When the alarm goes off at 7.35am on a Saturday morning, I can think of at least 17 reasons to stay in bed: single digit temperatures; the five (or was it six?) festive pints I gulped the night before; and not forgetting, the thought of that hill, which I’m convinced gets steeper each week. Nevertheless, after a bucket full of tea and a tussle with several layers of - oh so, flattering - Lycra, Team Beasley was on its merry way to the spiritual home of parkrun. Somewhat against the odds, I even managed to liberate a grunting teenager from her slumber to partake in some yuletide barcode scanning; the lure of treats from Mrs Doyle’s legendary café may have swayed the decision.
Of course, the last parkrun before Santa arrives is always extra special. And, shortly after 9am, the eager throng of runners were unleashed to play in the glorious mud. Today was never going to be about chasing down a PB but I was still a little bemused to be overtaken by an elf, several Santa imposters, and not one, but two Christmas puddings.
My 49th Park Run was also my fourth foray into the wonderful world of volunteering. As an added bonus, like many of the volunteering roles, I still got the chance to run. Two birds, one stone. Now, it’s perhaps a little premature for New Year’s resolutions but in 2019 I endeavour to join the one-in-ten club (of which currently I am the only member) and commit to volunteering for at least one in every ten runs. Do-able right?
Well, that’s it for me in 2018 but I look forward to seeing you fresh-faced or bleary-eyed on New Year’s Day. Have a wonderful Christmas you lovely people.
And, here are the stats…
This week 464 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:
Tessa LUKEHURST • Sarah BARFIELD • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Deborah CHRISTMAS • Marti DHESI • Ben TAWNEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Imogen Melanie BEASLEY • Michelle HUTTON • Stephen EVANS • Jamie ROBINSON • Ben SHIRT • Verity HILL • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • Joe CHANTREY • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Emma WILSON • Tommy O'MEARA • Jeremy POPE • Christine HARDY • Martin CARTY • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Wilfred EVANS • Richard GROVE • Chris DAVISON • Ian BEASLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Anne LOVE • Frances OSBORNE • Jill COATES • James MOFFATT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).
Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 14,870 participants have completed 127,862 parkruns covering a total distance of 639,310 km, including 21,269 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,454 individuals have volunteered 9,075 times.