A sea of Santa hats and other festive dress graced Milton Country Park this morning for a Cambridge parkrun splash and dash – the perfect way to start your Christmas! A record number of 558 runners took part including one chap in full reindeer costume. Well played sir!
We said hello to 79 first timers and even ‘bonjour’ to a couple of parkrunners visiting from France. They were so keen to run they forgot about timezone differences and turned up at 8am!
First across the line today was Ian Williamson running only his second parkrun in a personal best time of 16:38 beating his previous PB by 1 second! Finn Johnson, a Cambridge newbie, was second setting a new parkrun PB of 17:10 followed by David Connell in 17:50. First lady was Victoria Knight running her first ever parkrun and finishing 5th with a time of 18:10. In 22nd place was second lady Georgia Baynes in a time of 19:46 and third lady was Cecilia Hime in 31st place with a time of 20:18.
Congratulations to Jenny Payne, one of our Run Directors, who was running her 50th parkrun and was joined by husband Stuart for his first. Also well done to Roger Holliday who was running his 200th.
Thanks as usual to all the fantastic volunteers. If you wanted to volunteer in 2016 or wanted to start 2017 with a philanthropic bang then do we have an opportunity for you! Next week we have TWO parkruns on consecutive days – 31st Dec at 9am and the 1st Jan at 10:30am. If you are interested in helping for either run please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a record attendance today and more expected for New Year’s Day we would like to remind runners that the course can get congested at times and we all need to be courteous and respectful to other runners and other park users. A young runner was pushed over today after the start by another runner who didn’t even stop to see if he was OK. This is not acceptable behaviour. We are an all-inclusive run – not a race – and etiquette must always take priority over times.
Thanks again to all the runners and volunteers for making today’s parkrun such festive fun. Happy Christmas to one and all and we’ll see you next week – minus the Santa hats! We will be joined again by John Wilderspin on New Years Eve so look forward to even more great pictures. This week's from John are on our Facebook page.