4 parkruns in just over a week. 5 for those of you that made it to Keswick. It must be Christmastime at parkrun! The only time an offical parkun can be held outside of our usual Saturday, and New Year's Day also offers the opportunity to run twice in one day. For the second year we liaised with our friends in the Lakes and many of us hit the road to be in Keswick for 1030am.
We had 840 finishers (with a total of 33 first timers) over the 4 runs - including our highest NYD attendance - so thank you to each and every one of you for contributing to our brilliant community. 84 people volunteered across those runs and an even bigger thank you to all of you. Christmas Day was not kind to us weather wise and I'll be eternally grateful to everyone that stood out in the rain to enable the run to go ahead.
While I'm on the subject of volunteers, those of you who were there on the Christmas Day may have noticed we had a different volunteer to usual handing out the finish tokens. Allan Campbell had told us he couldn't do it because he had something on. Turns out that something was participating! The last time he completed a parkrun was in 2013. Congratulations Allan - but don't scare us next time by falling over!
Please do let us know if you'd like to help out one Saturday. If you've never volunteered before, why not make it a New Year's Resolution to give it a go? Check out the website volunteer page and get in touch.
Thanks as well to Roy Waller (Lindsay's Dad) for the mistletoe and Family Messenger for the sweets!
I'm going to attempt to namecheck those of you who ran a milestone over Christmas, but due to there being no foolproof way to do it (apart from me checking after each run, which I didn't do) I may miss someone. Apologies in advance if I do - please let me know and I'll make sure you get a belated shout out next week.
So, here goes........
50 Club - Mary Oghani, Carole Steel and Benjamin Scott
100 Club - Martin Curran, Rebecca Thompson and Jules Ponsford
The Unofficial 200 Club - Paul Graves, George Oghani, Rebecca Errington and Frances Braithwaite
Congratulations to all of you!
We welcomed tourists from far and wide. Our first finisher on NYD - junior Kieran Cooper - and his Dad ran with us as part of their epic Carlisle-Tollcross double. Other parkruns represented over the 4 runs include Sale Water, Cambridge, Druridge Bay, Burnage, Wimbledon Common, Wolverhampton, Chichester, Great Cornard and closer to home, Keswick, Penrith and Workington!
49 new PB's were recorded over the Christmas period - with 19 on Christmas Day itself! Well done to all of you - brilliant running.
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Carlisle parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jon FLETCHER who recorded a time of 16:03 on 15th August 2015 (event number 132).
The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:47 on 26th August 2017 (event number 237).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet KENYON who recorded 89.43% (19:43) on 6th July 2013 (event number 24).
I absolutely love the Christmas parkruns and I hope everyone else enjoyed it as well. We turn 5 in a few weeks (the 20th) so I hope you'll be there to celebrate with us. Here's to a wonderful 2018.