Pre-Christmas parkrun report from Cathy

Pre-Christmas celebrations came to Littleport’s 79th parkrun this morning with Santas, elfs, reindeers, doggies wearing various festive jumpers and even Spiderman (Ian Barnish 23.27) and Batwoman (Lisa Long/Redman 28.51) brought their super-powers to bear getting into the festive spirit.
One of Littleport’s parkrun organisers James Lee confided that he had to change the whole course overnight because of the appalling wet weather we had been experiencing without which re-planning the event would have had to be cancelled due to waterlogged conditions.
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The 116 participants all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and there was much encouraging going on by everyone as they passed each other when completing the laps around the tarmac. Our four- legged friends from Luna to tail walking companion Roo, who made a rare appearance coming out of semi-retirement, also obviously enjoyed their parkrun too.
This certainly is a social occasion and feels like parkrunning/walking is being a member of one big happy family. There is plenty of support there for all who join in this great pastime from the volunteers to participants. And everyone was pleased to welcome back one of our regulars Nicky Garrett who has been out of action since August. Nicky was accompanied by tail walker Kath Gerighty and doggie Roo (previously mentioned) and did exceptionally well finishing the course in an impressive time of 58.23.
Parkrun/walk is all about having fun, and it gets that bit sweeter when you happen to achieve a New Personal Best, and this is what happened to both Julie Murfitt and Andrea Sullivan who really pulled out all the stops and certainly looked the part in their festive Christmas jumpers. Julie who was taking part in her 13th parkrun achieved her New PB of 34.25, while Andrea completing only her 4th clocked a fantastic New PB of 34.32.
Congrats also to Joanne Bruno who had just returned to parkrunning/walking due to ill health last week must be delighted with her effort this morning finishing in an impressive time of 41.28. Quite a few mother and daughter combos like Sarah McConnell and her mum, Lizzie Hyslop, were close behind Joanne finishing in a time of 42.29 and 42.38. It was good also to see many more regular parkrunners return and they were Don Abeysekera (23.02) young Ethan Cole (24.37) Sarah Lund (24.58) Michelle Berry (27.47) Leigh Marshall (28.21) Ruth Feltell (28.27) James Lee (27.34) Amanda Murfitt (27.35) Charlotte Nevison (28.52) Jane Hill (29.48) Clare Dell (29.48) Janette Palmer (30.02) Francesca Flack (31.04) Caity Ross (32.12) Emma Davis (35.25) Cathy Gibb de Swarte and Ruby Reindeer (35.35) Lucie Melen (36.34) and Clare Andrews who received her 50th volunteer shirt last Saturday clocked 38.38 despite carrying an ankle injury.
Well done to all who achieved New PBs and they were: Estivy Perez (22.40) Cailtan Burke (23.07) Amy Southward (23.28) Laura Upstone (27.35) Carlin Reeve (28.04) Stuart Byrne (28.15) Anthony Sale (29.36) Louise Parfitt (31.41) Henry Fairpo (32.28) Julie Murfitt (34.25) Andrea Sullivan (34.32) Martin Palmer (35.04) Eleanor Stewart (37.29).
And the first person over the finishing funnel was Alex Metcalfe who clocked 17.43.
Thank you for all those hardworking marshals who braved the cold this morning and they were: Nik Banks, Allistair Berry, Kath and Terry Gerighty, Nicola Gilbert, Susan and Peter Green, Liz Hyslop, John Lagrue who was happy to give this morning's briefing, Poppy and James Lee, Martin Lewis, Lucie Melen (conducting the first time briefing), Amanda Murfitt, Janette Palmer, Hannah Sanderson, Hilary Sanderson, Lionel Smith, Lizzie Sparrow, Michelle Tilbrook, Breda Walton and Jo White.
Why not come and join us for our next parkrun on Saturday 28th – you are all welcome to join in the fun.