The Christmas Day Run report

What a fantastic Christmas Day parkrun, the sun was shining, the course after all the recent rain was good and no chilling breeze. We forget sometimes how lucky we are to run around the beautiful lakes, which lots of our visitors commented how they enjoyed the course and the atmosphere.

338 runners and walkers joined us making this our largest Christmas Day parkrun. We were joined by visitors from local parkruns at Salisbury and Winchester who unfortunately were called off, as well as Swindon, Aberdeen and Australia. We hope we helped to make Christmas Day a special one and please come back and see us again.

People visiting family and friends meant we had 55 first timers to Andover, and for 10 of you what a great day to do your first ever parkrun.

Thank you to everyone who dressed up, adorned Santa hats and Christmas jumpers it made for quite a spectacle.

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day parkruns are not compulsory for teams to do, so can I say a massive thank you to all the Andover team for putting them on and for all the amazing volunteers that not only make it possible but create such a fantastic atmosphere. You are all fantastic and what parkrun is all about, thanks Tim and John who barcode scanned while visiting from Aberdeen.

The good conditions and wanting to get home to open presents and cook the dinner earned 27 of you personal bests. Well done Kerry Wardell breaking 30 mins for the first time and Alice Corney smashing the 40 minute barrier.

Congratulations to all those that earned their milestone t-shirt this week. Sheila Oldacre 250th, Jack Dundas and Mary Clarke 100th, Matt Hardy and Rebecca Holt 50th, and Anna McGilvray 10th (junior). We look forward to seeing you in those milestone t-shirts in the new year.

A quick reminder that the carpark and toilets will be shut tomorrow and New Year’s Day. Please Park on the industrial estate not blocking any entrances.

Also if you are new to parkrun, New Year’s Day is the only day of the year where you can run two parkruns. We will be at the normal time of 9 am with some of the other local parkruns starting at 10.30. Please check their websites for details and cancellations.

send us a message if you are able to volunteer on New Year’s Day.

See you tomorrow in all your new running gear.

Simon