This week report from Littleport regular Janette.

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Sunrises, celebrations, a mayor visit and birthday surprises.

It was a cold bitter morning blessed with a gorgeous sunrise across the Littleport Leisure center playing field.
Today's Littleport Parkrun was event no.82 and had many achievements to celebrate and eat cake!

Our very own Littleport Parkrun regular and fancy dress enthusiast Cathy Gibb-de Swarte was greated by fellow parkrunners who had dressed up in their finest fancy dress outfits to celebrate Cathy's upcoming 65 birthday and her 50th time volunteering! Cathy took on the tail walker role today, joining first timer Sally GIPP on her first ever Parkrun. Huge well done and we hope to see you on a regular basis!

Cathy also invited the Mayor of Ely along to join in the celebrations! The Mayor of Ely, Mike Rouse accepted Cathy's invite and joined us for the start of Parkrun dressed in his Mayoral robes and chain of office.

If you have never volunteered at Parkrun before you honestly should, it is so much fun, plus there is a variety of roles available for all abilities to do.

But the celebrations don't end there!

Another Littleport Parkrun regular Rachel Dray was celebrating completing her 50th Parkrun! Rachel has been enjoying Parkruns since 2018, she keeps on coming back for more. So that means more cakes to celebrate!

And now for some stats!

Fastest runner today was Alex METCALFE finished in 19:23.
1st junior runner was Patrick BOND finishing in 19:24.
1st lady finisher was Amy SOUTHWARD who finished in 23:05.
19 first timers to Parkrun, welcome!
18 park runners achieved PBS, well done!
Furthest parkrunner tourist came from Scotland!

A fantastic start to the year all!

Littleport parkrun
Event number 82
4th January 2020

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Matthew MONTEITH • Kath GERIGHTY • James LEE • Amanda MURFITT • Nick TURPIN • Jane JOHANNESSEN • John LAGRUE • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Poppy LEE • Jo WHITE • Gavin TAYLOR • Liz HYSLOP • Janette PALMER • James ELVIN • Joanne KERRIDGE • Peter STALLARD • Breda WALTON • Tanya MONTEITH • Henry FAIRPO

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Littleport parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The male record is held by Ruben SANSOM who recorded a time of 16:12 on 28th December 2019 (event number 80).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tina JONES who recorded 91.03% (25:17) on 14th September 2019 (event number 65).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,822 participants have completed 13,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,990 km, including 3,077 new Personal Bests. A total of 338 individuals have volunteered 1,854 times.