Last Christmas, I gave you my heart... no, hang on, wrong gig!
Last Christmas Day (2017) 124 of you fine people attended Boston parkrun. Well this year you totally smashed that figure out of the park (so to speak) with 181 of you completing Boston parkrun number 167!
Was it the free bucks fizz? Was it the truckload of mince pies on offer? Was it that people couldn't think of anything better to do on Christmas morning? No, it was because Christmas Day parkrun is quite simply the best parkrun of the year and we have the figures to prove it!
There was much fancy dress on display so thank you very much for entering into the spirit of things! Eighteen volunteers put the event on today and our grateful thanks go to them as well as to the countless volunteers who make the whole thing happen so seamlessly week after week! If you haven't done it yet, come and give it a go for I guarantee you will get every bit as much out of it as you do out of running.
The first male across the line was Aston Perrin whose home parkrun is Long Eaton, in a time of 16.51 and his proud Mum has since informed me that this was his 50th first finish which is some going, nice one Aston! First female home, for the second parkrun in a row was someone brand new to parkrun, Katie Ball in a time of 20.25. Are we making this thing too easy? She was not alone though as twenty two others were doing Boston parkrun for the first time and amazingly, given that it was Christmas Day, ten of those were people who had never done any parkrun before, well impressive! As if this weren't exciting enough, twenty of you recorded new pb's! I wonder how many were feeling slightly secondhand after the night before! And finally for this section, as I was trawling through the results looking for tourists, I happened to notice that Zara Thomas has done 55 parkruns without repeating one! That's over a years worth and shows extreme dedication to the tourist cause!
On just two days of the year, Christmas Day and New Years Day, parkrun allow any event teams that want to, to put on an extra parkrun. Whilst we are hosting a Christmas Day event, we are very much in the minority and as such we appear to have attracted a goodly number of tourists whose home parkruns are listed below, if I've missed yours off I'm sorry! We had tourists from Long Eaton, Lincoln, Scarborough, Edinburgh, Belton House, Newark, Grovelands, Woking, Great Notley, Wimbledon Common, Durham, South Manchester, Peterborough, Reading, Canon Hill, Roundhay, Falkirk, Basingstoke, Fulham Palace, Heron Banks South Africa, Thornbury, Kesgrave, Cirencester and Woodbank! Lovely to see you all and thanks for helping the day go with a swing!
As if all this wasn't exciting enough, we had Liping Wen, a regular visitor from Woodbank parkrun, running her 250th parkrun with us, thank you Liping. We also had our very own Fran Mills running her 50th as were Nick and Mary Turner, excellent stuff, you'll look awesome in those green and red tee shirts!. Not to be outdone it was Nick Ironmongers birthday though no one seemed too willing to divulge which one!
I did take a few photos with my cheap and nasty camera (which I later discovered was set on 'portrait' not 'sport') and so most of them were blurred beyond recognition but the few that were acceptable I've posted on our Flickr page.
So that's another Christmas parkrun done! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and on a personal note, many thanks to all those who have volunteered and helped me out in so many other ways this past year, you are simply awesome!
Richard Eggleton will be you Run Director for the very last parkrun of 2018 so come along and lets give this year the send off it deserves! All the very best,