Event number 393
14th March 2020
Hello! A lot has changed in the world in the last few weeks. As parkrun has been placed on temporary hiatus as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic, I thought I would pen a little run report for the last event we were able to host at Southend. Whilst this may be the last report I am able to write for a while, rest assured we will be up and running again as soon as government guidelines deem us safe to do so.
In other disappointing news, there are no photographs in this report which means it is rather text heavy. Feel free to jump off now and just pretend you read the whole thing. I won’t be offended, I promise!
Joining Run Director Matt BARRETT for Southend parkrun #393 were a group of people whose names will now be immortalised as the last volunteers to ever assist with a parkrun at Gunners Park…at least until the next one! Our thanks to the following team of Hi-Vis Heroes:
Charlotte BAINES, John BAKER, Derek BIRNIE, Jeff BROOKS, Jane CHAPLIN, Nathan COLLINS, Max COOPER, Katy DUDDRIDGE, Geraldine GAPES, Libby GRACIE, Alice HAMER, Chris KELLY, Vikki KENNEY, Jemma LEE, Sam MILLER, Max MOLLOY, Anna PROWSE, Lin TAYLOR, Nigel WALKER, and Jo WELSH.
Right now, parkrun cannot happen at all. When it comes back, it cannot happen without volunteers. It’s as simple as that. As we do not yet know how long our hiatus will last, it would be inappropriate for me to request that you all visit the volunteer roster and sign up; however, I would ask that you keep an eye on our social media outlets for updates, as we are likely to need volunteers when we return. Thank you.
And now for some milestones…
Congratulations to junior runners George KENNEDY and Benjamin LEE for completing their 10th parkruns this week! George even set himself a new PB. Well done young man!
Congratulations to Andrew HALLING, Kerry WILKES, and Dawan CHUITHONG, who all completed their 50th parkruns this week!
Congratulations to David J GRACIE, Wendy RATNAGE, and Michael RATNAGE, who all completed their 100th parkruns this week!
“But what about the people who are stuck on one parkrun away from a milestone?” I hear you all shout. Well, it’s a good point. That is why when we come back, we hope to welcome junior runners Lola-Mae NICE and Archie THOMPSON into the 10 club; Beverley GIBBS and Matthew NICKS into the 50 club; and Ian THOMAS into the 100 club. Plus, I am sure we all look forward to celebrating with the lovely Pam FELTON, as she completes parkrun number 200! What a post-pandemic-parkrun-party that will be!
7 people chose the strangest of weeks to try parkrun for the very first time! Congratulations to:
Jemma TAYLOR, Julie DALY, Francesca JACOBS, Harriet JONES, Jon BINGHAM, Lisa BUTCHER, and Louie NICE.
Welcome to the parkrun family! I always say the first one is the hardest. Don’t believe me? Come back and try again next…well…come back and try again when we are back!
We were also joined by 4 parkrun tourists who visited us Southend for the first time. Welcome to:
Simon WAGSTAFF, Abigail BROWN, Lisa SAYERS, and Kieron STUBBINGS.
We hope you enjoyed our course and that we’ll see you again soon.
And now for everybody’s favourite feature…Southend’s Random Results!
Alright you maths boffins: what were the chances that a random number generator, picking only 6 results out of a field of 263, would select a married couple? Well it happened. We bagged ourselves a pair of Wilkeses! How lucky is that?
Kerry WILKES (VW35-39) celebrated her 50th parkrun by finishing as the 18th female athlete (110th overall) with an aesthetically pleasing time of 28:28. Congratulations on joining the 50 club, Kerry!
Michelle LEE (VW50-54) was 25th across the line (125th overall) with a time of 29:17.
Amanda LOTHIAN (VW55-59) was 91st across the line (245th overall) with a time of 43:57.
Tony HALLING (SM30-34) was 8th across the line (9th overall) with a new Personal Best time of 21:29. Congratulations Tony!
Andrew GROUT (VM40-44) was 45th across the line (55th overall) with a time of 25:03.
Michael WILKES (VM40-44) was 65th across the line (80th overall) with a time of 27:11.
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? Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southend parkrun Results Page.
43 people seized upon the opportunity to record one final PB at Southend (at least for the time being). Congratulations to:
Daniel WAITE, Tony HALLING, Justin HEATH, James GLENISTER, Sam HADDEN, James COHEN, Mark BROWN, Thomas CARSWELL, George KENNEDY, Steve COTTER, Zac ENGLAND, Giles TOFIELD, Robert WOOLCOTT, Ali BOURKE-BROWN, Julian REICHERT, Charlotte KILLINGBACK, Mark GALLOTT, Archie THOMPSON, Stanley HARRINGTON, Henry TIERNEY, David SHIELDS, Steve KERSHAW, Chantelle BOLAND, Debbie OSBORNE, Heather ORFORD, Andy BURROWS, Jeffrey GOODMAN, Alison GOODMAN, Caroline MARKS, Jonathan CHARNOCK, Marion HOLLAND, Graeme REYNOLDS, Steve MILLER, Angie AUSTIN, Fiona JOHNSTON, Emma HIGGINS, Victoria PALLEN, Louie HOLLAND, Martin HOLLAND, Linda STEEL, Carol PUTT, Laura BROOKER, and Neil CLAXTON.
And suddenly the penny drops! Why is this report so late? Well, it’s partly because I was recovering from running so fast and partly because I was hoping someone else might volunteer to write about how amazing my PB was. When that didn’t happen, I thought I may as well do it myself! As tempting as it is to give my highly coveted but entirely fictional PB-of-the-week award to myself, I actually owe it all to Matthew and Toby AITKIN’s amazing pacing. I could not have done it alone. However, one man who did do it alone was Neil CLAXTON! Yet again! In 32 parkruns at Southend, he has set 17 new Personal Best times! That means he has had more PB runs here than non-PB runs. Neil is therefore the rightful recipient of the award this week. And if he keeps this up, I may have to name it after him!
That’s about it from me. I hope you are all keeping safe and well. At present, going outside briefly, once a day for exercise is encouraged, providing you are not in an at-risk group, showing any symptoms, or self-isolating; however, please do not congregate in groups at any of our parkrun sites, as tempting as it may be. We want to keep everybody safe and do no want anything to jeopardise our return to action.
As always: be kind to one another. And enjoy your running; however slow or fast you may be.
Same time next…time?
Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 10,507 participants have completed 106,951 parkruns covering a total distance of 534,755 km, including 17,666 new Personal Bests. A total of 943 individuals have volunteered 7,185 times.
The female record is held by Alexa JOEL who recorded a time of 17:12 on 22nd June 2013 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 14:15 on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded 90.53% (14:15) on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).
This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers.
Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.