Christmas Day parkrun

34803BED-7DF7-4180-B35D-95C32A4404DBAs Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, Wickford Memorial parkrun will be taking place as usual at 9.00am.
Come along in your Christmas outfits and join in the fun. A great way to start Christmas Day.

Let’s hope a few Santas appear to join in too.

 

Wickford Memorial parkrun Event No.11

Having completed 11 events now, it feels like we are firmly established in the community and are becoming a much loved event by many.

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It’s great to see our volunteer base building with lots of regular volunteers who come forward each week to help run the event. A big thank you to each and every one of you.

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A special shout out to James Ferrant, who completed his 100th parkrun this week, what an amazing achievement!

Congratulations to the 13 parkrun newbies who all completed their first parkrun, hope you enjoyed it and will come back again soon:

It’s fantastic seeing people sign up to the event for the first time each week and long may it continue.

PBs continue to be smashed each week by lots of you (37 in total) and we love seeing the familiar faces of both participants and volunteers each week as the event continues to grow.

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Last but definitely not least, a special thank you to Steve Amos who is our regular volunteer photographer and takes top class action shots each week for our participants to enjoy as a momento of their weekly achievements.

So people, same time, same place next week. Don’t be late and don’t forget your barcode #DFYB

Louise Gann

 

Wickford Memorial parkrun Event No 9

There were a total of 142 participants this week, running, jogging and walking around the park, which is a great number, as we continue to settle into the event which is, of course, still in its infancy.

Lots of personal bests again (47 in total) and 58 first timers to this event.

Thank you to everyone who came along today to participate, we love seeing both familiar faces and those of you who are taking the time to visit us on your quest to conquer the parkrun universe!

People continue to register each week at our event (11 new registrations this week) and visit from afar as word spreads about our wonderful Memorial Park, which we are so privileged to be able to use to host this event (and of course the fast course it is becoming known for).

Congratulations to the following people who all completed their first ever parkrun:

Stephen Pegg

Heather Hickman

Theo Suga

Max Croucher

Scott Croucher

Sinead Croucher

Louise Power

David White

Gracie Hamilton

Hope you all enjoyed the experience and let’s hope it’s the first of many visits.

Well done to Matthew Houchell and Alex Shaw, first male and female finishers on the day.

A special shout out to Mark Scott who was our first visual impaired guide to run the course, guiding round Mike Williams in an impressive time of 26.32. Hope you both enjoyed our park.

Now on to the hi-viz heroes, today was a stand-out event. We already have a regular bunch of enthusiastic volunteers who are totally engaged and their energy creates a buzz around the park every Saturday morning.

As Run Director today it made me super proud when several different people took the time to come up to me afterwards to comment on how fantastic our volunteers are and how much they appreciated the cheers and encouragement to help them around the course.

As always a huge thank you to all our volunteers for what you do, this wouldn’t be happening without you!

I’m looking forward to seeing this event grow in the future as we continue to engage with the community.

Louise Gann

 

Wickford Memorial Event No.7

Saturday's parkrun was the seventh to be held at Wickford Memorial Park and the fourth since the resumption. It was also, unusually for this event so far, held in dry conditions.

A total of 137 participants completed the 2 1/2 laps course and 40 pb's were recorded. However, there was to be no repeat of a new course record being set as was the case for each of the previous three weeks. Nonetheless, Wickford Memorial does seem to be earning itself a reputation as a potential pb course.
As always, the event cannot take place without the support of volunteers and it was very pleasing to see the number of people giving up their time to enable the event to go ahead. In particular, those making the 7.45am start for pre-event set up. The support of all volunteers is greatly appreciated and new volunteers will always be welcome.
Saturday's event was also attended by parkrun blogger: http://www.blog7t.com/search/label/wickford%20memorial ....have a read.
 

Wickford Memorial parkrun event #5

We have waited for this morning for a long time - our first venture into tourism again after 511 days.

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We unexpectedly met up with tourist buddies, Dave Thomas and Jonathan Pegg, and enjoyed food at the lovely park café afterwards.

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I personally love the stats which parkrun can provide, so why should today be any different?

Thanks to all the volunteers. Andrew Neil, Bernd Schulte, Cheryl Ann Schulte, Glyn Wilkins, Glyn Yeldham, Hazel Powling, Jacquie Frost, Jane Yellop, Jonathan Fordham, Kathryn Evans, Keith Truscott, Laura Dawson, Louise Gann, Matt Simson, Miriam Faulkner, Nigel Williamson, Pete Holme, Robert Sandy, Steve Amos, Steve Macdonald, Tyrone Fay.

A total number 157 ran, walked, jogged or limped today. 23 different running clubs had members taking part, with 96 runners having no club mentioned. Pitsea RC had the strongest representation with 14 runners. Congratulations to those 41 who achieved a PB. 87 were First Timers at Wickford Memorial parkrun.

A big congratulations to Robert Kent who ran his 250th different parkrun today making it 346 parkruns in total. 

Welcome to the 12 who ran their first ever parkrun, may the bug bite you. It is even more impressive if you are a second timer; well done all 9 of you who returned to parkrun.

A particular thank you to today’s tail walkers, Glyn Yeldham and Laura Dawson who provided pleasant conversation and constant encouragement to all who lapped us.

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Thanks to the core team for organising this event for everybody, and thanks to those who have given permission for the use of this wonderful park.

Normality is slowly returning and long may it continue!

Bernd and Cheryl Schulte

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