Event number 389
15th February 2020 – ‘Waiting for Dennis’
The weather was kind this morning, enabling us to enjoy our parkrun before the arrival of the high winds and rain from Storm Dennis. The course was dry with the wind not causing too much of a problem for the 473 people, representing 23 different clubs, who ran, jogged and walked the course, and enabled 41 to record new Personal Bests – well done.
Today saw 35 first timers at Southend parkrun, 15 of whom were tourists and 20 trying parkrun for the first time, so welcome to parkrun Harry Knight, Darren Deadman, Garry Russell, Ian Carroll, Ian Tilbury, Sanithu Liyanage, Alison Robins, Hazel Kimber, Jen Leafe, Alex Russell, Katherine Davis, Lillie Davis, Antony Davis, Olivia Beale, Nikki Beale, Robert Savage, Louise Smith, Sally Watts, Helen Russell, Holly Fernandez – we hope to see you back soon.
The fastest man on the course today was Beau Macdonald, who completed the event in an impressive time of 17:39. The fastest female was Niamh Staunton, in a new personal best time of 21:39. Our first finishers today are under 14 years of age, so fantastic running both of you!!
Milestones achieved today were:
Nicola Snoad and Alan Rayner.
Congratulations to you all!
parkrun cannot happen without our amazing High-Viz Heroes and the 26 volunteers who gave their time and enthusiastic support to make this event possible were:
Keith Passingham (RD) • Nathaniel Lark • Nathan Collins • Alice Hamer • Charlotte Baines • Anne Gunn • Vikki Kenney • Alex Thornton • Claire Bissett • Geraldine Grapes • Linda Donnelly • Carly Newman • Terry Coker • Nigel Walker • Jessica Walker • George Felton • Jeff Brooks • Lin Taylor • Michael Walker • David Tuttlebee • Anne Purdham • Nicola Saunders • Paula Claridge • Jemma Lee • Dawn Harvey • Theresa Philips; a big thank you to all of them.
If you would like to be a High-Viz hero please see the future roster using the link https://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ and email firstname.lastname@example.org to join in.
This week’s random results picked using an online random number generator to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of getting a mention, regardless of finishing position, are Michael Wilks who finished in position 5 recording a time of 19:50, in position 56 was Gary Parkins in 24:10, with Samuel Fairless in position 205 in 29:59. In position 319 was David Walker in 32:44, with Sarah Starling in 389th position in 34:55 and Karen Bateup finishing in position 408 in a time of 36:00. Special mentions to Kirk Patston who finished in 24:24, Nick Chambers who finished in 27:27, Paul Brown who finished in 33:33, Stephen Cook who finished in 35:35 and Lucy Haswell who finished in 37:37. Well done to all of you.
In a moving speech at the beginning of today’s parkrun Mark Dobson, Chairman of Leigh on Sea Striders, shared with our parkrun community the very sad news of the passing of club member Stephanie Simpson. Steph had been travelling in New Zealand and was trekking in the Mount Aspiring National Park last weekend, she was reported missing after she failed to return to work on Monday. On Friday the very sad announcement came through from the rescue services that her body had been found. Steph had been an active member of the club for over ten years and was always up for a challenge, completing the 2016 LoSS Charity event walking around the South Downs Way. Her strengths were not just in her capability in running but in her beautiful manner and her genuine care and kindness about the wellbeing of everyone else around her first and foremost. In a poignant tribute to the 32 years of her beautiful life members of the Leigh on Sea Striders ran together finishing in times of 32 minutes, supported at finish by the applause of our parkrun community. Rest in Peace Stephanie Simpson, fly high our beautiful angel.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the website using the link: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/.
Run Report written by Theresa Philips.