As usual, there will be an extra Norwich parkrun on Christmas Day, starting as ever at 9am with free tea & coffee for all afterwards.
We will be using our traditional Christmas Day course - start in the trees by the East car park, almost three laps of the park including the boating lake on each lap and finish along the normal Saturday finish avenue.
Seasonal attire will be welcome and a few plates of nibbles to share afterwards will be even more welcome please.
We achieved our record attendance of 799 runners on Christmas Day 2017. Who knows how many we'll have this year? Merry Christmas!
And for the avoidance of any doubt, there will definitely not be an extra Norwich parkrun on New Year's Day 2019.
When travelling to the Norwich parkrun by car, please make sure that you park with consideration for others.
This means not blocking in local residents and not parking at either the Colman Junior School or the Clare School which are both out of bounds to parkrunners looking for somewhere to park.
Public transport, bicycle, on foot, car share - these are all good things. If all else fails and you have to drive yourself, please consider parking some way away and jogging the last bit as part of your warm-up. Thank you
Runners who first registered with parkrun some time ago may be unaware that it's now possible to record ICE (In Case of Emergency) details as part of your personal parkrun profile.
We strongly encourage you to update your profile with your ICE details if you haven't done so already.
To update your profile:
Click on the "Manage my Profile" link which you'll find towards the bottom of any recent parkrun results e-mail
Then choose the "Update" link at the top of the list
Please add the name of the person who should be contacted in case of emergency
Please add the telephone number of your emergency contact
Please add a note of any medical conditions that should be known about; if you don't have any, please type "None"
Then click on "Please Alter" to save your changes
Finally, go back to the same results email and click on the "get your barcode" link, then print off a new one and use it straightway. Thank you
I have a heavy heart but a clear head as I announce that runners with dogs will no longer be supported at the Norwich parkrun. This policy will take effect on Saturday 8 April.
It's just that the sheer numbers of runners attending these days is such that to allow runners with dogs to continue to take part is simply a risk not worth taking - both for the dogs themselves and for all the runners around them.
This decision has been taken with the full support of parkrun HQ.
When we started the Norwich parkrun in 2010 we had around a hundred runners taking part each week and runners with dogs were not a problem. However, nowadays our attendances are much different - last Saturday, for instance, we had 647 finishers ...
The nearest parkruns which continue to support runners with dogs are at Catton and Mulbarton, just five miles away.
I'm sure that there will be some people who won't agree with our decision but as Event Director it's my name on the risk assessment and therefore my responsibility to ensure that everyone stays safe at the Norwich parkrun.
Thank you for your understanding.
Richard Polley - Event Director, Norwich parkrun