Anyone fancy it?
No, I wouldn't be interested.
I live in Basildon, so it would still be about 20 minutes from home, and Saturday is a lie-in day (do they have to be so early??).
Plus I do long runs on Sundays, so wouldn't want to run hard on Saturday.
I doubt if my club mates would be interested, for the same reasons
I'm sure there will be plenty of people who would be interested though, so good luck.
Sorry to see you didn't get a massive response to your original post earlier in the year. Did you follow it up anywhere else with any degree of success?
I'm fairly new to parkrun - the local one I go to in London has built itself up to a turn-out of about 90-100 people at the moment and it's a nice atmosphere, and I'm going to try and go along whenever I can. I also like the idea of there being others around the country that I can participate in if I'm visiting the local area and can fit one in. A few members of local clubs attend each week (depending no doubt on their other weekend race commitments), but the majority of runners who take part are Unallocated.
I make 2 or 3 trips to Southend each year and when I was there last month ran along the sea-front - there was a huge number of people out running (and a lot more people smiling and saying hello than I'm used to in London!), so like Wilkie says, there is bound to be quite a bit of interest. I guess it's just getting the message out, maybe through local clubs, leisure centres, that sort of thing - it might be that if you contact the parkrun organisers direct, they can give you some tips too.
So although I'm afraid I can't offer local support, I'm sure there would be a sufficient number of people who would jump at the chance to participate, and I would certainly try and come along on the few occasions when I'm in that neck of the woods.
All the best,
Thanks for the response!
As an update, all the application documents are with Southend Council at the moment, I expect to get a response wthin the next few days.
So fingers crossed, and watch this space...
Sounds promising, and I hope it proves a success!
Happy to spread the word at Benfleet Running Club, but as Wilkie says most people do their long runs along the seafront on a Sunday morning (me included) but you will get people interested, so it should grow.
GOOD LUCK, keep us informed of the details.
bump by the way!
I emailed parkrun before seeing this thread. Im very interested
Hello Ricardo, Brynster, Lurkers
Latest news is:
Ricardo - I think that parkrun forwarded me an email that you sent them. I'll reply with some more details.
Thanks for your continued interest. Watch this space
If you have no joy with Southend Council, it may worth be worth asking Rochford council and maybe do it at cherry orchard country park?
Good luck with it and let www.essexroadrunning.org.uk know if it happens as they seem to be keeping a list.
Really hope you can get this to work.
Its crazy that in a place built near greenbelt that the nearest parkrun is Ilford. There are loads of green spaces round Benfleet. Christ they are building the mountain bike course for the Olympics in Hadleigh.
I grew up in the Southend/Benfleet/Canvey/Basildon area and didnt even know there was a running club in Benfleet until towards the end of last years GNR I passed a runner wearing a tee shit with Benfleet Running Club written in it!
I was 43 when that happened. I left when I was 18
Having a parkrun is a great way to get fresh blood into your running clubs. The idea that all the fast runners are already in clubs is laughable. Trust me they aint.
Hi Southend Al
It may have been myself you emailed reference the event happening in Gunners Park - as I said in my email - I happy to get involved to try and help get this off the ground - definitley interested.
This is the best news all day and we've won two Gold medals!
I'm moving to Southend and was despairing that there was no Parkruns nearby. I'll be there with bells on!
Permission granted by the Council
I'm meeting with parkrun at the end of the month to fix a start date.
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