New Years Day parkrun

As has become traditional, Southend parkrun will have an event on New Years Day 2016, giving you the opportunity to run of any excess caused by the festive period and catch up with all your friends.

We'll start at the later time of 10 am to give you a few minutes extra in bed!

See you all in the new year.

 

Southend parkrun #120 – Run Report

Southend parkrun #120 – 10 January 2015

It’s Saturday again, so that means it’s parkrun day.

A bumper crowd today. 246 runners finished the course, the highest number of finishers since last August when we commemorated event number 100. As I recall that was a lovely sunny day so it must be the nice weather that brings everyone out for their parkrun fix.

Lovely weather today – lovely for trees being uprooted by the wind or for that ‘running into strong wind and not getting anywhere’ feeling. Gosh it was a bit blowy out there.

The attendance was boosted by 35 first timers at the Southend course. Could it be because it is the start of the year and lots of people want to get outdoors and get active with the wind in their hair? Maybe a few people have made some New Year resolutions.

I checked up on the new runners that have started parkrun at Southend already this year.

  • parkrun #118 on 1 January had 10 brand new parkrunners – only one has kept up their attendance – well done Adrian Denny.
  • parkrun #119 on 3 January had 9 brand new parkrunners – and two of these came back this week – well done Julia Clement and (junior runner) Olivia Singleton.

Of this week’s 35 new runners most were brand new parkrunners. Hope to see you all back next week!

There were a few tourists sprinkled in amongst them. These included Billy Bremner (Brockwell parkrun) who was completing his 117th parkrun at his 51st course (proper tourist – you might get a good reception at Leeds parkrun too); Darren Fazackerley was running his 55th parkrun and his 15th course; and Essie Laugharene and was travelling from her more regular parkrun at Main Beach (Gold Coast, near Brisbane, Australia).

Here is a picture taken at the Main Beach parkrun a couple of weeks ago:

Looks awful! All that blue sky, sunshine, palm trees and warm temperatures. What rubbish! No wonder Essie came to Southend ;-)

So who else made any New Year resolutions, and who is still keeping to them? Aiming to run more perhaps? Get that elusive PB? Run a race or a further distance? Maybe even complete a marathon. Good luck if you are – parkrun and the community around it will certainly help you with these types of targets.

I’ve just made a resolution to book a holiday after looking at the Main Beach parkrun facebook page.

Actually facebook needs to be a resolution for me. I find myself spending too much time on there. There is so much of interest … the parkrun page for a start, local running groups are full of great updates and interesting articles, and friends and family get to share all of their good news.

But there is an awful lot of rubbish on there too and I find myself just browsing through lots of nonsense. And I can’t stop myself from doing it.

Does any of this sound familiar …

  • “I’ve got manflu/runny nose/pleghm/cold/sniffles/whatever …”
  • “I have a great son/daughter/mother/dog/goldfish/whatever … like if you love yours too …”
  • Chatter about, or pictures of, food.
  • “Look I made a cake …”
  • “Oops I just opened a bottle of wine …”
  • “I care about [insert cause here] most of my friends won’t re-post this …”
  • “I’ve just been for a run, here’s my Garmin stats …”
  • (Hundreds of) pictures of pets.

There is nothing wrong with any of this of course. It’s just that it drives me a little bit mad and it makes me want to add jokey comments, which I fear might be taken the wrong way, so I don’t, but I really have to fight the urge to comment anyway.

Maybe it’s because I’m a cranky middle-aged man. Use of LOL or OMG or Epic! and all similar variants drives me nuts too. I'm just not down with the kids. And don’t get me started on poor spelling.

Anyway, sorry for boring you with all that. I resolve to spend less time on facebook reading this type of stuff but I still want to see all of the good stuff (with a running slant, of course) like:

  • Southend parkrun
  • News about new races entered or run reports
  • News of a brand new PB or running feat (with Garmin stats)
  • Articles about interesting running news
  • Great deals on running gear and kit
  • Cartoons of minions being funny. Love those.
  • Great jokes. Good pictures and photos. Amazing quotes
  • Topical news, achievements, opinions and insights

There is so much good stuff out there too.

In fact, I resolve to aspire to today’s Run Director, Sean McFarlane in this respect. He is comedy genius. He only posts occasionally but it is usually either funny, relevant or encouraging. And his pre-run briefings as RD usually contain a really good gag too.

Sean organised today’s marshals and volunteers and made sure that, as usual, everything went like clockwork. Once the regular announcements were made, course condition and safety warnings were given we all marched off to the start line for the run.

And then we were off, and trying not to be blown out to sea.

Congratulations to the first finishers:

  • Men: Dan Slayford in 19:11 – first time in 32 appearances.
  • Women: Hannah McElroy (junior) in 22:51 – 5th time in 62 appearances.

Really super work from our young runners in difficult conditions.

We also had a 1-2-3-4 finish from members of the Flyers Southend running group.

Well done to Dan Slayford, Peter Cole, Elliott Cone and Justin King for treating us to an orange glow on a gloomy grey day.

It was tough out there so I wasn’t expecting many PBs. However, a terrific 8 runners stepped up to the challenge and won themselves a new personal best time. Fly your kites high for the following PB winners:

Paul Brandreth, James Todd, Sophie Parrish, Stuart Bellett, Daniel Rivers, David Thompson, Roger Rapp and Olivia Singleton.

Special mentions for the following runners:

  • Paul Brandreth made it a streak of 3 PBs on his last 3 runs at Southend
  • Mark Samuels, Catherine O’Keeffe and Ian Chapman completed their 50th parkrun and join the ’50 Club’.
  • Junior runner Sam Chapman completed his 10th parkrun and joins the ’10 Club’.

Great running everyone!

As always, making this week’s run possible were the latest band of happy parkrun helpers. This week we say a very big THANK YOU to our volunteers:

Ian ANTHONY, Mark BENHAM, Elijah Caetano Waitakere CHAPLIN, Pam FELTON, Jo-Anne HALL, Christine Patricia HODGES, Kevin HUGHES, Anne KIRBY, Sean MCFARLANE, Gary PITMAN, Graham PURDHAM, Lloyd RICHARDSON, Kathy SHORE, Lin TAYLOR, Alex S THORNTON

As always, new volunteers are always welcome at Southend and there are always vacant roles to be filled for coming weeks. If you can give something back to the event that you enjoy then please get in touch.

Keith Passingham, who is almost always present at Southend early every Saturday to set out the course, was presented with a belated birthday gift before the run and he had this to say:

“Thank you one and all! It is fantastic. This is going up in my little office.”

 

Friday Night Quiz

The Friday facebook quiz managed to make a rather tenuous link between the sports of running and darts. The question to answer was ‘predict the combined time of the runners finishing 20th, 40th and 60th positions’. A number of people had a guess but Victoria Jeeves came closest with her guess of 69:33 – just 17 seconds away from the actual time of 69mins 16secs.

Congratulations Victoria – here is your mention in the report as your reward.

 

parkrun Club Countdown

Runners approaching or reaching parkrun clubs:

Club 50

50        Mark Samuels, Catherine O’Keeffe, Ian Chapman

49        Trevor Hughes, Geraldine Hansford, Alex Rose

48        David West

47        Sir Jim Gardiner, Mick Hodges

Club 10

10        Sam Chapman

 

And here is the standard parkrun summary report …

Men's placings:
Dan SLAYFORD (SM18-19) of Flyers Southend, was first over the line in 19:11 - first time in 32 appearances.
Peter COLE (SM30-34) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was second over the line in 19:24.
Elliott CONE (VM35-39) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was third over the line in 19:51.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Justin KING (Flyers Southend) 1349 pts.
Elliott CONE (Leigh on Sea Striders) 1247 pts.
Dan SLAYFORD (Flyers Southend) 1246 pts.

Women's placings:
Hannah MCELROY (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (36th overall) over the line in 22:51 - 5th time in 62 appearances.
Amy PARRISH (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (42nd overall) over the line in 23:04.
Jemma LEE (SW30-34) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:05.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sue TAYLOR (Unattached) 1163 pts.
Hannah MCELROY (Unattached) 1085 pts.
Jemma LEE (Leigh on Sea Striders) 1056 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Steve KIDWELL (VM50-54) was graded 72.68% for the time 20:37 (6th overall).
Ian MCMAHON (VM55-59) was graded 69.80% for the time 22:01 (22nd overall).
Paul SPARKS (VM50-54) was graded 69.45% for the time 21:56 (20th overall).

This week there were 246 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012, and since then 2,822 different runners, including participants from 150 athletics clubs, have completed 18,965 runs covering a total distance of 94,825 km, and there have been 4,480 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Alexa JOEL who ran in a time of 00:17:12 on 2013-06-22 (event number 38).
The men's record is held by Adam HICKEY who ran in a time of 00:14:29 on 2014-04-12 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a 89.07% run (14:29) on 12th April 2014 (event number 81).

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

Photographs from each event are published on the Southend parkrun facebook page. You can find us on both Facebook and Twitter.

Today's run report is by Lloyd Richardson.

See you next time.

 

Southend parkrun #119 – Run Report

Southend parkrun #119 – 3 January 2015

#119 - Give it up for our wonderful Volunteers!

It seemed like no sooner had we packed things up, trimmed the moustache and hair, and put away the 118 outfits, than we were back at Gunners park for #119. Why oh why can’t every week be like this!

Weather conditions took a turn for the worse however, with freezing temperatures and driving rain. Nevertheless 168 parkrunners took their chance in the 2nd run of 2015. A great turnout. We had 10 first timers. Welcome all to your parkrun.  (just to let you know that sometimes it can be a bit more windy). We hope you enjoyed your experience and return on many a Saturday morning. Just one tourist on this occasion, rather than the global pull we have enjoyed in the last couple of weeks. He was from Great Yarmouth.

Lloyd Richardson appeared from under numerous layers of clothing to be Run Director, and given the conditions the Volunteers were the real winners of the day.

Thank you all………………namely…………..

David ROBINSON  •  Eric BRITTON  •  Geraldine HANSFORD  •  Helen KELLY  •  Helen MULLINS  •  Howard DIMMOCK  •  James BURNS  •  Lloyd RICHARDSON  •  Mick STAINES  •  Paul MASKELL  •  Rachael L THORNTON  •  Tina BOSWELL  •  Zoe STORRAR

for braving the elements. It certainly felt like it should be a “double points day”

Talking of “points”, it was interesting to note that given Hannah McElroy’s absence over the restive period, Sue Taylor, our very own 100 Club member, has now moved to the top of the ladies points table.

Lloyd welcomed Kev Hughes, Stuart Coxhead and Ian Bernhardt to the 50 Club. Many Congratulations all, great commitment.

Early contender for picture of the year as Kev appreciates the support of Rich Pryor

Ian completes his 50th run

Mark Samuels and Cathy O’Keefe are poised to join you , they’re on 49.

Adam Hickey warmed up for his date alongside Mo Farah in the annual international cross country match between Britain, Europe and the USA in Edinburgh next Saturday with another whirlwind performance at 14.41 (just 12 seconds off his own course record) and in the same rapid movements become the fastest parkrunner globally on Saturday. Congratulation Adam and good luck from everyone at parkrun for Saturday.

I had to feel for Pete Cole, however, who finished in 3rd place.  What might have been if Adam hadn’t got his car started on Saturday morning and brought his unknown Athlete friend ( our second finisher ) with him.

Tracy English was First lady finisher again and in the process notched the 3rd  fastest time in her in age category at 19.36 at Southend parkrun. Double well done Tracy.

The harsh conditions meant that only 12 pbs where notched, you all get a mention below.  Alongside Tracy’s effort one of particular note was Jo Harding’s at 26.21. Jo’s improvement over the last 12 months has taken her down from 30.13. Congratulations.

Jo in pink at the start

Jo Harding, Oliver Spicer, Tracy English, Emma-Jane Burley, Janet Gabell, Michelle Lee, Richard Hardiman, James Readhead, Jim Riley, Anil Parkash, Ade Butteris, Kieran Kothari

Well done to you all, not to be underestimated in those conditions.

For those a bit newer to parkrun in particular, please don’t forget that we meet in The Harvester for a drink and a chat straight afterwards every week. It’s a great way to extend the parkrun experience a bit longer. Everyone is very welcome.

 

“Let’s go and extend the parkrun experience”

 

Until #120……………….when we will hope for slightly calmer conditions

 


Here’s the standard results service

Men's placings:
Adam HICKEY (SM25-29) of Southend-on-Sea AC, was first over the line in 14:41 - 15th time in 15 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Peter COLE (SM30-34) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was third over the line in 18:41.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Justin KING (Flyers Southend) 1252 pts.
Elliott CONE (Leigh on Sea Striders) 1149 pts.
Dan SLAYFORD (Flyers Southend) 1146 pts.

Women's placings:
Tracy ENGLISH (VW35-39) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:46 - 10th time in 13 appearances.
Eleanor KIMBER (SW30-34) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was second (34th overall) over the line in 22:23 - was first to finish once before.
Kasia KOSTYRKA-ALLCHORNE (VW35-39) of Southend-on-Sea AC, was third (39th overall) over the line in 22:40 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sue TAYLOR (Unattached) 1078 pts.
Hannah MCELROY (Unattached) 985 pts.
Jemma LEE (Leigh on Sea Striders) 958 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Adam HICKEY (SM25-29) was graded 87.85% for the time 14:41 (first overall).
Graham PURDHAM (VM55-59) was graded 79.36% for the time 19:42 (7th overall).
Tracy ENGLISH (VW35-39) was graded 76.56% for the time 19:46 (8th overall).

This week there were 168 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012, and since then 2,787 different runners, including participants from 148 athletics clubs, have completed 18,719 runs covering a total distance of 93,595 km, and there have been 4,472 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Alexa JOEL who ran in a time of 00:17:12 on 2013-06-22 (event number 38).
The men's record is held by Adam HICKEY who ran in a time of 00:14:29 on 2014-04-12 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a 89.07% run (14:29) on 12th April 2014 (event number 81).

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

Photographs from each event are published on the Southend parkrun facebook page. You can find us on both Facebook and Twitter.

This weeks report writer is Mark Benham.

 

Southend parkrun #114 – Run Report

Southend parkrun #114 – 6 December 2014

Purdham rescues event and then scores pb!

As is customary in the parkrun report, we start with the weather which this week caused some anxious moments soon to be sorted by the quick minded Graham Purdham, for if it were not for he, you might be reading “Event Iced off”

166 parkrunners rose to our coldest parkrun morning yet this winter, albeit with a lovely bright sky over Gunners Park. But the overnight dip in temperatures had caused our resident puddle and another near the “castle” to freeze over. So it helps that we have got Graham in our ranks, given his association with the park, as he knows where the odd bucket of sand and stones is kept. Puddles soon de-iced by Graham. Job done, no fuss!

Keith made a note to add a bucket and spade to his boot in case of similar future issues , then welcomed us all, thanked the fantastic band of volunteers who this week deserve an extra special thanks given the cold conditions. These fine people are:-

Alex S THORNTON  •  Claire VICTORY  •  Eric BRITTON  •  Geraldine HANSFORD  •  Howard DIMMOCK  •  John BOSWELL  •  Kathy SHORE  •  Keith PASSINGHAM  •  Paul MASKELL  •  Sarah-Ann PATEL  •  Tina BOSWELL  •  Val TAYLOR  •  Vanessa MCELROY  •  Zoe STORRAR  •  Mark Benham

There was however no volunteer photographer this week, hence no chance to scan through on a Saturday night and find your “race face”……please do have a look at the future roster and then email southendhelpers@parkrun.com with your availability in future weeks. We do need a photographer for #115 on Saturday please.

The 50 Club welcomed its newest member, Vicky Jeeves. Many congratulations Vicky.

Vicky, second left, dressing for the occasion

And they are piling up to join her too, Steve Bugg, Veronique Dorothy, Liz Jude & Fran De Sousa are just one run away.

Keep an eye out on those approaching Club 100, as the race is on to join Sue Taylor. Elaine Mitchell, who has run Southend parkrun 26 times, is now on 98.

It did slip Keith’s mind to remind you all that:-

a)      Saturday 20th December is our Christmas Fancy dress run and

b)      We will kick off the New Year at the slightly later time of 10am on New Years Day with event #118…….so please all use your imagination for suitable attire on the day.

Don’t forget that on Christmas Day you can upwrap the pressies and be at Basildon parkrun before you know it, and if you can’t stand the thought of another Turkey sandwich, why not drop in on the excellent Crown to Crown race on Boxing Day

Psst…..Keith…fancy dress is on the 20th!

So Graham’s efforts ensured no accidents for the parkrunners and also ensured he bagged himself a pb along the way. Regular readers of this report will recall Graham’s recent efforts to break a long run without a pb, have just fallen short, but not this week, maybe the extra warm-up with the bucket helped, but he managed to trim 8 seconds off at 19.40. Graham obviously likes the December air, as his last pb was exactly a year ago in #62. Well done Mr P.

“I’ll never get a pb in this skirt”

There were 33 more pbs . Congratulations to you all, namely……….Dan SLAYFORD, Rob KLEIDER, Glen FISHER, Sebastian POSKITT-RICHARDSON, David MAIN,Sam LOVELL, Clive SLAYFORD, Amy PARRISH, Colin BATEMAN, Fiona WALKER, Ade BUTTERISS, Drew LIESCHING-SCHRODER, Kieran KOTHARI, James HUTCHINGS, Karen DREW, Geoff BROOKER, James MCCARVILLE, Guy HURST, Kevin SALT, Terri WALFORD, Richard HARDIMAN, Jacqui WELLINGTON, Derek PAGE, Kevin HUGHES, Chris PHILLIPS, Melanie RAYMENT, Ellen HODGES, Peter MUFFETT, Claire DOWNHAM, Chandra KOTHARI, Peter FREEMAN, Daniel RIVERS, Roger RAPP

and well done to Loren Murrell, who returned from her Ultra running & globetrotting exploits to predict the time of the 114th finisher (Gemma Falkingham 28.55) in the Friday facebook quiz.

David Smale, slipped in as first male finisher and Hannah McElroy scored her 4th first female finish in the last 9 events. Very well done both. Hannah’s improvement over the last 12 months has taken her from 24.16 to 21.13.

Very well done but you could probably go sub 20 if you get some running gear!

It is interesting to look back and see the progress people have made. Many have improved their finishing time significantly over the year. Looking back on #62 exactly a year ago, I note the following:-

  • Our attendance is well up from the 134 we had then
  • Pete Cole has improved his pb from 19.39 to 17.57
  • Elliott Cone from 19.41 to 18.33
  • Lloyd Richardson scored a pb that day 21.23, he’s now at 20.44
  • As did Katie Spicer 22.57, now she’s at 20.59
  • Fiona Walker pb’d in both events 24.30 & 22.57
  • Anne Kirby has improved from 46.26 to 43.59

And finally on the pb front … what about Pete Freeman, who bagged a ninth consecutive pb on Saturday, taking his improvement over 16 events since the end of May from 41.35 to 33.41 … keep mopping those floors for cross training Pete!

Pete Freeman (left) displaying the style that has been delivering an unbelievable run

Here is the standard results service:-

Men's placings:

  • David SMALE (SM20-24) of Southend-on-Sea AC, was first over the line in 17:10 - second time in 3 appearances.
  • Sam JONES (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:58.
  • Sean MCFARLANE (VM40-44) of Flyers Southend, was third over the line in 18:14 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Justin KING (Flyers Southend) 811 pts.
Elliott CONE (Flyers Southend) 785 pts.
Peter COLE (Flyers Southend) 751 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Hannah MCELROY (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (28th overall) over the line in 21:43 - 4th time in 59 appearances.
  • Josanne ELL (VW35-39) of Flyers Southend, was second (36th overall) over the line in 22:32.
  • Amy PARRISH (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 22:35.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Hannah MCELROY (Unattached) 790 pts.
Debra PORTER (Unattached) 722 pts.
Stephanie GOVER (Unattached) 671 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Graham PURDHAM (VM55-59) was graded 79.49% for the time 19:40 (8th overall).
Sam JONES (JM15-17) was graded 77.46% for the time 17:58 (second overall).
Veronique DOROTHY (VW50-54) was graded 77.28% for the time 22:49 (40th overall).

This week there were 166 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012, and since then 2,695 different runners, including participants from 144 athletics clubs, have completed 17,814 runs covering a total distance of 89,070 km, and there have been 4,369 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Alexa JOEL who ran in a time of 00:17:12 on 2013-06-22 (event number 38).
The men's record is held by Adam HICKEY who ran in a time of 00:14:29 on 2014-04-12 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a 89.07% run (14:29) on 12th April 2014 (event number 81).

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

Photographs from each event are published on the Southend parkrun facebook page. You can find us on both Facebook and Twitter.

This weeks report writer is Mark Benham.

 

Southend parkrun #65 – Run Report

Southend parkrun #65 – 28th December 2013

It’s Saturday again, so that means it’s parkrun day.

For many runners today’s event followed a week of festivities, turkey dinner, Christmas pudding and spending time with their families. Then what better way to work off a little bit of holiday excess than to take part in Southend parkrun? The weather was kind but cool with a low sun taking away the gloom from the long nights.

This time last year the holiday weekend saw its first Southend parkrun (event 12) and we had 62 runners complete the course. Advance forward one year to event 65 and attendance numbers have more than doubled as 152 runners finished the 5k route.

Word continues to spread and we had 9 brand new runners taking on the Southend course. People are travelling from near and far and I suspect we had a few runners taking the opportunity to sample a different parkrun while visiting friends or family over the holidays. I’m sure I’ve missed a few tourists from today’s attendance but I’ve been able to pick out a few. Our visitors included Joseph Coles (Reading parkrun), Rikki Prince (Southampton), Michael Green (Brighton), Gabriel Uttley (York), Simon Gill (Cheltenham), David Richards (Abingdon), Eleanor Kimber (Highbury Fields), and Robert Haldane (Chelmsford). Many of our tourists were making their 2nd/3rd/4th visits and it is very pleasing to have you back.

Jason Mitchell was our Run Director taking charge of events and as part of the pre-run announcements was able to present the latest 10 club shirt to junior runner Bethan McElroy.

Bethan steps up to receive her 10 club t-shirt.

Junior runner Tom Ferris made it his tenth parkrun today and becomes the newest member of the parkrun 10 club.

Meanwhile there is a steady stream of runners approaching the benchmark of 50 runs and membership of the parkrun 50 club, which is open to junior and senior runners. A look at the latest results shows that eight of today’s runners have now run at 45 or more events. We can expect to see some new members during January. The core team had better get the ‘50 parkruns’ sash ready!

The first male and female finishers today were:

  • Men: Ian Anthony finished in a time of 17:11 – 11th time in 21 appearances.
  • Women: Eleanor Kimber in 22:23 – first time in 3 appearances.

Others were also racing around the course to achieve a brand new personal best time. Congratulations to the 27 runners that scored a new PB, and as usual they all receive a mention in the report, well done to the following athletes:

Michael Green, Edward Hayden, Emma Schneider, Rebecca Regan, Kevin Hughes, Rebecca Gribben, Simon Gill, Ben Schneider, Eleanor Kimber, Ian Bernhardt, Nick Markwell, Neil Magee, Gabriel Uttley, Gary Crisp, Krissie Ferris, Daniel Puddick, Stephen Kirsh, Mikki King, Laura Pottle, James Magee, Aaron Crisp, Karen Drew, Gemma Davies, Yvonne Fisher, Cathryn Collins, Lisa Eastwood, and Nick Atling.

Special mention too for Krissie Ferris who is now on a string of three new personal best times on consecutive visits.

Making everything possible is our band of ever-reliable volunteers. Without them your weekly parkrun wouldn’t happen so please join me in saying a huge thank you to the people giving up their time and donating their encouragement and support for the event. This week’s volunteers included the following heroes:

Alex S THORNTON  •  Anne PURDHAM  •  Carol Anne ELLIS  •  Claire SMITH  •  Gareth STEEL  •  George GREER  •  Jason MITCHELL  •  John PAYNE  •  Lin TAYLOR  •  Lloyd RICHARDSON  •  Nathan Jack THORNTON  •  Peter COLE  •  Rachael L THORNTON  •  Scotty BRENTON  •  Teresa Jane FLANNIGAN

Many thanks for your support and fantastic efforts.

Today was the last parkrun event of 2013. Thinking of your new year resolutions for 2014? Then how about lending your support to the parkrun team … it will make you feel good and you’ll be supporting your running community too!

New volunteers are always welcome – if you can lend a hand at a future event then please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator by e-mail at southendHelpers@parkrun.com. You can check the Future Roster page for a list of upcoming dates and roles to be filled. If you can fill any of the spaces this would be much appreciated – and don’t be daunted, you will have all the support that you need from the team (and you get to wear a snazzy hi-viz jacket too).

And don’t forget …

There will be a special parkrun on New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1 January 2014) at the later than usual time of 10:00 am. Can you think of a better way to start off 2014?

I hope to see you all there.

And here is the standard parkrun summary report …

Men's placings:
Ian ANTHONY (SM35-39) of Havering Mayesbrook AC, was first over the line in 17:11 - 14th time in 21 appearances.
Simon GILL (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:29.
Adam JORDAN (JM15-19) of Southend-on-Sea AC, was third over the line in 18:41.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian ANTHONY (Havering Mayesbrook AC) 1094 pts.
Peter COLE (Flyers Southend) 1002 pts.
Graham PURDHAM (Flyers Southend) 993 pts.

Women's placings:
Eleanor KIMBER (SW30-34) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was first (28th overall) over the line in 22:23 - first time in 3 appearances.
Katie SPICER (VW35-39) of Leigh on Sea Striders, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 23:12.
Krissie FERRIS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 23:46.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Helen KELLY (Flyers Southend) 1022 pts.
Susannah TAYLOR (Unattached) 1002 pts.
Rachael L THORNTON (Flyers Southend) 910 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ian ANTHONY (SM35-39) was graded 76.72% for the time 17:11 (first overall).
Stephen KIRSH (JM14) was graded 75.65% for the time 19:10 (7th overall).
Robert HALDANE (VM55-59) was graded 74.84% for the time 20:32 (12th overall).

This week there were 152 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Southend parkrun started on 13th October 2012, and since then 1,592 different runners, including participants from 96 athletics clubs, have completed 7,956 runs covering a total distance of 39,780 km, and there have been 2,148 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Alexa JOEL who ran in a time of 00:17:12 on 2013-06-22 (event number 38).
The men's record is held by Adam HICKEY who ran in a time of 00:14:31 on 2013-07-27 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a 88.86% run (14:31) on 27th July 2013 (event number 43).

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

Photographs from each event are published on the Southend parkrun facebook page. You can find us on both Facebook and Twitter.

Today's run report is by Lloyd Richardson.

See you next year!

 

 

New Year’s Day Special!

We're pleased to announce that we will again be running a New Year's Day special parkrun!

This will be in addition to our normal Saturday event, so make a  note in your diaries for the Wednesday of the week, January 1st for parkrun, starting at the later time of 10.00am.  Well, some people will have been out the night before!

As always a few volunteers are required for the event, but we will try to operate a "parkrun lite" event to keep the volunteers to a minimum!

Hope you can all make it :-)

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