Basingstoke parkrun #620, 25th December 2019. Run Report by Matt Pillinger
In every good boyband there is usually at least one with talent, a good looking one, one who can dance, a sensible one and a wild one. You'll have to decide for yourself who filled each of these roles, or indeed if any of them were filled. Although, I ought point out that Peter can sing, he just may have been drowned out by my enthusiasm, making up for my lack of ability. If you wish to remind yourself of the 'talent' on display, the video is now uploaded to youtube
& if you can't quite hear or understand the lyrics, here is our song sheet
Big credit should go to Avi for composing the lyrics, and Michael/Peter who reviewed and amended where the original lines didn't quite scan correctly.
Once the highlight of the day had passed, there was also a run to take place.
535 of us ran, jogged or walked 5k, this was our biggest Christmas day attendance. We were led home by Dave Ragan who simultaneously ended Tom Harding's streak of first finishes and also took his 3rd consecutive Christmas Day First Finish, with a time of 16:47. Just slightly behind Dave was Tom Sycklemoore in 16:51, with an unknown athete finishing 3rd. In the women's run, first finisher was Megan Wilson in 19:15, closely followed by Chalotte Ragan in 19:32 and Gemma Bigg in 19:45. Gemma somehow recording a new PB in her 153rd run at Basingstoke, despite the mud. Age grade wise, first place was taken by Tony Watkins (80.94%), 2nd by Dave Ragan (79.05%) and 3rd by Loki Chaffey (78.26% & a new PB).
Included in our 535, were 38 first timers, including 18 visitors, from as far afield as Finland - I wonder if they got a lift over with Santa last night?
Many of you may think of parkrun as primarily a run - but it was originally set up by Paul Sinton Hewitt (CBE) as he was an injured runner and still wanted to meet his running friends, so he organised a weekly time trial (as parkrun was originally known) for them and invited them for coffee afterwards. Hopefully the next few pictures will show that Paul's original aim is alive and thriving. Even for those of us that really care about beating the person in front or beating our time from last week, the social element pre and post run is hugely important.
There were lots of milestones as well
Alfie Smart completed his 10th run. John Ilnicki, Lance Sheppard and John Howell reached the 50 mark. We have 3 new centurions in Isobel Mannion, Jane Ford Ladenburger and Rory Horseman. Merv Davison reached the unofficial 200 milestone, while David Picton completed his 250th run today
You think the reindeer would be tired from pulling a sleigh round all night ...
There seems to be a dog pulling a reindeer & santa's sleigh has completely disappeared.
As my Dad says 'its Christmas' as this excuses anything, including pre 10:00am drinking!
Penultimate point - those of you on Facebook may occasionally guess the attendance in response to the Basingstoke parkrun post on Friday. I guessed 2,512 (25-12), turns out I was someway off for Basingstoke, but had I been guessing for Bushy parkrun I'd have been much closer - they broke the all time parkrun attendance World Record, with 2,545 finishers
Finally, a huge thank you to the volunteers, putting on an additional parkrun mid week is no small task for the core team and then there are the 40 volunteers who have spent some of their Christmas helping us enjoy a free, safe, timed run. I hope they were all filled with a sense of doing good and enjoyed the rest of their day as much as we enjoy running round the park at 9:00am.
See you all on Saturday, same time, same place.