Christmas Day Southwark parkrun #267

For the first time in our now 5 year history, Southwark parkrun held an extra event on the morning of Christmas Day this year and - no exaggeration - the community feel around the park was second to none. The atmosphere was incredible, as we welcomed 134 runners, both regulars and visitors from around the world, to join together for a festive 5k run.

Austine was our Run Director on this momentous occasion and led the way in the costume stakes - there were Christmas Hats, jumpers, tinsel, santa suits and reindeer antlers aplenty throughout the field, and the finish area and course were Christmas decorated too. We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who volunteered and made the event happen, namely:

Andrew MELROSE  •  Anmol KHURANA  •  Austine MOEMEKE  •  Buffy GAMBIER  •  Charlene LOW  •  Christopher TSANTOULAS  •  Elizabeth LOW  •  Ellie AWFORD  •  Gillian DAVIES  •  Giovanni GRAGLIA  •  Hazel BRUCE  •  Kaylee COXALL  •  Lesley PALFREY  •  Matthew SCRIVIN  •  Mehboob KHAN  •  Mike KROTOSKY  •  Paul WILLIAMS  •  Sheila SILVEIRA  •  Sian AWFORD  •  Susan COLEMAN  •  Vicky NOCK

Huge well done to everyone who ran, of course - the perfect way to earn any indulgence that may have been entered into later in the day! I'll highlight a few:

  • Congratulations to Tony Wilson, who entered the parkrun 50 club with his Christmas Day parkrun!
  • Congratulation too to Mehboob Khan, who entered both the parkrun 100 club and parkrun v25 club with his run+volunteer combo on Christmas Day!
  • Well done to Issac Maxwell and Kathryn Robertson Arrebola, who achieved their first 'first finishes' at Southwark
  • Eight runners got a new Southwark parkrun PB - fantastic efforts!
  • And finally a huge welcome to the 28 people visiting Southwark parkrun for the first time, including those four for whom it was their first parkrun ever. We hope you enjoyed our event and we hope to see you again soon!

The festive parkrun fun hasn't ended yet though! We have our normal Saturday event at 09:00 on 29 December, followed by another special extra on New Year's Day Tuesday 01 January with a LATER START at 10:30 - it's the only day that running multiple parkruns is allowed so check out the special events list (and engineering works on the tube and National Rail if applicable, especially if you're planning Peckham Rye then Southwark) and see if you can find a compatible double, if that's your thing! Or just enjoy a lie in and come to Southwark Park for 10:30... (usual Southwark combos involve Peckham Rye or Highbury Fields first, and we've heard tale of runners making it from Wanstead Flats and Greenwich before too - but check your journey options first as you don't want to be late!) We still need volunteers for our New Year's Day run too, so if you want a more leisurely start to 2019 whilst still being part of it all, then please get in touch!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone in, and who has ever visited, our fantastic community. See you on Saturday for more of the same :-)

Matt (A504185)

Southwark parkrun
Event number 267
25th December 2018

This week 134 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Andrew MELROSE • Vicky NOCK • Kaylee COXALL • Buffy GAMBIER • Giovanni GRAGLIA • Matthew SCRIVIN • Mike KROTOSKY • Mehboob KHAN • Susan COLEMAN • Ellie AWFORD • Anmol KHURANA • Sian AWFORD • Paul WILLIAMS • Austine MOEMEKE • Hazel BRUCE • Lesley PALFREY • Christopher TSANTOULAS • Charlene LOW • Sheila SILVEIRA • Gillian DAVIES • Elizabeth LOW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southwark parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 16:52 on 5th August 2017 (event number 202). The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:51 on 16th September 2017 (event number 207). The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 96.58% (18:02) on 4th February 2017 (event number 177).

Southwark parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 10,803 participants have completed 48,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,315 km, including 8,303 new Personal Bests. A total of 716 individuals have volunteered 4,056 times.


Southwark parkrun’s 2018 festive plans


We’ve got lots happening over the festive period at Southwark parkrun. Here’s a run-down of dates for your diary


Saturday 15th December 9:00 am

Our annual Christmas themed ‘Tinsel Run’ returns. Dig out your Santa hats, Christmas jumpers and turkey onesies for a particularly festive edition of our 5k run/jog/walk.

Saturday 15th December 7:00 pm

We’ll follow the morning run with an evening social! We’ve reserved some space at regular haunt Leadbelly’s by Canada Water tube station and it would be great to see you whether you’re a regular walker / jogger / runner / volunteer or have only visited once! It’ll be very informal and you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

Tuesday 25th December 9:00 am

For the first time in Southwark parkrun history we’re having Christmas Day run. We’re super excited and can’t wait to see some friendly faces on Christmas morning.

Tuesday 1st January 10:30 am

How better to kick off the new year than with a parkrun. Or, for those particularly keen, a double parkrun!

For one day a year you’ll be able to log a run at two different events on the same day. If this sounds like your sort of challenge check out the official list of festive events for the latest information: .

Please also check travel conditions in advance if you plan to use public transport:


No event on 03 November 2018

Hello parkrunners!

Southwark parkrun is cancelled
on 03 November

Please be aware that due to vehicles requiring access to the park along and across our route on the morning of 03 November, we have had to cancel our event that day. The vehicles will be setting up for the annual Southwark Park fireworks that are taking place a couple of days later.

We are running as usual on 27 October - this will be our annual Halloween spooktacular and fancy dress is very much encouraged! - and we will be back as usual on 10 November.

If you are looking for an alternative for the weekend of the 3rd please check the parkrun UK events page for details of other local events, however we strongly urge you to also check the parkrun UK cancellations page too as other local events are cancelled for similar reasons that day!

Happy parkrunning, and see you in the park! (just not on 03 November)


No event on 22nd September 2018


There'll be no parkrun on 22nd September 2018 as we make way for the Cancer Research UK 'Shine Night Walk' in Southwark Park.


Luckily there are plenty of other parkrun events nearby for us to visit so this will be a perfect opportunity for some parkrun tourism. Check out the parkrun UK events page to see a map of all your parkrun options.


Top tip: you can check for scheduled cancellations by visiting the volunteer roster page of an event, e.g. If there are volunteers signed up for a week then no cancellation is planned!


Happy parkrunning :)


5th Anniversary Celebrations


Our little run in the park is turning 5 years old!


We'll be celebrating over a few drinks on the evening of Saturday 1st September. We have an area reserved at Leadbelly's from 7pm.


All Southwark parkrunners are invited - whether you've been with us for 5 years, 5 months or 5 minutes!
If you're on Facebook you can see the event info here.


ALSO ...


As part of our celebration at parkrun we'll be holding a collection for Southwark Foodbank. If you'd like to participate just bring along some non-perishable food or toiletries to parkrun on Saturday 1st September . The list below shows items currently needed but you can bring other things too.


Foodbank shopping list Sep 18


We look forward to seeing you at our anniversary run and / or our evening social :)

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