTON, and Elizabeth WARRINGTON.

Hadleigh parkrun can't happen without a full compliment of volunteers each week. If you're looking for a New Year's resolution, why not check out the future roster once a month and see what you can do to help? Simply visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hadleigh/futureroster/ for all the information you need.

On the subject of our amazing volunteers, one in particular deserves an extra special mention this week. Emma WARRINGTON completed her 100th volunteer role at Hadleigh on Christmas morning. It's dedication like that which has landed her at the top of Santa's 'nice' list. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Emma from everybody involved with Hadleigh parkrun. We hope there were lots of presents waiting for you when you got back home!

Our volunteers did a fantastic job of clearing away all that pesky mist before that start! They're not called 'Heroes' for nothing!

Now for some more milestones:

Congratulations to Damien HARVEY and Teresa MORRIS who completed their 50th runs on Christmas morning.

Congratulations to Chris KELLY and Anthony SULLIVAN who completed their 100th runs on Christmas morning.

10 people felt that Christmas was the perfect occasion to try a parkrun for the very first time. Congratulations to:

Mar SALOM, Barry MCCORMACK, Samantha NEARY, Alice HUBER, Barry GROOM, Jordan MURRAY, Kevin FULLER, Gary MCELLIGOTT, Debra SALES-TIFFIN, and Karen SLATER.

Welcome to the parkrun family! I always say the first one is the hardest. Don't believe me? Come back and try again next week!

57 parkrun tourists visited Hadleigh for the first time on Christmas morning. I was one of them! Welcome to:

Luke BLYTH, Tom LANGDON, Andrew TILLOTT, Holly GILLARD, Ross HOLLANDS, Graham PURDHAM, Nigel TILLOTT, Daniel MENDOZA, Joshua PIMBLETT, Sara ROBINSON, Nick MENDOZA, Laura KIDD, Surjit GREWAL, Nick RICHES, Chris KELLY, Alice DICKENS, Vicky MCELLIGOTT, Ian SMITH, Patrick O'CONNOR, Michael Carson YOUNG, Boris WOZSTOCK, Richard KIDD, Alan BOWER, Taylor ENDELL, Lisa COX, Jo DYSON, Anne PURDHAM, Steven ELLIS, Jo PENTECOST, Rosalind FERGUSON, Natasha CRAGO, Manners HEER, Harry JIMBROWN, Sara PENTEL, Michelle LEE, Jerri WEEKS, Jonathan Howard YOUNG, Corey DISS, Chloe DISS, Nicky MUNRO, Martin ROBBINS, Michael WOOD, Samantha EVANS, Sharon Jane EASTLAND, Laura KIES, Charlie MCELLIGOTT, Malachy MCELLIGOTT, Sharon BROWN, Ian GORMAN, Jody GORDON, Anthony SULLIVAN, Geraldine HANSFORD, Thomas CARSWELL, Jill GRIFFITHS, George MCELLIGOTT, Pauline BOWERS, and Alison RICHES.

Normally, when writing reports for Southend parkrun, I take this opportunity to say that I hope our tourists enjoyed the run and that we'll see them again soon. However, as I was a tourist, I will instead say that I thoroughly enjoyed running at Hadleigh and that I will definitely be back soon!

This lot weren't even here for parkrun: they got lost on their way home from a Christmas party! Lucky we found them!

And now, to borrow something else from my Southend reports, it's everybody's favourite feature...Hadleigh's Random Results!

Female Results:

Vicky PARSONS (VW50-54) was 33rd across the line (125th overall) with a time of 31:50.
Maggie CAMPBELL-FREEMAN (VW55-59) was 70th across the line (178th overall) with a time of 35:31.
Debbie DOCHERTY (VW60-64) was 100th across the line (228th overall) with a time 39:46.

Male Results:

Mark MAYES (VM50-54) was 19th across the line (19th overall) with a time of 22:09.
Mark ARMITAGE (VM45-49) was 70th across the line (88th overall) with a time of 29:12.
First time tourist Nigel TILLOTT (VM55-59) was 39th across the line (45th overall) with a time of 24:36.

NB: Hadleigh's Random Results are picked using an online random number generator to ensure everybody has an equal chance of getting a mention. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found here.

Cracker joke time! What did the sheep who hates Christmas say?

25 people got their Christmas mornings underway with the best presents ever: new Personal Best times! Congratulations to:

Rhys GILLARD, Sam WHEATLEY, Matibini MATIBINI, Oliver RANDALL, James PORTER, Tim UTTING, Matthew RANDALL, Henry COURTIER, Ruby SAMUELS, Ellen WILLIAMS, Dave SPAIN, Leah WILLIAMS, Rob DUNN, Andrew LIVETT, Ian CHARNOCK, Rosie IMBUSH, Dee MCCORMACK, Steve KILCO, Doug PORTER, Sally ROTHWELL, Lorraine JOYCE, Yvonne FRANCIS, Kelly HOLLANDS, Carol Anne ELLIS, and Lucas CLAY.

I've raided Southend's trophy cabinet for one of my entirely fictional but highly coveted PB-of-the-week awards. The lucky recipient is junior runner Ruby SAMUELS (JW11-14), who recorded a time of 22:29 on her 26th appearance at Hadleigh, and was the first female finisher on Christmas morning! Ruby's new PB is a full 50-seconds quicker than her previous best. She really is faster than a flying reindeer!

Hands up who wants to see Christmas Day parkrun at Hadleigh return next year?

That's about it from me. My thanks to the core team at Hadleigh for putting on such a wonderful event and allowing us to run off our Christmas dinners before we've even eaten them! I hope that Christmas Day parkrun at Hadleigh becomes a regular feature on the calendar. Might I suggest one small change though? Surely, for one day only, it has to be called Hadsleigh parkrun!

On that note, I'm off! All the best for the remainder of the year and beyond. Be kind to one another. And happy running, no matter how slow or fast you may be.

Same time next year?

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell, on loan from Southend.

 

“Save something for the end!”

Leaving my house at 0635 to make sure I kept up my recent record of attending parkruns (only missed two since beginning of September) would to many, including my wife, confirm that that I have become obsessed with running. To be fair, I did have close to two hours of driving ahead, coming down to Southend to visit my in-laws for Christmas, and the early start guaranteed a clear run on the M25.

I started planning my trip to Hadleigh last weekend - it was a choice between here or Southend Parkrun - the description of the undulating course was the deciding factor, along with the extra 30 minutes in bed.

I have no doubt that I made the right choice. The sun rose as I drove along the A127 revealing clear blue sky. It was an unusually warm day for the weekend before Christmas.

The car park was large as promised, and we had no problem finding a space - my poor 12 year old daughter had been dragged in to my mad plan - and we walked in trepidation to the start. As ever at Parkrun everyone was friendly and welcoming, and what a view from the hill where the start was located!

My local Parkrun in Woodley near Reading is a flat three lap affair around a local park in suburbia. So Hadleigh Parkrun is very different! At the first timer's briefing, the course was described and we were told, "... the first mile is downhill and the next two are uphill, so save something for the end.". Good advice indeed! The hill at the end goes on forever.

After ten minutes running - mostly downhill - I turned to another Parkrunner and said how I wished this could be my home Parkrun. The scenery is lovely with views across to the estuary, and the path passes through woods as you descend down. He laughed and suggested that I might change my mind by the end. Another Parkrunner described the course as a "beast", but whilst I understand why you might use this noun as a description, I would prefer to call it a "beauty".

That is not to say the last uphill stretch wasn't a challenge, or that I didn't wonder if it would ever come to an end, but I persevered and managed not to walk. Plenty of others did, and there is no shame in that. It is very much aligned with the ethos of Parkrun - It is better to be there and walking than to be sitting on the sofa at home watching TV - definitely today when the sun was shining and the sky was blue.

In my opinion this is not a course for PBs. To give you an idea of how tough it is, I normally jog around my flat local course in around 28 minutes hardly breaking into a sweat - I'm training for a half marathon in March and am meant to be keeping my heart rate below 140 beats per minute (well at least for the first two laps

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