Christmas Day Special

Hadleigh parkrun
Event number 109
25/12/2018 – Christmas Day!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas Everybody! This year, a new tradition was started: Christmas Day parkrun at Hadleigh, and what a roaring success it was! So successful in fact, that with 265 participants, it became the highest attended event at Hadleigh so far. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Hadleigh parkrun: perfect if you've been out delivering presents all night and have eaten one too many mince pies!

Of course it wouldn't have been possible without the help of our dedicated team of Hi-Vis Heroes, more commonly know as parkrun volunteers. Our thanks this week to:

Amie BRIGHT, Gary BRIGHT, Thomas CARSWELL, Colin DUNN, Clara EDEY, Thomas GERRIE, Chris HYDE, Lisa HYDE, Sophia HYDE, Valerie JARVIS, Patricia KEOGH, Zach SMITH, Adam SMITH, Sally SMITH, Suzanne SMITH, Oliver SMITH, Emma WARRINGTON, Olivia WARRINGTON, Victoria WARRINGTON, Samuel WARRINGTON, and Elizabeth WARRINGTON.

Hadleigh parkrun can't happen without a full compliment of volunteers each week. If you're looking for a New Year's resolution, why not check out the future roster once a month and see what you can do to help? Simply visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hadleigh/futureroster/ for all the information you need.

On the subject of our amazing volunteers, one in particular deserves an extra special mention this week. Emma WARRINGTON completed her 100th volunteer role at Hadleigh on Christmas morning. It's dedication like that which has landed her at the top of Santa's 'nice' list. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Emma from everybody involved with Hadleigh parkrun. We hope there were lots of presents waiting for you when you got back home!

Our volunteers did a fantastic job of clearing away all that pesky mist before that start! They're not called 'Heroes' for nothing!

Now for some more milestones:

Congratulations to Damien HARVEY and Teresa MORRIS who completed their 50th runs on Christmas morning.

Congratulations to Chris KELLY and Anthony SULLIVAN who completed their 100th runs on Christmas morning.

10 people felt that Christmas was the perfect occasion to try a parkrun for the very first time. Congratulations to:

Mar SALOM, Barry MCCORMACK, Samantha NEARY, Alice HUBER, Barry GROOM, Jordan MURRAY, Kevin FULLER, Gary MCELLIGOTT, Debra SALES-TIFFIN, and Karen SLATER.

Welcome to the parkrun family! I always say the first one is the hardest. Don't believe me? Come back and try again next week!

57 parkrun tourists visited Hadleigh for the first time on Christmas morning. I was one of them! Welcome to:

Luke BLYTH, Tom LANGDON, Andrew TILLOTT, Holly GILLARD, Ross HOLLANDS, Graham PURDHAM, Nigel TILLOTT, Daniel MENDOZA, Joshua PIMBLETT, Sara ROBINSON, Nick MENDOZA, Laura KIDD, Surjit GREWAL, Nick RICHES, Chris KELLY, Alice DICKENS, Vicky MCELLIGOTT, Ian SMITH, Patrick O'CONNOR, Michael Carson YOUNG, Boris WOZSTOCK, Richard KIDD, Alan BOWER, Taylor ENDELL, Lisa COX, Jo DYSON, Anne PURDHAM, Steven ELLIS, Jo PENTECOST, Rosalind FERGUSON, Natasha CRAGO, Manners HEER, Harry JIMBROWN, Sara PENTEL, Michelle LEE, Jerri WEEKS, Jonathan Howard YOUNG, Corey DISS, Chloe DISS, Nicky MUNRO, Martin ROBBINS, Michael WOOD, Samantha EVANS, Sharon Jane EASTLAND, Laura KIES, Charlie MCELLIGOTT, Malachy MCELLIGOTT, Sharon BROWN, Ian GORMAN, Jody GORDON, Anthony SULLIVAN, Geraldine HANSFORD, Thomas CARSWELL, Jill GRIFFITHS, George MCELLIGOTT, Pauline BOWERS, and Alison RICHES.

Normally, when writing reports for Southend parkrun, I take this opportunity to say that I hope our tourists enjoyed the run and that we'll see them again soon. However, as I was a tourist, I will instead say that I thoroughly enjoyed running at Hadleigh and that I will definitely be back soon!

This lot weren't even here for parkrun: they got lost on their way home from a Christmas party! Lucky we found them!

And now, to borrow something else from my Southend reports, it's everybody's favourite feature...Hadleigh's Random Results!

Female Results:

Vicky PARSONS (VW50-54) was 33rd across the line (125th overall) with a time of 31:50.
Maggie CAMPBELL-FREEMAN (VW55-59) was 70th across the line (178th overall) with a time of 35:31.
Debbie DOCHERTY (VW60-64) was 100th across the line (228th overall) with a time 39:46.

Male Results:

Mark MAYES (VM50-54) was 19th across the line (19th overall) with a time of 22:09.
Mark ARMITAGE (VM45-49) was 70th across the line (88th overall) with a time of 29:12.
First time tourist Nigel TILLOTT (VM55-59) was 39th across the line (45th overall) with a time of 24:36.

NB: Hadleigh's Random Results are picked using an online random number generator to ensure everybody has an equal chance of getting a mention. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found here.

Cracker joke time! What did the sheep who hates Christmas say?

25 people got their Christmas mornings underway with the best presents ever: new Personal Best times! Congratulations to:

Rhys GILLARD, Sam WHEATLEY, Matibini MATIBINI, Oliver RANDALL, James PORTER, Tim UTTING, Matthew RANDALL, Henry COURTIER, Ruby SAMUELS, Ellen WILLIAMS, Dave SPAIN, Leah WILLIAMS, Rob DUNN, Andrew LIVETT, Ian CHARNOCK, Rosie IMBUSH, Dee MCCORMACK, Steve KILCO, Doug PORTER, Sally ROTHWELL, Lorraine JOYCE, Yvonne FRANCIS, Kelly HOLLANDS, Carol Anne ELLIS, and Lucas CLAY.

I've raided Southend's trophy cabinet for one of my entirely fictional but highly coveted PB-of-the-week awards. The lucky recipient is junior runner Ruby SAMUELS (JW11-14), who recorded a time of 22:29 on her 26th appearance at Hadleigh, and was the first female finisher on Christmas morning! Ruby's new PB is a full 50-seconds quicker than her previous best. She really is faster than a flying reindeer!

Hands up who wants to see Christmas Day parkrun at Hadleigh return next year?

That's about it from me. My thanks to the core team at Hadleigh for putting on such a wonderful event and allowing us to run off our Christmas dinners before we've even eaten them! I hope that Christmas Day parkrun at Hadleigh becomes a regular feature on the calendar. Might I suggest one small change though? Surely, for one day only, it has to be called Hadsleigh parkrun!

On that note, I'm off! All the best for the remainder of the year and beyond. Be kind to one another. And happy running, no matter how slow or fast you may be.

Same time next year?

Run Report written by Thomas Carswell, on loan from Southend.