South Woodham Ferrers parkrun #118 2nd October 2021

Hiya! Welcome to this week’s Run Report by yours truly, David Hayday, your guest editor this week.

Me messing around as usual and Mel trying desperately not to be in the same photo!

Me messing around as usual and Mel trying desperately not to be in the same photo!

This week was my first visit to South Woodhams Ferrers parkrun and I have to say it really was a smashing visit. For those that don’t know me, I’m the Event Director at Billericay parkrun and a parkrun Event Support Ambassador for a cluster of parkruns and junior parkruns, including, this one!

early morning

My first observation on Saturday was how well Tracey did in booking some calm and dry weather - result!
Then there was my lock-up envy. Oh, my word, how brilliant to have all your gear right by the start and finish area. That’s going straight to my Christmas list – please Santa

Once I stopped drooling over the lock-up and as the minutes clicked nearer and nearer to the magic hour, walkers, joggers and runners started to appear from all over in readiness for event number 118.

Jo and Fran putting the ‘Tail’ into Tail Walking

Jo and Fran putting the ‘Tail’ into Tail Walking

Vital Statistics
So, what were the numbers that mattered this week?
Number of walkers, joggers and runners: All the sevens, 77
Number of First Timers: 3, welcome to all
Number of Personal Bests: 11, that’s over 14% of you with shiny new ‘best times’ – well done

Number of Volunteer: 20 – heroes one and all
Total Number of runs at South Woodham Ferrers: 13,574. That means, as a group, we’ve travelled over 67,000km – more than 1 ½ times around planet earth!

Milestones
It’s always lovely to see people reaching new parkrun milestone numbers, so it’s great to see two new milestone club members this week.
Huge congratulations to Mandy and Mark who both reached their 50 milestone this week. Look forward to seeing their new red tees in the weeks to come.

50 parkrun

Volunteers
As a huge fan of volunteering, it’s always brilliant to meet new parkrun teams and Saturday was no exception. Great Hi-Viz heroes at every turn. From marshals to timekeepers, scanners to finish tokens, photographer to RD and Tail Walkers with tails, everyone was absolutely brilliant!
On behalf of the 77, thank you, thank you, thank you!
If you haven’t volunteered at parkrun, do give it a go. Just drop a line to southwoodhamferrers@parkrun.com with your name, barcode number and the week(s) you’d like to help. You so won’t regret it!

The legendary Bob at his Hill

The legendary Bob at his Hill

All that aside, what was my prevailing memory of South Woodham Ferrers parkrun? It could easily have been the lovely course, the great views, the fact that it wasn’t a great big crowded event. However, by far the best bit was the great people, the smiles at every turn, the brilliant volunteers and a sense that everyone really loved the event and had each other’s back.

buggy runner luke parkrunner Allan & son Happy Mike 3 50s

It really was great to visit and I hope to be back soon. And finally, can someone please tell me what Simon’s up to here? Answers on a postcard to ……………

Flying feet ....!

Flying feet ....!

Thank you, Jason, Helen and all the Core Team. Thank you, Tracy, for being such a super RD and thank you South Woodham Ferrers parkrun for simply being great. Until next time