This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course on Christmas Day – a massive new Christmas Day record number for us.
As well as all the familiar faces, our numbers were boosted by lots of first timers and tourists from far and wide, giving us a truly international flavour. Australia was our furthest point away, but wherever you joined us from we hope you loved the event.
We also seemed to have a lot of landmarks reached, clearly you were working towards Christmas Day! We also reached 100,000 completed parkruns – that’s half a million kilometres covered at Colchester Castle. What a great day to achieve it.
Then, on Saturday 470 people took part of whom 56 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.
Thanks to a bit of yuletide japery from somebody walking through Kings meadow, our turnaround point was moved, leaving the course a little short. Liam Neeson is on the case and he will find them.
We appreciate you letting us know and taking it with good grace. Most seemed really pleased to receive a Christmas bonus of a shorter distance to run and an unexpected PB, which makes for a pleasant change of having Garmins shoved under your nose I must say. Clearly the Christmas spirit was alive and well.
The two events were made possible by 60 volunteers in total, what stars you all are. We had to put in an emergency route to avoid the flooding along the river path, which required additional marshals at very short notice, and we were blessed to have so much help.
So now we head in to January and a new year and decade of parkrunning. We hope and expect to see plenty of new faces joining us, as well as a few returning to kick off their new year. We would appreciate it if those more experienced parkrunners could help us in two ways; firstly, by volunteering for some of the additional roles we will be putting on to ensure everything goes smoothly and our newcomers know what to do. Secondly, could we ask you to remain quiet during the briefings please. It may or may not contain info you haven’t heard before, but you could be talking over someone who really needs to hear and understand what is going on. So out of courtesy to all involved please fight the boredom and resist the urge to natter for a few moments.
Finally, as a personal note as Event Director I’d like to thank the Core committee of Run Director’s and Volunteer Co-ordinators who beaver away in the background and make Colchester Castle parkrun tick. It often gets overlooked that everyone involved is a volunteer and gives up theirs and their families valuable time to put this on.
So to all participants and volunteers a Happy New Year to you all. Remember New Years Day is your chance to double up and record two parkruns on the same day. The easiest combo is CCPR at 9 am and Highwoods at 10.30, but have a great time whatever you get up to.
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Colchester Castle parkrun Results Page.
Colchester Castle parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 11,597 participants have completed 100,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 503,410 km, including 17,496 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,496 individuals have volunteered 8,897 times.