Circumstance had resulted in a gap in my attended parkruns until this wwek. I had attended several events west of Colchester Castle for a variety of reasons, including attending Markshall Estate parkrun while the weather was pleasant given it is an arboretum, and Maldon Prom parkrun because of the flat, fast nature of the course, all with the memory of nearby Highwoods parkrun being quite hilly! The area Colchester was one of the first cities in the UK, and served as the capital during Roman era. Though many in the town would suggest Colchester is already a city given its roots as a Roman city, despite not having a letters patent conferring the status, as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Queen granted Colchester city status again, removing any ambiguity. The formal ceremony to issue the letters patent to the city was due to be held on 12th September 2022, but the Queen's passing on 8th September 2022 meant the ceremony was postponed as a mark of respect.
Having run a number of events in the north of the East of England recently, I wanted to attend an event in the south of the region this week. While Thurrock is slightly further south, it is also slightly easier to access from the M25, and so Basildon seemed like a great option for this week's activities! The area The town of Basildon was created from the combination of the four smaller villages which were joined together to form a new town after the conclusion of World War 2, with the name being inherited from the most central of the villages. The town is a popular location for London commuters to live owing to it's simple access to the financial district of London, while at the same time, the town has a strong heavy industry presence owing to government grants provided to businesses to move to the area. Northlands Park was created by the local council in the 1970s on the site of former farmland, creating the two lakes and hills as part of the flood relief programme duri