#398 Christmas Day by Sarah Dorey

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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

Sarah Dorey
#fitfam

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#397 Christmas parkrun by Craig Lewis

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas as a host of Santas, Elves and various festive accoutrements descended on Northampton's Racecourse.
The occasion? Parkrun number 397.  So strong was the Yuletide fever, run director Anna of Arendelle, aka Michelle Lewis, would surely have had all 472 park runners building a snowman... if it wasn't for the fact it had not stopped raining all week.  As it was, those arriving at a boggy course were simply grateful the really wet stuff was not falling from the sky for a few hours.  A Christmas miracle, you might say.
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Fruit toast and hot coffee. Bacon butties and steaming tea.
Cold Christmas runners warmed by the glow of much welcomed hot food.
If pre-9am is the Night Before Christmas of the parkrun world, the time spent in the Good Loaf is akin to the day itself.  Results arrive powered by email updates with every bit as much magic as Santa travels down chimneys on Christmas Eve.  As fresh as the Good Loaf bread, this week's results revealed Higham Harriers' Nathan Jones had galloped home, reindeer like, in first place in a personal best time of exactly 17 minutes.
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He was one of 46 sprinters, runners, joggers and walkers who beat the cold to finish in well-earned PB times.  Some more festive magic. You might say.
There was a sign of good things to come at the start of the run.
Well, several signs in fact.  Many of them coming from the hands of Alexi, as parkrunners learned how to say Merry Christmas using sign language.  Several hearing assisted runners took to the course today - yet another sign of the incredible inclusivity which this weekly battle against our legs inspires.  If that doesn't make you believe, I don't know what will?
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The end of the parkrun.
For some, it means a sub-20 finish. For others a 40 minute PB.
There are those who sprint home; mums and dads who push young children in front and over the line; and dogs romping over the line, dragging tired owners behind them.
The tail walkers - their usual beautiful plumage sadly lacking after a washing machine led error that will never be mentioned again - keep them all in check; a fabulous full-stop to the full range of parkrun participants.  Today, though, was the day of the ploggers.
And a special one too. The Ilsley's taking on that mantle and on the occasion of much familiar achievement.  Rachel's 100th run, and half centuries for both Andrew and young Samwise.  Some show a clean pair of heels, others create a clean park.
I told you there's magic about, didn't I?
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A load of bollards.
Surely not the way to talk about the noble art of volunteering?
Unless, of course, you're young Alfie and mum, Elaine. Is there a more vital role than
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making sure parkrunners don't come a cropper on the concrete?
Perhaps the timers could stake a claim? Catherine Hickford and Cheryl Collin dutifully clicking their way through the cold, from one all the way to 472.
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Or Leigh in her regular scanning position? Or Bryan on his corner? Or Andrew Warriner, blow-up Santa and photographer in one, capturing each moment for posterity?
Or indeed any of the selfish souls giving up their morning to make the parkrun magic start to sizzle.  And knitting it all ever, Anna of Arendelle... has she built that snowman yet?
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, don't you think?
Merry Christmas
Craig 'Elf' Lewis
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Christmas 2018/New Year 2019!

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at 9am with Matt as your RD. As ever we rely on lots of you volunteering to make this a safe and fun festive pre over indulgence parkrun. Fancy dress is as ever strongly recommended.

If you won't be in Northampton on Christmas day, check here nearer the time for local parkruns that will be hosting a Christmas day parkrun! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

We will also be hosting a New Year's Day parkrun at 9am with Alastair as your RD. However if you can't quite make it that early on New Year's Day, or if you're looking to run a double parkrun to start your year, make sure to check the above link for other parkruns which will be running at slightly later times!

 

Christmas Parkrun 2017

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at 9am with Mark as your RD. As ever we rely on lots of you volunteering to make this a safe and fun festive pre over indulgence parkrun. Fancy dress is as ever strongly recommended.

If you won't be in Northampton on Christmas day, check here nearer the time for local parkruns that will be hosting a Christmas day parkrun! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

We will also be hosting a New Year's Day parkrun at 9am with Lizzie and Hattie as your RDs. However if you can't quite make it that early on New Year's Day, or if you're looking to run a double parkrun to start your year, make sure to check the above link for other parkruns which will be running at slightly later times!

 

Christmas 2016

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at 9am with Mark as your RD. As ever we rely on lots of you volunteering to make this a safe and fun festive pre over indulgence parkrun. Fancy dress is as ever strongly recommended.

We will not be hosting a New Year's Day run, check here nearer the time for local parkruns that are http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

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Christmas Day parkrun

Northampton parkrun will be holding an extra event on Christmas Day at the usual time of 9am.

We look forward to seeing lots of you there in your Santa Hats or penguin costumes :)

If you would like to volunteer we will be looking for some Santa's little helpers too.

Thank you

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