Southend parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Southend parkrun #393

Southend parkrun
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?

Female Results:

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.

Male Results:

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.

 

Southend parkrun #391

Southend parkrun
Event number 391
29th February 2020

Well thank goodness for leap day! If not for 29th February falling on a Saturday this year, I would have gone an entire month without volunteering. The shame would have been unbearable! I also would have had no morale high ground when trying to convince the rest of you to volunteer (which I will do shortly). Luckily, all that potential unpleasantness was avoided, and 203 people were able to experience parkrun on leap day for the first time in history! We were made to work for it though, as some truly vile weather turned up to try and spoil the party. Imagine fighting your way through all the wind, rain, and sleet for the bragging rights of completing parkrun on leap day, only to realise you had forgotten your barcode! To the 12 ‘unknown’ runners in our results this week, I offer my sincere condolences. I wish you better luck the next time leap day falls on a Saturday…in 2048! Ouch.

With rumours of a new parkrun opening locally and the sun deciding to go on vacation, attendance at Gunners Park dropped by more than half this week. Just look at all that opening lap space! It certainly made for some interesting results: my finish token was #46. I nearly passed out.

Joining Run Director Alex Thornton for Southend parkrun 391 were some of the most dedicated individuals you could ever hope to find. Huge thanks to this week’s Hi-Vis Heroes, who were:

Charlotte BAINES, John BAKER, Derek BIRNIE, Thomas CARSWELL, Terry COKER, Nathan COLLINS, Katherine DAVISON, Bridgett DOWDY, Karen DREW, Katy DUDDRIDGE, Marian ELIAS, Alice HAMER, Vikki KENNEY, Janice MARSHALL, Amy MORGAN, Theresa PHILIPS, Jessica WALKER, Nigel WALKER, and Ji Hong XUE.

We say every week that parkrun cannot happen without volunteers, and this week ours really went beyond the call of duty. Some of them are still drying out! Not that rain is all bad, of course. Some of the best kisses in cinema history have taken place in the rain: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Notebook, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Spider-Man, to name but a few. Now, I’m not saying that if you volunteer at parkrun on a rainy day something this romantic will definitely happen to you, but it’s got to be worth a shot, right? For more information on volunteering, and to sign up, please visit: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/volunteer.

“Is it raining? I hadn’t noticed.”

And now for some milestones…

Congratulations to Michelle LEE for reaching the unofficial milestone of 150 parkruns this week!

Congratulations also to Theresa PHILIPS, Peter CHAPLIN, and Marian ELIAS, who all completed their 200th parkruns this week.

We only had one entry into one of the official milestone clubs this week, but it was a pretty big one…

Congratulations to Martin GOVER, who became the latest member of Southend parkrun’s exclusive 250 club!

4 brave souls decided this would be the perfect week to try parkrun for the very first time. Let’s hope they hadn’t also planned a celebratory barbecue for afterwards! Congratulations to:

William JOHNSON, Jack JOHNSON, Deb ELLIS, and Lily-Mae CHAPLIN.

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!

We were also joined by 3 parkrun tourists, visiting us at Southend for the first time. “A parkrun and a trip to the seaside? Sounds lovely! I’ll pack the wellies; you bring the umbrellas.” A warm welcome to:

Dexter GOWARD, Ian HARTLAND, and Nina CRABB.

We hope you enjoyed our event and that we will see you again soon.

And now for everybody’s favourite feature…Southend’s Random Results!

Female Results:

Clara MINTERN (VW45-49) was 10th across the line (69th overall) with a time of 26:57.
Helen WALKER (VW40-44) was 19th across the line (96th overall) with a time of 28:34.
Liz PARADINE (VW40-44) was 69th across the line (195th overall) with a time of 44:48.

Male Results:

Ryan WARD (VM35-39) was 19th across the line (22nd overall) with a time of 23:09.
Tim RUMBLE (VM55-59) was 29th across the line (34th overall) with a time of 25:03.
Chris BUFFIN (VM35-39) was 61st across the line (83rd overall) with a time of 27:42.

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.

‘Man’s Best Friend’ could be forgiven for feeling slightly disgruntled about being dragged out in these conditions. However, after a tasty treat and a couple of belly rubs, I’m sure all was forgiven. It always works on me!

25 of the more amphibious of you managed to set new Personal Best times this week! That’s a healthy 12% of the field (#maths). Congratulations to:

Stuart BUCHAN, Tony SMYTH, Adam MOY, Bryn GIBBONS, Graham FLETCHER, Lewis MUDFORD, Louise HAMMOND, Tom HAWKYARD, Jen LEAFE, David TIERNEY, Ian TILBURY, Ryan TRENT, Ali BOURKE-BROWN, Alison ROBINS, William IRVIN, George BRAMLEY, Archie THOMPSON, Melanie JESSEN, Gill DIMMICK, Peter MELVILLE, Benjamin ALLISON, Dee BROOKS, Victoria PALLEN, Michelle AULT, and Paul ROBINSON.

This week, my highly coveted but entirely fictional PB-of-the-week goes to Dee BROOKS, whose new time of 35:09 was over a minute quicker than she had managed previously! Congratulations Dee! That is an incredible improvement. I did ask the stewards to double check the legality of such a result and they said that, “Whilst there is insufficient evidence to suggest a speedboat was used, a discarded snorkel and a pair of flippers were found in a nearby bin after the event.” The investigation is still ongoing.

It’s brightening up!

That’s about it from me this week. Be kind to one another. And enjoy your running; however slow or fast you may be.

Same time next week?

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 10,466 participants have completed 106,297 parkruns covering a total distance of 531,485 km, including 17,573 new Personal Bests. A total of 931 individuals have volunteered 7,141 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 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers.

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell.

Photographs by Katherine Davison.

 

Southend parkrun #390

Southend parkrun
Event number 390
22 February 2020

Leigh-on-Sea Striders turn Southend parkrun blue.

Local running club, Leigh-on-Sea Striders (LoSS), staged its first ever parkrun takeover on a blustery day in Gunners Park. LoSS members volunteered for many of the parkrun duties, from car park attendants, to pacers and even the Run Director. LoSS also provided 54 of this week’s 451 parkrunners, and, importantly, plenty of cake!

Flying along the sea wall

Results and milestones for event #390.

First finishers
Dominic LeMare of Southend AC was first to finish, in a time of 17:38, while fellow Southend AC member, Hayley Lamkin, led home the ladies in 18:22. Dominic was swiftly followed by Dean Ovel of LoSS (18:04) and Daniel Waite (18:17), while hot on Hayley’s heels were Hollie Boyd (21:19) and Natalija Kudla (21:37), both of LoSS, with Hollie bagging a PB to boot. Well done to you all.

Milestones
Many congratulations to those who reached an official parkrun milestone today:


Aiden Ellis


Chris Holmes
Laurence Petty

Congratulations too to John Nolan on your 200th parkrun, and to Karen Drew on reaching 150 parkruns.
Keep up the good work!

Personal bests

Despite the wind (or maybe thanks to its assistance along the sea wall), 58 runners achieved a personal best time over the course. Impressive performances given the conditions. Congratulations to:
Abby GARRETT • Adrian SMITH • Aiden ELLIS • Alfie HOLCOMBE • Alison MITCHELL • Alison ROBINS • Amy CORKE • Anthony PAYNE • Bob GOWEN • Caroline VENABLES • Caroline WILLIS • Chelsea WILKES • Chloe BURLEY • Chris HOLMES • Danielle GARRETT • Danny HARRINGTON • David SHIELDS • Edward CLARK • Giles TOFIELD • Gina BARTLEY • Graham WALLIS • Harry KNIGHT • Helen SPARKS • Hollie BOYD • Ian TILBURY • Jay EMERY • Jeffrey GOODMAN • Jemma TABERT • Jen LEAFE • Jesse BURKETT • Katie ALLEN • Kester MORGAN-DOWNING • Lara MELVILLE • Lewis MUDFORD • Louisa-Jane SUTTON • (Matthew) Lee HELEY • Marion HOLLAND • Matt GRAY • Matt KENNEDY • Matthew AITKEN • Michelle AULT • Neil DAVIES • Oliver DOBKIN • Philip TOBIN • Poppy PEPPER • Ralph PAYNE • Richard MANFORD • Sarah MORGAN • Silvi KARLSBERG-CAVE • Samuel Johnson • Siobhan WATERS • Steven KILDAY • Teddy MELVILLE • Tina PIPER • Tony DEDMAN • Tracey GLANVILLE • Tracey WOODERSON • Victoria PALLEN

Runners from LoSS helped runners achieve their target times

First timers and visitors

35 people ran for the first time at Southend, of whom the following fabulous 15 experienced the excitement of their first ever parkrun:
Ali BOURKE-BROWN • Curtis JEWITT • Dave BLACKHURST • Dayna ROBERTSON • Francesca JEWITT • Henry TIERNEY • Iain BANKS • James GLENISTER • Jamie STEEL • Jenny BANKS • Jesper JONSSON • Laura TURNER • Paul ROBINSON • Polly BROOKS • Stephen PUXLEY
Welcome to the parkrun family. We really hope you’ll join us again.
Among the many blue vests, we were excited to catch sight of a lesser spotted blue shirt - the 500 parkrun milestone tee - worn by Roy Reeder who visited us for his 537th parkrun. A regular at the home of parkrun, Bushy Park, Roy completed his 268th different event at Southend. Epic parkrunning Roy, you’re an inspiration! We hope you enjoyed your trip to the seaside.
Roy was one of 20 visitors to Southend today, with other tourists coming to us from Rosliston, Hoblingwell, Bromley, Gunpowder Park, Ealing and Ipswich, among others.

We do like to be beside the seaside!

Sixty seconds with Matt Barrett

Our intrepid reporter caught up with this week’s Run Director, Matt Barrett, to find out why he’s such an avid fan of parkrun.
Before we get on to parkrun, Matt, what inspired you to take up running, and how long has it been a passion for you?
I’d always done athletics, high jump at a primary school, and hurdles, triple jump, and 400m when at secondary school. Then I stopped running for 15 years!
Tell me about your involvement with parkrun — how did you first hear about it, and did it become a regular fixture in your life from the start?
My best friend from school found out about parkrun when away with friends in Belfast. He saw that there was a parkrun in Southend and wanted someone to go with. Then it was off and on for a while, but now it’s a regular fixture of my weekends.
What made you take up volunteering at parkrun, do you have a favourite role, and how did you become involved with the core team at Southend?
I started helping when Southend was short of volunteers. I decided that I should give back, and I still volunteer at least once for every 10 parkruns I do.
Joining the core team was something of a personal challenge as I’m not a natural public speaker and doing the main run briefing was daunting at first. It can still be a bit nerve wracking, but going out of my comfort zone to do it is an achievement that I’m proud of.
When not run directing, I like timekeeping, although I only seem to do it in winter and I find that I can’t feel my fingers or barely move them by the end.

No-one would know that you get nervous, Matt, you always come across clearly and confidently and you are very engaging. We love having you as RD!
You've been on the tourist trail, running at 29 different parkruns, visiting places such as Guernsey and Montsouris in Paris, along the way. Other than Southend, which has been your favourite so far and why?
It’s difficult to choose as they are all so different. But I really liked the course at Castlebar in Ireland.
Southend parkrun is incredibly popular, regularly attracting over 400 runners and walkers each week, with a record of 552 just last month. What do you think makes it worth a visit?
It’s flat and fast!
What would you say to someone who is considering coming along for the first time but who might feel a bit intimidated to join so many parkrunners?
We were all first timers once. Just put one foot in front of other and see where it leads you. Happy parkrunning!
What's been the highlight of your parkrun life so far?
Meeting my future wife.
And finally, if you weren't at parkrun, what would you be doing on a Saturday morning?
Probably being unhealthy and eating chocolate cake!

RD Matt Barrett bids parkrunners to "Enjoy the wind!"

Voluncheers!

parkrun cannot happen without our amazing High-Viz heroes. Huge thanks to the 38 volunteers who joined Run Director, Matt Barrett, to give their time and enthusiastic support to make this week’s event possible:
Adam LYSONS • Amanda FINCH • Angela ROWE • Bruce GANDER • Catherine PATTERSON • David WALKER • David WARD • Debbie PRIEST • Derek BIRNIE • Eleanor JOHNSON • Elisha LETLEY • Gail RANDALL • George FELTON • Georgina McMasters • Graham SMITH • Jemma LEE • Jess ELLIS • Jo HALL • Karen CALLOW • Keith PASSINGHAM • Laura SUTTON • Lin TAYLOR • Louise DUGDALE • Mark SAMUELS • Matibini MATIBINI • Matthew LETLEY • Michelle LANE • Robert PRIGG • Ronan QUINN • Sean MCFARLANE • Simon NORRIS • Stephanie MIGLIORINI • Stuart CABLE • Theo BAHANNACK • Theresa PHILIPS • Tim KETTERER • Zoe STORRAR

High-Viz heroes always brighten a grey day!

If you fancy being a High-Viz hero, take a look at the available roles on our future roster using the link https://www.parkrun.org.uk/southend/futureroster/ and email southendhelpers@parkrun.com to let us know what you’d like to do.

Southend parkrun by numbers

Southend parkrun started on 13 October 2012 and, since then, 10,458 different runners, including participants from 511 athletics clubs have completed 106,094 runs covering a total distance of 530,470 km. There have been 17,550 personal bests and 233 different first finishers. The average number of runners per week is 272, with 10 runs per person, on average; 29:23 is the average run time. The total hours run is 5 years, 340 days, 0 hours, 12 minutes and 4 seconds. The biggest attendance was 552 on 25 January 2020.
• The female record is held by Alexa JOEL who ran in a time of 00:17:12 on 22nd June 2013 (event number 38).
• The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who ran in a time of 00:14:15 on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).
• The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a 90.53% run (14:15) on 5th March 2016 (event number 181).

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

The sheer joy of finishing!

See you next time - #DFYB!

Run report by Georgina McMasters.
Photos by Mark Stennem James Kidgell, Louise Dugdale and Debbie Priest.

 

Southend parkrun #389

Southend parkrun
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:


Finley Stephenson.


Nicola Snoad and Alan Rayner.


Helen Wilkins.


Ivan Newman.

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 southendhelpers@parkrun.com 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.

 

International Women’s Day 2020

We are delighted to be holding a parkun on this year's International Women's Day and are pleased that we will be supported by volunteers from the women at Active Life, we hope to see everyone there for another fantastic Saturday morning!

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