Have yourself a merry parkrun Christmas…
Is there anything better than an extra bonus parkrun before the food feast that is Christmas? Planning our Christmas parkrun was a diplomatic challenge – would we be allowed out at the prime present opening time to run around War Memorial park? Or would we have to drive up from the south coast on the morning, take in a parkrun en route and then arrive (parkrun fresh) to Christmas lunch? Negotiations complete to our satisfaction, Harriet was added to the volunteer roster and I packed useful items like trainers and my barcode. We did forget some presents but that’s one of those things…
We had a lovely welcome – I understand that there were a number of Leamington parkrunners who arrived to swell numbers to 512. There were fancy dress outfits – loved the turkey – and even the dogs were dressed with Christmas hats. The run itself was chatty and fun – the very spirit of parkrun. After our home run of Queen Elizabeth, it was nice to run around a flat path, though with considerably more people than we are used to sharing space with. War Memorial park is really special, we didn’t have the chance to see if the trees were still planted in the shape of the plough constellation, but we will be back to check in 2018.
To the results: 6 brand new parkrunners ran, were recorded and had their barcodes scanned. Well done and do come back. 42 other first timers came to Coventry – 8% of the total runners and an amazing 43 new PBs today including first finisher Patrick Roddy.
Peter Shew and Philip Fusi joined the 100 club, Diane Davies, Michael Parker and Craig McNaney joined the 50 club. There were no juniors joining the 10 club today but there were 3 juniors running their 9th. Here’s to a good run on Saturday.
26 amazing parkrun elves gave up their Christmas dinner busting run and volunteered so that we could run. Thank you very much.
In all, a splendid day – we will return!