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.