Merry Christmas from Whiteley parkrun, where 110 runners dragged themselves away from presents and Buck's Fizz to tackle a festive 5km.
When it was first mentioned that Whiteley was staging a special Xmas day race, many may have scoffed at the idea, however as a regular most Saturdays, it didn't surprise me at all to see so many familiar faces out there this morning, including Danielle (RD today), Jack, Dave, Richard and of course Martin, who have chosen to spend many Saturdays since our inaugural event back in April putting on our very own parkrun.
We have a fantastic event and the volunteer spots were quickly filled despite the date, testament to the community spirit of parkrun. It's said each week, but particularly poignant today, a massive thank you to the volunteers that made today possible.
The typically British Christmas weather didn't put a dampener on the festivities today. We kicked off with a rare group photo and you will see the plethora of costumes and Christmas attire on show, from Santa hats to Christmas jumpers, bonus points to those of you who completed 3 laps in full costume, thankfully the rain did hold off! Now to the fun part, the stats!
It's always great to welcome new people to parkrun and fantastic if rather strange to see 9 of you this morning, on Christmas Day!! A further 4 doing only their second parkrun. We also had tourists join us from Crystal Palace, Wimbledon and Frimley to name just a few. (Not forgetting the North Pole of course). In fact 30 of you joined us in Whiteley for the first time, we hope you enjoyed our event! 11 runners claimed a new PB today, well done to all, clearly the indulgences of the season have not got to you yet, for the rest of us, there's always next Saturday, our final event of the year to start burning off those mince pies and turkey.
Finally, congratulations to Richard Evans who completed his 50th parkrun today. Richard's home run is Crystal Palace where he has completed 33 of his runs. This was his first at Whiteley and 12th different parkrun, well done! Christmas is a time for family and friends and we can all agree we spent this morning amongst good company today, let's make it a new tradition. Merry Christmas all.