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:
50 Mark Samuels, Catherine O’Keeffe, Ian Chapman
49 Trevor Hughes, Geraldine Hansford, Alex Rose
48 David West
47 Sir Jim Gardiner, Mick Hodges
10 Sam Chapman
And here is the standard parkrun summary report …
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.
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.