Father Christmas loves volunteers

Black Park parkrun

Event number 552

28th December 2019

For some people the weekend between Christmas and New Year is a time for relaxing but not for the 636 people who ran, jogged or walked our Parkrun this week. After the rain of the last couple of days, this morning was dry and fair - great December running weather. In fact, the weather was so good that it tempted Father Christmas back from the beach for one last run this year. Some of you may have seen him with his mini sleigh and his two helpers. They weren’t just at Black Park to run off those extra Christmas pounds, they handed out presents to all the volunteers.

On behalf of all the volunteers, we want to thank you for the generous gifts you gave, it was so thoughtful of you. It wasn’t just Father Christmas who thanked the volunteers, so many of you runners thanked us especially in the funnel as you got your tokens.

We don’t volunteer to be thanked, we volunteer because we love meeting all you runners and so that Parkrun can function as efficiently as possible on a weekly basis. Why don’t you consider volunteering in 2020? It’s a great way to meet people and, if like me, you start towards the back of the field you get to see what the front looks like. In addition, you get to see all the runners and be part of a great team.

Of the 636 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 66 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers: Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • David PRIDDY • Maureen PEDRI • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Vince ELLERBY • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carolyn FRYER • Amar BABHANIA • Karen SPROD • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Paula KELLY • Karen COURT • Paul SILVESTER • Joe HARVEY • Thomas HAYWOOD • Alice SILVEY • Martin STEWART • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Ellie HENDERSON • Sue DAVIE • Sumayah SIDDIQI • Julie SIDDIQI

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

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10th March 2012 (event number 140). The female record is held by Pippa WOOLVEN who recorded a time of 16:32 on 5th January 2019 (event number 502). The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.51% (22:15) on 5th April 2014 (event number 250). Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 20,796 participants have completed 225,145 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,125,725 km, including 33,760 new Personal Bests. A total of 842 individuals have volunteered 10,826 times.

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