Maldon Prom parkrun #348

Here comes the run (again) – Maldon Prom parkrun #348

On a rainy July morning, 209 athletes descended on Prom Park for the long-waited return of parkrun due to the easing of lockdown restrictions. We owe a huge debt to all those involved in securing the restart particularly those at head office (including Tom Williams, Nick Pearson, Kirsty Woodbridge and Paul Sinton-Hewitt). The event team and volunteers at Maldon Prom also made every effort to ensure the restart went smoothly and deserve our gratitude.

After a difficult period of isolation I’m afraid to say I approached the return without my customary zest for parkrun. All of those doubts soon disappeared. The enthusiasm of volunteers, runners and walkers was inspiring around a rain-soaked Prom. Looping around the statue of Byrhtnoth (try spelling his name after a few drinks!), all was normal in parkrun world. The majestic views of the mudflats and salt marsh of the Blackwater Estuary and Northey Island were enjoyed. I was speed walking (as my alter ego Mike ‘The Shape’ Myers) rather than running due to a persistent knee injury obtained during lockdown. It can be lonely at the back of a parkrun but the comments from those lapping me and the volunteers provided the necessary motivation to keep going. Fortunately, my son Joseph didn’t lap me, falling short by around 100 metres!

It was good to see so many barkrunners (see postscript for Black Shuck!) in attendance along with a cheerful platoon from the Maldon Soul Runners, decked out in glorious red. Libby Watson (22:55) and William Radley (17:10, new PB) excelled as first finishers. Barbara Hammond and Mary Burns recorded their 150th parkrun. Richard Clarke receives the coveted 100 t-shirt. We were joined by 15 athletes new to parkrun which was lovely to see. This week, 206 athletes beat the speed walking poet (44:51), a sorry state of affairs for the waffling wordsmith on his way back from injury.

Tim Gardiner aka the parkrun poet (twitter: @parkrunpoetry)

Post-script I – Black Shuck A666

Although completely unrelated to Maldon Prom parkrun, a bizarre glow-worm walk occurred with my sister Vicky Quantrill at Sizewell parkrun on 17 July. After dark, we saw 6 glow-worms (a declining beetle) on the dunes along the parkrun route. However, the rest of the walk was like an M.R James ghost story involving a timid version of black shuck, the demon ghost dog of East Anglia. Seeing Shuck is meant to foreshadow an impending demise (but hey, let’s keep it light!). Walking past Sizewell B nuclear reactor we saw a silhouetted figure of a man on a gantry watching us, proper Hitchcock stuff! Then an eerie fog enveloped us on the dunes near Minsmere, before we were spooked by a silent black dog the size of a large collie standing behind us on our way back past Sizewell B. It was similarly surprised, made no sound and ran off towards Minsmere. Nothing too odd just a stray dog or so we thought. And it did not have Shuck’s glowing red eyes! Its appearance was accompanied by two loud whistles from someone nearby. I whistled afterwards to get the dog to return but it disappeared into bushes. The whistling person then ceased and we half expected him to run by and ask us where their dog had gone. But on checking the beach we were completely alone. No sign of anyone. Where the dog disappeared to, we’ll never know. And just who was the mysterious, unseen whistler?

Black Shuck is known from Maldon and the Dengie so late-night runners beware along those lanes and paths!!!

Post-script II

During lockdown, I’ve edited a new book with fellow running poet Elisabeth Sennitt-Clough, titled A Tussle of Clouds, which brings together running experiences from a wide range of parkrunners and other athletes. The book is available to buy from the publisher Stour Valley Press at

This week 209 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Bob GEAR • Sue M SMITH • Elaine VAUGHAN • Paul DOBSON • Kevin LAGAN • John BUCHANAN • Meg VAUGHAN • Katerina MILLER • Alison HUGHES • Lynn RAYMOND • Phil KINSMAN • David STOKES • Jodee MAYER • Sarah NAUGHTON • Belinda WELTON • Ari HUGHES • Benjamin RAYMOND • Caroline HARE • Angela DELLAR • Rebecca CARROLL • Imogen GIDDINGS • Gordon MCAULAY • Charlotte NAUGHTON • Michelle LAMARRE • Gabrielle BOLAND • Julie BENNETT • Teresa TREDOUX • Deborah CUTLER • James SKILLERN • Tim GARDINER • Alison FLIGHT • Matt SELLORS • Joanne DENNIS • Adele BOVINGDON • Andrew MCGREGOR • Dave FERRIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maldon Prom parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Scott COUSINS who recorded a time of 15:48 on 26th March 2016 (event number 137).
The female record is held by Elizabeth DAVIES who recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th June 2016 (event number 150).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ella Marie JONES who recorded 93.87% (21:45) on 13th October 2018 (event number 270).

Maldon Prom parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,580 participants have completed 80,706 parkruns covering a total distance of 403,530 km, including 13,091 new Personal Bests. A total of 841 individuals have volunteered 6,034 times.


17th July 2021 – testing 1,2,3 and virtual event #67

One more week!

Well no times recorded for me for this Saturday, as I was Run Director at our test event at the Prom.
A small gathering of volunteers and runners attended the prom in preparation for next week.
As we now have a new start and finish we had to make sure that we could get everything set up in time, although we were unsure to start off with, we did manage to in the end.
It was actually quite stressful, we had people protesting about us and blockages en-route, but I am so pleased that we will all back again next week for our first parkrun proper in 72 weeks! Yes it really has been that long!
We have a new start and finish, part of the course is new as well, there's a new double finish funnel with two people handing out tokens (which some of us ran up seven times, just to test it out!) and a slightly different way of dealing with the scanning of finish tokens. There will be no stopwatches or barcode scanners, instead we will be embracing technology and we will be using apps on our phones. Apart from all that the rest of the course remains the same.
Please bear with us as it will take all of us a while to get used to the new way of doing things, for now at least.
A few tweaks to be made here and there ready for next Saturday, when I will be your Run Director proper, but it's great to be able to finally say
"See you all again Saturday!"


Here are your comments & photos on this week's virtual parkrun....

Name Comment
Andrew Lager Happy to be involved in the trial run today as we won't be able to make the first two 'proper' runs. Have fun next week with the new funnel!
Beryl Munro SUNNY run at Whitstable
Bob Gear Finish funnel is looking good. :-)
Carl Harper Great to see the preparations for the return of ParkRun next week
Craig Burgess More tail walking the dog. Thank you Parkrun team :-)
Fiona Griffiths Maldon team, thank you so much!
Frederick Baker Thank you Parkrun.
Gordon McAulay Fastest time since Lockdown ! Ready for the return now :-)
Julia Bawden So looking forward to Park Run coming back. Thank you PR team for keeping us going for the last 16 months :)
Kate Priest Last virtual parkrun and what a hot one!!! I think I have only missed 1! Thanks for doing the results every week, keeping everyone motivated! Greatly appreciated. Can't wait to see everyone for real next week!! XIMG_20210717_125613
Lisa Burgess Run/Walk .....saving myself for next week :-)
Michelle Lamarre A warm run followed by test event for next week. Everything crossed.
Neal BEAUMONT A weekend away exploring Bristol, so I cadged a lift out to Bath, and had a very hot, sweaty, and slow mid-day jog back to Bristol along the old railway. Loads of cyclists, quite a few electric scooters, but very few fellow runners.20210717_132622
Nicola Martin Ran the new course again. Pretty warm even at 7.30am. Next week is going to seem very strange.
Philip Page Out with a bang - sort of - last Saturday (not) parkrun before official Parkrun restarts, maybe?!
Stacy Hember Having to self isolate as hubby and daughter have COVID and I couldn't miss a (not) park run considering I've completed them all.
Steve Carter I've got this.
Tracy Page Hopefully the last Not Parkrun! Walked it due to the heat.

and a couple more pictures from NEAL BEAUMONT



...and here are the results.

Position Parkrunner Time
1 Andrew Lager 0:19:35  
2 Bob Priest 0:22:27  
3 Philip Page 0:24:02 PB! :-)
4 Neal BEAUMONT 0:24:15  
5 Carl Harper 0:26:08  
6 Kate Priest 0:27:32  
7 Julia Bawden 0:28:04  
8 Steve Carter 0:28:14  
9 Gordon McAulay 0:28:30 PB! :-)
10 Nicola Martin 0:30:23  
11 Bob Gear 0:31:55  
12 Frederick Baker 0:32:32  
13 Heather Davies 0:34:47  
14 Julie Bennett 0:36:02  
15 Colin Matthews 0:37:51  
16 Colin Matthews 0:37:51  
17 Stacy Hember 0:39:28  
18 Greg Krzyzanowski 0:41:30  
19 Michelle Lamarre 0:42:15  
20 Beryl Munro 0:47:27 PB! :-)
21 Lisa Burgess 0:49:27  
22 Elaine Vaughan 0:53:14  
23 Craig Burgess 0:54:26  
24 Fiona Griffiths 1:00:47  
25 Tracy Page 1:05:28

Hope to see you all at the ACTUAL park next week :-)


Virtual event #67 – 17th July 21

Run or walk 5km, any time, anywhere, this week.

Send us your results before midnight on Saturday and we'll publish a set of virtual parkrun results sometime on Sunday.

Submit your 5K results here

The link will be de-activated after the deadline. Once the results are up they won't be updated. So don't miss the deadline!

Enjoy and stay safe :-)


It’s coming home

*Fingers crossed*. there's only one more virtual parkrun before we are all back at The Prom at 8.58am on 24th July for our briefing before for the first parkrun in 16 months!


Gordon is so excited that he has been hugging every tree on our course (whilst he measures up for the new kilometre markings).

Here are the results from this week, no PB's unfortunately.

1 Carl Harper 00:25:41 Maldon Prom practice, getting ready for the restart
2 Stacy Hembet 00:26:24 Ran at Thorndon for the Essex 10k seres, very hilly course but nice
3 Craig Burgess 00:26:36 First 5k of a longer mid week run
4 Kate Priest 00:26:59 Penultimate 'virtual' run- how exciting! Pleased to get 26 at the start (just!) The slight drizzle was refreshing! Thanks as always, parkrun team. x
5 Kevin Lagan 00:27:18 Lovely to see the team today. Huge thanks for all you do.
6 Steve Carter 00:28:41 Looking forward to getting back at it soon. Cant wait for Parkrun to re-start, too.
7 Julia Bawden 00:29:40 An "undulating" park run for me this week in Thorndon Country Park as part of the Essex 10k Series :)
8 Jan Hutchinson 00:29:54 Did the run and rewarded myself with a piece of my daughter's home made cheesecake.
9 Tracy Page 00:29:57 Hard-going this week
10 Lisa Burgess 00:29:57 Not feeling it today.... not been feeling it all week but managed under 30..... just about!!
11 Nicola Martin 00:30:17 Ran the new course - bonus - there is one less 'mountain'. Lovely to see all the core team finalising the finish funnel. Not long now :-)
12 Belinda welton 00:31:45
13 Julie Lee-Ranson00:32:04
14 Frederick Baker 00:32:44
15 Gordon McAulay 00:34:35 Pyramid Training with Maldon Soul Runners :-)
16 Patrick Hinchliffe 35:15
17 Julie Bennett 00:35:17
18 Abigail Lagan 00:35:56
19 Lisa Campbell 00:35:56
20 Barbara Hammond 00:36:02 Looking forward to restart. Thanks to everyone keeping this going in the meantime.
21 Alison Hughes 00:39:37 Only two more weeks to go! Excited and actually nervous at the same time!
22 Greg Krzyzanowski 43:20 Not bad after my knee operation
23 Beryl Munro 00:44:18 Early am run in calm conditions
24 Michelle Lamarre 50:36 It's coming home. It's coming. Parkuns coming home It's coming
25 Elaine Vaughan 00:51:32
26 Philip Page 01:20:00 In Malvern rather than Maldon, A bit more hilly!

See you all at The Prom on the 24th!


Virtual Event #66 – 10th July

Run or walk 5km, any time, anywhere, this week.

Send us your results before midnight on Saturday and we'll publish a set of virtual parkrun results sometime on Sunday.

Submit your 5K results here

The link will be de-activated after the deadline. Once the results are up they won't be updated. So don't miss the deadline!

Enjoy and stay safe :-)

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