New Year’s Day Extra Statistics!

This is just a post that I'll keep updated with any interesting statistics I find. If this is your sort of thing, there is a parkrun stats geeks group that you might find interesting and it's one of the places I've found my info.

Of the 519 people parkrunning in Pocket:

  • 48.9% did a double (254)
  • 50.7% were first timers in Pocket park (263)
  • 11.0% ran a new PB (57)
  • 4.2% ran thiervery first parkrun! (22) -  8.3% of all first timers this week
  • just 3.8% forgot thier barcode (20)

of those 254 parkrun doublers:

  • 90.9% also ran in Huntigdon (231)
  • 6.3% also ran in Great Denham (16)
  • 2.8% also ran in Letchworth (7)

231 makes Huntingdon -> Pocket the 26th most popular double worldwide an the 20th most popular in the UK

Around the world:

  • There were 153 'solo doublers' that were the only people to complete those two parkruns.
  • The most popular double was Linford Wood -> Milton Keynes (490)
  • There were 38,176 people who ran doubles
  • People ran 626,875km on New Years Day at parkruns (not includng the extra distance by those who also ran between events)
  • That's the same as travelling around the world 15.6 times!
  • or running to the moon and halfway back!
  • 60.9% of kilometers run were run by those doing a double



Pocket parkrun #30: New Year’s Day Run Report

1st January 2019

Congratulations everyone! 519 runners, walkers & joggers joined us on New Year's morning for the 30th parkrun in Pocket park. Before I recognise some of the running acheivements, I'd like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up thier time to make this event such a success.

Adam Tapley, Alan Turnbull, Alice Edwards, Alison Ainsworth, Barry Robinson, Becki Barnett, Caroline Holmes, Charles Butcher, Charlotte Simpson, Clare Barker, Gary Cole, Helen D Johnson, Hope Hutchison, Ian Payne, James Holmes, Janay Fehr, Jasmine Cooper, Jenine Cooper, Joanne Carrington, Judy Moore, Kathy Unwin, Katie Tween, Kerry Surkitt, Lucy Roberts, Mark Crane, Mary Mitchell, Melanie Gearing, Natalie Bartlett, Nick Gellatly, Nikki Wright, Ricky Mitchell, Sandra Braund, Sarah Tully, Simon Winter, Sophie Hm Wright, Stephen Ferguson, Steve Moore, Steven Barnett, Tracy Hutchinson and this week's special guest Run Director, Paul Beastall


A massive thank you to all 40 of you. Our volunteer team was made up from the combined forces of Cambridge, Coldham’s Common, Huntingdon, Jubilee junior and of course, our own amazing Pocketeers.

Of the 519 finishers, nearly 100 ran a #parkrundouble. If you didn't know, New Year's Day is the only day in the year that parkrunners can have two results registered in the results system. Most of the doublers who did half of thier 2019 parkruns so far in Pocket park did thier other half in Huntingdon - 78 in fact. The others came from Great Denham and Letchworth! A number of Hunts AC runners also ran the 20km between Huntingdon & Pocket parkruns as well as the 5k at either end!

New Club Members

Normally there would now be a summary of people who finished exactly on the minute marks but, we had over 500 people so that would be a rather long list. Instead, here's a photo:

First Lap

If in future, you'd like your photos featured: please upload them to flickr and add them to the Pocket parkrun group. As well as maybe being shown here, they'll also be on the photos page of the website.

The first finisher on New Year's Day was David Hudson, our current course record holder, with a time of 16:32. Our female first finisher was Scarlet Dalrymple who achieved a new PB of 19:44. 263 people ran at Pocket parkrun for the first time on Tuesday which is more than our previous record for total attendace. Out of the people who had run in Pocket before, 57 acheived new PBs.

The Weekly Links Roundup

Once again, thanks to everyone who came out to Pocket parkrun this weekend, whether you ran, walked, jogged, cheered or volunteered. If you’d like to volunteer next week (or any week) you can go to to find out more or email to see what you can do.

Untill Saturday,

DFYBC (Only 20 of you did this week!)


p.s. if you spot any mistakes (especially names) please let me know on Facebook or DM me on Twitter


New Year’s parkrunning

Something you may not know is that on New Year's Day, you can run two parkruns! If you’d like to, you can run in Huntingdon (or somewhere else) and then dive down to Pocket. If you’re traveling over Christmas and are planning your parkrunning: I have two great resources for you.

  • TouristTool is a fantastic site that allows you to generate driving directions to your nearest parkrun.It's also great for tourists as you can enter your athlete ID and hide events you've allready done.
  • NYD Double Finder is a site by Rikki Prince that shows you all of the possible parkrun doubles you can do over the new year. He even has all of the overseas parkruns for those of you perhaps going somewhere exotic for the new year.
  • Popular parkrun plugin Running Challenges have created a Special Events Map that shows all of the events that are holding events and you can filter by day and start time.

There will be a New Year’s Day parkrun in Pocket park and this weekend the volunteer roster was uptaded to show dates all the way to 12th January. So that we can ensure a smooth running of the New Years Day parkrun, we’ll need volunteers to fill all the usual roles. So if you'd like to volunteer for the 1st January 2019, you can email or visit to see the roles that'll need filled.

I mentioned that the roster is showing dates all the way to the new year and beyond. So if perhaps you'd like to plan your volunteering over the next month - you can do so by getting in touch by the email above.



New Year’s Day Pocket parkrun

We will be holding an extra parkrun at 10:30 am on New Year's Day

This is the one day of the year you can legitimately run two parkruns in one day. Both Bedford and Huntingdon will be holding events at 9:00 am so it will be possible to run two events and receive two run credits (as long as you drive carefully between them). We will delay the start until the Huntingdon event team have arrived so you should have plenty of time.

We will NOT be holding an extra event on Christmas day (although Huntingdon are).

Please check which other parkruns who have agreed to hold additional events.

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