Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Thurrock parkrun not the Run Report #11 – October 2020

Hi All,

I realised at the weekend that. while we have had a rather busy few weeks with the "will parkrun return or not" debate and  background work. I haven't spoken to you - our lovely walkers, joggers and runners.

Embarrassingly, It was our former Event Director Trevor that reminded me that last Saturday was our fifth anniversary of Thurrock parkrun. Only a year ago since we had that fantastic get together to celebrate our volunteers and participants.

Well, Ashley didn't forget. He and the wonderful Pasztor family turned up at an unusually early 08:30. Our beloved Randall was also there. The finishing places were Bo,  Sophie, Hunor, Ashley, Randall and Sunshine. Sophie got a massive (if unofficial) PB to top things off. - well done to you all.

Talking of PB's, our own Paul Berry, having done a Garmin Coaching Course, went out on Sunday and did a new PB of 21:50 - brilliant Paul.

I visit the course regularly and either walk with my Wife or have a gentle jog round and I noticed last week that Mick's bench was sporting new flowers. A quick catchup with his Wife, Marjorie, revealed that it was also the 3rd anniversary of losing our motivator, Mick. Still thinking of you Mick and hope to see you again soon Marje.

I also caught up with Ray who is sporting a new set of wheels which he says work well on the field so he's up for a spot of Marshalling when we get back there.

I also caught up with Irene and Reg. Back in March, Irene was undergoing a course of treatment and wasn't well enough to marshal. I was therefore delighted to get an email that they were on holiday (in September) and that Irene was well and all clear. Fantastic.

Unfortunately, we haven't been able to run the awards this year but one I am keen to do is Ray's Award. When Ray last Volunteered on finish tokens on 8th February, just before his life threatening accident as a result of battling a fence in a strong wind, he had volunteered at 202 parkruns and done 221 tasks. Your new special Beanie awaits Ray.

We spent a few busy weeks as a core team with the possible return of parkrun. There was a new framework to go through, new ways of doing things, things we couldn't do and Q&A sessions and pod cast galore. Then, when Covid had had reached the bottom of the curve, there was a sudden upturn, tighter measures came in and the chance of a return disappeared into some time in the future.

A very big thank you to all those that volunteered to come and do whatever was necessary to get us up and running. We will need you at some point (hopefully fairly soon)  and we'll all have to learn the new ways and what that means.

I love seeing your continued stories of your various exploits so keep them coming.

Please remember, hands, face and space and keep getting out there to stay on the pace.






Thurrock parkrun not the Run Report #10

It's a Hi from Peter Eates - I thought it was time I wrote another "not the run report"

I hope you are all OK and getting some running in during these difficult times. I've found it difficult to keep motivated and to make time. It is so easy to come up with reasons why you can't run. It's also easy to lose confidence.

I had a major dent in my confidence at the end of May when, out running on a pleasant Saturday morning 4 miler, on a route I know well, I had a dramatic "face plant" in Fleming Road. This time I went down like the proverbial sack of spuds. My face took most of the impact. I was a bloody mess and for the first time, I called my Wife to transport me home (I have not published pictures).

Just over a week on and most of the abrasions and bruising has gone but I was suffering that "what if I fall again" demon sitting on my shoulder. After a chat with a fellow runner and wise sage, I decided to run our beloved parkrun. I can easily park the car there, social distancing is easing to maintain, soft landing on majority of the course, measured distance, familiar and available. With that in mind, I set off last Sunday for my "face plant" return.

I immediately felt at home and while far from breaking any records, I completed the run safely (if a little out of breath). I saw my setup buddy and friend Dean standing behind his van. It transpires that Dean is doing 3 virtual marathons a week and he and Debbie are planning to do 100 mile run at the end of the year. Seeing him brought to mind this happy, celebratory day.


It also brought to mind some previous advice from Dean when I was telling him about hurting my hands while saving myself from a fall. His advice was, save your hands and land on your face. You can make money with your hands, but that face..... Cheers Dean

I decided to make Thurrock parkrun a habit again so I'm doing a "5 a day" (5k that is) for a week.

Having posted my plan, friends Bob, Karen and friends came out to run/walk on Monday and I only missed them due to a late running washing machine repair man (photo by Karen).


After my run Tuesday, I popped down to see Ray, our most prolific volunteer marshal, who lives in the row of houses heading towards poo corner. Ray was badly injured in February while trying to temporarily fix his fence during the very high winds. He is slowly recovering but will need to take a role at the start line as he has to rest a lot. Pictured below (far right) when we got our Impulse Leisure Award in October.


Yesterday, I did my 4th parkrun and was approaching Mick's corner when I saw a mirage. Was it an illusion or was that really Paul Berry in hi-viz standing there with a hand clapper cheering me on? I'm delighted to say it was. Paul, His Wife Ana (who had spotted me from her window) and baby Tabitha. They were all there for me at the finishing line to chat with me after the run. It doesn't get better than that. Paul was my inspiration to do a weeks worth of parkruns (although he could have done a couple more while I was still out there given his pace).


Today I had a different kind of company. Although I was still struggling, I kept hearing a voice cheering me on and telling me how well I was doing. A spiritual marshal perhaps? When I finished, I sat on Mick's bench and thanked him for his help.


Finally, I saw a familiar car outside the Pyramid Centre and realised the "Play Network Group" has re-opened and I had an appropriately distanced chat with my friends Sylvia, Jackie and Roy. Had a good chat with Roy about a strange man that keeps appearing around five each morning (Dean).

As I'm sure you have seen, parkrun have announced a new "not the parkrun" which is a virtual run of your own. Liz will be posting it I think.

I hope to see you all soon (at a 2 metre distance that is).

Take care






Thurrock parkrun not the Run Report #9

Well what a few months its been and I for one have certainly been missing Saturday morning parkrun at Thurrock but that's not stopped me running, day 233 as I'm penning this.

As a Thurrock Nomad, you know us the ones in blue we've had loads of virtual fun. This virtual fun has ranged from quiz nights on zoom, lip sync videos and virtual holidays raising some funds for our NHS. This virtual holiday see us running from Newquay in Cornwall upto Holy island then down to Shanklin on the isle of wight completing several laps and raising £1200 in the process, with loads of great holiday snaps well mainly selfies. We are currently climbing a virtual Mount Everest for Thurrock mind, with this week being mental health awareness week and this has raised over £500 so far. Now our quiz nights that's another story, I now realise we have one or two rather eccentric types in our club and it appears I fit that category. We certainly have made the best of this unusual world we find ourselves in.

I've been watching and trying to encourage my friends from parkrun from afar, like my good friend Dean who's been getting out 3 times a week so he can pick up where he left off once we are back on the heath. Also my mum Marlene who's been getting out for a run/walk every day, and when you consider she's got a big birthday in a few months she's doing rather well with about 6k a day. Heidi and I have managed to stay married so far with all this time together, this is mainly down to me cooking I think oh and she's baked a cake or two. And I've created lots of new routes for my runs which enables my social distancing to continue, I have ran through fields on footpaths and the golf course at Orsett. But even though we've had all this fun I still miss all my Nomad and Harrier friends as well as all you guys at parkrun. Keep running and stay safe guys, see all soon.


Thurrock parkrun not the Run Report #8

This weekend sees us at home yet again, but this time with something a bit different! After a four day week of home schooling (and I use the term “schooling” very loosely ), we had a bank holiday on a Friday - it doesn’t take much to throw us at the moment, but throw us, it has!

On our family walk, it was lovely to see people getting ready to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, with bunting and flags. Olli managed to get a glimpse of the Red Arrows on their way to London whilst out on a run, but sadly we couldn’t see them from home!

We watched the broadcast of Winston Churchill’s historic speech and then The Queens speech in the evening. Isla made some medal cookies (which were yummy), and we looked at photographs of both of my Grandads who both served in WW2.
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Had things have been ‘normal’ we probably would have been out and about this weekend, but this ‘new normal’ has made us slow down and appreciate things so much more! Seeing the flowers bloom in the garden, taking notice of nature on our daily walks and exploring our local area are just some of the things I hope we continue after we start getting back into our previous routines.

It’s people that we’re really missing! We’ve been connecting with family and friends on video calls which is lovely, but it’s not quite the same as seeing them in person. It’s events like parkrun that bring people together - whether you’re a runner or a volunteer, it’s the acknowledgement, support and encouragement of others that can make all the difference.

Stay safe everyone xxx


Thurrock parkrun not the Run Report #7 (aka what day is it?)

Hello All,

When Liz/Pete mentioned about other people writing the “No Run” parkrun report – I thought “I can do that – seeing as I haven’t been running!” I confess – I’ve only been out twice in the last 6 weeks.

I think my problem is a lack of motivation. Oh don’t get me wrong – I’m motivated enough when it comes to going to the fridge for food and/or wine. But when it comes to going out for a run – that’s where I am struggling.

The trouble with going out by yourself is that there’s no Run Director to tell you the rules. There are no friendly fellow runners to keep you company. There are no smiling volunteers on the corners cheering you on when you are flagging. And when you finish, there are no time keepers or a finish token in sight!!

At least if there was a parkrun, I’d know it was Saturday!! Perhaps I’ve taken parkrun for granted.

But any exercise is good for our mental health – so even if we’re just going for a walk that’s a start. A friend of mine in Spain hasn’t been able to go outside for 50 days – so we should be grateful that we are still able to go out for exercise if we want to (safely and at a social distance of course!).

I hope everyone is staying safe and well and I look forward to when we can all be together again.

“We will meet again”.

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