Thurrock parkrun Run Report #240 – 18 September 2021

Hi All,

The run report comes to you from Matthew this week.

There was a moment just before this week’s run when it looked as though the sun might come out, but it wasn’t to be, and remained a bit grey and washed out – which was actually really comfortable for running.
I made a new friend whilst we were waiting for the briefing – a crane fly kept attaching itself to me, and at one point it looked as though I was going to have a passenger for the run. Whatever I did, it kept coming back to me.
It was great to see turnout is getting back to former levels, and especially how many new runners we had – I made it 11 brand new first timers this week, as well as a handful of tourists.
It was also nice that we didn’t need the appeal for volunteers that we’ve had in recent weeks, but we can always do with more - if you haven’t volunteered before please do give it a go.

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But you’re probably wondering why it’s me writing the report this week (ok, maybe you’re not!). The short answer is that I wanted to mark my 50th Parkrun by doing the report. It’s a bit of a relief to finally earn the coveted red t-shirt!
It also turns out that I wasn’t the only one hitting a milestone this week – sharing the occasion with Sophie (50), Parmjit (50) and Philip (100).

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I was a bit of latecomer to Parkrun, evidenced by the fact my wife, Amanda, is a whole milestone t-shirt ahead of me, but it didn’t take long for it to became a natural part of a Saturday morning. So much so that Saturday now doesn’t feel like Saturday without it. That certainly makes going out to stagger around the Heath in terrible weather a lot easier. I’d simply regret it if I gave it a miss. Even going out to do Parkrun on Christmas Day feels like a perfectly sane and normal thing to do.
We’ve even been known to plan going away on holiday around Parkrun – whether that’s arranging the travel to make sure we can fit in Parkrun before we go or come home, or choosing where we go based on whether there is a local Parkrun in the area. But I’m sure we’re not alone in that (I can recommend Lanhydrock if you want a real shock to the system after being used to Thurrock!). It can become a bit of an obsession.
I’d hoped to get the 50 last year, of course, maybe as early as May, but we all know what put paid to that. During the hiatus, Parkrun was definitely one of the things (if not THE thing) I missed the most. It’s just not the same pounding the streets trying to weave around people, dogs and traffic – but even more than that it’s a very solitary form of exercise. We really missed all the other people from the Heath.

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(Not) Parkrun was what helped me get through it. I found running round the Heath, rather than some random route of my own devising, provided some structure and familiarity to my runs. I could have done it near home, but using the Heath helped bring back a little bit of the Parkrun feeling and weekend routine, albeit without the need to actually get up quite so early! I also mixed it up a bit and went anti-clockwise sometimes, although I can confirm that anti-clockwise is uphill all the way.
Even with (Not) Parkrun, both Amanda and I were itching to get back when “proper” Parkrun restarted, and it’s not disappointed. We’ve got our Saturdays back! I’m even starting to like the new temporary course.

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Finally, I must also say a special thank you to Boomy for making me run so fast two weeks ago that any hope of getting a PB for my 50th run was well beyond reach. Or maybe that crane fly did hitch a lift this week!

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Anyway enough of me rambling on, I’m sure you’re really just here for the stats…

This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Robert TEER • Elizabeth COX • Sandra HARNOR • Toby DRAPER • Ray MILLER • Wendy TURPIN • Renae LAYBOURN • Irene FLOOD • Reginald FLOOD • Debbie MACINNES • Dean SYKES • Peter EATES • Clowance LANE • Kaitlyn LANE • Jane EADY-SCOFIELD • Terry SCOFIELD • Steven CRABBE • Matthew KING • David MCCALLUM • Heidi ADAMS • Jean HARRIS • Holly ADAMS • Thomas OLLINGTON • Laurence READ • Rachel OLLINGTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath Results Page.

The male record is held by Alec FINCH who recorded a time of 15:29 on 3rd December 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Charlie ARNELL who recorded a time of 18:38 on 16th December 2017 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Dave TULLETT who recorded 87.82% (17:39) on 14th August 2021 (event number 235).

Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath started on 10th October 2015. Since then 3,217 participants have completed 20,639 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,195 km, including 3,693 new Personal Bests. A total of 362 individuals have volunteered 4,046

 

Thurrock parkrun Run Report #239 – 11 September 2021

Run Report by David Adams

So here I am on Sunday evening with a nice glass of Malbec on the table beside me and my laptop on my lap. Yesterdays parkrun was number 239 with 115 runners and walkers at the alternative start.

Little Bit of a family affair on the course and volunteering for The Adams family this weekend, My inspirational Daughter Holly behind the camera, My wife Heidi doing the first timers briefing again and running then me sitting here writing this for you, Oh and I musn't forget my Mum Marlene came back for her first parkrun since it's return doing just the one lap whilst she gets back into the swing of it and it's her birthday this weekend (I won't mention the number but i'm nearly 50!) - Happy Birthday Mum. Unfortunately I'm unable to run at the moment so I enjoyed a nice chatty walk with fellow Nomad Carly and the Slimming world ladies who Hayley has encouraged to come along, Judging the amount of laughter and chatting I reckon they are enjoying the parkrun experience. I personally think its great to walk or run in a different place in the pack to where you'd normally be as you get the chance to chat with others who ordinarily you wouldn't chat with and in honesty I had a great laugh with the slimming world ladies and Carly. Since our return to parkrun I've not managed to get to Thurrock as much as I'd like what with my summer holidays, kids and working so I really noticed just how many new runners, walkers and volunteers we now have which is brilliant to see and long may it continue to grow with new people joining us on the Heath on Saturday mornings.
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Unfortunately, an urgent appeal still needed posting almost begging for volunteers, Join us as a volunteer on the odd occasion its rewarding and doesn't need to be every week, if we all volunteer a few times in the year it takes the pressure of the regular volunteers a little who may like a run or walk occasionally. The roles are varied and fully supported so you will get shown exactly what you need to do so come on board and volunteer and help keep your parkrun running.

As I mentioned earlier Holly my daughter is starting to become a regular volunteer as photographer, which for Holly is one of the highlights of her week and if she manages to catch flying feet on the finish line she is excited till the following Saturday. It just shows how inclusive parkrun is as I know all the other volunteers are looking out for Holly whilst Heidi and I are on the course. It was nice being able to support the fast runners as they passed us on the second lap whilst I was still on my first with my camera in my hand getting a few pictures.
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For me this parkrun was a much needed stress relief as Heidi and I moved house on Wednesday so its been a very busy week indeed and seeing all my parkrun friends for a chin wag was the ideal Saturday morning and also being able to walk to parkrun was great. Me personally I can't wait till we get back round to the pyramid centre carpark as I miss a coffee from the boot Cafe supplied by Boomy.

Sorry its brief this week but i'm now about to edit Holly's pictures for facebook. Stay safe and have a great week and see you all next Saturday.

And now the stats:
This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Elizabeth COX • Louis LE ROUX • Sandra HARNOR • Oliver BRIDGE • Ray MILLER • Wendy TURPIN • Renae LAYBOURN • Karen FOSTER • Debbie MACINNES • Dean SYKES • Vikki POUND-FIRTH • Peter EATES • Yvonne JONES • Steven CRABBE • Matthew KING • David ADAMS • David MCCALLUM • Heidi ADAMS • Holly ADAMS • Darren BARTHOLOMEW • Meena MITRA • Laurence READ • Caz LORENZO

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath Results Page.

The male record is held by Alec FINCH who recorded a time of 15:29 on 3rd December 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Charlie ARNELL who recorded a time of 18:38 on 16th December 2017 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Dave TULLETT who recorded 87.82% (17:39) on 14th August 2021 (event number 235).

Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath started on 10th October 2015. Since then 3,202 participants have completed 20,521 parkruns covering a total distance of 102,605 km, including 3,678 new Personal Bests. A total of 362 individuals have volunteered 4,021 times.

 

Thurrock parkrun Run Report #237 – 28 August 2021

My fleeting 'Brief from the Heath',
or put another way, a few "wise" words from "Mick's Corner...!!"

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Hello.
Saturday's bank holiday event was the 6th
(I should know because I've been frustratingly counting them !) - since the return of Thurrock Parkrun, and it's great to see so many increased numbers of (in no particular order) families, walkers, new runners, joggers, volunteers, doggies, visitors, regular runners and buggy - pushers all joining in with our fantastic well-supported event.

Having to "get to" my designated position in time (and still needing to inform/redirect some parkrunners to the temporary new parade ring area!), I've certainly missed the buzz/anticipation prior to the start, but, having located myself at 'currently not the final bend into the home straight(!) corner', it's always nice to hear all the
"Good mornings"....,
"Hellos"....,
"Oh no not you again.... !",
"Thank you, marshal" - why do they call you Marshall, Rodney? (think about it !!!)...Haha..., even when I'm shouting - sorry encouraging - all participants literally round the bend (with my hopefully humoured, positive, tactful coaching tips and expert advice !).
Seriously, no offense ever intended or meant!

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Being a marshal, clearly one of the most frustrating things is the pain of deciding what to wear on a Saturday morning. Having checked various weather apps and then trying to forecast the weather patterns that are looming towards Orsett Heath for the next few hours, it takes me ages before I eventually leave the house, having made sure that my attire is appropriate for the possible forthcoming changeable wet/sunny/warm/cloudy/windy/cold conditions. I now know what ladies go through trying to decide on what is a suitable outfit for a night out out ! ........ at least I just grab my trainers and not get all "uptight" about whether it's going to be a choice between "heels or flats"........Hahahahaha

I know it's been short and sweet, but my final closing statement for this week's report - (thank heavens for that, I hear you murmur!) is.......... "PLEASE".......if you're injured (definitely got that T shirt!), tapering! (rough explanation - saving yourself for a longer event!), hung over! (moi - never!), anticipating a hangover!!! (nothing too heavy planned!), or even if you and/or your partner or other family members just have a spare hour and a bit on a Saturday morning, please think about helping out and putting your name on the forthcoming volunteers' rota. I promise you'll enjoy it. This will also enable other parkrunners to continue with their weekly event, and that hopefully may include me soon...watch this space !

So, if you're willing to volunteer or maybe just desperate to get your own back and shout at me, I'm sort of tentatively informing you that Mick's Corner marshalling position will need filling sometime soonish....

PS: other positions are available.
Oh, and just remember .....
Keeeeeeeeeeeeep volunteerin'.

PPS: what about giving up one of your runs every now and then (perhaps one in every five ?!) just to spread the load ?! - as they say, 'every little helps'......just a thought...!

PPPS: lastly, along with me, I'm sure you'll all want to wish Ashley Lovett (dedicated parkrunner, willing VOLUNTEER, enthusiastic Thurrock Nomad and generally top chap) and his family "Godspeed" with their next "chapter and verse"... I hear it's University Challenge next ! Haha....Au revoir..

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Love to everyone and keep safe x
Cheers all...
Dave "Rodney" Marshall

And now the stats:

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Elizabeth COX • Sandra HARNOR • Ray MILLER • Wendy TURPIN • Renae LAYBOURN • James BRISTOW • Debbie MACINNES • Dean SYKES • Peter EATES • Clowance LANE • Kaitlyn LANE • Steven CRABBE • Dave SPRINGHAM • Amanda KING • Sharon EDE • Jean HARRIS • Thomas OLLINGTON • Darren BARTHOLOMEW • Rachel OLLINGTON • Caz LORENZO

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath Results Page.

The male record is held by Alec FINCH who recorded a time of 15:29 on 3rd December 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Charlie ARNELL who recorded a time of 18:38 on 16th December 2017 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Dave TULLETT who recorded 87.82% (17:39) on 14th August 2021 (event number 235).

Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath started on 10th October 2015. Since then 3,161 participants have completed 20,287 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,435 km, including 3,632 new Personal Bests. A total of 360 individuals have volunteered 3,977 times.

 

Thurrock parkrun Run Report #236 – 21 August 2021

It’s our fifth week back at Park Run – and boy it feels great to be back doesn’t it!!

I, for one, really missed Park Run during lockdown. Running on my own didn’t have the same appeal as there’s nothing quite like being cheered on by our lovely Thurrock Park Runners and Volunteers.

Being back, it’s been lovely to see so many old faces (and by that, I mean familiar not wrinkly!) as well as lots and lots of newbies. I was speaking to one newbie the other week who said that he’d never heard of Park Run until he saw it on the news when it returned. So tell your friends and encourage them to come along – after all that’s how most of us started.

This week saw the return of Amy (#No_mic_needed) – it was great to hear her dulcet tones upon the Heath once more! She had about 16 new runners to brief before Run Director, Wendy got everyone over to the start line for the off.

There were 24 Personal Bests this week. Some people have lots of fun!

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Others are just happy to make it to the finish line in one piece!

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And even though we are still under Covid restrictions, it was good to see a few people mingling at a socially acceptable distance at the end of the run.

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Before the start, Wendy once again thanked all the volunteers – who looked very smart in their new pink attire. Park Run cannot take place if we do not have enough volunteers.
Not all volunteer options mean you must miss out on running – you could present the New Runners Briefing before the start or, for those speedier runners amongst you, you could be a barcode scanner after you’ve completed your run. You could “bring up the rear” and make sure everyone gets around safely. Or you could write the Weekly Run Report!!

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So get on your bike – like Dave - and volunteer!!

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Who doesn’t look good in pink!! (Or white if you’re the Run Director; orange if you’re the Tail Walker; or personalised yellow if you’re Ray, Reg or Irene!)

I big thank you to Jenny for doing the run report this week and here are some stats.

This week 117 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Elizabeth COX • Sandra HARNOR • Ashley LOVETT • Ray MILLER • Wendy TURPIN • Renae LAYBOURN • Irene FLOOD • Reginald FLOOD • Debbie MACINNES • Amy ALLEN • Peter EATES • Clowance LANE • Kaitlyn LANE • Shirley DARGAN-BLOSS • Steven CRABBE • Dave SPRINGHAM • Jenny WILSON • Heidi ADAMS • Darren BARTHOLOMEW • Caz LORENZO

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath Results Page.

The male record is held by Alec FINCH who recorded a time of 15:29 on 3rd December 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Charlie ARNELL who recorded a time of 18:38 on 16th December 2017 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Dave TULLETT who recorded 87.82% (17:39) on 14th August 2021 (event number 235).

Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath started on 10th October 2015. Since then 3,153 participants have completed 20,163 parkruns covering a total distance of 100,815 km, including 3,605 new Personal Bests. A total of 360 individuals have volunteered 3,957

 

Thurrock parkrun Run Report #235

Hi All and welcome to run report #235.

Apologies for no report last week but there are so many things to do in a week and what I'd really love is for our parkrunners to do the report. All you have to do is write a piece about the parkrun from your point of view, tell us about any pictures you'd like to add and we'll upload it. Just volunteer on our Facebook Group in the normal way.

My first thank you goes to Heidi for the great pictures which tell a story on there own. I need to get a snap of Heidi to add to our collection.

The second goes to the lovely volunteers that enabled Liz and I to actually run this week - a rare treat.

The third is to the 118 of you that turned up and took part.

It was lovely weather (after three rather damp weeks) and the grass was all freshly cut - lovely.

Debbie, our RD for the week, started by briefing our volunteers (who just happened to be showing off our lovely new Hi Viz) - we can all now be pretty in pink.

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Liz posed with Charlotte, now returning with toddler in pram. Surely that was a baby last time I looked. Note - the toddler's not lost, just not in the picture.

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And as the sun shone, they all started to arrived - fetching outfit Paul

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Lovely to see so many of our faithful returning.

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Oops, me doing a spot of sound adjustment while Debbie does the briefing

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And finally, two of our great regulars - Ray and Marian, completed their 50th runs. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing those tee shirts.

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Thanks again to all our volunteers and here are the stats:

This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Elizabeth COX • Nick TRENCHER • Sandra HARNOR • Ashley LOVETT • Ray MILLER • Renae LAYBOURN • Zoe TYDEMAN-KIDDLE • Irene FLOOD • Reginald FLOOD • Debbie MACINNES • Peter TREE • Peter EATES • Shirley DARGAN-BLOSS • Steven CRABBE • Dave SPRINGHAM • Matthew KING • Sharon EDE • Heidi ADAMS • Darren BARTHOLOMEW • Caz LORENZO

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath Results Page.

The male record is held by Alec FINCH who recorded a time of 15:29 on 3rd December 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Charlie ARNELL who recorded a time of 18:38 on 16th December 2017 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Dave TULLETT who recorded 87.82% (17:39) on 14th August 2021 (event number 235).

Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath started on 10th October 2015. Since then 3,136 participants have completed 20,046 parkruns covering a total distance of 100,230 km, including 3,581 new Personal Bests. A total of 360 individuals have volunteered 3,937

Is that a cluster of Nomads I see?

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