Just as presents and crackers are a Christmas tradition, so is the family heading home for the festive season and the parkrun family is no exception to this. A number of new parkruns started in the county this year and many of our regular attendees have moved to new events closer to home so it was great to see everyone come back to Northampton for our special festive extra event. There were lots of hugs and handshakes as old faces and new parkrunners caught up and swapped Christmas cheer.
In total, 640 parkrunners started their festive celebrations on the Racecourse, the 4th highest attendance in 398 events. We clocked up: 73 PB's, had 53 first timers to Northampton and 25 of them were doing their very first parkrun!
No run report is complete without the celebration of milestones. Mark Jackson, Danny Carter, Sebastian Tomlinson and Laura Lever all completed their 50th milestone run…Congratulations!! Aidan Green from #fitfam ran his 100th run as did Sally and Glen Furniss…Awesome!! On their way to the 500 club milestone Ed Taylor and Becky Dixie completed their 300th run.
Great support as ever by all of our 30 volunteers, particular note to those providing music for parkrunners to ‘Rock around the Christmas tree’ down St Georges Avenue all to be treated by festive cries of Elf Brian being assisted by Father Christmas on his 131st volunteering event! (Brians' not Father Christmas)
Lots of our parkrunners continued the Christmas theme with names! We had 3 Holly's, 1 Joseph and a Bell, a flock of Lambs, 3 Nicholas's, 2 Kings and a Shepherd. Sadly there were no donkeys and thankfully, with the number of buggy runners, no Herods.
Encouragement is not needed and of course parkrunners love an opportunity to dress up. We were visited by numerous Father Christmas’s, some Christmas puddings and one angel taking a break from her duties at the top of the festive tree.
2019 has been yet another busy year for Northampton parkrun and we look forward to 2020 and all the new parkrunners we will meet, all the tourists that will visit and all of the familiar faces we will get to run, walk, jog and volunteer with each week.