Basildon parkrun was presented with the 'Physical Activity Project of the Year Award' at the annual Active Basildon Awards last month. The ceremony was held at Reid's in Billericay and this was the third year the group had been nominated, having been highly commended on previous occasions.
Basildon parkrun started in Northlands Park on 5 April 2014, with 206 finishers led home by Malcolm Muir (Ilford, 16:31) and Toni Noble (Thurrock, 20:31). Since then almost 150 runs have been held on the three-lap circuit that features tree-lined paths and a lakeside section.
Since those early days nearly 3,000 runners have taken part in the free, timed 5k runs, with an average attendance of 130 every Saturday morning. The record times were set in 2014 by Matthew Armstrong (Shaftesbury, 15:40) and Gemma Holloway (Thurrock, 18:34) and the best age-graded result has been held by W45 Joanne Kent (Barnet, 84.3%) since July 2014.
The award recognises the hard work of the core volunteers at Basildon and was welcomed by Event Director, Tracy Bliss with these words: “We are a three-lap course around the beautiful Northlands Park that has all the facilities needed to help our parkrunners enjoy their morning. Many from our event have gone on to join running clubs, as is the parkrun ethos”.
Steve Mitchell, Chairman of Active Basildon, said: “All the award winners have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to their sports and the local community. I am delighted we have been able to recognise them through these awards. We hope their dedication will help spur others on to get involved in sport or their local community”.
Basildon parkrun information available here.