With Christmas just 2 days away there was an air of excitement as we gathered, many in Christmas fancy dress, for our 247th Peter Pan parkrun. It was good to welcome a visitor all the way from Stockholm, and looking at the results we also had visitor from Swindon. We hope you had a warm welcome and enjoyed our parkrun.
It was good to see Sarah ‘Christmas Pudding’ Tock’s costume, but how you run in that Sarah beats me, as well as lots of other festive gear and some runners (like me) in ‘plain clothes’ who had completely forgotten despite the numerous reminders!
Before starting we congratulated a few runners on their milestone achievements. Jean Allen and Jackie Long ran their 50th runs, as did Trevor Richardson (although he kept that quiet!) and another of our regulars, John Escritt, completed his 100th. We also noted that whilst not an official milestone, it was Peter Taylor’s 200th parkrun. Well done to all of you, it takes genuine commitment to reach these milestones and you should be proud to have achieved them.
We also took the time to remember a local running hero who died this week. Dave MacDonald was a stalwart of the local running community and the organiser of the Haltemprice 10k for many years. Our thoughts are with his family at this time, as we remember his contribution with gratitude.
And so 166 off us set off around the course to engage in some damage limitation as the festive season gets under way. We had plenty of encouragement this morning from marshals, spectators and a couple of photographers, and that support always helps. Our visitor from Swindon, Jack Latus, took first place in a time of 18.22 and our own Sophie Lee was again the first lady home, but well done to all, whatever your time.
As the year comes to a close, we should take time to thank David, Rob, Graeme, Linda and the many other regular and occasional volunteers who make parkrun possible for us. You are amazing and your efforts are very much appreciated. Our Saturday mornings would not be the same without your efforts.
Don’t forget the park running opportunities over Christmas and New Year; Christmas Day at East Park at 9 am, next Saturday (30th) at Peter Pan we will be having our special City of Culture celebratory run (what a year it’s been!) and as usual the New Years Day double, 9.00 at Peter Pan, then 10.30 at Humber Bridge.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, parkrunner Revd Peter Draper will be leading Midnight Mass at St Anne’s Church, Ellerker at 11.30pm tomorrow, Christmas Eve and all are welcome there.
Merry Christmas everyone and keep on running!
This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Sarah WILSON • David J BELL • Graham COOK • Roisin GORRY • Jo BUTCHER • Rht THOMSON • Lola GORRY • Ailis GORRY • Linda DODSWORTH • Rob NEWTON • Kim ESCRITT • Dave WISE • Andy GOY • Shirley GOY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Peter Pan parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:00 on 16th August 2014 (event number 71).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:55 on 1st January 2017 (event number 198).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane Ruth MORLEY who recorded 91.24% (21:53) on 20th February 2016 (event number 152).
Peter Pan parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 3,322 participants have completed 26,049 parkruns covering a total distance o