Ho Ho Ho and a Merry Christmas to all!
Put on a Santa hat to join in the fun of a second festive parkrun of the long Christmas weekend. Joined the crowd who either got up extra early or postponed Christmas presents until after our running, walking, or volunteering. Saw much Christmas cheer as welcomed to the volunteer table which had an open box of Quality Street. Tourists arrived from near and far. The elves, Father Christmases, Mrs. Clauses were out in in plenty these weekend parkruns as well as turkeys, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and even a Christmas pudding.
A number of official and unofficial milestones were marked. The weather wasn't frightful, actually dry if a bit grey, but brightened up by the cheer on the course. At least one of the runners stopped at the marshals along the way to wish them well and passed out sweets.
A large crowd was gathered at the first corner as many people brought relatives and friends to cheer them and all of us on. After scanning in my barcode I hurried back to the course to do an extra lap keeping our tail walker company and picking up signposts. Two of the marshals as we passed them decided to join us chatting about our Christmas dinners ahead. What a great way to start the holiday.
This week 340 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.
Chris Darling (Cambridge and Coleridge) smashed the SM20-24 age category record with a fantastic pb time of 16:46 and finishing in first position.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Suzie HALL • Sarah HALL • Karl TAYLOR • Amie SMITH • Charlotte ORUGBOH • Alice IRWIN • Cy GEARING • Tom BRAND • Scott BOSWELL • Mark DOBSON • Sue SIMMONS • Clare MIDDLEHURST • Paul HARRIS • Charlotte IRWIN • Stuart AINSWORTH • Alison AINSWORTH • Russell KING • Keith WRYCRAFT • Charles BUTCHER • Katy HILL • Janet GRUDZIEN JOHN • Henry BAILEY • Isabel POND • Alice EDWARDS • Christopher JOHN • Hank SWEET • Judy SWEET • Richie HARRIS • A friendly guy doing barcode scanning whose name we (Suzie) didnt't write down (get in touch if that was you!) •
The following celebrated milestones at today's event:
Linda Crook: 300th parkrun
Liz Hiner: 250th parkrun
Eric Tapley: 250th parkrun
Sue Yendley: 200th parkrun
Clive Andrews: 100th parkrun
Sam Healey: 50th parkrun
Huntingdon parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 7,128 participants have completed 53,341 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,705 km, including 9,890 new Personal Bests.